Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Posted by Alphonso at 9:30 AM
Tex on DL = thumb gone
Robbie on DL = index gone
Only three DL patients remain, although there is a second hand somewhere.
So on to Mr. Duque's question about the next closer;
1. You need a guy who can strike people out.
2. You need a guy who is cool under pressure.
3. You need a guy who has impeccable command.
Vidal may be the man, although he mortally wounded his chances the other day when he came in, faced one guy, and walked him.
Kelly, in my mind, might be fine for a very short time. But I don't see him having a season of great pitching.
Cabral is the secret weapon. He was fantastic this spring. But the Yankees will say: he has no track record. I never thought we should have sent him down. He is amazing. Give him a shot.
Dellin will be on most people's lists. And, if Duque has the right magic he can apply ( Ju-Ju ), he could be the dude. For a long time. But I don't trust his, "cool under pressure," factor yet. Fine, let's find out.
Adam Warren may also be the guy. He can pump up the volume to 95; is showing terrific command; and has 4 pitches to worry people. That may be the problem; four is too many pitches for a closer, and he would lose some assets if he closed.
The Yankees will probably audition several, search the open market for some left over detritus, and not give Cabral a shot.
At least; bring up Cabral and send Romine back.