The demise of Tyler Clippard led to a little research tonight.
The Yankees have started rookies in 28 of their 66 games, a ridiculous 42 percent of their games. No team in the majors is close to that. The rookies are 8-10 with a 6.33 ERA. This is Clippard, DeSalvo, Hughes, Igawa, Karstens, Rasner and Wright.
The other starters are 15-12, 3.74.
Now that Clemens is here and Wang and Mussina are healthy, the Yankees are going to run a good starter out there 80 percent of the time. There is no reason yet to trust Igawa. But other than Hughes, I suspect the K-Man is better than the rest of them. Once Hughes gets back, he becomes the fifth starter.
The Yankees have underachieved offensively as well.
They need to go 61-35 to finish with 95 wins. Is that unreasonable? It doesn’t seem that way to me.
15 games left against Baltimore.
14 games left against Toronto.
12 games left against Tampa.
10 games left against Kansas City.
That’s 53 percent of the remaining schedule. I’m not saying print playoff tickets yet. But there is every reason to be optimistic.