Russell James wrote:I guess everyone expects these young pitchers to come out and shut down opponents every game. It will probably take half of the season for Hughes, Kennedy and Chamberlain to find their rhythm. Chamberlain has been great out of the bullpen, but he has not started yet. It will be interesting to see how he does when hitters have seen him 3 times in a game. It is normal for these young guys to struggle and in about 3 years, if Hank can be patient, they will have a very good staff and a rebuilt farm system.
However, I don't think the Yankees will make the playoffs this year. Young pitchers take time to develop and Yankee fans and ownership are not known for their patience. If the Yankees fall out of the race early this year (which I think is unlikely), then I wouldn't be surprised to see Hank clean house after the season is over. Especially if the Red Sox win another Series.
So, just deal with it this year Yankee fans. If you make the playoffs, then consider yourself lucky. But Cashman has this team setup to be dominant in 3 years.
I'm also pretty sure that they will miss the playoffs. No one expects these guys to come out and shut everyone down. The problem is that when they pitch, they do not attack hitters at all. They are scared of a hitter making any sort of contact as if they don't trust their defense behind him to field some of the flyballs and grounders. All they are doing right now is either walking guys or trying for the strikeout. It's like Hughes and Kennedy don't realize that Pettite and Wang usually get like 6-7 runs of support every game, they're not like Matt Cain in San Francisco. Once they get over that, they'll be much more successful.
I definitely look forward to Joba in the rotation. He definitely hasn't looked at all afraid to attack hitters but then again, he usually strikes out at least 2 of his 3 outs. Joba won't be like Liriano in '06 but there's a small handful of guys who can approach Liriano's ability anyway so it's not a big concern.
hot4tx wrote:They could just start him on a rotation but severely limit his pitch count for a little bit. He'd be getting 3IP as a starter like the A's tried doing with everyone that one year back in the early 90s. No reason to waste good innings with him in the minors. Just have another SP scheduled to pick up in the 3rd/4th inning on days when he starts.
If Ian Kennedy keeps pitching like this, he'd probably benefit from some time in long relief. He really looks nothing like he did after getting called up last year, it's two completely different guys on the mound. One isn't scared to attack hitters and the other throws balls and might paint the occasional corner if he's lucky.