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    That was quite a wild card game. I never would have thought the Yanks could win with Severino getting pulled after 1/3 of an inning. You have to give the bullpen credit - and Girardi for making a bold move which paid off for him. It was also great to see strong performances from Sanchez and Judge. On the other hand, I have a hard time understanding the Yanks' fascination with Todd Frazier. Why start a guy hitting .210 over the switch-hitting Chase Headley, who had a great second half?

  • #2
    WTF just happened in game 2? Girardi challenges everything - except a two strike phantom hbp which would have gotten the Yanks out of the inning unscathed. Instead, the call stood and the next batter hit a grand slam, and the Yanks are now down 2-0 in a best of 5 series. That was a season-changing call by the ump, and Girardi has no excuse for not challenging that call - especially given that Sanchez yelled to the dugout that it was a foul tip. It was the 6th inning and he was up 8-3 with two challenges. What was he saving them for?

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    • #3
      Barring an unlikely miraculous rally in this series, Joe must go. He demonstrated the greatest acts of managerial incompetence I have ever seen from a Yankee manager in the postseason that far exceeds Torre's failures of 05-06-07 (Bubba Crosby in Game 5 of the 05 ALDS and not taking the team off the field in the midge game). The challenge thing was horrible on Girardi's part but you have to place it in the context of a SERIES of awful moves on his part that he shouldn't have done.

      1-Why does he take Sabathia out? With a five run lead and the fact that he had just gotten another out after the walk, this was the time to make the leash as long as possible and get a full sixth inning out of him and maybe avoid using Green altogether. This was overmanaging in the worst way.

      2-His stubborn faith in Green who simply did not have it. His book called for Green to finish the inning no matter how bad he looked that he was warming up Chapman BEFORE he started having Robertson throw as if he was planning on having Chapman go nine outs with the five run lead. He should have had Robertson throwing for backup the instant it became clear Green looked flat and the extra area where the challenge was needed was that even if he had lost on it, he would have bought time to get Green out of there and have Robertson face Lindor. Green was simply not good yesterday and he should have thrown the book out the window on him right away.

      3-Not bringing in Betances for the 8th. I thought Betances performance in Game 1 was designed to reassure him he could use him in a pressure situation but nooooooo.......

      4-Leaving Betances in too long.

      I can never trust Girardi again after this and I think a lot of the players are clearly ticked as well. You can't have a manager who's lost the confidence of the players and the fans will be booing every time Girardi does a challenge in the future because the whole reaction will be, "What NOW?"

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      • #4
        The excuse he gave for not challenging is that he didn't want to ruin the pitcher's rhythm. What rhythm was that? Frankly, any change could only have been a positive at that point.

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        • #5
          Well, that was a relief but not a fun game to sit through with all that tension to the last second! It was eerily a perfect parallel on many levels with the Jeter flip game. 0-2 scenario. 1-0 final score on a solo HR (Posada-Bird). Game saving defensive play (Jeter-Judge). Great starting effort (Mussina-Tanaka). And not many remember that Rivera gave up a double in the ninth inning with one out while pitching a two inning save, close to what Chapman went through. May the parallel continue with Games 4 and hopefully Game 5!

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          • #6
            And Severino redeems himself! We're going back to Cleveland.

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            • #7
              Derek Who???
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              19th Century League Champion
              1900s League Champion
              1910s League Champion

              1930s League Division Winner
              1950s League Champion
              1960 Strat-O-Matic League Regular Season Winner
              1960s League Division Winner
              1970s League Champion
              1971 Strat-O-Matic League Runner Up
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              • #8
                What is Girardi doing???

                Judge had 172 plate appearances with a full count this season.

                62 walks and 59 strikeouts.

                So 70.3% of the time he either walks or strikes out with a 3-2 count. Having Gardner run does not help them if Judge walks.

                9 HRs and one triple. Having Gardner running does not help if Judge triples or homers.

                Only 17 hits that were either a single or a double, where it would help to have Gardner running. That's less than 10% of the time.

                Only 2 GIDP's all year with a full count on Judge.

                Sending Gardner there was really stupid.
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                19th Century League Champion
                1900s League Champion
                1910s League Champion

                1930s League Division Winner
                1950s League Champion
                1960 Strat-O-Matic League Regular Season Winner
                1960s League Division Winner
                1970s League Champion
                1971 Strat-O-Matic League Runner Up
                1980s League Champion
                All Time Greats League Champion

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                • #9
                  How about those Yankees!
                  The saddest day of the year is the day that baseball season ends.

                  On October 8, 1956, in game 5 of the 1956 World Series, Don Larsen of the New York Yankees, threw a perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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                  • #10
                    I can't believe they came back from being down 2-0 to Cleveland. My wife is a huge Astros fan and I've been a Yankees fan my whole life, so this is gonna be fun starting tomorrow watching the ALDS with her.
                    Axes grind and maces clash!

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                    • #11
                      I have to say, they really gutted this one out after hitting rock bottom. Regardless of what happens from here, this is a great season to build on in the future. I've never been a CC fan, and I've been waiting for almost six years for the day to come when they could finally jettison his contract - but now I'm wondering if they should extend him. My wife is a huge Cubs fan, and she's worried our marriage will end in divorce if the Yanks and Cubs meet in the World Series - so I guess we have to pray for the Cubs to lose.

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                      • #12
                        Just got home from Game 4. Greatest game I ever saw in person.

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                        • #13
                          That's awesome that you got to be there. Hopefully the Yanks keep it going. They face Keuchel tomorrow. In the past, they would have been better off forfeiting when he was scheduled to pitch. They're due to get to him, and there's no better time to do it than tomorrow. Maybe facing him twice in one week, and being at home with the stadium rocking will do the trick.

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                          • #14
                            Got to Game 5 as well, and it made for two straight days of pure excitement!

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