Bottom line: With Bruney and Coke gone and left field taken care of, the Yankees need pitching, and lots of it. With the bullpen thin, Chamberlain and Hughes need to stay there. So, as the rotation stands right now, there are only three guys there. Cashman has hinted that Lackey is too high of a price, so lets take a look at a smaller investment: Kelvim Escobar.
- He will come pretty cheap.
- He has a 4.15 ERA in 12 seasons.
- He has pitched in Anaheim, so he is used to big games.
- He has postseason experience.
- He is pretty young at age 33.
- He has started over 200 games in his career.
- He isn’t a type A or B, so the Yankees won’t lose any draft picks.
- There are better options on the free agent market.
- He was injured last year and had very limited playing time.
- He walked 7.2 batters per nine innings last season.
Chat or Chuck?
Chat. With three accomplished and reliable starters in Sabathia, Burnett and Pettitte, a big game ace pitcher, such as Lackey, is just unnecesary. Escobar can be a reliable end of the rotation pitcher. Like I said, the Yankees need pitching. Every option is important, and Escobar is a very good option.
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Should the Yankees sign Escobar?(surveys)
Big top half of the ninth blows game open.
Vote Now for the 2009 Season Awards
Another win. Another sweep. Thats six in a row for the Yanks. Their second sweep in a row. I’m going to need a new broom. CC was the starter for the Yanks tonight. He was a bit shaky in the first two innings, but turned it on. He finished the night going seven innings, giving up one run on seven hits and striking out nine.
Both teams scored early. Markakis had a sac-fly in the first and Hinske had another solo homer for the Yanks in the third. Both teams were shut down until the seventh, when A-Rod came through with a big two-run single to make it 3-1 Yanks. Bruney came in and was horrible again. He gave up a line-out and a homer to make it 3-2. Coke and Hughes finished the inning.
Then it was the ninth. Jeter led off the inning with a walk. A-Rod had another two-run single to make it 5-2 Yanks. The Bombers went on to score five more runs in the inning, to make it a massive 10-2 lead.
Hughes came back out for the ninth and struck out the side.
Player of the Game: C.C. Sabathia: W, 7.0 IP, 7 H, ER, BB, 9 SO, 0 HR
Sabathia got his MLB leading 16th win of the season tonight. The Yanks are 37 games over .500, yet another high water mark. The Red Sox finally lost, so the Yankees are now 7.5 ahead in the East. It’s starting to smell a little comfortable in here. The Bombers have won six in a row.
Coming Up Next:
The Yanks fly north of the border to Toronto tonight. In the first of four, it’ll be Gaudin against Romero.
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