New York Yankees Editorial: The Yankees Need A Starter


After watching Michael Pineda have a flat slider again, and CC Sabathia continue to put the Yankees in a hole, one thing is clear. Between now and Friday, Brian Cashman must add an arm to the New York Yankees starting pitching rotation.

Pineda is all or nothing and hasn’t thrown this many innings in a few years. Sabathia you can’t count on. Ivan Nova is coming back from Tommy John surgery so there’s going to be peaks and valleys with his performance. Nathan Eovaldi is very much all or nothing to and Masahiro Tanaka has never pitched in a pennant race before.

One of their best starters this year was Adam Warren, but oh yeah, he’s in the bullpen now (though that certainly helped last night)

One pitcher who could have helped was Scott Kazmir, but he’s in Houston. Johnny Cueto was almost a Royal last night. 

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If the Yankees are going to not only make the postseason, but make some noise in it, they need Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira to keep riding their Deloreans and they are going to need to get more out of that rotation.

The Yankees bullpen has been huge for them, however, their starters need to go deeper. Is it Cole Hamels, who they checked in on? Is it Jeff Samrdzija? Ex-Yankee Ian Kennedy? Or some other name? Could the promote Brian Mitchell or Luis Severino to help? Severino is on an innings limit so he may see some time out of the bullpen down the stretch.

The American League is wide open, especially if the Yankees can find a way to get home-field advantage. If they are even going to sniff it, they are going to need another arm to help bolster that pursuit.

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