According to these stats, the Yankees basically have 5 hitters and 5 pitchers that are doing well, so far, this season. (I can’t count Myers because of his low IP total). And, for the pitchers, the breakdown is 2 starters and 3 men from the pen.
There’s really no question that the Yankees need to improve their starting pitching in order to win it all this year. But, then again, that was the case last year – and the year before that – as well.
Mussina, Wells, Clemens, and Pettitte was the last solid Yankees rotation – back in 2003. New York has never been able to replace Wells, Clemens and Pettitte – as a group.
On the whole, Randy Johnson, Javier Vazquez, Jon Lieber, Carl Pavano, Kevin Brown, Jaret Wright, Aaron Small, and Shawn Chacon have not been the answer.
Chien-Ming Wang has been Wang-der-full. But, he can’t fill three slots in a rotation. Hopefully, Randy Johnson, the rest of this season, can match his 2005 production levels. That will help. But, it still leaves the Yankees one pitcher short of having a decent rotation. This is the answer. How about the question?
Is the question “Who?”
Even a guy like David Bush, Doug Davis, Scott Elarton, Tony Armas Jr., Livan Hernandez, Aaron Cook, Chris Young, or Paul Byrd would be a decent addition (at the right price) at this stage.
So, the question is probably “When?”
And, the further answer there is “Soon – before it’s too late!”
I’ll leave the “How?” up to Brian Cashman. That’s why he gets the big bucks.