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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.

Yankees expect CC Sabathia to make next scheduled start

Joe Girardi told the media on Friday that the team expects CC Sabathia to be ready for his next scheduled turn in the rotation. CC has been out with an injured hamstring since June 13th and Luis Cessa has struggled to fill the big lefty's place in the rotation in the meantime.

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CC reported that he felt “ready to go” after pitching in a three inning simulated game on Thursday in Chicago. Sabathia was also scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Saturday in Houston and if that goes well his next start will likely come early next week. 

“It’s just something I want to make sure of before we declare it," Girardi said to the media.  

Sabathia’s return will be a welcome one since he was pitching his best ball in quite some time in the lead up to the injury. The Yankees have lost all three of the starts the Luis Cessa has made in place of Sabathia and Michael Pineda seems to be reverting back to the inconsistent version we have seen in the past. Hopefully Sabathia’s performance and leadership can stabilize a beleaguered Yankees pitching staff that has struggled mightily in the month of June. In his last six starts before he got injured CC had pitched to 0.99 ERA and the Yankees are 10-3 in games Sabathia has started this year. For the 2017 season Sabathia has a 7-2 record with a 3.46 ERA.   

Article by Matt Graziano