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

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Veras again in the eighth

Injured biceps are not, it's extremely encouraging to see Jose Veras in a tight game in the eighth inning.

I'm not the biggest fan of Veras, but he's certainly better than Kyle Farnsworth.

Last night, Joe Girardi took out Chien-Ming Wang with one out in the eighth leading 2-1, despite throwing 83 pitches and having no men on base.

After recording the second out of the inning, Veras walked two batters before recording the third out. As Michael Kay would say, he worked into and out of trouble.

Mariano Rivera worked the ninth for his fourth straight game and the rest is history.

However, I wake up to this message from Peter Abraham this morning:

Girardi claimed that he was saving Kyle Farnsworth in case he needed him for the ninth inning, which is why he went to Jose Veras in the eighth inning. Then he talked to Mariano Rivera and found out he was OK for the ninth. Why wouldn’t you talk to your closer earlier in the game? He just decided not to use Farnsworth, which is fine.
So you're telling me that Farnsworth would have closed the game if Rivera wasn't ready? That's even worse than him working the eighth inning. I honestly don't understand what Girardi sees in Farnsworth.

I hope tonight is a blow out, because there is no way Rivera works this game and Farnsworth will most likely be on call for the ninth inning.


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