I had told myself I would stop complaining about Torre because it is futile. But for anyone paying attention to how he has handled the bullpen lately… well let’s recap:
- In Saturday’s 13 inning game Joe refused to go to Rivera, in a game where a run would beat us. This is semi-forgivable, at least Rivera had been used for 1 1/3 innings the night before. However, by the end of the game, Rivera was the only pitcher Torre had left. Which should never happen. Say Proctor gets out of the 13th, we score a run in the top of the 14th and in comes Rivera. The Giants scrounge together some bloop singles and score a run to tie it. Now who pitches the 15th? The 16th? You MUST have someone left behind your closer because your closer is too valuable to let waste away in a game where of an indeterminable length. As a matter of fact, this is precisely why you have a “long man” or “mop up guy.” Which is what Villone and Myers both should be at this point.
- On Tuesday night, again we went to the bottom of the 9th with the game tied. Chris Ray, who the Yankees have owned, was in for the Orioles. We had the top of the order due up in the 10th. Getting through the 9th was of paramount importance. Yet still, Rivera was kept to the bench despite having not pitched since Friday. Though to Proctor’s credit, he fought that inning. He had Patterson struck out on a 3-2 pitch down the pipe that was called a ball (I don’t know what Proctor did to the umpires to make them hate him, but it has been absurd this year. See the Angels series as well). Also, Proctor should have had Patterson doubled off second but was too stunned from that diving catch to throw the ball, as he clearly had the wind knocked out of him. Torre has to call an injury timeout here. That Proctor got back up and couldn’t find the strikezone is no real surprise.
- Last night, with the Yankees down 4-0 in the bottom of the 8th, who does Torre call upon? Well only the incomparable Mariano Rivera! And why would you bring him in for this mop up situation you might ask? Because he needed WORK. Insane. He wouldn’t need work Joe if you would use him when the game is on the line.
Rob Neyer, who I’m not always a fan of, actually has a good blog entry (see right) about this exact thing.
Pete Abraham is speculating that Shea Hillenbrand will be in pinstripes by the weekend. It’s obvious we need to do something to shake up the offense, so I’m fine with it. Though if we’re going to pickup a potential “bad chemistry” guy, I’d still prefer Milton Bradley. Bradley is intense and freaks out but he wants to win. Hillenbrand complains over lack of playing time. I think the Yankees would be a positive influence on Bradley whereas I don’t know about Hillenbrand. And perhaps most importantly, if you look at the numbers, Bradley is simply better (though albeit more injury prone).