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Well, now it's the second-best finish of the night.
It also annoys me that whenever the Tigers are in the playoffs, they play a team that makes most of the sabermetric community root against them. It's not like the Tigers have been some dominant team that's boringly there in October every year.
The O's have been HR reliant all season. That story normally gets swept under the rug because JJ normally slams the door.
Will nothing prevent the unremitting evil of a Cardinals-Yankees World Series?
Is it time yet to talk about how their problem is offense, and with a subpar offense it's difficult to win games?
Rk Tm #Matching W L
1 NYY 31 7 24
2 BAL 44 13 31
3 OAK 46 16 30
4 CHW 47 11 36
5 TEX 47 18 29
6 TOR 49 14 35
7 WSN 54 21 33
8 MIL 55 13 42
9 TBR 55 16 39
10 LAA 56 24 32
11 ARI 57 17 40
12 BOS 58 14 44
13 DET 61 25 36
14 SEA 61 21 40
15 PHI 63 20 43
16 PIT 63 23 40
17 COL 65 18 47
18 ATL 67 26 41
19 CIN 67 27 40
20 HOU 69 10 59
21 NYM 69 21 48
22 STL 69 25 44
23 CLE 70 20 50
24 CHC 72 20 52
25 MIN 73 21 52
26 MIA 75 22 53
27 KCR 76 28 48
28 LAD 81 30 51
29 SDP 81 31 50
30 SFG 91 45 46
Rk Tm #Matching W L
1 NYY 131 88 43
2 BAL 118 80 38
3 OAK 116 78 38
4 TEX 115 75 40
5 CHW 115 74 41
6 TOR 113 59 54
7 WSN 108 77 31
8 TBR 107 74 33
9 MIL 107 70 37
10 LAA 106 65 41
11 ARI 105 64 41
12 BOS 104 55 49
13 SEA 101 54 47
14 DET 101 63 38
15 PIT 99 56 43
16 PHI 99 61 38
17 COL 97 46 51
18 CIN 95 70 25
19 ATL 95 68 27
20 STL 93 63 30
21 NYM 93 53 40
22 HOU 93 45 48
23 CLE 92 48 44
24 CHC 90 41 49
25 MIN 89 45 44
Rk Tm #Matching W L
26 MIA 87 47 40
27 KCR 86 44 42
28 SDP 81 45 36
29 LAD 81 56 25
30 SFG 71 49 22
Johnson's picked the wrong time to implode
Pinch-hitting Ibanez for A-Rod in that spot was one of those moves that was so screamingly obvious that I have a hard time seeing it as any act of genius. A tough right handed pitcher, a left handed slugger with a hot hand vs. a right handed hitter in a complete batting funk---I'd have been screaming for Girardi's head if he hadn't done it, even if Ibanez had struck out on three pitches.
Does JJ ordinarily look good? I've seen him pitch maybe 5 games this year and he looks like a perfectly mediocre relief pitcher.
Johnson isn't that good and got lucky this year. Sinkerballer with shitty periphs and a .250 BABIP.
Jim Johnson's FIP this season is 3.25. His component numbers are not elite, but "shitty" is simply wrong as a description.
IMO, a league average pitcher (including all starters and relievers) put into a 1-inning only, no-runners on when entering the game role, would probably end up with a mid 3.00s' ERA pitching at Camden Yards.
The Orioles have a pretty good offense. Not great, but above average.
In a closer role (i.e., pitcher can air it out for ~35 pitches and has "prepped" for that approach), I'd rather have Sabathia, Kuroda, Soriano, Robertson, Hughes, Pettitte, Chen, Hammel, maybe this Gonzalez character, O'Day (maybe splitting the inning with Logan for the platoon advantage).
You can define every reliever but the 15 best in the world as shitty, but that doesn't mean everyone else has to understand the concept that way.
I know it's heresy around here, but A-Rod basically can't hit in the postseason; even the outlier of 2009 is overrated. There's no use waiting around for him to get going when he isn't going to get going.
Since closers are supposed to be the best relievers, wouldn't, by definition, the 25th best reliever in the world (who's probably also worse than ~75 starters, if they were put in that role) be a shitty closer?
No. He would be a below average closer. "Shitty" means bad, really bad. Not below average.
With all due respect, I don't think that a single Yankee fan would have questioned Girardi's move in hindsight, no matter what the outcome. In case you hadn't noticed it, that's not the A-Rod of 2009 who's been out there lately, and Ibanez has repeatedly demonstrated his capabilities in situations like last night's. He's now come through in similar situations five times in the last three weeks, every one of them still fresh in every Yankee fan's memory. Sometimes you have to forget about all the other factors and just go with the hot hand.
Jeter also has a huge platoon split, and was not 100% as he was hobbling earlier in the game and left the game right after that for defensive purposes.
Jeter left strictly because of the injury, right? The Yankees were losing when he got pulled, and you don't make a defensive substitution in a game you're losing.
Now that would have qualified as a stroke of genius that would've rated a nod from Casey Stengel or Tony LaRussa. I'd like to think that Girardi had that scenario in mind when he made out the lineup, but I tend to doubt that he did.
Through three games, Adam Jones is having a terrible, terrible series. As in the worst single performance on both sides of the ball that I can think of offhand in a short series
now that would have qualified as a stroke of genius that would've rated a nod from Casey Stengel or Tony LaRussa. I'd like to think that Girardi had that scenario in mind when he made out the lineup, but I tend to doubt that he did.
Rodriguez after the game: "To be honest, I don't know how I would have reacted to that ten years ago."
There were platitudes before and after it. That's much more of an honest quote than I'd have expected from the man.
Yeah, but then 10 years ago there wouldn't have been the need for Ibanez.
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I'm not a fan of Girardi's, and I _am_ a fan of ARod's, and I agree that Girardi acted uncharacteristically and would never do something like this to Jeter - has never done it to Jeter, including over the last couple of years prior to 2012 where Jeter couldn't hit righties but was sucking up 9th inning outs against them in playoff games anyway - but I can't fault Girardi for suddenly morphing into a stathead and trying to win a game. I wish he and all managers would do more of it. The problem is not that he did this; the problem is that he doesn't do it more often.
More poignant than pinch-hitting, Willie Mays was frequently caddied for in CF late in games in '73, and there's this particularly sad note from a game on 1 July 1973: Tom Seaver pinch runs for Willie Mays
Leave aside the baseball side of it. As a management issue, if Ibanez strikes out and the Yankees lose the game and series, Girardi's got to be fired, right?
Are you crazy? On what grounds? That the player with the biggest contract "has" to be the choice even when every other factor screams otherwise?
It was mostly Girardi succumbing to the inevitable conclusion that A-Rod sucks lemons in the postseason.(*)
A-Rod rips Girardi in the media.
Not remotely possible.
Did Hank Aaron get pinch-hit for at the end? Ruth?
Barely possible, maybe 1%
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