There were lots of questions for pitching coach Dave Eiland after last night’s game, many of them having to do with assorted Yankees relievers. Who pitches when has become a hot topic, but the truth is that few of the Yankees top arms – other than Mariano Rivera and, amazingly, Damaso Marte – have been consistently good.
Phil Hughes, in particular, has struggled and Hughes seemed to be upset with plate ump Gerry Davis as he walked off the mound. “I think he was trying to be too fine,” Eiland said of Hughes. “Instead of just attacking, he was trying to be too fine. Instead of being in attack mode, he was pitching maybe – I’ll stop short of timid – but he was trying to be too fine.”
Later, Eiland did use the word “timidness” in describing how several of his young relievers may have been handling their first World Series appearances. With one game down, let’s take a quick look at the state of the Yankees bullpen:
Chad Gaudin: Unavailable yesterday (and possibly tonight) after being stretched out Tuesday.
Alfredo Aceves: Has allowed four hits and three earned runs in 2 1/3 postseason innings.
Brian Bruney: Didn’t play in first two rounds; allowed three hits and two runs in 1/3 of an inning last night.
Phil Coke: Two hits, one walk, two strikeouts in two total postseason innings.
Damaso Marte: Has not allowed hit or walk to last six batters faced.
Dave Robertston:3 1/3 innings, three hits, one un-intentional walk this postseason.
Joba Chamberlain: Has given up hits to seven of 17 batters faced this postseason.
Phil Hughes: Has allowed five runs, nine hits and four walks in 4 2/3 playoff innings this year.
Mariano Rivera: Still the greatest of all time.