Evening Notes: Posada, Rotation, Romero, Wade

Good (early) evening folks. Here are some notes to hold you over on this off-day.

Sad but necessary: The light at the end of the tunnel is in sight.

Ken Rosenthal reports that the Yankees released left-hander J.C. Romero by his request. He had fairly good numbers in Scranton for the Yanks, posting a 2.92 ERA, 10 K, 5 BB, in 12 1/3 IP. Lefties were only hitting .171 off him. For some reason, the Yanks just didn’t like what they saw out of him, as he was never called up to New York.

Jon Heyman says the Yankees may indeed go through the six-man rotation one more time. They do realize that Ivan Nova is their second best pitcher (arguably) and know he “has to stay in.”

— The Yankees will not cut Jorge Posada, says ESPN’s Buster Olney. Posada’s two choices are: (1) deal with being a “rarely used bench player” or (2) ask for his release. Any true Yankee fan can’t like the way this has turned out with Jorge, but when you are in a pennant race, winning is Rule #1.

— The starting rotation for this coming series at home versus the Angels has finally been confirmed. Tomorrow/Tuesday will be A.J. Burnett. Wednesday’s game is Ivan Nova and Bartolo Colon will pitch on Thursday. Not that this is the reason why Colon is pitching in the day game on Thursday, but Colon has been dominant in day games this year. He has a 2.28 ERA, an 8.0 K/9, 1.5 BB/9, and only a .216 BAA in 8 day games this year. 6 of those 8 were starts.

— An interesting link here. Mike Axisa of RAB discusses how valuable Cory Wade has been this year. He even compares Wade to the “fireman” role David Robertson held before his 8th Inning GuyTM promotion. Noted is the fact that Wade is presumably under team control for cheap through 2015. Though as Axisa brings up, middle relievers don’t always (usually don’t) have lasting success from year to year. In fact they can’t be fairly inconsistent year in and year out.


About Mike D.

Mike D. is one of 2 co-founders of the Yankees Fans Unite Blog. He has been a Yankees fan for as long as he can remember, growing up in a family of huge NYY fans. His knowledge of the game comes from watching baseball his whole life, and playing third base in high school and college.

Posted on August 8, 2011, in Notes & Links and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. You can’t keep a guy on the bench that doesn’t have a position can you? I don’t think that’s a good call at all. I wonder if the Yankees leave him off the post season roster.

  2. Why Posada is riding the pine.

    vs Left .103
    vs Right .263
    Home Games .277
    Away Games .173
    On Grass .233
    On Turf .207
    Day Games .202
    Night Games .246
    August .167
    Last 30 Days .220
    (Regular season stats only)

    • Jorge has no case to be playing right now especially when there are better options available in Chavez, Nunez & AJones on the roster already. There is little doubt that Montero or even Jorge Vazquez could be more productive also, if given the same ABs this yr.

  3. The success of Cory Wade has made JC Romero expendable. Romero was signed to possibly be the 2nd lefty in the pen but the right-handed Wade is basically filling that role.

    Wade’s excellent command of his FB, Change & Curve make him very effective vs LHP. He can throw any pitch in any count and has limited LH hitters to a .189 BA against.

    The other development working against Romero, is the progress of Manny Banuelous. He has had 2 solid starts at AAA and is showing strike out stuff with much improved command.

    Manny will continue to start in Scranton but as he nears his innings limit (probably around 140-150ip…he’s currently at 106.1ip) he may be shifted to the pen anyway. A late August promotion isn’t unlikely if he’s throwing well.

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