Nova was excellent. I still don’t know why he doesn’t get the respect of other pitchers. I have been on his band wagon from the beginning and was ticked when he was sent down last year (makes me wonder if Girardi has a clue). Nova has good stuff. 93-95 MPH fastball, a good curve and he threw his slider a lot too. When he was struggling in Spring Training people talked about him being a possible send down…I don’t get it. With the wind blowing out, getting Ibanez fail to catch a ball for a double and Swisher lose a ball in the sun for a double; Nova didn’t walk anyone and pitched great.
Back on Girardi. He said that he felt they needed another arm instead of another fielder. I think he is foolish if he really feels that way. We have plenty of arms but when Ibanez or Andrew Jones are playing in the 9th inning of a game you are winning, then you could use a defensive replacement. Ibanez was up in the 8th inning against a lefty that was brought in. I would have brought in Nunez to pinch hit and then let him play LF (of course I would not have had Ibanez on my team, I would have let a young guy try and develop, but with Ibanez on the team I would have reached down in the minors anyway). Truth to be told, Ibanez actually got a single (on a changeup) so he did come through and has been respectable, but then made a terrible base running play getting caught in a run down trying to get an extra base on a wild pitch with 1st and 3rd and one out.
Then Girardi continued his idiocy by going to Cody Eppley in the 9th inning of a 6-2 game with the wind blowing out??? Are you kidding me? Just go to Rivera and end the game, don’t mess around. I called my brother (I was on delay) and said what the heck is Girardi doing with Cody Eppley? Well at least after Eppley allowed the first guy on he took him right out, but that is just stupid.
Great game by Chavez with 2 dingers and Swisher added a good game himself along with ARod. Martin hit a bomb and got robbed of a double on an outstanding catch by Jason Repko, the Red Sox CF’r. The ball was behind him and it was simply great.
Swisher has 14 RBI, I think that leads the AL
Rivera looked good again and Robertson did his job along with Cory Wade.
Baltimore is losing as I right this which would put us in a tie with them.
Yanks win 6-2!