New York Yankees: 2012 Pitching Rotation Is All Set New York Yankees: 2012 Pitching Rotation Is All Set New York Yankees: 2012 Pitching Rotation Is All Set
 

New York Yankees: 2012 Pitching Rotation Is All Set

2012 New York Yankees rotation announced...

New York Yankees skipper Joe Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild’s decision about the starting rotation got made for them last night.

There were six pitchers for five spots, but with the now confirmed news that Michael Pineda does have shoulder tendentious, the heated competition will pause for a moment until Andy Pettitte decides he is ready to go.

Pineda will start the season on the 15-day DL and Yankee fans can only that hope this injury doesn’t linger.

So, here is the official 2012 Yankees starting pitching rotation:

1) CC Sabathia

2) Hiroki Kuroda

3) Phil Hughes

4) Ivan Nova

5) Freddy Garcia

This is the order that came right from Girardi, as confirmed via tweet from the Star Ledger’s Mark Craig, who meant to say Kuroda, and not Pineda behind Sabathia. No biggie…easy mistake.

How the heck Hughes is in the third spot is beyond me but don’t worry I will address the fact that Hughes is undeserving of pitching third, but that topic needs its own post.

Otherwise, this is not the rotation Yankee fans were hoping for or expecting, as Pineda was the off-season’s shiny, new toy that everyone was ecstatic to see. Hopefully it won’t be too long until that day comes.

6 Comments

  1. Richard Griffith says:

    "Otherwise, this is not the rotation Yankee fans were hoping expecting,"

    Why can't you spend more time on sentences that make sense and less time on Hughes?

    Who cares and why does it matter if Hughes pitches 3rd, 4th or fifth? Just call up Girardi and ask him.

  2. Chris L says:

    I agree, what business does Hughes have being the number 3 pitcher in the rotation? The only person Hughes should be in front of in this rotation is Freddy Garcia and you could even argue that Hughes should be 5th in the Yankees rotation. The only reason I can think of to defend Girardi’s decision of having Hughes at the 3rd spot in the rotation is if he has a gut feeling that he’s fully come back from all his injuries last season and is going to be the Phil Hughes of old.

    Also, I believe that Ivan Nova should be 2nd in the rotation and not 4th. I personally believe the order should’ve been…
    1- CC Sabathia
    2- Ivan Nova
    3- Hiroki Kuroda
    4- Phil Hughes
    5- Freddy Garcia

    and then when Pettite and Pineda are ready they should replace Garcia and whoever else is struggling at the time.

  3. Chris L says:

    I agree, what business does Hughes have being the number 3 pitcher in the rotation? The only person Hughes should be in front of in this rotation is Freddy Garcia and you could even argue that Hughes should be 5th in the Yankees rotation. The only reason I can think of to defend Girardi’s decision of having Hughes at the 3rd spot in the rotation is if he has a gut feeling that he’s fully come back from all his injuries last season and is going to be the Phil Hughes of old.

    Also, I believe that Ivan Nova should be 2nd in the rotation and not 4th. I personally believe the order should’ve been…
    1- CC Sabathia
    2- Ivan Nova
    3- Hiroki Kuroda
    4- Phil Hughes
    5- Freddy Garcia

    …and then when Pettite and Pineda are ready they should replace Garcia and whoever else is struggling at the time or if somebody is on the DL at the time. Pineda will definitely be placed into the rotation when he’s ready and I believed Pettite should be also. He looked really good in sporting training. I know it’s only sporting training but Pettite did look rather impressive for someone who hasn’t pitched in a few years. I believe the 2 odd men out will be Freddy Garcia and Phil Hughes (only because I see Hughes going back to the disabled list at least once this season). maybe Hughes would just be better off as a reliever as opposed to starting every fifth day. Historically, Hughes has been more effective as a 1 inning (max 2 inning) relief pitcher. Imagine how effective the Yankees bullpen would be with Phil Hughes,Rafael Soriano, David Robertson and obviously Mariano Rivera.

  4. Chris L says:

    CORRECTION OF TWO MISTAKES IN POST BECAUSE MY “AUTO-CORRECT” ON MY PHONE SUCKS. I WANT TO CORRECT THEM SO NOBODY THINKS I’M THAT DUMB AND HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT…

    1) I meant to say “and I BELIEVE Pettite should be also” and not what I typed out which was “and I BELIEVED”

    2) My “auto-correct” typed out the word “SPORTING” when I wanted to type out the word SPRING in the sentence “He looked really good in SPRING training” when I was referring to Andy Pettite being placed into the rotation for sure when he finishes his starts in the minor leagues which should be over and done with sometime in May or early June at the latest.

    OK, now I finished correcting my mistakes lol…please comment on my post I would like to hear your opinions on what I had to say and if you agree or disagree.

    Yankees lost to the Rays today but Mariano won’t be blowing saves everyday…we got them in tomorrows game.

    LETS GO YANKEES!!!

  5. CanadianYankee says:

    Can anyone take a guess who will start against the White Sox on July 1st?

  6. Frankie V says:

    it is obvious that Garcia is done. As far as Hughes is concerned, put him on the trading block. Nova should be the number 2 starter.