July 30, 2008
And when we say that he's dangerous, we mean that he's a threat to you, his fantasy owners, not to opposing hitters.
Yates was understandably pleased. These were his comments, via the Pirates website:
"I've had a couple days off, and that extra adrenaline helps," said Yates, who last pitched Friday. "You pitch in the seventh and eighth and you have adrenaline, but it's nothing like in the ninth."
And while Russell continues to avoid naming a closer in Capps' absence, Yates has made it no secret that it's a role he wants.
"[The] ninth inning is one of the hardest innings to pitch in," Yates said. "If the game's on the line, that's the big time. My heart is still racing. I kind of like it a lot."
So for now, Yates is the add...but only if you really need the saves, and you can sustain a hit to your pitching ratios.
Yates has 38 Ks and 34 walks in 53.1 innings, and his WHIP is 1.58. He's a hard-thrower, with a fastball that's averaging 94.0 mph, but that doesn't necessarily lead to strikeouts. He's been unusually hittable this month (17 H in 13 IP), and he's allowed a run in seven of his last 10 starts.