Let me throw a hypothetical out there for the purposes of generating a debate.
OK, here’s the scenario. Its July 1st and the Yanks are 41-40, 7 games out of first place. Mariano Rivera has been horrendous, he has 9 blown saves and is pitching to a 5.83 ERA. He has even dusted off the change up and still can’t get anyone out. Its apparent to everyone that he’s done. Wang has come off the DL and thrown back to back 1 run complete games. Due to scheduling and a few doubleheaders, Hughes is still in the rotation as well, and is pitching well with a 2.93 ERA. CC, Joba and AJ Burnett have all worked out their early season kinks and are all pitching great. Bruney and Marte have come off the DL, and are performing to the back of their baseball cards.
The Yanks have a new stadium with 1.5 billion in bonds to pay back and very expensive seats to fill next year during a recession. Throw in a TV Network that will suffer with low ratings if the Yanks fall out of the pennant race for a second straight year. Throwing in the towel for this year has huge implications to the Yankee bottom line and could mean Cashman AND Girardi get fired to appease the fan base.
So you’re Brian Cashman. Mo is done, and you have 6 starters all pitching well. What do you do? Do you move Joba to the pen? You’re not talking about the 8th inning guy anymore, you’re talking about the Closer. If not, who is your closer and which one of the starters do you send to AAA?
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