C800 2009 Yankees Outlook: Starting Rotation

Chasing800 is going to look at each position and give you insight and opinion on the current situation and what may loom ahead. Today we will look at the Starting Rotation.

Current Situation:
This is possibly one of the best rotations ever put together by the Yankees and if they all manage to stay healthy, this will be a year that we will never forget. The talent is too much for one team to handle but the Yanks will gladly try. With the offseason additions of CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett, the Yankees got themselves two shut down pitchers who can dominate the game and steer the team to victory. Chein-Ming Wang is back from injury and should he return to form he is capable of winning 19 games. Andy Pettitte danced around wheter he was making a return to the Bronx but he jumped on board and thus returns as the no. 4 starter. He can eat innings and should provide the Yanks with close t0 200 quality innings. The wild card in all this is Joba Chamberlain. He is lights out when he's on and can dominate a game, much like he did last year in a game against the Red Sox over the summer. He will be on an innings limit this season but when he's out there, he will provide nasty stuff and irritate opposing batters. He can be a no. 2 starter on most teams, the fact he's the Yanks no. 5 shows you the depth they have this year. There is a lot to be excited about in the Bronx this season and these 5 guys are much of the reason for it.

Waiting in the wings is Phil Hughes should someone go down due to injury or ineffectiveness. He has looked good all spring and maybe, just maybe he is ready to show the world why the Yankees have invested so much in him.

Chasing800 Prediction:
Sabathia: 18-9 4.32 ERA
Wang: 17-8 3.89 ERA
Burnett: 15-9 3.43 ERA
Pettitte: 13-11 4.45 ERA
Chamberlain: 12-7 3.34 ERA

Burnett and Joba miss some time with injuries with Hughes filling in more than expected. Hughes makes around 8-12 starts. That rotation is going to combine for 75 wins with an ERA below 4. Hitting didn't win championships for the Yankees, pitching did, and this year will be no different.



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