Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Twitter Poll: Pitching or Hitting

div class="MsoNormal"> It is getting late pretty early here in the 2015 Major League Baseball season as we enter July baseball tonight around the league. With the calendar changing to the month of July much of the focus around the league turns to trade rumors, new faces in new places and the talk of whether teams are contenders or pretenders. In a weakened American League East division the Yankees are definitely contenders but the team is far from perfect and far from complete. The team is one injury away in both the offensive and pitching department from becoming a fourth place team putting all of the pressure on Yankees GM Brian Cashman. Cashman presumably has a list and he’s making his calls but what do the Yankees need more, hitting or pitching? Sounds like the perfect idea for a Twitter poll.

In my opinion the Yankees don’t need to necessarily acquire a pitcher, they just need to utilize what they have more effectively. The Yankees cannot expect to go far this season handing CC Sabathia the ball every fifth day and letting him face a lineup three or four times a night. If the team would designate Chris Capuano or Esmil Rogers for assignment, make CC the highest paid long reliever in MLB history, call up Luis Severino to man the bullpen like Mike Axisa suggested weeks ago and rely more on the likes of Bryan Mitchell in the bullpen I think the Yankees would be fine. If the injury to Andrew Miller has taught us anything it is that other pieces like Chasen Shreve and Justin Wilson can be relied upon in high pressure and high leverage situations and it not go completely awry. This move would probably make Nathan Eovaldi the best 5th starter in the American League while Adam Warren remains in the rotation because he pitched like he belonged there.

In my opinion the hitting needs a pick-me-up at multiple positions including second base and right field. The bench could use a big bopper or two as well but adding Stephen Drew to the bench, Jose Pirela to the minor league club and someone like a Brandon Phillips to send base helps the offense and the bench at the same time. If the team can find a way to rid themselves of the Carlos Beltran contract, even if it comes down to a DFA, the defense is better, the offense is better and the bench is better because we wouldn’t need to justify carrying Garrett Jones anymore.

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Sorry for the Capatcha... Blame the Russians :)