The competition for the fourth and fifth starter in the rotation hasn’t gone the way the Yankees envisioned it.
There are five men currently battling for two spots, and the only one that’s a lock to make the roster whether he’s in the rotation or not is Adam Warren.
“Outside of Warren, who isn’t going anywhere because he can go to the pen or be in the rotation, the rest of the guys have flexibility and options,’’ Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “Now we have two weeks to focus on that and make a decision.’’
The other members in the rotation competition have underwhelmed, especially Luis Severino, Luis Cessa and Chad Green. Bryan Mitchell has probably stood out the most from his competition, but has also been a little underwhelming.
“I hope sooner than later, but it’s not really ironing out that way,’’ Joe Girardi said. “Some guys have had some struggles. Your hope is that someone would step up and dominate, but it hasn’t been that way.
Mitchell was the latest to make a start, allowing two runs in 4.1 innings while striking out seven in a 4-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.
Girardi thought Mitchell was fine, but wished he utilized one of his pitches more.
“He was OK. You look at the line score and it was OK. He gave up some hard-hit balls,’’ Girardi said regarding Mitchell. “I thought he could have used his curveball a little bit more effectively, he had a good curveball.’’
Mitchell on the other hand was encouraged by his outing against the Red Sox.
As far as everything, I thought it was the best stuff I have had throughout the outings,’’ Mitchell said. “I actually got a few outs on the splitter.’’
Mitchell could be one of the finalists in the rotation job, but one name that quickly emerged in the rotation competition was starter Jordan Montgomery. After pitching four hitless innings against the Detroit Tigers, the Yankees want to give him a shot in the competition.
“I like him a lot,” Girardi said. “I think he’s got really good downward angle. I think he’s got deception. I’m very curious.”
He’ll start for the Yankees on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays in Port Charlotte.