Who’s The Second Lefty In The Yankees Pen?

by PaulCatalano

NJ.com a few days ago said that Joe Girardi would prefer to carry two lefties in the bullpen. Here’s a passage from the article:

“We’ll see if one steps up,” he said. “Somebody would have to show us.” Barring an injury, left-hander Damaso Marte would be the Yankees’ (first) lefty in the bullpen.”

That’s assuming Marte doesn’t implode in the early going. But assuming that, who steps up as the second lefty?

Boone Logan, acquired from the Braves offers a pipe dream of a chance to be that guy. The book on him reads like most young pitchers: Good stuff, inconsistent control and command. Last year in pitching-friendly Turner Field he had a 5.19 ERA and a not-very cool WHIP of 1.731. He’s still only 25 though and improved his pitching against lefties last year, as they hit .231 against him. in a specialized, specific role of only getting lefties out, he might be useful.

Royce Ring, who pitched in the Cardinals AAA club and earned himself a 3.04 ERA there, could be the guy. His career though is the very definition of erratic. He got shelled in his first season up with the Mets. He pitched well in 2006 and 2007 for the Mets, Padres and Braves, but then got absolutely bombed in 2008, giving up 25 runs in 22.1 innings. Could he be the Man who comes in and gets important crunch time outs against Carlos Pena or Victor Martinez? Do you feel comfortable with that? We’ll see in camp how he fares.

A few interesting prospects could be brought up if they impress. Wilkin De La Rosa is a raw prospect that has pitched well in AA in 2008 and 2009. The book on him is that he throws a hard fastball with late movement, but is still working on his changeup and slider. He has a career K/9 of 10.56, and is improving his BB/9 rate of 3.56. The Yankees thought enough of him to include him on the 40 man roster. Though raw, the ceiling is the limit for De La Rosa.

Another prospect, albeit an older 29-year-old one is Wilkins Arias. The Yankees have invited him to camp as a non-roster invitee. Most likely they have done this because last year in AA ball, Arias held opposing lefties to an impressive .183 BA. Arias is lucky to be a Yankee right now—Mike Ashmore of the Hunterdon County Democrat describes him a “nondescript southpaw”—because the Yankees need lefties right now, even nondescript ones. If he impresses enough, the Yankees might try him out of the pen in Scranton and possibly promote him to the majors if he fares well.

The last option is sure to bring shivers to Yankees fans. Kei Igawa is an invite to Yankee camp because as Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote on his Twitter account recently, “the Yankees want something for their 46 million dollar mistake. Now, Kei Igawa’s splits against major league lefties has been an awful .317 BA with a equally awful 1.69 WHIP. However last season against lefties in AAA, Igawa had an impressive 0.80 WHIP. Also, he strikes out lefties quite well and only walked just 4 out of 169 lefties he faced. Igawa also only gave up 2 HRs to lefties. In The Hardball Times FIP number (Fielding Independent Pitching, a measure of all those things for which a pitcher is specifically responsible), Kei Igawa scored a 2.87 FIP against lefties. They conclude, “Maybe, just maybe, Kei Igawa could be successful in a limited major league role.”

In short the Yankees and Joe Girardi have a lot of wishing and hoping to do, if they want a second lefty in the bullpen. Camp usually provides a few surprises. Let’s hope one of them is a reliable lefty reliever.

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40 Responses to “Who’s The Second Lefty In The Yankees Pen?”

  1. brautigan Says:

    Will the Yankees have enough sunflower seeds in the dugout this year?

  2. James Kunz Says:

    Hahahaha well put Brautigan

  3. Lefty33 Says:

    The Yanks should give Scott Eyre a call.

    He was very good for Philly last year and they rewarded him with a non-roster invite in December so he opted to retire.

    He can still get lefties out and is better than any of these chumps.
    (Igawa, Logan, Ring)

  4. Chuck Says:

    There’s no such thing as a 29 year old prospect.

  5. Joseph DelGrippo Says:

    The Yankees do not need a second lefty in the bullpen.

    David Robertson has tremendous numbers against left handed hitters, numbers last year which were better against lefties than righties.

    Marte is good against lefties, and in the later innings, how many lefty on lefty situations will a team have that the starter, 8th or 9th inning guy will not be in the game?

    A second lefty in the bullpen is the most overrated position on the roster.

    I would much rather have the Yankees use that sport on another bench player.

  6. Hossrex Says:

    Joe: “how many lefty on lefty situations will a team have that the starter, 8th or 9th inning guy will not be in the game?”

