It was on July 17, right after the all-star break, that the Yankees put Damaso Marte on the disabled list and recalled Boone Logan from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Logan had not been especially impressive in his previous big league stints. His 3.93 ERA looked good enough, but he had 12 walks in 18.1 innings and opponents were hitting .286 against him.
This time around, Logan has walked one batter in 6.1 innings. He’s limited opponents to a .130 average, and he hasn’t allowed a hit in his past five outings. Instead of being a mix of lefty specialist and long man, he’s been trusted in the exact situations Marte would have handled.
“He’s just doing what we talked about in spring training,” Dave Eiland said. “He’s staying taller, throwing downhill, getting good angle on his pitches. he’s throwing the ball well, and he’s gaining a lot of confidence. that’s as big a thing as anything. The mechanical adjustments we started making in spring training, he’s finally starting to get it and repeat it. It’s paying off for him right now.”
The Yankees bullpen has been an up-and-down experience this season, but they might have a good one heading into the final two months.
Logan is pitching well, Mariano Rivera is Mariano Rivera, Dave Robertson hasn’t allowed a run since July 2 and even Joba Chamberlain has been good for the past week (consistency has to start somewhere). In adding Kerry Wood to the mix, Brian Cashman was able to trade for a potential impact pitcher without giving up anything of significance. He was also able to bite the bullet on the Chan Ho Park debacle, while giving his remaining salary to those eager Pittsburgh Pirates.
Long relief hasn’t been much of a problem, and that situation will surely only improve when Andy Pettitte comes off the disabled list, and if/when Alfredo Aceves is healthy again. Some mix of Aceves, Dustin Moseley, Sergio Mitre, Chad Guadin and — maybe, just maybe — Ivan Nova, give the Yankees plenty of two- and three-inning options.
Plus, Marte is still out there waiting to help against lefties.
Might not have said this a month ago, but there’s actually quite a bit to feel good about in the Yankees bullpen. No drastic makeover necessary, just a tweak here and some improvement there.