Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Leave it to pathetic Yankees reliever Kyle Farnsworth to rain on the Joba Chamberlain parade - rolling into The Bronx at the moment - Monday night by entering Monday night's contest against the Twins and promptly blowing the game in the 8th inning.
It took him just three batters to allow a run to cross the plate. Double. Sacrifice bunt. Double. And just like that Twins closer Joe Nathan shut the door on the Yanks in the 9th.
I made a couple of disturbing observations while Farnsworth was on the mound. The first is that this guy has the flattest fastball I've ever seen. Sure, he throws hard. That'd be great if this was low class A. BUT THIS IS DIVISION ONE FOOTBALL!! Wait... wrong rant. Seriously though, these are big league hitters, and they can hit a 95 mph fastball with no movement in their sleep.
Second observation: nobody on the team likes him. While he's taking a beating on the mound, nobody went to the mound to talk to him. In the dugout, teammates stayed so far away that you'd swear Farnsworth had meningitis. This guy has become a pariah. Can you imagine the boos that'd be raining down on him had this game been played in NY? Or worse... what if he blows Chamberlain's first win (as a starter, anyways) tonight?
I'm sure it's only a matter of time before the Yanks patch the gaping hole in their bullpen, but until then, yikes.
Elsewhere in MLB, we saw blown saves from John Smoltz (welcome back!) in Atlanta. He allowed 2 runs on 3 hits in an inning of work to the Marlins ... Red Sox reliever Hideki Okajima blew his 5th save of the year (impressive, considering he's not even the closer) against the Orioles. He was hit hard, surrendering 4 runs 4 hits in two-thirds of an inning ... Mets starter Oliver Perez recorded just a single out in his start against the Giants. He was pulled after giving up 6 runs on 5 hits, 2 of which were home runs.