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The 8th inning issue coming to a head?

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jun 24, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joba Chamberlain was moved out of the 8th inning role on May 21 when he went two innings. Here is what Kyle Farnsworth has done since:

14 appearances
14 innings
17 hits
7 runs
7 earned runs
5 walks
12 strikeouts
4 home runs
4.50 ERA
Opponent BA: .327
Opponent OPS: 1.032

1.032? While Joe Girardi’s ability to show blind faith in his charges is … admirable? … the Yankees clearly can’t play the second half the season with a set-up man who gives up a run every other time he pitches.

There are assorted candidates out there to be the set-up man (Veras, Melancon, Robertson, McCutchen, etc.) and maybe one of them will work out. But at some point the Yankees have to admit to the truth, no?

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