Mike Wallace at ESPN claims:
“The team with a longer history of excellence than any in the history of professional sports opted for mediocrity.”
Don’t know if I would put it in the same context as Wallace, but here is why I think Girardi made the right choices.
This was no easy decision as Nova, Colon and Garcia all pitched well enough to keep them in this competition right till the end.
Nova clearly earned himself the fourth spot, throwing a 1.80 ERA in four starts and five exhibition games this spring. In 2010, Nova was called up mid-pennant race and made seven starts for the Bombers, posting a 4.50 ERA, over 10 games to finish with a 1-2 record.
Garcia did not have as good a spring as Colon, but reputation and reliability is a factor. Considering Garcia won 12 games for the White Sox, while remaining healthy last season; and Colon hasn’t pitched in the regular season since September of 2009.
Colon’s also came to camp un-physically fit, about 25 lbs. overweight and a history of injuries on his resume. This surely benefited Garcia into being the logical and more dependable choice.
Shockingly, I am happy that Colon is staying after projecting flashes of his previous 2005 CY Young winning self. Colon will be as solid as any team could hope for in the long relief role out of the bullpen. Trust me Colon will be needed more then he probably realizes, and that I would live to admit.
- Yankees give Ivan Nova and Freddy Garcia final rotation spots (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- Nova, Garcia Win Spots In Yankees Starting Rotation (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- “Bartolo Colon Sent to Yankees Bullpen, Freddy Garcia Named Fifth Starter” and related posts (nesn.com)
- The Rotation is Set (slidingintohome.blogspot.com)
- 2011 Spring Training: Pitching Audition Rumors You Are Not Going To Like (ladylovespinstripes.com)
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