Frustrated, but laughing all at the same time, about another Yankee Stadium debacle.However, this topic has been gnawing at me since last year, and that is, Molitor's handling of the bullpen.This did not cost us the game today, but it still is a prime example.Our bullpen has been taxed by short starts recently and finally, Kyle Gibson gives the Twins exactly what they needed, a fabulous outing.After six innings, Gibson has struck out ten Yankee batters and given up one hit and sits at 95 pitches.Knowing the dire situation of the taxed bullpen, Molitor summons Addison Reed to start the 7th inning, already his 10th appearance in 20 games and then Zach Duke for his 9th appearance in 20 games. Gibson threw 102 pitches in his opening outing of the year against Baltimore, but Molitor pulls him after 95 pitches?Reminiscent of Molitor pulling Berrios earlier this year after 84 pitches.It's like something in his mind says, no way my starter can keep this up after 6 innings, so the bullpen must be summoned.Which brings me back to last year and Taylor Rogers.In my opinion, Molitor absolutely abused him and Rogers didn't hold up until the end of the year.Hildy is warming up in the 1st inning, the 5th inning, the 7th inning in games.Pressly being summoned in the 4th inning.Pressly has worked in 11 games, Rogers and Hildy in 10.It's probably not fair to Molitor, but you cannot only keep Moya and Kinley out there and only have them work in 4 or 5 games then.For that, I do place part of the blame on the front office, especially given the fact that they let Chargois go for nothing.
There is no way the bullpen can keep this up.But until Molitor learns to let his starters try to work themselves out of jams and work later into the ballgames, we're going to go through 15-20 relievers this year.
Finally, I hate Rule 5 pickups.Sure, Terry Ryan plucked Johan in Rule 5, but since then, all of these GM's think they are choosing the next great thing out of Rule 5.Its just an ego trip.
As I keep telling people, we have only played 1 out of 57 games against the Royals, Tigers and White Sox, so all is not lost, and the turnaround starts tomorrow, with the Reds.