There, basically, are six starters competing for five spots. Tanaka, Pineda, Eovaldi, Severino, Nova and CC. Mitchell is there, but really, his chances are a) he only makes the rotation if there are so many injuries among the others that they have to go to option #7 b) he is the long man out of the bullpen or c) the Yanks want him stretched out in case of injury so he starts at AAA.
So six guys for five spots, taking Mitchell out of the mix. The only lefty is CC, who makes $25MM this year.
But of those six guys, it is CC who is having the worst spring. This, after three straight bad years, and that stint in alcohol rehab.
CC didn’t help himself tonight. His last outing was not good, and tonight he gave up seven runs, four earned, in 3 2/3 vs. Baltimore as the Yanks lost 11-2 in their S.T. game.
If the other four spots are sewed up, and this is for the last spot in the rotation, then Nova has outpitched CC this spring.
But how do the Yanks put someone making $25MM this year in the bullpen as the long man?
That is a big problem for the Yanks right now. CC turns 36 in July. He is coming off three straight bad years. He only hits 85-87 on the fastball now. He is coming off alcohol rehab, and so far his spring training hasn’t been good.
This isn’t to be negative on CC, but the facts are the facts.All four of the first four batters he faced tonight scored.
What to do?
Sabathia (L) 3 2/3 IP, 7 R, 4 ER, 6 H, 2 walks, 1 K. 1 HR given up.
Miller 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Cessa 2 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 2 K. Not a good outing for someone who’ll probably be a starter in AAA.
Pazos 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.
Rumbelow 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K.
Rumbelow has had a tough spring and may have pitched himself out of a bullpen spot.
Didi Gregorius drove in two runs.
The Yanks are 6-9-2 in spring training.