The New York Yankees have a need for an ace to lead the starting rotation, and that role could fall in the hands of Domingo German.
Throughout the 2019 season for the New York Yankees, there has been one constant concern in that there is a lack of an ace on the pitching staff. In the 9-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, Domingo German showed flashes of potential to fill that role.
Needing to win both games of the doubleheader Saturday at Yankee Stadium, German got the Bronx Bombers started right. He tore through the Red Sox lineup en route to a wonderful outing. He finished going 7.0 innings pitched, allowing five hits, two earned runs while striking out seven. German didn’t allow a walk and dropped his season ERA to 3.98.
There was immense disappointment from the fanbase when the team didn’t make a move at the trade deadline to bring in a potential ace to the starting rotation. It appeared general manager Brian Cashman tried but the asking prices were too high. This left the Yankees needing to trust one of their own to carry the pitching staff into October. Not an easy task is given the volatility shown during the first half.
German showed Saturday, though, he has the repertoire to lead the Yankees down the stretch into October. Whether he can do it remains to be seen, but the Yankees need an ace. Turning 27 years old on Sunday, German has been electric for the majority of the regular season.
With Luis Severino still working his way back from a shoulder injury he suffered during Spring Training, the void left at the top of the rotation has been relatively big. If there was one area that needed correcting, it comes in the form of having an ace.
Part of that comes with the necessity of pitching late into games. Over his last seven starts, German has pitched at least 6.0 innings in five of them. That’s a nice change of pace from what the starting rotation has offered.
There is a concern, however, potentially arising in the near future. German crosses the 100.0 innings pitched threshold for the first time in his career following Saturday’s win. Depending on how his starts go in the near future, the Yankees could put an innings limit on the Dominican Republic native.
“We’ll obviously start to have those conversations and go accordingly, but we haven’t really dived into those conversations about deviating from anything from the plan right now of making his next start in five days,” said manager Aaron Boone on Saturday.
The Yankees enter Sunday up eight games in first place over the Tampa Bay Rays and 13.5 games over the Red Sox. Down the stretch, they will need an ace. German has shown the potential to be that kind of pitcher and if he can continue leading the rotation, home-field advantage is within grasp.