September 24 – Happy Birthday Jeff Karstens

This native of San Diego was born on this date in 1982. The Yankees drafted the right-hander in the 19th round of the 2003 draft out of Texas Tech. He got his first call-up to the parent club in late August of 2006 and got six starts during the final month and a half of that season, winning two of his three decisions. He didn’t fare as well for New York the following year, going 1-4 with an ERA that ballooned to over 11 earned runs for every nine innings pitched. In 2008, he was made part of the package the Yankees dealt to Pittsburgh for Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte. He got off to a great start in the Steel City, winning his first two starts and not giving up a single run but then he had a tough time finding success with the poor-hitting Pirates. In 2011, the Pirate offense showed some punch and Karstens numbers have gotten demonstrably better. I was in Pittsburgh earlier this season and got to see him pitch a super game against a very tough Philadelphia line-up. He turns 29-years-old today and I think he’s young enough to put together some solid seasons in the next few years. The question is will the Pirates have a team that can score him the runs he will need to do so.

I’m sure you don’t remember when Dixie Walker wore pinstripes but are you old enough to remember when Eric Soderholm played for the Yankees? Both celebrate their birthday today.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
2006 NYY 2 1 .667 3.80 8 6 2 0 0 0 42.2 40 20 18 6 11 16 1.195
2007 NYY 1 4 .200 11.05 7 3 2 0 0 0 14.2 27 21 18 4 9 5 2.455
7 Yrs 26 40 .394 4.44 138 91 14 2 2 0 592.1 636 321 292 80 153 330 1.332
PIT (5 yrs) 23 35 .397 4.31 123 82 10 2 2 0 535.0 569 280 256 70 133 309 1.312
NYY (2 yrs) 3 5 .375 5.65 15 9 4 0 0 0 57.1 67 41 36 10 20 21 1.517
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/24/2013.

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