I keep hearing these reports about the Yankees going after Mike Myers. This is good and bad.
The good: The Yankees need a situational lefty. And, that’s Myers. Check the numbers from last year.
Myers pitched in 65 games and faced 151 batters. This means he averaged like two and a third batters per appearance. This is why he only threw 37.3 IP in 65 games. And, he was murder on LH batters – see these numbers for them against him: .158 BA/.198 OBA/.211 SLG.
Yes, lefties had an OPS of .409 against him.
But, RH batters killed Myers last year (.385/.510/.641).
Yes, righties reached more than half the time against him.
And, that’s the bad news – because Joe Torre has never used a situational lefty the way they should be used. Instead, Torre uses them like 1-inning or 2-inning RP. And, if he does that with Myers, and allows him to face RH batters, then he will be torched.
Giving Joe Torre a Mike Myers is like giving a man with no arms a chainsaw. It’s a powerful tool to have – but the guy will never use it the way it was intended to be safely used.