Eye of the Hurricane

March 29, 2011

Yanks Replacement in Season Opener

Filed under: Major League Baseball — jaclynglm @ 9:05 pm

Today is the last game of spring training for the New York Yankees against the Detroit Tigers who they will play for the first time in the 2011 season Thursday night. 

Pedro Feliciano is still sitting out, suffering from soreness in his left shoulder.  The 10 day off period hopefully will benefit Feliciano so he can make a strong return to the Yankees.

In the meantime, his replacement is up between Luis Ayala and Steve Garrison– who is the better fit?

Well, lets start with Ayala; In his career he has had 40 home runs, 411 hits, 92 bases on balls and a .276 batting average.  For his WHIP he averages out at 1.29.

Now for Garrison; Just beginning his MLB career in the 2011 season, his stats seem less than impressive overall compared to Ayala but, his batting average during spring training is .316 with his WHIP averaging out at 1.45.

My vote goes to Garrison.  Stat’s aside, having the advantage of being a lefty is something Garrison is bringing to the table as well as his performance in Sundays game against the Twins giving up only one earned run on two hits.

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