• Clouds Forming On Yankees Rotation?

    Posted by on February 15th, 2008 · Comments (5)

    From Dan Graziano

    What about 2008?

    “We can score eight runs a game,” Mussina said. “But if we give up nine, we’re not going to win.”

    The biggest issue facing the Yankees this spring is their starting rotation, which is packed with question marks. And not just the question marks you’d expect.

    Sure, there are three young pitchers — Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain and Ian Kennedy — in the mix for rotation spots as pitchers and catchers began workouts yesterday. And sure, there’s always uncertainty when you’re dealing with young pitchers.

    But the Yankees’ problem is the uncertainty surrounding their veterans.

    Chien-Ming Wang, the surest thing in the rotation, spent his day at a salary arbitration hearing in nearby St. Petersburg. Wang would like a long-term deal like the one second baseman Robinson Cano got, but the Yankees aren’t giving him one — a stance that likely reflects their concerns about his shoulder (he has a torn rotator cuff that has never been repaired) as well as the wisdom concerning long-term deals for pitchers.

    Pettitte, caught up in the Roger Clemens-Mitchell Report controversy, won’t be in camp today. The team has excused him until Monday because of his off-field issues.

    And Mussina, who’s coming off a year that saw him post the highest ERA (5.15) of his career and lowest innings total (152) since he worked 87 2/3 as a rookie, is a question mark even to himself.

    What ever happened to those guys on the boat at the end of the movie “The Perfect Storm,” anyway?

    Comments on Clouds Forming On Yankees Rotation?

    1. j
      February 15th, 2008 | 8:03 am

      “Clouds Forming Over Yankees Rotation?”

      Forming? What’s changed?

      They didn’t want to give Wang a long deal. Cashman hasn’t wanted to give pitchers long deals since he got full control (Mussina – 2 years, Pettite 1/1, Hawkins – 1, Clemens .5, etc.) If this numb nuts at the Ledger would have bothered to get a quote from Wang, he’d know that he doesn’t care that the Yankees took him to arbitration. He understands the process. And, in most people’s opinion, this could be a smart move. Wang is not as young as first time eligible arb guys are, and he’s a pitcher who (as you pointed out) struggles on the road thus far in his career relative to at home (although a 4.5 ERA is hardly “struggling”). If he gets better and they end up signing him as a FA and it costs them more because they refused to lock him up, well, then they take that risk. But clouds forming? Give me a break.

      You’ve got to stop with this doom and gloom cherry picking. There are 20 other articles in the paper today about some optimistic forecast of some aspect of this season. But instead, you go nuts on the “Pettite is going to retire/not be ready/going to be affected”, “Yankees rotation has issues”, “Yankees bullpen has issues” articles.

    2. j
      February 15th, 2008 | 8:05 am

      … heck, in the same article, Graziano talks about the possibility of the Yankees being in the mix for CC Sabathia after this year, based on his extension talks with Cleveland stalling. Why not talk about that? Lots of interesting questions for readers to ask/answer, instead of just a bunch of people telling you to chill out or become a Mets fan.

    3. February 15th, 2008 | 9:23 am

      j – there are many, many, Yankees blogs out there more than willing to provide puff pieces and huge helpings of rah-rah, yanks-rule!, commentary. We’re trying to be somewhat unique here – Yankees fans blogging about things beyond the fluff, etc.

      Granted, it’s not what many Yankees fans want to hear. But, it’s not like we’re making this stuff up. It exists – and, we’re willing to shed some light on it and recognize that it’s something that should be thought about – rather than just pretend it doesn’t exist. This make sense?

    4. williamnyy
      February 15th, 2008 | 9:36 am

      WW Staff

      I think it’s a bit of arrogance to suggest you are carrying the mantle for objective analysis on this blog. No one is suggesting you take out the poms poms, but in trying to be “unique”, it seems as if you simply interpret every piece of news as evidence of doom and gloom. Just like no wants to read positive spin all the time, non-stop negative spin is also a huge turn-off. Blogs like Bronx Banter provide a more even handed approach to the news they disseminate, and they are rewarded with a massive number of comments. It seems as if you are trying to generate the same level of interest, but instead all of your popular posts usually only contain angry replies. That’s a huge turn-off for most readers and doesn’t promote debate. Personally, I have been drawn to WW during the off season because of the volume of posts, but will probably stay away during the season due to the increasingly contrived tone.

      I don’t mean to preach to you about how to run your blog, but only intend to offer my perspective as an occasional reader.

    5. February 15th, 2008 | 9:53 am

      Thanks williamnyy – if you read this blog everyday, and over the last three years, you would know that we’re more than happy and willing to trumpet things that are going well in Yankeeland. And, if things are going well for the Yankees this season, you’ll see it posted here.

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