Saturday, August 14, 2010

Our Catchers Suck

It is hard to locate an imperfection within the Yankees right now, the best record in baseball doesn't come easy. The rotation has been excellent, the bullpen has turned it around in the second half, and the juggernaut of a lineup the Yankees send out there has been hitting. The Yankees are not a perfect team however, Brett Gardner has been slumping for the past month, Javy Vazquez velocity has dropped significantly due to a dead arm period and Jeter's line this year is not very Jeterian as Sterling would say.

I am not worried about any of these blemishes, the problem that worries me most is the current catcher situation. Reading that Francisco Cervelli has gotten 216 at bats this year worries me. It seems he is not really good at anything, expect broken English. At the beginning of the year he tore it up like he was Ted Williams and of course I knew it would pass but I didn't think he would be seeing this much time. Though he has been praised for his defensive play, Cervelli, has not sparkled this year behind the plate. Francisco has 7 errors this year, that is 5th most in the league and the guy doesn't even play full time. It really doesn't help when you drop pop-ups against the Red Sox. Though I like Cervelli due to his hilarious post game interviews ('He throw the ball, I catch the ball, the BIG LEAUGES') he should not be catching 557 innings for this team. He also doesn't throw anyone out, just like Jorge, allowing 39 stolen bases and only catching 8 runner giving him a slick 17% caught stealing percentage.

Though I did just rip on Cervelli DO NOT think I am on the Jorge bandwagon, that bandwagon is dilapidated and full of drunk men who love to yell hip-hip. Jorge is one of the best hitting catchers of all time but not this year. You may argue that he doesn't have enough at bats (263) but let's put the numbers aside for a second. It always seems to me at least Jorge strolls up with runners on first and third and one out, then he proceeds to ground into a double play and kill whatever rally the Yankees were trying to muster. Guess who also has 7 errors? Jorge. Even while catching 100 less innings than Cervelli, Jorge, still managed to commit as many errors. That gives the Yankees catching tandem the most errors in baseball. It seems like everyone in the MLB runs all over Jorge, 49 bases have been stolen against him and has only caught 10 runners also giving him a shiny 17% caught stealing percentage. I don't know if Jorge took Cervelli under his wing during the offseason and taught him how to apply gratuitous amounts of pine tar, urinate on your own hands and how to become an insufficient catcher. This is not based on fact at all but I don't really feel good chemistry between Jorge and some of the pitching staff. Not only due to he whole A.J. Burnett overblown relationship but he shakes off the pitches a lot and I mean a lot. Not to mention he is turning 39 soon and he is as fragile as David Eckstein (without the grittiness, everyone knows he is invulnerable with it).

For an organization loaded with catching prospects the Yankees current catching situation is about as bad as the Royals whole team, hell they could play on the Royals. I can't wait until the Jesus saves us.