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So, what about the 8th inning?

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on May 21, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joe Girardi will say what he has to say, which is that the job will go to Kyle Farnsworth.

But that is hardly carved in stone. The idea that the eighth inning has to belong to one pitcher is ridiculous. The best way to approach the eighth inning (or the seventh inning, for that matter) is by matching up.

Edwar Ramirez has limitations. But he can be effective against lefties with his changeup. Farnsworth can be effective in doses. But you have to be careful about using him on consecutive days. I also think Ross Ohlendorf can be used in the late innings. He has been largely miscast as a long reliever this season. His power sinker can get a groundball in a big spot.

The name to remember is Mark Melancon. The player-development staff loves him and everybody who has dealt with him believes he can succeed in a late-inning role. He’s in Trenton now and I suspect he will be in Scranton by the All-Star break.

The Yankees also have J.B. Cox in the pipeline. Think of Humberto Sanchez for next season. He won’t be ready for MLB-level competition for another few months.

The easy thing for the Yankees to do would be to leave Chamberlain in the bullpen. He strikes guys out, he pumps his fist and everybody cheers. This move will create some anxious nights along the way.

But in the end, the Yankees will have a top-notch young starter and those are the most valuable commodities in baseball.




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