“I need to get more aggressive,” Logan said. “I’m aiming the pitches a little bit. I need to get back in my groove. It is not fun going out there and not doing your job, giving up hits to lefties, walking lefties. My job was to get them all out and I’m not doing that right now…”
“…The slider is the pitch,” Logan said.
It sounds like Boone Logan may be putting too much pressure on himself or maybe he simply isn’t as good as he was last season. Logan, 26, is in is sixth season in the majors and has a career 5.17 ERA. Last season was considered successful because when Damaso Marte went down he came through with a 2.93 ERA, but realistically his good numbers came from a 25 game span from July 21-September 13 where he had a 0.00 ERA in 15.1 innings. Before that he had an ERA of 4.05 and in an extremely small sample size after he had an ERA above 7.00. Solid but hardly any strong indication of future success.
This season Logan has faced five lefties, but has failed to get a single one out. That’s why I initially thought that the Yankees would make a move to bring up Steve Garrison last night as extra help against the lefty heavy Red Sox. That move hasn’t happened yet so it appears the Yankees will try to stick it out with Logan. Hopefully in the meantime he rediscovers some of that magic last season otherwise the Sox could take this weekend’s series.