Michael King had been a solid reliever for the New York Yankees. He essentially served as a fireman, filling the void any time the Yankees needed to get those key outs. That role led to save opportunities and being ready to come in at any time, making him a key part of their bullpen.
His versatility led to another change in roles. King was slotted into the Yankees rotation due to a plethora of injuries and ineffectiveness. The Yankees had to try something in an attempt to salvage their season.
Michael King has home with New York Yankees
It turns out that the Yankees may have had the missing piece in the back of their rotation all along. King has been dominant as a starter, improving as time goes on. He fired a career high seven innings on Wednesday, allowing one run on five hits, striking out 13 batters. Although he took the loss as the Yankees fell 6-1, it was hardly his fault.
King has been a revelation since moving into the rotation. He has allowed eight runs, six earned, on 28 hits and four walks in 30.1 innings, striking out 42 batters. Opponents have mustered a meager .244/.367/.313 batting line against him in 121 plate appearances as a starter, hitting just one homer in that span. One could even say that he has been the Yankees best starter since joining the rotation.
His success could have ramifications going forward. The Yankees are expected to pursue Yoshinobu Yamamoto during free agency, with reports indicating that he may be their top priority. While Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortes, and Carlos Rodon are going to be part of the rotation, the Yankees will still need to find a fifth starter. King could be a cost effective option with several years of team control and a great deal of upside.
Michael King entered the New York Yankees rotation out of necessity. Given his performance, he may never leave.