Was today a season changer for the Yanks? A-Rod, Matsui, and Giambi were a combined 4 - 44 (approx.) against BJ Ryan, yet they came through - just caught the encore. Good for them, good for the team, and good for the 15 remaining fans that stayed to see it.
Today, was also a big day for manager Joe Girardi. If Joe T. is still managing the team, that win would have never happened. He would have very likely PH'd for Matsui or opted for someone other than Giambi to go in as he has always been obsessed with matching righties to lefties for pitching match ups. This was a situation where Girardi went with his gut, and put the best guy to the plate regardless of what the numbers said.
I know I am sounding like a skipping record and it is falling on deaf ears with you guys, but the Yanks need to trade Melkey. He is good but very undisciplined and that lack of discipline cost Wang his chance at a win. Trade him before the rest of the league finds out.
My biggest problem with Joba's start was that the team made an active decision to not play to win the game. When you have a lead against a pitcher like Roy Halladay you have to do everything you possibly can to take advantage of it. The fact that they opted to yield to the pitch count instead of going for the win just seems wrong to me. So if Joba is to start on Sunday, fine, I have no problem with it as long as they let him start and put the team in a position to win vs. caring about a pitch count.
Uh oh, I just checked the Dept. of Home Land Security's web site and they put out a Red level warning to be on the look out for an old Syrian driving at high speeds in a new 'vette. . hmm, any ideas who that may be??