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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.

Why the Yankees should use a six-man rotation

Okay Yankees fans, I am going to discuss a rarely discussed idea. Hold onto your hats... I think the Bombers should utilize a six-man rotation in 2018. In the following article, I'll give my reasons why.
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Having a six-man rotation will allow an extra day's rest for all the starters. It will benefit Masahiro Tanaka, and as much as I hate to say this, his elbow. His elbow is a ticking time bomb, due to his previously diagnosed partially torn UCL. Tanaka has pitched better on an extra day's rest throughout his career and Yankee fans know what he is capable of when he is on top of his game. 

It'll also be helpful to CC Sabathia who's surgically repaired knee was hurting at times last season and caused him to miss some starts down the stretch. Sonny Gray could also benefit from the  extra rest, due to his injury histroy. He had an injury filled 2016, only making 22 starts and missed the first month of 2017 with a strained lat muscle. 

It will also be beneficial to young starters like Luis Severino and Jordan Montgomery. Last season Severino pitched 193 innings, which was 122 innings more than he pitched the previous season. Young lefty Jordan Montgomery pitched 155 innings last season which is 21 innings more than his previous high in a single season. So, an extra day’s rest would be helpful to the young guys and veterans pitching staff in order to keep them healthy and fresh. 

It's no secret that the Yankees have been linked to not only free agent pitchers but also pitchers potentially available via trade. It's also no secret that they have some top pitching prospects in their system that are on the cusp of reaching the Bronx. Justus Sheffield (LHP) and Chance Adams (RHP) are potential starting pitchers for the six-man rotation or one that is acquired via a trade.

Here is how their rotation shapes up with six pitchers:

Severino
Tanaka
Gray
Sabathia
Montgomery
Adams/Sheffield/Green/Warren/Player from outside of the organization


Article by: Matthew Donovan

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