April 9, 2007

GEORGE WILL BE RIGHT THIS TIME:

ROTATION A FLOP FIRST TIME THROUGH ( JOEL SHERMAN, April 9, 2007, NY Post)

The best thing you can say for the Yankee starters at this point is there are still 157 games to go. That might be the worst thing, as well.

"The bottom line is the first week was not good; guilty as charged," GM Brian Cashman said. "I am not happy with it, but I believe it will get better."

Here is how that might happen: Chien-Ming Wang gets healthy to join the rotation in late April, Phil Hughes gets promoted in late May, and Roger Clemens signs and is ready to pitch in late June.


With Cashman and Torre both about to be fired there's zero chance of Hughes staying at AAA into May. Roger, meanwhile, is in such a great bargaining position that he can ask for and get $30 million for four months, but if the Yanks don't sign him soon he's unlikely to want to board a sinking ship.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 9, 2007 3:43 PM
Comments

Oh please.

In other news, Schilling is still fat and old, the Boy Wonder still traded away a Rookie of the Year SS and a quality starter for a bag of baseballs and a guy who grooved 30+ homers last year, Wakefield has no movement on the knuckler anymore and will be lucky to stay off the dl for more than 2 months this year, and the Sawx will get sub-replacement level offensive production this season from 2nd base, cf, catcher, 3rd base and ss.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at April 9, 2007 4:15 PM

Of course, the key difference is that even when Mussina was a decent starter he was still a loser when it mattered. Indeed, the only winner on their staff is Rivera.

By contrast, the Sox lead with a World Series MVP, followed by a World Series MVP, followed by the WBC MVP, followed by an NLCS MVP and World Series champ, and then one of the young guns.

Posted by: oj at April 9, 2007 4:20 PM
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