If you look back through the archives here at Depressed Fan, you’ll probably notice that I don’t criticize Joe too often. Once in a while, you’ll see me question a move, but I almost never blame losses on him. I think it’s silly to blame the manager in most cases. Tonight, is the exception.
I’m not sure what was going through Joe’s mind when he pulled Tyler Clippard after 4 innings, but whatever it was, it was wrong. The kid didn’t have his best stuff tonight, that was apparent from the get-go, but he was battling out there. When Joe lifted him, and sent Matt DeSalvo out there to start the fifth inning, the Yankees were trailing 3–2, and they’d just closed the gap to 1. They had some momentum, and the kid had only thrown 72 pitches.
The bull pen, in “relief” of Clippard gave up 7 runs in 5 innings of work, and on a night when the Yanks were touching up Jered Weaver, this game should’ve been a lot closer than the 10–6 final. This one’s on you, Joe.
A couple notes from the game:
Player of the Game: Robinson Cano, 2 for 4, 3 RBIs on a bases-loaded double off Scot Shields in the bottom of the eighth.
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