Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis faces Yankees veteran lefty Andy Pettitte tonight at Camden Yards. Davis is seeking his 50th home run.
Give Girardi this. At least he cares. He may be misguided at times, but he leaves little doubt on the field as to where he stands with his team
Even the most jaded Yankees apologist is gripping a shovel, ready to toss the dirt on the 2013 Bronx Bombers.
Joe Girardi didn’t seem interested in shedding any light on the first-inning fracas that had Orioles manager Buck Showalter angry and emptied both dugouts.
“If (Commissioner) Bud (Selig) lets them get away with that, they’re under the luxury tax,” Showalter told USA Today Sports. “If they can reset, they can spend again and I guarantee you in two years Matt Wieters is in New York.”
Boomer was rather proud of himself for coming up with the term ‘Buck Ball’ when describing how the Baltimore Orioles’ style emulates that of their manager, Buck Showalter – a man the Booms has grown quite fond of.
The celebrations have passed — and Game 4 will provide a fresh challenge for Rodriguez and the Yankees.
He has to give a lineup change serious consideration. It’s not about ego at this point. It’s about surviving and advancing. Chavez could launch a homer or two over the right-field porch, and there’s little doubt that Ibanez would hit the ball hard.
There’s nowhere for A-Rod to hide — Joe Girardi isn’t ready to drop him in the batting order. As the Yankees’ No. 3 hitter, he’s going to have to start carrying his share of the load.
“Are jobs riding on this? Not that I know of,” Steinbrenner told reporters outside the Yankees’ clubhouse on Monday. “Jobs are not riding on this. We’ll look at everything in the offseason, as we always do.”
Joe Girardi can’t jam the reset button and make his team young and voracious again. But he is expected to beat Baltimore. And if he doesn’t, he could go hungry.
Buck Showalter’s inspired Orioles are defying logic and mastering the aging Yankees.
Of the many current injuries in Major League Baseball, a number of them might have been avoided with a slower progression back to the field. Others appear to be exacerbations waiting to happen.
That big lead in the AL East is gone. The Yankees are in a free-fall that’s seen them blow a 10-game cushion over the past 47 days.
The regular season is not the issue for the Yankees. But once they get to the postseason, there may be dark times around the corner.