• June 3rd @ The Orioles

    Posted by on June 3rd, 2006 · Comments (8)

    It’s now official. Chien-Ming Wang is the all-time Yankees leader for most career saves by a pitcher born in Taiwan. Way to go Mr. Wang-der-full!

    Speaking of other lands, David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, Miggy Tejada……what is it about these guys from the Dominican Republic that makes it impossible for the Yankees to ever get them out?

    OK, yeah, the Yankees left a ton of runners on base today. And, Scott Proctor blew the win for Randy Johnson. But, just as sunlight is the best disinfectant, winning is the best deodorant. No one in the Yankees clubhouse right now cares that much about all those LOBs and the fat pitches allowed by Proctor in the 8th inning. Sure, maybe Randy Johnson cares – but, he’s only one guy.

    Staying on the Big Unit, this is now two starts in a row where he’s looking good. And, as crazy as this might sound – considering how terrible he was in May – Johnson is still on pace for a 20-win season. Imagine that.

    I feel bad for Darrell Rasner. Then again, this is The Season of The Injury for the Yankees. So, why should he be spared? Related, with both A-Rod and Giambi having now missed games this series with stomach disorders, maybe it’s time for the YES Network to expand their pre-game coverage? In addition “Yankees B.P. Today,” maybe they should start a segment called “Yankees T.P. Report” to provide updates listing who on the team is popping a gastric zit on that given day?

    Man, joking aside, someone should start a list of all the reasons why Yankees have missed games this year. From Rivera’s shoe-tying to Pavano’s butt bumping to A-Rod’s ralphing, it’s been some interesting season so far.

    And, if (as I type this) the Tigers can hang on to a 3-1 lead (in the 6th) and beat the Red Sox today, the Yankees will be in first place at the end of the day.

    I’m telling you – John Cameron Swayze would love this Yankees team.

    Comments on June 3rd @ The Orioles

    1. MJ
      June 3rd, 2006 | 9:54 pm

      I’m all for winning so I won’t complain too much but I am curious to know why Proctor was expected to get the final 5 outs when the same expectation would not be imposed upon a far better closer in Mariano Rivera. Was there no way Torre could’ve gone with a combo of Proctor, Villone, Smith, and Myers to piece together the final 5 outs? I know Villone pitched the night before (1 1/3 IP) but he hadn’t pitched in the few days before that so he should’ve been available. Also, why bring Myers in to face a righty to lead off the 10th? And if Torre’s going to go with Wang, why not just start the inning off with him since there were 4 righties in a row for the 10th inning (Roberts, Mora, Tejada, Hernandez)?

      I am glad we won, I’m loving the rookies out there, it was nice to see Damon have a great game, I loved RJ’s performance, but Torre made me sick today.

    2. RICH
      June 3rd, 2006 | 11:17 pm

      You’re right about Villone not pitching the day before yesterday but he threw 33 pitches Friday (I’ll guess he was toast Saturday).

      Smith wasn’t at the park by game time.

      I could see starting the 10th with Wang but using Myers at that time made Roberts bat RH for one at bat (career-wise he’s a better LH batter) just to lessen any wear on Wang.

      I don’t know where Erickson was in all this. Maybe he would have pitched if Wang gave up a run.

      Until the starters get into the 7th more often it’s going to be ugly for the bullpen usage. But every team has this problem.

      One (nice) problem is the team hasn’t been blown out much but that means mediocre relievers are going to see action in close games. Especially without a scheduled day off until the 12th.

    3. baileywalk
      June 3rd, 2006 | 11:41 pm

      With both Farns and Mo not available, Torre didn’t have much choice once Unit was over a hundred pitches and walked Roberts. We’ll have to assume Villone was out, too. So that leaves Proctor, Erickson (who had pitched the night before), Myers (who’s a one-hitter guy), and Smith (who was just called up).

      It was a risk to bring in Myers to turn around Roberts, but it ended up working out. I can’t really get down on Torre for his use of the bullpen today. (Even though Torre brought in a lefty last year to turn Roberts around in the bottom of the night and on the first pitch he hit a walk-off home run.)

