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Bullpen and defense fail Yankees late, Red Sox seize division title in 11-6 win

After taking the first two games of their series against the Boston Red Sox, the Yankees sought to complete the sweep on Thursday and prevent the Red Sox from celebrating a division title at Yankee Stadium. As is usually the case between these two teams, Thursday’s game was a back and forth contest but the Red Sox ultimately prevailed 11-6 and will be leaving New York as the AL East champs.


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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