When the only bright light in your starting rotation during the last weeks of the season and the playoffs is Andy Pettitte and then Andy Pettitte decides to retire then it is hard to be optimistic:
|New York Yankees – Pitching – Month – October & Post Season|
Mariano Rivera. Rivera had a difficult September but once more when he was needed at the end of the year, he stepped up to his usual level. One day this won’t happen and then we’ll know that it is time for him to retire but until then we are encouraged. Seven games, no runs, a .167 OBP. Marvellous!
Kerry Wood. The terms of Wood’s deal for 2011 show just how much he wanted to return to Chicago. It’s a comfort to know that there was nothing we could do to keep him because it would be terrible to have lost such a vital plank in the bullpen because we didn’t put in the hard effort – and that is how it initially appeared. Did the Yankees know more than they let on?
Andy Pettitte. If Pettitte has pitched his last as a Yankee, as it currently appears, then he will be greatly missed. Over the last years he has made some asinine mistakes – the move to Houston, his too close friendship with Roger Clemens and most seriously his use of HGH – but his good pitching in the 2010 post-season was just one of the many times that he has got it right.
Royce Ring. I can understand the logic of calling up a young untried pitcher in the last weeks of the season, if you’re out of contention and casting around for next season. However, bringing up a pitcher whilst we still had this season to settle, who had already been around the block a few times here and elsewhere, wasn’t smart.
David Robertson. Robertson has been two very different pitchers over the last two seasons. There is the guy with the great control and strikeouts and there is the guy with little control and strikeouts. The second guy turned up in this period and we lost out.
Boone Logan. Since Damaso Marte got injured the Yankees bullpen was relying on Boone for a left-handed specialist out of the bullpen. This left us with too few options and it is good that we’re addressing this in 2011.
C.C. Sabathia. Sabathia lost the plot a little in the last few weeks. His ERA of 5.63 over this period and the fact that he only averaged a little over 5 innings a start, shows that amongst over things the Yankees over-relied on him and over-burdened him the whole season. The fact that the starting rotation for next season looks even thinner is worrying indeed.
Joba Chamberlain. Joba Chamberlain, who can understand him? Just when I’d given up on him and begun to hope that the Yankees might trade him in the build up to 2011, he begins to improve. Aside from Wood and Rivera, he was the only member of the bullpen to deliver in October. Does this earn him another chance and as what? Only time will tell……..
Sergio Mitre. The surprise is that the Yankees, who have given up so easily on Alfredo Aceves, continue to persist with Sergio Mitre. He was poor in October and no-one was particularly surprised. He will be back in camp in the Springtime. We ought to be surprised.