On the surface the New York Yankees went into spring training with the best starting rotation in the American League. Such a notion derived from them signing Gerrit Cole and having a healthy Luis Severino. Unfortunately for the New York faithful, Serverino injured his forearm, which requires season-ending Tommy John surgery, and James Paxton recently had back surgery, which keeps him off the hill to begin the regular season.
These injuries offset Cole’s arrival.
Cole was arguably the best pitcher in Major League Baseball last season. He was overpowering hitters with a high 90s fastball, getting them to whiff at his off-speed deliveries, and was pitching deep into games for the Houston Astros. Cole recorded a 2.50 ERA and 0.90 WHIP while totaling 326 strikeouts.
Albeit one could argue that two great seasons doesn’t warrant a $324 million contract, the Yankees needed an ace, which is precisely what Cole is. A one-two pitching punch of Cole and Severino projected to be formidable.
Before missing the bulk of last season due to a shoulder injury, Severino was one of the best pitchers in baseball. He was a strikeout machine, overpowered hitters with his fastball, pitched deep…