I love Posnanski as much as the next guy and look forward to reading whatever he writes about the latest Kyle Farnsworth disaster, but his colleague Sam Mellinger has probably nailed it as well as it can be nailed. After reviewing the moves up to that point in the game, Sam lays out the menu of options before Trey Hillman entering the ninth inning:
So your choices:
a) Soria. He is terrific. Hasn’t given up a home run since last August. Did we mention he hasn’t pitched in six days? And you have an offday coming up? And that he’s one of the best two or three relief pitchers in the world? Huh? Did we mention that? We can light a match, or track down an iPod and play a little G ‘n R for you if that’s your thing.
b) Farnsworth. He has two of your team’s four losses. He gives up home runs at an incredible rate. You’re facing one of the best home run hitting teams in baseball, with the heart of the order due up, in one of the better home run parks in baseball.
If you chose “b,” you are the winner of our stupid little game here, because that’s what Royals manager Trey Hillman did on Sunday.
I watched Hillman manage the Columbus Clippers for a couple of years. He truly is a good manager, or at the very least used to be, so I have no idea why he continues to screw the pooch in Kansas City. All I can hope is that trotting Farnsworth out there like he has is some passive-aggressive way of criticizing Dayton Moore for signing the big doofus to begin with. A “this is what you wanted, this is what you get!” kind of thing. But it can’t be, can it? Hillman doesn’t have the job security for that. Heck, I don’t even Bobby Cox has the job security for that.