Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Has he got the Wright stuff?

When the Yankees signed Jaret Wright to a 3yr/$21m deal in the off season, most Yankee fans were less than enthused. However after another good outing last night in Spring Training his lines reads as:

11.0 0.00 8 4 6 1.09 .205

That isn't too shabby is it?

I watched Wright last night and he does have very late movement on his curveball, which is highly encouraging. Also he was confident enough to throw it in a fastball count, another highly encouraging sign. He started off slowly yesterday loading the bases on a hit and two walks before David Bell grounded out to short to end the threat. After the lead off man got on in the second, Wright shut it down retiring twelve straight.

He comes into NY knowing that he is a # 4 or 5 starter so the pressure isn't on him to lead any rotation. He can just concentrate on making his pitches and doing his part, all things being equal he probably will be the odd man out in any play-off rotation. If he can have an ERA of around 4.00 then he'd of had a good enough season, but on the evidence of last night and so far this pre-season, he could be a whole lot better.

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