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Ace CC Sabathia will carry the Yankees' rotation to the playoffs in 2013.
The Yankees are fielding a battered lineup, but they have no such injury problems with pitching.
In fact, their starting staff is completely intact from 2012, when the unit totaled 71 wins and posted a 4.04 ERA, which ranked second and sixth in the American League, respectively.
In 2012, CC Sabathia compiled fewer than 19 wins for the first time in his Yankees career. At 32 years of age, there is no reason to think Sabathia won't get back up to his normal win total. After all, his ERA of 3.38 was not much higher than the 3.18 ERA he posted over his previous three seasons with the Yankees. At 1.14, his WHIP was even a hair lower than the 1.19 he posted during those three years.
Hiroki Kuroda won 16 games to go along with a 3.32 ERA during his first season in the Bronx. He has been consistent since he came to the big leagues in 2008, starting 30 or more games in four of those five seasons, and posting a sub-4.00 ERA in each of them. Even at 38 years old, he can be expected to make good contributions to the team.
Longtime Yankee Andy Pettitte's 2012 numbers did little to betray his age. The 40-year-old posted a 2.87 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP in 12 starts after rejoining the team in May. Asking him to post those numbers again is a bit demanding, but there is no reason to believe he can't be around his career average ERA of 3.86 by the end of the season.
Phil Hughes put together another fine season in 2012, posting his second 16-plus win season of the past three years. His ERA and WHIP during those two seasons (2010 and 2012) are almost identical, but he pitched 15 more innings in 2012 than in 2010, and struck out 19 more batters.
After an impressive 2011 season, Ivan Nova regressed in 2012. His ERA jumped up 1.32 runs, while his total number of wins dipped by four. It was just his second full season, so some of that regression can be attributed to a sophomore slump. With solid pitchers around him, the Yankees just need Nova to be solid and they will be set.