• June 16th vs. The Mets

    Posted by on June 16th, 2007 · Comments (4)

    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?

    Comments on June 16th vs. The Mets

    1. June 16th, 2007 | 9:28 pm

      its sad that many teams would want him

    2. brockdc
      June 16th, 2007 | 9:48 pm

      Another reason to call him Salty:

      Perhaps we can pretend that, prior to the season, Cashman could’ve pulled off a coup by shipping him back to Atlanta for the real Salty. It can be our own little WasWatching river in Egypt.

    3. Exit9
      June 17th, 2007 | 10:12 am

      I just hope Farns has some good outings before the deadilne so we can get something – anything – for him. If we’re fortunate enough to finally fight back to playoff contention, his is one name I’d like to not notice on the roster. Bruney and Proctor, if not overused, can handle the 8th. The big guy needs a change of scenery.

    4. dereksTeam
      June 17th, 2007 | 2:46 pm

      Actually I’m kind of looking forward to Igawa’s return. This will be kind of supreme test of how effective the pitching coaches we have in the minors actually are.

      I’m sure Igawa is a fairly malleable student and a devoted practice fanatic as all Japanese ballplayers are. So for a month to tinker with his mechanics, I wonder what the coaching geniuses have come up with. Best coaches that money can buy, my friends.

      I too mourn the return of Tyler to the minors. Rasner and Karstens were more predictable products this year but I felt of all the youngsters in the system that Tyler, our Yankee Clippard, had a little magic on his side.

      The time spent on Farnsworth shows you how high up in the organization the committment goes.

      But, hey, your not saying Farnsie in the playoffs won’t be fun? On run lead, he comes in gives up a line drive hit and walks two and then gets the next two outs on infield liners AND STILL Joe doesn’t make a move. This is the guy you gave me for the eighth, I dare you to watch, Cashman…

      No one on the Yanks has given me more occasion to fall on my knees in prayer than the Man From Kansas. Strike three, he pumps his fist and walks off the mound. Is this what divine love is?

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