Sunday, May 06, 2007

Rocket a Yankee? Not Surprising

I'm pissed about Clemens coming back to New York. Pissed, but not surprised.

You knew Houston wasn't going to happen. That team doesn't have what it takes to contend, especially if Milwaukee and the Cubs stay hot. Besides, the Astros weren't gonna pay nearly as much as the AL East teams.

And Boston, too, had no reason to shell out $28 million. They're already on the hook for Dice-K (posting fee and salary), and with Beckett, Schilling, and Wakefield doing well, they don't have a need for Clemens. And Jon Lester should be back at Fenway soon.

Throw in the Pettitte factor, and you had to figure Clemens would be back. So much for Ca$hman's youth movement.

What I'm afraid of is that this move will have the same impact as the Abreu move; a move that can galvanize the team and get them to go on a tear. And unfortunately, it wouldn't surprise me if that were the case. If Clemens can still get the job done, and Mussina, Pettitte, and Wang can keep pitching well, the Yankees rotation suddenly looks like one of the best in the league. And if Hughes comes back and pitches like he did against Texas? Not good.

The big x-factor in Clemens' case? He hasn't pitched in the AL since '03. And every team in the East can hit. I don't think it'll be a disaster as it was with, say, Javier Vazquez, but his ERA will probably go up at least a run.

One more thing to keep in mind: in the '05 WS, his hamstring acted up, and helped ruin the Astros' chances. I know he's famous for his crazy workout routines, but the guy is 45. There's no guarantee that the Yankees can call on him when they'll need him most.


Anonymous said...

You have nothing to worry about Mussina and Pettite will break down again shortly and Clemens won't even get out of the shoot!

Please, he's 45. he hasn't pitched yet this year and he can't even pitch 6 innings in the NL. He'll battle for 5 give the mound up to that wonderful bullpen and either get the loss or a no-decision while the bullpen blows it for him and any chance he has of winning a game against a contender.

Relax! All will be well!

Manny Ortiz said...

Nah. I think Clemens can pitch the Yankees into at least a wild card spot. But like I said, I can see him breaking down in October.

Anonymous said...

Looks like the MFYs chose to celebrate by having Mo blow a save in the 9th. This team has so many holes that Roger can't begin to patch.