LADY AT THE BAT: Why The Yankees Need To Fully Commit To A Six-Man Rotation

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Why The Yankees Need To Fully Commit To A Six-Man Rotation

In their first piece of on-the-field baseball news this year, pitching coach Larry Rothschild said yesterday that the Yankees are considering using a six-man rotation in the early part of the season.

He and the team are concerned about the stretch of 30 games in 31 days that begins on April 17th.  They are particularly worried about how certain pitchers will handle that stretch. We all know who those pitchers are: Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda.

If you ask me, the Yankees should use a six-man rotation the entire season. Tanaka's UCL tear is just as likely to worsen in August as it is during those 30 games--maybe even more so. And why not tax Sabathia's knee--which may never be the same again--as little as possible all season long? There is also the return of Ivan Nova from Tommy John Surgery to be concerned with.

The Yankees fortified the bullpen this off-season partly to bolster the starting rotation. Adding a sixth starter--for the entire season--would bolster it even more.  They need to pull the trigger on this one and make sure the bullet travels all the way to the end of September.

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