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Wrapping it up from Boss Field

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 27, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Jeff Karstens has a groin strain on his right side and was taken for an MRI. Take him off the list. It looks like Darrell Rasner will be the long man.

Nick Green hasn’t been officially sent down. But Joe Girardi did say that Wilson Betemit is on the roster.

Scott Patterson’s line this spring: 7.2 1 0 0 0 7 over eight games. He has been terrific. But as Joe Girardi has mentioned several times this spring, Patterson has yet to pitch above the Double-A level (with the exception of three innings). That clearly works against him.

The other thing to keep in mind is that he hasn’t been used in any particular role. He’s been the guy who gets two outs after the starter reaches his pitch count. That role doesn’t exist once the season starts. He can’t be the long man as he has only one a few outs at a time this spring.

Patterson will probably get his chance at some point this season. But it would be a surpise if he opens the season with the team.

The team has left for Miami. I’m flying out in the morning.





35 Responses to “Wrapping it up from Boss Field”

  1. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") March 27th, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Patterson has made it clear he can get outs I guess I’d put him in AAA and if he starts dominating there bring him up.

  2. The J Train- Save The Drama For Yo Mama March 27th, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    He’s had a great spring, but Im not sold on Patterson.

  3. YankeesBen (I'm Happy Hughes Stayed) March 27th, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Come on Paterson had no job??????
    what does that mean? Pete I really respect you and your opinion but…
    Paterson always came in early when Major Leaguers are still in the game with men on base and always stopped the fire. He threw today like 14/15 pitches only two balls and retired all batters he faced,he threw two straight strikes after taking over Karstens with a 3-1 count.
    The guy did everything you can ask SO or DP.

  4. Guiseppe Franco March 27th, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Hmmm, Brandon.

    Didn’t I tell you a week ago that Patterson was anything but a “lock” to make this team?

  5. MikeEff ( Shelley: Everyday ) March 27th, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    well good for you franco

  6. YankeesBen (I'm Happy Hughes Stayed) March 27th, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    I’m not saying Paterson is a saviour but now he’s good. Now with karstens out I would go with;
    Traber (nothing to add),
    Bruney (been pretty good the 2nd half spring, although he mostly faced AAA or AA hitters)
    Paterson! (he can be great to take over for pitchers when they reach too many pitches or when they struggle.

  7. mel March 27th, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    Thanks for the ride, Pete.

  8. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") March 27th, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    remember Tim Byrdac is a FA it’ll be interesting what happens w/ him, dammit I wish the Padres would release Wilfredo Ledezma

  9. Captain Wiley March 27th, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    Pete, I am sure I speak for everyone here in saying that you have done an outstanding job covering the team and keeping us informed this spring so thank you. We realize you have other priorities but this blog was unquestionably the #1 source for current spring training happenings.

    Best of luck to you this year and keep up the great work.

  10. Drive 4-5 March 27th, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    It can’t hurt Patterson to go to AAA and prove he can get hitters out consistently. I’m not getting too excited about who the Yanks take North with them on Sunday. I fully expect that we’ll see a continous shuttle of pitchers between Scranton,PA and New York,NY.There are question marks with just about all of the Yankee relievers. Bullpens are the most difficult thing to predict in baseball.The Yanks are just fortunate that they have a lot of Pattersons, Bruneys, Melancons, and Sanchez’s to audition. Someone will turn into the hot hand at Scranton and will be a big part of the story this season.

  11. Mr. Faded Glory March 27th, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    I’d say you find a role for a guy who can come in and get a couple of outs. Whether a starting pitcher is gassed, getting hit around, or at his pitch count, it doesn’t matter.

  12. The J Train- Save The Drama For Yo Mama March 27th, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    co-sign capt wiley

  13. YankeesBen (I'm Happy Hughes Stayed) March 27th, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    co-sign capt wiley

  14. Dr. Cox March 27th, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    Ill be at the game on Saturday!

  15. V March 27th, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    When Rasner stinks, send him down for Patterson. Simple.

    Anyone else getting REALLY antsy for the season to start?

    I’ve got ARod, Jeter, and Pettitte on my fantasy team :-)

  16. The J Train- Save The Drama For Yo Mama March 27th, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Ive been ready for the season to start for 2 weeks now. I cant wait either.

    my fantasy team is going to cake walk to the championship, Im stacked

    C- Russell Martin
    1B- Justin Morneau
    2B- Chase Utley
    SS- Troy Tulowitzki
    3B- Garrett Anderson
    OF- Vlad
    OF- Ryan Braun
    OF- Nick Markakis
    UTIL- Jim THome

  17. The J Train- Save The Drama For Yo Mama March 27th, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    3B- Atkins*

  18. daverave March 27th, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    were there really ten BALKS today? that’s what Yahoo’s showing… if so, I guess umps need ST too.

