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Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Bullpen Report
Via Buster Olney:

New York Yankees

Mariano Rivera: 21 games, 27.1 innings
On track for: 71 games, 89 innings

Scott Proctor: 25 games, 34 innings
On track for: 81 games, 110 innings

Kyle Farnsworth: 25 games, 24 innings
On track for: 81 games, 78 innings

Thoughts: Joe Torre earned a whole lot of praise for the way he handles players emotionally, finding ways to take pressure off them; he was a hugely important figure during the Yankees' dynasty. His handling of the bullpen the last five years has been a problem, and it's a problem again this year. He effectively overworked Paul Quantrill, Tom Gordon and Tanyon Sturtze, and he's doing it again with Proctor this year. He simply doesn't trust enough relievers, relies on too few, and by August and September, the workhorses are exhausted. Rivera pitched three innings Tuesday, which is the kind of thing that feels right in May and can really hurt a team later in the summer

Question over here Mr. Torre (raising hand). Why did you let Mo throw a third inning when you had a 5 run lead, Ron Villone sitting in the pen (only 27 pitches the night before), and no off day for another 12 days, effectively putting him on the bench for the next 2 games against the best team in baseball?

Down on the Farm:

Triple-A Columbus (3-2 win over Buffalo)
Kevin Thompson: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Carlos Pena: 1 for 3, 1 K, 1 HBP
Rob Stratton: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Jason Conti: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
Wil Nieves: 1 for 3
Ramiro Mendoza: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K - 56 of 84 pitches were strikes (66.7%)
Matt Childers: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Double-A Trenton (7-5 win over Portland)
Gabe Lopez: 2 for 5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
Randy Ruiz: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Shelley Duncan: 1 for 5, 1 R, 2 K - hovering just over the Mendoza line at .214
Felix Escalona: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Justin Christian: 1 for 4, 1 R - threw a runner out at home from CF
Jeff Karstens: 6.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP
TJ Beam: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K - first time all season he allowed more than 1 R

High-A Tampa (7-6 win over Lakeland in 12 innings thanks to 8 Lakeland errors)
Brett Gardner: 0 for 5, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 SB - 1 hit in last 14 ABs, threw a runner out a second from CF
Rudy Guillen: 1 for 5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Cody Ehlers: 2 for 5, 1 RBI
Edwar Gonzalez: 1 for 5, 3 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SB
Ben Himes: 1 for 6, 2 RBI
Brett Ssmith: 8 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K - 12-5 GB/FB ratio
Chase Wright: .2 IP, 3 , 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Elvys Quezada: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Low-A Charleston (6-5 loss to Savannah)
Austin Jackson: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB - threw a runner out a home from CF
Marcos Vechionacci: 0 for 4, 1 K
Jose Tabata: 0 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB
CJ Henry: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 E (throwing)
Eduardo Nunez: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 E (fielding)
Tim Battle: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 2 E (both fielding)
Zach Kroenke: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP
Wilkins Arias: 3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
Anonymous Anonymous said...
To give Mo the ever important win of course. Since he couldn't earn a save, he needed to get some record even if he had already pitched the 2 most important innings of the game. It's all about the S and the W baby, you should know that after this many years of Torre.

Anonymous Sean McNally said...
Is Eric Duncan dead or traded?

Blogger Mike A said...
Injured, he's on the DL. With what, I don't know.

Blogger Fred Vincy said...
I'm all for not overworking Mo, but (a) he only threw 25 pitches, (b) unlike the other pitchers Torre has blown out, Mo has a track record of _not_ having arm trouble, (c) it was a big game, not only bc it put us in a tie for 1st but bc Detroit is a likely foe for the wild card, and (d) if I recall correctly, the lineup was stacked so that a weak start with Villone could leave him or Myers facing the right-handed heart of Detroit's line-up, so that while even Villone was unlikely to blow it, it was hardly a sure thing.

Blogger Mike A said...
Yeah but 25 pitches doesn't take into account the 8 warm-ups he threw before each inning (tack on another 24 pitches) and whatever he threw in the pen warming up (tack on another 5-10).

Either way, he's done for the series against baseball's best team. If the Yanks blow 2 9th inning leads today and tomorrow, will it have been worth getting that 1 win yesterday?

If this was October, then sure, run him out there for the 3rd inning, but it's only May.

Blogger Fred Vincy said...
Mike A,

Will Carroll has done a lot of work on this and apparently, in terms of injuries, it's the real pitches you worry about -- warm ups, pickoff throws and the like don't matter.

I'd also add that Bronx Banter reminded me that Villone had pitched 2 innings Monday, making the decision to stick with Mo further defensible....

Blogger Fred Vincy said...
P.S. We may disagree about this one, but I love your blog -- go-to coverage of the Yankees' farm system!

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