As the World Series shifts to Detroit for tonight’s Game 3 — 8:07 p.m. on FOX — the Tigers need to take all three games at Comerica to take the lead in this series. How have the Giants done what the Yankees couldn’t do? By sticking with what worked all season.
“When you’re in postseason, you pretty much want to go with the guys that got you there and the order that brought you to the dance, so to speak,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “This guy (Hunter Pence) is a good hitter, and I like his presence in the lineup, where he’s at, and I think it’s important we stay behind our guys, and they need to know it.”
Pence has hit .182/.193/.255 this postseason, meaning he would have fit nicely in the Yankees postseason lineup. Bochy, though, has kept Pence in the fifth spot in the order, exactly where he was in almost every game after his trade from Philadelphia.
Would the Yankees fate have been different had Joe Girardi showed similar confidence in his hitters? I have no idea. The Yankees offensive struggles came from almost a complete meltdown throughout the order, and Girardi tried to right the ship. Maybe he would have been better of letting the ship try to right itself, but he was clearly going to take heat either way.
“I made decisions based on the season, a month, what I’d seen,” Girardi said. “For me to go back and say I would have changed anything, these weren’t just, let me go off the top of my head and make a decision. These were things we evaluated a lot before we made out decisions. I don’t look back and second-guess myself, no I don’t.”
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