Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to see the Yankees win today. I’m always happy to see the Yankees win. And, with a season like this one, so far, the Yankees need wins – any which way they can find them. So, sure, I’m happy to see the Yankees win this game. Plus, beating the Mets, well, that’s always good too.
But, games like today…well, let me put it this way:
It’s like having $12 in your pocket and seeing a $5 item on sale somewhere for four bucks – and, it’s something that you want. But, instead of spending $4, or even $5, on the item, you spend $11 on it because you can afford to do it.
You’re happy – because you got the item that you wanted. But, it was not a smart or pretty transaction. And, in the end, that leaves you less than thrilled – or not as thrilled as you could have been on the deal.
That’s how I feel about games like today.
And, today was a bummer for Tyler Clippard. As much as I love his potential, and as much as I believe he will be a productive major league pitcher, it’s clear that he’s not ready now. Today was a golden chance for him to step up and make a statement – but, he let it slip through his fingers. So, instead, Clippard is on his way back to Triple-A. And, it looks like Kei Igawa has a chance to get the #5 slot in the Yankees rotation, the next time a starter is needed outside of Wang, Pettitte, Mussina and Clemens.
Why am I not excited about that?
Lastly, we have Kyle Farnsworth. In his last 11 games, he’s pitched an inning or less each time out. And, in 10 of those 11 games, he’s allowed a baserunner. I think it’s time to start calling him “Salty” – because the way he attacks an outing makes so many want to start drinking. Can’t Cashman just trade him for a fifth starter and get rid of him?