Pitching was supposed to be the strength of the Yankees and Mets. At least on paper the Mets shored up their pen with a prominent closer and the Yanks with a half billion dollars in starting pitching with CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett. Three weeks now and the way pitching is going in New York there is no hope for October.And it is only April, so plenty of baseball remains. Five months to September and one look, listening to talk radio, reading the headlines, certainly there will be no October baseball in New York. The Yankees with the worst earned run average as a staff in baseball partly attributed to the injured Chien-Ming Wang and a 34.00 ERA.The Mets with a starting rotation full of questions mostly attributed to Oliver Perez. The three-year $36 million arm that GM Omar Minaya saw as a better option.. A few million more would have delivered Derek Lowe to Citi Field instead of Turner Field in Atlanta.So the cost conscious Mets, who claim to be spenders, are looking at other options on the mound. And it is only April. The Yankees look for Wang to get healthy again, Joba Chamberlain hasn’t been that overpowering starter and, with a Yankees bullpen also with the highest ERA in baseball, why hasn’t manager Joe Girardi put Joba back in the pen?These are some of the pitching issues in April that have to be solved before September. More so, these pitching woes in April can mean managerial changes soon, and costly losses that come back to haunt you in September.Last week Girardi said his Yankees were, “Playing more consistent.” Not giving up so early after winning a rain shortened series over Oakland. Then it was up to Boston and lethargic pitching from Chamberlain and Burnett, though Pettitte could have used some help from the offense Sunday night to prevent the three- game sweep and a nightmare for Girardi and Yankees fans.And then there is the issue of Perez. He pitches well against the Phillies, the Yankees and the Atlanta Braves seen prior to signing the new contract. Then the control issues and good stuff against the lowly Washington Nationals, and the Mets don’t get an important three-game sweep in April.Yes there is plenty of time to get the pitching problems corrected. Sabathia is not known to have a good April. As for Perez, one never knows what to expect. However New York baseball fans have no patience in April for pitching woes, not when their teams are one-two when it comes to the highest payroll teams in the game.