• Darrell Rasner To Start Today

    Posted by on April 26th, 2008 · Comments (3)

    Well, in Triple-A.

    Via Syracuse Online:

    [Darrell] Rasner will take that extra edge to the mound today as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre comes to town to face the Syracuse Chiefs in a two-game weekend set at Alliance Bank Stadium.

    Yankee fans might look to Rasner as an answer to New York’s pitching woes. While young pitchers Philip Hughes (0-3, 7.85 ERA), Ian Kennedy (0-2, 9.64) and Ross Ohlendorf (0-0, 6.06) have struggled in New York, the 27-year-old Rasner has been dominant so far this season in Scranton.

    Rasner is 3-0 in four starts with an eye-popping 0.72 ERA. He’s struck out 21 batters in 25 innings and walked just five. In his most recent start, Rasner shut out Rochester for eight innings on Monday.

    Rasner might be in New York already if not for a stroke of bad luck last season.

    For the first time in his career, Rasner started the regular season in the major leagues, making the Yankees’ 2007 Opening Day roster.

    He started five games for the Yanks. His 1-2 record belied a respectable 4.01 ERA. But in the first inning of his sixth start, a come-backer off the bat of New York Mets outfielder Endy Chavez fractured the index finger on Rasner’s throwing hand.

    In the past, throwing in the bigs, Rasner was usually pretty good for his first 50 pitches – and then he lost it. Perhaps he’s found something and now he’s over that?

    Did you know(?), back in 2002, Rasner was drafted ahead of the following players: Jon Lester, Jonathan Broxton, Jesse Crain, Brian McCann, Curtis Granderson and Rich Hill. Somebody once saw something in the lad. Maybe it’s starting to come out now?

    Comments on Darrell Rasner To Start Today

    1. baileywalk
      April 26th, 2008 | 12:24 pm

      Well, first off, Ohlendorf hasn’t struggled (one bad inning, etc.).

      Okay. I’m a big Rasner fan. I think this guy might even be a legit number five in the big leagues. But it’s amazing how there’s this clamor for his callup. Kennedy is better than Rasner. If you put Kennedy in AAA right now, he’d probably be putting up the same numbers (maybe not an ERA that low, but I’m sure that ERA will adjust soon and SOME of it has to do with luck). So what’s the point? Rasner isn’t going to come here and have a sub-1 ERA because that’s not who he is.

      It’s pretty sad that after all these years of begging and pleading and whining for young pitchers, now that the NY media and fans have them, all they can do is scream that they have to be replaced. It’s too bad Phil and Kennedy each had a disastrous apperance apiece that has driven their ERAs into the stratosphere. People are unduly obsessed with it.

      If Phil and Kennedy make it, then they should get extra credit for doing it in the absurd environment of New York.

    2. April 26th, 2008 | 1:50 pm

      I believe pitching coach Rafael Chavez, actually encouraged Rasner to throw a cutter to keep hitters from sitting on his curveball. That’s supposedly the reasoning behind his sudden rejuvination.

    3. Rich
      April 26th, 2008 | 3:20 pm

      Rasner threw in the low ’90s when he was drafted.

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