Re: Baseball Playoff Talk
As for Girardi, I'd like to see any manager overcome losing his ace for the entire year two months into the season, have 2/5ths of his projected starting rotation either get injured (Hughes, again) or not pan out (Ian Kennedy). The team also converts Jaba to a starter, who was lights out, to only have him get hurt and lose him for six weeks. He also loses his starting LF and had his CF absolutely stink. Then, he loses arguably the best offensive catcher for most of the season, Jorge Posada. Never mind his impact as a field general and someone his teammates trust.
That's the problem with a $200mm payroll. You lose someone and it becomes increasingly difficult to replace that player without giving up your best prospect. Example: Xavier Nady trade. The Yankees will live to regret trading Jose Tabata. Or you trade someone who, at the time, was important and having a dynamite season, Kyle Farnsworth for a rental player in Pudge.
I think Girardi did a great job. 89 wins with all that happening. Hopefully, some smart moves: not resigning Abreau, trading Hughes, Kennedy, Melky, and getting someone like Mike Cameron to man CF until Austin Jackson is ready will help the team. So would signing Texeira, a need and someone like AJ Burnett or CC Sabathia. You need guys who can K people in the playoffs.
You should know. You have Josh Beckett. Every time the Sox need a big out here he comes with a 97MPH fastball on the black or at the belly button and it's inning over.