Torre could have saved his bullpen 

October, 3, 2006
It was a little uglier than expected for the Yanks, but they won the game and in the process defeated Detroit's best starting pitching hope, lefty Nate Robertson, who is much more effective against lefties than is Kenny Rogers because of his slider.

Robertson was undone by one inning when he hung a few sliders to left-handed hitters. The final two runs scored off him came on a groundball by Bobby Abreu that found a hole -- Robertson executed that pitch, but a ball in play is out of the pitcher's hands. He did a solid enough job against a terrific lineup. Jim Leyland deserves credit for leaving Robertson in after the Yanks put up the five-spot in the third; those extra 2.2 innings of work that didn't have to come from Detroit's pen mean that guys like Joel Zumaya and Fernando Rodney will be at full strength for tomorrow night's game.

On the other hand, Leyland didn't do so well by his team on the hitting side. The Tigers snuffed out their own rally in the second inning when they had first and second with none out and decided to hit and run. Never a great strategy, the hit and run is not such a great idea when the lead runner is Magglio Ordoņez, who was out at third base by about 89 feet. You can't let fear of the double play cause you to cut off your own rallies, at least not early in a tie game. My Mandarin is shaky, but I'm pretty sure I read Chien-Ming Wang's lips saying, "Thanks for the out, Jim."