I asked Joe Torre after the game last night why he used Luis Vizcaino when it was 11-1 and he said it was because the Viz, “was loose.”
No wonder. Vizcaino has already appeared in 70 games and pitched 68.1 innings. He was used 76 times for 81.1 innings in 2002, so he’s used to it. They called him “Everyday” in Arizona last season.
But he is trending downward. The Viz has allowed six runs on nine hits and six walks in his last 5.2 innings over seven games. Opponents are hitting .375 with a .469 OBP in those games. Torre said he is overstriding when he pitches and it’s a flaw Ron Guidry is working to correct.
But some extra time off couldn’t hurt. Since June 9, the Viz has appeared in 43 games. Only Jon Rauch of the Nationals (45) has appeared in more games.
I can understand Torre not wanting to use Chris Britton or Edwar Ramirez in a fairly close game. But 11-1?
Did you know the Mariners are carrying 35 players? Poor Bob Sheppard should get combat pay for what he went through in the final innings last night as Wladimir Balantien, Jeff Clemens, Rob Johnson and Charlton Jimerson all saw some action.