Thursday, April 17, 2008

Lay off me I'm Starving!

Dan you said it yourself in your "Hey Julian" article, Taverez is a feast or famine pitcher. Well, I spent about 2 hours last night on the phone with FEMA trying to see if GW could sent this dude a loaf of bread. Last night, your boy was famished. This is expected when the Sox and the Yanks get together in the Bronx. Another point about the game, the Sox sent out their no.5 starter, Clay Bucholz, a 23 year old rookie who makes $396,000. A few bumps in the road are expected, especially when you face a line-up like the Yankees. Conversely, the Yankees throw their ace, CMW, and they needed 5 innings of relief pitching, which was solid, to win the game.

Now, it might not seem like a big deal because the Yanks got the win, and it's only April, but it begs the question: If the Yanks make the playoffs, which ace will show up? The CMW last night or the CMW of last weekend? CMW is too good to be considered a feast or famine guy, but there is some inconsistency.

Let's look at it one step closer. In the 2005 playoffs CMW had 1 start and was brilliant, allowing 1 run in 6.2 innings. In the 2007 playoffs, CMW had 2 starts, only pitched 5.2 innings in those 2 starts and allowed 12 runs which equals a staggering 19.06 ERA. So against stiff competition, the Red Sox or otherwise, can CMW get it done? It's a question that may resurface throughout the season, but one thing is certain, the Yanks don't stand a chance without their ace acting like an ace.

1 comment:

Dan said...

Like all other pitchers in this rivalry, the Sox will knock CMW around because they've gotten to know him over the course of the past few years. It cuts both ways though. That's why I said that there could still be a ton of runs scored, even with Beckett on the mound for Boston.