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  1. And the Yankees were still just 3-5 in those games. I bet you if Mike Francesca read this, he would still be calling for Joba to go to the bullpen.

    Comment by Greg F. — June 21, 2009 @ 10:49 pm

  2. Wow that really just kinda shows how pathetic modern bullpen usage is.


    A player not good enough to play for the Nationals pitched more innings than a guarenteed first ballot hall of famer.

    Comment by Tim — June 22, 2009 @ 1:20 am

  3. Out of curiousity I wonder how common it is for a bullpen to pull off a stretch like this during the course of a season. The Red Sox bullpen has been dominant much of the season, have they had a comparable run like this? What about other ‘mediocre’ bullpens like the NYY? Looking for some context here.

    Comment by Nate — June 22, 2009 @ 2:58 am

  4. The Rays just had a 25 inning streak end a few days ago.

    The Marlins had a 20-some inning streak early in the season.

    Comment by twinsfan — June 22, 2009 @ 3:37 am

  5. Why am I a Yankee?

    Comment by Brett Tomko — June 22, 2009 @ 3:50 am

  6. Dear Brett,

    Well, it’s obviously because you deserve to be! Great to have you on board! Really!

    B. Cashman

    PS: Remember to keep those photos between you and me, eh?

    Comment by Joe D. — June 22, 2009 @ 6:25 am

  7. The streak would have been longer if Tomko weren’t sent in there.

    It’s amazing. Took them forever to dump Edwar Ramirez and Jose Veras, and despite Mark Melancon chilling in AAA and probably a whole slew of cheap relief available, the vaunted New York Yankees are content with Brett Tomko.

    Comment by Nick — June 22, 2009 @ 10:37 am

  8. It’s not just Tomko. During the streach in question every one of the 12 other pitchers the Yankees used saw more innings.

    Burnett 13.1, Sebathia 9, Pettite 7, Chamberlain 6, Wang 5, Aceves 5, Hughes 4, Coke 3, Veras 2, Robertson 2, Tomko 1.2, Bruney 1.1

    Rivera 1

    That’s right, the Yanks have 12 pitchers not named Rivera, and all 12 of them get more innings than Rivera over the time in question. Guess they must not think he’s worth putting in.

    Granted, this streach was a bit of an oddity, over the season only two pure relievers for the Yanks have more innings than Rivera, Aceves and Coke, but even so.

    Arguably their best pitcher, and as far as I know he’s been healthy all year, and he’s averaging 1.2 outs per game, that’s 1.2 OUTS, not innings folks.

    Just insane.

    Comment by Doug Lampert — June 22, 2009 @ 11:10 am

  9. Might have something to do with the fact that the Yankee starts can’t get out of the 3rd inning half the time. You don’t have to be a statistician to put it together.

    Comment by Chris — June 22, 2009 @ 2:13 pm

  10. The Yankees only had one ninth inning save opportunity during the stretch.

    Comment by Randall — June 22, 2009 @ 3:47 pm

  11. He’s on pace for 65 innings. Two weeks ago he was on pace for 72. They’ve had very few situations that called for him in that stretch. There’s nothing insane about that.

    Comment by Randall — June 22, 2009 @ 3:57 pm

  12. Let me say, as a Red Sox fan, I highly approve of Brett Tomko being in their pen! LOL

    Didn’t Cashman watch any Dodger footage of Tomko? The guy is awful.

    Comment by Sam Malone — June 22, 2009 @ 4:42 pm

  13. Nothing insane about your best pitcher being on a pace for 65 innings when he’s been healthy all year?

    There’s no law that says your best pitcher is only allowed to pitch in a ninth inning save situation, and given that up by 3 can be handled by most relievers you can’t even justify it based on using him only for high leverage situations.

    Maybe if they USED him more they’d be ahead more often in close games in the late innings!

    Comment by Doug Lampert — June 23, 2009 @ 2:23 pm

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