October 19, 2010

QUITE WRONG:

Right or Wrong, Joe Girardi's Moves Backfire in Yankees' Crushing Loss (Ed Price, 10/19/10, MLB Fanhouse)

It was a bad day Tuesday for the Yankees, and a worse day for Joe Girardi's leverage.

It started with the Cubs hiring Mike Quade as manager, meaning Girardi -- whose contract as Yankees manager expires after this season -- can't use the Cubs to get more from the Yankees.

It ended with a few questionable decisions that didn't work out as the Rangers whipped the Yankees 10-3 for a 3-1 lead in the American League Championship Series.

"If things go right, they say, 'Well, you did the right thing,' " Girardi said. "If things go wrong, they say, 'Well, you made a mistake.' "

Always true. There are smart moves that don't work and shaky ones that do.

But in the postseason, for the Yankees, the magnification grows.
Game 4: Rangers 10, Yankees 3 | Box Score

Girardi's first key decision was how long to stick with starter A.J. Burnett, whose second-half struggles have been well-chronicled.


The first mistake was handing him the ball with your season on the line. The team is unusually dependent on its one great starter and had to get three wins from him then hope.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 19, 2010 8:35 PM
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