Aug
26

So far, so good for Marte

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With so much frustration surrounding last night’s game, it’s easy to let something positive fall through the cracks. There was something of that nature last night for the Yanks, and his name is Damaso Marte. After retiring the only two batters he faced Friday, he came in to record the last out of the seventh and then retired the Rangers in the eighth. He did this with aplomb, striking out two batters in those 1.1 innings while issuing just one walk — a strategic one of the four-pitch variety, putting the dangerous Michael Young on in favor of Josh Hamilton, whom Marte fooled with a breaking ball for strike three.

The Red Sox just picked up Billy Wagner to help strengthen their bullpen. The Yanks have added Marte. On their best days, Marte isn’t at Wagner’s level, but their recent injuries might level the playing field a bit. Wagner, after all, is just 11 months out from Tommy John surgery and was concerned about his potential workload in Boston. Marte is also coming off injury, though of a less defined nature. He’s battled shoulder inflammation most of the year, but by all accounts the ailment wasn’t serious enough to consider surgery.

It’s tough to pin too many hopes on Marte. We’ve only see him throw two innings, but those two innings were pretty impressive. His fastball has been working, hitting 93 much of the time, though last night he did drop down to about 91 for a few pitches (on Friday he threw 93 most of the time) and his breaking stuff seems just fine. By all early appearances, Marte might be the guy the Yanks hoped he was when they signed him to a three-year, $12 million contract this off-season.

Categories : Death by Bullpen
  • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

    Marte’s return could easily represent the best non-trade “pick-up” of a lefty reliever in August. I like what I’ve seen so far.

    • radnom

      Compared to all those other non-trade “pick-ups” of left relievers this month?

      • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

        I meant that his return would be as good as acquiring a top lefty reliever via trade. I’m not making a very deep or non-obvious point really.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          I’m not making a very deep or non-obvious point really.

          http://www.deepthoughtsbyjackhandey.com/today.asp

          • Tom Zig

            What do you even search for to find something so random as that?

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Anatomy of a TSJC link:

              1) Ben says “I’m not making a very deep… point, really.”
              2) Tommie’s brain immediately thinks of “Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey
              3) http://tinyurl.com/damzh9
              4) Click on link #1, explore site for a few seconds
              5) Command-C, Command-V, Command-C, Command-V, b, /b, click “Add comment” button

              • Tom Zig

                If you stopped using google, I fear it may go bankrupt

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  If it’s not on Google, it doesn’t exist.

                • Tom Zig

                  There is always Lycos or Altavista and a myriad of other search engines that are no longer used but were once popular in the 90s.

                • jsbrendog

                  altavista = members only jacket.

                  sure you bust it out everyonce in a great while but never in public and you would never admit it

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
        • Makavelli

          So you’re essentially saying:

          Marte > Wagner?

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            I think he’s saying Marte COULD BE > Wagner.

            He’s fully allowing for other possibilities.

            • Makavelli

              But isn’t that always assumed?

              A guy back from a long stint on the DL who didn’t perform that well before he went on it…with a small sample size of success so far since he’s been back and an old guy who used to be very good coming off of Tommy John surgery (his own stint on the DL) in which we haven’t seen at all yet

              Either one can basically be better than the other…haha…right?

    • Bo

      How about waiting for a big spot before we crown him?

      • http://twitter.com/JamalG Jamal G.

        My Mo.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Bo says:
        How about waiting for a big spot before we crown him?

        It wouldn’t matter anyway, you’d still shit on him, Bo. Don’t act like you wouldn’t.

      • Nady Nation

        MARTE IS WHO WE THOUGHT HE WAS! YOU WANNA CROWN HIM, THEN CROWN HIS ASS!

        /Denny Green’d (or Bo’d)

  • MP

    If Marte returns to the form he was in with the Pirates, he could be a HUGE piece of the Yankees’ September/October run.

  • Makavelli

    Meh. Small sample size still. I don’t want to be a pessimist…but let me see a few more outings first.

    But it certainly doesn’t hurt having him back…especially if he can keep up his recent performance.

    • CountryClub

      You dont want to be a pessimist? I’m shocked.

      Relax, I’m just kidding around.

  • Little Bill

    Marte is a potentially huge addition if he can come back effectively. I would trust him over Coke in big spots if that were the case.

