As always, the Yankees have a chance to be really good this year.
Except for the minor problem that their No. 2 starter has only one year of starting experience in the majors, their No. 3 starter is probably the single most maddening starter in baseball, their No. 4 starter has seven major league starts to his credit and their No. 5 starter is either a guy who has never pitched in the majors or a guy who couldn’t hold the starting spot when it was handed to him last summer.
Suffice it to say that if the Yankees win the World Series, it will defeat the adage that pitching wins championships.
CC Sabathia is where it all starts, and thankfully for the Yanks, this guy is awesome. One of baseball’s most consistent pitchers, he hasn’t won fewer than 17 games since 2006 (and even then he had 3.22 ERA and 1.17 WHIP), strikes out a ton of guys, keeps his WHIP super low and he never gets hurt. For my money, he’s in the top 3 or starters in baseball.
I don’t believe in picking pitchers in the first round, but he’s a guy to target very high.
Phil Hughes is the aforementioned No. 2 starter with a year’s worth of full-time starting under his belt.
He’s got filthy stuff and throws as hard as anyone around, but I am definitely concerned about his 2010 trajectory.