Here’s what Joe Girardi said this afternoon when asked about the possibility of a lineup change for tomorrow.
First he was asked how much of a lineup decision is based on strategy, and how much is based on emotional impact of the players involved.
“I think you have to take it all into account,” Girardi said. “We know that we’re in a three-game series, and whether you need to pinch hit for someone, you need to make a pitching change, you need to change the lineup a little bit, our guys understand. We have a veteran group that understands that we’re going to do what we think is the best thing to win. So I mean, yeah, of course you have to take in a lot of factors. Sometimes it’s just not as easy as just writing a name or taking a guy out, a pitcher out. You have to think about the emotional part. You always have to think about that as a manager. But being a three game series, our guys know what’s at stake, and we have to win two games.”
Has Girardi made any lineup decisions already?
“No, I haven’t done anything yet,” he said. “Obviously there’s a lot of thought process that goes into the whole series and into every move that we possibly might make down the road, but I haven’t done anything yet.”
Could any of those lineup decisions specifically involve Alex Rodriguez?
“Well, I mean, I think that we’re going to do whatever it takes to win this three-game series,” Girardi said. “Nothing that we do will be something that is just a knee jerk reaction. You know, we talk about different things, and whether it’s a pitching change or pitching situations. We know, the great thing about this is I have a great group of guys that’s very unselfish, and they really want to win. And that’s what we’re going to do, what we think is best to win.”
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