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Rasner balancing the rotation

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on May 10, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The postgame buzz today was about Darrell Rasner. He’s 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA.

“You know who he reminds me of a little bit? Jon Lieber,” Derek Jeter said. “He works quick, he throws strikes; he’s fun to play behind. He doesn’t take too much time between pitches, he has a plan and he goes right after guys.”

It doesn’t sound like advanced physics, but it’s what Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy weren’t doing. The Yankees badly need some balance in their rotation and perhaps Rasner can provide it.

We’ve seen it before. Aaron Small, Shawn Chacon, etc. Pitchers sometimes just suddenly emerge.

Detroit is 11-21 against right-handed starters. It’s amazing how sluggish they look against them. They’re 5-1 and hitting .295 against lefties, which isn’t good news for Andy Pettitte.

But Pettitte is no Kei Igawa.

Big rain in the forecast tomorrow, unfortunately. They already have the tarp on the field and assorted trucks and carts parked on it to hold it down. But we will be at the ballpark bright and early to let you know what’s going on.

Thanks for reading today.

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