Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Yankees Tidbits

WBC? Hell no. NCAA Tournament? Eh, soon enough. NFL free agency? It’ll come soon. But for right now, I’ve got the Yankees on my mind. So let’s take it from the top.

Easily my favorite pitcher on the staff last year, Shawn Chacon is really making an impression this spring. Sure, he may have been a little shaky in his last outing, but that doesn’t phase me much. Chacon was far from flawless last year, despite the incredible results he brought.

We know from Chacon’s peripherals that he’s not going to tear through batters a la Randy Johnson. But, he can certainly toe the line as a No. 3 starter, which his just what the Yankees need this year. Chacon is also playing a role in keeping J-Wright out of the starting rotation, though he doesn’t need to make much of an effort on that front; he’s pitching his way to the bullpen just fine on his own.

PLAYER    W  L  S  ERA   G GS  CG SHO    IP   H   R  ER
J Wright 0 0 0 5.78 2 2 0 0 4.2 7 3 3

Just atrocious. At least that will prevent Joe from handing him a rotation spot based on his contract and veteran status. Then again, that spot is going to wind up in Carl Pavano’s unproven arm, which doesn’t inspire a much higher degree of confidence. A better option, in my opinion, to take the ball in mid-April:

W  L  S  ERA   G GS  CG SHO    IP   H   R  ER
0 0 0 4.05 3 0 0 0 6.2 10 6 3

That line belongs to Aaron Small. While they may not be awe-inspiring numbers, they are comparable to Mussina’s:

W  L  S  ERA   G GS  CG SHO    IP   H   R  ER
0 0 0 4.05 2 2 0 0 6.2 7 4 3

And since I’m grinding out (nearly meaningless) spring statistics, I might as well post the following pair of pitching lines:

W  L  S  ERA   G GS  CG SHO    IP   H   R  ER
0 0 0 3.00 3 0 0 0 3.0 1 1 1
0 0 1 3.00 3 0 0 0 3.0 1 1 1

Who do they belong to? Well, they’re both relievers. Closers, in fact. One of them is not Kyle Farnsworth. Give up? It’s Mo and J.B. Cox. While Cox won’t make the team out of camp, he sure could bolster the bullpen come mid-season, when the weak are filtered out. I mean, how badly could we have used a guy like Cox last June when Stanton and Quantrill were finally jettisoned?

Speaking of Farnsworth:

W  L  S  ERA   G GS  CG SHO    IP   H   R  ER
0 0 0 0.00 4 0 0 0 4.0 3 0 0

Freakin’ sweet. Once again, I realize that these numbers bear no correlation to regular season success. But it’s nice to know that Farny has found a groove already. Oh, and does anyone else buy the whole “Tanyon and Kyle are sharing the 8th inning” bit? Sure, I’d love for Tanyon to resurface and become Sturtze circa May 2005, but it’s certainly not anywhere near probable. I’m figuring that by the end of April, Sturtze and Wright will be scratching each other’s asses on the bullpen benches. And the Yankee fan base will be wondering why the hell they’re taking up TWO roster spots.

I’ll spare you the batting lines for right now, since I’m cooking something up with them, hopefully for later today.