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Monday, April 20, 2009
Farnsworth: consistency in an uncertain worldI 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:
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.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 9:30am
royals # 1 said...
yeah farnsworth is a joke! i thought it was crazy when they signed him. not sure why they keep running mahay out either. what was wrong with cruz 7 & 8 soria 9th. we win 5-3.
Posted 04/20 at 09:47 AM
I take perverse delight in watching Farnsworth pitch for any team OTHER than the blue-and-white. He has a retired number in my dipsy-dumpster award
Posted 04/20 at 10:36 AM
Marco Fujimoto said...
“Hillman said he never considered using All-Star closer Joakim Soria instead of Farnsworth to start the ninth inning because it was a tie game.
‘Not on the road,’ Hillman said. ‘At home, yes. But not on the road. Just simply because the percentages are against you in that situation.’”
“Because the percentages are against you”...funny…
So let’s put in a guy who has career BB/9 and HR/9 rates of 4 and 1.39, respectively, in a tie game in one of the top hitters’ parks in all of baseball.
That’s a nice way to play the percentages…
Posted 04/20 at 12:26 PM
Soria hadn’t pitched in six days and the Royals had a day off after the game.
No matter what the score was, Soria should have been in the game, just to get some work!
Posted 04/20 at 04:13 PM
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