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Karsten's performance muddies the water

Posted on: June 23, 2008 8:45 am

Or it should, in my opinion. Sidney Ponson was signed last week and had an adequate start on Saturday-and Steve White was waived to clear space on the 40 man roster. It looked for all the world that Ponson was on track to start the second game of the Met DH on Friday.

Then, yesterday, Jeff Karstens did this vs AAA Toledo (the best hitting team in the International League):

6 2/3 IP 2H 1ER 0BB 11K

Arguably the finest pitching performance turned in by a Scranton starter this season. Karsten would also be on track rest wise to make the start Friday night-and he's already on the 40 man roster.

I'm not the GM, but I would take Karstens in a heartbeat. He deserves the start far more than Ponson.

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Since: Apr 7, 2008
Posted on: June 24, 2008 11:50 am

Karsten's performance muddies the water

I'd like to see Karsten's out there.  For the last two years he's been trying to break through and keeps getting injured.  Let's see what he's got.  If he can be consistent and put together some quality starts it would be great.  I think the signing of Ponson is a security blanket, he's a innings eater and if the Yankees need to save their bullpen, he can give you that 5-6 innings that you need.  As much trouble as he's been known for, he is a professional and can get the job done.  If another starter goes down, then what?  The Yankees are a team that tries to win every year!   Learning on the job is not an option.  So, if our young guys can't get it done in the big leagues, I don't want to painfully watch games.  Get someone in there that can get the job done!

Since: Apr 24, 2007
Posted on: June 24, 2008 9:57 am

Karsten's performance muddies the water

The Yankees have plenty of options far better than Sidney Ponson IMHO.

This, to me was a highly unnecessary signing of a huge trouble maker that has no upside whatsoever that I can see.

It sends a bad message to all the young guys busting their tails trying to get a shot with the big league club. Plus Ponson is a well known a$$ hole.

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2008 10:56 pm

Karsten's performance muddies the water

I agree with you that they should not have considered Ponson but I would rather have any other Yankee kid then Karsten. He is not a major league starter in my opinion.

Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2008 2:11 pm

Karsten's performance muddies the water

I just don't think the Ponson signing was necessary, and I think Karstens would do at least as good a job. If not him, then someone else who's earned a shot. This year was supposed to be about building from within, and the Ponson signing flies in the face of that. Plus I can't stand him. I don't see this stint ending any any better than his first. His K rate is down, his hit rate is up. I know he had a 3.88 ERA in Texas, but his WHIP was sky high.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: June 23, 2008 11:39 am

Karsten's performance muddies the water

Well it sure sounds like Karsten's was lights out in that performance, but I think the Yankees are looking for someone to be a full time starter for awhile and believe that Ponson will get the first real chance for that spot. Karsten's great outing might be a good reason to let Sidney get one more Triple A start before they bring him up to the big club.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2008 10:55 am

Karsten's performance muddies the water

I would give the nod to Jeff Karstens based on his last start. Like you said, he deserves it more.

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