New York Yankees starting rotation better without Domingo German?

Domingo German, New York Yankees. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Domingo German, New York Yankees. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /

A few days ago New York Yankees starter Domingo was suspended 81 games for domestic violence. Their starting rotation may be better without him.

The New York Yankees dominated the early offseason, with their quest to upgrade their starting rotation. Now they are making headlines for the wrong reasons. The Yankees starting rotation received an unexpected hiccup. That hiccup was the 81 game suspension (18 served) of Domingo German for domestic violence.

German proved to be a reliable pitcher for that rotation, but his status is on the fence. January 2020, MLB announced that German will be suspended for 81 games for a domestic violence charge. Since he didn’t pitch in September, He will only serve 63 games. How does his absence affect the starting rotation?

It would be a bigger story if the Bronx Bombers didn’t sign a top tier pitching to a mega-contract. Adding Gerrit Cole alone makes the starting rotation better. With two New York Yankees pitchers making returns towards the end of the 2019 season from significant injuries but one pitcher retiring, improvements that needed to happen this winter.

Unfortunately, that giant step up was followed by a step back, losing German for half a season. Before his suspension started in 2019, the San Pedro de Macoris, DR native had an 18-4 record over his 24 starts. It was a big improvement from his 2-4 mark during the 2018 season.

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The 2020 starting rotation for the New York Yankees will definitely include Gerrit Cole, Masahiro Tanaka, Luis Severino, and James Paxton. They have three options to fill the fifth spot: either Jonathan Loaisiga, Jordan Montgomery, or JA Happ. Although Happ is rumored to be on the trade block, Loaisiga and/or Montgomery can slip into that fifth spot. Loaisiga has nine wins and four losses with an ERA of 4.79 over parts of two years with the Bombers.

Montgomery had a pair of wins in 2018 before missing the rest of that season and most of the 2019 season with an injury. Although the University of South Carolina alum ended last season with an ERA of 6.75, the team likes the movement and consistency of his pitches.

German’s absence could hurt the Yankees for the initial 63 games of the season. But the promising talents of Montgomery and Loaisiga can help ease the burden until German’s suspension ends.

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