Archive for January 18, 2011

What to Make of the Yanks’ 2011 Rotation

Posted in Yankees on January 18, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

As we approach a month before pitchers and catchers report, it’s time to start talking about all the questions dealing with the Yankees starting rotation. In order for the Yanks to win the division, AJ Burnett and Phil Hughes must have dominating seasons. If AJ wins 18+ games with an ERA under 4, the Yankees will be sitting pretty come October. However, given the full season struggle of Burnett in ’10 and the collapse of Hughes in the postseason, who knows how they will recover. As we all know, Sabathia will anchor the rotation for the third straight season. Hughes will most likely be the number 2 man while Burnett will be third. If Pettitte retires (which is likely to happen), that leaves Ivan Nova at the number 4 and Sergio Mitre as the 5th man in the rotation. Let’s not forget newly acquired Justin Duchscherer as a possible starter as well.

Kevin Millwood was 4-16 with a 5.10 ERA last season in Baltimore

Now if Pettitte comes back, this rotation is set. You have Andy at the three and Mitre is back in the bullpen. But Cashman has to be assuming Pettitte retires. Today I heard a rumor that the Yanks are interested in Kevin Millwood as a back end of the rotation guy.Even though the dude was 4-16 with Baltimore last season, I would love to have him. He had absolutely no run support last year and had an ERA under four most of the season (his rough finish earned him a 5.10 ERA for the year).

The Yankees must get another starter. Sergio Mitre cannot be in the rotation. Don’t get me wrong, I like the guy. He has good stuff but the Yanks won’t get anywhere with him pitching every fifth game. He’s a great option when someone goes on the DL. But what happens if AJ or anyone else gets hurt? Who starts? Sean Henn? Gotta bring in a vet starter to support the back end of the rotation.