- Jul 18, 2005
As bad as they were, they all got outs. Even Brasier. I think all of the NYY runs before Judge were scored on outs. At 5-0, that's a fair trade.Obviously everyone would like a better bullpen but I think it is conceivable they could get by with a pen of Kimbrel, Barnes, ERod and "starter not starting for a few days'.
The guys who do start need to be pretty good and they need to score runs as it is unlikely they will win many 1-0 games with that approach but it can be done.
I'm also not ready to abandon Brasier after one bad outing, he'll get more chances and hopefully he'll be better.
The approach isn't sustainable over a season but they only need to win 6 more games to get to the WS and if they can do that they should have a pretty significant advantage over whoever they play.
Up by 5 with four innings left, a run an inning is a win.
I also think the game plan must be "no fastballs." Tricky, obviously, because of control, especially this crew. But, the Yankees live and die by the HR. Keep them in the park, and they only get 1 run at a time. From a pitching standpoint, a walk *is* better than an HR.
I was kidding about "weak." I think your take was spot on. Guy was nervous. Up by 5 is a nice time to get him in. I expect better next time.
And I will never say anything bad about Sandy's bat again. Last night was a catching clinic.