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08:15 AM ET 03.09 | Freddy Garcia, now with five scoreless innings in two starts, was the latest pitcher to dazzle Joe Girardi. The back-of-the-rotation sweepstakes are about at the midway point, and if you didn't know better you'd think the Yankees have actually been blessed with a wealth of starting pitching. We all laughed at the notion of unsung Ivan Nova, the underwhelming Sergio Mitre and, presumably over-the-hill Bartolo Colon and Garcia as the candidates for the four and five spots behind CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes and A.J. Burnett. ... Tuesday, it was Garcia putting his best foot forward again, pitching three perfect innings against a mostly "A" Atlanta Braves lineup, barely breaking a sweat on 30 pitches, 20 of them strikes.

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March 9, 2011  09:54 AM ET
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Right now he would probably fit well as a 4th or even 5th starter. With the offense the Yankees have, he could post an ERA over 4.50 and still win 12 games or more.

That's good that you feel that way, since his ERA is going to be well north of 4.50 if he has a regular rotation spot. A righthanded flyball pitcher, who has lost his velocity, in Yankee Stadium is doomed.... see Javier Vazquez.

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March 9, 2011  10:05 AM ET

It was only the Braves...

March 9, 2011  10:11 AM ET

I am going to hold my applause.

March 9, 2011  10:13 AM ET
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He's only had an ERA over 4.5 thrice in his whole career when starting 28 games or more. Stop being mean, I'm starting to like him. PS - Vazquez is a ****.

He is what he is. He might be able to start 20 games and eat up 150 innings like he did last year. And if he's half way decent, the Yankees have been known to win some 8-6 games. It could work. Sorta. <averts eyes to hide my tell>

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March 9, 2011  10:23 AM ET
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but as a 4th starter- that would be more than acceptableThe Yankee problem will be come October when/if we only have 2 stable/reliable starters for the playoffsAnd even then- NY's postseason problems over the last decade has been more that the offense has fallen apart rather than the pitching-don't get me wrong- there have been some BAD, BAD starts....but the 200mil offense has let us down more, IMO

Look, I don't know about this 4th starter stuff (on most teams, the 4th starter is expected to start 30 games, win and approach 200 innings) but anyone with his credentials is a borderline candidate for a 5th starter (a spot that can be skipped several time during the year), IF THAT, anywhere else (except maybe for the Pirates.... and even they would rather trot out a young hopeful rather than this has-been).

March 9, 2011  10:23 AM ET
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but as a 4th starter- that would be more than acceptableThe Yankee problem will be come October when/if we only have 2 stable/reliable starters for the playoffsAnd even then- NY's postseason problems over the last decade has been more that the offense has fallen apart rather than the pitching-don't get me wrong- there have been some BAD, BAD starts....but the 200mil offense has let us down more, IMO

What good would common sense for it do?

March 9, 2011  10:25 AM ET

Alright man, World Series here we come!
Sheesh!

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March 9, 2011  10:26 AM ET

garcia will be fine, dumb argument, I mean it's not like he was a Braves pitcher.

March 9, 2011  10:27 AM ET
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Not for nothing but in 2002 Ivan Nova was selling Chicklets on the street in Santo Domingo

And making a damned fine living...

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March 9, 2011  10:57 AM ET

Garcia proved he still had something in the tank for the WS last year. The "competition" was a joke IMO, he'd have to stink it up not to make the back end of that rotation. He'll win 12-15 games if he can stay healthy with the run support he'll get from that lineup.

March 9, 2011  10:57 AM ET
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Look, Garcia had the shoulder injury in 2007 that plagued him for three consecutive seasons. But he came out of it in 2010 and looked pretty good at the end of that season, particularly against the Red Sox and White Sox, pitching seven innings of two-run ball in both starts. With the health problems behind him and the way he's starting off, he can start 30 and eat 200 innings this year in my opinion. Also: in my prayers.

Hey - Hope springs eternal in during camp ... but that ends around April 1.

 
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