New York Yankees: 2011 Pitching Rotation Is All Set New York Yankees: 2011 Pitching Rotation Is All Set New York Yankees: 2011 Pitching Rotation Is All Set
 

New York Yankees: 2011 Pitching Rotation Is All Set

New York Yankees skipper Joe Girardi has announced the starting pitching rotation that will begin the 2011 season. 

Starters: (1) CC Sabathia, (2) AJ Burnett, (3) Phil Hughes, (4) Ivan Nova, (5) Freddy Garcia

Bullpen: Bartolo Colon, Joba Chamberlain, David Robertson, Boone Logan, Pedro Feliciano, Raphael Soriano, Mariano Rivera (closer)

Mike Wallace at ESPN claims:

“The team with a longer history of excellence than any in the history of professional sports opted for mediocrity.”

Don’t know if I would put it in the same context as Wallace, but here is why I think Girardi made the right choices.

This was no easy decision as Nova, Colon and Garcia all pitched well enough to keep them in this competition right till the end.

Nova clearly earned himself the fourth spot, throwing a 1.80 ERA in four starts and five exhibition games this spring. In 2010, Nova was called up mid-pennant race and made seven starts for the Bombers, posting a 4.50 ERA, over 10 games to finish with a 1-2 record.

Garcia did not have as good a spring as Colon, but reputation and reliability is a factor. Considering Garcia won 12 games for the White Sox, while remaining healthy last season; and Colon hasn’t pitched in the regular season since September of 2009.

Colon’s also came to camp un-physically fit, about 25 lbs. overweight and a history of injuries on his resume. This surely benefited Garcia into being the logical and more dependable choice.

Shockingly, I am happy that Colon is staying after projecting flashes of his previous 2005 CY Young winning self. Colon will be as solid as any team could hope for in the long relief role out of the bullpen. Trust me Colon will be needed more then he probably realizes, and that I would live to admit.

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3 Comments

  1. Nick says:

    i'm assuming you mean feliciano and not mitre

    • Kate says:

      Thanks Nick…I appreciate it as I have been so busy that I was like a robot writing this. I am far from perfect.

  2. art rollini says:

    I'm just wondering why you left Soriano off the list of pitchers…..is there something I am not aware of?…..He was probably the most important acquisition made in the off season for us……He will keep Mariano from getting burnt out and keep our staff fresh in late innings……..I believe that with the addition of veteran pitchers, we will end up having a strong pitching team this year….There's a lot to prove by some of them, I think we could end up being stronger than people now realize………