    Pretty often? Any line-up worth it’s salt (i.e. most of the American League East) will stagger lefty and righty batters through at least the heart of the order. If you don’t have three or four lefty/switch hitters in your line-up, you’re probably not contending in September.

    It’s important to have a lefty one out guy, and another general reliever who happens to be lefty just in case you need two lefty relief appearances, in case your loogy pitched yesterday, or in general just because “why not”?

  7. Richard Says:

    I’m 41, I throw Left-handed, and I have a pulse. I think the Yanks might invite me next. I remember getting a cpl of lefties out in high school…

  8. Hossrex Says:

    I remember reading a Jonathan Swift style tongue in cheek article about how parents of left handed children who don’t teach them to pitch should be arrested for child abuse.

    A minor league caliber pitcher, who happens to be left handed, will probably have a long lucrative Major League career.

  9. Raul Says:

    Sounds like the headline to an article you’d read @ The Onion

    “Left-handed peanuts salesman signs 6-year contract”

  10. Joseph DelGrippo Says:

    Hoss:

    The 2010 Yankee starters (CC, AJ, Andy and Javy) went at least 6 innings in 80% of their starts last season. They went at least and out into the 6th in 62.5% of the starts.

    Lets just say some guys get their wish and Joba goes to the pen for most of the year, and is crowned the 8th inning guy.

    You men to tell me that Robertson, Aceves and Joba can’t get 4 or 5 outs (mixing in Marte for a batter) in the games they need to be in there during the 37.5% of the games that the starter only goes 6+?

    Here are some stats vs lefties last season:

    Aceves 161 PA, 32 H, 5 2B, 3 HR, 8 BB, 33 SO, 4.13 K/BB, .212/.255/.305/.559 OPS

    K-Rob 83 PA, 14 H, 2 2B, 2 HR, 9 BB, 30 SO, 3.33 K/BB, .189/.277/.324/.601 OPS

    Logan 44 PA, 9 H, 3 2B, 0 HR, 4 BB, 7 SO, 1.75 K/BB, .231/.318/.308/.626 OPS

    Ring(08) 61 PA, 14 H, 4 2B, 1 HR, 5 BB, 13 SO, 2.60 K/BB, .264/.339/.396/.735 OPS

    Eyre 67 PA, 13 H, 3 2B, 2 HR, 5 BB, 12 SO, 2.40 K/BB, .210/.269/.355/.623 OPS

    Why would anyone even think that a Boone Logan or Royce Ring is a better option than Aceves or Robertson? Both of those RHP Yankees had better numbers last season against LH hitters than the LOOGY guys written about in this piece.

    And both guys can get out RH hitters, too. It eliminates the need for extra pitching changes. I would do what the Yankees with their relievers in the minor leagues. Go with one of your guys (Ace, K-Rob) and leave them in for 1+ to 2 IP an appearance (unless of course they start getting hit).

    The Yankees are developing the multiple inning reliever. That saves pitchers in times they have to get up and throw, saving overall wear and tear, spreading the appearances out. Once a reliever is in the game and being effective, leave them in.

    As I said earlier, the most overrated thing in baseball is the second lefty out of the pen. The worse thing is removing an effective relief pitcher who is getting guys out just because he has finished his inning.

    Also, Mark Melancon will be a big piece of the Yankees bullpen this season, and I would rather see him make the big league squad breaking camp than the 5th starter winner. Whether it is Hughes or Joba, they should be sent to AAA for innings as the Yankees do not need a 5th starter until late April.

    Melancon also has good career numbers vs LH hitters in his professional career.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/348246-mark-melancon-deserves-a-bullpen-job-even-before-spring-training-begins

  11. Hartvig Says:

    I have to agree that having another position player/bat on the bench would probably be far more valuable than whoever they come up with as a “2nd” lefty. Back in the 60’s most teams carried 9 or at most 10 pitchers on the roster. Now they’re all got 12 or 13 & usually 2 or 3 of them wind up with 30 innings pitched & ERA’s & WHIP’s nearing infinity. Any half way decent utility infielder or a good pinch hitter would cost about the same & be far more valuable to the team.

  12. Hossrex Says:

    If the Yankees were a National League club, I could see some merit in what you’re saying, but without pitchers batting and the wonderful double-switch (seriously, I love it), you could almost get away with carrying 17 pitchers (not really, but you get where I’m going).

    So the Yankees run 13 pitchers next year (which they will).

