Girardi blunder puts Yankees in hard spot

Jonathan Hernandez
October 8, 2017

A day after saying he didn't have time to see a replay of the hit batsman that turned Friday's game, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi took the blame for not challenging the call.

He added later: "I mean, how many times have you seen a player, say check, check, check, and it ends up being the call that they called?" That's when a showdown between Justin Verlander and Corey Kluber is likely in Game 1 of the AL Championship Series in Cleveland.

The ball hit the bat and was caught by Sanchez which would have made three outs and the inning over with the Indians stranding a pair of runners and the Yankees leading 8-3.

Everyone from Ron Darling to Nate Silver tells us that the best way to win the World Series is strong pitching and great gloves up the middle.

It's no secret I've been banging the Sabathia drum all season. "I don't think he's going to start on Sunday, but he's not been ruled out either".

Sabathia is a battle-tested postseason pitcher.

When Terry Francona kept his ace on the bench for Game 1, we wondered what he was thinking. They run. They've got power. He had given up only two hits and a walk on the night while striking out eight Yankees hitters. NY held a five-run lead when starter CC Sabathia was pulled by Girardi in the middle of the sixth inning.

Kluber could be on the verge of winning his second Cy Young Award.

In six career postseason starts, all previous year, Kluber is 4-1 with a 1.83 ERA. He went 13-12 with a career-worst 4.74 ERA in 30 starts. Ellsbury has batted.263 (5-19) in his career against Kluber, who went 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA in two starts against NY this season. Austin Jackson will start in left field against NY left-hander CC Sabathia, and Yan Gomes will catch Kluber.

Joe Girardi finally said what Yankee fans wanted to hear Friday night. Girardi called upon Chad Green to get the Yankees out of the inning, which isn't out of the ordinary.

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