The Yankees came into last night’s game four games back of the second wildcard spot with five teams ahead of them. Starting last night, they’ll play their next 12 games against three of those five teams: Mariners, Orioles, Royals, and Orioles again. If you actually believe their still in it, then last night’s loss was another hard blow to their chances. Gary Sanchez is the only reason to have any hope. Anthony Swarzak is not.
For the second time in his young MLB career, Sanchez had a two-home run game. The Yankees have lost both of those games. Anthony Swarzak played a large role in both losses. Monday’s final score was 7-5 Mariners. Pretty brutal loss for a team that’s supposedly in the hunt for a wild card spot. Joe Giardi gets some blame here too.
It is completely indefensible that Anthony Swarzak continues to pitch in high-leverage situations. The Yankees were up 5-3 in the sixth, but the Mariners had two men on base, and sure enough Swarzak served up a three-run home run to Mike Zunino. He’s now allowed ten homers in 28.1 innings. Girardi’s been doing this for weeks now, using Swarzak in big spots, and he keeps getting burned. (he also used Kirby Yates again and got burned again) This is inexcusable. It really is. The front office has to get Swarzak (and for that matter Yates) off the roster because it’s obvious Girardi’s not going to stop using them in close games. He seems oblivious to their awfulness. Once again Joe over managed.
A notorious over-manager, Joe often gets himself wedged in between the game and his matchup book. Sometimes Joe, you just gotta let them play. In Girardi's case and even managing in general, sometimes less is more.
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