The Yankees pitching got off to a rocky start to say the least, but things have calmed down since.
CC Sabathia is still looking to hit his stride, but even with all his struggles, he is the ace of this staff and will get the benefit of the doubt that he can turn it around and reel off an impressive winning streak to get himself going.
Hiroki Kuroda had some issues to start 2012 but has since figured things out for the most part with some work still to be done. In a little over a month, Kuroda's ERA has gone down an entire run and he has become a much more reliable, No. 2-caliber starter for New York.
Andy Pettitte's last start against the Mets wasn't pretty, but the 40-year-old has been so good this season you had to figure he was due for one. Pettitte will be fine, though, and should continue to be a consistent arm for the Yanks down the road. He looks sharp and the most telling thing about Pettitte has been the amount of innings he's giving the Yankees on a start-to-start basis.
Young Ivan Nova has seen some problems this year, but before we can chalk it up to a sophomore slump, Nova has been building up a head of steam and has made four solid starts in-a-row. It wasn't until the second half of the season when Nova began to pick it up and throw the ball better. That led to a 15-game win streak that carried over into 2012. The best is yet to come this season for the 25-year-old.
Phil Hughes is still a major cause for concern, but if the Yanks are busy at the trade deadline, he could be looking at a new home, or even worse, the bullpen. Still, Hughes is the No. 5 starter and if you are depending on a guy at the back-end of a rotation, you have serious issues. The Yanks could certainly survive the 26-year-old's struggles.
Even if the Yanks' rotation does go into another tail spin, they have more than enough offense to suffice.