Girardi human?; Valverde implodes
The Yankees were headed towards another typical postseason loss, where the big bats once again went MIA. Teixeira, Cano, Swisher, A-Rod and Granderson all did their best disappearing acts in another postseason game. It appeared the Yankees were going to be down 2 games to 1 and facing elimination Thursday night. That was until the unfathomable happened. Joe Girardi finally displayed human qualities . For the first time in his history as Yankees manager, Joe Girardi went with his gut feeling instead of what the book says.
Alex Rodriguez looked over-matched in his at bat against Orioles closer Jim Johnson in the 9th inning of game 2 Monday night. He was also 1-12 in the series coming into the 9th inning of game 3.
Raul Ibanez was expected to pinch hit at some point; either for the struggling Nick Swisher or anyone else down in the order. When Ibanez came out to pinch hit for the legendary Alex Rodriguez, you could hear the reaction everywhere. People were ecstatic not only at the thought of not having to watch A-Rod likely fail once again, but the fact that Joe Girardi showed he isn't a cyborg after all.
Girardi looks like a genius as not only did Ibanez hit a game-tying homerun in the 9th but then also hit a walk-off homerun in the 12th inning. Girardi actually used the words "gut, gut feeling and heart" in the post game press conference. Who knew? The man is human.
The Detroit Tigers were considered disappointments for a good portion of the season. The Indians and then White Sox collapsed, and the Tigers finally put it all together to earn themselves a division title. Wednesday night they entered the 9th inning leading 3-1 and were just 3 outs away from advancing to the ALCS.
Jose Valverde was flawless in 2011; he did not blow a single save. However, in 2012 a case can be made that he sold his soul for that perfect season. Valverde blew 5 saves and just wasn't the same despite his swagger and gyrations on the mound after recording an out.
Valverde completely imploded in the clutch Wednesday Night and the A's tied the series in dramatic fashion. How will the Tigers respond in game 5 Thursday night? What better way to shake off disaster then to put Justin Verlander on the mound and ask him to lead them to the ALCS. Unless Jim Leyland is senile, Tigers fans can rest assured that Verlander will take the ball and not hand it to anyone for at least 9 innings. His arm may fall off and Leyland will ask him to throw left handed. Unless the game goes extra innings, Jose Valverde will NOT see the mound again in this series.