July 21, 2010

Yankees rotation breaks down after break

Anyone remember when I wrote this post titled “Yankees rotation rolling recently?” You should, because it was published less than two weeks ago. If you’ve been following the Yanks lately, you’d know the rotation has been running on a flat tire.

Pitcher Dec. IP H ER BB K Note
CC Sabathia ND 7 8 3 4 6 Ended 8-game W streak
A.J. Burnett L 2 4 4 0 1 Cut hands punching wall
Andy Pettitte ND 2.1 6 3 3 3 Strained groin
Phil Hughes L 5 9 6 3 2 5.50 ERA since 5/17

One quality start from the top four pitchers is not exactly what you’d hope for coming out of the break.

It might be a little quick to be panicking about the Yankees’ rotation — they haven’t even gone through a full cycle yet — but the loss of Pettitte really has put the pressure on the rest of the rotation to make up for the loss.

The Yankees say they are looking to upgrade their bench and bullpen this trade deadline — not the rotation. But are they wrong? Should the Yankees go after a starter even though the top starter, Cliff Lee, has already been dealt?

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