Never done this before, but in this case, I couldn’t help myself. We’re going with two Pinch Hitters today, both writing about the same topic. Building on Derek’s morning post, we now have further bullpen analysis from Carter LaCorte.
Carter’s 7 years old. He’s a second grader in Northport, N.Y. He collects baseball cards, plays Little League, and he wants to be a baseball player when he grows up. He’s been to spring training, Opening Day, the playoffs, and an All-Star game. Seems plenty qualified to me.
For his post, Carter wanted to give his breakdown of how he sees the Yankees bullpen shaking out during spring training. His father passed along a picture of some of the notes Carter was taking while working on his analysis. I have a notebooks full of paper that looks pretty similar.
With Mo retired, the former setup man, David Robertson will have to close. With no returning setup man, either Matt Thornton or Shawn Kelley will set up. Probably Kelley will pitch the eighth more because in 2013 he pitched 53.1 IP with 71 K’s. Thornton was setup/closer for the White Sox, but Kelley had more K’s and was great last year.
Preston Claiborne will probably pitch the seventh. Last year Claiborne didn’t walk a lot of guys and righties only hit .204 off him.
With our former best lefty, Boone Logan, gone, our lefties will have to be either Thornton or rookie Cesar Cabral. Thornton was good vs. lefties and righties with the Sox. Cabral’s minor league stats in 2013 vs. lefties included 25 strikeouts and eight walks in 59 at-bats.
David Phelps and Adam Warren can help a little if all of the starters are not hurt. Dellin Betances can also help in the bullpen if it needs help.