• June 28th @ The Mets

    Posted by on June 28th, 2008 · Comments (4)

    Sweet. Sum’game, huh?

    Nothing better than winning, 3-2, with Andy Pettitte pitching like an “ace” – especially coming back out after the long rain delay today – and besting the Mets’ ace, Johan Santana. Also, having Agador Reyes get picked-off second, in the bottom of the fifth, with two outs, and his team down by a run, with David Wright up at the plate, was just the icing on the cake.

    Although, I have to be honest, I was sweating the bottom of the 8th inning. Yanks up by just one, the Mets 2-3-4 hitters coming to the plate, and Kyle Farnsworth pitching. Man, General Joe has the guts of a burglar…either that, or, he really does think that Farnsworth is a capable pitcher…

    Part of me fears seeing Farnsworth coming through in these spots – as crazy as that sounds. I just have this feeling that, if Kyle keeps handling the eighth, the Yankees are going to continue to count on him for that spot. And, then, somewhere – maybe late in the season or in the post-season – it’s going to come back to haunt them…when Farnsworth blows a huge game.

    In any event, now that this win is in the books, I really want to see the Yankees win on Sunday. Given the way that the Mets pushed the Yankees around in the Bronx this season, it only seems fair that the Yankees win all three games at Shea…as payback.

    “Revenge, it’s the best way of getting even.” – A. Bunker, circa 1970’s

    Comments on June 28th @ The Mets

    1. ken
      June 28th, 2008 | 11:02 pm

      To my eye, Farnsy was real lucky: 2 well hit balls. Each could easily have been doubles or HRs. (I think one of them was an ugly hanging off-speed pitch.)

      So why did all the Fox announcers (during the game and post-game analysis) praise Krazy Kyle for pitching so well this year? Besides not following the team so not knowing had bad he really is, did they not see the two rockets hit off him?

    2. straylightrise
      June 29th, 2008 | 12:48 am

      You know it could be a bit of psychology – some times you need to make people believe in themselves by continously giving them opportunities. We’re a weeks away from the all-star break. We don’t have many players going to the all star game. July is going to be an important month. Sitting Farnsworth and making him believe that he isn’t an effective pitcher will only make him a less effective pitcher.

    3. yankees76
      June 29th, 2008 | 2:05 am

      I agree, Stray. Girardi caught Farnsworth in Chicago. He must believe that he can get something out of him. Unlike Torre, who I think felt a little constrained by Farnsworth’s contract to actually use him in high leverage situations, Girardi inherited this contract, and it is in its final year. Girardi can walk away from the situation (and may still), and give the set-up role to Veras or Cox or Robertson, or Bruney when he comes back in the next few weeks.

      It doesn’t help anyone if Farnsworth loses confidence.

      Though I do agree with Steve, the better he does now, the more likely he’ll be used in a higher leverage situation later in the season, and frankly, he’s just not that good. His career ERA is near 4.50 for a reason. He throws 98 mph, but it’s straight on a line and easy to hit. I wonder why the Yankees haven’t tried to dial him back to 94 or 95, and try to get a little more movement on it.

    4. June 29th, 2008 | 8:25 am

      Plus, see the 2003 NLCS…if you want a taste of what Farnsworth can do to a team in the post-season.

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