Friday, June 12, 2015
SOMEONE'S FATE HANGS IN THE BALANCE....
The Yankees will have some big decisions to make....and they won't be easy ones. I often hear Joe Girardi talk about "good problems to have" and I think he would say that the starting rotation is a good problem to have. There are worse problems to have, but in the end someone is going to have to get the boot and be sent to the bullpen. It may not be "fair" either but I guess just like in real life....baseball isn't always fail, is it?
Soon the Yankees will have Ivan Nova back in action. I am looking forward to that and I want to see the guy back in action....but he is a starter, not a reliever. So someone is about to get a demotion and there isn't someone that I can pinpoint anymore. It is going to be hard. There has been a lot of shuffling in the rotation lately.
Obviously, when Masahiro Tanaka came back it wasn't hard to guess that Chris Capuano was going to be sent back to the bullpen because he was a temporary fill in. But now, the rotation is more stable and people are in their niche again. There has been so much talk about the Yankees could send Adam Warren back to the bullpen. He's been a reliever before and he has proven that he can handle that job....but this is where the unfair part comes into play.
Adam Warren earned his spot in the rotation. In spring training he stepped up and he proved that he had the tools to be a good starter. He got off to a rocky start, but his last five starts he turned it around. He has learned how to pitch deeper into the games and his last five starts have all been quality starts. He has been consistent, and that can't be said for everyone in the rotation. How can the Yankees possibly even consider demoting him? Sadly, it would be the more obvious choice. If that is the decision that is made again....that would be the unfair part. What to do?
Sometimes, being versatile is a downfall. It sounds weird but it is true! The Yankees aren't going to want to throw someone like CC Sabathia into a reliever role now just to keep Warren in the rotation. Yes, Warren has earned his spot but he at least has the experience to do it. Same could be said for Nathan Eovaldi because they will want to give him the opportunity to work through the growing pains.
What about the bullpen set up anyway? It is stacked with lefty relievers. We haven't had this many lefties in a long time. Right now the Yankees have newly recalled Chris Martin and Esmil Rogers as the long man for right handed relievers. No offense to Rogers, but I really don't have a lot of faith in him but that is a whole other story. The Yankees would benefit from having another right handed reliever that can also give some length and he's done it before.
Sometimes you have to make decisions based on what is best for the greater good. Will it suck if the Yankees decide to send Warren back to the pen? Yes, but it won't be because he was demoted for poor performance. All isn't always fair in life, love and baseball but either way I know Warren and the Yankees would make it work if that is what they decide. I have faith and you should too.
--Jeana Bellezza, BYB Senior Writer and Editor
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