SportsNation Blog Archives Raul Ibanez
All of the talk about dropping Alex Rodriguez in the Yankees' batting order resulted in an unexpected outcome Wednesday night, as Joe Girardi's decision to pinch hit for A-Rod with Raul Ibanez paid off in grand fashion. Rodriguez is a sure-fire Hall of Famer and one of the greatest players of all time, but at this point in his career, he's not quite the player he once was. Should he expect to be replaced at critical junctures from now on, at least for the remainder of this postseason?
Which team wins?
The Orioles have come back from worse deficits than this in the regular season, but they can't be feeling good about their chances after Game 3.
Sid Bream, Aaron Boone and Dave Roberts will attest that it's not always the biggest names who make the plays that get teams to the World Series. But it doesn't hurt to have the big guns on your side. The bad news is SportsNation's picks for the NL MVP (Albert Pujols), AL MVP (Joe Mauer), NL Cy Young (Tim Lincecum) and AL CY Young (Zack Greinke) are all home watching on television. At least we've still got one of the Molina brothers.
Colin Cowherd and Michelle Beadle are looking for your rankings on the best remaining players for Thursday's "SportsNation" (ESPN2. 4 p.m. and midnight ET), but voters have already made it known who they would least want to face with the game on the line.
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