    • Bo

      For what reason??

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        Seriously?

  • A.D.

    We can only hope he’s back and healthy.

  • CountryClub

    At the very least, for this year anyway, hopefully he becomes a shut down LOOGY.

  • Makavelli

    Marte to the starting rotation!!!

  • Zack

    good to see him back. hopefully he cant show everyone badmouthing him thats he’s never been good what he really is

    • Salty Buggah

      I hope so too.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      hopefully he cant show everyone badmouthing him thats he’s never been good what he really is

      I… think I know what you’re saying, and I agree.

      • Klemy

        Then, would you translate for me? :P

        • Mike HC

          Translation: Hopefully he can show everyone badmouthing him that he has always been good

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Yes. I think. Not positive, though.

            • Zack

              Yeah that’s it.

  • Salty Buggah

    Good thing Marte is back. Now hopefully, Coke will be better too as he won’t need to be overused/over-exposed and when those things don’t happen to him, he’s VERY good. 2 lefties are always a good thing.

    Remember last year in the 1st half we didn’t have a lefty except Billy Traber.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      And, in a couple of weeks, we should have FOUR lefties in the pen for the stretch run.

      Marte, Coke, Dunn, and WDLR. Daddy likes.

      • Salty Buggah

        That would be awesome. All lefty batters in the late innings might as well sit back down.

    • Jose

      Check out this classic discussion on Marte and Traber.

      http://riveraveblues.com/2008/.....ment-57915

      • Salty Buggah

        Wow, I can’t believe Mike said that.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Giving up a potential #3-4 big league starter like Jeff Marquez for a LOOGY is the definition of insanity.”

          Young Mr. Axisa was quite high on the prospects of Jeffrey Marquez, wasn’t he?

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

            What’s crazy is that all I can remember from my many prospect conversations with Mike is that he was never high on Marquez.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

              I bought in after his strong year in AA in 2007. Then he made me look like an idiot.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                Then he made me look like an idiot.

                http://rlv.zcache.com/that_dre.....8e_400.jpg

              • jsbrendog

                The only lefty reliever out there I would even consider trading a decent prospect for is CJ Wilson. That guy’s as legit as they come, but the Rangers will never move him. Not unless they’re blown away with an offer.

                cj wilson 2008 = 6.02 era 1.64 whip

                ouch.

                it was the best of times, it was the worst of times

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        I’m much older and wiser now. That’s one of many I wish I could take back, but whatever.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          It was only once, and you needed the money.

        • Klemy

          Man, that happens to everyone though. lol

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          It would be fun, however, to have a thread of all the dumbest things we all have said on here. I know I’ve got a few gems.

          You need to hire an unpaid intern to go scrounging through the old threads and compile a “worst hits” of all the regulars.

          I’ll get you started, here’s Whitey14′s worst one ever: “Jim Rice deserves to be in the Hall of Fame”.

          • jsbrendog

            i don’t even want to be exposed to my waffling and constant self contradictions (let alown the spelleng errirs)

            • http://blogs.villagevoice.com/dailymusto/Images/krustyheyhey.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              Don’t worry… I don’t think they’d include 12 year olds, that would just be mean.

              • jsbrendog

                you obviously don’t understand RAB commenting.

            • jsbrendog

              i think i pinpointed my first appearance on rab too. interesting

              • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

                If you really wanted to see it, we could easily find it on our end.

                • jsbrendog

                  nah that’s ok ha, i probably said something dumb. i was of the “I saw it with my own eyes” crew at that juncture in my sports obsessitude

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Speaking of boneheaded moves, JSB, did you see that I’ve already dropped T.J. Duckett?

              • jsbrendog

                haha i saw that. well, apparently he was blindsided by the edge. Sad thing is if given equal opportunites at this point duckett very well may be better than james

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  You may as well pick him up now. We all know your season is already on life support.

                • jsbrendog

                  not yet but it will be when michael turner dies on the field of a heart attack from “teh dreaded 370!111!1!!”

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
                • jsbrendog

                  meh, im not worried. turner didnt really do much at all pre teh dreaded 370!11!!1!! so it should hit him next year.

                  yeah, that’s the ticket….

          • Makavelli

            I’m sure I’ve got a few. And I’ll be the first to say it adds character to the board…lol

          • Slugger27

            i think i said back in october that offering pudge arbitration was an absolute no-brainer

            whoops

            • A.D.

