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July 15, 2005

Al Leiter

So, the Pride of Tom's River is available, huh? Could he help the Yankees? Yes, he's been terrible this year so far, right? His ERA is 6.64. He's allowed 88 hits and 60 BB in 80 IP. That's down right ugly.

But, look at his splits:

Home: 39.2 IP, 9.98 ERA, .375 Opp BA, 1.059 Opp OPS
Road: 40.1 IP, 3.35 ERA, .191 Opp BA, .623 Opp OPS

Clearly, his problem was pitching in Miami, right? But, maybe all those nice road stats are from early in the year? Yup, in June, his road ERA was 5.19.

It does not appear that Big Al is someone who could help the Yankees now. The only thing that possibly could be a factor here is that his wife just had a baby. Maybe that was on his mind? But, that's a big "if." After all, this is his fourth child. And, based on the baby's size, 7-pounds and 19 1/2 inches, it does not appear that it was a high risk pregnancy.

I wish he was the answer for New York. But, he would just be another question, as far as we can tell now.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at July 15, 2005 02:08 PM


IIRC, he ran out of gas towards the end of last season.

IMO, it couldn't hurt to take a flyer on him. Can't be much worse than May

Posted by: Raf at July 15, 2005 02:43 PM

Come to think of it, I wonder if he's hurt?

Posted by: Raf at July 15, 2005 02:50 PM