Update: Starter #3

The currently indexed third starter for New York is Phillip Hughes. While Hughes might pitch well enough for this role, he has been injured and (unfortunately) after two cycles we have to drop him. What pitcher should take his place? Let’s begin by sorting for starters:

-Brian Bruney is a reliever
-Roger Clemens is a starter
-Kyle Farnsworth is a reliever
-Sean Henn is a reliever
-Mike Mussina is a starter
-Mike Myers is a reliever
-Andy Pettite is a starter
-Scott Proctor is a reliever
-Mariano Rivera is a reliever
-Ron Villone is a reliever
-Luis Vizcaino is a reliever
-Chien-Ming Wang is a starter

Therefore, the candidates are: Clemens, Mussina, Pettitte, Wang. Of these four starters, Pettitte and Mussina are already indexed to the rotation, pitching fourth and fifth respectively. That leaves Roger Clemens and Chien-Ming Wang.

Roger Clemens, Weighted ERA

(ERA) (Games Played / 162) + (Projected ERA) [(162 – Games Played) / 162]
(3.92) (105 / 162) + (3.16) [(162 – 105) / 162]
(3.92) (0.65) + (3.16) (57 / 162)
2.55 + (3.16) (0.35)
2.55 + 1.10
3.65

Chien-Ming Wang, Weighted ERA

(ERA) (Games Played / 162) + (Projected ERA) [(162 – Games Played) / 162]
(3.61) (105 / 162) + (4.31) [(162 – 105) / 162]
(3.61) (0.65) + (4.31) (57 / 162)
2.35 + (4.31) (0.35)
2.35 + 1.51
3.86

Both Clemens and Wang would make reasonable third pitchers, so we go to soft factors. Neither pitcher is a left-hander. Wang costs less money, and Wang is younger. Therefore, Wang is seeded into the indexed rotation. The rotation currently:

1.    [No Starter]
2.    [No Starter]
3.    Chien-Ming Wang
4.    (L) Andy Pettitte (+)
5.    Mike Mussina
6.    Darrell Rasner (A)

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