LADY AT THE BAT: Nasty Nate Makes 2016 Debut, Leads Yankees To Win

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Nasty Nate Makes 2016 Debut, Leads Yankees To Win

Last season it took Nathan Eovaldi a while to settle into his role with his new team. However, by the time he injured himself late in the year, he was, arguably, the Yankees' best starter.

In the early going this year, it seems as if Eovaldi is again taking time to settle in. Or, is that time over with? After throwing seven shut-out innings last night, including six no-hit innings, Nathan Eovaldi appears to have settled down to business for the 2016 season.

I don't have to say what a boost this would be to both the rotation and to this struggling Yankees team. They already have Masahiro Tanaka anchoring things. Add Eovaldi and one more starter (Luis Severino, perhaps) and this team will be out of the cellar and over .500 for the remainder of the season.

There really is no other solution for this rotation. I don't see a trade for another starter happening, since, when you count Ivan Nova, they already have too many. Where would they put a Sonny Gray (for whom trade rumors have begun again)?  No, there is nothing to do except to keep running guys like Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia out there, and hope that pitching coach Larry Rothschild can help them figure things out. 

Tonight, Severino needs to follow up Eovaldi's solid performance with one of his own. Then, they both need to do more of the same.  The success of this team depends on it.

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