Ken Rosenthal is reporting that it could be costly for the Yankees to acquire Jarrod Washburn.
In reaction to that, some Yankees fans may be thinking “No problem. The way Sidney Ponson has performed, we probably don’t need Washburn.”
After all, sure, Sidney Ponson has started four games for the Yankees and New York has won all four of those contests. In fact, for the Yankees, Ponson is averaging 5.6 IP per start, has an ERA of 4.37 and now has a record of 2-0.
However…do not be fooled. Sidney Ponson is a time-bomb waiting to explode.
As a Yankee, Sidney Ponson has faced 102 batters and has allowed the following BA/OBP/SLG line: .318/.412/.477
Yes, 41% of the batters to face Ponson, the Yankee, have reached base. And, Sir Sidney has been very lucky, to date, in his starts for New York, getting out of some major jams (in terms of runners being on base). Think that’s going to last forever?
Hey, I’m not saying that Washburn is the answer for the Yankees rotation needs – for sure. Maybe he can help – then again, maybe he cannot? But, the numbers show that Sidney Ponson has not been as effective as his W-L record and ERA would suggest…and the Yankees better come up with a plan to replace him…and quick.