Reportedly, Joe Girardi is leaning towards using Brian Bruney as his 8th inning setup man out of the pen. Related, here’s today’s wild thought: What if Brian Bruney is just the next Scott Proctor?
By this, I mean, Bruney is a good guy and teammate, stand-up in the sense that he wants to do well and holds himself accountable for failure; but, at the same time, is prone to bouts of wildness and/or pitches that get too much of the plate which prohibit his ability to be a relief pitcher who you can trust late in a close game.
If true, who sets up for Mo Rivera? Jose Veras? Edwar Ramirez? It can’t be Damaso Marte – if you also want to use him as a left-handed specialist. Ditto Phil Coke. Who else is there – from guys likely to make the Opening Day roster?
Or, is Bruney no way, whatsoever, the next Proctor – and this is all moot? What do you think?