Tom Verducci: ‘Don’t Think Keuchel Is A Good Fit For Yankees’
The Yankees have had more than a dozen players on the injured list so far this season. But here they are on May 7 with a 20-14 record and just two games behind the Rays in the AL East.
How the heck has they been able to do it with all the injuries to significant players?
“It’s partly a function of what the American League is this year,” Sports Illustrated and MLB Network’s Tom Verducci said on WFAN with CMB Tuesday. “There’s a lot of teams that just aren’t very good in the American League. The Yankees have a great run differential, a winning record.
They have beaten three winning teams all year. This is what happens. You get these stretches when you see one weak team after another in the American League. I don’t want to take anything away from them. They’re playing the schedule. They’re winning these games, but you can’t do this in the National League.
There are very few times you can look at a block of games and say ‘hey, we can make some hay right here.’ This year in the American League, there’s a lot of opportunities to draw up some wins quickly.”
Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel are both still out there waiting to be signed. Teams like the Yankees and Red Sox could end up waiting to potentially sign them until after June 1st when there is not a draft pick attached to them.
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“Kimbrel will help someone a lot quicker than Keuchel can just be a relief pitcher, pitching one inning at a time,” Verducci told Carlin, Maggie, and Bart. “I’m looking at a team like the Washington Nationals. I know they’re all beat up, beat up as the Yankees are, but their bullpen has probably been the worst in baseball.
They need a difference maker. I like the idea of any contending team in June and July saying let’s go out and get a relief pitcher, a proven closer, and we don’t have to give up any talent. That’s the big hook here. It’s just money to sign them.”
Keuchel might be a different story.
“Keuchel is a little bit differently. I don’t think he’s a good fit for the Yankees or the Red Sox, because in both cases I’m not in love with the defense on the left side of the field,” Verducci said.
“If you sign Dallas Keuchel, you are committing to fielding ground balls behind him on the pull side to right-handed hitters and the Yankees and Red Sox don’t fit that kind of category. I think he’s a perfect fit for the Padres. I’ve said that all along. That’s a team that’s a sneaky contender.”
You can hear the entire interview with Verducci on the Yankees and Mets in the audio player above.
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Tom Verducci Biography
Tam Verducci (born October 23, 1960) is an American sportswriter who writes for Sports Illustrated and its online magazine SI.com.
He writes primarily about baseball. He is also a field reporter for the MLB postseason on TBS. In addition, he appears on Hot Stove and MLB Tonight on MLB Network as a baseball insider.
Tom Verducci Age
Verducci was born on October 23, 1960, in East Orange, New Jersey. He is 58 years old as of 2018.
Tom Verducci Education
Verducci attended Seton Hall Prep in West Orange, New Jersey and they went to Penn State, graduating with a B.A. In Journalism and appeared in the first edition of The Weekly Collegian. On July 12, 2016, Verducci revealed he was a Mets fan growing up.
Tom Verducci Relationship | Wife | Children
The sportscaster, Verducci is a married man now and resides with his family in the Belle Mead section of Montgomery Township, New Jersey.
Tom Verducci and his beautiful wife, Kristen shares two sons together. One of their sons is named Adam and the second child’s name remains to get revealed.
Verducci’s having a wife and kids clear the rumor of him being a gay individual. Besides that, the sportscaster has revealed the least information about his family and made the audience curious regarding his marital relationship.
Tom Verducci Career
After a one-year stint at Florida Today, Verducci moved to New York Newsday in 1983, becoming a columnist in 1990. He began writing for Sports Illustrated in 1993. He is a regular guest on The Dan Patrick Show.
His most recent work is titled The Cubs Way. The book chronicles the epic story of how Theo Epstein and a perfect 5-year plan took the Cubs from a 101-loss season in 2012 to the 2016 World Series Champions.
In addition to his writing duties, Verducci works on television. He works for MLB Network, where he serves as a “baseball insider” and co-host of several programs with Bob Costas. He called his first World Series in 2014 for Fox alongside Joe Buck and Harold Reynolds.
Verducci was the first non-former player or manager to work in the broadcasting booth as a color commentator for a World Series telecast since ABC’s Howard Cosell in 1983. Verducci and Reynolds would following the 2015 season, be replaced by John Smoltz as Fox’s top baseball analyst.
Verducci wound up working the 2016 Fall Classic as a sideline reporter, a role he still has to this day and as a studio analyst, which he did only for 2016. He would be doing some play-by-play on the MLB network.
Tom Verducci Net Worth
The sportswriter with his descriptive sports writing and sportscaster is believed to be having a decent salary.
The actual earnings and the net worth of the sportswriter are not revealed yet, however, according to his job at MLB Network, Fox Channel and Sports Illustrated, his estimated net worth counts in hundreds of thousand dollars.