Joe Girardi: "I screwed up" by not challenging HBP call

Posted October 08, 2017

After their first Wild Card Game win since the game's introduction in 2012, the New York Yankees are preparing for their first American League Division Series since that same year and a matchup with the Cleveland Indians. "I was just too quick [Tuesday] night".

Cleveland manager Terry Francona's decision to start Kluber in Game 2 of the ALDS instead of Game 1 raised some eyebrows, but it couldn't have worked out better.

Both Aaron Hicks and Gary Sanchez homered off Kluber, and NY entered the six inning leading 8-3, when the wheels came off. The Indians' skipper must have known something, as Corey Kluber was very bad Friday night, failing to pitch into the fourth inning.

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"He helps us win, " Francona said. "Whichever way that happens, and if it happens and we advance, it doesn't matter who pitches when, in my mind".

Home plate umpire Dan Iassogna ruled Chisenhall was hit by the pitch, awarded him first base and loaded the bases for Cleveland. While the Indians only manager five total hits on the night, it was more than enough to help the pitching staff carry the team to a Game 1 victory.

It's no secret I've been banging the Sabathia drum all season.

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In 11 career starts against his former team, Sabathia is 4-3 with a 3.65 ERA. If a situation arises prior to game four - when Severino is now scheduled to start if the Indians do not pull off the sweep - where he's needed in a jam, would it really hurt the Yankees to use him? He threw 77 pitches.

Progressive Field went nuts and the Yankees were suddenly closer to squandering a great effort that knocked Cleveland ace Corey Kluber out of the game far earlier than expected. The Yankees claimed that Chapman inadvertently liked the post on the flight back to NY, and he let Girardi know it was a mistake Saturday. He will be opposed by CC Sabathia (14-5, 3.69 ERA), as the New York Yankees try to pull even in the series. "I'm excited for him because previous year he missed out".

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