You probably watched the game on Friday night: tied in the 9th inning with one out, Carlos Beltran hits a single off LHP Brett Cecil. Chase Headley is about to come up to bat. Chris Young, probably the best lefty-masher on any MLB bench, is available to pinch hit. I’m at the game, waiting for Joe Girardi to make the no-brainer move. And then… Chris Young pinch runs for Carlos Beltran.
What the hell happened? Why did Girardi, who plays the percentages as well as any manager, not make the switch to his best hitter? I react:
Are you kidding me Girardi? You need to pinch hit Young there. Or at least save him for Didi or Drew.
— EJ Fagan (@ejfagan) August 8, 2015
Pinch-running Young, who hardly steals bases these days, felt like a tremendous waste that took me a little bit to process. Even if you want to let Chase Headley bat, Young can hit for Didi or Stephen Drew if Headley hits a single or takes a walk.…