The New York Yankees have one of their best pitchers they’ve had in years with Gerrit Cole heading into the 2020 MLB season, but what about the rest of the rotation?
The New York Yankees‘ problem over the past several years has been their starting rotation, and heading into the 2020 season, it appeared to be fixed, but not anymore. The Yankees signed Gerrit Cole to a nine-year $324 million deal this offseason, and it’s a good thing they did.
In 2020 the Yankees will be without their ace of the last several seasons in Luis Severino who underwent Tommy John surgery, and Domingo German who is suspended 63 games after violating the MLB’s domestic violence policy.
With this, the Yankees are left with a shortened rotation:
In 2019, Cole, Tanaka, Paxton, and Happ had a combined record of 58-28, while Montgomery didn’t record a single win or loss as he was typically used out of the bullpen or as the starter in a bullpen game for the Yankees.
With this, the Yankees have four traditional starters and a bullpen pitcher as their five starters to begin the season. With this being said, I would expect Clarke Schmidt to get the call sooner rather than later to be a full-time starter for the Bronx Bombers.
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If/when the Yankees call up Clarke Schmidt, he would replace Jordan Montgomery in the starting rotation, giving the Yankees five traditional starters.
The bad news for the Yankees is that the season is only 60 games, this means they’ll have less time to play with different scenarios and give Schmidt time to get accustomed to the big leagues.
The other problem with the season being only 60 games is that injuries will have a bigger impact. Each game during the 2020 season is equivalent to 2.7 games in a typical season, meaning injuries will hurt the Yankees more than they would in a 162 game season.
This being said, if a player gets placed on the 10-day injured list, he could potentially be missing almost a sixth of the season.
The 2020 MLB season is going to be difficult for everyone, but it’s going to be even more difficult on the Yankees’ rotation as they deal with injuries heading into the season, and potentially more as the season gets underway.