New York Yankees Need Pitching Staff to Step Up To Make the Playoffs

By Alexander Muir
David Phelps
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The New York Yankees ended their weekend on a low note. First, they lost 6-5 to the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday in walk-off fashion after a sloppy performance from the bullpen and an exciting game-tying home run in the 9th from Mark Teixeira. Then the team lost starting pitcher C.C. Sabathia to a DL stint. The team put him on the 15-day DL with knee inflammation. The Yankees’ starting rotation at the moment features Masahiro Tanaka, Hiroki Kuroda, Vidal Nuno, David Phelps and Alfredo Aceves.

Up until this point in the season, the general consensus about the 2014 Yankees is that they are a team that is still an aging, fragile team just like the one from 2013. However, many believe that this current Yankee team is better than the one that won 85 games last season. The team is better than last year, that’s for sure, and through the first 36 games of the season they have been fairly enjoyable to watch. The starting pitching has been a strong asset to the team, but that will certainly be tested now with injuries to Sabathia, Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda. The team has also been pleasantly surprised by the out-of-nowhere stellar play from Yangervis Solarte. Solarte leads the team with 20 RBIs, five more than any other player on the team.

The bullpen has been the weak link of the group as of late, as they allowed the Brewers to come back and win the game on Sunday. If the pitching staff can survive the injury bug that has hit them recently, their outlook will be much brighter heading into the summer months. The offense has been decent so far and should suffice for the team to make some sort of a postseason run. However, the Yankees’ success this season will hinge on their starting pitching getting healthy and retaining their dominance that they showed in the first month of the season.

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