About a month ago, I went and addressed the state of the bullpen after Sourpuss Soriano hit the DL
, and all signs were pointing to the bullpen still being in good shape. Since then, the Yanks have lost Joba for the next year + and had Soriano moved to the 60-day DL, signifying a decreased likelihood of us seeing him in pinstripes again this year. There has been some juggling and re-juggling of the 'pen over the last couple weeks and now there's some new faces and new roles that we need to familiarize ourselves with. As we live and breath right now, the Yankee bullpen is:
- Luis Ayala
- Boone Logan
- Hector Noesi
- Cory Wade
- Jeff Marquez
Mo is Mo. No need to discuss anything about him other than the fact that Joe still needs to be mindful of not overworking him and his 41-year-old arm. And D-Rob, who has now assumed the setup role for Mo, is what he is. He's a damn good relief pitcher with big balls and good stuff. His walk rate is frightening to look at, but I can live with it if and when he continues to strand guys and strike out 15 batters per 9.
Ayala is an interesting and a much more important part of the bullpen puzzle right now because he's been very good so far. He's pitched to a 1.59/3.27/3.70 tripleslash in 22.2 innings with a 7.15 K/9 and has been rewarded with more high-leverage innings recently. His walk rate is a bit of a concern and we still haven't seen what he can do in true high-leverage situations, but he has earned some of Joe's confidence.
Also seeing more high-leverage work thrown his way lately is Hector Noesi, who, despite being overlooked for the Bartolo Colon replacement position, has continued to pitch well out of the bullpen. His K rate also isn't great, and his higher FIP numbers indicate that his ERA isn't the truest depiction of how good he's been, but he has good stuff, has not appeared rattled by any of the situations he's been thrown into, and gets swings and misses when he needs them. Between him and Ayala, Joe has 2 guys he can use for the 7th-inning role, since he's so in love with predetermined roles. And that covers the solid holdovers.