28 Aug 2009
Sadly, Brad Penny really would be an upgrade for the Yankees. Yes, his numbers are bad. A 5.61 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP while striking out 6.1 per nine is nothing to write home about.
But then you have to remember that the current fifth starter is Sergio Mitre. Mitre has a 6.82 ERA, a 1.879 WHIP and has only struck out 5.3 per nine innings.
Admittedly, when that is your baseline, it is very easy to surpass it. Penny isn’t much, but he is definitely an upgrade over what the Yankees have in the fifth spot of the rotation. If he clears waivers on Monday you can sign him Tuesday when rosters expand and have another arm at your disposal.