Kyle Farnsworth did his best to give the game away on Sunday before Andy Phillips bailed him out with that dive and double play. I was writing about Farnsworth being untrustworthy back in March on this blog. Why the Yankees continue to use him late in games, I have no idea.
Torre was asked about using Farnsworth on Saturday and again Sunday. Here is what he said on Sunday:
“I may have pushed it a little too much, the fact we had a night game (followed by a) day game,” he said. “Early in the year we weren’t repeating with him. We asked how he felt and he said fine. He did spent a lot of time warming up, so I may rethink doing that turnaround quickly.”
That didn’t really answer the question. On Saturday, Torre said he thought Farnsworth was being aggressive with his pitches.
Theory 1: They’re desperately trying to trade him and Torre was not going to say something to the media that could hurt those chances. This seems like the case to me and several people around baseball have told me Farnsworth is readily available.
Theory 2: If not Farnsworth, who do you want out there? Scott Proctor is just as inconsistent. Brian Bruney can’t throw strikes and whether you agree with this or not, they’re simply not going to use Edwar Ramirez as the set-up man two weeks into his career. Mike Myers is a mess mechically. You saw what happened to Ron Villone.
Outside of Mariano Rivera, Torre does not have a reliable reliever. Brian Cashman gave Farnsworth three years and $17 million to be the set-up man and that is what his job is.
There is no easy fix here. But Proctor or Luis Vizcaino certainly seem like better choices at this point. Krazy Kyle has put 60 men on base in 37.1 innings.