It's time for the New York Yankees to stop lurking in the background and sign Roy Oswalt. No, not to stop the Boston Red Sox from getting him. The Red Sox were dead before the season started. They will not win enough games to be one of the wild card teams.
The Yankees need another solid starting pitcher and Oswalt is worth the risk. It is realized that Hal Steinbrenner isn't obsessed with winning at any cost as was his father, which is sad for the Yankees, their fans and Oswalt.
At this early point of the season, the Yankees have allowed almost five runs a game. They can't rely on their offense to continue to hide major starting pitching problems.
CC Sabathia will be CC Sabathia shortly. He will do well in October and he can match the best the other playoff teams can send against him. It is not being said that Sabathia is as great as Justin Verlander, but Verlander can be scored upon and with Sabathia on the mound, a run or two might be enough. Or not.
Ivan Nova was almost sent to the minors. He recently joked that, “If you ask me, ‘Who’s the best pitcher in the world?’ I say me. You have to believe it. That’s why you win so many games. Every time you get a chance, that’s what I go for.”
Don't get carried away. Nova is 3-0 but he has allowed 25 hits in 19 innings with a 1.421 WHIP.
Hiroki Kuroda should come around, but some individuals in the media, eager to stir up controversy, especially when it comes to the Yankees, would like to think that Kuroda is really Ed Whitson in disguise.
Phil Hughes and Freddie Garcia have been disastrous.
There is no doubt that the Yankees will make the playoffs and there is little doubt that they will win the division title. The problem once again will be in the playoffs against the Texas Rangers and/or the Detroit Tigers and possibly the Anaheim Angels.
Oswalt reportedly would need about two months to get ready once he is signed. If the Yankees sign him sometime before the end of April, he will be ready no later than July. He can be brought along slowly and, if healthy, will join Sabathia and our old "Mr. Clutch," Andy Pettitte, with Kuroda and Nova available.
Adding Oswalt is adding another question mark to go along with Kuroda, Nova and Pettitte, but it should be done. If two of the four come through, the world championship flag will have an excellent chance of returning.