I’m just gonna come right out and say it: I’m sorry Joe Girardi. He’s off the hook for his non-challenge in Game 2. Do I think he’s a good manager? No, I still don’t really. But clearly this team is behind him more than I thought, as shown in Todd Frazier’s interview last night.
This team picked up their manager in a big way, and honestly I think they used the way they lost Game 2 and the fans’/media’s blaming Girardi to rally together and win this series. Hand up, I admit I was wrong for thinking the 0-2 hole on top of the way they lost Game 2 was too much to overcome, but I think pretty much every Yankee fan was thinking the same way I was.
As far as last night’s game, you really couldn’t have asked for much more. Didi Gregorious continues to be our MVP, homering twice off of likely AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber.
And yes, my plans for my first born child’s name are still in place.
If Didi was hero number 1 last night, Carsten Charles Sabathia was 1A. This man was LOCKED in last night, dominating like it was 2009 all over again. It stinks he ran into trouble in the 5th and couldn’t stay in long enough to pick up the win, but he pitched great and gave us just what we needed last night. (The smile on Sanchez’s face after CC made that huge divot in the ground on his sliding catch was priceless, by the way.)
The bullpen came up big also, with David Robertson inducing a huge double play ball from Francisco Lindor to get out of the jam in the 5th. He pitched a scoreless 6th and 7th before Aroldis Chapman shut the door in the final two innings.
Brett Gardner also came through in the clutch, singling off of Indians’ closer Cody Allen in a 12-pitch at bat that provided the Yankees with two insurance runs in the 9th.
This team is amazing to watch. Games 3-5 saw everything teams need to win in the playoffs: great pitching, sound fielding, and timely hitting. The Astros are a better hitting team than the Indians, however. It’ll be a tougher task for our pitching staff, and the offense is going to have to put up a good amount of runs to give us a chance. But we just beat a team three straight times that previously hadn’t lost three straight since July. That’s over two months. I plan on doing a series preview for the ALCS tomorrow, but for now let’s just enjoy what was easily the most memorable Yankees playoff series since 2009. And what better way to do that than with some Twitter memes.
What a game, what a series, what a team. See you in Houston (figuratively, not literally, I don’t get paid to do this or anything). Let’s go Yanks baby!