The Yankees are not in dire need for a starter much to the dismay of the sports media/Yankee-Haters. Even though the Bombers are riddled with injuries they continue to win and hopefully this will avoid any desperate move to deal one of out talented prospects, but don’t hold me to that.
Shockingly the Yankees biggest problem started out as the team’s biggest strength and vice versa. As the bullpen fell apart, while the starting rotation has been unbelievable.
The bullpen still has the greatest closer in MLB history, Mariano Rivera who already has 18 saves and is defying all odds at 41 years old.
Setting up for Mo is David Robertson, who has literally been a savior especially after Joba Chamberlain went down. Robertson is posting 47 strikeouts, with a 1.23 ERA and has isolated 19 of 25 collected base runners, in just shy 30 innings pitched.
These two are obviously not the problem, but lefty Boone Logan is a big one.
Bottom line is Logan not getting the job done as the sole LOOGY (Left Only One Out Guy) in the Yankees bullpen.
Logan is not on the roster by choice, but by chance and he is only getting worse. Logan’s 3.94 ERA is masking how bad he has been this season. He has allowed 16 hits, seven earned runs, one home-run, eight walks, pitching 16 innings and facing 25 batters in total.
In his latest outing, Logan threw just one pitch that plunked Reds Joey Votto in the back, leaving skipper Joe Girardi little choice but remove him.
The last thing any team can afford is a relief pitcher that jeopardizes winning games and that is Logan in a nutshell. He has to go, where doesn’t matter as much as when. As the last thing the Yankees need is Kyle Farnsworth part two.
Well, the overall trade market looks limited this season, as there are a lot more teams still in playoff contention. Even the long shots that are flirting with collapse are not throwing in the towel just yet.
The go-to teams of the last two seasons, like the Seattle Mariners, Pittsburgh Pirates, Arizona Diamondbacks, Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals are all still in contention in the race for October.
The New York Mets are listening to offers, as they have the talent and need to slice some money off their high payroll but my guess is that they would rather pay-up than help the Yankees get better.
Mets fans have redefined being out through the ringer, and I trust the new Mets brass is well aware of this. So, don’t totally get your hopes up for K-rod, but removing the $18 million he is owed in 2010 is going to make it tempting for GM Sandy Alderson to move him.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman could bring up lefty rookie Manny Banuelos, as he could pitch two or three innings if needed. Banuelos proved he could do it in Spring Training, so why not give him a shot.
If Cashman continues to be overprotective of the Minor League prospects, he might have no choice but to put Phil Hughes in the bullpen. A move I think should happen no matter what.
Hughes has experience as a middle reliever and was a main reason behind the 2009 Yankees surging in the second half of the season.
It also prevents Girardi from wearing down Mo and Robertson. God forbid either goes down because there is no one else that can get guys out. Having Hughes back in his 2009 role permits everyone some breathing room.
Fact is the Yankees are not the AL East favorites heading into the second half of the season; but this is a role the Bombers tend to flourish in. That means getting some bullpen help down the stretch absolutely essential, wherever Cashman finds it but this current set-up will not work much longer.
Reality will bite, as it is impossible for the starters to be perfect and go deep into games every outing for any team. Cashman has to find a consistent arm, preferably a lefty to provide or a righty with proven track record to provide the needed relief down the stretch.
- Hartnett: Girardi Needs To Tinker His ‘By The Book’ Approach (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Game 73: YANKEES vs. Reds (cmdyankees.wordpress.com)
- New York Yankees: Should They Make a Strong Pursuit for Francisco Rodriguez? (bleacherreport.com)
- What Happens When Phil Hughes Comes Back? (yankeesfansunite.wordpress.com)
- New York Yankees: The Cashman Rules (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- Keefe To The City: Designate Them For Assignment (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- New York Yankees: Super Nova Not Letting Phil Hughes Steal His Spot (ladylovespinstripes.com)