Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Swisher strikes out one

I don't know what's worse...

The Yankees - and their trillion dollar payroll - threw Nick Swisher for an inning Monday night against the Rays... or the fact that Gabe Kapler struck out against him.

It always amazes me that a team can allot a bottomless pit of money for a stacked offense and a stud pitcher or two, yet completely ignores its bullpen year after year after year. Jonathan Albaladejo? Phil Coke? Jose Veras? These are seriously the best guys the Yanks could find?

The Mets signed relievers J.J. Putz AND Francisco Rodriguez in the off season and can now look forward to seven inning games all year long. A couple more decent late inning guys switching teams: Brian Fuentes was picked up by the Angels, and Kevin Gregg moved from Florida to Chicago.

You can score 100 runs a game, but it doesn't mean a thing if you can't hold opponents to less than 101. And it's flat out embarrassing when Nick Swisher is the only guy able to stop the bleeding.

The only thing more embarrassing? Being Gabe Kapler.

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