New York Yankees: Determining the starting rotation for 2020

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 18: (L-R) New York Yankee Pitching Coach, Matt Blake, Gerrit Cole, New York Yankee Manager, Aaron Boone of the New York Yankees pose for a photo at Yankee Stadium during a press conference at Yankee Stadium on December 18, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 18: (L-R) New York Yankee Pitching Coach, Matt Blake, Gerrit Cole, New York Yankee Manager, Aaron Boone of the New York Yankees pose for a photo at Yankee Stadium during a press conference at Yankee Stadium on December 18, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /
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4. player. 43. . . . Luis Severino

When Luis Severino is the fourth starter, then you should feel pretty dang good about your chances to go win a World Series for the first time since 2009.

Severino was once the New York Yankees ace (just two years ago), so he is still a very good pitcher. The 25-year-old dealt with an injury nearly the entire regular season last year, but he returned in the postseason and started in some pretty big games.

In over 8 innings he gave up just two earned runs on a pair of solo homers in the ALCS against the Houston Astros. Over his career, he has been able to keep his ERA under 4 in nearly 100 appearances and 530 innings.

He was also an American League All-Star in the 2017 and 2018 seasons while getting top 10 finishes in the Cy Young vote in both of those years.

43. . . . James Paxton. 3. player

James Paxton should have another good season in 2020 considering he is going to be at the top of the free-agent class next offseason.

Paxton, 31, pitched in over 150 innings last season and made 29 starts (a career-high mark). I think it was very encouraging for him to pitch great to end 2019 in the postseason because it will give him some added confidence going into Spring Training.

In his final two starts in the postseason (ALCS vs Houston), he allowed just two earned runs and struck out 12 batters while going six innings in his Game 5 start at home in front of the Yankee Stadium crowd.