Re: You can fix your bullpen, but you can't turn back the clock
posted at 4/24/2012 9:15 AM EDT
In Response to You can fix your bullpen, but you can't turn back the clock
[QUOTE]Hi! The Yanks fans are having fun because our bullpen is very awful right now. In fact, the aging Yanks stole one game from our bullpen last Saturday. And I got to admit /> we need to fix our bullpen inmediately... It was very painful to watch declining hitters like Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira pounding our bullpen last Saturday. In other words.... we're not talking about Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder... we're talking about Nick Teixeira and Mark Swisher. Definitely, we got a very serious issue we our bullpen. But the good news is that the American League East is wide open this year. The Rays are not the Rangers. The aging Yanks will make some noise, but they won't be able to turn the clock back ths year. These old bodies will succumb due to wear and tear. In my opinion, the Yanks are a longshot. The Blue Jays have an outside chance. So sit back & relax... the horses are still in the starting gate... It's April 23. Am I right ? I am not ready to raise the white flag. Not Yet.
Posted by BenitoMyHero[/QUOTE] Knowledgeable Yankee fans have been having fun at the Sox expense for the last several years. That team has not had a solid, complete and consistent bullpen since 2007 and look at the results. The Yankees, on the other hand, consistently win the AL East largely because of their bullpen. It allows them the luxury of shortening the game with starters not named Sabathia often only having to go 5 or 6 innings deep to win games. The pen can even make pitching dinosaurs like the Freddy Garcias and Bartolo Colons of the world competent.
The Sox had a very strong tandem the last couple of years with Papelbon and Bard, both of whom somewhat masked the fact that the other arms were often unreliable. Unfortunately both relievers, especially Bard (look at his horrific numbers in September), came up short in September when it really counted and team missed the postseason once again. There were team wide issues of course with position players and starters, but the bullpen, other than Aceves, came up small at the worst possible time. The troika of Albers, Jenks and Wheeler was brought in to fix the bullpen. How did that work out as they say given the benefit of hindsight? This year Bailey and Melancon were "supposed" to be the anchors of the bullpen. That's not working out either so far.
There's no question that the bullpen will get better (wosrt in the game) than it has been so far this year, but make no mistake that barring a major shakeup, this is going to be an area of concern for the foreseeable future. Forcing Bard back out there against his wishes, having Melancon fix his mechanics and get his confidence back to be an adequate set up guy and pushing Aceves back in his comfortable role likely kicking and screaming as he does are on the table, however, change sometimes comes at a price.
A final note in case you have missed it, the so-called "aging Yankees" are playing like they are in their prime (Jeter, Granderson, Swisher, Rodriquez and Teixeira are all off to anywhere from great to decent starts). I don't know how the Youks, Byrds and Crawfords will do this year, but the early returns are not all that encouraging. They are not necessarily that old, but certainly are playing like they are "aging" quickly. Last year Crawford looked more like a Ricky Henderson or Tim Raines in his 40's than a guy who should be in his prime. We shall see!