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May 02, 2005

Paul Quantrill Should Be The First To Go

After yesterday's loss, in a locker room interview, when asked about giving up the big 2-out, 2-strike, pitch with the bases loaded that allowed the Blue Jays to tie the game, Paul Quantrill (trying to explain his ineffectiveness) said something like "I can't remember the last time that I pitched in a game." Someone must have told him when it was, because, later, he said "I don't know if I've ever had nine days between appearances in my career."

This is a bad sign. When a player starts making excuses, pointing fingers, and laying blame, he's telling us that he's not someone that we want in the Yankee clubhouse.

When Tanyon Sturtze comes off the DL, Buddy Groom should be kept on the roster and Paul Quantrill should be moved off the team. Send him with cash, anywhere, to a team and get a decent AAA-arm in return for Columbus.

There's such a thing as addition by subtraction.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at May 2, 2005 07:36 AM


I dunno, I think Q has a point there. There are too many men in the pen and Torre uses them too inconsistantly (people are overreacting against Torre right now, but this has always been a problem with him). You couldn't fairly expect a hitter to come off the bench after not seeing live pitching for nine days and do much of anything with a pinch-hit at-bat, so why would you expect a pitcher to be able to spend 9 days on the bench and come in and be effective. Also, if you have a guy who's been inactive for 9 days (and who has a almost non-existant K rate), why is he the first one you bring in in a bases-loaded no outs situtation that could make or break the game?

Beyond that, Quantrill actually pitched very well, the sac fly was inevitable and he retired the first two batters he faced without the other two runners advancing. He then went 0-2 on the next batter and just missed numerous times only to go 0-2 on the next man and again *just* miss numerous times. Credit the Blue Jays hitters for laying off those close pitches (and even with those, Q threw 70 percent strikes). After giving up the one hit he then retired the next man. For a guy who hadn't pitched for nine days (checking the stats it was actually seven days, six games, but still), that's mighty fine.

Posted by: Cliff at May 2, 2005 11:00 AM

Maybe it's time to get rid of Mr Torre

Posted by: Wahoo Sam at May 2, 2005 02:19 PM

The next week could decide that Sam.......

Cliff, I hear what you're saying. But, I also know from experience that Torre is a "hot hand" guy - to a fault. He goes with whoever is hot and keeps doing it until they burn out and/or fail in a big spot. Look at Gordon last year. Look at Sturtze this year. Before Sturtze went on the DL, what was the ratio of his appearances to Yankees Games Played? It was probably near 50%. That could be the reason he ended up on the DL.

So, to Q's lament, I would counter with "Dude, if you were pitching better, Torre would have you in every game. It's your own fault that you were not in a game for 9 in a row."

Posted by: Steve Lombardi at May 2, 2005 02:37 PM