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What's next for Yankees' rotation?

Posted on: February 3, 2011 1:11 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2011 6:51 pm
With Andy Pettitte choosing retirement, the Yankees now go toward 2011 in the position they didn't want to face -- with an incomplete rotation.

CC Sabathia still leads the rotation, with Phil Hughes and A.J. Burnett behind him. After that? Well, it's up in the air. The internal candidates are Ivan Nova and Sergio Mitre. The team has added Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia to minor-league contracts and there are reports they're still interested in Kevin Millwood.

Here's a look at the 2010 seasons from those hoping to fill Pettitte's shoes:
Nova: 1-2, 4.50 ERA, 10 games, 7 starts, 42 IP, 44 H, 22 R, 21 ER, 17 BB, 26 K
Mitre: 0-3, 3.33 ERA, 27 games, 3 starts, 54 IP, 43 H, 23 R, 20 ER, 16 BB, 29 K
Garcia: 12-6, 4.64 ER, 28 games, 28  starts, 157 IP, 171 H, 85 R, 81 ER, 45 BB, 89 K
Colon: (2009) 3-6, 4.19 ERA, 12 games, 12 starts, 62 1/3 IP, 69 H, 42 R, 29 ER, 21 BB, 38 K
Millwood: 4-16, 5.10 ERA, 31 games, 31 starts, 190 2/3 IP, 223 H, 116 R, 108 ER, 65 BB, 132 K

That's not quite the Sabathia-Cliff Lee-Hughes-Pettitte-Burnett rotation the Yankees had dreamed off when their 2010 season was ended by the Rangers. But it also doesn't end the Yankees' playoff hopes, either. Sabathia and Hughes are certainly good enough to get the job done at the top of the rotation, even if Burnett is a wild card. The Yankees also have a good enough farm system now that they can go out and get a starter at the trade deadline.

No, the Yankees aren't as good as they would be with Pettitte, but it's hardly time for 29 other teams to celebrate the death of baseball in the Bronx.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2011 5:48 am

What's next for Yankees' rotation?

Only 1 of those guys might make the rotation.
Sabathia, Hughes and Burnett are locks for 1 thru 3.  Burnett had a bad year, no doubt last year, but his stuff is still ridiculous and has been working hard in the offseason with the yanks new pitching coach.  I don't think he's going to contend for th CY Young, but I think he will have a bounce back year and do enough to win 15 games and hold down the 3 slot for the regular season.

Yankees have a bunch of stud SP prospects, but most are still a year away.  One will either step up at the end of the season or the yanks will trade for an SP during the season to solidify the post season rotation.

Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2011 10:49 pm

What's next for Yankees' rotation?

I have no doubt that they'll rip off one or more bottomfeeding teams

Sort of like the Red Sox ripping off the San Diego Padres?

Err ... excuse me, that wasn't a rip off ...

... That's was rape!

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2011 2:14 pm

What's next for Yankees' rotation?

Sabathia, Burnett, Colon, Freddy Garcia and Millwood? Are the Yanks trying to retroactively win the 2002 World Series? I have no doubt that they'll rip off one or more bottomfeeding teams for some quality starters at some point in the season, but the impotence of the projected Yankee rotation right now is glorious.

Since: Jan 9, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2011 1:54 pm

What's next for Yankees' rotation?

Get ready for the Jeremy Bonderman pain train. The benefit of having Bonderman on the team is during rain delays you get to watch the Jeremy Bonderman story, over, and over, and over again.

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