Happy Wednesday afternoon, TYU readers. I’ve got some ideas that I’d like to briefly touch on, and of course I’d like your input as well.
–Will Andy Pettitte’s lack of meaningful Spring Training innings hurt him in the regular season? I’m not quite sure of this one, but I’d lean towards it hurting him a bit. I don’t think he’ll be awful or horribly ineffective, but I have a good feeling it will affect his stamina, at least for the first start or two.
–Can Sergio Mitre be effective a a long reliever? My first reaction is no, but I’m not a big Mitre fan to begin with. He’s looked pretty good in Spring Training, but that can be very deceptive. I would’ve preferred it if the Yankees kept Chad Gaudin, but that obviously didn’t happen. Anyway, Mitre’s lack of missing-bats-ability will likely hurt him as a reliever. His good control is helpful, but he does give up hard contact. Hopefully, he can carry his ST success with him to the regular season, but I’m not about to hold my breath. Trading him is an option, too, but the returns would be meager. Perhaps it’s better to just hold on to him and hope for the best.
–Does Marcus Thames really deserve his roster spot? I don’t think so, but sending Jamie Hoffmann back to the Dodgers pretty much seals that deal. I have to wonder if the Yankees would be better served taking Jon Weber with them to NY, even if he is left handed. Thames’ playing time will be very limited and he’ll give back almost all of his offensive value with probable poor defensive play.
–Will Ramiro Pena hit enough to keep his job? We all know Ramiro Pena can field like a pro, but I don’t think any of us are confident that he can even repeat last year with the bat. A related question is if we’ll see Kevin Russo in the utility role at some point. I think the answer to that question is yes. Eventually, Pena will have a bad stretch and he and Russo will swap places.
–Will the Yankees’ announcing cops. at least be respectable this year? Meh. I’m not holding my breath on this one, right guys? Sterling and Waldman are nails on a chalkboard, Kay is as full of self-importance as ever, John Flaherty is painfully boring, and David Cone is gone. The only acceptable voices on YES are Bob Lorenz–who’s sadly stuck in studio–and Ken Singleton, who has bouts with inconsistency. I dream of the day when the mute button is not an option.