Ivan Nova #4 Freddy G #5 Rivera/Soriano – Fantasy Logic?

So spring training is winding down and the coveted Yankees have firmed up their pitching rotation. Ivan Nova has done enough to win the 4th starting spot. He has minimal major league experience but has looked pretty sharp this spring. Considering he is on the Yankees I would venture to predict 12 wins from this youngster.

Freddy Garcia surprised no one this spring. He is typically horrific in Grapefruit league. He wasn’t as bad as normal but a 5.93 ERA, 1-1 record, and 13 innings is far from stellar. Bartolo Colon was much better this spring hurling a 2.40 ERA, 1-0 record, and 15 innings pitched. However, Captain Joe felt that Colon’s injuries in the past two years precluded hom from being a starter. Add to that Garcia’s 12 win season last year (with 157 innings) and Joe’s decision was straightforward.┬áColon made the roster as a middle reliever. Don’t be surprised to see Colon get some spot starts as the season progresses.

At this point their fantasy implications are minimal. I leave both players on waivers and look to pick them up as 2 start pitchers in season. Personally, I would leave Nova out there on waivers, however I could see some Yankee’s worshipper drafting him in fantasy (in a sad belief he is the next Joba- and we all know how that worked out).

The only other thang of note in the Yankee’s pen is Mr Automatic Rivera is now 41. Alfonso Soriano may surprise some people this year and steal some of Rivera’s saves. With that possibility I would steer clear of Rivera. At this point I doubt he still does those 2 inning saves. Hence, the Yankee acquisition of Mr Soriano. Since the Yankees couldn’t get a stud starting group they were wise to insure the back half of the pen.

Wish me luck my fantasy baseball draft is 7pm EST tonite…let’s hope I surprise some people.

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One Response to “Ivan Nova #4 Freddy G #5 Rivera/Soriano – Fantasy Logic?”

  1. […] I wrote 9 days ago, Ivan Nova is a legit starting pitcher in MLB. He solidified the 4th starting spot on the Yanks. His first outing – 6 innings, 3 ER, 3K, 2 […]

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