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.