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Rating the relievers

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Feb 23, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Under the same great conditions as yesterday, the relief pitchers had their chance to throw live BP yesterday. Each guy threw for 10 minutes then threw two final pitches just to the catcher as pitch-outs.

The matchups were in a previous post if you’re interested.

Here’s a breakdown:

The great Mariano Rivera (36 pitches, nine balls put in play): At best, Mo was throwing at 60 percent and the only real hard-hit ball was a would-be double crushed to right field by Derek Jeter. “No problem,” Rivera said later. “It was just BP.” All fastballs, he said.

The intense Scott Proctor (29 pitches, five balls in play): Proctor was throwing hard and was hard to hit. He seems determined to prove that last year didn’t wear him out. Plus he’s not taking anything for granted. “I still have an option, anything can happen,” he said.

Krazy Kyle Farnsworth (35 pitches, seven balls put in play): Farnsworth wasn’t afraid to work inside against the guys he faced and he worked in a few changeups. But it was mostly fastball/slider. Jorge Posada drilled a few balls well off him. “At least I didn’t hit anybody,” Farnsworth said.

The well-traveled Luis Vizcaino (26 pitches, eight balls in play) The former Diamondback has been a quiet presence in camp. But he looks like a pitcher Joe Torre can use late in games. His fastball had good movement. Other than introducing myself, I haven’t had a chance to speak to him yet.

Nice guy Mike Myers (35 pitches, nine balls put in play): The sidearm offers of Myers had poor Alberto Gonzalez tied up in knots. The Attorney General swung and missed three times. Melky Cabrera had some nice hacks.

Sorry to say, I missed out on Brian Bruney, Sean Henn and Chris Britton. I had some calls to make for the story I was working on for tomorrow’s paper.




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