New York Yankees rumors about the 2015 starting rotation finally have some answers. The Yankees rotation will begin with Masahiro Tanaka on Opening Day after very little debate. This revelation was reported by CBS Sports as Yankees manager Joe Girardi made the official announcement. It’s not an unexpected decision, as Tanaka is easily the most-likely candidate to get that nod. The team is hoping that he can return to the form that found him success early in the 2014 MLB season.
Following Tanaka in the Yankees’ starting rotation are Michael Pineda, CC Sabathia, and Nathan Eovaldi. Michael Hurcomb of CBS Sports went on to give his thoughts on who will take the fifth spot in the rotation.
“The Yankees have not yet officially announced a fifth starter, but general manager Brian Cashman indicated earlier this week Adam Warren is the favorite to land the final spot in the rotation.”
The New York Yankees rumors about Adam Warren making the starting rotation make sense based on how well he has done in camp. The updated Spring Training stats reveal Warren has pitched 16 2/3 innings over five starts. He has posted a 2-0 record to go with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. Those are certainly numbers any team would like to see from a No. 5 starter.
Masahiro Tanaka has also put together an impressive Spring Training for the New York Yankees. He has pitched 10 1/3 innings, allowing just six hits and striking out 12 batters. Tanaka has a 1.74 ERA, a 0.68 WHIP, and batters are hitting just.171 against him. Compared to what CC Sabathia has been doing (11.57 ERA, 1.93 WHIP), it’s easy to see why Joe Girardi would end the steak of Opening Day games Sabathia has started at six.
As for the other two pitchers getting tabbed for the 2015 starting rotation, Michael Pineda has a 2.08 ERA and 0.69 WHIP over 8 2/3 innings, and Nathan Eovaldi has a 1.50 ERA and 0.67 WHIP over six spring innings. Chris Capuano seemed like a candidate earlier in March, but his 6.75 spring ERA hasn’t lent itself well to further trust from the coaching staff.
As previously reported on the Inquisitr, CC Sabathia is locked to the team in a five-year, $122 million contract extension that he signed. Though Sabathia has appeared in other New York Yankees rumors about his future with the team, the reality is that his salary keeps him in the 2015 starting rotation no matter how rough his spring numbers look. He has to improve upon the 4.78 ERA from 2013 and the 5.28 ERA from 2014 if the team stands a real shot at winning the American League West again though.
Among the other New York Yankees rumors that have taken place during Spring Training, the revelation of the likely starting rotation is pretty good news. It also makes things easier for fantasy baseball fans preparing to draft their teams.
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