April 30, 2007


Yanks' pitching, not Torre, is to blame (Ken Rosenthal, 4/30/07, FOXSports.com)

Torre shouldn't be fired Monday. He shouldn't be fired Tuesday. He probably shouldn't be fired at all this season, not when general manager Brian Cashman handed him a pitching staff that would make any manager look dumb.

Even Cashman could not have anticipated that four of the Yankees' top six starters would get injured, though the losses of Mike Mussina and Carl Pavano do not exactly qualify as surprises.

The truth is, rival general managers have spent years waiting for this moment — the moment when the Yankees' pitching staff would be caught in a difficult transition between old and young.

In other words, everyone but Cashmoney anticipated it. The problem is that, once you get past Phil Hughes, there is no young to be integrated.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 30, 2007 12:01 AM

See pecota's analysis of farm talent up at BP last week that Nate Silver analyzed. The Yanks are so far ahead of everyone else pitching wise it's ridiculous.

Based almost entirely on pitching, BP ranks them the #2 farm system in baseball.

They received a 638.8 ranking for their arms, their nearest competitor is the D-Rays, who'll likely be the Yanks only true competitor in the East by 2009 given the age of the Sawx and the weakness of their farm system. The Saawx btw were in the low 300s.

The Yanks got 3-4 arms at AAA/AA besides Hughes that will be at least as helpful as, say, Lester might be to the Sawx this season. Of course our guys don't put nearly the runners on base Lester does.

And it only get better from there, tho the college arms they picked up in last years draft probably won't helped until next season.

You don't even believe the nonsense you've been writing re the Yanks anymore.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at April 30, 2007 1:35 PM

The D-rays rating was 458.6 btw.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at April 30, 2007 1:37 PM

oj baited the hook and cast it upon the waters...

Posted by: Bartman at April 30, 2007 2:44 PM

The Yankees staff is, indeed, designed for AAA. Guys like Clippard and Kennedy are the sort of soft tossers who can fool minor leaguers but not get major leaguers out. Read a great comment about Kennedy from Baseball Prospectus--the Yanks took him because he's so close to being at his low ceiling.

Posted by: oj at April 30, 2007 3:05 PM