I’m starting to get very concerned about LaTroy Hawkins. Yes, he’s cheap and disposable. And, sure, from 2002 to 2004, he posted some solid pitching numbers. (And, since 2004, he’s been about a league-average performer.)
But, I’m beginning to think the pressure of Yankeeland is going to eat him alive this season. He’s recently had issues in terms of dealing with the media (in Chicago). Plus, there’s some evidence that he (at least lately) does not excel under fire. (From 2005 to 2007, he’s blown 27 of 39 save opportunities – that’s a whopping 69%.) Also, he’s had some post-season meltdowns in the past. These types of things suggest that he doesn’t have the stomach for New York.
Sure, the Yankees, reportedly, only want him to cover the 6th or 7th inning – and that should be less pressure. Still, I just have a feeling that, come that point in the season when it’s time for the team photo, Hawkins will be no where to be found in the Bronx.