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Girardi yanks Nova after two innings

Posted on: October 6, 2011 8:53 pm
Edited on: October 6, 2011 9:47 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

New York-Detroit ALDS
After two innings and 31 pitches, Ivan Nova's night was done in Game 5 of the ALDS between the Tigers and the Yankees. Nova did allow back-to-back home runs in the first inning to Don Kelly and Delmon Young -- which marked the first time in postseason history the Tigers went deep in back-to-back fashion -- and coughed up a leadoff double in the second inning. But after that he induced two groundouts and struck out Ramon Santiago to end the inning.

Unless Nova was injured, that's an awfully quick hook for a starting pitcher on normal rest, but Girardi did say it was "all hands on deck" Thursday night. If Nova's not injured, Girardi simply didn't like what he saw and elected to get Nova out of the game (UPATE: Girardi said during an on-camera interview that Nova was "tightening up." So that's why he was pulled). Phil Hughes took over and worked around a Young single for a scoreless third inning to keep the score 2-0 Detroit.

UPDATE: With one out in the fourth, Hughes allowed a single and Girardi removed him in favor of Boone Logan. Evidently, Girardi's plan is to use many different pitches in small doses.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 1:37 pm
 

Girardi yanks Nova after two innings

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Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2011 1:45 am
 

Girardi yanks Nova after two innings

He probably saw what happened to the Brewers' Randy Wolf last night. Roenicke didn't pull him after a really bad first inning and he ended up giving up 7 ER. Mind you, Randy Wolf doesn't have the kind of stuff that playoff pitchers need to succeeed, so I don't know why he was starting in the first place, but all I know is it puts a lot of pressure on Yovani Gallardo tomorrow. Ivan Nova has been undefeated since, what, June? I don't know why you would pull him. Girardi must've forgotten that it's just 2 runs and he manages a team with a payroll that looks like it's been written on a blank check. Definitely the wrong move, but since I don't care that much for the Yankees, I'm not exactly shedding tears over this. 



Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2011 9:34 pm
 

Girardi yanks Nova after two innings

 I could be wrong but I think this was a mistake.  I know it is do or die, but sometime pitchers get in a groove after a inning or 2.  I do believe at some point all men are available, but not until the 5th or 6th I would think.  I think it was a great move declaring Verlander out for this game.  He is not a reliever, so leave it to the guys who are use to it.  Yes you need to do some differant things in an elimination game, but don't screw with it too much, some can't do there best outside of the norm.  Way to much "over Managing" in my opinion!


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