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KISSIMMEE, Fla. — You can do anything you want with statistics.
Spring training numbers for pitchers are always better until hitters
|Above left Fredie Garcia and (r) Sergio Mitre
catch up to them in April.
The Yanks have two pitchers who might become fourth and fifth starters,
Freddie Garcia and Bartolo Colon. You can count on it – the others are
strictly pretenders. I mean Ivan Nova and Sergio Mitre.
No, despite the early season numbers in the Yankees rotation, the stats
are skewed during March. right now they do suggest Freddy Garcia, Bartolo Colon,
Ivan Nova and Sergio Mitre are better pitchers than CC Sabathia and
Phil Hughes, and that’s a bunch of garbage.
Early on I said Garcia should be considered the favorite. that’s because of his twelve
wins last season with the Sox. He was throwing the ball only 85 miles per hour then;
now he’s zinging it at 88 or 89 mph and he says that makes his change-up far more
effective and it does.
Colon has a 1.80 ERA after allowing one run and four hits in five innings and fanning five; Nova has worked two games (one start) and given up three hits in five scoreless frames; Mitre, who also has a chance to stick with the team as a long reliever, has appeared in three games (one start) and has not allowed a run in five innings.That’s a combined 20 innings,
one run, 14 hits, one walk and 14 strikeouts.All the candidates insist the only thing they have to worry about is how they pitch. However, it is impossible for them to ignore what the others are doing.
Last year Garcia won 12 with a 4.64 ERA in 28 games for the White Sox. He’s only 34 so I figure he has two to four good seasons left in him if he plays his cards right.
Garcia said. “Last year I was 85 to 86. My arm feels really good.
[Added velocity] makes my changeup and slider better.”According to a
scout at yesterday’s 5-4 Yankees exhibition win over the Braves at
Champion Stadium in which Garcia retired all nine batters he faced.
A scout said Garcia was sharp and has “the stomach to pitch
in The Bronx.”He needs a harder breaking ball to lefties, but his
change-up and command are pluses. As a result, he is sneaky,” the scout
said. “He has a solid feel with Big Apple poise.”The Yankees knew what
they were getting when signing Garcia to a minor league deal that will
pay him $1.5 million if he makes the Opening Day roster. The total
package could reach $5.1 million via performance bonuses.”That’s the
way I have to pitch if I want to win the spot,” Garcia said. “In spring
trainings before, I was working to get ready for the season. I was in
the rotation, but I didn’t take nothing for granted. But I had my spot.
This year I am making sure I am on the team.”From the first day of
camp manager Joe Girardi said a decision on the final two spots would
not be a quick one. The way the quartet has performed won’t make it
come any faster.”We won’t make decisions till the end,” Girardi said.
Don White, AKA Yankee Wizard
The Yanks have some interesting problems. I saw Colon pitch
twice last week (I was down in Fla for spring training). If he
doesn’t get hurt and continues to pitch like that he’s not only
in the rotation, he’s going to win comeback player of the year
… at least. His ball was popping! (definitely in the mid-90’s)
He also showed veteran savvy.
I predict it’s Colon 4 and Garcia 5.
Nova, Betances, Buenelos and Brackman go to AAA and the
SWB-Yanks would beat the Mets 9 out of 10 times with
that rotation! ReportDr. Sigmund Freud03/09/2011 2:55 PM
At least you got the Fraud part right… hahaha ya probably
didn’t even realize that… lol
ReportDr. Sigmund Freud03/09/2011 2:49 PM
A recent study by the New England Journal of Medicine
has shown that 93% of all males who dislike Derek
Jeter are morbidly obese, 89% have an IQ below 60, and
73% are alcoholics.
Brings to mind the immortal words of Dean Vernon
Wormer: “Fat, drunk, stupid and envying the great
Derek Jeter is no way to go through life