As a whole, Boone Logan’s season wasn’t THAT bad. Although you wouldn’t know it by reading Twitter or some of the blogs out there. His WHIP (1.373), HR/9 (1.0) and BB/9 (4.6) were a little high, and his ERA+ was a little low (112), but his SO/9 (11.1) and SO/BB (2.43) were juuuuuust right.
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One of the biggest knocks on Boom Boom Boone this season was that, as a lefty reliever, he couldn’t get lefties out. That can be a problem. However, it isn’t entirely true. Looking at his splits, his slash line and SO/BB ratio were both more favorable against lefties. On the other hand, his numbers against them weren’t eye-popping; he gave up the same number of home runs (3), two more doubles (8 to 6), eight more hits (28 to 20) and 12 more runs against southpaws. Though, to be fair, he did face 37 more lefties.
Another log on the Boone Logan hate fire is he was very inconsistent. According to that link, Good Boone showed up every other month; in May, July and September/October he was trash and the months in between he was legit.
Also, Logan’s LOB% (79%) was solid but his HR/FB (11.1%) and GB% (38.4%) left a lot to be desired.
One thing I found funny about Boone’s 2012 is that he played Scott Proctor to Girardi’s Joe Torre. His 80 appearances were the most by far of any Yankee pitcher this season and the third most in a single season in franchise history.
I have a sneaking suspicion that if Boone Logan didn’t pitch lefty he wouldn’t be on the Yankees.
Boone Logan wasn’t the greatest arm out of the bullpen this season, but he was decent for only $1.8 million. Plus he was great in Game 3 of the ALCS. His final year of arbitration is 2013 so we’ll most likely see him back in pinstripes. With him being a free agent in 2014 I wouldn’t be surprised to see Girardi giving him more of the Scott Proctor treatment.