Friday, October 20, 2017

Tommy Kahnle is 2009 Damaso Marte


I told you guys I was feeling all nostalgic this morning and I wasn’t kidding. While I was doing some research for the “So it Seems…” post this morning a light bulb went off in my head when I was looking at the Yankees roster from 2009. There was one name that stood out and not necessarily all for good reasons either. Remember back in 2009 down the stretch when manager Joe Girardi would continue to run out Damaso Marte night in and night out despite him struggling for much of the 2009 season? Many thought Joe was crazy, including myself, until Damaso found the switch in the postseason and became absolutely dominant and unhittable? That kind of sounds like someone else on the 2017 Yankees squad doesn’t it. Remember how bad Tommy Kahnle pitched after being acquired from the Chicago White Sox in a pre-July 31st trade? Where would the Yankees be right now without Kahnle’s contributions this postseason? Let’s analyze and compare.

Marte’s Regular Season Stats for 2009:
Standard Pitching
Year W L ERA G GS GF IP H R ER HR BB SO FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9
2009139.45210613.115141436135.651.57510.12.04.18.8

Marte’s 2009 Postseason Stats:
Postseason Pitching
Year Series Rslt Opp W L ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9
2009ALDSWMIN00100.0200000
2009ALCSWLAA000.00301.10000000.0000.00.00.00.0
2009WSWPHI000.00402.20000050.0000.00.00.016.9

Kahnle’s 2017 Yankees Stats:
Standard Pitching
Year W L ERA G IP H R ER HR BB SO FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9
2017112.703226.22588110362.301.3138.40.33.412.2
Kahnle’s 2017 Postseason Stats:
Postseason Pitching
Year Lg Series Opp W L W-L% ERA G IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9
2017ALALWCMIN000.0012.10000010.0000.00.00.03.9
2017ALALDSCLE000.0022.20000050.0000.00.00.016.9
2017ALALCSHOU000.0035.02000230.8003.60.03.65.4





It is like night and day, except these two stat lines are still eerily similar. I mean Kahnle was better than Marte was during the regular season but Kahnle also had a smaller sample size. Kahnle struggled down the stretch and seemingly was close to falling out of favor with Girardi before erupting in the postseason. It is funny how that works out sometimes, huh? If Kahnle wants to be the 2017 version of Damaso Marte back in 2009, more power to him. Just bring me a ring! I thought this was an interesting comparison and I wanted to bring it to you this morning to read. Enjoy and enjoy your Friday!

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