Pete Abe, today, is dead, solid, perfect on this topic. And, he didn’t even bring in the Tampa Bay Rays into his pool of pitchers comparison study. If the Yankees want to be considered with the other big dogs in the A.L. East this season, they must bring in a starting pitcher that they can pencil into their 5th starting slot who is a lock for at least 25 starts and 150 quality innings. Leaving that last spot open and hoping that someone steps forward from within the Yankees organization to own it is a mistake.
Well, it’s not a mistake in the sense that it means the Yankees season is over. More so, it’s a mistake in the sense that it does not position the Yanks in a manner where their starting pitching lines-up favorably the other contenders in their division. In the end, it could be the difference between the Yankees winning 90 games in 2009 and them winning closer to 100 games this season. And, when you consider that Boston and Tampa are no chumps, that difference could be the make or don’t make the post-season break mark this year.