"I'd rather just go with the guy who gives us the best chance to win that day. IMO there isn't an argument to be made that Cecil is that guy."
And why is Jenkins or Perez that guy? Spring training stats?
"You act like any potential he ever had simply disintegrated."
It kind of has with his velocity vanishing.
"And he was pitching well in spring training before his last two starts, since that seems to mean something to you."
Yeah...he was pitching well against AA and AAA players early in the spring. Since facing opening day MLB line-ups, he's faltered. This doesn't concern you?
"And why is Jenkins or Perez that guy? Spring training stats?"
Actually no, he is basing it on something more complicated - like the ability to get guys out.
Of course it concerns me, but I don't see it as a valid reason to give up on him, because it's still just spring training.
I guess I have trouble believing that a 25 year old pitcher is finished because he had one bad year. It just seems like common sense to me.
"I guess I have trouble believing that a 25 year old pitcher is finished because he had one bad year. It just seems like common sense to me."
They make pitchers into glue down in AAA?
25 years old, that's actually key, he's not a season vet, he's not coming into 2012 buoyed by a solid 2011, he simply hasn't earned a whole lot of rope at the MLB level, no more than Snider at least.
With his mechanics/velocity/consistency seeming to still be a work in progress, maybe the best place for him might be the minors, where he can work on fixing himself without having to focus on also trying to win MLB games.
Maybe you give him a month in the majors, maybe they give him plane tickets to Vegas.
Even with elite command of Cecil's diminishing stuff, it's still hard to get by in this division. The ability of the Yankees and Red Sox hitters to wait on pitches, recognize them, and fight off pitchers pitches means you have to have some reasonable level of pure stuff to get them out three times through the order.
AA has made it clear in the past, he wants power/strikeout arms in the rotation to succeed in this division. He absolutely right about that.