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Two decisions to debate

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Sep 19, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Based on the comments, some readers were upset with Joe Girardi last night on two fronts:

• They wanted Girardi to pinch hit for Jose Molina in the seventh inning with two one, one out and the Yankees leading 2-1. He did not and Molina rolled into an easy 6-4-3 double play.

Thanks a bunch for getting suspended, Jorge Posada. If the Yankees had three catchers, Girardi could have pinch hit. But in a 2-1 game, he probably wanted to save Francisco Cervelli in case the game went into extra inning or in case Molina got hurt.

• Then some people wanted Girardi to intentionally walk Ichiro Suzuki with first base open and a runner on second in the bottom of the ninth inning.

That would have made zero sense to me. Ichiro was 2 for 10 against Mariano Rivera in his career. You also do not put the winning run on base in the form of one of the fastest men in baseball. A double down the line would have won the game for Seattle.

If you are Joe Girardi, you have done your job once you hand a one-run lead in the ninth inning to the greatest closer in history. What happens after that is all on Mariano.




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