From Joel Sherman:
You know who I think could end up being pretty darn important for the Yankees the rest of this season? Mark Melancon. His last three outings have been very strong (4 1-3 shutout innings, four strikeouts, no walks). He has good stuff. Can he handle a pennant race and the hitters in the AL? That is to be determined. But I think we are going to see him get a chance to determine that.
The reality is that with Sergio Mitre in the rotation and Joba Chamberlain on an innings limitation the Yanks are going to have to find more quality innings from their pen and/or liberate Alfredo Aceves or Phil Hughes to stretch out as starters. At this point, we can assume that neither Brian Bruney nor Damaso Marte is ever going to be trusted with late-inning relief in a pennant race. So where else do the Yanks turn?
The hunch here is that Melancon begins to be spoon fed some more important innings and if he proves capable he is going to become a big player for the Yankees in September.
Melancon has looked very good in his last few outings, and now has his WHIP at 1.2 and ERA at 3.60. He has had good velocity on his fastball (93.2 average speed), his curveball looks like a plus pitch, and he has mixed in a silder and changeup as well. He also looks more confident on the mound, which has lead to him attacking the zone and falling behind fewer hitters.
It seems that the Yankees’ choices in terms of roster moves supports Sherman’s conclusion. Since recalling Melancon for the second time, the Yankees have DFA’d Brett Tomko and shuttled Jon Albaladejo back and forth to AAA rather than send Melancon down, despite the sparse nature of his workload. This is not like the Yankees, who sent Ramiro Pena and Frankie Cervelli down to get regular at-bats, and were unwilling to disrupt Austin Jackson’s season by calling him up for a few weeks to replace Brett Gardner. It seems that the Yankees believe that Melancon is ready for prime time, and it is up to Joe Girardi to start using him in some difficult situations.
LIKE TYA ON FACEBOOK
- TYA To Merge With It’s About The Money, Stupid
- What about Kevin Youkilis?
- Teix Now Front And Center On The “Needs To Produce” Radar
- Cashman: Heathcott A Dark Horse Candidate
- A Dog Chasing Cars
- Outfield Trade Targets
- The Problem With Brett Gardner
- A Look At Relief Prospect Branden Pinder
- The Yankees Should Be Realistic, Put Team on Short Leash in 2013
- Briefly discussing the internal options to replace Curtis Granderson
- essentialtexting.com on Open Thread | Game 3 | Detroit Tigers vs. New York Yankees | Sunday, April 3, 2011
- www25.tok2.com on Sabermetrics Doesn’t Have A Monopoly on Not-Stupid: Mike Trout is the AL MVP
- グッチ 財布 on Sunday Links-Joba’s Timetable, Comparing eras, Pineda
- raspberry ketone diet 1200 on Sabermetrics Doesn’t Have A Monopoly on Not-Stupid: Mike Trout is the AL MVP
- Free riot codes on Off-Topic
- Fran on The Great Subway Race
- sleeping bag hand Orientation on What about Austin Romine?
- camping stove heat diffuser on What about Austin Romine?
- 手機殼 on The Yankees’ Standing In The AL East Right Now
- 手機外殼 on The Yankees’ Standing In The AL East Right Now
TagsA.J. Burnett Alex Rodriguez Andy Pettitte Austin Romine Baltimore Orioles Bartolo Colon Boston Red Sox Brett Gardner Brian Cashman Bullpen CC Sabathia Chien-Ming Wang Cliff Lee Curtis Granderson David Robertson Dellin Betances Derek Jeter Francisco Cervelli Freddy Garcia Game Recap Hiroki Kuroda Ivan Nova Javier Vazquez Jesus Montero Joba Chamberlain Joe Girardi Johnny Damon Jorge Posada Manny Banuelos Mariano Rivera Mark Teixeira Melky Cabrera Michael Pineda New York New York Yankees Nick Johnson Nick Swisher Phil Hughes Prospects Rafael Soriano Red Sox Robinson Cano Russell Martin Tampa Bay Rays Yankees