I thought Joe Girardi’s idea of leaving Ian Kennedy in the bullpen to start the game was a good one. It was raining pretty hard in the second and third inning and the game could well have been postponed.
His mistake was leaving Kyle Farnsworth in for a second inning. Joe Torre learned quickly that Farnsworth can’t be trusted to get more than three outs. Farnsworth’s last multi-inning appearance was on June 6, 2006.
So what happened tonight? His first pitch in the fifth inning was a room-service fastball that John Buck crushed to center. Then with two outs and two on, Farnsworth left an 0-2 slider up and Jose Guillen drove it into center field to give KC a 2-0 lead.
A much bigger issue is the offense. The Yankees are 11 of 66 with runners in scoring position and have scored only 25 runs. Only the Tigers (21) have fewer runs in the American League.
The last time the Yankees scored this few runs over the first nine games was in 1989. That team went on to lose 87 games and finish in fifth place.
â€œI donâ€™t think our approach is bad, weâ€™re just not getting the results,â€ Girardi said.
With Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada out, there aren’t many options in terms of changing the lineup. They sent Shelley Duncan out a day before they’re going to face a lefty. Sure, Morgan Ensberg can replace Giambi for a night. But the Yankees need more than that right now.
It’s no time to panic. But at some point soon the Yankees need to get something going. Girardi’s dream job has been a nightmare to this point with the injuries, bad weather and total lack of energy from his hitters.