"Now, what is this site about, how Joe Torre ruined pitchers' arms? Is that it?"
-Michael Kay, August 18, 2009

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Farnsworth needs to disappear

What was Joe Torre thinking when he brought Kyle Farnsworth (pictured) into a 1-1 game in the eighth?

Farnsworth has proven time after time that he can't be trusted to make a sandwich, let alone keep a game tied.

Tonight was no different. When the scoreboard said, "Now warming in the Yankees' bullpen: Kyle Farnsworth," trouble was on the horizon.

Frank Thomas led off with a single. Farnsworth blows a pickoff attempt, advancing Howie Clark (running for Thomas) to second. After a hard-hit ball was caught by Andy Phillips on a line drive at first, Aaron Hill doubles in Clark. Three batters in, one run, a ton of boos.

If not for Melky Cabrera's heroics in the ninth and Robinson Cano's clutch single in the 10th, this loss would've been pinned on Farnsworth and Torre. Instead, the Yankees won 3-2 in 10 innings and gained a game on the Red Sox.

I hope this is one of Torre's "cry for help" moves, showing Brian Cashman that he needs to make a move (one that isn't Dan Johnson for Scott Proctor). If it wasn't, there is no excuse to use Farnsworth in this situation.

AP Photo/Kathy Willens


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