Monday, January 26, 2009

Yankees 2009 Rotation: The Weak Case For Sheets

Now that the Yankees have Pettitte, the 2009 rotation looks fantastic, but a bit crowded. Wait, no way in hell can a rotation be too crowded. Not all of them can stay healthy or preform to expectations, right? Right! There is always room for one more starter! And since Scott Proctor is unavailable, that man is Ben Sheets.

The Yankees will start the season with 8 potential starters:

  1. CC Sabathia-Fat, but fit
  2. AJ Burnett-Short season 4 of the last 6 years
  3. C-MW-Like to forget 2008: remember 2006 or 2007
  4. Andy Pettitte-Finished 2008 2W 6L 2ND: must pray harder
  5. Joba the Pitcher-Solid as usual barring a natural disaster of biblical proportions
  6. Cashman hears a Hughes-Finished 2008 0W 4L 4ND: too busy blogging?
  7. Ian Kennedy-Breakout year?
  8. Alfredo Aceves-No worries here, youth has never been a detriment to a Yankee pitcher
So if the Yankees sign Ben Sheets to a 1 or 2 year deal, they hedge the inevitable injuries and poor performances that plague great teams. Sure, Sheets is injury prone but Stubby can just put him in the new Steakhouse's meat locker until the All Star break and then let him loose on the rest of the AL. He'll be fresh, tender, marbled and ready to fill the rotation's gaps. Yes, the Yankees would have to give a draft pick for him, but it's worth it. He has a few good seasons left. And if no one gets hurt or sucks, then at least no other team has Sheets. So in conclusion, Hank needs to use the scorn lover turned killer principle when looking at Sheets, if I can't have him, no one can!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We can give them the Yankee's number one pick from last year.

Call it a Bernie Madoff Yankee trade.

And Ben, fresh out of the meat locker, can also play first base in an emergency.

This Yankee team is headed for a ....recession.