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To say the starting rotation is critically important for the Yankees in 2013 is an understatement. The front office willingly took a step back offensively to make filling out the 2013 rotation the priority this past offseason, and so far in camp things are coming together nicely. Ivan Nova has had two strong starts, Hiroki Kuroda looked outstanding yesterday striking out 6 over 4 scoreless IP, David Phelps has been steady and consistent as the 6th starter, and the rest of the projected starting five are scheduled to make their 2013 debuts in the very near future.
The rotation should be the biggest strength of this year’s team, but on a parallel path of importance this season will be how this year’s results influence the plans for next year’s rotation. The Yankees will have a lot more work to do building next year’s rotation under the payroll crunch and will be using this season’s performances to gauge how and if their current collection of young starters factor into next year’s plans.
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(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) With 2012 serving as the latest example of why you can never ever have too much starting pitching, and the current group of young starters bringing more questions than answers to the table right now, re-signing Hiroki Kuroda has to be near the top, if [...]
(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) The news of the Washington Nationals’ decision to shut down Stephen Strasburg for the season caused major waves in the baseball world this past weekend, and with good reason. It’s not every day that a team willingly shuts down its best pitcher during a playoff [...]
(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) 2012 has been a season of surprises for the Yankee starting pitching staff. The mid-January trade for Michael Pineda was a surprise, as was the follow-up signing of Hiroki Kuroda, who did not appear to be on the Yankees’ radar anymore at the time. Andy [...]
(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) I had a dream the other night. In it, the Yankees were in the postseason and they were just rolling through teams, winning more 3-1, 4-2, and 2-0 games than I could have ever imagined. Their starting rotation was absolutely stocked and they turned in [...]