I don’t understand elements of Joe Girardi’s bullpen strategy. Ivan Nova, who was pulled after two innings, apparently had an issue with his forearm — but what was wrong with Phil Hughes? Why remove him after throwing only 21 pitches and later lift an unhittable David Robertson after only 13? Did someone remind Girardi that the September call-ups were ineligible to pitch if the game had gone into extra innings? (Yes, I know that the bullpen gave up only one run in seven innings, but a positive outcome does not justify a poor process.)
Must a sizable segment of the Yankee fan base boo a banged-up Alex Rodriguez after every strikeout? Would they have been happier if he had flown out to the right field warning track to end the season? (It’s the same with Met fans who never forgave Carlos Beltran for getting frozen on one of Adam Wainwright’s nasty curve balls on the final pitch of the 2006 NLCS.) Wasn’t A-Rod’s 2009 postseason rampage (1.308 OPS) supposed to end such nonsense? (EDIT: A-Rod bashers also should keep this in mind. And this.)
Congrats to the Tigers; condolences to the Yankees.