Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Bullpen Continues to Come Up Big

Weird Yankee win today that was once again built on a very strong outing by the pen. I know Veras gave up the tying run after Joba departed and Mo gave up a run in the ninth but the pen was still good - pitched 6 innings giving up 2 runs.

Edwar Ramirez has now gone 9 innings without giving up a hit( 9 0 0 0 2 14). He is looking to be a bit streaky but is definitely showing he can be a very value able member of the bullpen. Jose Veras is still pitching well and Farnsworth has his era down to 3.43 with 8 straight hitless innings of his own. Add in Mariano and the decent contribution from Dave Robertson and the bullpen could be the Yankees biggest strength. There are a number of good power arms(Yankees bullpen leads the AL in strikeouts by relievers) and the one question mark, Latroy Hawkins, is most likely gone when Bruney is ready.

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