NEW YORK -- Reliever Brian Bruney has had a problem pitching more than one inning this season. When he throws one inning, or in the first inning of a game in which he appears, Bruney has allowed six runs in 15 2/3 frames (3.55 ERA). When he pitches into a second inning, he has a 37.50 ERA (five runs in 1 2/3 innings).
Bruney declined to talk about these stats, but pitching coach Steve McCatty is aware of the numbers and, depending on the situation, the team may consider Bruney to be a one-inning reliever.
"Maybe there is something going on in his mind. I really couldn't tell you. It's not what you want, but that has been the case," McCatty said. "Is it a possibility of Bruney pitching the one inning? That would be tough to say. If a situation came up, where Tyler Clippard was down in that game and we needed Brian to come in to get out of the seventh for an out or two, then what do you do about the eighth? It's not just saying, 'Well, I've done my job to get out of this inning.' You have to continue on in the next inning."