In his first game since Aug. 30, where he surrendered one run on five hits in 4 2/3 innings, Joe Girardi pulled Jaime Garcia from today's contest against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Garcia wanted the chance to get the win, and became extremely upset when he wasn't able to do so.
After surrendering a two-out double to designated hitter Lucas Duda, star third baseman Evan Longoria was up next, who had coincidentally gone 0-for-2 against Garcia. That's when Girardi came out of the dugout and decided to remove the starter from the game, who didn't even look at his manager when he walked off the mound.
Shutdown reliever Chad Green came in and did his job, as he got Longoria to fly out. The Yankees ultimately won the game, 3-2, and Garcia came to understand that it's all just about helping the team win.
Garcia sees why Girardi took him out, and even though he wished to stay in, he talked to Girardi as they discussed that it's good to have that competitive nature to want to remain in the game. That's what Girardi wants from his players, and he mentioned that it's also tough for him to make the decision of removing someone.
Jaime Garcia: It's not about individual stats; it's all about the team. pic.twitter.com/u6qPVXTvJX— YES Network (@YESNetwork) September 13, 2017
There's under 20 games remaining, and in the month of September where every baseball team is scratching to get victories any way they can, Garcia understands that it can't be based on individual statistics.
Since joining the Yankees, Garcia is winless in six starts with a 0-2 record and a 4.60 ERA. Girardi plans to start Garcia at least one more time before the regular season ends, and it will sure to be entertaining to see how the race for the division plays out.