From Dan Graziano
What about 2008?
“We can score eight runs a game,” Mussina said. “But if we give up nine, we’re not going to win.”
The biggest issue facing the Yankees this spring is their starting rotation, which is packed with question marks. And not just the question marks you’d expect.
Sure, there are three young pitchers — Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain and Ian Kennedy — in the mix for rotation spots as pitchers and catchers began workouts yesterday. And sure, there’s always uncertainty when you’re dealing with young pitchers.
But the Yankees’ problem is the uncertainty surrounding their veterans.
Chien-Ming Wang, the surest thing in the rotation, spent his day at a salary arbitration hearing in nearby St. Petersburg. Wang would like a long-term deal like the one second baseman Robinson Cano got, but the Yankees aren’t giving him one — a stance that likely reflects their concerns about his shoulder (he has a torn rotator cuff that has never been repaired) as well as the wisdom concerning long-term deals for pitchers.
Pettitte, caught up in the Roger Clemens-Mitchell Report controversy, won’t be in camp today. The team has excused him until Monday because of his off-field issues.
And Mussina, who’s coming off a year that saw him post the highest ERA (5.15) of his career and lowest innings total (152) since he worked 87 2/3 as a rookie, is a question mark even to himself.
What ever happened to those guys on the boat at the end of the movie “The Perfect Storm,” anyway?