    5 starters
    1 closer
    1 eighth inning guy
    1 lefty one out guy
    2 long relievers for mop-up, or to temporarily fill in for an injured starter

    That’s 10 pitchers. We have 3 spots to fill.

    Those pitchers are going to be terrible, pretty much regardless of what team you’re talking about.

    Why the hell not make one of them a lefty?

    Even if the Yankees ran 12 pitchers (and they WONT be running less), that still leaves two spots open.

    If I have two bullpen spots open, and my choices are “terrible”, “terrible”, “terrible”, “terrible”, and “terrible lefty”.

    Why not take “terrible”, and “terrible lefty”?

  13. Raul Says:

    All those Terribles and no Charles Barkley joke?

    Turrrible

  14. Cameron Says:

    I can’t associate Charles Barkley with the word “terrible” anymore. It makes me have flashbacks to the Godzilla vs. Barkley comics…

  15. Hossrex Says:

    http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/linkara/at4w/3459-gozilla-vs-barkley

    A comedic review of the Godzilla vs. Barkley comic book.

  16. Shawn Says:

    I wonder how many days now until the next Yankee article, start the count… NOW.

  17. RollingWave Says:

    “There’s no such thing as a 29 year old prospect.”

    While that’s generally true, if any 29 year old that haven’t seen the majors might end up having a useful season or 3, it’s a lefty reliever. (or just relievers in general)

    I would agree that using RPs for multiple innings is something teams SHOULD do, the side issue though, is that what the team can do with those other roster spot? for an AL team (Espeically one like the Yankees, where all the starters should be highly competent) extra bench players seems completely pointless, even more so than a meh RP.

    As for the Yankee roster, I think they’ll probably carry 13 fielders and 12 pitchers. aside from the obvious 9 starters (Jeter / Cano / Teix / Arod / Posada / Johnson / Granderson / Swisher / Gardner) they’ll probably carry Thames / Winn / Pena / Cervelli on the bench. obviously the need of Thames is debatable. but with Granderson’s potential issue against lefty it seems like a reasonable idea to carry 5 OF

    pitchers, most likely
    CC/AJ/Andy/Javy/Joba/
    Mo/Phil/Marte/Acevas/Park/Robertson/Gaudin .

    So it’s really the debate of wheter they like a extra RP vs Marcus Thames. I think they’ll most likely start out with Thames (unless he looks done in ST) until they can get a better feel for how Gardner generally do and whether Granderson can make some improvements against lefties

    I’d generally agree that the second lefty is quiet useless, since

    A. they’re often pretty bad pitchers to begin with, and most may not even get lefties out that well. of the current guys that Yanks are considering, you have a couple hard throwing wild things (Ring / Logan) , a few completly unproven guys (Arias / De La Rosa) and the immortal Kei Igawa, none of them are guys you really want in serious situations, supposedly Logan is worth a look and De La Rosa might turn into something useful, and Kei Igawa probably won’t be the worst mop up guy ever. but really, key spot vs big lefty? no way.

    B. your setting yourself up into a mental trap where you’re going to pull whoever’s pitching at the time (whether they’re doing well or not) for this LOOGY that may or may not be better. and then you’ll have to put in another guy behind him. assuming that this happened before close and late situations you’ll probably end up putting your worse RP in, which is never a good idea, and if it IS close and late situation then anyone who put in a Kei Igawa over say.. a Mariano Rivera, should be shot.

  18. Hossrex Says:

    Rollingwave: “your setting yourself up into a mental trap where you’re going to pull whoever’s pitching at the time (whether they’re doing well or not) for this LOOGY that may or may not be better”

    That’s not strictly how lefty one out guys are managed (or at least how they SHOULD be managed).

    No manager in his right mind will yank a pitcher who’s doing well for a loogy, just because a good lefty batter is coming to the plate. You put in the loogy because it’s a tie game in the 8th inning, and the starter just gave up a lead-off double to Ryan Braun with Prince Fielder coming to the plate. Sure, if you didn’t have the loogy, you might leave Kuroda out for another inning, but he looks much more tired after the last 9 pitches than he did when he started the inning, so you bring in your lefty one out guy to face Fielder.

    Why not?

    A MILLION other factors go into the decision of course (how does he do against Fielder? How does he pitch with runners on? How does he pitch in close games? etc), but IN GENERAL, you’ll be better off with the loogy against Prince than the starter.

    Then… in our example… you might even leave the loogy in against Catalanotto.

    Then you bring in Big Bad Jon Broxton to get a 4 out save, and you hope Ethier can manage another walk-off hit.

