A Rotation Decided…


With the selections of Ivan
Nova
and Freddy Garcia as the #4 and #5 starters in the Yankees rotation, I
think that manager Joe Girardi made the right choices (even if those were
really the only viable options). 


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I agree with those who
speculate that Bartolo Colon is better suited to be the long man in the
pen.  Given his physical conditioning,
there are clearly concerns about his stamina. 
His arm may be alright but that wouldn’t get him through long
innings.  The trade of Sergio Mitre to
the Milwaukee Brewers opens the way for Colon to make the Yankees roster. 

I am not sure what I think
about the Yankees signing pitcher Kevin Millwood to a minor league deal.  I realize that he is strictly an insurance
policy, but I’d really like to see one of the younger guys, like Andrew
Brackman, Hector Noesi,
or Dellin Betances, get the opportunity should Nova or
Garcia falter.  Millwood is probably just
coverage for the next month, while the prospects will be options later in the
season. 

The Yankees gave Chris
Dickerson
, the outfielder they acquired in the Mitre trade, Darryl Strawberry‘s
old jersey number (39).  Those are big
shoes to fill.  I love great home run
swings and for as many sluggers that have come through the Bronx, few can
compare to the swing that Straw had. 
Dickerson is not a home run guy, so we won’t be seeing #39 swinging for
the fences.  But the number did bring
back some great memories of Strawberry at the plate.  Dickerson was the player the Reds sent to the
Brewers last summer in the deal that brought Jim Edmonds to Cincinnati.  He turns 29 on April 10th so he is
no longer really considered a prospect, but I’d like to see him carve out a
role on the team.  With Curtis Granderson
hurting, the Yankees will definitely need help in the outfield and Andruw Jones
can’t do it all by himself.

With all the talk about
catchers Francisco Cervelli, Jesus Montero, and Austin Romine, it’s strange
that Gustavo Molina has emerged as the frontrunner to capture the backup
catching position behind starter Russell Martin.  I suspect that Cervelli will take the
position once he is healthy but I am disappointed that neither Montero or
Romine could hit well enough to stay on the major league roster.  I know that it just means their arrivals are
simply delayed.  Hopefully, they can draw
positives from the heavy focus this spring and use it to power forward when
their next opportunity comes.

I was surprised that Baltimore
Orioles manager Buck Showalter took potshots at Derek Jeter and the Boston Red
Sox.  I would have expected better from
Showalter, but I can honestly say that I have never missed him from the day he
left the Yankees. 

It’s hard to believe that
Opening Day is next week!  I am so glad
that the season is finally upon us.  Win
or lose, it should be a great year!

 

–Scott

3 Comments

If Garcia falters, Millwood will be a Godsend.
Since 1998, Millwood has started at least 20 games in his career. He has hit the 30+ game plateau 9 times during that period.
I honestly think Millwood is your fifth starter. Garcia is just a stopgap until the Yankees feel he is adequately in pitching shape, then the hook will come out for Garcia.
Do not be fooled by his 2010 4-16 record, the guy pitched for a Orioles squad that was fighting for its own identity in 2010…the Yankee have never had that problem…

Rays Renegade
http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Millwood may or may not be more than an insurance policy, but I suspect you’d rather have him in the rotation than Mitre. You don’t have to worry about Meat Tray any more, with that trade. ;) I would not be surprised if Renegade is ultimately right that Millwood ends up as your fifth starter, but I think Garcia will do just fine for you guys, and I have been impressed with the little I have seen from Ivan Nova (even though his name still sounds like a tennis player, to me). I suspect that Millwood will only be in the rotation if one of them gets hurt. Then again, you could always turn to Bartolo “Semi” Colon…
I’m looking forward to matching up with your guys this year. I hope Julia wins a few more wagers this season! ;)
Take care, Scott!

I am in agreement with RR. Millwood will have a spot in the starting rotation soon enough and will be a strong 4th or 5th starter for the Yankees.

Ron

http://strictlycubsbaseball.mlblogs.com/

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