Um, yeah. About that game last night…
First, I feel bad for CC Sabathia. He pitched incredibly. I didn’t see most of the game because I was at class but what I did see from him was great. He pitched the way he always does and deserved better than a no decision. To be fair, David Price pitched just as well and the same could be said for him. Sadly, what happened after both men exited might just garner more attention.
Let’s start with Brett Gardner. Seriously, dude? What the hell were you thinking? There is absolutely no defense for his running mistake. Moving from second to third with two outs when you’re the go ahead run offers basically no advantage. The only way Gardner should even thinking of moving up on that play is if there’s a balk, wild pitch, or passed ball. Otherwise, stealing shouldn’t even enter his head. Gardner is usually on his own, so I’ll place the blame on him, but if that call came from the bench then that’s a huge brain fart by the coaching staff. Even if Gardner had made it to third safely–which he kind of almost did–that’s still a bad play. There is no need to take that risk, considering an out wouldn’t net a run. Gardner is fast enough to score from second. Again, moving to third there gives the Yankees no big boost.
Then there’s the fact that Chad Gaudin and Sergio Mitre ended up pitching in this game. I’ll grant Gaudin a little leeway since he did get out of the mess he created. Still, though, he should not have been in. The same goes for Mitre, but apparently not all of Girardi’s relievers were available tonight. In that case, though, he should’ve gone to Wood for more than one inning and to Logan for more than one batter.
Ultimately, the blame does fall on Sergio Mitre for giving up a home run to Reid Brignac, but it’s annoying that he was even in that position. Still, though, that wasn’t my least favorite thing about this game, especially considering there were some relievers who were not available. The thing that upset me most last night was the Curtis Granderson sacrifice bunt. Shall I list the reasons why? Well I don’t see why not.
1. I hate bunting.
2. Curtis Granderson has a .238 IsoP and a .351 wOBA against right handers in 2010.
3. Curtis Granderson has a .376 career wOBA against right handers.
4. I hate bunting.
5. Colin Curtis was the on deck batter.
Those are all good reasons NOT to bunt in that situation, yet Joe Girardi still called for the bunt. The worst reason is number five. There is no way ANYONE on the Yankees–except maybe Ramiro Pena–should be bunting to get to Colin Curtis. To make matters worse, Curtis swung at the first pitch and flew out to right field, meaning Derek Jeter wold have to get a hit for the run to score. That’s a tough job to put on anyone, let a lone a guy who’s been struggling like Jeter has.
Last night sucked. But, the best thing about baseball is that the Yankees get a chance to wipe the taste out of their mouths and our mouths in just a few hours. Hopefully, we see some better managing and smarter baseball by the men in pinstripes.