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Perhaps the Yanks should just stay home

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Sep 25, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

kruk_john_mESPN.com has a feature called “Baseball Tonight Clubhouse.” I assume it’s a parody because here is what John Kruk wrote:

Who is going to pitch for the Yankees? How does their rotation set up? Overall, A.J Burnett has been awful, excluding some of his recent starts, and besides CC Sabathia, which arms can the Yankees call on? Can you deem Andy Pettitte healthy after having to miss a start or two because of his shoulder? What they’ve done in monitoring Joba Chamberlain’s workload has been unbelievable, but he’s not even in the equation to start.

Let’s examine this passage sentence by sentence, shall we?

Sentence 1: Who is going to pitch for the Yankees?

CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte, A.J. Burnett, Phil Hughes, Mariano Rivera for starters. Joba Chamberlain will get a shot. You’ll probably see Phil Coke, David Robertson and Alfredo Aceves. According to the statistics on — well, glory be, ESPN.com — the Yankees are first in the league in strikeouts and second in opposing batting average. So presumably they have some pitchers.

Sentence 2: How does their rotation set up?

CC Sabathia will pitch Game 1. It’s likely that A.J. Burnett and Andy Pettitte will follow him. That’s how.

Sentence 3: Overall, A.J Burnett has been awful, excluding some of his recent starts, and besides CC Sabathia, which arms can the Yankees call on?

Burnett has not been great. However it’s a stretch to say that he has been awful. He is eighth in the AL in strikeouts, 11th in innings pitched and only 13 pitchers in the league had more victories. In fact, he was one of the best pitchers in the league during the months of June and July when he was 7-2 with a 2.27 ERA. Beyond Mr. Burnett, the Yankees will call on Andy Pettitte. He is 13-7 with a 4.15 ERA and is 14-9, 3.96 in 35 postseason starts.

Sentence 4: Can you deem Andy Pettitte healthy after having to miss a start or two because of his shoulder?

Well, he missed one start. Not two. One. Then when he pitched against the Angels on Monday, he went six innings, allowed three runs and said his shoulder felt fine after throwing 91 pitches. It was in all the papers.

Sentence 5: What they’ve done in monitoring Joba Chamberlain’s workload has been unbelievable, but he’s not even in the equation to start.

He’s not? Since then? There’s this guy who manages the Yankees named Joe Girardi. Pleasant fellow, actually. Twice a day he lets these guys called “beat writers” ask him questions. These “beat writers” have asked him whether he plans to start Joba in the playoffs and the answer was, “Yes, I do.”

Obviously plans can change. But it does seem that Chamberlain is, in fact, in the equation to start.

Friends don’t let friends drive drunk. And ESPN.com should not let John Kruk write for them.

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