Just in case we needed a reminder, here's how bad A.J. Burnett and Javy Vazquez have been this year. Their combined stats for the season are as follows:
18-20, 278 IP, 285 H, 113 BB, 152 ER, 213 K, 4.92 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 1.88K/BB ratio
Just putrid. And when you factor in their combined $28 million in salary this year, the Yankees are paying them $1,555,555.556 per win this year.
For the sake of comparison, here are Dustin Moseley and Ivan Nova's combined stats:
5-2, 54 IP, 54 H, 19 BB, 25 ER, 27 K, 4.17 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 1.42 K/BB ratio
Now I know that's a very small sample size, but still. Come the fuck on! If you would have asked most Yankee fans if they thought A.J. Burnett and Javy Vazquez were going to put up combined numbers so bad that the Yankees would be skipping their starts and separating them in the rotation with 23-year-old Triple-A pitchers while they counted on Dustin Moseley to provide some balance and winning to the rotation, they would have emphatically said "no."
The point is, A.J. and Javy were being counted on this season to provide length and stability to a rotation that featured an older pitcher who did end up on the DL and a younger one on an innings limit and they haven't done that. It's actually kind of sad that the Yankees have had to count on Moseley and Nova this year, but thank The Almighty Jesus Montero for Moseley and Nova being there. Their combined contracts value is $800,000 so the Yanks are paying them chump change for their wins and innings while they give away millions to Dink and Doink for a sub-.500 record and 3- and 4-inning clunkers.
At this point, Javy has all but pitched himself off the playoff roster, and A.J. may not be far behind. At the very least, he would be the 4th guy in my rotation behind CC, Hughes, and Andy (assuming Andy is healthy). And if he can't get it together over the last month of the season, I wouldn't hesitate to put Moseley or Nova on the playoff roster and throw them out there for a Game 4 start if I were Joe.
For all the bang for their buck that the Yanks have gotten from CC, Teix, and Swish, they simply aren't getting anything from A.J. and Javy.
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