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March 06, 2008

Farnsworth Is No Math Whiz

Via Newsday -

"I always have confidence in myself, definitely," [Kyle Farnsworth] said. "But it's tough when you do lose the confidence from your manager to maybe prepare yourself day in and day out when you have no clue about anything."

Farnsworth criticized the way the Yankees handled him last season, saying no one asked him if he could pitch on consecutive days or in the middle of an inning, two things Torre was reluctant to do. The Yankees decided unilaterally on "The Farnsworth Rules," according to the reliever.

"I know that's been going on in the past, especially last year," he said. "They decided not to use me back-to-back days. They never came up to me and asked me. I don't know why that came about."

...They decided not to use me back-to-back days. They never came up to me and asked me. I don't know why that came about...

2007, Kyle Farnsworth:
+ Pitching with no days rest: 6.75 ERA in 5.3 IP
+ Pitching with one days rest: 5.47 ERA in 24.6 IP
+ Pitching with two days rest: 2.70 ERA in 10 IP
+ Pitching with three days rest: 2.00 ERA in 9 IP

2006, Kyle Farnsworth:
+ Pitching with no days rest: 5.11 ERA in 12.3 IP
+ Pitching with one days rest: 7.71 ERA in 23.3 IP
+ Pitching with two days rest: 2.35 ERA in 15.3 IP
+ Pitching with three days rest: 0.96 ERA in 9.3 IP

Need an answer as to "Why?" Kyle? Check the stats. You stink when you're pitching with less than 2 days rest.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at March 6, 2008 07:32 PM

Comments

Farns may be the only set up reliever that Torre didn't overuse.

Posted by: Rich [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 6, 2008 09:28 PM

I understand Cashman and Girardi are trying to talk up this guy. But I heard countless times over 2 years on the radio broadcasts about excuses raised by Farnsworth himself. And it was not done in a negative way, just simple and factual. Several times he just refused to pitch when Torre asked him to, numerous times he had back twinges, back spasms, neck twinges, etc. and couldn't pitch. In September last year when they needed him in Toronto he told Torre he had a stiff neck and got 2 nights off. (That item came up in Torre interview with Mike and Chris). He himself said he could not go back to back days. Were the screaming homeruns Torre's fault? The nut case is making a fortune for God's sake. On top of which, he never in his career has been a multi-inning pitcher and has blown it in the biggest spots. His record is there for all to see such as his hideous performance in the 2003 post season Cubs-Marlins. I don't see Farnsworth's statements about Torre disputed in these reports which gives them credibility around the globe.

Posted by: susanmullen [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 7, 2008 02:26 AM

For his career, he's better on zero days rest versus his overall line: 4.36 to 4.47

Posted by: dan [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 7, 2008 04:24 PM