Apologies up front to the Joe Maddon apologists, but it was damn foolish to leave Kyle Farnsworth on the hill in the eighth inning — with a two run lead — for anything beyond the first two walks he allowed.
Farnsworth isn’t some young pitcher needing confidence, or a borderline fragile mental patient–type like J.P. Howell. He’s a 36-year-old who’s worked in relief for the majority of his career. He knows the hook is coming, and deserved, when it’s clear he’s not sharp in a critical spot.
But no, Maddon let Farnsworth struggle his way to four eighth-inning walks before giving way to Jake McGee, who couldn’t hold the lead.
This Joe couldn’t bear to listen to the postgame show to hear a bunch of drivel about saving the bullpen, or sticking with Farnsworth. There’s a game against the division leader in front of you to close out in the eighth. You go get it. You don’t play for another day with a sweep against the Yankees on the line.
Poor David Price, who did just about as much as possibly could be expected to get a win.
Joe is especially peeved to have witnessed this debacle alongside what had to be close to a 50-50 split of Yankee fans at the Trop. Definitely the worst ratio Joe could remember in some time. Joe’s so mad he could hit someone with a bat. Perhaps he’ll use the one Luke Scott keeps on his shoulder.