• April 15th @ The Rays

    Posted by on April 15th, 2008 · Comments (3)

    The Six Sigma police probably would have locked up the Yankees offense today and thrown away the key. Clearly, the ratio of the output to the input of the Yankees bats this evening left something to be desired.

    The Yankees sent 42 men to the plate in this one, in nine innings, looking at 189 pitches, scoring only 5 runs, and yet won the game.

    Since 1988, there’s only been one other game in Yankees history where it’s been a nine inning game, New York sent at least 42 men to the plate, saw at least 185 pitches, scored five runs or less, and won. That one was also a road game under a dome: August 27, 1995.

    Obviously, Andy Pettitte earned his pay today.

    Want one more fun stat? This evening was only the 3rd time in his Yankees career (and the first time since 2006) that Kyle Farnsworth pitched in the 8th inning or later of a road game, that the Yankees won, where he threw one inning and it was a two-run lead or less when he threw, while not allowing any baserunners and using 10 pitches or less. The other times were August 21, 2006 and July 7, 2006.

    There must be a blue moon tonight.

    Comments on April 15th @ The Rays

    1. MJ
      April 16th, 2008 | 8:43 am

      That was the best I’ve seen Farnsie look since a game up at Fenway Park in 2006 when he froze David Ortiz with a slider for called strike three. I don’t remember when exactly that was but Baileywalk knows exactly which game I’m talking about.

    2. Rich
      April 16th, 2008 | 9:40 am

      It was the game that many of us thought that Farns would start to become an asset to the team. Oh wait…

    3. baileywalk
      April 16th, 2008 | 12:16 pm

      Yeah, I remember. The funny thing about the game he struck Ortiz out in is that he was actually kind of wild that inning — he unleashed a slider that went right over Mark Loretta’s head.

      I guess we know from the time he’s been here that if Farns can throw his slider for strikes, it means people can’t sit on his straight fastball and he’s effective. His problem has always been command.

      I kind of like what Joe is doing rotating everyone in the ‘pen, giving everyone a chance to pitch in important situations. It’s good to know a bad outing doesn’t mean exile, the way it did in the Torre days.

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