What was Eric Wedge thinking, not walking Alex Rodriguez on purpose in the ninth inning Thursday? After Joe Borowski threw a wild pitch on the first pitch, the Yankees had runners at second and third with two outs, down by one run. So first base was open. That runner meant zip. The hottest hitter in baseball was up, ahead in the count, 1-0. How do you not walk A-Rod?
Any notion of A-Rod as some kind of choker was out the window at that point. He's been incredibly locked in lately. You can tell by the way he's driving the ball to center field. There was no excuse not to put him on. I'm sorry, if Wedge was worried that Borowski might walk the run in, he shouldn't be using him as his closer. Maybe Wedge didn't want to bring up Jason Giambi, a lefty, to face his righty closer. Well, at that point he should have pulled Borowski anyway. The guy had nothing and looked like he was in shock.
Wedge created the problem for himself by bringing in his closer in the first place with a four-run lead. OK, so Borowski hadn't pitched in several days. But by using him at that point, he committed to keeping him in regardless of what happened. It looked like he didn't want to embarrass him by taking him out with the lead. So Borowski creates his own crisis and then, with Wedge's help, suffers a loss that was worse than anything the bullpen did a year ago.
Nice job, Eric.