New York Yankees: Why Issues Lie Ahead for the Yankees Pitching

Nicholas BaderContributor IINovember 28, 2011

can AJ be successful in 2012?
can AJ be successful in 2012?Leon Halip/Getty Images

The New York Yankees had a solid 2011 season going 97-65. Now that the 2011 season is over and they're heading into the 2012 season, what do the Yankees need to work on to get to the world series?

In 2011,the Yankees offense led in HRs, BBs and came in second in RBI, R and OBP. So the offense was not the issue throughout the season. When it came down to it, the pitching rotation was the problem.

C.C was phenomenal during the season, but when the postseason came, he had a 6.23 ERA and was not looking like the dominant pitcher that he is. Some people said that maybe he's going to start to break down and regress. But CC is the Yankees' ace, and for the most part, he's not the problem, he's one of the most consistent pitchers in the game, going 19-8 with a 3.00 ERA in the 2011 season and again, starting 30 games and continuing to be a workhorse for the Yankees. 

A.J. Burnett has one of the filthiest pitches in the majors, but he's very inconsistent. In the 2011 season, A.J. went 11-11 with a 5.15 ERA. I feel like he has the stuff to be very dominant and turn his performance around, but he has not done what he's expected to and could be a real problem in the upcoming season.

Phil Hughes was not the pitcher we saw in 2010. Phil Hughes went from a Cy Young like season, to going down to Triple-A and going 5-5 with a 5.79 ERA. In order for the Yankees to not have complete issues in the rotation, Phil Hughes needs to be the pitcher that he was in 2010.

Freddy Garcia who was recently re-signed by the Yanks, was a solid pitcher in 2011, going 12-8 with a 3.62 ERA. At first, I was skeptical when the Yankees acquired him before the 2011 season, but he was a solid pitcher throughout the season. I do think that he will be a problem in 2012 because he doesn't have the stuff that a pitcher needs to be successful. In the postseason he went 5.1 innings pitched and gave up 3 runs in a loss to the Detroit Tigers. I think Freddy Garcia will be an issue for the Yankees in the 2012 season.

Ivan Nova surprised the Yankees in the 2011 season going 16-4 with a 3.70 ERA. He along with CC Sabathia were the two most reliable pitchers that the Yankees had to offer. Nova showed tons of composure as a rookie during the season and the postseason. I don't see many issues with Nova if he becomes a smarter and wiser pitcher in the upcoming years. 

The New York Yankees' pitching rotation is the main issue that they have to work on this offseason. If the Yankees do go shopping for the right pitcher that complements the rotation well, then they wont have as big of a issue as they have now. I feel like they should go after a solid pitcher such as Mark Buehrle or C.J Wilson so that their pitching rotation will be a very solid facet to their game.