The Yanks and their fans probably should have expected Aaron Small’s 2006. The reality of his career matched much closer with what he’s done this year than with how he pitched in 2005. This is not a criticism of Cashman’s decision to re-up the journeyman in the hopes that somehow last year wasn’t a fluke. It was worth the gamble; heck, he deserved some type of compensation for helping the Bombers win the East again. But, reality seems to have set in. Small has been awful (even worse than Matt Clement), and it appears that his magic has left him. This is to say that I have very little confidence going into tonight’s match-up against the Tigers (at least in the run prevention side of things), and the Yanks need to seriously consider alternatives to Small from here on out. He is not useful as a fifth starter and he’s not valuable as a long-relief man. Might that crappy farm system hold better options for the spot Aaron Small currently fills? I once heard rumor of a young man named Matt Smith…In any case, the Tigers are countering with a young pitcher themselves, who’s filling in for the injured Mike Maroth (again, heed the wisdom of your peers, Mr. Cashman). Roman Colon, the Matt Smith of the Tigers, takes the mound against our heroes from the Bronx. Again, the odds are against them, but these Yanks have a way of surprising even the most jaded of followers. Let’s hope they do it again. Comment away!
Will The Fake Aaron Small Please Stand Up?: Yanks-Tigers II
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