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.