              I said that for Abreu

          • Makavelli

            “I played D&D too!!”

            • jsbrendog

              i used to wear corduroy pants!

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            Well, I don’t remember if I posted it on here, but many moons ago I was a B-Jobber. That one would hae to be on the all time stupid comments list.

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

              *have*

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            Then there was the legendary arguement between me and THCM, which was quickly forgotten completely as if it never happened.

            Nobody knows about it because it took place on a dying thread, but it was rather vicious. I believe it was on Jeter thread.

            Ah, memories!

            • http://blogs.villagevoice.com/dailymusto/Images/krustyheyhey.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              I don’t remember the conversation… Are you pointing it out as an example of my dumbest comments or yours? Because I don’t make dumb comments.

              • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                What conversation?

                I’ve already forgotten it.

                • http://blogs.villagevoice.com/dailymusto/Images/krustyheyhey.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  Haha unfortunately for you, I found it. I’ll just post the whole thread, since the whole thing is dripping with awesome.

                  http://riveraveblues.com/2009/.....eal-15715/

                • http://blogs.villagevoice.com/dailymusto/Images/krustyheyhey.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  Equally as awesome: When Salty Buggah busted you taking both sides of another issue later that very same day: http://riveraveblues.com/2009/.....ent-526527

                  pat’s response says it all.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  Yes, well that wasn’t one of my better days on the blog.

                  I feel better looking at all the other stupid things people have said though.

                • http://blogs.villagevoice.com/dailymusto/Images/krustyheyhey.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  Heh… You’re not alone, they’ve all been there.

        • Jose

          It’s all good. Memory lane is always good for a laugh. But I may have to place you on waivers.

        • Spaceman.Spiff

          As Mike Axisa’s unofficial lawyer, I believe Jose misremembers what Mike Axisa really thought about Marquez.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            /Clemens’d

        • http://twitter.com/JamalG Jamal G.

          If I remember the dates correctly, the day I made that post would mean that I was still recovering from surgery. Damn, I’m quite dedicated.

  • Mike Pop

    But he can’t pitch in the AL!!!!!

    He never could!

    • jsbrendog

      yeah dumbasso fartface obv sucks. he didnt do anythingfor the yankees last year. he was only good cause he was in the nl on the pirates and never played for anyone else and doesnt have any sort of long track record of success. what a terrible trade by cashman, tabata is a HOF!! AND look at ohlendorf and karstens theyre allstars!

      \ig’nant’d

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        “Dumbasso Fartface”… genius.

        You have a talent for these things, JSB. You’re way better than DBHOF was.

  • Tank Foster

    Fine, but tone down the expections…has Marte ever really been anything great as a pitcher?

    /sarcasm

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      He’s no Billy Wagnuh, that’s for sure…

      GIMME WAGNUH’S LAST FIVE APPEARANCES!!!

      (chugs Diet Coke)

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        You’re not trying to make us think of a certain radio host, are you?

      • Bo

        Eric, you def watch Mike 5 hrs a day.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Lanny, you definitely stalk the board as more than one username and try to pretend like we don’t know it’s you.

          • Mike Pop

            Wait is Lanny Bo, and Bo is Lanny?

            Einhorn is Finkel? Finkel is Einhorn?

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Yes.

              Confirmed.

              • jsbrendog

                and sal and grant

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

              And Darth Vader is really Luke’s father too.

  • Mike Pop

    Serious question:

    Let’s say Marte was healthy all year, is Phil Hughes in the bullpen right now?

    • Bo

      No.

      You would have a better question if you said if Bruney was lights out all year.

      Be happy Hughes is actually having major league success.

      • Mike Pop

        Be happy Hughes is actually having major league success.

        To be honest, Bo. I’d rather see him in the major leauge rotation with Mitre in the pen. This would be the correct formula for the long term – which is easy to see.

      • jsbrendog

        so,no hughes wouldnt be in the bullpen?

        this doesn’t even make any sense. please clarify

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Get ready to wait.

    • jsbrendog

      oooh good question. it probably depends more on if he was successful or not.

      if marte was healthy all year does coke break camp with the yanks?

      • Mike Pop

        I would hope, over Alby.

  • Dela G

    i wish marte nothing but the best