The perils of pinch-hitting
Before you rip the skipper, consider the problems of bringing stale bats off the bench
Game Two of the American League Division Series between the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees is remembered most for Mark Teixeira's dramatic walk-off homer in the 11th inning. However, what happened in the top of that inning is more interesting.
So what happened? Gardenhire had to make some moves, right? And since you know our thesis, you can assume he pinch-hit some guys, no? He did. They failed. It wasn't a big surprise. But to dive into the decline in productivity associated with PH-ing, well, for that you gotta be an ESPN Insider. Come and get it; it's interesting stuff.
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