Yankees News: Six Man Rotation?


Teams to start the season may not go to their fifth starter. There’s usually a lot of days off at first, so teams can give their top four more rest. The Yankees, on the other hand, have a little different early schedule than other teams do. Beginning April 17, the Yankees have 30 games in 31 days. Because of this, according to mlb.com’s Bryan Hoch, the Yankees may not only have five starters, but six.

"“It’s a result of some of the stuff that’s gone on over the last few years, not just here, but everywhere,” Rothschild said. “We’re aware of situations here and early in the season, we need to get these guys through these stretches. Being that possibly early in the spring, some of them aren’t going to be able to throw a lot, we’re going to need to build them up too and give them the extra days when we can.”"

Considering the injury risks with Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda, maybe it’s for the best. The question is, who would not only be the fifth starter, but the sixth as well.

Chris Capuano is in prime position for the fifth spot, but the sixth?

Adam Warren? Bryan Mitchell? Scott Baker? Chase Whitley? Esmil Rogers?

Not exactly scaring the bats of the AL.

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Whitley started off well then tailed off. Baker hasn’t been healthy. Mitchell is unproven. Warren is unproven as a starter. Rogers hasn’t started much.

The Yankees have to see what they have in Mitchell and Warren as starters. Warren relieved last year, but with the additional depth the Yankees have in the bullpen it’s time for Warren to step up and prove that he can start at the major league level.

Mitchell is probably the pitcher closest to being major league ready unless Luis Severino can steal a spot.

Six starters may be an the way to go, however, the Yankees may not have the depth for this. Let’s see how this evolves through spring.

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