Yankees vs. Tigers: Joe Girardi Playing Bullpen Roulette

Ivan Nova gave up two home runs in the first inning. That's bad.

But he got out of the second inning without giving up a run. That's good!

But Phil Hughes was already warmed up, and if he didn't get in the game, Joe Girardi was scared he was going to lose the reliever for the game. That's bad.

But Hughes came into the game and struck out the first two hitters he faced. That's good!

But Boone Logan came into the game, and he contains potassium benzoate.

...

That's bad.

Or, heck, I don't know. Maybe it's good. We're sort of in uncharted water with how Girardi's using his bullpen here -- he's essentially playing match-up baseball in the early innings. But through two innings of bullpen work, the Yankees haven't allowed another run. That counts for something, and if Girardi gets the Yankees through this elimination game by deftly managing a cadre of middle relievers, he'll deserve most of the praise he gets.

Just so we're clear, here's who is left:

Cory Wade
Rafael Soriano
CC Sabathia
David Robertson
Mariano Rivera
Luis Ayala

Sabathia for three, and Rivera for two. Sounds good to me.

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