This season the Yankee bullpen has outperformed the club's starters—as measured in ERA—by a greater margin than any other relief corps in the American League. So you would expect manager Dallas Green to call on his bullpen as often as possible. But that hasn't been the case. Indeed. New York leads the league in slow hooks—statistician Bill James's term for games in which the starters stay in for more than nine innings, or give up seven or more runs, or have a combined total of at least 13 runs and innings pitched. Perhaps Green should take a lesson from the Athletics, whose relievers have outshone the club's starters by the second-greatest ERA differential. Though the A s have one of the best rotations in baseball, they lead the league in quick hooks—games in which the starters were lifted before pitching six innings and giving up four runs.
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