…let’s look at some numbers.
As you read this, try and remember that I’m a Scott Proctor fan. I love his tough guy attitude – heck, I’m the one who started calling him “Everyday Scottie Proctor” back in April 2006 – and that’s caught on with many Yankees fans since that time. I share this not as a dig on Proctor – more so, it’s just a statement of facts and stats.
I think Proctor is toast this season.
Back on June 26th, I wrote:
Scott Proctor, from June 21st to June 23rd, threw 86 pitches (combined) in the three games where he appeared. That’s like a full game for a starter. So, what does Torre do in this game? He brings in Proctor – to pitch the 9th of a tie game – on “two days rest.” Would you have a starter come back on two-days rest after throwing 86 pitches? No. Scott Proctor should have never appeared in this game – or any game – until he had at least three or four days rest.
And, worse, during the ninth, you could see that Proctor gassed. He was red in the face, sweating, etc. Once he allowed the first two batters to reach, he should have been lifted.
What’s happened since that time? From June 26, 2007 to July 27, 2007, here are Proctor’s stats:
14 Games, 13.3 IP, 18 H, 10 BB, 4 HR
Opponents BA/OBA/SLG – .321 /.433/.589
Yes, since Torre cooked Scottie from June 21st to June 26th, Proctor has been a batting practice pitcher. Before June 21st, Proctor pitched in 35 games this season and allowed an Opponents BA/OBA/SLG of .215/.310/.338 in 35.67 IP.
Joe Torre roasted Scott over three days in June this year, then let him cool two days, and then went on to microwaved him again on the sixth day (to make sure he was well done). Now, you can stick a fork in Proctor.
This is why Everyday Scottie leaving now will probably not be an issue for the Yankees this season. Torre made him useless.
Take care Scott. And, best of luck next season – when you start to get some feeling back in your arm.