• Roles In Yankees Pen TBD

    Posted by on April 1st, 2010 · Comments (9)

    Via Joel Sherman

    Unlike with the fifth starter’s job, the Yankees are comfortable going into the season without delineating a primary set-up man for Mariano Rivera.

    It had been believed that if Joba Chamberlain failed to win the last rotation spot, he simply would become the main eighth-inning reliever. But manager Joe Girardi has said publicly that Chamberlain must earn that position, and several Yankees officials insisted to The Post that is not just said for effect or as a motivational ploy toward Chamberlain, a player the organization does worry about when he gets too comfortable.

    Instead, early in the season, Girardi is leaning toward looking at multiple options and letting the results dictate how he proceeds. Is it best that Joba earn that role for now and for the future? Yes.

    The Yankees believe they have much more appetizing alternatives this year, with as many as four relievers they think can hand the ball to Rivera: Chamberlain, Chan Ho Park, David Robertson and Damaso Marte. Girardi very well could mix and match early. For example, if the Yankees face an eighth inning filled with lefties, Marte could be used for some or all of the inning. Also, Girardi strongly tries to avoid using any of his setup men more than two straight days, so he will want multiple options for the eighth.

    “Guys will step up and let us know who should pitch in the eighth,” pitching coach Dave Eiland said.

    This is interesting for me. I love Robertson’s stuff and guts. But, I fear his durability. He just seems like a D.L. stay in the making. Marte? Let’s not allow the post-season of 2010 to hide his regular season performance. That leaves Joba and Park.

    I know that Park was good against righties, recently, in the National League. But, let’s not forget that one-fifth of the Yankees schedule is against the Rays and Red Sox and they have some lefties who can mash. For that matter, so do the Jays and O’s. So, how well will Park do in the A.L. East this year?

    Lastly, Joba…ah…Joba. So much can go right for him this year…and so much can go wrong.

    Sure, I know…last year the Yankees pen was garbage in April and May and then it changed over and turned around come June. That was part of the magic of 2009. Can it happen again in 2010?

    Well, maybe it won’t need to happen…but, if it’s needed, will it happen? Maybe…or maybe not.

    Comments on Roles In Yankees Pen TBD

    1. Corey Italiano
      April 1st, 2010 | 4:57 pm

      If Marte becomes the 8th inning guy, a lot of things went wrong.

    2. Corey Italiano
      April 1st, 2010 | 4:57 pm

      This is interesting for me. I love Robertson’s stuff and guts.
      =============
      Funny, I always thought you didn’t like him by the way you fought me over him last year.

    3. G.I. Joey
      April 1st, 2010 | 5:13 pm

      I don’t see that much reason to fear Robertson’s durability. He’s looks like a young guy in good shape and doesn’t have a violent or herky-jerky delivery as far as I can tell.

    4. April 1st, 2010 | 5:21 pm
    5. G.I. Joey
      April 1st, 2010 | 5:26 pm

      @ Steve Lombardi:

      That link made it all come back to me like a bad acid trip flashback.

    6. KPOcala
      April 2nd, 2010 | 1:28 am

      Why the worry about Robertson’s arm?

    7. Raf
      April 2nd, 2010 | 7:55 am

      Articles about “roles” I find amusing. Your role, as a MLB pitcher is to get the batter out, no matter the inning, no matter the situation.

    8. April 2nd, 2010 | 10:52 am

      Corey Italiano wrote:

      Funny, I always thought you didn’t like him by the way you fought me over him last year.

      Not me. Do a search on Robertson here. I’ve been pretty positive on him, IIRC.

    9. April 4th, 2010 | 6:36 pm

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