Game 44: The Yankees Only Good Starter v. Jason Hammel

Am I being a bit hyperbolic here, with a pinch of pessimism? Probably. Okay, definitely. At the same time, however, does anyone truly believe in Hiroki Kuroda and ... well ... the rotating cast of misfits filling out the last three slots in the rotation? It may be a bit premature to worry about Kuroda, I suppose, but the fact remains that he has been mediocre to poor in the majority of his starts thus far - and this, on the heels of a 6.56 ERA in his last eight starts in 2013. Here's hoping my regular dose of Tanaka will take the pain and doubt away, at least for tonight.

New York Yankees Chicago Cubs
Brett Gardner, LF Emilio Bonifacio, CF
Derek Jeter, SS Junior Lake, LF
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Anthony Rizzo, 1B
Mark Teixeira, 1B Starlin Castro, SS
Brian McCann, C Luis Valbuena, 2B
Alfonso Soriano, RF Nate Schierholtz, RF
Yangervis Solarte, 3B Mike Olt, 3B
Brian Roberts, 2B John Baker, C
Masahiro Tanaka, SP Jason Hammel, SP