Chris Young is a guy who didn’t throw a Major League pitch in 2013. Before that, he started 20 games in 2012, with the Mets. Before that, he started 4 games for the Mets in 2011. Before that, 4 games with the Padres in 2010. Before that, 14 games in 2009; before that, 18 games in 2008. He hasn’t played a full season since 2007, so I guess it’s a good thing we’re not necessarily counting on him to pitch for us the full year. Just, you know, for a month or two. Then, he can do whatever.
From what I understand, Chris Young doesn’t throw very hard at all. But, since he’s super tall, his ball LOOKS like it’s going faster than it is. Don’t ask me, I’m just half-assedly regurgitating things I’ve read over the last few days. He’s a two-pitch pitcher who throws predominantly fastballs, and he generates the most flyballs of any starting pitcher you’ll see in the game today. He strikes guys out an okay-amount, so right there that makes him a step above Blake Beavan. And, in spite of all those flyballs, he seems to be moderately effective, which makes him a staircase above Hector Noesi.
I like the move for the short-term fix it provides. He’s a better option than either of those other two guys I just mentioned, so for that I’m grateful. We don’t have to go into April with a total shitshow at the #5 spot in the rotation. I kind of hate this move, though, for the long-term problems it potentially creates.
Now, if Chris Young comes in, has a wonderful first month, then throws out his shoulder just as Iwakuma is returning, then I’m elated! THAT, right there, is the best-case scenario for this team. My concern is, he doesn’t injure himself, and we’re stuck with a mediocre pitcher for the whole season because this team will put its trust into an over-the-hill loser instead of a young pitcher with promise.
Maybe he’ll surprise me, but I doubt it. Maybe they’ll have him on a short leash and dump him if he has too many bad starts in a row, but again, I doubt it. I think this organization has proven time and time again that it doesn’t know what the FUCK it’s doing, which is why you’ve got someone like Willie Bloomquist on a 2-year deal in the first fucking place …
Wait, where was I? Oh yeah, Chris Young.
Hope For The Best, Expect The Worst. That’s the Seattle Mariners motto we’ve been living under as far back as I can remember. Granted, my memory isn’t so good anymore, but I mean, God damn! I was still in college the last time the Mariners made the playoffs! That may be pretty meaningless to you if you don’t know me, but college – in my mind – was EONS ago! God, I hate baseball so damn much …