• Numbers: Yanks Need Another SP

    Posted by on June 19th, 2006 · Comments (3)

    Some current 2006 Yankees stats, via the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia:


    According to these stats, the Yankees basically have 5 hitters and 5 pitchers that are doing well, so far, this season. (I can’t count Myers because of his low IP total). And, for the pitchers, the breakdown is 2 starters and 3 men from the pen.

    There’s really no question that the Yankees need to improve their starting pitching in order to win it all this year. But, then again, that was the case last year – and the year before that – as well.

    Mussina, Wells, Clemens, and Pettitte was the last solid Yankees rotation – back in 2003. New York has never been able to replace Wells, Clemens and Pettitte – as a group.

    On the whole, Randy Johnson, Javier Vazquez, Jon Lieber, Carl Pavano, Kevin Brown, Jaret Wright, Aaron Small, and Shawn Chacon have not been the answer.

    Chien-Ming Wang has been Wang-der-full. But, he can’t fill three slots in a rotation. Hopefully, Randy Johnson, the rest of this season, can match his 2005 production levels. That will help. But, it still leaves the Yankees one pitcher short of having a decent rotation. This is the answer. How about the question?

    Is the question “Who?”

    Even a guy like David Bush, Doug Davis, Scott Elarton, Tony Armas Jr., Livan Hernandez, Aaron Cook, Chris Young, or Paul Byrd would be a decent addition (at the right price) at this stage.

    So, the question is probably “When?”

    And, the further answer there is “Soon – before it’s too late!”

    I’ll leave the “How?” up to Brian Cashman. That’s why he gets the big bucks.

    Comments on Numbers: Yanks Need Another SP

    1. JohnnyC
      June 19th, 2006 | 12:04 pm

      Rasner should be coming off the DL soon. I’d give him a look first before I’d make a trade. Perhaps he can give us some length at the very least. Then, you choose between Wright and Chacon to be the long man out of the pen. More likely, Chacon would be DFA’d…he has some trade value, not much but there might be some takers. Anyone know what’s up with Rasner?

    2. baileywalk
      June 19th, 2006 | 2:58 pm

      They initially said Rasner wasn’t that hurt and should be fine. That was a while ago. Don’t know what’s up with him now.

      If I was the Yankees, I wouldn’t rush to make a trade — especially not for the chum mentioned here. I think it’s just as likely that Randy figures things out, Pavano comes back, or that you can get some wins out of Steven White or Rasner as it is that any of THOSE guys come here and help.

      I mean, would it be worth it to have to trade, say, Eric Duncan for Livan Hernandez, who gets banged around in the NL? Wouldn’t it just be better to throw White or Rasner against the wall and see if they stick?

      The Yankees recently made some rearrangements in the minors — Gardner up to AA, Shelly Duncan up to AAA — that seem to me to have a lot to do with the big club. I have a feeling most, if not all, moves will be made from the minors. I think before you see a desperation move like Hughes-plus-Tabata-plus-Duncan-for-Willis, you’d probably first see Hughes in the Bronx. (That’s not even remotely likely, but my point is that it’s more likely than a desperation trade for Willis.)

      By the way, I’m going to brave the ridicule and give Pavano a fifty percent change of pitching this year. It’s foolhardy, I know, but I still think it’s possible.

    3. Don
      June 19th, 2006 | 6:15 pm

      I stand by my proposal of making one starter out of two, Chacon with Wright as his caddy. Right now we know that wright is a 75+/- pitch pitcher so why continue to start him. As for Chacon, who knows what he really is but serviceable as a starter every fifth day with his caddy-in-waiting.

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