Mike Francesa Blasts Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton For Sitting Out ALCS Game 2


After two tilts in Houston, the ALCS is tied as the series shifts back to New York.

The Yankees lost 3-2 to the Astros in a game that went extra innings and stretched from Sunday night to early Monday morning. After a 7-0 shutout win in Game 1, New York’s offense struggled to get anything going in Game 2 against Justin Verlander.

Giancarlo Stanton played relatively well in the opener, but he wasn’t in the lineup for Game 2 after suffering a quad strain.

Mike Francesa couldn’t believe that Stanton wasn’t able to play with an injury that is apparently just day-to-day. Francesa began Monday’s “Mike’s On” show by criticizing the slugger for not being able to suit up for something as important as the ALCS.

“I never ever get on guys about injuries … but this is a little different,” Francesa said on WFAN. “Unless you can’t walk, you’re in the lineup in the ALCS. That’s all there is to it. If you’re hurt, and you’re really hurt, fine. If there’s an iffy-ness to your injury, how do you sit out the ALCS? This is October, this is not May, this is not June, this is not July … you have to be in the lineup you’ve got to give it a try.”

Stanton has had major issues with injuries this season. The 29-year-old only played in 18 regular season games as he missed most of the campaign due to various ailments, including strains in his bicep and knee.

After the extra-inning loss, Aaron Boone said that Stanton got hurt running out a single in the second inning of Game 1. Apparently it’s not a major injury. Boone expressed hope that Stanton would be back for Tuesday’s contest in the Bronx, but then he later told the press that a decision on his status won't be made until the day of the next game.

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Francesa stressed that a day-to-day injury shouldn’t get in the way of playing in the most important games of the team’s season.

“If you’re day-to-day, how are you out of the lineup in the ALCS? … This is it. This is what you dream about. This is October. You had hit a home run and had a couple good at bats in Game 1 … The bottom line is you’ve got to be in the lineup. I can’t even imagine what his teammates are thinking, especially if it’s iffy. And that’s the way it was painted.”

Aaron Hicks made an appearance as a pinch hitter on Sunday night, but he didn’t play in Game 1 and was left on the bench in favor of Cameron Maybin to start Game 2.

Francesa wondered why Hicks was on the roster if he wasn’t fully ready to go for the beginning of this series.

“I didn’t understand how Hicks was not in the lineup. If Hicks wasn’t strong enough to be in the lineup last night he should not have been on the roster … I understand he came into the game late, but the bottom line is either he’s ready to go or he’s not ready to go. I’m not knocking Maybin … but you don’t want to bat Maybin against Verlander and against (Gerrit) Cole.”

Click on the audio player above to listen to the full open from Monday’s “Mike’s On” show.