Saturday, June 19, 2004

The book on Halsey

Brad Halsey has just been removed from his ML debut game, his line for the day is as follows; 5.2 innings 5 hits allowed 2 runs 1 walk 3 strikeouts and 3.18 era, 105 pitches thrown. All in all an admirable effort from this young man. While one of his runs was a homer given up to Nomo it was a changeup that didn't move much, you'd expect any major leaguer to be able to handle that kind of mistake.
As he may have just increased his trade value substantially with his outing today there will be pressure on Cashman to move him now, but unless he translates into Beltran (with an extension), I'd keep him and see what he can do over a few months.With only Felix Heredia as a Lefty out of the pen (and he's been completely execrable to date) I see no reason for Halsey to go anywhere. I would give Halsey at least one more start and then get him innings out of the pen.
The Yanks just scored an insurance run in the top of the 8th and have men on second and first with two out and Matsui coming to the plate. No wait...make that 2 insurance runs as the Dodgers show some extremely inept defense and let Matsui get on base via a throwing error by Hernandez.
With a 4 run lead it's just up to Flash and Mo to close it down and give Halsey a ball to put on his mantleplace.


Blogger DJ said...

The big difference between the Admiral's start today, and Alex Graman's spot start a couple of months ago, is the confidence that Halsey displayed in his pitches. He was over the plate, he challenged the hitters.

Graman probably had better stuff -- more velocity on the fastball, sharper movement on the breaking pitches. But Halsey went after guys with his 86 MPH heater, and the results were pretty impressive.

As you've noted, the staff is dinged up enough he should get another start. Certainly, he should have preference over Tanyon Sturtze.

June 20, 2004 at 12:17 AM  

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