Larry Rothschild has certainly had some issues to deal with this season with this Yankee pitching staff. The only stable parts are Sabathia and a bullpen that is in shambles.
Sabathia is the only starting pitcher on the Yankees who can be assured to have a decent outing nearly every time on the mound. Pettitte appears that way now that he is back, but with three question marks in Nova (Hughes and Kuroda) it is not exactly a recipe for success.
Starting Pitchers Grade: C+
The bullpen has been through a lot already, and we are not even in June yet. They have seen the great Mariano go down, and their backup Robertson go down as well.
Sure they are holding up now, but how long can that last? Can Wade withstand the extra innings that are being put on him now later in the year? Will Soriano falter as the closer?
These are all questions that fill a Yankee fans mind. Right now, however, you cannot complain with the way the bullpen has been pitching. They have kept the Yankees in games, whether or not the Yankees hit is another story.
Bullpen Grade: A-
By the law of averages, a questionable starting rotation and a stellar bullpen give the Yankees a fairly decent pitching report card. It would be nice to see the starters begin to work themselves out, so that the Yankees can save a bullpen that has already been through so much these past two months.
Overall Grade: B