To run or not to run, A-Rod edition
The Yankees lost in the bottom of the ninth inning last night when, with Brett Gardner at third base representing the tying run, Robinson Cano hit into a 6-4-3 double play that erased Alex Rodriguez at second base.
Within seconds, my e-mail was flooded with fans complaining that Joe Girardi hadn’t put A-Rod in motion on that play, with one calling it “a Little League mistake.” WFAN was still crowing about it this morning when I crossed the George Washington Bridge (which, by the way, was a monsoon situation).
So here’s Girardi’s explanation of the play:
“We had talked about it. It’s kind of a double-edged sword. You figure he can hit into a line drive and you get doubled up. then you have Cano and Posada, two pretty good RBI guys, and you lose the chance for Posada to hit. Even though Robbie’s not a huge pull hitter, you close that hole up if he steals, and then they play the infield in. There’s a lot of different things that you have. Al is physically probably not running as well as he was last year, but he’s fairly close. If we got a 3-2 situation, am I saying that I’d hold him up? I’m not saying that. But we talk about it. (Mike) MacDougal is quicker than he used to be to home plate. There’s a lot of factors that went into it.”