Kyle Farnsworth, with this game, has a streak going. In his last 12 appearances, he’s pitched an inning or less each time – and allowed at least one base runner in each appearance. In total, in those 12 games, he’s pitched 10.3 IP and allowed 19 runners to each against him.
And, how about Brian Bruney? With this game, he’s now walked at least one batter in 15 of his last 22 appearances. It’s not just chance that his initials are “BB.” In total, in those 22 games, he’s pitched 19 IP and walked 18 batters.
Why are these two pitchers still on the team?
Mussina pitched well today – albeit just for six. Torre should have never let him go out for the seventh…not with the game being tied and Santana dealing for the Twins. Given his pitch count at that time, the odds of Mussina giving you anything in the 7th were slim. Mr. Green Tea pushed those odds today and lost.
One more loss between now and the All-break clinches the Yankees not being a .500 team at the All-Star break.