Boomer Esiason: Is Yankees' Starting Pitching Enough?

Boomer and Gio
August 13, 2019 - 9:56 am

Even when playing with subs, the Yankees pack plenty of offensive punch. But is it enough to overcome their subpar rotation? 

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That was on the minds of WFAN's Boomer Esiason on Tuesday morning after the Bronx Bombers swept a doubleheader Monday against the Baltimore Orioles to improve their record to 79-41, tied with the Dodgers for the best in the baseball. 

James Paxton was mediocre in the first game, allowing three runs over six innings in an 8-5 win. And the Yankees used a parade of relievers to win the second game 11-8.

The team's starting pitching has a 4.70 ERA this season. 

"It's amazing how many players have had to participate throughout this year because of all of the injuries. And I still don't know if it's going to be enough," Esiason said on Tuesday's "Boomer and Gio" show. "Houston is -- they're a good team, man. And watching them since the trade deadline -- and I know that (Zack) Greinke didn't have a great first start -- I mean, they are a really good team. But so are the Yankees, but I just wonder -- and this is going to be the $100 million question for the Yankees -- is their starting pitching enough? Is it enough to get them to where they want to go, and that is obviously winning the World Series, meaning most likely you're going to have to go through Houston and the Dodgers." 

The Yanks received some encouraging news Monday about starter Luis Severino and reliever Dellin Betances, neither of whom has pitched yet this season. Severino threw a bullpen session, and manager Aaron Boone said afterward the right-hander looked "really strong." Betances also tossed a bullpen session and is scheduled to do another one Thursday.

Esiason said the Yankees just might have the pitching needed to go deep into October "if they get back Betances and Severino, and Severino can be used in some longer form than just one inning here or coming out of the bullpen and he's effective as he was at the beginning of last year."

To listen to the open from Tuesday's show, in which Boomer and Gio also discuss Gleyber Torres' three home runs in the twin bill against Baltimore -- and 13 against the Orioles this season -- click on the audio player above.