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Shifting gears for a moment, lets discuss what the Yankees starting rotation is going to look like for the upcoming season.
CC Sabathia: There is no issue with Sabathia. His performance throughout his career and especially on the Yankees, has been nothing but noteworthy. If there is anyone who can bring the Yankees to a win it is CC. His contributions to the team brought them to their 2009 World Series title and he has continued to help the Yankees excel as a team. With a 3.18 ERA for the 2010 season, Sabathia proves to be a prominent starting pitcher. When the ball is in his hands, there is no need to worry.
Phil Hughes: Coming off of a 4.19 ERA for the 2010 season and a 11.42 ERA in the 2010 postseason, his reliability can come into question at times. Although he did not perform well in the postseason, (along with many of his teammates) he did come off the regular season strong. I have faith that Hughes will deliver and be there for the Yankees in their time of need like he has in the past.
A.J Burnett: Unfortunately, Burnett did not help the Yankees much in the 2010 season, as all had hoped. With a 5.26 ERA during the regular season and a 7.50 postseason ERA, the worst ERA in his career, Burnett would not be the best go to guy. Yes, he struggled mightily last season and there is definitely room for improvement. With Pettitte most likely gone, there is no time for Burnett to perform like he is.
So here is the Yankees' starting rotation with two empty spots. It has been rumored that Joba Chamberlain or Sergio Mitre can be added to the rotation. Two pitchers many are not thrilled about.
Whoever is chosen to fill the spots, CC Sabathia and Phil Hughes are two pitchers that are dependable and who can pitch the Yankees to victory.
The Yankees have a great team. As long as A-Rod continues to hit home runs and Swisher continues to make outstanding outfield plays, the Yankees should be in good shape until Pettitte arrives to help them out. His addition to the team will ensure a playoff spot, if not guarantee one. He will help them win their 28th World Series title.
Lets just hope Burnett and whoever is chosen for the starting rotation can perform well and contribute to their team.