And That Happened: LCS Edition

Angels 5, Yankees 4: Girardi, on the decision to replace Dave Robertson with Alfredo Aceves:

Joe Girardi: The bullpen goes up to eight. Look, right across the board, eight, eight, eight and…

Beat Reporter: Oh, I see. And most managers only use the number of relievers they actually need?

Joe Girardi: Exactly.

Beat Reporter: Does that mean it’s better? Is the bullpen any better if you use eight pitchers instead of seven?

Joe Girardi: Well, it’s one better, isn’t it? It’s not seven. You see, most blokes, you know, will be pitching seven. You’re on seven here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you’re on seven in your bullpen. Where can you go from there? Where?

Beat Reporter: I don’t know.

Joe Girardi: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?

Beat Reporter: Put in your eighth pitcher.

Joe Girardi: Eight. Exactly. One better.

Beat Reporter: Why don’t you just use your best reliever seventh, and make seven be the top number and finish the game with him?

Joe Girardi: [pause] This bullpen goes to eight.

Phillies 5, Dodgers 4: Um, L.A.? You’re supposed to have the good bullpen. Bruntlett scored the tying run, but let us all remember that it was Matt Stairs who drew the walk that called for a pinch runner to begin with. Matt Stairs is the best. 3-1 Phillies. I hate to cut this short, but I have a long day of “See! I told U! No 1 believed in us! We’re the champs, dood! Your stupid 4 picking the Dooshers to win anything. Get a new job” comments over a the Blue Network. And they’ll still come when I write a piece talking about just how sharp the Phillies are right now, and how well-managed and confident they are and everything.

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  1. Adam said...

    As a father, it’s your responsibility to NEVER admit you don’t know something, even when you clearly don’t.  “Dad, why is the sky blue?”  “Because the color of the ocean is reflected in the sky.” So when I got, “Dad, why is he taking Robertson out?”  I toyed with “Because he bet on the Angels” or “He forgot how many times he had visited the mound”, and I sincerely wish I would have thought of Craig’s “He wanted everyone to get a turn”.  Instead, a childhood ended last night. (ok, he’s 16, but give me some dramatic license.)  “I don’t know, son.  I just don’t know.”

  2. Joe said...

    I wasn’t watching at the time:  why did Girardi bring in (lefty) Damaso Marte to pitch to Figgins (one batter) to end the 7th, then replace him with (lefty) Phil Coke to pitch to Abreu (one batter) to start the 8th?

  3. YankeesfanLen said...

    Since it’s almost 11 AM EDT and I haven’t seen this ATH on the Blue Network, I’ll take it that this post is for mature audiences only, or you were reserving the aforementioned server space for the spitball segment.
    Good choice, Craig, it’s nine more hours til the game.

  4. Daniel said...

    Also, in a valiant effort to pile on, no matter what happens in the rest of the series, the Yankees are not handling the Angels “fairly easily.” 

    Some great baseball all around, though!

  5. RP said...

    The Dodgers wish that was the final score, Craig.

    I wonder if the two-out, game-winning extra base hit in the ninth to win 5-4 qualifies as some sort of revenge by the A’s distant cousins for 21 years ago.

  6. TL said...

    If I have any energy left after griping about the Yankees offense I’ll try to get worked up over the bullpen management. But I have a feeling the offense will do me in.

  7. Kevin S. said...

    Even Kay and Singletary were criticizing him.  You know it was a bad decision when the YES men won’t be yes men.

  8. TC said...

    For the record, I would never hold your obvious NL East biases against you.  I, for one, would never, ever pick the Braves to win anything.  This said, I was at this game (hello, wedding present!) and it was everyone you could ask for in a ballgame.  Other than short, of course.  LOVED IT.

  9. APBA Guy said...

    I’ve been waiting for the bullpen mismanagement to catch up to Girardi. I know his guys are conditioned to certain roles and situations and all, but if the game is on the line and Aceves is your pitcher, twice, vs Ervin Santana, you will lose.

  10. YankeesfanLen said...

    There are so many Items of Idiocy to pin on Joe (“Put me in coach” “OK”) Girardi from last night.
    My personal favorite is- it was a long ball night for the team.  I think I picked this up by the eighth after Jeter (?!), ARod, and Damon had all the runs on singletons.  Matsui gets on, replaced by Gardner whom we somehow convinced has to steal second NOW NOW NOW on a 0-1 count. Two pitches later, home run, where is Gardner? Oh, what are you doing in the dugout?
    Joe, you don’t play EVERYONE you play your BEST!
    Since Joe is -2 WAR, still Yankees in 6. Sigh.

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