August 21, 2006
Un-Torre-ing The Set-Up Men In September
Right now, the Columbus Clippers are in last place - 8 games back of first.
Given this knowledge (that Columbus' season's dreams are done already), here's what I would like to see happen: ASAP on September 1st, the Yankees call up Brian Bruney, T.J. Beam, Jose Veras, Aaron Small and Jesus Colome.
And, then, for the month of September, as a rule, the Yankees follow these guidelines for using Proctor, Farnsworth, and Villone:
1. They can only pitch in games where the score is tied or the Yankees are winning by less than 4 runs or the Yankees are losing by 2 runs or less.
2. They have a pitch limit of 25 pitches per game - and come out at that point, regardless of the score or how many innings they have thrown.
3. They are only allowed to throw 5 innings, in total, in a given week. Once they hit five for the week, they're "not available" until the next week.
This will keep these three pitchers sharp - and also provide some much needed rest at the same time.
And, then the Yanks can use guys like Bruney, Beam, and Veras for the games where they lead by 4 or more or are losing by 3 or more runs. (Along with Dotel and Pavano, if they're around.) And, if it's a huge blowout game, use Aaron Small and Jesus Colome.
Proctor, Farnsworth, and Villone are going to be very important keys for the Yankees in the post-season. It's time to take care of them now. I hope the Yankees understand this as well.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at August 21, 2006 11:48 PM
Sounds good to me
Posted by: Straylightrise at August 22, 2006 12:42 AM
I didn't know the Yankees clinched the A L East. Wow! I missed it.
People seem to forget 1978 or the ALCS in 2004.
It ain't over 'till it's over.
It's about as close to over as it can be. Still, there'd be no reason why you couldn't drop this plan if things got a little too tight in the standings. Even if you shave a week of work off of those arms, that would be a big plus.
I think this could even be considered a humanitarian mission to stop the slow motion execution of Proctor's arm.
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BTW..... Abreu so badly misjudged the Wily Mo Pena HR as to make me think he needs to be replaced in late innings with a lead. If that ball was catchable and it had meant something, he would never have had a chance. Watch the replay.
As for Proctor et al: Again, we haven't clinched and the lessons of 1978 and the 2004 ALCS seem not to be learned.
My, my. Steve the eternal pessimist evidentally thinks there's no pennant race and everything's wrapped up by Sept 1.
Prediction 1: Mariners will take a lead in Tuesday's 7th inning and this plan will be discarded by Steve even though the players are still in Columbus.
Prediction 2: Come mid-September the Yankees might have a playoff spot all but wrapped up but BEST RECORD is not attained yet. Steve will start running around how now THAT is the most important thing and it must be strived for.
Detroit is ready to crumble. Check out their schedule over the next 15 days. Other than Seattle, they've got a bunch of tough ones. Yanks will have the best record in baseball on or before Sept. 19th.
I would much rather have a fully rested and ready Proctor and Villone (and Mo), for the post season, than to have one more game in the Bronx as opposed to Detroit. (Assuming the Yanks face the Tigers in the ALCS).