So it seems that the Yankees starting pitching rotation is all set for the 2014 season.
Here is the 2014 Yankees one through five:
1. CC Sabathia
2. Hiroki Kuroda
3. Ivan Nova
5. Michael Pineda
This is a group Yankees fans should be stoked, as it has all the parts to be one of the best starting rotations in the Bigs in 2014.
Adding Pineda was the right move, as he out-pitched Adam Warren and David Phelps, who will both, start the year in the bullpen.
Having Phelps and Warren as reliable long relievers that can slide into the rotation to spot start if need be is a nice cushion to have. Plus these two permit a starter to have a bad day without the added pressure of costing the team a win.
And down on the farm, one time top prospect Manny Banuelos hit 95mph on the gun this past weekend. With Banuelos starting to regain his strength on the hill again after missing two years due to injury only adds to this new-found pitching depth.
Twitter was a buzz with cheers over Pineda winning the last rotation spot, and a lot of praise for the Yankees starting rotation overall.
— Keith McPherson (@Keith_McPherson) March 25, 2014
— ⚾️Chris (@SportzFanChris) March 25, 2014
— Kyle Olehnik (@kolehnik) March 19, 2014
It's been long awaited but the day is finally here.. #MichaelPineda is in the starting rotation
— Joe Malts (@joe_malts) March 25, 2014
— Off The Bench (@BlogOffTheBench) March 26, 2014
Personally, I have never been a big believer in the old baseball adage that pitching wins championships, as hitting and defense count for something too.
But a top rotation, and solid bullpen is certainly a mandate for any team who wants to contend for a World Series Championship.
So, I think a big…BRAVO for GM Brian Cashman is well deserved here.
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