    T Gorzelanny (W,1-1) 6 2 1 1 2 2
    P Bresnehan 1 0 0 0 0 1
    F Osoria 1 1 0 0 0 2
    J Grabow 1 2 1 1 0 1
    K Igawa (L,1-1) 3 1-3 5 4 4 3 2
    J Karstens 1 1-3 1 0 0 0 2
    S Patterson 1 1-3 0 0 0 0 1
    R Ohlendorf 1 1 0 0 0 0
    B Bruney 1 1 0 0 0 2
    J Schmidt 1 2 1 1 0 1

    BALK–K Igawa, J Schmidt, B Bruney, J Karstens, S
    Patterson, R Ohlendorf, T Gorzelanny, J Grabow, F
    Osoria, P Bresnehan. SO–PIT: A LaRoche 2, X Nady,
    N McLouth, J Bautista, A Mansolino, R Doumit, J
    Wilson. NYY: G Porter 2, A Rodriguez, W Betemit, J
    Brown, S Duncan. BB–PIT: L Rivas, R Doumit, J
    Bautista. NYY: D Jeter, H Matsui. T–2:39.

  19. belial March 27th, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Why wouldn’t you want to take the best pitchers possible? Why just throw away a spot on someone who hasn’t done as well as Patterson?

    Field the best team possible, plain and simple.

  20. yankeewitch March 27th, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Patterson has been perfect this spring. He threw a 1.09 or less, for the last season and a half in Trenton… double A. And for one week at the end of 07 he was perfect in triple A… What more do you want from him.
    He is bionic!!!!

  21. Derek - RETIRE 21!!!(please?) March 27th, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    “The other thing to keep in mind is that he hasn’t been used in any particular role. He’s been the guy who gets two outs after the starter reaches his pitch count. That role doesn’t exist once the season starts.”

    Normally, Pete, thats true…

    but with Kennedy and Hughes looking at a max of 350 innings this season… pitch count DOES come into play. offering more leg room for patterson to dust off some jams

  22. LathamJoe March 27th, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    Pretty lame. Patterson throws strikes consistently… unlike the rest of the “candidates” for this roster spot. He’s had a terrific Spring – open with him on the roster and send HIM down if he becomes ineffective. He’s earned a shot.

  23. Bronxbyte March 27th, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    Joe Giardi must be in agony over the final cuts but he can take comfort in knowing AAA is stacked with pitching options with different looks. He gave all a fair shot without exception and the guesswork is taken out with those sent down to AAA.
    Being a good communicator, Girardi has assured them of being worked with to return when needed stressing the importance of being ready for the call when it comes.

  24. TIME 4 #27 March 27th, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    Didnt giardi said that you have to throw strikes??? well, patterson does and bruney does not, give patt a shot…

  25. LathamJoe March 27th, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    I watched the ballgame today. There were no balks called that I could remember.

  26. bigjf March 27th, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    If Patterson could be this good for the big club, I’d make a role for him. If he gives me 2 outs after the starter leaves, then that’s 2 less I have to worry about. Hell, maybe he can even give me 3 outs. That’s an inning, folks. Now I agree with the AA argument, as we have to watch the quality of hitters he has retired this Spring. Has he gotten Manny and Ortiz yet? I’m guessing not.

    Still, Rasner is a horrible choice.

  27. belial March 27th, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    we know what Rasner will do, and it won’t be pretty. we don’t really know what Patterson will do. if he stinks it up his first few outings, then send him down. but at least give him the shot, he’s earned it.

  28. Travis G. March 27th, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Patterson hasn’t walked one guy – Girardi said he wants strike-throwers. he SHOULD make the team.

    No Rasner please, Ohlendorf can serve as the long-man, as well as be a very good middle-reliever.

  29. daverave March 27th, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    thanks, LJ re: the balks

  30. Yankeewitch March 27th, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    I have seen him develope over the past 4 years. Patterson is the BEST choice for the Yankees PERIOD! He can do three innings if he has to. He even started for Trenton last season when they were in need.
    Come on Girardi don’t let me down, take Scottie to the Big Apple

  31. beezr March 27th, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    “He’s been the guy who gets two outs after the starter reaches his pitch count. That role doesn’t exist once the season starts. He can’t be the long man as he has only one a few outs at a time this spring.”
    I really hope this isn’t the thinking of Cashman and Girardi. “We only used him in a certain role, and that role doesn’t exist, so even though he’s been great, we can’t use him”? I guess you sort of have to IMAGINE a different role for him, it’s not that hard; guy who gets outs. They should take the best guys, period. I hope the Yankees surprise us by including Patterson in the bullpen.

  32. Brian March 27th, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Pete, thanks for all the good work this spring.

  33. Phil E. Fan March 28th, 2008 at 5:12 am

    As far as Patterson not pitching above AA ball, the Phillies had a pretty decent starter last year Kyle Kendrick that was in the same situation. When he came up from Reading he got the job done. I know he hasn’t as well this spring, but I wanted to use Kendrick as an example to compare to Patterson.

  34. trisha March 28th, 2008 at 11:36 am

    For whatever it’s worth (probably not much) I did assure all that Betemit would be on the team. Mine was pragmatic more than psychic. He has a contract and the Yankees like him!

  35. yankeewitch March 29th, 2008 at 8:55 am

    Stupid, Stupid, Stupid!!!
    Patterson earned a spot on the roster and got dumped on Scranton…. He better be called on soon cause it’s a waste of talent over the almighty $$$$.

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