Greene and McCarthy help injured riddled Yankees rotation

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This was the Yankees rotation just before the first game of the 2014 season:

CC Sabathia
Hiroki Kuroda
Masahiro Tanaka
Ivan Nova
Michael Pineda

Fast forward to July 22nd and this is current rotation going into tonight:

Brandon McCarthy
Hiroki Kuroda
Shane Greene
Chase Whitley
David Phelps

The point of the small exercise above was to show just how much the rotation had changed in a short span of three months. The new rotation is quite surprising, but the rotation above has held the fort down as Michael Pineda and Masahiro Tanaka attempt to return from their injuries. Chase Whitley has faltered and David Phelps has always been an average starter, but Brandon McCarthy and Shane Greene have exceeded expectations in their short time with the team, keeping the team in the game and letting the offense take charge. McCarthy recently brought back the cutter into his repertoire and Greene has opened eyes with his deceptive pitches. With those two, the Yankees are just surviving in the AL East race, which is a pleasant surprise.

“These guys have the ability to step up; they do,” Joe Girardi said.“They have to understand that if they make their pitches, they’re going to get people out.

“I’ve said that for us to make noise, we have to get distance out of them.”

It was rather surprising to Girardi that Hiroki Kuroda is the lone original starter still in the Yankees rotation, mostly because of his age.

“I’ve thought about that more than once, that the last guy standing is the oldest,” Girardi said. “It’s partly [due to] how he conditions himself. It’s also partly genetic.”

Even with the injuries and the newcomers entering the Yankees rotation, the Yankees are still in the middle of a playoff race, and although the team has been average, average has been just enough to get by–for now.

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