Archive for the ‘Joe Girardi’ Category

Tony Dungy totally ruins everything

September 25, 2010

A four game losing streak at home certainly wasn’t what the Bronx Bombers had in mind after taking the first two from Tampa earlier this week. After Joba Chamberlain saved Phil Hughes’ 17th win on Tuesday, the Yankees proceeded to lose a crazy rain delay induced bullpen game followed by a game they looked to have in their grasp—CC on the mound at home, lead in hand—until a one out bases loaded 3-2 pitch at the knees to Sean Rodriguez didn’t go their way leading to a seven-run sixth inning. Then, after Andy Pettitte, who the Yankees are going to be counting on once again in October, really had nothing Friday night, they don’t get a hit off of Jon Lester until the sixth inning.

Now, are there things they could’ve done differently? Of course, one painfully obvious idea would be using Chad Gaudin and his 5.86 ERA a lot less. Another would be not calling on someone as boring and lame as Tony Dungy to give a “life lessons” pep talk before Saturday’s game. That would explain why they were almost no-hit. The hitter’s didn’t wake up until the sixth inning. Well, it was probably half Dungy and half the big zone Lester was getting. Oh, and a little credit to Lester for, you know, being a really good pitcher.

Anyway, the point remains: it’s very easy to lose four games in a row. Especially in September, when the front office has told manager Joe Girardi to rest guys, which he then decides to interpret as reason to start Austin Kearns just because he bats right-handed for two plate appearances before lifting him for the clearly superior Brett Gardner who, of course, has no platoon split.

So, the magic number is three for another day and the Red Sox postseason chances are mathematically intact while at the same time virtually impossible (just the way we like it). There isn’t a real reason to panic yet, but this will likely ease any concerns.

PeteAbe: Hates Joe Girardi

October 8, 2008

Heyman said that Joe Girardi has problems in the clubhouse with the veteran players and it’s something he needs to address.

I’m sure some people will waste time wanting to kill the messenger or figure out who is telling Heyman this information. The point is that what he is saying is true. It’s pretty much the same thing I’ve been writing about on this blog since May. Girardi’s style takes a lot of getting used to.

This isn’t about candy and ice cream. It’s about whether he can lead a group of people. (Source)

Abraham is always first in line to throw Girardi under the bus, even when the issue in question was probably made up by the unreliable Jon Heyman.

In the case that it is true, my concern would be with the veteran players and not with Girardi. The vets need to shut up and get in line. Especially Posada, who should have no right to say anything until he is back on the field.

Last night’s lineup

August 12, 2008

Christian LF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
A. Rodriguez 3B
Nady DH
Cano 2B
Sexson 1B
I. Rodriguez C
Cabrera CF

I have a question for Joe Girardi: What they hell was this? Johnny Damon is leading the AL in hitting and reportedly said he “felt fine”, so why did Justin Christian leadoff? I’m fine with playing Christian in center and batting him last because he had been hitting well against lefties in a recent small sample, but you can’t put Melky Cabrera in this lineup in favor of Damon. You can’t. This is the New York Yankees, we are in a pennant race and if you keep doing this, we won’t be.

Runners on 1st and 3rd with one out in the second, Melky is up. He swings at the first pitch and GIDPs. Joe, that was chokeball on your part. Melky shouldn’t see the field much over the next two months and when he does, it better be because Damon asks out or in favor of Christian against a RHP.

Matsui is coming back soon, here’s what the alignment should be when he returns:

LF Nady
CF Damon
RF Abreu
DH Matsui

I’d rather have Christian on the bench and send Melky down because of Christian’s base running ability. I’ve had it with Melky and his -3.4 VORP. After his hot start, he’s been an out machine over the last few months.  

Also, Joe, Jason Giambi has a higher OPS against LHP than he does against RHP, yet he sits every single time a LHP takes the mound. WHY?

Nice job, Joe

June 19, 2008

Taking advantage of a weakness and stealing eight bases in nine attempts in the three games against the Padres. The run Melky scored in the fifth without a hit was a thing of beauty. Mike Scioscia would’ve been proud.

Don’t do this again

June 13, 2008

Lineup:

Jeter SS
Cano 2B
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui LF
Giambi 1B
Posada C
Cabrera CF

It doesn’t help the Yankees win baseball games.

Joe Girardi: Genius

June 1, 2008

Intentionally walking Nick Punto, putting in Wilson Betemit for defense, saving Mariano Rivera for the end…every move Joe made on Saturday worked and the Yankees won 7-6.

Jose Veras to start the 7th inning?

May 30, 2008

Why, Joe? What about this guy?

Also, with Veras’ control where it is (P-S: 9-3) and LaTroy Hawkins doing his thing, the Yanks should call-up this guy.

Joe: A lot of PT for Shelley vs. LHP

May 28, 2008

“Shelley’s effort has been tremendous,” Girardi said. “He’s going to get a lot of playing time against lefties, that’s the bottom line with Shelley.” (Source)

Why? He’s hitting: .211/.279/.342 in 43 PA vs. LHP.

Ohlendorf not working out as long man

May 27, 2008

This thing with Ross is getting a little out of hand. His ERA is now 6.37. It is time for him to move back to pitching one inning at a time.

Calling up Steven White (3.69 ERA in 53.2 IP at Triple-A, on 40-man roster) for Ian Kennedy would be a quick and easy move.

Edwar Ramirez exists

May 26, 2008

With the Yankees trailing 3-2, RHP Chien-Ming Wang went out on the mound for the top of the seventh. Wang looked a little shaky all afternoon (he’d already walked four) and logged 96 pitches. With Edwar Ramirez (0.00 ERA) warming in the bullpen, Wang appeared to be on a short leash.

A Jose Lopez double made it second and third with one out, a strikeout situation. Wang, a sinkerballer, had only struck out two on day and with his pitch count it didn’t look like he had another one in him. Coming into Sunday, Ramirez had a 10.6 K/9. This was a meaningful situation that called for Ramirez, who deserves more chances during games that aren’t already decided now that Joba Chamberlain has started his move to the rotation.

Instead, Joe Girardi waited until Wang let both runners score before inserting Ramirez.

Joe, Ramirez has a good arm and he has pitched well so far. He can help you win games and make the media forget about this 8th inning “void.” But, he can only do that if you use him in meaningful games.

Waiting until it was 5-2 to use Ramirez was a mistake, luckily Seattle sucks and the bats bailed him out in the 8th.

Girardi > Torre

May 14, 2008

That Joe Girardi is one hands-on manager. As I write this from The Trop, he’s in the bullpen catching Andrew Brackman. Humberto Sanchez is warming up next. (Source)

I mean come on, Joe Torre didn’t know who Joba Chamberlain was until he was in Toronto for his MLB debut and Girardi is freaking catching Brackman, who is months away from even MiLB games because of his injury and years away from his MLB debut because he was just drafted last year.

Our new manager is a much better fit for this organization.

Does Girardi trust Raaasner?

May 11, 2008

Rasner’s numbers in his first two starts:

.vs SEA: 6 IP 5 HA 2 ER 0 BB 4 K 76 PC
 @ DET: 6 IP 4 HA 2 ER 1 BB 1 K 87 PC

Why the short leash?