Monday, October 17, 2016

It's pitching, pitching, pitching, and we need help, help, help

Over the last two seasons, whenever Max Scherzer pitched, I pictured him as a Yankee. I can't help it. Think about it: Last year, in the Wild Card debacle, The Scherz could have blanked Houston, and it could have been us rolling through October. This year, behind Max (he went 20-7), it could be us facing Cleveland. And we'd have Andrew Miller! Hell, when fantasizing, why hold back? Jeez Louise, one big free agent pitcher could have spared us the pitiful malaise of the last three years!

And 15 years ago, when old George ran the show, we would have signed Max, just as we did Mike Mussina, Jason Giambi, et all. Those were the days, boys - but they're not coming back under Food Stamps Hal and MLB's new socialist financial structure. Other teams sign the stars. while we procure Headleys and Castros. We even let Robbie Cano walk, rather than pay too much. (And yes, the deal Seattle gave him was absurd.)

But getting back to Max... we need one, desperately. And if we must trade for one, well, good luck with that. Proposed packages for Chris Sale are flat out ridiculous. We'd give up almost everyone last summer's youth movement - and then again, who doesn't think Sale would then wreck his shoulder? We either develop an ace - Luis Severino, are you there? - or do what Boston did with David Price - close our eyes and dig deep. (Stephen Strasburg, are you there?)

So... a note on Strasburg. He is property of the Nats until after 2019, when an opt-out clause kicks in. He'd be 30. It's more likely that Washington trades him beforehand because - get this - he's slated to be paid - gulp - $38 million - in 2019, due to deferred money. My guess: the Nats will shop him like a bag of hot diamonds. That's when the Yankees could come in - for better or worse - and frankly, I dunno.

I say all this to note that help is NOT on the way. Last year, the Yankees ranked 15th (out of 30 teams) with a 4.16 ERA. For all the carping by Redsock fans, their staff ranked 9th with a 4.00 ERA. Our ace - Masahiro Tanaka - ranked 12th among starters. Next winter, at age 28, he can opt-out of his current deal. We'll have to shell out just to keep him.

Next year, Sabathia will be 36, facing his final Yankee season. Pineda will be 28 and, unless he magically changes, he'll be leaving. After those three, we go to Severino (who will be 23), Luis Cessa (who will be 25) and Chad Green and Bryan Mitchell (both to be 26.) In other words, it's a crap shoot. Losing Nathan Eovaldi was the biggest injury of 2016. We pitched him until he fell.

As fans, it's fun to picture Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Greg Bird and Gary Sanchez pounding the opposition for years to come. But it won't matter unless we find a quality starter. Right now, the pickings look bleak.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

......BUT IN MY OPINION, WE NOT ONLY HAVE ALL THE NEW PROSPECTS WE PICKED UP, BUT WE ALSO HAVE A BUNCH OF PROSPECTS FROM OUR OWN SYSTEM THAT ARE RAISING EYEBROWS..... GUYS LIKE MIGUEL ANDUJAR, TYLER WADE, DUSTIN FOWLER, CHANCE ADAMS, JORDAN MONTGOMERY, BLAKE RUTHERFORD, JORGE MATEO, AND A FEW OTHERS....... I AM NOT SAYING TO DEAL THEM ALL AWAY FOR A CHRIS SALE......BUT HOW MANY WOULD IT TAKE?....4 PROSPECTS?...5 PROSPECTS?...... WHEN OTHER TEAMS DO THESE TYPES OF "PROSPECT FOR STAR" DEALS, I DON'T EVER REMEMBER SEEING 5, 6, OR 7 PLAYERS GETTING ONE STAR...IT'S USUALLY 3 OR 4.....CAN'T WE INCLUDE A BRIAN MCCANN AND OFFER TO PAY HALF HIS REMAINING SALARY , (EVERYONE NEEDS A CATCHER), TO LIGHTEN THE LOAD ON THE PROSPECT HAUL?....... THESE ARE THINGS BRIAN CASHMAN NEEDS TO FIGURE OUT, NOT ME......... IT'S TOUGH TO GET TOP NOTCH PITCHING THESE DAYS...... LOOK AT SHITTY TEAMS LIKE THE TWINS, AND A BOAT LOAD OF NATIONAL LEAGUE TEAMS....YEAR AFTER YEAR, THEY HAVE NO PITCHING....... IF WE DON'T PACKAGE A DEAL FOR PITCHING, WE JUST WON'T HAVE ENOUGH QUALITY (RISK OF INJURY ASIDE-GOD FORBID).....I SAY DO IT....GO GET CHRIS SALE......BUT DON'T GET RAPED GETTING HIM.

Local Bargain Jerk said...


I think we should spend our money on landing a new pitching coach (e.g., Pittsburgh's pitching coach) before we look at anything else.

From Wikipedia:

     Under Rothschild's tenure, the Yankees pitching staff has posted a 3.73 ERA in
     2011, a 3.84 ERA in 2012, a 3.94 ERA in 2013, a 3.75 ERA in 2014, and a 4.05 in 2015.


Is Mel Stottlemyre too old to return next year at age 75?

The Sayonara Kid said...

Break. The. Bank.

https://theringer.com/the-postseasons-true-revelation-is-a-two-way-mystery-man-3e2e8585e6ba#.d8onwgws3

Tom said...

Phil Hughes is due for a good year. What about ol'Javy Vazquez? Third time might be a charm.

Expect nothing big this winter. And like it. Clearly, Food Stamps wants to move away from the 50 percent luxury tariff, which is somewhat understandable -- even if it brings back flashes of anger over McCann/Ellsbury/Headley.

Pitchers break so often and so easily. Such a crap shoot and nobody really knows which elbow or which shoulder is about to disintegrate.

But what would one hoss like Scherzer have done for the Yankees this year? With Miller in the pen? We'd still be playing, even with the Untalented Mr. Headley trotting back to the dugout with a grim expression four times a night.

Anonymous said...

THAT MISERABLE HEADLEY.......WEIGHING US DOWN LIKE AN ANCHOR.