Why Joe Girardi's explanation of his replay screw-up makes no sense

Why Joe Girardi's explanation of his replay screw-up makes no sense

Joe Girardi finally said what Yankee fans wanted to hear Friday night. He had nothing to lose by using one in that situation and - if he was right - he gets his team out of a tough situation. Ellsbury has batted.263 (5-19) in his career against Kluber, who went 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA in two starts against NY this season.

He might not have had the replay, but Girardi had plenty to tell him that Chisenhall wasn't hit, starting with the reaction of the Indians batter himself and continuing with insistence of his catcher. "I was just too quick [Tuesday] night". "We did not have a replay that showed he was hit and I was thinking about keeping our pitcher in rhythm". "But this one has to be one of the best", Gomes said. He brushed aside questions about how his arrival in Cleveland came at the Yankees' expense, but he knew immediately after the trade that he landed in a good spot - on a contender in need of a powerful, left-hander who could play right field.

"He was fighting his command right from the get go", Francona said. "Against guys he's handled in the past".

Tuesday night, Girardi avoided what the binder may have said about hitting Aaron Judge cleanup or keeping Luis Severino in the game to battle his way through the first inning. 'The severity of it, it's going to depend on how he feels.

Hart alum Trevor Bauer picked up his first career postseason victory Thursday, throwing 6 ⅔ shutout innings against the Yankees as the Indians won Game 1 of the American League Division Series, 4-0.

That was following by three straight 1-2-3 innings, setting up the sixth, and the beginning of the end.

Cleveland holds a 2-0 series advantage over the Yankees with Game 3 scheduled for Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

For a young team that looked so overmatched, Game 2 - in which the Yankees will face the Cy Young Award candidate Corey Kluber - is shaping up to be an early test of navigating the emotional highs and lows of a playoff series. Judge did not play in the two games Kluber started against NY during the regular season.