Yankees Sit Alex Rodriguez: A Smart Move
All that is the current Alex Rodriguez—who has somehow shielded his steroid use, and swayed opinion claiming he is a flop—has been tucked away by Joe Girardi.
Is it a smart move?
Of course it is. Rodriguez is hitting a dismal 2 for 16 this postseason, including nine strikeouts, and his slow-footed defense on the hot-corner is definitely not a reason to keep him in the lineup; making certain that Ibanez is in the lineup is of much more importance; the move makes Girardi look like a smart manager too.
Ibanez has the playoff attitude that Rodriguez can only admire and praise on interviews, falsely, like he did on Wednesday night after Ibanez picked up Alex's turtle-paced bat speed and decision making. Let's face it, the entire Yankees' lineup needs extra BP, so all blame can't be thrown on the shoulders of Alex Rodriguez, but as a leader and money-maker it does, without question.
The Yankees have managed to hang around every game, like they always do, feeding off of mistakes by the Orioles and getting timely offense from players you wouldn't expect. However, eventually that style get's you in trouble, like it did last night, resulting in a loss.
Girardi is smart to know his team can not gamble with another one-run mind-scratcher, especially when the series is on the line. Behind Sabathia, who is a proven big-name pitcher, the Yankees will need to score more than one run and Girardi knows that.
It's his job put a lineup on the field that can produce, or at least, have the ability to produce: Eric Chavez and Raul Ibanez will help that cause.
Alex Rodriguez will not—Millions wasted on a player that cheated, who somehow has hidden behind his "oh gee whiz'" mentality, earning chance after chance, until now. Alex Rodriguez is no longer in the scenario for success of the New York Yankees.