• The Spot Start That Ruined Alfredo Aceves

    Posted by on August 22nd, 2009 · Comments (0)

    Via TSN on July 7, 2009

    The New York Yankees are moving right-hander Alfredo Aceves from the bullpen for a spot start on Thursday against the Minnesota Twins.

    Aceves will fill in for Chien-Ming Wang, who is on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. Manager Joe Girardi made the announcement before the Yankees opened a three-game series against the Twins on Tuesday. He said he also considered Sergio Mitre, but ultimately settled on Aceves because he “was the most stretched out right now.”

    Aceves is 5-1 with a 2.03 ERA in 21 appearances this season, helping solidify the Yankees bullpen. He made four starts for the Yankees last season, one reason why Girardi said he felt comfortable with the move this time around.

    “He’s a four-pitch guy. He’s done it before,” Girardi said. “We were comfortable going to him.”

    Aceves will likely be limited to about 65 pitches, Girardi said.

    Well, Aceves did start that game on July 9th and threw 65 pitches. But, he only went 3.3 IP in the contest – allowing 4 hits, a walk, and three earned runs. Afterwards, he returned to the bullpen – next appearing in a game 9 days later.

    But, in his first four games, pitching in relief, after that start, from July 18th through July 25th, Aceves threw just 3.3 IP – allowing 4 hits, a walk, and three earned runs.

    Then, four days later, it was announced that Alfredo Aceves had “fatigue” in his right shoulder. And, since that time, he’s pitched in seven games for the Yankees, going 16.6 IP – allowing 18 hits, 3 walks, and 14 earned runs.

    In total, since that spot start in Minnesota, Alfredo Aceves has pitched in 11 games, all out of the pen, throwing 20 IP, allowing 22 hits, 4 walks, and 17 earned runs. (Hey, on the bright side, he’s not walking many, right?)

    Clearly, since making that start against the Twins, due to the injury to Chien-Ming Wang, Alfredo Aceves has been toast. Why the Yankees keep running him out there, now, is beyond me?

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