The Yankees have such an unusually tall roster that I think they’re specifically targeting players 6’3 and above now.
as a Rox fan, have watched many a game when he is basically unhittable because his slider has so much break.
the down side is he has days when he cannot control the slider. also, any walk or single can easily be a double because his motion is so slow he is easy to steal against.
Great stuff, occasionally just completely loses command. Easy to steal on.
I think they’ll need all of that bullpen to be successful, because the starting rotation is full of question marks:
- Can Luis Severino recover from last season’s second half melt-down?
- How much does CC Sabathia have left, especially after undergoing off-season heart surgery?
- Can JA Happ come close to last years’ 17 wins at age 36?
- Will Masahiro Tanaka ever get over his career long yo-yo of alternating good-and-terrible outings?
- Can James Paxton prove he’s capable of winnning more than 10 or 11 games?
- Can the Yankees get any kind of trade value for the ever-disappointing Sonny Gray?
With these issues, and others that will inevitably crop up, the Yankees are going to need all the bullpen depth they can get.
The Yanks have lots of good looking arms in the minors, so hopefully one or two can break through this year.
The Yankees, of all teams, don't need to engage in that crap, and I suspect they won't.
Yes, the Rays won 90 games, but I would bet if they had their druthers they druther have a solid starting rotation.
You still can't have too many good relievers regardless.
but i think it is where the league is going. I think eventually you will see 8/9 guys in the bullpen, all able to go 1 or 2 innings every other day. Maybe a few starters will be left for 5 innings, but I wouldnt even be surprised if teams only have 2 or 3 of those.
As for Yanks, they lost Robertson and got Ottavino, so pretty equal trade IMO.
There simply aren't that many good relievers in baseball. Of those 8 or 9 relievers, on a typical team 5 of them are journeymen. If everyone did the same thing, teams would truly be down to the dregs.
And in the postseason, if you have one reliever who's off, that screws everything up immediately. If you have 2 that are off, fuhgeddaboutit. It's exactly what happened to the A's in the wildcard game last year. It's no better than a starter getting pounded, so what's the gain?