I had bad feelings in the ninth. Farnsworth has not been effective protecting one run leads. An ERA in the high fours, 15 walks and 23 hits in 24 innings, the fact that the baseball god’s don’t want New York sweeping a four game set in Detroit for the first time since 1926 I think, some time long ago, all made me feel that something wouldn’t tip in our favor. I at least hoped for extras when they tied it 6-6. I’m not bitter about Farnsworth blowing his third save. The reason for the save situation was Wang. He blew a 5 run lead. I hope his meltdown for 5 runs in the fourth and fifth is not injury related. He pitched three really good innings. What was up with Verlander? What was up with Wang? Two proven pitchers who lost their carbonation. Instead of the little hummingbird quirks on their pitches, the batters were seeing bowling balls lobbed in the wheelhouse and teeing off. I guess it’s just one of those things that happen in this unpredictable game. Anyway, Farnsworth is still awesome for freezing Big Papi like a snowman.
So, everyone knows you can’t blow a 5 run lead. Wang knows. Pitchers kill for run support. He can’t complain. The Yankees offense is charging full steam ahead. Despite what happened, my confidence in Wang is the same.
I think Torre left Farnsworth in the game because he wants Kyle to be the second closer. He needs Kyle to adapt to the one inning, close game role that Mariano enters for. Maybe it’s to help Kyle pretend his job as the bridge artist, reaching back and zipping 99mph past the mannequin at homeplate in the eighth, is the same as the closer’s job an inning later. Torre wants Kyle to pitch the eighth like Mariano pitches the ninth. That will be their domain.
Some of the temps didn’t help either. T-Long’s had some nice games, so has Cairo. But they both had ofers tonight and left 9 and 4 men on base respectively. That could happen to anyone though. I guess I shouldn’t blame them.
Some people are saying, "The Tigers are back! The Tigers are back!", as if this win keys a return to the team who climbed to the majors’ best record. To this I think yes and no is the case. Yes, they are a good team and capable of winning and no, they didn’t win tonight because of their record. Yes, they hit a rough week and lost a few games they could’ve won. The Yankees won a few games they could’ve lost. And no, this win doesn’t mean they will keep up their .667. It was an unfortunate turn of events for the Yankees, but we won the series and that is what counts.
Good happened, too. Cano got 4 hits. I agree with Sterling when he says that Cano will be a superstar. Mattingly thinks Cano will win a batting title. Dear Cashman, don’t trade Robinson Cano! Giambi’s homerun was a nifty jab that darted to left like the corner pole was a magnet ******* in the ball. Melky made another appearance on Web Gems with a well coordinated, back peddling rob at the fence. Proctor pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. He probably could’ve finished the ninth. And Darrell Rasner, the new guy, allowed only a hit in 1 2/3 innings.
Pray that Mariano will return healthy. The same for Jeter and Sheffield. And the same for Matsui. And Posada and Crosby, Dotel, Chacon and Pavano and…just pray for them all. Not that we require them to win. We’ll continue to hold our own.