It's not the Yankees power that will make up for its lack of pitching, it's the Yankees wallet. The only offense good enough to make up for its lack of pitching this year is the Texas Rangers. The Yankees will surely pick up the tab for a team looking to shed a starters worth of payroll come July 31. I think the Yankees have a good bullpen, and their soon to be rotation of Sabathia, Nova, Pettitte, Trade Deadline Pitcher A, and whatever guy they stick back here will be enough to get them to the playoffs thanks to the combination of Bobby V's hardheadedness and Joey Bats and Albert Pujols aging rapidly before our eyes.
I think it will help to win some games, but in the end pitching is really going to matter. Especially come playoff time. The loss of Pineda is sad, but they have enough depth that the effect will be minimal. Freddy Garcia and possibly Andy Petitte will slot in as the 5th starter. Phil Hughes and Garcia are each struggling so far this season, so at least one of them will have to step it up. In the end, I think the Yankees will be just fine.
While the Yankees have spent the bank on the offense, they still do have CC Sabathia aka the chunk. The offense is potent but in the end you need to have pitching going up that AL East lineup with David Ortiz, Evan Longoria (when healthy) and Jose Bautista. Time will tell as the standings go up and down in the division.The loss of Pineda and Rivera will definetly hold them back from winning lots of games, but maybe their farm system steps up to the plate.
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