In case anyone hasn’t noticed, the Yankee bullpen has been pretty damn good of late. Rivera is at his usual level of greatness and Phil Hughes is quickly becoming one of the best setup men in the game. Phil Coke is as solid a lefty as anyone and Aceves is effective and versatile. Both Robertson and Melancon, while not being key contributors now, are young and developing and have promise. Who’s that leave? Well, Brian Bruney of course.
In the beginning of the year, Bruney was absolutely dominant. However, he’s been mostly terrible since coming back from injury.
In today’s appearance, he struck out the first two batters he faced and then promptly allowed home runs to the next two. So clearly, the potential is still there.
Girardi needs to keep trying to get Bruney work whenever he can. If Bruney gets even close to being the guy he was in the beginning of the year – and he was throwing 95-96 today so it’s not unreasonable – the Yankees bullpen could be the best in baseball. The fact that I can say that should show just how volatile bullpens are. After all, wasn’t long ago everyone was lamenting how terrible the Yankee ‘pen was. This is why Cashman was smart not to overreact. All the pieces were there, they just needed to be put together.