More question marks in Yankees rotation

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Coming out of Spring Training, the Yankees had minimal question marks about their rotation, and those questions had answered themselves during the first two weeks of the season. However, more questions have come into play, and those questions could ultimately sink the Yankees rotation.

The Yankees lost Ivan Nova for the year due to Tommy John Surgery and Michael Pineda for the next 3-4 weeks due to a strain in his teres major muscle. With those two out of the rotation, CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda both have to step up and be just as consistent as Masahiro Tanaka has, a pitcher who was only slated to be their number three starter. Here are the few questions the Yankees rotation now faces as we enter the month of May:

Can CC Sabathia not have an implode inning?

Sabathia has made it a constant trend to roll along for three to four innings and then implode in either the fifth or sixth, usually handing the Yankees a loss in those kinds of outings. The Yankees need CC to be sharp, but it’s hard when even he doesn’t know why he implodes in the first place. We know CC will never be the dominant ace the Yankees signed up for in 2009, but if he can find just a bit of consistency, then he would really help this rotation.

Can Hiroki Kuroda bounce back from his rough April?

Kuroda’s had a very tough April, with an ERA of over 5. Yankees fans expect this from Kuroda–but not until September. Kuroda is usually very good for the Yankees from April – August before age and effectiveness takes a toll on him. With Nova and Pineda out of the rotation for some time, it’s up to Kuroda to find some consistency and to get back on track. If not–this could be a long season.

Can Masahiro Tanaka continue his dominance?

Masahiro Tanaka’s last outing wasn’t completely dominant, but it looked very good on paper if you didn’t see the game. Regardless, Tanaka has been the Yankees best signing and at this point the Yankees best pitcher. The only question is, if he can continue this trend and give the Yankees a chance to win every time he’s on the mound.

Can Vidal Nuno and David Phelps keep the Yankees rotation afloat?

Nuno and Phelps are the two Yankees pitchers that will take Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda’s spot in the rotation for the time being, and their question is can they be effective enough to help the Yankees win. Nuno has been impressive so far, but Phelps has put up sub par numbers when in the starting rotation. With Adam Warren out of the equation (Yankees prefer to keep Warren in the pen), it will have to be up to Nuno or Phelps to help the Yankees find an internal fix.

Or…the Yankees could always trade for Cliff Lee!

What? No? Well, I guess that will forever be a pipe dream of mine.

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5 Responses to More question marks in Yankees rotation

  1. Celerino Sanchez says:

    It might be a plausible pipe dream. He's expensive, but still at the top of his game and has only two years on his contract after this year (One guaranteed and one likely to vest option year). The Yankees would have to take most or all of the contract. If the Phillies are willing to eat a lot of it, Lee would be enticing to other teams who could put together a better package than the Yankees. Hal, can you put off the "get under the salary cap" dream for another year or two?

    • Gary says:

      Did you play for Yanks long time ago?

      • Celerino Sanchez says:

        I wish I did. I just borrowed his name. He was the last in a long parade of thirdbasemen that came and went between Clete Boyer and Graig Nettles.

  2. ISLA says:

    The NYY infield does not help much the work of the rotation. First the second base look very slow and cover very little ground, Jeter it's not even 25% effective at present, last night his error was the main reason of the lost, the third base need a good fielder to the left side. In addition the offensive side it's not the best at this moment, Beltran need improvement the same for Mc Cann, Gardner, Soriano and others. We need a good second bse and improvement of Jeter so we can have a true center line which will help the efficient of the rotation.

  3. ISLA says:

    Tonight once more the first run of TB poor fielding, first Soriano and next ROBERTS.