It doesn’t fit exactly with the previous post, but I got an email about it and it seems worth discussing.
Are you still comfortable with Phil Hughes in the eighth inning, or should the Yankees consider moving Joba Chamberlain into that role?
Here’s Girardi on why he pulled Hughes last night, giving the ball to Mariano Rivera for the final four outs: “Mo is more experienced this time of year,” Girardi said. “I know Joe Mauer is a great hitter, but Mo is more experienced in that situation and that’s why we did it and he has been doing it since 1996. When I saw him burst on the secne, I was behind home plate and I just thought it was time to go to Mo.”
Of course Girardi isn’t going to knock Hughes — and I’m not sure Hughes deserves negative comments at this point — but his numbers weren’t great in the ALDS (five hits and a walk in two innings). Who would you want on the mound in the eighth inning of a one-run game? I think I’d stick with Hughes, but that’s just me.