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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Apparently, Aroldis Chapman is a specialist, capable only of closing

Yesterday, Brian Cashman took time out of his busy, 25/8 schedule of combing Blue Jays recycling dumpsters for nickel bottle deposits, in order to explain the thought process behind Joe Girardi's recent statement that Aroldis Chapman shall enter 2016 as the anointed Yankee Bullpen Bull Goose Closer.

It's an experience thing.

In his career, Chapman has only worked one job: Pitching the ninth. He wouldn't know what to do in the eighth or seventh inning, when the sun hangs high and batters' beards have yet to shade their jawlines. Chapman is a closer, a 9th inning artiste. If you were to, say, bring him into the eighth, who knows what would happen?

The Yankees' other aces, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller, have both pitched in earlier innings. They can use that valuable experience to advantage. They will be like "Jungleland" and "Glory Road" at the Springsteen show. Chapman will be "Born To Run," the final crescendo before "New York, New York."  

I get that. Not sure it needed to be announced in mid-January, but I see the reasoning. In his five years at Cincinnati, the LH Chapman basically fanned two batters per inning and walked one in every two outings. He is scary, especially to LH batters. Last year, they hit .143 against him. (RHers only hit .194.) And let's face it: We can't want to see him fan Big Papi with a game on the line.

Right now, this is the only interesting part of the 2016 Yankees: Imagining our 7th, 8th, and 9th inning bullpen running the table in a close game. Boom, boom, boom - so long, game over. If all three are on top of their game, they could easily strike out the final nine batters. And if - say - Tanaka is pitching well, we can view his last batters in the six inning as a sign that the game is over.

All we have do is somehow get into the seventh inning with a lead. And that's why Cashman today is back to dumpster diving.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

What is "Little Joe" to do, if the score is still tied after nine innings, and he has used his big three relievers ??? We will definitely need more "scrap heapers".

Anonymous said...

I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW OUR RECORD IN EXTRA INNING GAMES THE LAST 2 YEARS....I FEEL LIKE WE HAVE BEEN LOSING ALMOST ALL OF THEM....IT IS LIKE OUR LINEUP IS EXHAUSTED COME THE 9TH INNING WHETHER WE SCORE 5 RUNS OR 1 RUN DURING THE GAME, AND THESE LAST 2 YEARS, A TIE IN THE 9TH INNING,(ESPECIALLY ON THE ROAD), MEANS WE ARE DOOMED....OUR HITTING HAS BEEN TOTAL SHIT THESE LAST 2 YEARS.....AND I DON'T WANT TO BE HEARING WE ARE 2ND IN THE LEAGUE IN RUNS SCORED....THAT STAT IS BULLSHIT....WHEN YOU WIN A COUPLE HANDFUL OF GAMES 20 - 6, AND 15 - 4, IT GOES A LONG WAY IN PULLING UP YOUR RUN SCORING AVERAGE......THE NORM FOR US IS LISTENING TO STERLING QUICKLY AND I THINK, ANGRILY SAYING, "THREE UP, THREE DOWN, AND THE END OF....."

Anonymous said...

HEY!...STOP THE PRESSES!....GREAT, GREAT, NEWS!!!... I JUST READ THAT MAJOR LEAGUE SCOUTS HAVE AGREED THAT THE YANKEES HAVE A "BETTER FARM SYSTEM" NOW THAN THE METS!!!.... YANKS NOW RATE BETWEEN THE 6TH TO THE 10TH BEST SYSTEM......METS NOW RATE 11TH TO 15TH............... THIS WILL GO A LONG WAY TOWARD BETTER SLEEP FOR ALL OF US.....(NOT BEING SARCASTIC).