LADY AT THE BAT: Thoughts About The Yankees 2011 Rotation

Friday, March 25, 2011

Thoughts About The Yankees 2011 Rotation

With Opening Day now less than a week away, the Yankees appear to be finalizing their pitching staff, particularly their five-man rotation.  This finalization, what they will go to war with, has me worried.

No announcements have been made yet, but based on what's been going down the last day or two, it appears that the rotation will look something like this:

1. CC Sabathia
2. AJ Burnett
3. Phil Hughes
4. Ivan Nova
5. Bartolo Colon or Freddy Garcia

Why am I worried? First of all, AJ Burnett is the number two starter. The number two starter! I know he's had a decent Spring  but I'm still not convinced he's put all his demons behind him. In my opinion Phil Hughes should be the number two starter.

Second, Ivan Nova as the number four.  He's had a great Spring. A terrific one. But it's only Spring. How many A lineups has he faced? Plus, I just can't stop thinking about how he could never get out of the fifth inning last year.

Finally, Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia. I really don't think I need to say more, but I will, just in case.... These two guys have had good Springs but, that's just it. They've had good Springs. It is entirely possible that their best years are behind them.

Hmmm. Will Yankee fans be looking at a depleted farm system come July 31st due to the trading away of their prospects for pitching?  I hope not!

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