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B.Q.E. o' the Week: Bring it, Bruney
Monday, February 16, 2009
If you watch the MLB channel as incessantly as I do, you've likely realized that they apparently only have approximately three bumpers that they recycle during promos over and over and over and over (and over!) again all the live long day. Every hour for the past week or so we've been treated to Harold Reynolds telling us that the Yankees have bullpen issues and it's difficult for them to get to Mariano in the 9th.

Brian Bruney, who will likely do the set-up work for Mo fairly often in the coming season, took umbrage with that dig and had this to say in response:
I take that personally. I'll show him. See what he's saying mid-year when you're rolling. I want the 8th inning.
Granted, the Brunester said it jokingly and was on Hot Stove later to chat, but I hope he's fundamentally serious. Bruney is 26 and did really well for the brief time that he was healthy last year (he was out from late April all the way until August thanks to a bum foot), going 3-0 with a 1.73 ERA and one save in 31 relief appearances, and could be a big part of the 'pen if he stays healthy. I want to see him prove it to Reynolds and everyone else. With the exception of Mariano, the Yankee bullpen really has been all shades of pathetic over the past few seasons, and I would love to see Bruney "show him"!

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Monday, February 16, 2009  
2 Comments:
  • At 12:34 PM, Anonymous dino said…

    last years yankee bullpen was one of the best in the league. I expect the pen to continue in its success. Aside from Rivera, Marte, Bruney, the yankees have a slew of hard throwing power arms to chip in. some pitched well last year, veras, ramirez, coke and robertson. i expect them to continue to throw the ball well and improve. plus guys like sanchez, cox and christian garcia could see time in the pen. look for mark melancon to get called up and never sent back down. i see him doing really good things this year. hes a stud and could be the bridge to rivera by end of the season....another reason why the bullpen was good alst year and will be good this year, is girardi....he handled the bullpen better this year than toree ever did post 2000

     
  • At 12:57 PM, Anonymous AceUofMer said…

    Anyone else think the pen is a frickin' crap shoot? Injuries jump up all the time and guys fall apart left and right. Edwar is great one second and serving bomb soup the next.

    Marte was money, came here, and I was not impressed.

    There was only two guys I had 85-90% confidence in. Joba and Mo. The thing with what the yanks have done lately is not be affraid to toss in some young arms.

    I think an assembly line of running guys through the pen will result in the best the pen could realistically be.

     
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