• Mike Myers

    Posted by on November 29th, 2005 · Comments (7)

    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.

    Comments on Mike Myers

    1. November 30th, 2005 | 12:28 am

      A man with no arms is safe with a chainsaw – maybe you mean a man with one arm?

    2. November 30th, 2005 | 12:35 am

      Also, that’s not a huge sample – how many lefties/righties did he face? I don’t know off-hand how to calculate the expected OPS distribution width but if you expected an 0.3 OBP for <100 batters and saw 0.2, that would be consistent at about 2 sigma and hence not such a big deal.

    3. November 30th, 2005 | 8:40 am

      And I believe that he is a Type B free agent as well – which I think means that the Red Sox would get a supplemental first rounder.

    4. November 30th, 2005 | 9:14 am

      Forgot this piece in my last comment – the Sox would only get a pick if they offer Myers arbitration before the Dec. 7th deadline.

    5. Raf
      November 30th, 2005 | 9:46 am

      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.
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      Not true. Orosco and Lloyd come to mind

      Go for it. Couldn’t hurt.

      On a related note, I hear they’re pretty close to signing Farnsworth.

    6. November 30th, 2005 | 10:31 am

      rilkefan – “A man with no arms is safe with a chainsaw – maybe you mean a man with one arm?”

      Nope, I meant no arms. Even a guy with one can work it once it’s started – if he’s strong enough?

      Raf – “Orosco and Lloyd come to mind”

      Orosco has toast when he came to the Yanks – and faced just 24 batters while here – and got no one out.

      And, Torre used Lloyd as a 1-inn guy in 1997. He became a LOOGY in 1998. That may have been the last time that Torre used a LOOGY correctly.

    7. JohnnyC
      November 30th, 2005 | 12:49 pm

      Well, this is where, hopefully, Cashman has some influence on Torre’s habits…and maybe having Kerrigan on the staff helps as well. It also has something to do with the lack of depth in the bullpen in recent seasons (we could debate whether that’s an artifact of Torre’s use of those arms as well)and the inability of some aging starters to work consistently into the 7th inning. If the starters can routinely take Torre into and past the 7th inning, I think he’ll be more confident in using a LOOGY correctly. Big if but it could happen.

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