Well I guess I put up the first post, number 100 might as well be me too.
The Joba era looks like it is about to hit full stride. It was another solid outing today and his walk total continues to diminish while the strike outs are starting to sky rocket. It's also a testament to his maturation that he wiggled his way out of some pretty tough jams, including a bases loaded nobody out situation in the second inning.
If Joba continues to step up then Cashman wont have to panic and there wont be as much pressure for him to go out and sell the farm for a big name starter.
It's also nice to see that one of the big three is finally making Cashman look good. Hughes and Kennedy are still going to have to play a big role in the rotation as the season moves deeper and deeper into summer.
Mike Mussina may be a beast right now but obviously no one expects him to continue putting up numbers like he has. Pettitte will be Andy Pettitte, meaning he will continue to pitch well and will probably end up eating up 200+ innings and winning 15 games. Rasner seems to be working fine for right now and hopefully he keeps it up but I don't know how much the Yankees can hope to keep getting out of him. And nobody knows what they're going to get from Dan Giese. I would suspect that he wont be long for this rotation, maybe piecing together a start here and there but not much more.
Hughes and Kennedy will rehab their injuries and probably get some extended time in the minors before the finally get called back up. But they will be back, the Yankees will need them to pick up starts here and there and to eat innings.
Even though it is a lot to put on such a young starter, Joba is the lynch pin for this year's rotation. Every other part of the pitching staff is pretty much a known, but Joba is an unknown. He could be lights out or he could eventually show that he needs more seasoning like his young counter parts. Today's start was just a glimpse of what Joba needs to do for the Yankees.