CC could win the Cy Young this year.
1.CC Sabathia, LHP
2.AJ Burnett, RHP
3.Bartolo Colon, RHP
4.Freddy Garcia, RHP
The Yankees rotation is basically an ace and three guys that are thirty-four or older. Preseason this rotation looked better, but since Phil Hughes started struggling the Yankees have been trying to patch holes. It's a bit surprising the team didn't make a deadline deal, however they still have time to make one.
Sabathia is enjoying his best year in pinstripes, as he's 16-5 with a 2.55 ERA. The big left hander is on pace to win more than twenty games and lead the American League in wins for a third consecutive season. If there is any question, it's his postseason success(7-4, 4.66 ERA in thirteen starts).
Burnett has improved upon his 2010 numbers, but still comes in at 8-9 with a 4.54 ERA. The thirty-four year old hasn't had a sub-4.00 ERA since 2007 with Toronto. He isn't a number two starter by any means, but he isn't awful.
The thirty-eight year old Colon has come back from the dead this year. After not pitching in the majors since 2009 and not making twenty appearances since winning the Cy Young Award in 2005, Colon is 8-6 with a 3.33 ERA in twenty games with his highest K/9 rate(7.9) since 2001.
Based on his age and past injury issues, it's tough to really count on him being able to keep this up for the next three months-but you could have said the same thing at the beginning of the season.
Garcia is another older pitcher that's past his prime who has flashed his old form again. He's 10-7 with a 3.22 ERA, his best season since 2005. Like Colon, it's tough to count on him continuing to pitch this well, but he's only the Yankees fourth starter.
The Yankees do have other internal options, with the hope Phil Hughes returns to form. After hitting rock bottom in April with a 13.94 ERA in three starts, he's been a little better in his five starts since returning(2-2, 4.29 ERA). Rookie Ivan Nova is 10-4 with a 3.84 ERA, but the Yankees may not be totally sold on him as evidence by his demotion to the minors(he was since brought back) when Phil Hughes returned.
Lefty Manny Banuelos is a promising prospect, but he isn't ready for a postseason rotation spot, as he just made his Triple-A debut last week.