About Brien Jackson

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

4 thoughts on “Just say no to Millwood!

  1. Agreed, but given the possibility that one of the Yanks' existing starters might falter, who is the alternative to Millwood? Brackman has an ERA over 5 and a K/BB of 1.3 (though his most recent outing was good). AAA is hitting .343 against Hector Noesi. Adam Warren isn't pitching any more effectively than Millwood — his ERA is higher, his K/9 is 4.9 and his K/BB is 1.3. The best bet might be David Phelps, who's currently won 1, lost 2, with a 4.24 ERA, a K/9 of 7 and a K/BB of 2.6. He may be better than these numbers suggest, as he's gotten better in each of his 4 starts.

    I'd choose Phelps over Millwood. I might choose Warren or Noesi over Millwood too, though we have to consider innings limits for these three (Millwood's only obvious advantage: no innings limit, no pitch count, just let him throw until he's gassed). We might argue that Buddy Carlyle and Lance Pendleton are no worse than Millwood, though Carlyle has not started a game since 2007, and Pendleton is the guy that the Astros gave back in the Rule 5 draft.

    My only small point here, not even a point of disagreement, is that we can't make the Millwood decision without also deciding who can take Colon's spot as backup starter and long reliever.

  2. The long relief thing is mostly a question of whether we want to pay Millwood his major league salary, and who falls off the 40-man roster to allow Millwood in. I figure (sadly) that Phil Hughes is on his way to the 60-day DL, which solves the 40-man roster question. Also, the answer to any money question for anyone other than Derek Jeter (!!) is that money is not an issue for the Yankees.

    I'm personally VERY negative about Kevin Millwood. But there's not much risk in bringing him to the major league club to pitch long relief and throw spot starts, to see what he can do. I'd personally prefer to see the Yankees promote one of their AAA 20-somethings, mostly because I prefer high ceiling guys to guys like Millwood. On the other hand, maybe the 2011 Yankees are something like a Shangri-la for pitchers we thought were over the hill.

  3. Hopefully, Milllwood is now off the table – he only lasted two innings last night. SSS or not, it isn't unreasonable to expect a big league pitcher to do well in the minors (is it?) After all – Igawa is living proof that you can deal at AAA level and still not be good enough for the big show.

    Which reminds me – as dire and bleak as the market is for starters, is it a lead-pipe cinch that Igawa couldn't hack it as a #5? Seems like he was pitcher of the year in his league a couple years ago…you'd think he might have as much to offer as Millwood (6 runs, 7 hits, two innings last night.)

  4. I was just looking at Millwood's results last night myself – six runs in two innings SSS or not can't help him. Let Millwood think about opting out – I mean, as Todibus pointed out, Milwood's options seemed pretty limited before he signed this contract. Maybe I am being unfair, but considering how long the guy took to take an offer he sure didn't seem ready to start pitching too quickly.