Take 5: Pick the Yankees' rotation
At left are the six starters in the Yankees' rotation right now and a synopsis of their seasons thus far. Above right is a tab marked "Poll" where you vote on which pitcher to remove from the rotation.
Stats: 16-6, 2.81 ERA, 182.2 IP
Sabathia is the ace of the staff and among the top three pitchers in the American League this season. From June 14-July 16, Sabathia won seven straight starts. He's not going anywhere this season, the only question is how many more starts he'll get if manager Joe Girardi sticks with the six-man rotation for another round or two.
Stats: 8-6, 3.33 ERA, 113.2 IP
Signed to a minor-league deal in the offseason, Colon has outpitched his contract. Out of MLB since mid-2009, Colon has life and movement on his fastball again. Other than back-to-back bad starts in mid-July, Colon has been one of the best restoration projects in the Bronx.
Stats: 8-9, 4.60 ERA, 148.2 IP
Burnett is 0-3 with four no-decisions in his last seven starts and hasn't won a game since June 29. One of those no-decisions was the bullpen's failure. With Burnett's ample contract (year three of a five-year, $82.5 million deal), it's hard to imagine manager Joe Girardi putting Burnett in the bullpen anytime soon. He's a "stuff" guy, meaning he has a dominant fastball and sick movement on his breaking pitches, but command is often the issue. And those 15 wild pitches don't help matters much either.
Stats: 11-4, 3.85 ERA, 112.1 IP
Nova was sent down earlier this season when there was another surplus of starters. But his 11 wins as of Aug. 11 is top in the major leagues for rookies. He continues to impress and has the look of a solid starter in both the regular season and playoffs. Nova has a 2.85 ERA on the road and a 4.62 ERA at home. The 11 home runs he has surrendered have all been solo shots. A No. 5 starter to start the season, Nova has proved he's worthy of a higher spot.
Stats: 10-7, 3.16 ERA, 122.1 IP
At times this season, Garcia has looked brilliant. Other times, not so much. He was considered a placeholder in the rotation when he signed a minor-league deal in the offseason, but Garcia has proved he still knows how to pitch. In his 20 starts so far, Garcia has pitched seven or more innings seven times and five or more innings 19 times.
Stats: 2-4, 7.11 ERA, 38 IP
Hughes struggled mightily in the beginning of the season (0-3, 14.26 ERA) and spent nearly three months in rehab and the minors trying to find his fastball again. Hughes has pitched well in four of his five starts since coming back to the big leagues.