The Good, The Bad, The Yankees
The Yankees continue to win. Proven again by winning two of three against the Toronto Blue Jays after sweeping the Boston Red Sox the four games before this series.
The Yankees look good. As with any team, there are still things that need to continue to be productive along with areas that need to improve or change. This involves the managers and the GM expertise in keeping the team in the best position to win; so decisions are crucial.
The Red Sox just swept the Detroit Tigers. If anyone pretends that it does not send a message that Boston is still a good baseball team is crazy.
Try and remember that Boston swept the Yanks twice already this season but the Bombers continued to win against other teams.
And I am trying to be negative with my statements. The minute I stop thinking like this or more importantly the Yankees do, the Red Sox will be on our tails faster than I can say ‘ah-oh’.
That means the Yankees have to win and take every game as seriously as if they are playing the Red Sox every game. It will be tough and exhausting to say the least.
Pitching tends to dominate baseball talk regarding how that position can be the difference maker. I agree with that but with the Yankees I think the bats are the difference.
AJ Burnett and CC Sabathia have to be consistent along with Petite is a solid three starters to have. Mitre is a disaster and no need to say much more as his last starts explain it.
Joba is a problem. Mainly because you don’t know what Joba is on the mound. I think his inconsistency is like the slumps teams have all season and it is frustrating because he can be as good as anyone.
Joba’s main issue is the babying the Yankees are doing to this young man. His innings limit in the infamous “Joba Rules” is rumored at 160. He is already at 121.2 innings this season and his starts are mapped out for the rest of the season. Now Joba will have eight days rest till he will take the mound again, the whole thing seems to be ridiculous. Why can’t the Yankees just let Joba be Joba?
Young arms need some consideration, I get it but this seems like a strict parent who’s kid actually gets into more trouble down the road. What other pitcher has had this kind of treatment? And if so, was it successful?
Thus far, Joba has been just alright. He has three lights-out performances going deep in the game and it was like striking the pot of gold for a second. Other than that the “rules” seem to be getting broken and not getting the results.
And innings seem to be the less important a number than the actual number of pitches Joba throws in an inning or a game.
The conclusion is Mitre is bye-bye or at least presume a loss that day and Joba is fading to the bullpen, slowly but inevitably. Maybe not till the end of the regular season but what are the Yanks going to do if after that?
This is why the bats are so critical and hitting will be the difference for this team. So, home team advantage is kind of a must as the new stadium in the Bronx seems to be a hitters paradise.
With basically two and a half (Petite being the half) work-horse starters in place, is just not going to work in the long run. Hughes to Mo being so dominate cements that tandem as untouchable but you have to get to them first. Again, that puts a lot of pressure on the hitters.
Moving Hughes would be insanity reaching a new high for Cashman and Girardi. Joba could be treated like pitcher, excuse like a major league pitcher and just go out every fifth day, like everyone else.
I was at the game on Tuesday when Joba was on the mound against Toronto and it was a mess. Hope Joba gave some thanks to the bats for cleaning it up for him, again. And with it being a team win it almost gets Joba’s performance issues overlooked.
The Yankees mangers and GM need to figure out if this is the best option for the team. Remember this is the Yankees team, where Joba is just one of the team’s members.
It’s time to let Joba grow-up once and for all.