During the 5/29 Yankees-Blue Jays game, Andy Pettitte begins to slow down in the bottom of the 8th. There is a runner on 3rd with 1 out. The score is 2-2. Given this situation, strikeouts are super super important. If a reliever is brought into the game, he should be a good strikeout pitcher, and if not, induce more ground balls than fly balls. Right? Makes sense.
Joe Torre, because he is an idiot, brings in Scott Proctor. As most intelligent Yankee fans will tell you, Brian Bruney has been wasting away in the bullpen for some unknown reason. Meanwhile, Torre continues to give important innings to Luis Vizcaino and Scott Proctor. This game is no exception. Here are the options (season numbers):
- Scott Proctor: 3.65 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 5.47 K/9, 0.49 G/F
- Brian Bruney: 1.57 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 9.89 K/9, 0.59 G/F
So, in English, this means that Bruney strikes out batters almost twice as much as Proctor, which is the most important skill in this situation. The most important secondary skill in this situation is the ability to induce ground balls, which Bruney also does better than Proctor (his career G/F is 0.89).
The batter flies to deep center, and the runner tags up and scored, 3-2 Blue Jays. Yankees lose 3-2.
It took me 30 seconds to find this information. Why does Torre even bother to bring that binder with him into the dugout?