My mind has changed a bit on Brett Tomko, as he's made three appearances so far in June, and lowered his ERA to 2.53. With a 1.22 WHIP, an ability to go multiple innings, and opposing hitters batting .237 against him, he seems worthwhile in the 'pen.
But Jose Veras...that guy needs to go. After a streak of 6 outings from May 15th through the 24th where Veras allowed no earned runs in a total of 4 innings there was a little shimmer of hope for Veras. Although he did walk 3 and allowed 3 hits over that timespan, while only retiring 3 batters via strikeout.
But, he has been more like his typical useless self in his past 4 outings, totaling 4 and a third innings. He allowed 5 runs in that span on 5 hits and a walk while only striking out one.
For the year, Veras has a 6.46 ERA, and a 1.44 WHIP. You can try to take comfort in knowing that opposing hitters are only batting .225 against him, but when you walk as many guys as he does, and allow as many runs as he does, that number isn't much consolation.
The man who I had been begging for to be called up hasn't shined much at triple A recently. Despite a 2.92 ERA for the year, and 31 K's in 24.2 innings, Mark Melancon has been a bit of a wreck recently. In his past ten appearances Mark has pitched 12.2 innings and allowed 8 earned runs while walking 4 on 12 hits. He has struck out 14 in those 12.2 innings though. The interesting thing is that Mark hasn't been bad each time out, he's only allowed runs in 4 of those 10 outings, but he allowed 3 runs in one of those outings, 2 runs in two others, and 1 run in an outing where he didn't even record an out.
There's another guy who I want to see called up though. A guy who has a 1.08 ERA on the year, and who opposing hitters are batting .179 against. That man is Zach Kroenke. The lefty has been near lights out in his last ten appearances, allowing only 2 earned runs in 14.1 innings. The dillema with Kroenke is that he walks his fair share of batters. He's given up 15 free bases on the year over the course of 25 innings. That's 5.4 walks per nine. Since he only has 17 strikeouts (6.12 per nine) this is a bit of a concern. But if he can stop runs from scoring, and if opposing hitters can't hit him, why not call him up? It can't hurt to throw another lefty in the 'pen, and hell I'd rather have Swisher pitching than Veras, so a Kroenke call-up, with Veras being put on waivers, DFA'd, traded, etc. would be a smart move. The Yanks need to win. We can't put up with Veras's ineffectiveness any longer.