Mr. Cashman, Your WakeUp Call

July 11, 2010 – 10:57 am

Seattle 4, NYY 1. This game was the perfect rebuttal to the arguments over whether or not the Yankees should have even considered a Cliff Lee trade. First off, the starting rotation is clearly the strongest part of this team and has no need for another strong arm. Javier Vazquez pitched yet another gem, shutting out Seattle over seven innings on just three hits. That’s six straight games where the starters have given up two or less runs. Over the last 10 games they have a combined ERA of 1.92. Don’t fix what ain’t broken.

But what is broken is the bullpen. Last night Joba Chamberlain imploded yet again, giving up four runs in the eighth. You can go on and on about Joba, analyzing what went wrong and what his problems are, but bottom line is that he’s got no business being in a 1-0 game. But then you can hardly blame Girardi, as he’s got no one in the bullpen right now that’s any better. Halfway through the season the three regular relievers have ERAs of 5.79 (Joba), 5.46 (David Robertson), and 6.18 (Chan Ho Park). There is no “eighth inning guy” anywhere in the bullpen right now. And that’s what needs fixing. And fast.

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