I mean really. When the Yanks went into the game with D-Rob and Joba not available and Mariano probably only available in a save situation and you end up in the 11th inning with Wood and Logan already out, who do you expect Girardi to go to? He stole an inning with Gaudin in the 10th, and Mitre is likely going to make the postseason roster as the long man, so why wouldn't Joe bring him in in a pressure situation? And when the guy has pitched once in the past 16 days, you almost have to expect him to be rusty and give up something.
The Yanks got everything they could ask for from CC last night, which you expect from your ace. The Rays just happened to get everything they could have asked for out of their ace too, which is why both of those guys are aces. It was a masterful display of pitching on both sides and in the end the Yankees having a depleted bullpen came back to bite them in an extra-innings game. The writing was on the wall, people just need to read it.
If you're going to be mad, be mad at Brett Gardner for getting thrown out trying to steal 3rd in the 10th. Or be mad at Joe for not using Mitre enough lately, but not for bringing him in last night. I like to get on Joe for his bullpen management as much as the next guy, but you really can't last night. It was a great game full of great pitching by both sides and the home team won in their half of the inning against the 5th or 6th best guy in the Yankee bullpen.
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