Who else would it be sliding home with the winning run? Phew! Back from the brink! The boys deserved this one: they were the better team, but for a few bloops. And who said A-Rod’s not clutch?
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While we’re still basking in the glow of this comeback, let’s pause for a little second guessing. Gardenhire leaving Nathan out for so much of tthe 12th, when he was clearly spent? And where was Lew Ford in this game?
Conversely, we wonder why Joe didn’t have help for Sturtze available when he, too, looked spent.
And tens of thousands (I mean really, how many are there?) Twins fans join the legions of Sox and D-Backs fans who have witnessed the negative effects of the Toilet that Ruth Built’s evil managerial death ray.
What was Gardenhire thinking?
A Grady Moment?
Look you can always second guess a manager when things don’t work out. In last year’s ALCS Rivera pitched the final 3 innings of game 7. Gardenhire had his best option out there, who else was he going to bring in, and if you’re gonna lose make them beat your best.
How many times have the Yankees beaten up on opposing bullpens in the post season? Something like 15 blown saves with a 1-14 record for opposing bullpens since 1996. Makes you appreciate how amazing Rivera truly is, 30 Saves, 3 Blown saves. If the opposing bullpens had done this to the Yankees they would have been like the Braves, 10 division wins and 1 World Series championship to show for it.
If the Yankees are to win it all this year, and since they have the worst starting pitching of all the playoff teams, they will have to keep the games close until the late innings and then beat up on the opposing bullpens.
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