It was a disappointing finish, but fans can take some positives out of it. One of those positives is not Kyle Farnsworth, but at least he didn't tease you with some solid early performances. Seeing him, and his Rec Specs, trotting in from the pen will make you shiver. Every time.
A few notes on opening day, 2 days after the fact:
Kevin Seitzer should be proud of the guys taking pitches, Teahen in particular. Even Mike Jacobs took a pitch, though it was off his shoulder. David Dejesus made a couple of nice throws, 1 to keep a run off the board. Gil Meche pitched a great game. A little bit of trouble in the 2nd, but movement looked great, even late. And he made DeWayne Wise look silly. Twice. Kyle Farnsworth is who we thought he is. Straight fastballs with great velocity. I know nothing about hitting a baseball but, from what I’ve heard, guys that can hit baseballs can do so no matter how fast they travel. He got Carlos Quentin, Jim Thome got him. This is how it will go all season. Good hitters feast on him. I wouldn’t have had him challenge Thome anyway. He’s the opposing team’s most patient hitter, and he’s got devastating power. Where is Joakim? The 4 out save is off limits on opening day?
The misuse of bullpens separates the bad teams from the really bad teams. It’s so frustrating to see a team, like the Royals, keep one of their best players off the field. We’re talking about a man, Joakim Soria, who has been throwing baseballs his whole life. That is what he does. Are you telling me that the 7 or 8 more baseballs he may have thrown would have greatly changed anything? Closers are treated like panda bears. Everyone is so concerned with their environment, making sure they’re comfortable. So and so doesn’t like to come in with runners on, and he’s ruled out day games after a night game. It’s things like this, along with managers wearing cleats, that annoys me about baseball. Put on your little glove and go stand on that white rectangle. The Thome at-bat, up to that point in the game, was the single most important. If Soria only pitches to one batter it gets them to the 9th with at least a 1 run lead and facing the 5, 6, and 7 hitters in the bottom of the inning. A much better matchup for whoever is pitching.
I believe I'll be referring to Kyle Farnsworth as “Specs” from now on. Can't wait for him to face his 2nd most recent old team when he blows the home opener against the Yankees.
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Written by Joe Coburn