As it stands right now, the Yankees will go into opening day with the following rotation: CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Andy Pettitte and Javier Vazquez. Not bad for the first four. But the number five spot remains open.
The Yankees have choices. They can go with Joba, they can go with Hughes, or they could slip in Serigo Mitre, who just yesterday signed a one-year $850,000 deal, according to the Associated Press.
If you have read anything I have written, you will notice a hatred of mine for the idea of putting Joba in the rotation. Hughes is a better starter and Joba is a far better reliever. So it seems pretty simple doesn’t it? Just put Hughes in the rotation and Joba in the bullpen. It would work as both a long term and shor term solution. But, the ridiculous Yankee coaching staff philosophy has me backed in a corner.
First off, let’s just remove Mitre, who most certainly does not deserve a spot over Hughes or Joba.
Who should be the fifth starter for the Yankees?(polling)
But back to the issue. Just as the Yankees had a “Joba Rule” thing in effect, you can bet your dollar they would have some “Hughes Rules” as well. Which makes me very skeptical. There is no doubt that you can attribute Chamberlains atrocious starting pitching to the fact that he was constantly on a pitch count. It made him always think about the pitch count, which took his focus away from being aggressive.
In 2010, the wheels would be off for Joba, so maybe he would be a better starter. I’m afraid that the same thing that happened to Joba will happen to Hughes, should they put him in the rotation.
But either way, you go with the better option. Like I said, Hughes is a better starter, and Chamberlain is a better reliever. Long term, Hughes can be the next Pettitte, and Chamberlain can be the next Rivera (maybe a bit worse.) You might as well set up for that now, rather than screwing stuff up. ⧫
Here they are, as voted on by you, the fans, your 2009 YANKEES SEASON AWARDS!!!
last year to a .320 batting average, 204 hits and 25 home runs this year. His hits rank 3rd in the AL league. Congratulations Robinson Cano on your 2009 season award!
IP over 2. Perhaps it was his foot injury last year in Houston, but with Wang’s production this year, it’s amazing the Yankees were able to do what they have done. You won an award… but no congratulations.
Yanks go for series win, Blue Jays look to split.
- Swing Early: Tallet has given up 31 hits (5 2B, 1 3B, 6 HR) in 77 at bats on the first pitch this season. Thats a .403 batting average.
- Take Advantage: With RISP, Tallet has opposing hitters hitting at a .298 clip.
- Forget the Match-Ups: Lefties are hitting .291 off Tallet which is a lot better than right handed hitters. So, if your Joe Girardi, don’t keep your lefties out of the line-up just because a lefty is on the mound.
Yanks pound out five homers to take rubber game in Boston.
|Jeter||SS||.331||.298, 14 for 47|
|Damon||LF||.284||.273, 12 for 44|
|Teixeira||1B||.288||.125, 2 for 16|
|Swisher||RF||.251||.294, 5 for 17|
|Cano||2B||.314||.341, 14 for 41|
|Cabrera||CF||.270||.333, 12 for 36|
|Molina||C||.250||.154, 4 SO|
Each team looks to restore some order in series and salvage final game, win series.
Yanks hope they have something left after outburst last night.