Thursday, March 29, 2012

6 for 5

With Girardi's decision with the starting rotation expected to come within the next couple of days, there has been speculation regarding who will be the odd man out. The Yankees are facing a situation that they don't usually have to deal with, but nevertheless it is a good problem to have.

So comes the Yankees dilemma: do they put Garcia in the bullpen as a long man and let Pineda begin the year in the Bronx, or do the Yankees slate Garcia as the number five starter and send Pineda to the minors to work on his fastball and further develop his changeup? These questions plague the Yankees as they head into the final week of spring training. Of course, the questions will arise once again in a month when Andy Pettitte is ready to join the Yankees rotation.

My take? I feel that Garcia, as the proven commodity should start the as the number 5 starter and Pineda should be sent down to the minors to work on his pitches. It worked for Nova last year and he never lost a game after his demotion. Also, it is a good idea to keep Garcia in the rotation until Pettitte arrives in the Bronx at which point, the Yankees can entertain offers for the right-hander.

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