For the Yankees, October has come early

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

About Brien Jackson

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

6 thoughts on “For the Yankees, October has come early

  1. Am I the only one who cringes at the thought of Giradi having to manage the next four games as if they were playoff games? It is not that I think Giradi is a bad manager or anything, it is just that I think it goes against his managerial DNA to lean on the players that he should be leaning on in the next four games. Does anyone really expect Giradi to not give Jeter at least a day at DH in Toronto due to the artificial grass? Which will mean either having Nunez in the field or Nix getting at least 3 at bats. I get it that over use of a player in the next few days may significantly hurt the Yankees postseason chances if that player were to get hurt and miss the postseason entirely, but Giradi has got to run out his best lineup he has until the AL East is either won or lost, not run out the best lineup he feels comfortable putting together. It is not like you have to keep players healthy for another three months.

    I think Giradi's bullpen usage in Game 2 of the ALDS last year indicates that Giradi has a tendency to manage for possibilities tomorrow and not realities today, and while I am not asserting that it cost the Yankees the series or even the game, decisions like that make me wonder whether Giradi will be able to force himself to manage with the urgency that may be required in a playoff game during the next four or five games.

  2. While these games are crucial, you have to consider the schedule AND that we still have a ONE game lead. These games are more crucial for the Boids, right?

    Our last 3 games are against the Sox at Yankee Stadium.
    The Orioles last 3 games are against the Rays in Tampa Bay.
    So our load is a bit lighter the Baltmore's.

    So Joe has a tiny bit of breathing room.
    Nix has been OK for us, and if Jeter reaggrevates his injury, we have no chance in the PS.
    While Showalter has to go all out, Girargi has more of a balancing act to perform.

  3. I think I'm more with Keith on this one. With only a one game lead you have to win now and worry about next week later. Next week won't matter if we are watching the Rays play the A's for the wildcard to see who gets to play the Orioles.