This makes complete sense as Soriano has a proven track record in the role, as he racked up 45 saves, the most saves in the AL, back in 2010 with the Rays.
Even more importantly, Soriano is a closer and deserves the chance to prove it.
After the great Mariano Rivera went down for the season, 25-year old David Robertson got shoved into a role that he wasn’t quite ready for yet. Yes, Robertson is an All-Star reliever, arguably the best set-up man in baseball but he is still learning so why force it.
Now with Robertson looking to return from the 15-day DL, it is a wise move of Girardi to keep him where he is comfortable; and that is in the 8th inning, at least for now.
When you consider the Yankees terrible track record with young pitchers, maybe Girardi finally woke-up and realized that forcing pitchers into roles prematurely doesn’t work.
Luckily Soriano gives the Yankees a luxury that most teams cannot afford, an extra, dominant closer to fill the shoes of the greatest one ever.
Sans Mo, and with Houdini hoping to come off the DL soon, my guess is those sentiments have changed.
Just try to think where the Yankees would be now without Soriano?
For whatever reason Levine took the initiative by going over Cashman is irrelevant now because he looks like a genius for doing it and frankly, might be the savior of the season when we look back at 2012.
Girardi made the right call today by not leaving everything to chance by continually shaking things up. In my opinion, just because something works for some clubs, structure is what has always worked best in New York backed with confidence.
Now, it is time for the Yankees to get this season turned around and right the ship.
The Bombers head out on their first West Coast road trip after winning their second game in row vs. the Royals last night 8-2, and are looking to add more to this two game winning streak.
Let’s go Yankees!!