What Went Wrong: Chad Ho Moseley

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Every team has a few of them every single season; replacement level relievers, or worse. Most of the time these guys are buried in the back of the bullpen, throwing low-leverage innings once or twice a week when his team had a big lead or a big deficit. The Yankees were (un)lucky enough to have three guys like that this year, and they even came with a cheesy nickname: Chad Ho Moseley. Let’s review…

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Chad Gaudin

After a solid job as the Yankees’ makeshift fifth starter down the stretch last season, Gaudin was rewarded by being released in Spring Training. He ended up back in his old stomping grounds in Oakland, at least until they released him after 17.1 innings of 5.91 FIP pitching. The Yanks brought him back in late-May for the pro-rated portion of the league minimum and stuck him in their bullpen as a mop-up guy.

That’s pretty much exactly what Gaudin was, because opponents mopped the floor with him during his second tenure in pinstripes. He was somehow even worse with the Yanks than he was with the A’s (6.25 FIP), and a late season audition for a playoff spot which featured the Yanks forcing him into some high-leverage spot went predictably awful. All told, Gaudin put a -0.8 fWAR in 48 IP just with the Bombers in 2010 (-1.1 overall). Yuck.

Chan Ho Park

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Park was a late addition in the offseason, signing a low-risk one-year, $1.2M contract after pitchers and catchers had already reported in February. His relief stint with the Phillies in 2009 was excellent (53-15 K/uIBB ratio and 0 HR in exactly 50 IP), good enough that even with normal age-related decline (he was 36 when they signed him, after all) and the AL-to-NL transition that there were still reasons to expect him to be a serviceable relief arm.

As it turned out, CHoP was anything but serviceable. He made three appearances in April, taking the loss in the first game of the season, before hitting the disabled list for a month with a bad hamstring. That bought him some more time. CHoP returned in mid-May and allowed at least one run in four straight outings and in five of six, earning himself a demotion to mop-up duty. After five scoreless outings in June, CHoP pretty much fell apart. He was designated for assignment after the Yanks acquired Kerry Wood at the trade deadline, finishing his Yankee career with a 5.60 ERA and more than one homer allowed for every 16 outs recorded.

It was a worthwhile gamble that completely blew up in the Yankees’ faces; Park was worth -0.2 fWAR in pinstripes. That the Pirates claimed him off waivers and saved New York the final $400,000 of his salary was nothing more than a minor miracle.

Dustin Moseley

The Yanks brought in the former Reds’ first round pick on a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training, and he pitched well enough in Triple-A (3.67 FIP in a dozen starts) that he forced the Yankees’ hand when his opt-out clause kicked in in late-June. Pitching in a mop-up role initially, Moseley moved into the rotation once Andy Pettitte‘s groin landed him on the disabled list.

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Moseley wasn’t terrible at first, giving the team two quality starts in his first three outings. It all kinda went downhill from there (6.41 ERA, .932 OPS against) as his inability to miss bats (13 BB, 11 K) manifested itself in his next four starts. Somehow the Yankees still managed to win three of those games, but Moseley found himself back in the bullpen with rookie Ivan Nova usurping him in the rotation.

In the end, the 28-year-old righty finished the season with with a 5.99 FIP and -0.4 fWAR in 65.1 innings for the big league team. He slightly redeemed himself with two scoreless innings in Game One of the ALCS, paving the way for the eighth inning comeback, but meh. Dustin’s effort was admirable, yet completely forgettable.

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It’s unfair to toss Sergio Mitre into this mix because at least he managed to be replacement level this season (exactly 0.0 fWAR), but we have to mention him somewhere. He allowed just seven runs in his final 24.2 innings (2.55 ERA), so unlikely the Chad Ho Moseley monster he at least finished strong.

A trio of sub-replacement level long relievers (total damage: -1.4 fWAR, 148.2 IP, or 10.3% of the team’s total innings) didn’t sink the Yankees season by any means, but it sure was painful to watch.

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  • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

    Don’t ever leave us like that again, Alfred Aceves. /slaps wrist with ruler

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

    After a solid job as the Yankees’ makeshift fifth starter down the stretch last season, Gaudin was rewarded by being released in Spring Training. He ended up back in his old stomping grounds in Oakland, at least until they released him after 17.1 innings of 5.91 FIP pitching.

    He’s been dumped almost as much as Randy Moss. He gets less love than even Brett Favre’s Cocktober.

  • theyankeewarrior

    What do you guys think? Over/under: 0 of these guys return for 2011…

    • Clay Bellinger

      they’ll all be back…moseley for BP, Gaudin because he was released for the 4th time of the year by June and why not, Chan Ho because he the only experienced releiver out there in roundhouse kicks

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

        Chan Ho because he the only experienced releiver out there in roundhouse kicks

        /Rose’d

  • larryf

    Any chance Zach Segovia can pitch in relief for us next year?

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

      If I was Zack Segovia, I’d try to sign on to some crappier organization’s AAA team. The Yankees will probably never bring him up (shit, they barely brought up Albaladejo); the Pirates/Nationals/Diamondbacks/Mariners probably will bring him up at some point.

  • Josh

    Chan Ho Park at least contributed the “diarrhea” interview – for those that haven’t seen it (if that’s possible), here’s the link:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GIEHPGj9sI

    • bakekrukow

      you can hear swisher laughing in the background. best part is mo holding back a laugh.

