I know that Aaron Small, in his last 3 appearances, has been smacked around lately (to say the least) – with 13 ER in 19 IP.
However, I still have a feeling about him – that he’s going to come up big when it counts (either doing something to get the Yankees into the post-season and/or helping them win a post-season series).
Why? It’s probably because of the Roy Hobbs nature of his story. He was the “nobody from nowhere” who showed up one day in the Yankees dugout like that famous “middle-aged rookie” from Bernard Malamud’s classic tale.
And, on the day that Small was called up, the Yankees were a .544 ballclub. Since that time, they’ve played .633 baseball.
Remember, in the movie-version of The Natural, Hobbs hit a speed bump of sorts just before coming back to lead the team into the promised land. This could be one of those times where life imitates art.
With just 12 games left until the end of the season, we’ll know soon enough.