Yankee pitching coach Larry Rothschild looks at the Yankees' bullpen and sees Nasty Boys potential in it, according to Erik Boland’s story in today’s paper. For those that don’t know about the Nasty Boys, they were the core of 1990 world champion Cincinnati Reds. They were comprised of Rob Dibble, Norm Charlton and closer Randy Myers.
If anyone knows about the Nasty Boys, it’s Rothschild. He was the bullpen coach under Lou Piniella in 1990. Here’s a breakdown between the big three on each team. The numbers listed for the Yankees are based on their performance in 2010.
Norm Charlton vs. Joba Chamberlain
Joba Chamberlain’s 2010 numbers were not great, and compared to Charlton’s numbers, there's no doubt who was better. Ironically, Charlton started 16 games for the Reds in 1990, so his numbers are a little skewed. 2010 was the only season since 2007 where Chamberlain did not start a game for the Yankees.
|N. CHARLTON||J. CHAMBERLAIN|
|W / L RECORD||12-9||3-4|
|K / BB RATIO||117 / 70||77 / 22|
Rob Dibble vs. Rafael Soriano
Rob Dibble and Rafeal Soriano have comparable numbers. Soriano compiled his 2010 stats as closer for the Tampa Bay Rays. In 2011, he’ll be setting up Mariano Rivera. Dibble was the closer when Randy Myers was resting, a role Soriano will have to get comfortable with very quickly.
|R. DIBBLE||R. SORIANO|
|W / L RECORD||8-3||3-2|
|K / BB RATIO||136 / 34||57 / 14|
Randy Myers vs. Mariano Rivera
Despite being 13 years older than Myers, Rivera still had a better season in 2010 and fans can expect more of the same from the ageless Mo.
|R. Myers||M. Rivera|
|W / L RECORD||4-6||3-3|
|K / BB RATIO||98 / 38||45 / 11|