  • Dumbfounded

    With these guys pitching soooo much in Sept, the Yanks developed
    a losing momentum that carried on into Oct. Seems the Champion Giants
    did just the opposite

    • theyankeewarrior

      Yeah, that losing momentum carried right into the Twins series where they absolutely rolled.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Yeah, they carried such a losing momentum into the playoffs that they swept the team they played in the first round.

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

      Fun Fact: Moseley and Gaudin combined to pitch 25.0 innings in September. (Park, obviously, had been DFA’d already.) That’s about 9.2% of our total innings pitched.

      Meh.

      • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

        Gaudin pitched far too much for the team. Relievers like him do have a purpose, but it’s not to protect a two run lead in the sixth inning. I remember in September he was out there like every other game.

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

          I remember in September he was out there like every other game.

          The point is, he wasn’t. Memory tends to do things like that, convincing us that bad things happened way more than they did.

          Chad Gaudin made 9 of the 137 appearances by Yankee pitchers in September (6.5%) and pitched 9.2 of the 272.2 innings in September (3.5%).

          • http://twitter.com/Mattpat11 Matt DiBari

            All nine of those appearances came between September 7 and September 27. Nine appearances in 21 days and 19 games (with off days on the 9th and 16th), feels like the was out there every other game because he basically *was* for a long stretch.

            • CP

              That was the stretch where the Yankees played like 6 on run games in 10 days. All of the good relievers were being over used. Instead of just sending them back out there (like Torre would do), Girardi gave some innings to a lesser reliever to keep guys from getting burned out.

              • I am not the droids you’re looking for

                How’d that work out?

                /kidding’d sorta

              • http://twitter.com/Mattpat11 Matt DiBari

                During that stretch, Mitre pitched in two games. Moseley pitched three times. Sanchez pitched once. Albaladejo six. Brackman didn’t get in a game all together (he was only there for the last week)

                The original post was that it felt like Gaudin was in every other game. Because during the height of the pennant race, he was. If Girardi just wanted to ease the workload, why did one mop up reliever pitch almost as much as the other three combined?

                • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

                  …Because Gaudin’s a horse?

          • vin

            Yeah, well, I distinctly remember Cliff Lee ALWAYS losing playoff games.

    • Clay Bellinger

      The Giants didn’t have much of a choice…they clinched on the last day of the season.

  • Frank

    Mitre is Girardi’s boy, so I say he’s back. I think Mosely also has a good chance of returning. Not so for Gaudin.

    • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

      I bet some NL team signs Moseley.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I really hope Mitre isn’t back.

      • AndrewYF

        Why all the Mitre hate? He was pretty good this year, and is a perfectly fine mop-up guy.

    • http://twitter.com/AndrewLeighNYC Andrew

      Girardi does love him some Meat Tray, and he and Moseley had moments of serviceability (fake word), so I wouldn’t be shocked if both came back. Although if some team wants to pay either of them I would be more than pleased.

      My only wish is to not see Cookie Monster Gaudin in pinstripes ever again.

  • China Joe

    Hopefully by the second half of 2011 any emergency starts will be going to Brackman. The beat reporters will be excited…they seem to enjoy talking about his nipple piercings in Spring Training. I can’t wait for the barrage of “A Yankee with pierced nipples!” articles.

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

      Fun Fact: Nick Swisher also has pierced nipples.

      Four of them.

      • I am not the droids you’re looking for

        Four nipples?

      • Thomas

        I would have thought Swisher had no nipples to pierce, since only a woman would need nipples.

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

          I never said they were his nipples.

      • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

        AJ Burnett had pierced nipples, I don’t know if he does anymore.
        I get the impression it leads to awkward locker room moments.

  • BigLou

    If I never see
    goudin and Mitre again it will be to soon! Ace is as well as done with a bad back so let’s bring up the kids…time to get young…these 39-40 year old guys are a drag

    • Big Davey88

      Ideally, the Yankees would have gone 162-0.

      • Big Davey88

        Bah. Reply fail. I suck.

        This never happened.

  • http://twitter.com/Mattpat11 Matt DiBari

    Seeing Gaudin nine times in three weeks wasn’t auditioning for a playoff spot. It should have become apparent after try, oh, four, that he was no good.

    It was some deranged attempt to give me a stroke.

    • RL

      How’d that work out?

  • L

    I wouldn’t call Chad Ho Moseley “what wrong wrong” per se. Every team needs inexpensive guys to eat up innings now and then and to serve as some extra depth on the AAA or majors lever. “What went wrong” may be how these guys were managed, or allowed to pitch in higher leverage times, or that there were so many of them on the roster. Ideally Pettitte wouldn’t have been hurt or AJ and Vasquez wouldn’t have pitched so poorly.

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

    Chad Ho Moseley wouldn’t look so bad if AJ Vazquez went more than 4 innings in any appearances after August 1.
    /Hyperbole, but my point stands.

    • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

      Oh wow. someone just said that.

  • Mickey Scheister

    I still get the shudders when I think of Gaudin in high leverage games. Dude was awful and he just loved giving up homeruns. I don’t even wanna check his HR/9 but during the season when I did, I ended up ruining a perfectly good keyboard when I yaked all over it. Please DO NOT bring back Gaudin.