May 06, 2005
And Then There Was Brown
Coming into tonight's game, the Yankees team ERA is 5.23 (according to dougstats.com). This mark is next to dead last in the AL. And, it's not that far from rock bottom, which is Tampa Bay @ 5.86.
Needless to say, this is not good.
However, if you take the Yankees current team pitching totals, and subtract the "contributions" of (to date) Sean Henn, Jaret Wright, Kevin Brown, Steve Karsay, and Felix Rodriguez, then the team ERA would be closer to 4.23.
An ERA of 4.23 would place the Yankees around 7th in the current AL team ERA rankings. This is not great. But, it's still means being in the top half of the league in ERA - which is much, much, better than being next to (and almost) last in ERA.
Therefore, when people say "the Yankees pitching stinks" - they are not correct. To date, five Yankee pitchers have "stunk" and they are: Sean Henn, Jaret Wright, Kevin Brown, Steve Karsay, and Felix Rodriguez.
Now, Henn is back in the minors. And, Wright is on the DL until who knows when(?). In addition, Karsay has been designated for assignment. These three pitchers can do no more harm to the Yankees, at least presently.
There's some rumors out there today that Felix Rodriguez might be traded to the Cubs. For Yankees fans, this is good news - based on the way F'ed-Rod has thrown this season so far. Who does that leave?
Just Kevin Brown.
If you want to say that the Yankees problem is pitching, there's just one part of that problem left: Kevin Brown.
And, pretty soon, if he doesn't turn it around, well......
Fe-fe, fi-fi, fo-fo, fum
I smell smoke at the big Stadium.
Ol' Kevin Brown, Ol' Kevin Brown
He's a clown,
that Kevin Brown.
He's gonna get caught
Just you wait and see.
Pretty soon he'll be another ex-Yankee
Posted by Steve Lombardi at May 6, 2005 04:33 PM
Whoa.....let's not get carried away here....
5 pitchers stink....I beg to differ:
don't forget "longball" Gordon and the fact that Rivera has been marginal at best...3 saves, and just as many blown ones. So that is 7 who have "stunk".
Big Unit- very un-unit like- not dominating like he we expect..and has been injured twice already
Quantrill- please- how many runners has he inherited and actually held?
Sturtze- disappointing...and now hurt
Stanton? where have you gone Stanton of 2000?
so- we are left with Carl Pavano....who has been decent at best...but not the Pavano 2004 (which agree may have been a fluke)
The Yankee Pitching stinks- not 5 of 12...but 10 of 12.
Stinks with a capital "S"
Posted by: Phil at May 7, 2005 10:41 AM
Hey, I'm just going with the stats.
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at May 7, 2005 07:48 PM
so-by taking away all of the awful pitchers so far...we are still at a 4.23 ERA? I see nothing comforting about that statement...in fact- it is even scarier. if you had said- remove these 5 pitchers and we are at 3.25...then I would say- OK- there is some hope.
But take away the bottom half of the staff and we are still average....yikes.
pitchers making 10 million plus with 4.50 era's is unacceptable....these pitchers aren't being paid to be marginal- they are being paid because they are expected to be better than the average pitcher
and Rivera's ERA shouldn't even be over 2.00...and right now it is around 4. He has not been lights out...heck- he hasn;t really been good yet... and his stats clearly reflect that. For an effective closer in 2005- see Joe Nathan. Mo- its time to learn a new pitch..everyone knows what is coming.
I still can't see how Gordon is not #6 on your list. He has been awful and now he can;t even be trusted.
Pavano's ERA is over 4.00 as well...and yet I said he was decent. A 4+ ERA is not acceptable....
So of course Moose throws a complete game shutout...one small step for Moose.....ome giant leap for Moose-kind
Posted by: Phil at May 8, 2005 01:32 AM