"One game at a time." It is a mantra of baseball managers, an approach that enables them to focus on the one thing that they can control -- the game in front of them -- without worrying about other concerns.
"One game at a time." The Yankees' Joe Girardi -- in a decision that was curious at best, dangerous at worst -- used precisely that rationale for extending left-hander CC Sabathia to eight innings in a blowout of the Red Sox on Monday night.
In this case, "one game at a time" did not apply.
Not when the Yankees might need Sabathia on short rest in a one-game, wild-card playoff Friday. Not when Sabathia has been on the disabled list twice this season. Not when the Yankees will need him to fill his usual role of workhorse in the playoffs, should they advance.
Another baseball mantra would have been more appropriate on Monday night -- a pitcher has only so many bullets. Sabathia threw 103 pitches in the Yankees' 10-2 victory, 103 pitches on a night when the score was 9-0 after ...