The ace is hurt, two of the top pitching prospects in the entire minor league system are also injured, and the second guessing of the offseason has started for the New York Yankees.
Tonight the team will try to show that they have solved their issues in the rotation. He stands at 4-1 with a 3.88 ERA and a slight advantage of Ks over walks. But is Sidney Ponson the answer to the Yankees' starting pitching problems? I’m guessing he's not.
For now, decisions are being made to replace Chien-Ming Wang, Phil Hughes, and Ian Kennedy on a constant basis.
The Yankees are currently in a position that means Andy Pettitte, Mike Mussina, and Joba Chamberlain HAVE to win on an every day basis. With the weather halting Mussina’s start last night and making him unavailable for a few days, the importance of the end results of games is made clear.
Darrell Rasner (4-5 4.50) started off strong but has returned to Earth in the last several starts. Dan Giese (1-3 3.50) returned to Earth today in the Bronx, getting bombed by the Mets and seeing his ERA multiplied by nearly six.
The Yankees are better off, in my opinion, trying to comb through the AAA rosters to see if there are any experienced MLB veterans who may be stuck on a minor league roster. Perhaps they could pull off a small deal.
Some of these names are intriguing: John Halama, Randy Keisler, Tanyon Sturtze, Mark Redman, Glendon Rusch, and Juan Acevedo to name a few. Yeah, I understand they’re not the greatest names, but they could be the cheapest.
I hope Ponson’s start of his second stint with the Yankees gets off to a better start than I’m expecting. I mean, it has to be better than his time here in 2006 when he went 0-1 with a 10.47 ERA in three games.