Is Aaron Healthy?
Obviously we have not had enough time to discern Aaron's effectiveness in 2007, but I cannot help but get the feeling something is a bit off. I do not think think he is lapsing into a depression over not starting because he still cares. He is visibly pissed when he does not perform and though he prefers to start, he is still giving everything he has to relieving and I truly believe that.
It is too soon to really look at stats because he has decent enough stats for this time of year, but he just does not appear to be in vintage Heilman form. His K's are down, but again, it's 6.2 innings of ball. However, it should be noted that he has the least amount of innings pitched out of every Met pitcher. He has also only pitched two games in a row once this season. That coupled with his surgery for his tennis elbow and him sitting out some of the pre-season with tendinitis hints to me that something might be going on with him.
Though he isn't that far off pace of where he was the same time last year, he certainly is not getting much work comparatively with the other pitchers for being their go to arm outside of Billy Wagner. Consider me a bit concerned at this point and Jorge Sosa has been great at AAA and might become and important figure in this Mets bullpen before the year is out.
- Chan Ho got lit up again, but Carlos Gomez had a huge day at the plate in New Orleans' win over Albuquerque. Gomez went 2 for 5 with three runs scored and an RBI to inch closer back to .300.
- Kevin Mulvey pitched well in Binghamton's loss to New Hampshire. He went five innings and gave up four hits, three runs, no earned runs, and no walks while striking out three.
- Jon Niese had better days as he went 2.2 innings and gave up ten hits, six runs, and three earned runs as he dropped to 1-1 with a 2.50 ERA.
- Hey...maybe the Mets can recoup some of the $900,000 they gave Matt Durkin yet. He started for Savannah in their loss to Charleston and went 5.2 innings and gave up four hits, one run, no earned runs, and no walks while striking out four
[11:33] yankeescum: oh new york baseball, what a weekend
[11:33] me (aka the good guy): willie is a stupid man
[11:33] me (aka the good guy): really not a good manager
[11:34] yankeescum: can say the same for torre
[11:34] me (aka the good guy): of course
[11:34] yankeescum: he was exposed this weekend
[11:34] me (aka the good guy): i've been saying that for years!
[11:43] yankeescum: what happened to you guys....when I turned off the game it was 6-2 mets
[11:43] me (aka the good guy): Willie happened.
[11:44] yankeescum: who in your pen imploded?
[11:44] me (aka the good guy): Burgos had retired the first two handily.
[11:44] me (aka the good guy): Then Green dropped a ball.
[11:44] me (aka the good guy): With Kelly Johnson up (a lefty), Willie tries to get cute.
[11:45] me (aka the good guy): Burgos deals with lefties better than Schoenweiss and was cruising, but being a righty, he wanted the lefty/lefty matchup even if the lefty cannot get lefties out better than said righty.
[11:46] me (aka the good guy): so, he brings in Schoenweiss despite the fact Felciano is the only true lefty specialist.
[11:46] me (aka the good guy): Johnson gets on and then BAM!
[11:46] me (aka the good guy): Three run jack... 6-6.
[11:46] me (aka the good guy): Then Heilman gave up a three runs.
[11:46] me (aka the good guy): 9-6
[11:46] me (aka the good guy): game over.
[11:46] me (aka the good guy): fire willie.
[11:46] yankeescum: i hate when mgrs go with the lefty/lefty, righty/righty matchups because it's what your "supposed to do" per the book
[11:47] yankeescum: torre tried to get cute last night....used pettitte in the 6th
[11:47] me (aka the good guy): i saw that.
[11:47] me (aka the good guy): i'm not against that stuff though
[11:47] yankeescum: after throwing 90+ pitches on friday
[11:47] me (aka the good guy): out of the box thinking.
[11:47] me (aka the good guy): but he throws a side session on Sunday anyway probably
[11:47] me (aka the good guy): and it worked before, no?
[11:48] me (aka the good guy): not ideal, but your bullpen stinks.
[11:48] yankeescum: where the hell is farnsworth?
[11:48] me (aka the good guy): you'd rather have him in?
[11:48] yankeescum: let the bum earn his money
[11:48] yankeescum: torre doesnt even know who farnsworth is
[11:49] me (aka the good guy): ha
[11:49] me (aka the good guy): well, i'm not shocked willie is the way he is if he learned from Torre
[11:49] me (aka the good guy): Willie uses his gut too much instead of using his brain.
[11:49] yankeescum: fire 'em all
[11:49] me (aka the good guy): word up
That was from Monday....This was from today...
[16:51] yankeescum: I'd take el duque at this point. oh boy.
[16:52] me (aka the good guy): classic
[16:52] me (aka the good guy): you guys are in trouble
[16:52] me (aka the good guy): one game out of last.
[16:52] yankeescum: yes, it's quite concerning
[16:53] yankeescum: in true irony, arod having his best start ever and the yanks are flailing
Flailing indeed. With the loss to the D-Rays, they are now sitting in sole possession of last place. On April 24th 2005, the Yankees were tied for last place with the Devil Rays at 8-11. In 2004, they were 8-10 though they were not in last place. In fact, you would have to go all the back to 1985 to see the Yankees in sole possession of last place.
As I stated in the comments in yesterday's post, it is not that I think the Yankees are bad. Quite the contrary, but this division is simply to improved for their rotation. As of right now, their starters have a 5.65 ERA and 4.69 K/9. The obvious thing is that they will improve with Mussina, Wang, and Hughes in the fold, but that still does not set them to far above everyone else. I fully expect there to be one 90 win team in the AL East and that is the Red Sox based on the strength of their starting pitching. I envision the Yankees winning 88 games, which is certainly a respectable total but also not one that will get them their division or the Wild Card. I think they will hit, but they will not have a cake walk and will be challenged this year more than ever.
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