Yankees Will Need More Than Just Andy Pettite

Yankees Will Need More Than Just Andy Pettitte

5/19/12 in MLB   |   Anthony_Raia   |   37 respect

Last night Andy Pettite wowed Yankee Stadium as he channeled his prime to throw eight shutout innings against the Cincinnati Reds. While that is great, and while a performance half as good each time out will solve some of the Yankees problems, if Pettite is going to be the savior the Yankees are in trouble. While ace C.C. Sabathia has pitched well for the most part the rest of the Yankees' starting rotation has individual ERAs of 4.50, 5.23, and 5.44. Those ERAs belong to Hiroki Kuroda, Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova respectively.
July 1, 2009; Bronx, NY, USA: New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettite deliver pitch in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian J. Myers-US PRESSWIRE
Pitching isn't the only problem the Yankees have in front of them, as the offense has been way to inconsistent to cover for the injuries to the pitching staff. Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixiera have combined for 14 home runs, only one more than Curtis Granderson has on his own. Cano has been beginning to find his stroke, bumping his up to .310 as we head towards June. On the down side Russel Martin .167 and Teixiera is off to another slow start hitting a disappointing .228.

This is not what the Yankees envisioned going into the season. What was supposed to be a deep pitching rotation has become a weakness. What is supposed to be a deep lineup among the best in baseball has struggled to find consistency. It is still early in the season but the Yankees have yet to solve any of their problems. In one of the toughest divisions in baseball they will need to figure things out quick.
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