Bill Madden in today’s Daily News notes that no team has ever made the World Series with two rookies making at least 25 starts each. Good thing then that Phil Hughes is no longer considered a rookie.
When I hear stuff like that, I just say to myself, hey why don’t we be the first to accomplish this task.
I believe Ian Kennedy’s going to start the season in the minors, so the Yankees won’t even have a rookie in the rotation to start the year!
Of course, I also expect he’ll be called up before they need a 5th starter…
Well no team’s ever won 27 world series.
So should we give up completely?
The Yankees just like figuring out new ways to make history.
They have a stretch where they play 20 straight games. There won’t be any point in the schedule where a 5th isn’t needed. Also Cashman and Girardi have already stated that barring injury Joba will start the season in the bullpen and be placed in the rotation mid-season. So unless IPK bombs out and Rasner/Karstens locate their pitches like Greg Maddux, IPK will be in the rotation along with Wang, Pettitte, Hughes, and Moose.
Yes, they’ll need a 5th right away, but I think they’ll give Gardner his place on the 25 man roster while Cabrera’s serving his 3-game suspension.
And Georgetown was undefeated in the Big East tournament as a 1 seed. These arguments based on historical precedents bother me because they are not context specific at all and they lump things together that have no place being together.
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Bill was just filling column space. I think there has been too much written about the inexperience of the Yankee staff. The staff has talent, I feel confident, let’s see what happens and let’s remember it was 10 years ago exactly that Madden picked the Indians over the Yankees in the American League Championship Series, and then picked the Padres over the Yankees in the World Series.
IPK is a much better pitcher then most have been able to see this spring. ST is for working on things that need work. When the season starts he’ll be much better, not saying he won’t get hit hard a game or two. He is just, so much better than he has looked in ST.
JCP and Ben K have it right, so…let’s play ball.
Records are made to be broken…right!?
This is a good case of lazy reporting. I think it’s valid to be concerned because the Yankees are counting on 3 young pitchers, but you have to provide better stats that the teams that had 2 rookies start 20 or more games. That’s a particularly irrelevant stat because there is no way the Yankees are going to have 2 rookies make 20 or more starts. Hughes is not a rookie, and there us no way Joba makes 20 starts (I could see 15, but not 20). If you want to count ‘almost rookies’ like Hughes, then you could consider the 2003 Marlins. Willis was a rookie and Beckett had 130 major league innings. They combined for 50 starts in 2003.
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