September 15, 2006
Punt Joe, Punt!
With today's rain-out, the Yankees will now play the Red Sox four times in a span of 31 hours. What's the Vegas odds on Everyday Scottie Proctor pitching three times (or more) in those 31 hours?
This weekend could lay some damage on the Yankees bullpen. It would be much better for Torre to throw the pen scrubs out there and take a beating over the next two days - than to burden the useful guys in the pen.
Better to lose one small meaningless battle to ensure victory in the war.
Let Beam, Henn, and Veras pitch in all four games, if you have to, Joe, rather than continue to kill Proctor, Villone and Bruney. Dotel better be pitching in at least two of these games as well.
There's still plenty of time to wrap up the title after this weekend - but, first you have to survive the weekend.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at September 15, 2006 07:40 PM
Vegas ain't takin' odds. It'd be like takin' odds on the sun rising in the east in the morning. Just a bit more certain.
Write it down, folks. The B squad will be on the field for the two nights games (unfortunately for Randy Johnson and Mike Mussina).
It should actually be fun to see if the B squad can beat the Red Sox (to be fair, they're running out four pretty awful pitchers).
Apparently Matsui will be seeing some time in left field during this series. I have to say I find this decision baffling and idiotic. I don't think it can be stressed more how much Melky brings to the defensive side of the game. I hope this is just a case of getting Matsui some playing time there if -- IF -- he has to play left in certain games in the playoffs. I hope it doesn't become permanent anytime soon.
Torre can be pretty dull-witted, but I would have to think that Beam, Veras and Henn will all see action this weekend. Torre -- yes, even Torre -- has to understand that this is a meaningless series and the arms in his bullpen are a lot more important than beating the Red Sox.
Hey, might as well see if Matsui can play left at all, I really don't know that Melky should play 36 innings or so in 4 days anyway. Who knows what can happen in the playoffs so you might as well try to get some flexibilty. That said, Melky should still be the guy in left from now until the 4th win in the World Series:)