Monday, March 14, 2016

Imagining the Yankees by the time Chapman arrives

On or about May 9, Aroldis Chapman will join the Yankees, having served his time for domestic and garage abuse. The team will be 30 games into 2016 - having already played one series each against the Blue Jays, Rays and Orioles, and home-and-away sets against the Redsocks. The season will be young, but we will have tasted the full buffet of the AL East.

Of course, the Yankees will use Chapman's suspension as hype: If the team has played poorly, Chapman will be coming, yea! If the team is doing well, just think how good things will be with Chapman! It's nice to have a rabbit in the hat.

But the trouble with middling teams is that everything looks fine... until it doesn't. By May 6, we will probably know a few things that right now look murky.

1. Is CC Sabathia even a fifth starter? Yesterday, management shrugged off his horror show against the mighty Phillies. Expectations have been lowered by the suggestion that CC is the last guy in the rotation - not the ace. He is this year's Chris Capuano, which means 5 innings and three-to-four runs, which means let's hope for an offensive surge. They suggest he can be the next Bartolo Colon, the old guy who gets by on guile. But there aren't many like Colon, and I'm not sure the Yankees would know one if they saw one: After all, they're the team that let Colon go four seasons ago. Had we kept him, Colon would have been our best pitcher over those four years. Who knew? Not us, that's for sure.

2. Is it time for Gary Sanchez? Odds are the Yankees in two weeks will send Sanchez to Scranton, no matter what he does - (and he hasn't done much this spring.) They want his MLB contract to start late, so they keep an extra year before arbitration. But by May 9, if they need a RH bat - or a youth infusion - Sanchez might be the guy. After all these years of bouncing around Scranton, can Austin Romine prove to be a solid backup catcher?

3. Is Chase Headley deadly? The Yankees yesterday made five errors - CC, Chapman, Aaron Hicks, prospect Derek Fowler and Starling Castro. But at least Headley didn't throw away any balls. Last year, they were sailing like Frisbies. He may be a middling hitter from now on, but if his throws continue to be erratic... Houston, we have a problem.

There are others: Brett Gardner's hand, most notably. But for the most part, April will be the usual slow start by some, fast start by others. And come May 9, we'll unveil our saver... hopefully not our savior.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

ANOTHER CASHMAN (BRAIN TRUST) BOMB YEARS AGO...... WE KEPT GOOD OLD FREDDY GARCIA OVER COLON....... WE NEED TO KEEP POINTING OUT CASH'S MISTAKES BECAUSE OVER THE YEARS, WITH ALL THE FRIENDS HE HAS MADE IN THE MEDIA, THOSE MISTAKES (AND THERE WERE OODLES AND OODLES OF THEM), ALWAYS SEEM TO BE SWEPT UNDER THE RUG, AND FORGOTTEN...... HOW ELSE WOULD ANYONE EVEN ENTERTAIN THE THOUGHT OF CASH BEING A HALL OF FAME GM ????????? ..INSANE!