Fantasy Baseball: New York Yankees 2014 Starting Rotation Preview

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Feb 16, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda (C) laughs with pitchers CC Sabathia (L) and Masahiro Tanaka (19) during the Yankees workout at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

This article is part of a series previewing the starting rotations of all the teams in the Major Leagues. Click here, for other articles in this preview series which will continue through the next couple of weeks.   At Fansided’s Fantasy Baseball page, you can find a number of great resources to help you succeed in your league this season.

The Yankees missed the playoffs last year for just the second time in 19 years in 2013, and one of the main reasons for their struggles was their issues with their starting rotation.  New York’s starters collectively went 55-63 but sported an unattractive 4.08 ERA while letting opponents hit .267 against them.  The Yankees starters weren’t the worst in the league, to be sure, but they didn’t get the job done at the level that’s normally expected in the Bronx.

New York is never one to sit idly by and let a problem go unaddressed, though, and made big moves to try and upgrade their rotation for the 2014 season including one of the biggest and riskiest signings of the offseason.

If you draft Yankees pitchers, expect a little bit higher ERA since new Yankee Stadium will penalize pitchers for giving up fly balls, but the exchange for that is that you do get the backing of the Yankees potent lineup which should be putting up plenty of runs as well giving you more chances to pick up wins both at home and on the road.  Whenever you need a W, the Yankees are one of the first teams to check since they have the lineup to make anyone with a decent start a good candidate to get the win.

If they Yankees bounce back this season and get back into the postseason, they’ll need much better years from their starters. Here’s a quick look at who is projected to be in the rotation, how they fared last season, and what their fantasy outlook is for the 2014 season.

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Tags: CC Sabathia Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers Hiroki Kuroda Ivan Nova Masahiro Tanaka Michael Pineda New York Yankees Starting Pitchers Starting Rotation