January 24 2018

Joe Girardi ruined Yankees' chance to tie ALDS

January 24 2018, 01:57 | Sammy Rose

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On Thursday, it was all about his play on the field.

If you're a fan of the Yankees, you might as well consider it cursed black voodoo, as the old memories of Sandy Alomar and the midges of years past came back to haunt them once again.

He didn't fan the flames of Chisen-Hell.

The Yankees dropped behind the Indians 2-0 in the American League Division Series last night, and the brunt of the 13-inning, 9-8 loss is falling on manager Joe Girardi's shoulders - for good reason. In the unlikely event that happens - this has not been a good postseason for starting pitchers - someone needs to bridge the gap, and Girardi's options right now are Severino, or a tired Green, Robertson, and Dellin Betances.

As for Girardi, he says needs to sit down with his wife and three children after the season and talk about whether he even wants to return for an 11th season as Yankees manager. "I've never anxious about (the) future", Girardi said.

"I think what's really important is just go up there and do the same we've been doing the whole year and what we've been doing the last two games, too".

On further review the ball clearly hit the knob of Chisenhall's bat, and since Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez caught what was a foul tip, it would have been ruled a strikeout.

In the 8th Yankees draw two walks off Andrew Miller.

For about five innings Friday night, it looked as if the Yankees would be heading back to the Bronx with the ALDS tied, 1-1, against the heavily favored Cleveland Indians.

Catching Dwight Gooden's no-hitter in May of that season changed things for Girardi, whose triple in the clinching World Series Game 6 elevated him into pinstriped championship lore. "Yeah, it sure could have", Girardi said. "We'll see. There's no way to know yet".

"I take responsibility for everything", he said.

By mid-day Saturday, there was already talk of Encarnacion being available on Sunday in ALDS Game 3. So Girardi didn't execute a ideal news conference, which would have been a first for him.

And secondly, if the Yankees do not use Severino in relief in Game 3, it's entirely possible he won't pitch in the series at all. And Girardi wholly fell on his sword regarding this primary issue.

After getting the nod thanks to a controversial decision by manager Terry Francona, Bauer flummoxed the Yankees with his curveball, firing 6 2/3 two-hit innings while striking out eight. Since that time, millions of baseball fans around the world have subscribed to MLB.TV, the live video streaming product that airs every game in HD to almost 400 different devices. Call Sway on this lovely morning and ask for the answers when you have a moment. He later added: "And that's the one thing that you have to be careful about is players telling - if you just challenge as soon as a player tells you to challenge, you might be wrong".

The playoffs can be different.

Girardi nodded and held up a finger, asking for time to make a decision.

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