    There isn’t a 12/13th pitcher in baseball who doesn’t suck. Why the hell would you pick a crappy righty as your 12/13th instead of a crappy lefty?

    A pitching staff with 13 pitchers… five starters, and ONE lefty reliever… will have EIGHT righty arms in the pen.

    What the hell are you going to do with EIGHT righty arms in the pen?

    What’s the point? Considering at least one or two of them will suck…

    What’s the point?

    I’m seeing people attempting to find reasons NOT to include the second lefty, but I’m not seeing anyone express a reason to carry the 7/8th righty.

  19. RollingWave Says:

    Rex: because the 7th/8th righty might be the better overall pitcher?

    obviously, if they had two guys of similar quality you can make an argument for the lefty based on that. but that’s the thing here, the Yanks bunch seems meh at best. of course if anyone of tehm suddenly show something in ST you could consider that (like Ring or Logan suddenly finding the plate, or Kei Igawa suddenly throw 94 when comming out for 1 inning stints). but given their past track records it doesn’t seem too likely (though not impossible either).

    All we’re saying is that at least based on recent track records, it seems unlikely that the Yankee lefty bunch is going to be similarly good as Gaudin or Melancon in neutural context. if that’s the case. you shouldn’t carry them. IF they do show something , then of course, why stop at 2 lefty?

  20. Hossrex Says:

    You’re not looking at the situation in the proper manner.

    The final choice for the bullpen spot is going to be terrible.

    Just… terrible.

    I’m talking “rule 5, we have to keep him or we have to give him back” type terrible. I’m talking “he’s my wife’s nephew, and she’ll kill me if I cut him” type terrible. I’m talking “9.45ERA, 1.575WHIP, 45ERA+” type terrible.

    SO!

    You need to look at that spot instead as a utility, instead of simply “another arm”.

    He’s going to be bad either way… you’re not going to use him much either way… so why not take a guy who might not be very good, and might not get much time on the mound, but who can fill a specific niche?

    What bizarre series of circumstances would have to occur for the 7/8th best righty in the bullpen to have *ANY* impact on *ANY* game (let alone a season)?

    Seriously.

    Imagine that.

    Imagine how bizarre a game would look, if the absolute worst right handed pitcher came out of the bullpen, and that somehow turned the game around for a Yankee win.

    Imagine it.

    What would the box score look like?

    Now imagine what would be required for a second lefty reliever to be valuable.

    1: First lefty used in the 6th.
    2: Second lefty used in the 8th to get out the best lefty in the opposing line-up.

    Routine stuff.

    No one would bat an eyelash at that box score.

    But… seriously… imagine the box score where the 8th best right handed pitcher in the pen had an impact.

    Which is more likely?

    If the worst righty in the pen see’s mound time, Girardi might as well forfeit.

    Game over.

    Whereas the SECOND lefty in the pen could very reasonable face 60-70 batters per year, and if used properly, could mean an extra win or two.

  21. Yu-Hsing Chen Says:

    your saying that even if the Yankees have a Nathan / K-rod / Street type guy after having 6 mariano in the pen, you would rather carry a Kei Igawa?

    of course, they don’t have that, but what your saying ignor the fact that the last righty we’re talking about here is probably a pretty solid prospect like Mark Melancon , where as the lefty in question would be a Kei Igawa type (who might be the best of the bunch …) as having been pointed out, most good righty RP get lefties out better than fring lefties to begin with.

    It is fairly irrelevant either way I’ll give it that. most of the Yankee lefties they carry to begin the last few seasons ended up terrible for one reason or another , either getting hurt (Marte 09) or simply sucking to begin with (Billy Traber? Mike Myers?)

  22. Patrick Says:

    Unless I’m forgetting someone, the Yanks haven’t had a good lefty reliever since Mike Stanton.

  23. Matt Says:

    This is a ridiculous thing to contemplate. They will find a lefty somewhere, at some point in the season, if they need one.

    The real questions about this team are the same questions every team has to answer:

    Can the starting rotation stay healthy and perform at expected levels?
    Can the lineup generate runs and avoid/handle a decline in performance or injury to a key piece?

  24. Hossrex Says:

    Yu-Hsing Chen: “your saying that even if the Yankees have a Nathan / K-rod / Street type guy after having 6 mariano in the pen, you would rather carry a Kei Igawa?”

    You’re right.

    If you create an absurdly impossible hypothetical my point appears to be incorrect.

    Congratulations. You win. All you had to do to beat me was make yourself sound like an idiot.

