MLB Trade Deadline: New York Yankees' Silence Will Lead to Postseason Mediocrity

Jordan Schwartz@jordanharrisonSenior Writer IJuly 31, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08:  General manager Brian Cashman of the New York Yankees speaks to the media after the game against the Tampa Bay Rays was postponed due to rain on July 8, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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With Ubaldo Jimenez headed to Cleveland, the Yankees are left with few options to bolster their rotation for the stretch run.

The Rockies reportedly wanted pitcher Ivan Nova, catching prospect Jesus Montero and either (or both) pitching prospects Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances. Two of those four would've been a fair deal, but New York general manager Brian Cashman understandably couldn't part with the whole farm.

But this is the corner the Yankees have painted themselves into after exiling Joba Chamberlain to the bullpen and instead signing notorious bust Javier Vazquez prior to the 2010 season.

New York's rotation was no match for the Rangers in last year's American League Championship Series and it got even worse when Andy Pettitte retired and Cashman couldn't land prize free agent Cliff Lee.

Some might say the patchwork lineup of Freddy Garcia, Bartolo Colon and Ivan Nova has overachieved and so the Yanks don't need to make a move.

While those three have certainly overachieved, the rotation has failed in the only category that matters: pitching against the Red Sox.

New York won't be facing the Orioles or A's in the playoffs. Instead, the Bombers will undoubtedly have to go through Boston in order to reach the World Series and right now, the prospects don't look very good.

At 63-42, the Yankees have the third-best record in baseball, but they are a miserable 1-8 against the Red Sox and it's because the rotation can't get anybody out.

Garcia is 0-2 with a 10.13 ERA against Boston this year, Nova allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks over 4.1 frames in his only start, Phil Hughes surrendered six runs in two innings and A.J. Burnett is 0-1 with an 11.12 mark.

Colon has a strong 2.61 ERA in 10.1 innings, but he's still given up five runs and is 0-2. Even CC Sabathia is 0-3 with a 6.16.

The Yankees can't expect to beat the Sox in a seven-game series with Sabathia, Burnett, Colon and Garcia going up against Jon Lester, Josh Beckett, Clay Buchholz and John Lackey.

Adding to the worry is that Garcia is just 46 innings away from surpassing his highest season total since 2006 and Colon is already at his highest total in six years.

New York would definitely benefit from adding a guy like Hiroki Kuroda, who has pitched to a stellar 3.11 ERA in 21 starts this season for the Dodgers, good for 10th in the National League.

Wandy Rodriguez would even be a serviceable addition. The 32-year-old left-hander has a 3.47 ERA in 19 starts for the Astros this season, the fourth straight year his ERA has been at or under 3.60.

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