The Yankees closer has been critical of his handling before-specifically after signing with New York, Chapman criticized Joe Maddon's usage of him in last year's World Series-but Chapman's endorsement of Girardi not returning while still playing in the postseason will raise eyebrows.
"They gave their ideas for it and why they had their ideas for it, and I didn't have a problem with it", Kluber said. Yankees manager Joe Girardi emerged from the dugout.
Both Aaron Hicks and Gary Sanchez homered off Kluber, and NY entered the six inning leading 8-3, when the wheels came off. "To me, it's not about me wanting to pitch the first game or wanting to pitch the second game".
Cleveland manager Terry Francona's decision to start Kluber in Game 2 of the ALDS instead of Game 1 raised some eyebrows, but it couldn't have worked out better. "Whichever way that happens, and if it happens and we advance, it doesn't matter who pitches when, in my mind".
The ball hit the bat and was caught by Sanchez which would have made three outs and the inning over with the Indians stranding a pair of runners and the Yankees leading 8-3.
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It's no secret I've been banging the Sabathia drum all season.
The 28-year-old is 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA in the postseason, having allowed two runs in five innings in a 3-0 loss to the Astros in the 2015 Wild Card Game. "So I'm not really too concerned about it". He threw 77 pitches. In 11 games as a reliever last season, Severino was 3-0 with a 0.39 and 25 strikeouts in 23 and one-thirds innings; the then-22-year-old, who started two games when the Yankees were eliminated from playoff contention, also held opponents to a 0.105 batting average.
In six career postseason starts, all past year, Kluber is 4-1 with a 1.83 ERA.
CC Sabathia was rolling. The Yankees claimed that Chapman inadvertently liked the post on the flight back to NY, and he let Girardi know it was a mistake Saturday.