Jason Giambi erased an 0–5 from our minds with one swing of the bat in the top of the twelfth inning tonight. He took Lenny DiNardo deep for the deciding blow in the Yanks 4–3 win over Oakland.
Dramatic, yes. Satisfying, somewhat. Troublesome, youbetcha. It’s nice to see the Yanks climb back to .500. It’s great to see the Yanks pull one out in extras. It’s troubling to see the way Joe Torre is handling this pitching staff.
I’ve never been one to jump on Joe. In fact, I’ve backed him every step of the way in his tenure with the Yanks. How can you not? But this season, he’s made some questionable moves. Tonight, Darrell Rasner was brilliant. He gave up three un-earned runs in the first inning, and nothing after that. With one out in the fifth inning, Rasner was officially cruising. He’d only thrown 78 pitches, and wasn’t showing any sign of letting up. The Yanks were coming off an extra-inning game in which the pen had to account for 5 innings, and a game on Tuesday when they had to pitch 7. Why pull Rasner there?
I’m not sure if Joe has reached the point where he’s shocked when a starter gets into the fifth and immediately shuffles out to the mound regardless of the score, or if he’s more concerned with Rasner’s psyche than the overall state of the pitching staff, but either way, it needs to stop.
This isn’t a “Fire Torre” post. That’s asinine. This is a “what the f is Joe thinking” post. Full disclosure: My last “what the f is Joe thinking” post was yesterday, when I railed against Torre for failing to steal bases against the A’s and Jeff Kendall’s weak arm. Tonight, the Yanks tried thrice to steal second, and were caught every time. I guess that’s why Joe’s the manager.
Player of the Game: Brian Bruney. Tough luck loser Friday night, well-earned win tonight.
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