Dulce du Leche: Yanks-Tigers Postmortem II

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.

20 comments… add one
  • Let’s hope Dotel arrives soon, and that he’s the set-up man of his Astros days.

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 11:20 pm
  • Another positive from today’s game: Small pitched much better. He got out of that jam in the 1st, and then would’ve cruised if not for Jeter’s error. Let’s hope he can build on it, especially if Chacon takes longer to get back.

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 11:24 pm
  • Honestly, the best part about Farns getting in all of this (recent) trouble is that he’s battling his way out. Yeah, it’s definitely not good that he’s loading the bases, but he showed some composure in my opinion. He got out of the inning without letting the damage get too severe.
    YF: If it’s not too much trouble, how was Tom Gordon doing his first year in stripes around the same time? That might be a better estimate of effectiveness…

    RichYF May 30, 2006, 11:29 pm
  • Rich, good point. He didn’t have a meltdown…just the one run on an FC. Could’ve just mailed it in then.

    yankeemonkey May 30, 2006, 11:31 pm
  • YF: I agree that there is reason for concern about Farns. However, Gordon is back to his role as a true closer for Philadelphia whereas Farnsworth is being called on in many uncertain situations as there have been plenty of instances of failings in NYY middle relief that result in him being brought into jeopardy situations. Then again, that’s his job, and I think if you are going to the store, pick me up a pack of antiacids, wouldja?

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 11:32 pm
  • Rich, during Gordon’s first year with the Yanks, he had a 2.08 ERA in April with a 1.00 WHIP. In May, his ERA was 1.23 with a 1.02 WHIP.

    Nick-YF May 30, 2006, 11:37 pm
  • Nick: thanks for the research. Those are impressive numbers from Gordon. It’s not often you can have a bona-fide closer for any team setting up for your closer. We were lucky to have him for awhile.

    attackgerbil May 30, 2006, 11:39 pm
  • I’m sorry but I’m just not buying the Farns showed composure angle. He walked 2 guys in an inning. With a lead. In a HUGE ballpark. And after the first walk, on 4 pitches, the next 2 guys did him the favor of first-pitch swinging. And still he was pitching from behind, not locating, and not making good decisions.
    His stuff is so good he doesn’t need to be so picky all the time. And he consistently makes weird pitch choices.
    Tom Gordon takes far too much shit from Yankee fans for his late-year problems. Blame Torre. Or blame Gordon. Blame him for being so damn good that Torre just wore him down to the point he was spent by the playoffs.

    YF May 30, 2006, 11:50 pm
  • I miss the pencil thin pimp’stache myself, oh yeah, and the better pitching. No seriously, Farns has such filthy stuff, his potential is there. The redneck has shown flashes of brilliance this season, he just needs to tame his head and recognize when to throw what.

    bloodyank78 May 31, 2006, 1:19 am
  • Nick: I had a feeling TG did well, but I didn’t realize it was THAT well. He was great for us, even with said “meltdown” in the playoffs. He, like most of Torre’s “guys,” got worked too hard and didn’t have the juice at the end. Hard not to miss a guy that is THAT effective
    As for Farns, the jury (at least for me) is still out. I really think he showed some composure after he screwed himself. It’s not even so much that he got out of it, but that Torre LET him get out of it. He basically said, “We win or lose based on your performance tonight.”
    That’s how you build confidence, IMO. I’d be singing a different tune if he gave up a GS, but he didn’t. He gave up one run, the team picked him up, got the W, and that’s all that matters (I think).

    RichYF May 31, 2006, 7:35 am
  • Am I wrong or do I remember correctly that even before Flash Gordon was with the Yankees (and therefore can’t blame Torre for wearing him out), when he was a closer for the Sox for example, he still S*cked bigtime in the post-season. Granted he was a good reliever during the regular season, but so is Armando Benitez, anybody want him on the Yankees roster, especially come playoff time?

    Bozo May 31, 2006, 8:38 am
  • Regardless of what Farns is doing, he’ll be fine if his head gets back in order. What pisses me off is that Mr. Lisa Guerrero is still on the team. His ERA is up to 4.70, yet Torre keeps running him out there, sometimes in pretty key situations. When will it stop?!?!

    yankeemonkey May 31, 2006, 12:15 pm
  • When Boston turned Gordon into a relief man (2nd year with Boston I think) he pitched almost 80 innings that year. After that he was hurt a bunch and ended up not even coming close to those kind of innings until 2004 with the Yankees when Torre had him throw 89.2 innings, the folloing year was 80.2. Those were both career high years for Gordon as a reliever (in terms of innings logged).
    However, Gordon wasn’t coming back to the Yankees unless they were going to make him a closer. I think Farnsworth can get it together. It seems to be entirely mental with him. If it’s a mechanical mind lapse then Gator needs to get his job done.

    walein May 31, 2006, 12:22 pm
  • I think it’s a combo of mental lapses and mechanics. He certainly seems prone to losing his release point and consequently throwing his fastball 2 feet outside.

    Rob May 31, 2006, 1:43 pm
  • Don’t forget that TG is now pitching in the NL East, and is most likely benefitting from throwing in the junior circuit. Plus, he’s 10 years older than Farns and has many more miles on his clock (arm/shoulder).
    What worries me most is Torre’s use of the bullpen. Buster Olney makes the point today that one thing Joe can consistently be criticized for is overworking his bullpen. As noted above, he has his “guys” and usually sticks with just them. If you add in the starter problems the Yanks have had since they lost Clemens and Pettite, the whole thing adds up to a lot of burnouts – TG, Quantrill, Sturtze…with Proctor next? Lord knows how Mo has avoided more problems.

    Sam May 31, 2006, 2:19 pm
  • PS – who’s Mr. Lisa Guerrero?

    Sam May 31, 2006, 2:25 pm
  • Sam, shame on you for not keeping track of player gossip! Scott Erickson and Lisa Guerrero are married.

    Nick-YF May 31, 2006, 2:44 pm
  • I have to think Dotel’s entry into the pen will spread the workload, no? However that’s fully dependent on how effective Octavio will be when he returns. I think Nick said it earlier, if we see the Dotel that was throwing for the Astros a while back, we’re in business. The guy has electric stuff.

    bloodyank78 May 31, 2006, 2:53 pm
  • Knowing Joe, he’ll try Dotel three times while he’s still rusty and lose faith in him, thus compounding the problem.
    Next question: who is Lisa Guerrero?

    Sam May 31, 2006, 3:21 pm
  • Lisa Guerrero is/was a sports reporter. She also was in the Jan. ’06 issue of Playboy. She’s has a fantastic figure if you like voluptious latin types. That’s all for my description for this is a family site, right YF & SF?

    bloodyank78 May 31, 2006, 4:30 pm

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