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Hanging Chad

Thumbnail image for Posada Gaudin.jpgIn case you just haven’t gotten enough of the fifth starter drama in camp, it appears that whoever the Yankees’ “healthy discussions” yield as the top choice, it won’t be Chad Gaudin.

Gaudin has placed on waivers by the Yankees, according to an AOL Fanhouse report. If no one claims him, the Yankees could release him and pay a quarter of his $2.95 million salary ($737,500), or ship him to Triple-A and pay his full salary.

So, it appears that it’s down to four – Alfredo Aceves, Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes and Sergio Mitre. If I had to put on my Carnac hat today and make a decision, I’d say that the Yankees are going to go with Hughes, which would not have been my prediction heading into camp.

I had thought Chamberlain was a near-lock, since they spent three years building him up for this opportunity to pitch without innings restrictions.

But that’s just a guess, anyway. Who’s your pick?

Handicapping the fifth starter race

Joe Girardi is planning on meeting for “healthy discussions” tomorrow about the fifth starter competition, and a decision appears to be coming up for Thursday or Friday at the latest.

“We’re going to discuss it in the next couple of days,” Girardi said. “We’ve got to start to iron some things out because we’re running out of innings and we’ve talked about wanting a decision to get the guys in the bullpen.”

It’s always possible that the Yankees could want to see a more starts from their contenders, especially Joba Chamberlain or Phil Hughes, but it also stands to reason that – at this point – the Yankees know exactly what they have and don’t need any more data to sway their choices.

If that’s the case, then here are the resume bullet points for each of the five pitchers:

Alfredo Aceves, 28, RHP

  • Grapefruit League: 1-1, 3.77 ERA in four games (two starts); 14.1 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 1 HR, 1 BB, 7 SO
  • 2009: Was 10-1 with one save and a 3.54 ERA in 43 appearances (one start).
  • Last outing: Charged with 5 ER in 4 1/3 IP vs. the Astros in Kissimmee.
  • Quote to note: “It’s part of the game. It’s baseball. You always keep
    the bad and the good things. You just fix it to the next game, those
    details. … I don’t want to use that word, ‘happy.’ But so far, it’s been a good Spring Training — for everybody.” – Aceves.

Joba Chamberlain, 24, RHP

  • Grapefruit League: 0-0, 16.20 ERA in three games (one start); 6.2 IP, 10 H, 12 ER, 1 HR, 7 BB, 5 SO.
  • 2009: Was 9-6 with a 4.75 ERA in 32 appearances (31 starts).
  • Last outing: Allowed 2 ER in 5 IP vs. Yankees intrasquad in Tampa
  • Quote to note: “I’ve just been in a routine. It’s just one of
    those questions you’re faced with every day. It’s human nature when you
    get asked every day to think about it, so it’s just something where
    I’ve gone back to having fun. I’m just enjoying being out here, putting
    this uniform on and competing with these guys.”- Chamberlain.

Chad Gaudin, 27, RHP

  • Grapefruit League: 0-3, 8.38 ERA in four games (two starts); 9.1 IP, 16 H, 9 ER, 2 HR, 5 BB, 5 SO. Has been placed on waivers by Yankees, according to a report.
  • 2009: Was 5-10 with a 4.76 ERA as a starter in 2009 with the Padres and Yankees
  • Last outing: Allowed 4 R (3 ER) in 2.1 IP vs. the Rays in Port Charlotte
  • Quote to note: “It’s not that I’m not competing, I’m trying to feel a rhythm. Sometimes it’s there, sometimes it’s not. It’s
    inconsistent. But [Friday], I didn’t get the job done. No excuses.”- Gaudin.

Phil Hughes, 23, RHP

  • Grapefruit League: 0-2, 4.15 ERA in four games (one start); 13.0 IP, 12 H, 6 ER, 5 HR, 2 BB, 10 SO.
  • 2009: Was 8-3 with three saves and a 3.03 ERA in 51 appearances (seven starts).
  • Last outing: Allowed 4 ER in 4.1 IP vs. the Phillies in Clearwater
  • Quote to note: “I’ve done all I can do. We’ll just have to see where
    they want to go from here. … I’ve kind of learned around here just to
    roll with the punches. What you say isn’t going to affect anything. You
    just have to go out and do the best you can, and see what decisions
    come from it.” – Hughes.

Sergio Mitre, 29, RHP

  • Grapefruit League: 0-0, 3.21 ERA in four games (two starts); 14.0 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 1 HR, 3 BB, 14 SO.
  • 2009: Was 3-3 with a 6.79 ERA in 12 appearances (nine starts)
  • Last outing: Allowed 2 R in 5 IP vs. the Rays in Port Charlotte
  • Quote to note: “I would think he’s probably pretty healed. He had the
    offseason to rest, and I think part of it is just the constant grind.
    Having the offseason, I think he’s probably where he’s going to be.
    It’s probably nice for him to feel much better after every start.” – Girardi.

Yankees set spring rotation

YANKEES 024.jpgJoe Girardi had his starting pitchers for the first 11 games of the spring schedule scribbled on a dry-erase board in his office this afternoon.

Chad Gaudin will be the first Yankees pitcher to get the ball in a Grapefruit League game this spring, and here are the rest of the initial guys who will be taking the ball as Girardi and Dave Eiland plot out the workload:

March 3 vs. PIT Chad Gaudin, Sergio Mitre, Alfredo Aceves
March 4 at PHI CC Sabathia
March 5 vs. TB Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain
March 6 vs. TOR A.J. Burnett
March 7 at MIN Mitre, Gaudin (Andy Pettitte to throw simulated game)
March 8 vs. PHI (SS) Javier Vazquez
March 8 at PIT (SS) Alfredo Aceves
March 9 vs. PIT CC Sabathia
March 10 at DET Chamberlain, Hughes
March 11 vs. ATL Burnett
March 12 at WAS Pettitte
March 13 vs. BAL (SS) Vazquez
March 13 at DET (SS) TBA

Cashman: Joba needs to ‘declare himself’

If Joba Chamberlain is thinking he has the Yankees’ postseason roster made, Brian Cashman would beg to differ. He told Pete Caldera of the Bergen Record that Chamberlain has nothing assured, while also dropping the nugget that the Yankees will carry 10 pitchers for the American League Division Series:

“He needs to declare himself. He’s no different than anyone else. … Everybody loves his tenacity. But
we’re going to take the best 10 guys. There’s no assumptions there.”

“He’s put himself in a position where the manager has to make a
decision that there’s not one guy ahead of him that he needs to give
the ball to. [Chamberlain] might not realize it, but
he’s in competition with any number of guys to take the ball.”

One of those guys, Chad Gaudin, gets to audition tonight here at Angel Stadium. With Chamberlain struggling and Sergio Mitre having been moved to the bullpen, it’s up to Gaudin to make that decision a very interesting one.

“I can’t control it,” Gaudin said. “You control the controllables. I
feel that if I pitch well and do what I know I can do, hopefully in the
end it will take care of itself. All I can do is worry about tomorrow
and prepare myself to get a win.”

Gaudin to start Thursday

RHP Chad Gaudin will start Thursday at Toronto instead of RHP Sergio Mitre, the Yankees have announced. They want to be cautious with Mitre as he comes off Tommy John surgery. They’ll revisit the rotation when that Sept. 7 doubleheader gets a little closer. Mitre tossed on the field today and said he felt OK, but acknowledged he was “questionable” to start vs. the Blue Jays.

“Our biggest concern is, coming off the injury he came off of, we don’t want him favoring that,” Girardi said.

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