1. Trusting Gerrit Cole to be the lone Yankees ace might doom them if the other starts can’t stay healthy
The Yankees have been fortunate to actually get some really good starting pitching performances early on this year. There is one exception to it, though. Gerrit Cole.
The highly-priced ace has been roughed up this year. While we can’t suggest the Yankees were wrong to sign him when they did, the fatal flaw they may see surface is a lack of a secondary proven ace on the staff.
Other Yankees starters have some questions of their own. Specifically, it’s one relating to health. Jameson Taillon, Luis Severino, and Jordan Montgomery have all missed significant time due to injury. Their strong starts in 2022 should prove to be a difference over the course of the season if they can manage to continue pitching like this.
Something to note about their early performances, none have given the club much length at all. Through two turns in the rotation, Cole and Taillon lead the way with 9.2 innings of work. The Yankees may be easing them into the season due to the shortened spring. The real test for them will come when they are asked to go six innings more regularly. Will their arms be able to hold up?
It would have been nice if the Yankees found a way to secure a more proven number two or three starter on the team without the same questions as the rest of their rotation. A non-issue at the moment, it’s something to keep a watchful eye on as the season progresses.