Swisher To The Pen, Please!

May 29, 2010 – 7:02 pm

Cleveland 13, NYY 11. How in the world can you lose a game to what is arguably the worst team in the league when you take a six run lead in to the sixth inning? Well, the answer is that it’s quite easy when you have the bullpen the likes of what the Yankees currently have, particularly combined with a manager who is totally clueless about how to manage a bullpen. Forget about worrying about CC, Tex, and A-Rod performing well below expectations. The bullpen along with brain dead Joe Girardi is by far and away the biggest problem facing the Yankees right now. Unless something is done to rectify that problem, I don’t see how the Yankees can remain competitive this year. And given that Girardi isn’t going anywhere, that means there has to be major, major improvements to the bullpen. You’ve got one and only one reliever who has shown any consistency at all — Sergio Mitre — and you pull him after throwing just three pitches? Are you kidding me? The only way to protect Girardi from himself is to load up the pen with as many aces as you can find.

But where are reinforcements going to come from? The best move we could make last week was to sign Chad Gaudin, who was released by the Athletics after going 0-2 with an 8.83 ERA. And it’s not like that was an aberration — his ERA during spring training was 8.68. Besides Mitre, Alfredo Aceves is the only other reliever on the roster who has shown any kind of reliability. And it’s been three weeks since he pitched at all, and who knows when or even if he will be back any time soon. Maybe we need to bring back Nick Swisher as a reliever. Seriously.  He couldn’t possibly be any worse than what we have right now.

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