Start the Relief

Yankees 6     @     Orioles 5     in 10

BS(3)/W(2-1)-Proctor*,  S-Wang (1),  H-Myers (8)       L-Ray (1)

*Proctor has 8 Holds.  Johnsion pitched 7.1 innings with 4ER in a ND.

Scott Proctor:  A starter reprogrammed into a nerve-wracking reliever.  Started once in 2005, beautifully.  Seemed to need to spread out and use more pitches, like a starter.  2006:  Sharp in long relief, short relief, all relief.  What happened?  I hate to speculate about players’ personal lives, but I do wonder if his baby daughter’s life-threatening heart condition and surgery had an effect on his live-in-the-moment Zen Mind.  It’s like he "had a Heilman," who is a converted Mets starter who may be inadvertantly impressing his way into a permanent bullpen artist. 

And Chien-Ming Wang?  Pitching in a relief spot could reduce his tendency to slip into a bad inning the way he does as a starter.  Then again, that happens when his focus weakens with runners on base, so he may not be ideal for high-pressure relief in general, though he did well earning the Save today. 

One comment

  1. dave

    Baseball is the greatest sport I know. But to me, on a par, is football (soccer to most of you). The greatest show on Earth (The World Cup) starts on Friday.
    It is still bigger than the olympics.

    I will be starting a totally new, non-baseball, blog for the duration of the competition.

    Please, one and all, come and join in the fun. Even if you know feck all, or even dislike the sport.

    It will be a fun 4 weeks folk..

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