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In the past couple of years the Yanks haven't had the starting pitching they had in the late 90s but when Sabathia and Burnett signed that problem should have been solved. Now, half of the season behind us, the starting pitching has been lackluster.
Sabathia has been the best with a 3.86 ERA, a 8-6 record and has been a workhorse pitching in 128.1 innings. Sabathia hasn't pitched like he did with the Brewers last year but C.C. can put together a very strong second half even putting himself in Cy Young talks.
A.J. Burnett has put together as strong numbers as C.C. with a 3.77 ERA, a 8-4 record and he's in the top 10 in strikeouts with 101. So, the two big dogs in the rotation have both been putting together a decent year and will hopefully use the second half to make this year look like last year.
Andy Pettitte has been playing a comeback year with a record of 8-5 and pitching well in big situations but has an ugly 4.85 ERA.
Joba Chamberlain, who should be in the bullpen, is having a mediocre year with a 4-2 record and a 4.25 ERA.
Chien-Ming Wang has been having a terrible season, and has an extremely high 9.64 ERA with a 1-6 record. Wang, who is on the DL right now, needs to have a good second half or his time as a Yankee is done.
If Sabathia and Burnett put together a great second half—as they usually do—then the rest of the rotation will fall in place.
The key is Sabathia and Burnett.