Wednesday, September 10, 2008

A Win Over the Angels !!!

It was a nice win for the Yankees last night over the Angels. They got seven good innings from Aceves, and he was helped by some early run support courtesy of Nady and Arod. Nady continues to prove he's for real, and it seems as though RF is in good hands once he takes it over in '09. Arod has been much maligned for his lack of "clutch" this year, but baseball isn't a sprint, and when you look at what he has done at the plate and in the field over the course of the season, he's as good a 3B as there is in baseball. Without him, the Yankees aren't even a .500 team.

It's hard to say what the future holds for Aceves. One start is not nearly enough to evaluate anything (didn't Karstens throw a near perfect game in his first start for the Pirates?), and his peripheral numbers look OK but not outstanding. I'm a big believer in xFIP (Expected Fielding Independent Pitching - courtesy of The Hardball Times) as a measure of a pitcher's effectiveness, and Aceves outing when combined with his earlier relief appearances shows a 4.22. Pretty average in spite of his early success.

That said, he's earned another couple of starts in '08, and subject to the inevitable spending spree we're about to see in the offseason, a shot at making the rotation out of spring training next year. And as far as this Yankee fan is concerned, spring training can't get here fast enough.

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