Great stuff from Ken Davidoff – h/t to the Rockettes! -
Today, however, I attended a Yankees event in Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood.
I’ll post the link later about the actual event, but Brian Cashman was there, and he discussed some Yankees issues:
–New pitching coach Larry Rothschild will spend a week to 10 days with A.J. Burnett in January, at Burnett’s Maryland home.
“We signed A.J. not to be not a back of the rotation starter, but to pitch toward the front of the rotation,” Cashman said. “That’s what his abilities are. That’s what he’s capable of doing. And that’s what we expect. I believe you’ll see that again.”
Burnett has never been an elite starting pitcher but his 2010 did mark his worst regular season of his career, using ERA+ and WAR as measures. You’d think he’d bounce back some., but his 2010 was so erratic and disturbing – what kind of guy shows up at work with a black eye and refuses to discuss its cause? – that we’ll wait and see.
–Cashman on why Joba Chamberlain won’t be considered for a switch back to the starting rotation: “His stuff plays so much significantly (better) out of the ‘pen. We had given him an opportunity to pitch in the rotation, and the velocity dropped. It’s just not the same stuff.”
–Cashman said that Alex Rodriguez visited with hip specialist Marc Philippon in November and received a clean bill of health.
Note: Most “Quality Starts” since 2005:
|1||Dan Haren||138||Ind. Games||72||27||.727||2.09||138|
|2||Roy Oswalt||134||Ind. Games||77||26||.748||1.91||134|
|3||CC Sabathia||132||Ind. Games||97||13||.882||1.76||132|
|4||Johan Santana||131||Ind. Games||76||22||.776||1.73||131|
|5||Bronson Arroyo||127||Ind. Games||76||22||.776||1.95||127|
|6||Roy Halladay||124||Ind. Games||86||19||.819||1.71||124|
|7||Jon Garland||120||Ind. Games||70||21||.769||2.01||120|
|8||Andy Pettitte||118||Ind. Games||71||21||.772||2.05||118|
|9||Derek Lowe||118||Ind. Games||61||27||.693||2.03||118|
|10||John Lackey||118||Ind. Games||71||17||.807||1.99||118|
|11||Mark Buehrle||118||Ind. Games||73||15||.830||1.98||118|
|12||Felix Hernandez||115||Ind. Games||60||18||.769||1.70||115|
|13||Livan Hernandez||112||Ind. Games||59||18||.766||2.41||112|
|14||Ted Lilly||111||Ind. Games||67||21||.761||2.12||111|
|15||Barry Zito||109||Ind. Games||57||23||.713||1.95||109|
|16||Carlos Zambrano||109||Ind. Games||68||10||.872||1.68||109|
|17||Joe Blanton||109||Ind. Games||60||24||.714||2.20||109|
|18||Jake Peavy||108||Ind. Games||59||24||.711||1.78||108|
|19||Matt Cain||108||Ind. Games||49||20||.710||1.83||108|
|20||A.J. Burnett||106||Ind. Games||57||19||.750||2.07||106|
|21||Josh Beckett||105||Ind. Games||75||12||.862||2.11||105|
|22||Javier Vazquez||103||Ind. Games||61||21||.744||2.07||103|
|23||Tim Hudson||102||Ind. Games||63||14||.818||1.80||102|
|24||Cliff Lee||101||Ind. Games||67||13||.838||1.69||101|
|25||Kevin Millwood||99||Ind. Games||51||25||.671||2.23||99|
Burnett should be a capable starting pitcher, if you trust him. Me? I don’t trust him. Good luck Larry.