Sunday, June 10, 2007

They have Rocket, we have Firecracker

Today's tip of the hat goes to Captain Jason Varitek, for his 2 run homer in the sixth, that brought us back into the game last night, as we went on to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-3 in 10 innings.


I would be remiss if I didn't have SOMETHING to say about Roger Clemen's return to the big leagues yesterday.

He didn't get shelled, like many non Yankee fans out there had hoped. He even got the win, against the lowly Pirates. But to say Rocket was outstanding, would be very very wrong.

I still do not think he is a solution to Yankee problems. They need solid starts going into the 7th and 8th inning, not into the 5th and 6th, which is what they will continue to get with Clemens. With Roger, they will still need to rely on their setup guys in the bullpen, which is by far, the weakest part of their team. The Yanks had better hope their bats are always alive on the days he pitches, because he isn't expected to take them deep. All for a pretty expensive salary at that.

I looked at the boxscores yesterday, and found something pretty humorous. Look at the similarities between our two pitchers from yesterday, Tavarez and Clemens:

Clemens: 6 inns, 5 hits, 3 runs, 7 Ks, 2 BBs
Tavarez: 6 inns, 6 hits, 3 runs, 5 Ks, 1 BB

Clemens makes $18 million, Tavarez makes $3.3 million.

For what it's worth, I'll keep the extra $14.7 million, thanks.

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