2009 Stats: He blew during the regular season, was impressive in the post-season.
During the 2009 regular season, when he wasn't rehabbing an injury the Yankees made up just to get him off the team in AAA, Marte was the anti-Mariano. When Marte would come into a game, it was over. But it was over for the Yankees. No lead was safe. Mothers would cover their children's eyes in the stands, while shrieks of horror emanated from the Bleacher Creatures in right field. Then September became October and Marte the suck-@$$ became a reliable lefty out of the 'pen. It's not clear what caused the turn around. But the Yankees are hoping Marte continues to pitch well into 2010 and that he can be a reliable lefty out of the 'pen from April through November in 2010.
Honestly, I suspect that Marte will have a sort of on and off regular season, but will once again pitch well in the postseason.
Little Known Marte Fact:
Marte's nickname in the clubhouse is Marte McFly. Initially, he thought it was because of his oft professed love for the Back to the Future trilogy. His locker is literally plastered with 80s era movie posters for the films. Then one of the clubbies broke it to him after the last game of the regular season that they called him that because when he pitched, balls flew out of the stadium. Marte wept, but he pulled himself together and pitched well through the World Series.