Thank God for Relief Pitching

Too Familiar of a sight already for the 2007 Yanks

Yankees starting pitching is really suffering hardcore these days but thank God for that bullpen…

Take a look at these numbers through 5 games:

Yankees Starters:

  • 21 2/3 Innings
  • 36 Hits
  • 24 Earned Runs
  • 9.97 ERA
  • 13 Walks
  • 12 K’s

Yankees Relief Pitching:

  • 23 1/3 Innings
  • 11 Hits
  • 3 Earned Runs
  • 1.16 ERA
  • 10 Walks
  • 16 K’s

It’s a good thing the bullpen has been so stellar otherwise the Yankees would be in dead last place. Currently, Yankees pitching is tied for 9th with the Chicago White Sox in the AL with an ERA of 5.50

Right now the team desperatley needs to find a solution to the starting pitching because as Joe Torre said after Sunday’s game, “We need the starters to give us six innings. We know we are a better team than we’ve shown.”

Already the bullpen is being overworked and its only April 8th. Because of so much relief appearance, Starting Pitcher, Andy Pettite had to pitch in relief for only the second time since 1998. Pettite, who volunteered to pitch in relief for Sunday’s game after throwing only 83 pitches 2 days earlier vs Tampa Bay, struck out 1, walked 1, as he pitched a hitless 6th inning.

How about this game plan?

Make Yankees starters last up to the 4th inning and then on off days have the starters join the bullpen so the team has a wide variety of alternate pitchers to relieve the relief pitchers who will pitch the majority of the game anyway!

I mean, the Astros pitched a no-hitter to the Yankees back on July 11th, 2003, using 6 different relief pitchers, the concept must work right?

Maybe for short-term…. But for the long term? Doubt it kid.

Look at that Yankees bullpen era, it’s a 1.16 in 23 1/3 innings. Just imagine if it was May 1st and the Yankees Bullpen had the same numbers?

That would mean the Yankees had some deece starters. And with some average to above average starting pitching on this team I bet the 07 Yanks could even compete with the 98 Yanks record of 125 wins.

And lets not forget, the 98 Yanks starting the season 1-4 with similar pitching problems.

Final thought:

Hurry up Phil Hughes and come back Clemens, please save this pitching staff….

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