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Should the Yankees have kept Bartolo Colon?

Bartolo Colon of the Oakland Athletics pitches against

Bartolo Colon of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Seattle Mariners at the Tokyo Dome in Japan. (March 29, 2012) Photo Credit: Getty Images

It’s safe to say that in the early going the Yankee starting rotation is greatly underachieving.

Ivan Nova has been the Yankees most consistent starter and the owner of the lowest ERA among the starters at 4.15. I know it’s early but it’s a concern that the Yankees starting rotation has gotten off to such a rocky start.

Consider the ERA’s for the rest of the starters: CC Sabathia (5.59), Freddy García (6.97), Hiroki Kuroda (5.00), Phil Hughes (9.00).

Remember Bartolo Colon? Maybe the Yankees should have kept him around one more year. Why? He’s off to another solid start for the Oakland A’s. Through four starts, he’s 3-1 with a 2.63 ERA and 0.80 WHIP. Granted, two of his three wins have come against the Seattle Mariners, but you cannot deny he would be a better option than Garcia or Kuroda thus far.

Last night, Colon pitched eight shutout innings against the Angels and at one point threw 38 consecutive strikes. His command has been insane in 2012 allowing just two walks in 27.1 innings.

There is one caveat with Colon: we’ve been down this road before with the hot starts. Last year for the Yankees he was 6-4 in 12 starts with a 3.20 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP prior to the All-Star break. After that, Colon was 2-6 in 14 starts with a bloated 4.96 ERA and 1.47 WHIP. Opponents batted .240 off Colon prior to the break compared to the .298 after the “Midsummer Classic.”

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