• Who Gets The Pill On Day One?

    Posted by on February 22nd, 2007 · Comments (5)

    The Hardball Times 2007 Season Preview projects an ERA of 3.82 for Worm Killer Wang this season.

    Considering that Wang’s lifetime ERA is 3.77, this seems fair.

    And, it’s probably why most Yankees fans think that Worm Killer will be the Yankees ace this season.

    It will be interesting to see if Torre names Wang the Opening Day starter this year. Mussina was awesome, overall, last season. And, he seems to have taken the role of staff leader, with respect to his clubhouse presence. Does that give Moose the nod? Then again, Pettitte is a horse and he’s being paid like a #1 starter. So, Andy has a case too.

    Part of me says Wang should be #1 in the rotation – for all the obvious reasons. Yet, another part of me likes the idea of Worm Killer not having to match up with the other team’s #1 or #2 pitcher most turns – because it almost makes his turn then like automatic-win day. (Here, I assume that Mussina and Pettitte will be up to the task of tying up the other team’s two best starters on their days.)

    If I had to guess, knowing Torre and his love for experience, etc., I’m guessing that Mussina gets the opening day assignment – and the either Pettitte or Wang will be #2.

    In terms of mixing up the look for opponents, I would suspect that an order of Mussina-Pettitte-Wang-Igawa-Pavano makes the most sense (since it’s a R-L-R-L-R sequence). Then again, you could flip Mussina and Wang in that order and it would have the same look in terms of handedness.

    Spring Training games start in a week. Torre may make us wait until around March 15th before he makes this call.

    The best part of this debate to me is that, I would bet, none of the Yankees starters will be upset with the decision. There’s not one of them with the prima-donna attitude that makes them think that they must be considered “the ace” and get the ball on Opening Day.

    Comments on Who Gets The Pill On Day One?

    1. February 22nd, 2007 | 9:54 am

      Here’s a way you can be sentimental and not hurt the team: let Pettitte start Opening Day.

    2. sju38621
      February 22nd, 2007 | 10:47 am

      Peter Abraham said in his blog today that Wang was the first to throw batting practice today and in years past, the first pitcher to throw BP usually started on Opening Day…

    3. jonm
      February 22nd, 2007 | 11:05 am

      I’m excited about The Hardball Times 2007 Season Preview; it’s been put together very secretly without all of the open angst that the Prospectus team seems to go through every year. I trust the guys at The Hardball Times and I think that they do very high quality work. The Prospectus is a quality product too; the arrogance can be too much at times though. I’m curious, Steve. Do you buy the Prospectus? It seems like you rarely mention it and that seems odd for a a fan like you.

    4. February 22nd, 2007 | 11:41 am

      ~~~Steve. Do you buy the Prospectus? It seems like you rarely mention it and that seems odd for a a fan like you.~~~

      I stopped getting it after the ’05 edition, IIRC, – ‘tho I used to get it every year, for at least 3 years, before that.

      Actually, one of the guys at BP sent me the 2006 edition when he saw some of my comments about at at NetShrine – hoping to change my opinion on the book. Nonetheless, it didn’t.

      I like some of the info that they have on minor leaguers, etc. But, the rest of the book does nothing for me.

      I tried to like the books, several times, over the years….it’s just that their style, attitude, etc., just doesn’t hit the right note with me, say, the way THT usually does.

      I did like Between The Numbers by BP, very, very, much ‘tho.

    5. rbj
      February 22nd, 2007 | 12:18 pm

      I suspect it’ll be Moose — veteran, longest current tenure, pitches well. Then Pettitte & Worm Killer. I hadn’t thought about the R-L-R-L-R set up, it sounds good.

      The question is, if Phil Hughes pans out as advertised, is it at all possible for Wang to grab an Opening Day assignment — or will Moose hand the baton straight off to Phil.

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