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What will the Yankees pitching staff look like in August?

Ivan Nova

Coming into the season, every article written about the Yankees and every talking head on TV mentioned the Yankees rotation as a strength.  The Yankees were deep:  C.C. Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda were the top two, with Ivan Nova, Michael Pineda, Phil Hughes, and Freddy Garcia all battling for the final three rotation spots.  And then of course Andy Pettitte un-retires and suddenly there will be two odd men out.

And then the season started.

C.C has had his usual early season struggles, but seems to be on the right track now.  Ivan Nova has been great and gutsy, showing future ace potential.  Kuroda has done his best A.J. Burnett impression (minus the pie throwing) by looking great one game and pitching batting practice the next.  Despite a strong spring, Phil Hughes looks like the same Phil we had last season, and Freddy Garcia cant seem to pitch more than two innings before he is completely sweat soaked and panicked.  And Michael Pineda?  Well, he is still young but don’t be surprised to see his name on a MLB network worst trades of all time show at some point.

Of course Andy Pettitte is still on his way, and unless he proves otherwise I expect to see the same Andy Pettitte we saw before his retirement.  And the Yankees certainly need it.

So what will the Rotation look like in August?  C.C., Kuroda, and Nova, barring injury, will certainly still be there.  Andy Pettitte should be there too.  Freddy Garcia has already been relegated to the bullpen.

Phil Hughes is the wild card here.  Scouts have said he has the stuff to start, but he has to use his curve-ball more and his fast ball less.  But what if David Phelps dominates tonight?  And his next start?  Does he stay in the rotation when Pettitte makes it back?

Here is what I think:  As long as Andy Pettitte is strong, Freddy Garcia will be traded/released, Phil Hughes will head to the ‘pen, and this will be your five man rotation come August:

C.C. Sabathia

Hiroki Kuroda

Ivan Nova

Andy Pettitte

David Phelps.

And lets just hope the Yanks bullpen can keep carrying the pitching staff while this all gets figured out.


News and Notes from around the Yankee Universe

Yesterday the Yankees lost 7-1 to the Angels.  The two teams wrap up their three game series tonight at 8:05 ET.  Ivan Nova will take the mound for the Yankees.

Morning Coffee & Links

Phil Hughes has a bad day

Yanks should put Hughes in bullpen

Raul Ibanez’s work ethic has fueled his success

David Phelps a bright spot in Yankees loss

Here’s to a great day of baseball!


News and Notes from around the Yankee Universe

The Yankees lost 8-6 yesterday to Tampa Bay.  The two teams will wrap up their three game series today at 1:40 ET.  Phil Hughes will take the mound for the Yankees while Jeremy Hellickson will pitch for the Rays.  Here is the Yankees lineup:


Morning Coffee & Links

Pineda and Kuroda not panning out

Two rough games for Yankees big bucks

Pitch framing the “new” catching philosophy

Yanks hitters see difference in Rays defense

Girardi will rest his stars early

Here’s to a great day of baseball!








Michael Pineda to DL; Yankees rotation set

Michael Pineda was placed on the DL with shoulder tendonitis one day after complaining of pain following a dismal outing against the Phillies.  It seems the move should finalize the rotation for the Yankees as they head into the last few days of spring training.  As it stands here is what the starting five looks like:

C.C. Sabathia

Hiroki Kuroda

Phil Hughes

Ivan Nova

Freddy Sanchez

Of course once Andy Pettitte is ready to go in early May someone will have to be bumped, and in all likelihood Freddy Sanchez will move into the long relief role.  Once Pineda is healthy we will be looking at the rotation once again, with the battle between him, Hughes, and Nova to see who sticks.

So the starting five is set heading into opening day April 6th, but hardly set for the entire season.  Should be fun to watch.

Morning Coffee and Links

Pineda needs to change to stay healthy

A big day for Bichette

Too early to bail on Pineda

Pettitte’s legs not on shape

Hopeful lefty Cabral breaks elbow

The next big idea in baseball

Here’s to a great day of baseball!




Morning Coffee and Links

News and notes from around the Yankee Universe

Phil Hughes to be Yanks fifth starter

A-Rod gets ribbed

Jamie Moyer knows Pettittes challenges

Joba Chamberlain to meet with reporters today

Pettitte gets closer to game action

Sons of players are worlds apart

First Pitch: Don’t trade Freddy

The Yankees will face the Blue Jays tonight at 7:05 ET in Tampa.  C.C. Sabathia will take the mound.

Here’s to a great day of baseball!



News and Notes from around the Yankees Universe

Morning Coffee and Links

Joba released from hospital

Pineda’s velocity still questioned

Pineda gets it done with just enough

The unsung heroes of spring

The Yankees have an off day today.  Phil Hughes will pitch to minor league guys as it was his day to pitch.

Coming up in Cup of Coffee:  Fantasy projections for all Yankees players!

Here’s to a great day of baseball!



Appreciating Mariano Rivera; Morning Coffee & Links

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It is  not often that you hear “Enter Sandman” in the fourth inning of a Yankees game.  But no matter what time the song starts, and no matter what the implications of the game are, at this point in Mariano Rivera’s career it is special, and should be cherished.  There is much talk around Yankees Universe that this may be Mo’s last season, and if it is we must soak in every moment.  It looks like Yankees fans at Steinbrenner field get it, as they gave Rivera a standing ovation as he entered to his trademark song yesterday.  Rivera went on to retire the three batters he faced on 14 pitches, and earned the win for the Yankees as they went on to beat the Phillies 3-0.  I have said it before this year already:  do not take any appearance by Mo for granted – as this may be the last time we see the greatest closer of all time pitch.

Morning Coffee & Links

News notes and stories from around the Yankees Universe:

One Mo time for Mariano Rivera.

Mark Teixeira hopes for big difference with small tweak.

Phil Hughes improves in second spring outing.

Not much out of Derek Jeter this spring.

Eduardo Nunez still hurting.

Here’s to a great day of baseball!