You hear this all the time. When Octavio Dotel arrives……well, what? Everyone assumes that he will save the day for the Yankees bullpen in 2006.
Well, let’s go back to the last year that he was sound (in 2004). In that year, he was 36 for 45 (80.0%) in terms of converting saves. This means that one time out of every five chances, he spit the bit. And, that was pitching for Houston and Oakland.
Based on this, how do you think he will handle the pressure of pitching for New York? Factor on to that the issue of coming back from Tommy John Surgery.
When I think of this, I can’t get as warm and fuzzy as some other Yankees fans when they drool over Dotel.