The Unexpected Performance of the Yankees’ Rotation

Luis Severino and Jordan Montgomery have been pleasant surprises in the Yankees’ rotation this season.

The rotation was supposed to be the weak link of the 2017 New York Yankees team. Sure, Masahiro Tanaka was the unquestioned ace of the staff, but every other starter was a major wild card. CC Sabathia was good in 2016, but was another year older. The only thing consistent about Michael Pineda and Luis Severino had been their inconsistency to date, and the fifth starter’s spot wasn’t even confirmed until after the first week of the season (the spot went to unproven southpaw Jordan Montgomery).

But as the Yankees sit in first place on the morning of June 8, 2017, it’s fair to say that the team’s rotation has not gone according to plan at all. However, this is a good thing. Even though Tanaka has struggled mightily this year, the performance of his fellow starters has made up for his poor play. Sabathia, Pineda, Montgomery, and especially Severino are no longer question marks on the 2017 Yankees, but rather exclamation points: something special that the Yankees can brag about.

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Who Should Be Removed from the Yankees’ Rotation?

The New York Yankees’ rotation is a hot mess right now.

Coming into the 2016 season, New York Yankees fans had reasons to be excited for the team’s rotation. It had an ace in Masahiro Tanaka, a budding superstar in Luis Severino, young fireballers Michael Pineda and Nathan Eovaldi, and veterans CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova as options.

However, the rotation has been an unmitigated disaster through almost a quarter of the season so far. While Tanaka has been fantastic, that’s really where the positives end. With Sabathia and Severino looking to be activated off of the disabled list soon, the Yankees will have to make a choice: who stays in the rotation, and who goes?

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Mets’ Rotation is Truly One of a Kind

The New York Mets’ rotation is one big, happy family.

There is a phrase around baseball: Pitching wins championships. Sure, you can have the best offense in baseball and an A-quality manager, but if you don’t have talented young pitching, your team will go nowhere.

The New York Mets take that phrase to the max. Through shrewd trades, free agency, and smart drafting, the Mets have assembled the best rotation in all of Major League Baseball today. Consisting of Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler (when healthy), and Bartolo Colon, the Mets have the fireballers, the finesse, and the savvy required to win any ballgame. With this rotation intact for years to come, the Mets look unstoppable.

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