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Corey Kluber is the ace the Yankees need

Corey Kluber is the difference maker and impact arm the Yankees need atop their rotation.  In 2017 and 2018, Yankee fans wished ace-like status on Luis Severino, but his inconsistencies have left him just short of owning the name.  Kluber, 32, has been the definition of consistent for the Cleveland Indians, winning 18+ games four out of the last five years and winning 20 games in 2018 for the first time in his career. Kluber has posted an ERA below 3.50 every season since 2014, and has struck out at least 220 hitters in the same span. Kluber keeps getting better, and is not showing any signs of regression. Kluber is an ace, the ace the Yankees need.

Michael Pineda has partially torn UCL, recommended to have Tommy John Surgery

Yankee fans have waited anxiously over the past few days for the team to announce their rotation for this weekend’s pivotal series against the Boston Red Sox and it seems we now know why the team waited to so long.

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In a bit of shocking news, Brian Cashman announced on Friday that Michael Pineda has a partially torn UCL and will be seeking a second opinion on the injury. Cashman was clear that the recommendation is for Pineda to have Tommy John Surgery.

Many eyebrows were raised when the Yankees’ finally announced their probable starters for this weekend and Bryan Mitchell was listed as the starter for part of Sunday’s doubleheader. It remains to be seen why CC Sabathia is absent as well. Cashman said that they will use Mitchell and Luis Cessa to fill in the gaps in the rotation for now but he also said that it is possible that Chance Adams will get a shot in the majors sometime soon.

For the 2017 season, Michael Pineda has posted an 8-4 record, with a 4.39 ERA over 96.1 IP. He got off to a hot start this year but recently he had regressed and turned back into the inconsistent pitcher we have watched over the last few seasons. It is likely that this injury spells the end of his tenure with the team.    

Article by Matt Graziano