Six Man Rotation?

You can never have too much pitching, right?  That’s how the saying goes anyway and it’s something the Yankees will be familiar with when Phil Hughes comes off the disabled list. They will have six spots for five guys, none of the six pitching that bad where you would want to move them out of the rotation.  So what do they do?

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Joe Girardi has discussed with the media the possibility of going to a six-man rotation.  I personally think this isn’t that good of an idea.  Sure they have a few pitchers they would like to protect,  but there is nothing that says that having six men in your rotation will keep them healthier than if you have a five man rotation.

The other to take into consideration is that the rotation has been very good of late and is a huge part of why this team is in first place and has the best record in the American League. For those of you who have been reading this blog long enough, you know that I believe in the principle that if something is not broke, then it should not be fixed.  Well, why try to change something up that’s working?  I know Phil Hughes will take someone’s spot, but as long as people are still taking the ball every fifth day then I am okay with it.

So if they don’t go to a six man rotation, what do they do?  Well, that would mean that someone would have to come out.  The three possibilities are Bartolo Colon, Freddy Garcia, and Ivan Nova since CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett are making lots of money.  I don’t think Colon should draw the short straw because he has been their second best starter and even if he is old and stuff, they should ride him until he implodes because it has been working.

I don’t like Garcia going to the pen either just because his stuff doesn’t project well there. This is a guy who tops out at 87 and features a starter’s repertoire, not to mention the fact that he has been very good.  This leaves Nova.  I don’t like taking him out, but there might not be much of a choice.  He could go back down to Triple-A and start or he could go to the bullpen where the Yankees brass believes he may end up.  If moved to the pen, his stuff would jump up a bit since he could air it out in a shorter outing.  That would probably see that strikeout rate that everyone complains about go up as well.  Then, if someone gets hurt, he can jump right in.

There is no easy solution to the puzzle.  There is no way to make everyone happy, both players and fans, but that’s not even the worst consequence.  They could wind up tinkering with the rotation and messing it up after it has been so good.  Girardi and Brian Cashman need to take their time with this, something they can’t really do with Hughes expected back next week.


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