Sonny’s Struggles: Yankees Need Starter
by John Jastremski
Jul 02, 2018 | 1937 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Yankees are basically at the halfway point of their season.

Things on the whole could not be going any better.

The team just took two out of three games from the hated Boston Red Sox to propel them into a tie for first place in the American League East.

When I look at the team as a whole, I see two specific strengths that are the best that the sport has to offer.

The Yankee lineup is as deep one through nine as any lineup in baseball thanks to the emergence of rookies Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar.

The lineup flexed their muscles Friday against Eduardo Rodriguez and Sunday against David Price.

The Yankee bullpen is the deepest in all of baseball. The quality of arms from Chapman, Betances, Green, Robertson and Holder is as scary a bullpen that you’ll find in the sport.

If there is an Achille's heel, it’s the back end of the starting rotation.

Of course, one through three, you feel pretty good about in ace Luis Severino, veteran CC Sabathia, and the best postseason pitcher a year ago in Masahiro Tanaka.

However, the Yankees expected Sonny Gray to be a part of that mix in a big way.

After all, the Yankees last year at this time gave up three pretty good prospects to acquire the young, reasonably priced starter from the Oakland A’s.

Unfortunately, Sonny Gray has been nothing short of a disaster in Yankee pinstripes.

When you pitch for the New York Yankees, there are two things you must be able to do: you must be able to pitch at Yankee Stadium and you need to be able to pitch against the Boston Red Sox.

Sonny Gray can do neither.

In his Yankee tenure, Gray has the highest ERA at Yankee Stadium out of any starter that the franchise has ever had.

Against the Red Sox, Gray is pitching to an ERA hovering around 7.00.

Watching Sonny Gray get destroyed against the Red Sox on Saturday made it abundantly clear that this is a pitcher you simply cannot trust down the stretch or in the postseason.

The Yankees will need to get another starting pitcher.

It does not need to be Jacob deGrom, despite what some sports radio callers will tell you, but the Yankees need a starter to compliment the best lineup and best bullpen in baseball.

Your move, Mr. Cashman.

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