Warren (2-5) was able to retire the final batter in the top of the seventh before the Yankees took a lead in the bottom half of the inning. He then pitched a scoreless eighth and saw the offense extend the lead in the bottom of the eighth. Warren owns a 3.20 ERA and 52:20 K:BB ratio in 56 1/3 innings.
Warren permitted a walkoff run-scoring single to Nick Hundley in the 10th inning. He was charged with one run on two hits and no walks while striking out one over just one-third of an inning. He owns a 2.79 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP over 48 1/3 innings of relief.
"You can look at (Saturday’s) game and say he gave up four runs in 6 1/3 innings and it could’ve been three (one run was unearned) and all of a sudden it doesn’t look so bad," Girardi said, per The Star-Ledger. "Yeah, he gave up three homers. To me, for him it’s keep the ball in the ballpark and getting some quick out. He’ll continue to work at it."
"There are two things you have to think about if you decide to make him a starter," Girardi said of Warren. "How do you build him up because it’s going to take a while and you’ll probably have one of your starting pitchers build up (off the DL) by then.
"Now, you’re taking an extremely important component of your bullpen away. So, in a sense, you’re robbing Peter to pay Paul. And where Warren has been able to help us usually twice out of every five days, you’re only going to get one start every five days. He has been extremely important to the success of the bullpen."
Warren forced Munenori Kawasaki to line out and Jose Reyes to ground out to close out a 6-4 victory. He owns a 2.04 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP with two saves on the year.
Nuno has a 7.43 ERA during the month of June, and the Yankees are just 5-6 in his starts this season. Though Girardi stopped short of saying Nuno is pitching for his job, he did acknowledge that improvement is needed.
"I don't ever put that type of pressure on people," Girardi told MLB.com Wednesday. "They understand what is on the line every day, and they understand that this is a performance-based business."
If Nuno is in danger of losing his job, an obvious replacement could come from the bullpen, in the form of
"There's conversations that we have all the time," Girardi said. "We'll continue to look at things."
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