Thankfully, It Rained

Count me as someone happy for a rainout tonight. Considering the state of the bullpen and the lineup Joe Girardi was going with (Posada, Martin and Jeter on the bench) the rain is probably a blessing for the Yankees.

As for the bullpen, I have two thoughts about last night’s debacle. While I don’t think Girardi deserves the guff he has gotten over using Soriano up 4-0 in the 8th, I am confused as to why he did. His explanation that Soriano is his “8th inning guy” doesn’t make a lot of sense because it doesn’t define when you need to use your “8th inning guy”. Does 5-0 require his services? 6-0, 7-0 or 8-0? Probably not, but why did 4-0, especially when you had David Robertson, a guy you have shown a lot of trust in, ready to go? I wish I had heard a more coherent answer to that question.

Now, I would imagine Girardi was thinking about getting three outs from Soriano to make the Twins chances of a comeback even slimmer before turning the ninth over to Robertson or someone else if the Yankees added to their lead. It didn’t work out, but that’s baseball and I don’t have a problem with the idea, just the explanation.

My second thought is that it is absolutely ridiculous how the press reacted to Soriano’s “snub” of them last night. The guy was drawn and quartered in the morning papers because he didn’t stick around to tell everyone how badly he pitched. I get that they have a job to do, but Soriano didn’t deserve the treatment he got this morning. I am not defending what he did, he should have stayed at his locker and answered questions, but let’s not pretend he committed some heinous crime either. I was always told that one of the basic rules of journalism was to not make yourself part of the story. It seems to me like a number of beat reporters forgot that this morning.

So now the Twins series is a best-of-three. I imagine Joe Girardi will tinker a bit with today’s lineup because he has 3 day games in a row followed by a night game and a day off. Seems like a good excuse to let the regulars keep playing, but we shall see.