After a second consecutive road win against the frontrunning Tigers, the Yanks are now 10 games over .500 at 30-20, and back in a tie for first with the Sox. There was a lot to feel good about in this game. A big dinger from Giambi to put the Yanks out front in the 11th; a spectacular 3 inning outing from Mo, who appears to be back to all of his former self and then some; and the continued excellent play from Melky “Leche” Cabrera, this year’s Robinson Cano (who’s not doing too badly either). The sour note? Kyle Farnsworth continues to be unreliable, physically and mentally. As noted in the game thread, there’s a big drop between his performance and that of erstwhile setup man Tom Gordon. Compare what they’ve done this year:
Gordon: 23 ip, 14h, 8 bb, 31k, 1.57 era
Farnsworth: 24 ip, 23h, 15bb, 29k, 4.50 era
This is likely to be a continuing frustration. Better stock up on the Rolaids.