The New York Yankees as underdogs? That’s just what Joe Girardi’s team has been transformed into as they prepare for the remainder of the postseason without Derek Jeter.
Detroit Tigers outlasted the Yankees 6-4 Saturday night in an AL championship series opener in which Derek Jeter was helped off the field with what appeared to be a serious leg injury.
Alex Rodriguez has returned to the Yankees’ starting lineup for their AL championship series opener against Detroit on Saturday night but has been dropped to sixth in the batting order.
Girardi’s detractors have to give the manager full marks for making the decision, executing it and doing it in such a manner that didn’t cause angst in the clubhouse.
It all comes down to this: a do-or-die Game 5 at Yankee Stadium. New York has to like its chances with Sabathia on the mound.
A-Rod is suddenly expendable. And moveable. Not good. We’ll see what happens this afternoon in Game 5 — he could look back on this series as the beginning of the end.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi won’t know until Friday whether his bullpen will include Chamberlain, who has had enough mound misfortunes to fill a horror film.
Derek Jeter doesn’t like to talk about injuries. Either he’ll play or he won’t — and he will. The captain is leading off for the Bronx Bombers in Game 4 of the ALDS against the Orioles.
Don’t worry about what’s right or wrong, or better yet what makes sense. We’ll just keep making it up as we go along.
Joe Girardi, so often criticized for relying his trusty stats binder, just had a feeling. And it worked. Boy, did it ever.
If Commissioner Selig is so insistent on having an extra Wild Card team in each league, then I have a solution. Is it a perfect solution? By no stretch of the imagination. It has its holes, and many would cry foul if it was ever implemented, but I can guarantee than it’s far more fair than what’s currently in place.
It’s a new season, one Pettitte knows better than most. On Monday night, he’ll have his eye on No. 20 — as in career postseason victories.
“I said it was his game,” manager Joe Girardi said. “It was his game to either win or lose, and that’s exactly what he did. He went out and won the game for us.”
CC Sabathia turned in a sparkling pitching performance and the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-2 Sunday night.
The Nationals overcame a wild start by 21-game winner Gio Gonzalez, then watched their bullpen shut down St. Louis in the late innings.