Remember when the Yankees did the tandem starter thing with Phil Hughes and David Huff at the end of 2013? Neither of them could be trusted to navigate a lineup more than 1.5 or 2 times, so Joe just started with one, got a few innings out of him, then brought in the next one to at least try to make it through 5 or 6. Maybe he should think about trying that again with CC and Ivan Nova this year. They're both so inconsistent that it might be worth it to try if the rest of the pitching could be counted on for extra length when needed. Eventually when rules and rosters expand in the future and everybody operates with a 6 or 7-man rotation, we'll probably see every team do that as a way to minimize the potential damage caused by their weakest starters. That'll be fun. Now onto the links. - Last Wednesday, Mike Axisa previewed year 3 of Brian McCann's Yankee tenure and wondered if it was time to start limiting his workload behind the plate.
- On Saturday, el duque of It Is High... commented on the frustrating unpredictability of Ivan Nova after his latest ST outing.
- On Sunday, Jason Cohen of Pinstripe Alley rattled off the long list of prospects who could contribute at the Major League level this season.
- On Tuesday, Stacey jumped into the time machine to look back at the 2006 Yankees for BP Bronx.
- Wally Matthews had Joe and Larry Rothschild's thoughts on Tanaka after his uneven performance yesterday. I'm sure no Yankee fans will overreact to this.
- Chad Jennings mused on how yesterday's poor starts could influence the rotation decisions to open the season.
- Baseball Prospectus released its organizational farm system rankings today. The Yankees come in at 16, up 5 spots from last year. The post has links to every team's top 10 and it's all free.
From the IIATMS team:
- Last Thursday, I locked in my final Opening Day roster prediction. Naturally Nick Goody went out there immediately after this and started giving up moonshots, so I'm already in midseason prediction form.
- I also commented on the night and day difference between Dellin Betances' ST this year and last year and what that might mean for him when the games start to matter.
- On Monday, Stacey dissected CC Sabathia's major home run problem from a couple different angles to see if it's something that can be fixed this late in his career.
Have a good day, y'all.