Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Posted by el duque at 7:22 PM
In 24 hours, Nick Swisher has gone from a benched afterthought to batting second in the order.
A-Rod, whose last at bat the other night was his best in the series, is still on the bench. He may never see another at bat as a Yankee. His replacement, Eric Chavez, has yet to get a base hit in this series. And Chavez's fielding last night led to a Tiger run. We lost by a Tiger run.
Brett Gardner, who in terms of playing time is still in early spring training, has replaced Granderson. Gardner didn't get a hit last night.
This is a full-scale, headless-chicken, DefCon 4, "Mo!Larry!Cheese!" panic.
I don't know what's happening at the micro level. But from here, it looks like Girardi has gone off the rails.