  25. Yu-Hsing Chen Says:

    Rex: because it seems to take extreme analogies for you to understand

    The Yankees have at least on paper, seemingly a better 7th righty then their 2nd lefty. at least they should consider that.

    I’d figure that the difference isn’t really enough for them to not give a hard look at all the guys involved in ST. but it’s silly to say that you’ll surely bring one of Igawa / Ring / Loogan with your team just because they’re lefty.

    FWIW, the Yanks basically went without a lefty in their pen from May to late July last year. (they basically only had one good lefty that year and they he was a sept callup) .

    From May-July , without a realy lefty in pen, they went 45-34 : .569 win %
    April+Aug+Sept : 34-39

  26. Hossrex Says:

    Different players on a baseball team have different skill sets, and different uses.

    When you’re talking about mediocre to bad players, I’d rather have a “useful niche bad pitcher” than a “slightly better, but still bad pitcher.”

    Again.

    How often are you going to run out the 8th best righty in your bullpen?

    How often are you going to run out the 2nd best lefty in your bullpen?

  27. Raul Says:

    Big names or not, if you’re in a division where you face the following switch-hitting and left-handed batters:

    Brian Roberts
    Nick Markakis
    Matt Wieters
    Victor Martinez
    JD Drew
    David Ortiz
    Adam Lind
    Travis Snider
    Carlos Pena
    Ben Zobrist
    Carl Crawford

    …it’s not a bad idea to have an extra left-handed pitcher around. I’m just saying. Against right-handed pitching, some of those guys can hurt you.

  28. Hossrex Says:

    Exactly.

    The people who disagree are those who don’t understand the game off of paper.

    This is why I hate fantasy baseball (sorry Thomas). It facilitates a harmful mentality in people.

  29. Yu-Hsing Chen Says:

    I’d put up a wager that (barrying significant injury on one of their main players)

    A. they’ll carry 12 pitcher

    B. they’ll carry only 1 lefty

    to open the season, and would in fact, stay with just one lefty most of the season.

    But of course, that just proves to you that the entire Yankee FO and management only knows the game on paper. so you can never lose!

  30. Lefty33 Says:

    “A. they’ll carry 12 pitcher”

    Apparently you’ve never watched Tony LaRussa-East Coast manage.

    IMO, I think they carry 13 all year.

  31. Hossrex Says:

    Why on Earth would an American League team carry 5 bench players?

    A back up catcher. Sure.
    A utility infielder. Sure.
    A utility outfielder. Sure.
    A modestly good bat off the bench. Sure.

    Considering that any of those “positions” might have duel use (utility outfielder could be your bat off the bench, etc)… why carry a fifth?

    What would he do?

    It’s the same as carrying an 7/8th righty in the pen.

    What would he do?

    I have no idea what the Yankees WILL do… but… WHY would they do that?

    You’re still looking at the game on paper, and not in a practical sense.

    If you’re EVER forced to use a fifth position player off the bench, you’re most likely losing that game.

    If you’re EVER forced to use the 7/8th righty out of the pen, you’re most likely losing that game.

    Why plan for an eventuality that will likely still result in a loss, when you could have a left handed utility pitcher who could be useful for getting out tough lefties who have trouble against left handed pitching?

    Why?

    Whenever I ask that, people just talk around the question.

    What possible purpose could an 8th righty out of the pen, or a 5th starter possibly be?

    15 inning games?

    I’d rather put my team in a position where it’s less likely to get into extra innings, than to plan for what I’m going to do when they happen.

  32. Hossrex Says:

    Yu-Hsing Chen: “But of course, that just proves to you that the entire Yankee FO and management only knows the game on paper. so you can never lose!”

    If you could explain WHY they would do that, I might lose. Hell. I’d admit defeat.

    You can’t manage American League teams like they’re in the National League.

  33. Hartvig Says:

    My reasoning for another position player (or 2) would simply be that I would rather have the platoon advantage with someone with a bat in hand than a pitcher. I rather bring in Nomar Garciaparra or Rocco Baldelli (I think they’re both still available & could probably be had for not much more than you’d pay a second lefty) to face the 2nd best lefty in the Royals bullpen than haul out Kei Igawa or Royce Ring to face Nick Markakis or Carlos Pena. If you’ve got a decent righty in the pen he’s probably going to do about as well verses any left-handers as these stiffs will.

    Of course, that all changes if they can talk Jesse Orosco into coming out of retirement.

  34. Hossrex Says:

    Hartvig: “I rather bring in Nomar Garciaparra”

  35. Chuck Says:

    This is the Yankees, not the Pirates.

