Joe Girardi has turned into Captain Hook, whether his starters like it or not. He has “flipped the page”. Whereas earlier this year, he may have stuck with a starter, now with a playoff spot on the line, he’ll go to his bullpen much quicker, the starter’s feelings be damned for the sake of the team and getting that W.
We saw it earlier this week when he pulled CC in the middle of the fifth up 5-1 when he brought in David Robertson.
Today we saw it with two outs in the fifth when he yanked Jaime Garcia for Chad Green.
They are moves worthy of Casey and Billy. Aggressive, bold and gutsy, the starter’s feelings be damned. It doesn’t matter what pitcher gets the W, as long as it’s a W and not an L. Garcia didn’t like being pulled one out away from qualifying for a win, but it is what it is. Don’t like it? Garcia is a free agent at the end of the year. Don’t like buying into TEAM right now? Leave. It’s not like he’s been Sandy Koufax or Clayton Kershaw since he was traded for. Besides, right now, Chad Green is such an unhittable weapon.
Girardi couldn’t do this earlier in the year, or he would burn out the bullpen. Now? No holds barred.
Besides Garcia, Betances got a quick hook when he ran into trouble and got pulled for Chapman.
Simple concept. Does well, leave him in. Struggles? Pull him.
The Yanks beat the Rays, 3-2 today, scoring all three runs in the top of the second.
Castro and Ellsbury singled. Todd Frazier singled in a run. After an out and a walk that loaded the bases, Gardner singled in two.
The Rays got a HR in the third off Garcia and scored another in the eighth. With Boston losing tonight, the 79-66 Yanks are three back of the division lead (and to avoid the sudden death wild card game) with 17 games left.
Gardner 2 hits, 2 RBI.
Sanchez 2 hits.
Castro 2 hits.
Ellsbury 2 hits.
Garcia 4 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.35
Green (W, 5-0, 1.96) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Kahnle (H, 14) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.62
Betances (H, 18) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.09
Chapman (S, 18) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 4 K. 3.71
Otani, the Japanese hitter/pitcher will be posted at the end of the year. The Yanks have interest.
Magic numbers for the Yanks making a wild card spot and for top wild card are less than 20.