“We’ve got six guys for five spots … and you really can look at it as, you’ve got CC and you’ve got Kuroda. So, you’ve got four guys for three spots.”
This Kuroda news should come as no surprise, as it did cost the Yankees $10 million bucks to bring the 36-year olds talents from Dodger-land to the Bronx for the 2012 season. And GM Brian Cashman did not make that deal for Kuroda to come out of the bullpen that is for sure.
Actually, the Yankees skipper summed it up best:
What about the 3, 4, & 5 spots?
My guess is Girardi will confirm Nova and Pineda as part of the rotation pending on how they throw. I would guess a week or two before the end of Spring Training so they can mentally prepare themselves.
Remember that Nova and Pineda are just 25 and 23 years old respectively, which is still quite young and the pressure will be on.
See both are coming off exceptional rookie seasons, and that means Yankee fans will have zero tolerance for anything less because now they expect things from the two youngsters, which can be tough mentally.
Also, it is Pineda’s first year in the Bronx after pitching in Seattle in 2011 and it is a whole different monster in New York City; so letting him know sooner than later when and where his first start will be is probably a good idea.
And lucky for Nova that the Yankees start the 2012 season with six away games because you got to figure that a sizable group of Yankee fans are still stewing about the two home-runs he gave up in 2011 ALDS Game 5. So, coming in with one win down would be ideal.
- Sabathia, Kuroda only locks for Yankees rotation (nypost.com)
- Girardi says Kiroda is in rotation (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)
- New York Yankees: Who to watch this spring (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- Joba progresses to throwing off mound (mlb.mlb.com)
- New York Yankees: Fifth Starter Competition Looks To Be A Dogfight (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- Aardsma’s focus on getting healthy for Yanks (mlb.mlb.com)
- Girardi: Kuroda Will Be One Of Starting Five (newyork.cbslocal.com)