The prevailing story from the Yankees' 4-3 loss to the White Sox last night is that Joe Girardi blew one. And indeed, Girardi seemed to get lost in his binder and overthink things. Not wanting to exhaust Rafael Soriano or affect the recuperating David Robertson, Girardi brought Clay Rapada into the game up 3-1 in the ninth, but only after he let Cody Eppley stick around and toss a few pitches. When Rapada allowed a couple of base runners, he turned to Robertson for three outs anyway, then watched him promptly surrender the game-winning home run to Dayan Viciedo. On one hand, had Rapada simply executed a likely double play on the gentle comebacker from A.J. Pierzynski instead of chucking it into center field, we might not be discussing any of this. On the other hand, Robertson sounded unconcerned with his health and a little perplexed about being saved that long. Had Girardi been less fidgety, things might have gone more smoothly.
So, Girardi overfinagled in the ninth (his switches in the eighth worked just fine), but maybe it just wasn't the bullpen's night anyway. After all, it hasn't been their night for a few nights running. Soriano had a rough go of it in Wednesday's ninth inning against the Indians, walking in a run. Before that, there was Corey Wade's near squandering of a six-run lead on Tuesday and some rough stretches during the Mets series. After having such brilliant stretches earlier in the season, now is really not the time for the bullpen to be experiencing trouble. With all the hits to the starting rotation, New York could really use some more near-perfection from the relief. Be perfect, please, if you don't mind. Thaaaanks.
On that note, Adam Warren takes the mound tonight! Exciting!