    Everyone on the starting rotation is capable of at least six innings everytime out. With Mo covering the ninth inning, why would the Yankees carry six, seven relievers for essentially three innings?

    Not happening.

    Of course, if they do decide to carry the extra arm, that means four outfielders, and that means Brett Gardner gets a bus ride to Scranton.

  36. Richard Says:

    The 2nd lefty in any bullpen is primarily a luxury for a manager to use in the 6th/7th inning of a close game. This IS the AL, which means a starter can be knocked around and out of the game in the 4th inning, and the team is still in the game at 6-4 or 7-5. When a David Ortiz steps up in the 6th, you’d like the luxury of having a 2nd lefty (Igawa or Logan or *cringe* Ring) and saving Marte for the 7th when the next big lefty comes to the plate, or you want to make a switch-hitter turn around. The season is won or lost on these types of games when you mix and match and stay in the game, even when your starter sucks that day. Having said that, it is a LUXURY, not a necessity, which is why we are even talking about Royce Ring in March. That is the reason Orosco went straight from the bullpen to the Nursing Home, why Paul Assenmacher pitched until his grandkids were drafted, and why Stanton is still on the Reds’ roster – the lefty specialists are coveted, and when they can get lefties out, they can pitch forever facing 5 batters a week. But, IF Ring or Igawa or Logan can’t get a lefty-hitting AA non-prospect out in the 8th inning of a road spring-training game, that last roster spot WILL go to a Melancon or Jamie Hoffman. You can win a championship without the 2nd lefty – the Yanks had Marte and Coke last year, the Phils had Eyre and Romero in 08, Boston had Okajima and Lopez in 07, St Louis had Randy Flores and Tyler Johnson in 06, CWS had Cotts and Marte in 05- but recent history tells us that championship clubs have that luxury.

  37. Raul Says:

    What the hell is up with the lack of articles on this site?

    We’re seeing like 4 articles per week.

    Adam, WTF?

  38. Lefty33 Says:

    “why would the Yankees carry six, seven relievers for essentially three innings”

    IMO,

    Girardi over manages a lot.

    At times he clearly espouses the Joe Torre/Tony LaRussa theory of four pitching changes in an inning for three or four straight games is OK.

    And to me, in this day and age, it is OK as long as you carry a crap load of pitchers.

    Personally, I think 13 are too many. But with how Girardi manages his pen, I don’t see how he gets away with less for very long.

    Torre, through mismanagement, shortened the careers/efficacy of several of his relievers with the Yanks.

    1. Ramiro Mendoza
    2. Mike Stanton
    3. Tanyon Sturtze
    4. Paul Quantrill
    5. Scott Proctor

  39. Raul Says:

    Ramiro Mendoza came up starting and relieving. In 1998 he appeared in 41 games and made 14 starts for a total of 130.1 innings. The following season he was used largely as a reliever, starting 6 games, appearing in 53 games and accumulating 123.2 innings. About the same number of innings as the year before, but starting half as many games. In 2000 he pitched just 65.2 innings. In 2001 he pitched 100.2 innings, and in 2002 (his final year with the Yankees) he pitched 91.2 innings. After two seasons in Boston, he was finished.

    Mike Stanton is a harder sell. While he was with the Yankees from 1997 to 2002, he averaged 70 innings per year. I guess for a left-handed reliever, that may seem like a lot. Stanton was with the Yankees from his early-to-mid 30s…I’m not sure the Yankees ruined him.

    Tanyon Sturtze was never a good pitcher. He had shown flashes from game to game of being excellent, since he had a pretty live arm, but he’d always shown to be below-average. Tanyon Sturtze’s ERA+ during his time with the Yankees is a robust 83. Now I haven’t done studies, but for a reliever, you have to be pretty awful to post an 83 ERA+.

    Paul Quantrill was 35 when he joined the Yankees (2004). But, Joe Torre did use him to the tune of 95.1 innings that year. An innings total Quantrill had not touched since 1996 – when he was 27 years old and started 20 games for Toronto. The following season, Quantrill reached just 69 innings and was out of baseball.

    Scott Proctor went from 25 innings his first year, to 44.2 in his 2nd, to 102.1 in his third – appearing in a league-leading 83 games. In 2007, Torre used him in 52 games to the tune of 54.1 innings before shipping him to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He pitched just one more season and was out of baseball.

  40. Yu-Hsing Chen Says:

    So 2 games into the season

    1. 12 pitcher
    2. 1 lefty

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