Quote Originally Posted by longtimeyankeefan View Post
Rob -

I am not aiming this comment directly at you - just a general question. What is the expectation of a reliable 5th starter?

To me, the most important role of a 5th starter is to keep his team in the game - IMO, Monty has provided this opportunity in his tenure. The Yankees are 18-17 in games that he has started. Granted, it's not much above .500, but we are talking about the #5 pitcher here, not the #1 pitcher.
Monty exceeded expectations last year and had 2.7 ERA in Sept last year. I think Rob is saying this - a solid 5th starter. 2 poor games this year. His injury has hurt us.