The New York Yankees starting rotation will be a major concern this 2024 season.  Gerrit Cole now could be missing time as it was announced Monday morning that he needs an MRI on his elbow.  Numbers two through five are concerning.  Nestor Cortes was lightning in a bottle in 2022 and barely pitched last season.  Clarke Schmidt is never consistent.  New comer Marcus Stroman hasn't some talent and swagger but he hasn't started a game in the Pinstripes yet.  And finally Carlos Rodon just flat out stinks and can't pitch in New York.  Below is my quick take on this as seen in The Times Union:

I normally don't put much stock into Spring Training but after a horrible first season with the New York Yankees starting pitcher Carlos Rodon needs to get off to a good start and for him it starts in March. Unfortunately, Wednesdays start against the Rays wasn't encouraging at all in fact it reminded me of his struggles last year. The Yankees are paying Rodon $162 Million and counting on him to be the second-best pitcher on the staff behind Gerrit Cole, but right know that's not the way he's pitching. Regular season will be here before we know it and Rodon is still trying to figure it out. 

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The Yankees will most likely be a playoff team in 2024 but I doubt they will win the AL East division as the Baltimore Orioles are very good.  Rodon needs to prove to the Yankees fans and organization that he can pitch at a high level.  A near seven ERA won't cut it especially when you are getting paid $27 million per year if you're Rodon.

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