Monday, April 19, 2010

Quick Note on Mo

Mo has had a much better April than he has in the past few seasons. It seems that in the last three years or so, Mo struggled in April, only to pick it up and be Mo for the rest of the season. The big difference, however, has been that this year, unlike in those previous campaigns, the Yankees have actually needed their closer on a regular basis early. In previous years the Yankees have tended to either win by large margins or be down come the ninth during the first few weeks of the season, meaning Mo was under utilized and rarely came into a game for an actual save situation. Every pitcher, even a futuristic android like Mo, relies on routine to stay sharp. Mo has had that this year, pitching regularly and in save situations, which is why we're seeing such a different result in the first month of the season.

1 comment:

Rich Mahogany said...

Good observation. Mo is getting regular work without being overused. If he continues to pitch at his current pace he will be right on track for his usual number of innings and appearances.