Throughout the first five games, the Yankees bullpen has been stellar. From having to use four arms on Saturday, to Michael King’s six innings of relief work against the Blue Jays on Sunday, the bullpen appears to be deep and effective.
The Yankees bullpen holds a 1.31 ERA with a 2.30 FIP and 0.7 WAR. The ERA ranks 2nd in the league behind only the Padres and the FIP and WAR are the best in the league.
Who has impressed?
Jonathan Loaisiga has looked excellent early on in his two outings, as he has yet to give up a hit or a walk and has had much more control thus far which he lacked in previous years.
Chad Green and King are two other names that stick out who have been impressive early on. We know what to expect from Green by now, but King made a statement on Sunday when he pitched six scoreless innings while only surrendering one hit in the loss to the Blue Jays. Lucas Lutege is the only reliever who has faced some struggles, but this is his first time in the majors in almost six years.
The Yankees bullpen had a lot of questions marks following a poor 2020 and some new faces in the bullpen. Early on, they have not disappointed. The bullpen was revamped, but losses including Tommy Kahnle, Adam Ottavino, and Zack Britton beginning the season on the IL was a major reason for concern. Granted, this is a very small sample size, but the early dominance of the bullpen is a very good sign. If the first five games are any indication, the bullpen will be just fine and even better once Britton returns.