Torre on the Firing Line... WHAT
Now yes, the Yankees are off to a ridiculous start. They've lost 8 out of their last 9 games, and when your payroll is $195 million that to some is unacceeptable. Do people forget that the Yankees were 11-19 after 30 games last year. Also, when Chase Wright, Jeff Karstens, Darrel Rasner, Philip Hughes and Kei Igawa are getting key starts, you have to realize that injuries are a problem in the rotation and that has a trickle down effect. Very green starters are making starts and not making it deep into games which causes a young but talented bullpen to pitch more innings than any manager would like.
Yankee starters are averaging less than 5 innings a game. Is it Torre's fault that the old pitching staff that Yankee brass has assembled has broken down. Short of Chien Ming Wang (who has yet to pitch well) the other starters are all in their 30's. Pettitte started the season hurt, but has since pitched well. Pavano is now hurt and has been a huge waste of a contract since he was signed 2 years ago. Mussina has yet to pitch. Once these guys get healthy (short of Pavano, who I hope never pitches for the Yanks again) the Yankees will be better. They will get the consistent pitching that a veteran staff gives. This team will be playing much better in May than they have in April.
I also think they should continue to leave Philip Hughes in the rotation. This kid is the future of that pitching staff. At 20 he looked nervous in his first start, but he showed great stuff. I'd be excited to see how the season develops with him in the back end of the rotation. I mean seriously, how much would it hurt to have a 20 year old fireballer at the back end of the rotation. He's a definite upgrade over Wright, Karstens, Rasner and the soft tossinf Igawa (even though he pitched well Saturday versus the Sox).
The offense has been playing well (ARod has been sick even with his little mini-slump). They are working deep into counts and scoring runs. So right now the pitching is the problem. The starting pitching more to be exact. Once the starting pitching falls into place every thing else on the pitching end will be fine. The bullpen will be pitching less innings and be stronger. They will be more than fine.
Joe Torre has been a great Yankee manager over the last 12 seasons. He's earned the right for us all to be a little patient. He's not the GM of the team. He didnt build this old pitching staff that has broken down, but he has to deal with it. When they all get healthy the Yankees will turn this season around and go on to contend for the World Series. Everyone just needs to relax. Joe Torre should not be fired, he deserves to walk out of Yankee stadium on his own terms wth his head held high on his own terms.