Aug
18

The redemption of Kyle begins

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Let me set the scene for you.

It’s 5-2 Yanks after six innings. Roger Clemens, over 100 pitches, had given up his share of hits, but a nifty variation of the strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out double play kept the Tigers from really breaking out against the Yanks.

Out in the bullpen, Joba Chamberlain, rookie stud, is unavailable. But Edwar Ramirez is. Instead, in trots Yankee Enemy Number One: number 48 Kyle Farnsworth.

Uh, oh.

Farnsworth had lost the set-up job after months of inconsistency. Recently, he had pitched better but only in non-pressure situations. Today, it would be different. Farnsworth would have to protect a three-run lead against the Tigers’ 2-3-4 hitters including the hated Gary Sheffield.

Well, Krazy Kyle kame through. He K’d the last two hitters he faced and got the first out after running the count full to start the inning. The crowd erupted. On Tuesday, we came to bury – or is that boo? – Farnsworth. Today, we came to praise him.

Luis Vizcaino pitched the 8th, and our fears were assuaged when Mariano nailed down the save. All was well in Yankeeland.

Seeing Farnsworth throw well is huge for the team. If he can throw consistently and get outs, the Yanks could have a stellar and solid bullpen. For now, though, we’ll take this inning. One day at a time for the Yanks and Farns.

And, hey, when all is said and done, Farnsworth is no Eric Gagne. Just ask the Red Sox fans.

Categories : Game Stories

8 Comments»

  1. C-Note says:

    strike out of Sheff was great, you could feel the crowd turning at that point

  2. Yankee Fan in Chicago says:

    I caught Torre’s interview on M&tMD Thursday, and Torre sounded very confident about Farny. Said they’d worked out the personal issues, and, more importantly, that Guidry had put in some long hours with him on the mound.

    I think a large pt of it was confidence. You could see it today. He gets ahead on the 1st batter 1-2, and then looked a bit lost. You could just see him walking the guy and giving up a 2-run blast. Instead, he threw several strikes at 3-2, and then once he got him to fly-out, it was like he had his old swagger back.

    That said, he wasn’t exactly hitting Jorge’s target today — neither was Mo for that matter, I saw a few of his pitches drifting back over the plate when Jorge setup inside — but both he and Mo managed to blow away the Tiger hitters. Maybe it was that late-afternoon sun!

  3. Yankee Fan in Chicago says:

    Meanwhile, I hate the Weaver family.

  4. barry says:

    Yea, what happened to weaver jr?

  5. RollingWave says:

    not to meantion Weaver sr also got the win as the Ms keep themself ahead of us

  6. yanksphan says:

    Since the break:

    Farnsworth 14IP 7BB 11K .231/.328/.519
    Gagne 12IP 4BB 14K .393/.433/.625

  7. Adam says:

    Gagne is hurt, and Farnsworth sucks.

    That’s kind of the jist of it, as far as I’m concerned.

  8. Adam says:

    I think Edwar is good enough to be the 7th/8th guy.

    Just maybe.

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