Much like he did in 2010, Boone Logan started the 2011 season terribly. He allowed runs in each of his first 3 outings, giving up the winning run in extras innings in one contest while turning a slim single run gap into a 3 run deficit in another. In total, he notched just 4 outs while allowing 3 runs plus an inherited runner to score, walking two while striking out one batter. Subsequent performances were scoreless but far from flawless, as Logan was struggling to retire left handers, and there were calls for Logan to be taken off the roster. However, since those first 3 outings, Logan has turned things around.
In Logan’s last 14 appearances, which span 10.2 innings, Logan has held hitters to a .162/.225/.270 line, with just 9 batters reaching base (6H, 3BB) and 3 runs scoring against him during that time. Even more impressive is Logan’s record with inherited runners. Logan has inherited 13 runners this season, and only one (the first one), has scored. Last night provided the greatest example of Logan’s success in this area, as he entered with the bases loaded in extra innings and got Luke Scott to strike out and Matt Weiters to fly out to end the threat.
Logan’s numbers against lefties are still shocking inflated (.830 OPS) by his first few poor outings and a handful of extra-base hits, but he has done a better job lately in that department, and I would expect him to return to his lefty-killing ways over the season’s final 4 months. Of course, that will likely be offset by a regression against righties (.328 OPS), such that I doubt Logan is going to be much better than what he was last season or what he is right now. What he is is a solid LOOGY who should only face left-handers when possible, and is therefore better suited to being the 2nd lefty in a good bullpen. For now, he is the best the Yankees have available, and as the numbers above illustrate, his recent performance has certainly been good enough.
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