When was the last time that the Yankees were involved in an extra inning game, with the score tied at zero, with only 18 games left to follow, while being in first place, and playing the team directly behind them, by only one-half game, and they brought in pitchers like Chad Gaudin and Sergio Mitre to pitch in the extra frames – when they had several other pitchers with better statistics available?
Lemme guess, if Mitre had pulled a Houdini, like Gaudin did, was Javy Vazquez the next in line to pitch in this one for the Yankees?
Man, punting is one thing. But, it’s even worse when you shank it.
Update: In his post-game presser, Joe Girardi said that Joba Chamberlain, David Robertson and Jonathan Albaladejo were not available as they needed rest. And, that he would not use Mo Rivera in a non-save situation. Well, Joba hasn’t pitched since last Friday. So, what’s up with that? And, Robertson last pitched on Saturday – throwing one and a third. And, in fact, over the last 13 days, he’s only pitched 6 innings (over five games). Therefore, how tired can he be – throwing 6 innings over a span of two weeks?