Soriano Says He Can’t Perform in Non-Save Situation

New York Yankees Rafael SorianoAs you probably know by now, the Yankees 8th inning guy Rafael Soriano ditched out on the press the other night after blowing a save for CC Sabathia. After Yankees general manager Brian Cashman called Soriano’s agent to tattle on him the pitcher apologized the next day and said he was embarrassed that he blew the win for The Big Man and left because he didn’t feel right talking.

Soriano also said something else that was interesting, via Bryan Hoch of MLB.com:

“To me, it’s different when I’m in that situation like that,” Soriano said. “I don’t know why. It’s usually a lot closer. When it’s a situation like that, sometimes the [opposing] team gets a couple runs. I don’t know why it happens like that. The last three years, that’s what happens. I tried to do the best I can last night, but nothing happens.”

So essentially the Yankees new closer turned middle reliever can’t pitch effectively unless he is in a save situation. That doesn’t necessarily bode well for the Yankees as Joe Girardi seems to want to use him in the 8th inning regardless of the score (he came into a 4-0 game the other day).

This isn’t that big of a deal, but it does mean that Girardi will have to use Soriano in high leverage situation for him to be effective. Personally I don’t have a huge problem with this as that’s how Girardi should be using him anyway.

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4 Responses to Soriano Says He Can’t Perform in Non-Save Situation

  1. David K. says:

    Well it's a good thing we found out early in the year rather than in the post season. Another reason why you have to actually see a guy pitch a bunch of times in all kinds of circumstances and not just rely on stats. Mariano Rivera has had a lot of trouble in the past in tie game situations, although he got the job done in that game with the score tied.

  2. Baseball Man says:

    This was the big gamble going out and getting Soriano… he was an excellent closer and to put him in any sooner looks like he just doesn't like it! I must have something to do with adrenalin since he isn't the first closer that failed as a setup man.

    • David K. says:

      Yeah it was a gamble but if he can only pitch in tight situations, I'd still take him over Joba in the 8th.

  3. Tanned Tom says:

    Bad signing. Overpaid for an attitude case who can't do the job. He might have thought of that before signing his contract.