Baltimore Orioles: Power Ranking Of American League East Rotations
Are the New York Yankees the favorite to win the American League East this year?
1) New York Yankees
- Gerrit Cole
- Masahiro Tanaka
- James Paxton
- Luis Severino
- J.A Happ
- Jordan Montgomery
2019 Starter ERA: 2.87
Key Additions: Gerrit Cole (FA)
The Yankees are the clear-cut favorites to win the AL East. After all, why wouldn’t they be?
The Yankees signed Major League Baseball’s best pitcher in Gerrit Cole to a monstrous $36M/yr, $324M contract through 2028. This is going to be the man AL East teams do not want to see every fifth day. From Cole, the Yankees will have Masahiro Tanaka in the second spot. Tanaka was an All-Star last season, pitching the 2nd most innings of his career.
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Next, I think James Paxton will fill the #3 spot in the Yankees rotation. Paxton had the most wins of his career last season as well as having the 2nd most K’s of his 7-year career. Luis Severino will fill the #4 spot. The two-time All-Star only appeared in three games last season, throwing just 12 innings. Severino is due for a breakout season after having almost a full season to recover from injury.
J.A. Happ, entering his 14th MLB season, is predicted to be the #5 starter for the Bronx team. Happ had a near 5.00 ERA and is looking to sustain his position in the rotation this season. The second lefty behind Paxton will likely be the fifth man, but if it starts to get ugly, don’t be surprised if the Yanks decide to throw in another lefty, Jordan Montgomery. If Montgomery gets the opportunity, he will look to replicate his 2017 season which he posted a 3.88 ERA in 29 starts.
Do the Blue Jays move up this list by the end of the season? Just how good is the Yankees rotation? Stay tuned throughout the season to find out.