Dear Sidney

So let’s take a peek at the basics for Ponson:
2008 (combined stats, Texas & NYY):

Seriously, what makes this clown EMPLOYABLE THIS YEAR? My affection for Cashman is being tested. I know we need some innings eaters but surely we could let some of the kids from AAA or heck, even AA, give it a shot. Could they fare much worse? Ponson is effectively turning every lefty he faces into TED FREAKIN’ WILLIAMS!!! He’s allowing lefties to bat .337! What makes him worthy of starting every 5th day for a playoff contending team? I could post a mediocre record if you were gonna give me 8.53 runs per game!!!!

Just in case you either forgot about Fat Sid’s career stats and you start barking “small sample size”, I present the following:

  • 1998 (Balt): 8-9, 5.27 ERA, 1.474 WHIP, .293 BAA
  • 1999 (Balt): 12-12, 5.27 ERA, 1.462 WHIP, .282 BAA
  • 2000 (Balt): 9-13, 4.82 ERA, 1.378 WHIP, .258 BAA
  • 2001 (Balt): 5-10, 4.95 ERA, 1.431 WHIP, .289 BAA
  • 2002 (Balt): 7-9, 4.09 ERA, 1.335 WHIP, .258 BAA
  • 2003 (Balt, partial): 14-6, 3.77 ERA, 1.284 WHIP, .258 BAA
  • 2003 (SF, partial): 3-6, 3.71 ERA, 1.206 WHIP, .255 BAA
  • 2004 (Balt): 11-15, 5.30 ERA, 1.549 WHIP, .305 BAA
  • 2005 (Balt): 7-11, 6.21 ERA, 1.726 WHIP, .331 BAA
  • 2006 (StL): 4-4, 5.24 ERA, 1.617 WHIP, .308 BAA
  • 2006 (NYY): 5-3, 10.47 ERA, 2.020 WHIP, .351 BAA
  • 2007 (Min): 2-5, 6.93 ERA, 1.885 WHIP, .335 BAA
  • 2008 (Tex): 4-1, 3.88 ERA, 1.563 WHIP, .307 BAA
  • 2008 (NYY): 2-1, 6.08 ERA, 1.875 WHIP, .352 BAA
  • CAREER: 88-103, 4.92 ERA, 1.473 WHIP, .287 BAA

I’m stunned that he keeps getting chances to pitch.…

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