Thursday, March 28, 2013

MAKING THE PITCH: New York Yankees

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We take a look at the projected starting rotations and closer situations of every MLB team.  Of course, this will come from a fantasy perspective.  All cited stats are based on 2013 projections.  

Please take a look at the Kansas City Royals' pitching staff.  

The New York Yankees are up next. 

As you will see, missing from the list is Phil Hughes.  He will be starting the season on the DL.

2013 Pitching Projections
Player
Team
K/BB
K/9
BB/9
H/9
WHIP
HR/A
CC Sabathia
Yankees
3.67
8.60
2.34
8.35
1.19
0.81
Andy Pettitte
Yankees
2.84
7.42
2.61
8.38
1.22
0.89
Hiroki Kuroda
Yankees
3.29
7.10
2.16
8.87
1.23
1.01
Ivan Nova
Yankees
2.60
7.40
2.85
8.90
1.31
1.10
David Phelps
Yankees
2.76
7.69
2.78
9.00
1.31
1.06
Mariano Rivera
Yankees
5.00
8.18
1.64
7.20
0.98
0.82












CC Sabathia has been more concerned with his health than anything else this spring.  It's understandable as he underwent elbow surgery, but should be ready for the 2013 season.  He is usually one of the more durable starting pitchers in baseball.  I had him ranked 17th on my starting pitchers' list.  

I ended up drafting Andy Pettitte as his projections are actually pretty good.  Unfortunately, age will play a factor with him, but he's worth a risk, especially late in the draft, although I had him ranked 18th on my 2nd-tier SP list.

Hiroki Kuroda is one of the most undervalued pitchers.  He doesn't do anything spectacular, but he's been one of the more consistent pitchers since importing from Japan. Unfortunately, just like Pettitte, he is getting up there in age, but clearly he knows how to pitch at this level.

Ivan Nova and David Phelps benefit from pitching on a strong Yankees' team that can generate offense.  I think Nova is a fluke, but despite some issues with command, he can still post some nice strikeout totals.  Phelps is replacing Hughes on the rotation.  Should be interesting to see if Phelps pitches well enough to stay in the rotation all season long.  

Mariano Rivera is another pitcher aging--supposed to retire after this season.  Rivera still has enough left in him to go through one more year.  He was having another great year last season before he was lost for the season with a knee injury.

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