The Chien-Ming Wang era in New York has finally ended (*mixed boos and cheers*). The Yankees decided on not tendering Wangs contract before the 11:59pm deadline Saturday. New York opted to tender contracts to outfielder Melky Cabrera and pitchers Chad Gaudin and Sergio Mitre. The decision basically came down to starters/trade bait. Cabrera is the current left fielder (and trade bait), and Gaudin and Mitre are current candidates for the back of the rotation. Had the Yankees tendered his contract, arbitration would have given him 20% less than his $5 mil. contract for this season.
In 104 career starts as a Yankee, he went 55-26 with a 4.16 ERA in 5 seasons as a Yankee. Of course, his two 19-win seasons were considered his best, and his accuracy was pin-point. He started 2008 8-2 and everyone remembers that one June day in 2008 in Houston when he tore a muscle in his foot and sprained his ankle rounding third base causing him to be out until September. Then this past season came, and he got knocked around and had a record of 1-6 with a 9.64 ERA before he was shut down for the season due to shoulder surgery.
Wang and his agent expect to get offers from other teams very soon, and if it would be from the Yanks it would be for much less money.
Breaking News from various Yankees beat writers:
The rotation for the ALDS will line up like this:
Game 1: CC Sabathia
Game 2 (which I’ll be at!!!!!!): A.J. Burnett (with JOSE MOLINA CATCHING)
Game 3: Andy Pettite
NOT ON PLAYOFF ROSTER:
Sergio Mitre is in the middle of an amazing performance today. So far, as I type this he has pitched 4.2 IP of one-hit ball. He has struck out four hitters in a row. Why does he hate me?
So far I have written two posts complaining about Mitre. After both posts he has pitched one-hit ball the next or the same day. He couldn’t just let me be right?
I am still very happy, as if anyone pitches well for the Yankees it is a good thing.
Also, I will not change my stance on Mitre. I do not feel he is a pitcher that is needed on the MLB roster.
With the promotion of Ian Kennedy, the Yankees now have a thirteen man bullpen (including the injured David Robertson.)
I know this usually isn’t a problem, but do the Yankees have too many pitchers? With Alfredo Aceves, Jon Albaladejo, Ian Kennedy, Sergio Mitre, and Josh Towers all available as long relievers…can’t they let one of them go?
My solution is once again to DFA Sergio Mitre. This time I would like the Yankees to promote either Kevin Russo, or Austin Jackson.
Both are just sitting at home right now, when they could be getting a valuable MLB pennant race experience. Personally, I prefer Russo, only because they are more in need of infielders than outfielders.
Mitre is basically useless right now. Aceves has not pitched since September 14th, Kennedy needs work, and Towers has not pitched since September 12th.
They can handle losing Mitre.
The Yankees start a two game set at home tonight against the Toronto Blue Jays. Here is my preview:
Tonight: RHP Sergio Mitre (3-2, 7.02) vs. RHP Roy Halladay (14-9, 3.03)
Wednesday: Chad Gaudin (5-10, 4.81) vs. LHP Brian Tallet (7-9, 5.26)
Tonight: Sergio Mitre made his last start against the Blue Jays, pitching 4.1 Innings, giving up 11 hits and 11 runs (9 earned.) In Halladay’s last start vs. the Yankees he pitched 9 innings giving up only 1 hit and 0 earned runs.
Wednesday: Gaudin pitched 3.2 innings giving up 4 hits and 3 earned runs in his last start vs. the Blue Jays. He is 1-0 with a 4.10 ERA in 26 lifetime appearances vs. the Blue Jays. Tallet faced Mitre in his last start giving up 5 earned runs in 5 innings.
Tonight: Blue Jays win 10-2
Wednesday: Yankees win 9-3
-If you aren’t/weren’t watching the game tonight….you missed out. Chad Gaudin threw an absolute gem tonight and may have pitched himself into a playoff roster spot. After Sergio Mitre’s horrid start Sunday and Gaudin’s terrific start tonight….I don’t see why not.
–David Robertson will visit Dr. James Andrews with tightness in his arm.
-The Pinstriper will be posting only between 3-11ish on weeknights and any time during the weekends. Sorry, but work is important too.
On August 30th I wrote an apology to Sergio Mitre after his brilliant performance against the Chicago Whitesox. Now….I wish I could take that post back put it into a fire and burn it down. I am appauled at myself that I would trust such a bad pitcher after only one start. I apologize to my readers. Mitre is currently battling for a post-season roster spot with Chad Gaudin (who I hope will win) and is probably losing. He threw 4.1 IP giving up 11 hits and 11 runs (9 earned) against the Toronto Blue Jays today. His ERA is up to 7.02 and his WHIP is at 1.76. I say DFA Mitre now to activate someone like Jason Hirsh (who did leave his AAA start after 0.1 IP…possibly due to injury, however) or Zach Kroenke.
No matter what the Yankees do….they cannot afford to give a valuable roster spot in the playoffs to such a horrible pitcher.