Wednesday night’s series finale against the O’s may not have been the most exciting contest, but it could most definitely serve as a symbol for the New York Yankees’ dominance on the bump this season.
It was JP Sears who stole the show in what was his first career start. He posted five scoreless innings and five punch-outs, with the effort helping New York stay in the game despite their cold bats.
Sears may have been sent to the minors shortly after his debut as a starter, but fans should use his showing as a symbol of dominance. It would seem that the Yankees’ starting pitching is in control this season. With injuries now ravaging the bullpen, it’s vital that this trend continues.
None of this is to say that Sears should be considered a “staple” in the rotation or ‘pen, but in the event that the Yankees need someone to abruptly fill a role in a productive fashion, it’s comforting to know that Sears or someone else — like Clarke Schmidt and Ron Marinaccio — have proven capable.
While there are still questions about Gerrit Cole’s ability to stay somewhat consistent and the mounting bullpen injuries, it’s undeniable that the men on the mound are off to a promising start.
As a team, the Yankees hold the third-best team ERA in Major League Baseball. If the pitching is going to be this effective, the starters will have to hold strong through the pen’s health woes and keep the ailing offense in games when needed.
They got another huge showing from Nestor Cortes on Thursday night, who went eight innings in a win over the Rays. Only Wandy Peralta was used out of the bullpen.
Sears may not be in Tampa, but it’s reassuring that he “could” contribute to a staff that has been dominant thus far if the team needs him next weekend.
With guys like Ken Waldichuk and Hayden Wesneski at Triple-A and seemingly on track to possibly make their MLB debuts this year, the Yankees have plenty of promising reinforcements suggesting how dominant and deep their pitching staff and development has become.