Joe Girardi needs to be fired yesterday. That’s not just an opinion from an angry blogger, but a virtual, provable fact.
Let’s analyze Joey G’s mistakes in Thursday’s game when he handed the Orioles a free victory.
Masahiro Tanaka was on fire. He was in the middle of his best game in years. ZERO runs, only five meaningless hits. 7 Strikeouts.
The Orioles could not handle him. Period. So what did our clueless dolt of a manager do in the middle of Tanaka’s gem? He benched Tanaka.
What kind of manager benches his best pitcher in the middle of a shutout? It is an absolutely insane action to take, unless the manager has placed a bet on the opponent. Either Girardi is a fool or a gambler. There is not third option for a man who benches a pitcher mid-shutout.
Okay, so then Girardi goes with Betances. It’s still wrong to bench Tanaka, but if you’re dumb enough to bench him, at least replace with with an All-Star stud like Betances. Check. Betances holds the Orioles at bay and gives up zero hits in the 9th.
Surely you keep Betances in the 10th, right? The guy is on fire and a proven All Star. Let him pitch.
But no. Instead, the Clueless Wonder brings in some rookie named Barbato with a disastrous 6.0 ERA. Next thin you know, game over.
And how about when Clueless Joey G benched a ..350 batter (Torryes) and poinch hit for him with a .150 batter (Headley). That’s not a typo. You read that right. Girardi thinks that a .150 hitter is better than .350.
Clueless Joe has got to go.