2010 Player Previews: Damaso Marte

2009: Simply put, this past season was Damaso Marte’s worst. April was a rough month for Marte as the setup man, as he pitched 5.1 innings in 7 games, allowing 9 hits, 9 earned runs, and 3 home runs, with a record of 0-1. After feeling discomfort in his throwing shoulder (left), the 34-year-old was placed on the 15-day DL with left shoulder tendinitis on May 3 (retroactive April 26); RHP Phil Hughes was called up from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as his replacement. [Note**: Marte complained of shoulder soreness while pitching for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic].

Marte was cleared by Dr. James Andrews in June, but recieved a setback as the pain continued. He began a second rehab assignment in late July, and was finally re-activated on August 21. After missing nearly 4 months, Marte showed no improvement from his woeful April. In 14 games for the remainder of the season, Marte went 8 innings in 14 games, allowing 6 hits and 6 runs (5 earned) and a 1-2 record. However, he did have a very solid postseason for the Yanks, going 4 innings in 8 games, allowing just 2 hits, zero runs and striking out five.

2009 Regular Season Totals: 21 Games  1 Win  3 Losses  9.45 ERA  13.1 Inn  15 Hits  14 ER  6 Walks  13 Strikeouts

2010: Look for Marte to rebound this season. With the chances of fellow (and newly added) southpaw Boone Logan making the roster very slim at this point, it is more than likely that Marte will be the lone lefty on the Yankees roster for the majority of the season. Without LHP Phil Coke and LHP Michael Dunn as other lefties to go to, Girardi will most likely use Marte as more than a lefty-specialist (as he was in his few games last season). Although Marte has really never found success in the AL (7 seasons) with a record of 16-19 and a 3.43 ERA as a short reliever (but has averaged -9 hits per season in his career), I really hope he can prove to Yankee fans that they got something in the trade along with Xavier Nady, in which the Yankees gave away Ross Ohlendorf (who has now seemingly found his way) and up-and-coming pitcher Dan McCutchen. Let’s think of it this way, I’m pretty sure he won’t stay on the Yankees for long if he keeps up that 9.45 ERA mentality.

2010 Prediction: 72 Games  4 Wins  4 Losses  2.96 ERA  80.2 Inn  58 Hits  35 Walks  89 Strikeouts

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6 Responses to 2010 Player Previews: Damaso Marte

  1. Dan Reiner says:

    yeah well he needs to step up since he's our only lefty. I mean, those numbers, aside from the ERA, aren't too far off from numbers he'd put up with the Pirates and White Sox just a few years back, so we'll see I guess.

  2. smurfy says:

    Interesting photo: what's he yelling about? "Hey, Joe! He called that a ball!"

  3. Dan, I agree with Stephen. If Marte is that good, the Yankees will roll. Mind you, I sure don't have a problem with your numbers, it's just that I'd even take an ERA from him around half a run more (3.46)–though I'd obviously prefer your prediction.

    Marte was downright filthy in the World Series. After he fanned Utley on that nay-HASTY slider to end the 7th inning in Game 6, I knew it was over and could finally exhale. Money pitching in the Series from Damaso, and I'd like to see more in 2010. He also needs to return to being good against righties, which he was for Pittsburgh.

  4. Stephen Crociata says:

    wow bold prediction if he puts up those #s the Yankees should be sprinting to another World Series appearance

  5. Dan Reiner says:

    I was really going for the "hey you! read this post!" but another thought on my 'bold' prediction, if he posts another 5+ ERA this season, he sure as hell won't be a Yankee in 2011 so why not make it sub 3– right?

  6. smurfy says:

    I dunno, my favorite is the U505 at the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago – oh, you mean era. Yeah, I love his delivery, but the results gotta be there. Seems like they should be, since he looks like Sandy Koufax. Maybe his shoulder has healed up.