(Syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)
The Yankees managed to pull out another squeaker
yesterday Sunday, scratching a run across in the top of the 9th to beat Seattle and keep their “close game” record going strong. Those of you who watched the game, particularly the final 2 innings, were probably left wondering if the game would have been that close late were it not a few questionable non-pinch hit moves by Joe late. With 2 outs and a runner on 2nd, Joe let Vernon Wells hit against a righty, which led to an inning-ending groundout, and in the 9th he let both Reid Brignac and Chris Stewart hit with a RISP.
In both of these instances, Joe had Lyle Overbay ready and waiting on the bench and chose not to use him. Overbay spent the majority of this weekend series glued to the bench after moonlighting as a right fielder against Cleveland earlier in the week. Removing him from the outfield was the right move, but if Joe isn’t going to use him as a lefty pinch hitter in obvious situations like
yesterday Sunday, then what the hell is Overbay on the roster for?…