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.