      The Yankees have two problems, bullpen-wise. 1) Torre once again, maddeningly, only trusts a few guys. They are Mo, Proctor, Farns (he doesn’t really trust him, but he’s the setup man and will be used as such), and Myers to get out lefties. For some strange reason he doesn’t want to let Villone pitch. I think even Torre is figuring out Erickson is a hack who should be DFA. And you know Smith doesn’t have his trust yet (just as Rasner was prematurely jerked out of his only game). 2) And this is more important: the Yankees starters have to go further into the game. Everyone not named Mussina is really dragging down the bullpen. Johnson on occasion goes deep, but Wright, Wang and Small are basically five-inning guys. If they don’t start going deeper (and Wang and Wright certainly have the skills) this ‘pen is going to be exhausted in a month. I think Dotel will help out, but he won’t be the answer. Torre can’t use him too much because he’s coming back from an injury. What could help this team is bringing up T.J. Beam, who can pitch multiple innings and would rid the team of Scott Erickson’s stink. But I really don’t think it’s going to happen.

      Maybe Torre will figure out Smith and Villone can pitch in close games and Proctor and Farns’ arms will get a rest.

    4. June 3rd, 2006 | 11:42 pm

      Villone pitched yesterday and Thursday, and I think he threw a lot of pitches last night. That being said, he was probably still available.

      Smith, I assume, wasn’t yet at the ballpark.

      Today was Wang’s throw day, and they puposely didn’t allow him to throw in case he needed to pitch in the game. I’m ok with him being used.

      I didn’t really like Proctor going 2 innings tonight, but Torre far from “made me sick” in his decisions.

      I imagine that Proctor is not available tomorrow, but Farnsworth is. Any chance Small goes 7 innings? Any chance we score 15 runs so it almost doesn’t matter?

      And on a completely selfish note, I am happy that the Yankees won, Johnson pitched well, and that Johnson did not get the W. I hate the idea that he might have had an 8th win while Mussina, who has pitched significantly better than him, only has 7.

    5. Don
      June 4th, 2006 | 3:32 am

      What is this constant BS about Torre only trusting a few guys in the pen? What other teams are you watching that managers trust so many? This is pure anti-Torre garbage. You really think that the Yankee bullpen is so deep what with poor pitching depth throughout MLB?

      Proctor sure looked good in his second inning. Was that Joe’s plan? LOL

      I do miss the Mel bashing…..

    6. baileywalk
      June 4th, 2006 | 10:05 am

      Proctor has pitched more innings than any other reliever in baseball. The other night, Torre let Mo pitch three innings. Farnsworth had pitched three of the last four days.

      Villone has a sub-2 ERA. When we talk about him not trusting people, we’re talking about him. Let this guy give Proctor a night off. And Torre always uses his three main guys in games that are somewhat close; even if it’s a five-run lead, he uses Proctor or Farnsworth (which he did in Detroit).

      Most people think that it’s Torre’s fault Erickson is on this team. If that’s the case, then it’s Torre’s problem that he’s so bad he can’t be trusted.

      The true test is when the bullpen shakes out. Someone is going to have to go once Dotel arrives. Erickson should be cut, and the bullpen should look like this: Mo, Farnsworth, Dotel, Proctor, Villone, Myers, Beam/Smith. Every single one of those guys can get outs (Myers can get lefties out). And yes, I’m advocating cutting Small, too.

    7. Don
      June 4th, 2006 | 1:44 pm

      MO pitched three innings but threw 25 or so pitches. Where’s the problem? It would have been dumb to lift MO after they took the lead with so few pitches having been thrown.

      As for Erickson, yeah it is always Joe’s fault. But Joe never gets any credit from backbiting Yankee fans.

      So much winning, so much whining.

    8. brockdc
      June 4th, 2006 | 8:32 pm

      Either way, I think the Yanks should be looking to upgrade their starting pitching at the trade deadline rather than looking for a stopgap veteran corner outfielder. They need someone solid but unspectacular who can soak up innings in a big way (or else the pen’s going to be blown out by August). In the offseason I thought they should’ve made a push for Millwood. No chance now.

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