Here’s my question. The Yankees temporarily made Joba Chamberlain a reliever last season because they didn’t trust Kyle Farnsworth in the eighth inning.
He remained in that role for nearly two months for the same reason.
What has changed? Because Joba is becoming a starter (as he should be), Farnsworth is suddenly going to be reliable?
Don’t blame Farnsworth for losing the game tonight. Blame Joe Girardi’s misguided faith in him and Brian Cashman for not signing a relief pitcher who could do the job in the eighth inning. If the plan all along was to make Joba a starter, why isn’t there more coverage?
In time, Mark Melancon or J.B. Cox could prove worthy of the role. But it would be foolish to promote them before they are ready. In the meantime, the Yankees are back under .500 and seven games out. They’re giving away games they can’t afford to.
Farnsworth has appeared in six games since Chamberlain switched roles. He has allowed four runs on nine hits and three walks over 6.1 innings. This is hardly surprise, it’s what he has done since he became a Yankee. Blame the people who put him in to pitch.