I am a pitching fan. I love that aspect of the game of baseball more than I do seeing home runs. Give me a good pitching display, and some outstanding acts of fielding brilliance over the continuous litany of balls going over the wall any day. Hitters get all the glory, despite the fact that sometimes they do little more than bat flip antics.
Although that is not fair on the hitters. Because guys like Ichiro who are clever and aren’t all about hitting for power and just sock the ball over the wall or swing out, but use skill and guile to hit the ball to the opposite side and get hits when hits are hard to get. That kind of hitting is brilliant. But I am a pitching nut. I love it.
“I am a pitching fan. I love that aspect of the game of baseball more than I do seeing home runs. Give me a good pitching display, and some outstanding acts of fielding brilliance over the continuous litany of balls going over the wall any day.”
The Yankees have not had so much good pitching from their starting rotation this year. When they do get great stuff from the guy on the mound, it is often ruined by a bad ball or a bad inning that just kills us and takes away from whatever good thing they managed to pull off.
Our three-headed bullpen monster has been great, in fact, Andrew Miller has been such an amazing pitcher that I think he is the highlight of the season for us. I want him kept in the Bronx and despair when I hear people talk about selling him to this club or another when he is just as needed where he is now and will be a big part in our winning next year or the year after and is definitely not someone we should jettison from this team. Betances is another pitcher that has been great. While Chapman was a great get for this team, and his pitching 105mph balls was exciting stuff to watch, for sure. But he is wild and hurling that fast often means he lacks control of the ball. The other night he flung a ball at 104mph that missed the plate in clattered into the backstop. Great to watch, not very effective. He will be a good trade if it comes to it. But I still like the idea of not getting rid of him.
I digress wildly there. But the point is that I am excited to see some great pitching. Mad Bum is one of the best in the game right now and the chance of him playing in the Bronx is amazing. I am excited, even though I know that we don’t need this kind of pitcher coming to the Stadium at the moment while we hope to gain ground on those in the division and try and bump up the Wild Card slot. Playoffs are not out of reach, but having to face a guy like this will be a challenge and a test of the teams resolve to get out of the rut that this season had fast become.
Let’s just look at what Mad Bum has done off this current Yankee lineup right now, thanks to the wonderful website Baseball Savant.
“… guys like Madison Bumgarner are the cream of the crop. I hope he lives up to the expectations of what he is going to bring to the game come Friday, even marginally. Then we will be in for a great game of baseball.”
For most this chart will mean nothing at all. But it only serves to wet my appetite when it comes to what is going to go down on Friday night. The Yanks need to win. They can hit the mediocre middle of the road pitchers as they did last night against Baltimore. But guys like Madison Bumgarner are the cream of the crop. I hope he lives up to the expectations of what he is going to bring to the game come Friday, even marginally. Then we will be in for a great game of baseball. And if the Yanks are able to stand up and beat the Giants against someone like Bumgarner then they will have a boost to their confidence. We have done well so far since the failure of the start of the post ASG break. Since then we have turned it around. Long may it continue.
Who said baseball is rubbish? Who said there is nothing to look forward to or be excited about this year?