AL BEast Notebook – Feb 19
Despite the pressure and media microscope, pitching for the Yankees lately has had its advantages as the Bombers have led the league in either home runs or runs scored (or both) in each of the last four seasons. That may not be the case in 2013 as the Yankees will be without Swisher, Martin, Ibanez and A-Rod, so the room for error will be smaller.
(note: grades are based on rotation spot comparison, i.e. ace vs. other aces, 2 vs. 2)
Ace: C.C. Sabathia (B+)
2. Huroki Kuroda (B+)
3. Andy Pettitte (B)
4. Phil Hughes (C+)
5. Ivan Nova (C)
In the mix: David Phelps, Adam Warren
Down the road: Michael Pineda
For the Yankees to contend at the top of the division CC must be healthy and effective. There is no doubt that Sabathia is the ace, but he has not been dominant like he was early in his career or when compared to the other top-of-the-rotation arms. He has been great and dependable, always going 8 or 9 innings whether he has his best stuff or...