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Yankees make move to improve pitching

Yankees Starting Pitching Last 2 Seasons
(with MLB Ranks)

The New York Yankees fired pitching coach Dave Eiland Monday, three days after being eliminated from the postseason by the Texas Rangers.

The Yankees' starting pitching actually improved from 2009 to 2010 during the regular season. However, improvement is all relative -- despite the across-the-board improvements, the Bombers actually went backward in MLB rank.

And it didn’t get much better when it counted. The Yanks’ ERA went up nearly two whole runs in the postseason compared to last year, when they had a 3.26 ERA and won the World Series.

This time around, their 5.01 ERA ranked seventh of the eight postseason teams, which explains why the Rangers -- and their postseason ERA of 2.76 -- will represent the American League in the Fall Classic. In addition, the Yankees ranked seventh out of eight postseason teams in WHIP, K/BB ratio and opponents’ OPS in 2010.