Weekend Report…Girardi Hands Two Free Wins to the Brewers

Girardi’s mistakes continue.  Yankee players and fans have to endure Giradi’s repeated blunders.

And it’s going from frustrating to just plain angry.

In Saturday’s loss to the Brewers, Clueless Joe Girardi proved (once again) why he should not be at the helm of the Yankees, or any other team for that matter.

Is Joe Girardi choking himself?

 

Dellin Betances came in to relieved an injured CC Sabathia.  Betances faced two batters.  He struck them both out.  Just to reiterate, so there’s no chance of any misunderstanding, Betances came in and struck out both batters he faced.

Surely a pitcher who has just struck out two in a row after coming from the bullpen has proven he has his good stuff.  He is red hot and has all his pitches working.  Surely that pitcher deserves to stay in the game and continue to mow down the lackluster Brewers, right? That’s only common sense, right?  It is stupid to take out a pitcher who is pitching superbly, right? According to Joey G, the answers are all “No.”

Girardi believes in benching a hot pitcher and instead turned to journeyman has-been Alfred Aceves.  You remember Aceves, right?  The guy who went 2-10 for Boston a few years back.  Batters feast on Aceves, yet Joey G. thought he would be a better option that the red hot Betances.

Bottom line, Aceves lost the game for us.  Correction, Girardi’s decision lost the game for us.

Girardi continues his mind-numbingly baffling trend of benching players who are red hot.

Surely he wouldn’t make this same mistake in the next game, right?

Well, in Sunday’s game, Betances came in and worked 2 wonderful innings.  He only gave up one hit and no runs,  Again he was red hot and pitching strongly.  So what did Girardi do?  What was Betances’ reward for his superb pitching?   Girardi benched him again.  In comes Adam Warren, who promptly handed a free win to the Brewers.  The Brewers thanked Girardi for the two free wins.

Unless and until Girardi learns from his same mistakes, the Yankees will continue to be a .500 or so team.  It’s not rocket science; it’s common sense:  If someone is playing well, leave him in.  Period.  Absolutely no exceptions ever.  Girardi, however, continues to use hunches over common sense.

Meanwhile, as Girardi mismanages our pitchers and hands victories to the opponents, he also continues to mismanage the lineup.  Ichiro is batting .364, and the poor guy can’t get into the lineup regularly.  As far as our research tells us, Girardi is the only manager in MLB history who benches a .360+ hitter.  Meanwhile, Brett Gardner continues to struggle in the clutch.  He’s only batting .280.  Soriano is at .240.  Beltran is at .240 also.  But those guys get to play daily while Girardi makes Ichiro languish on the bench.  Why?  Why, Clueles Joe, why?

To add insult to injury, Joey G. had Soriano pinch-strikeout for Ichiro in Sunday’s game.  Again, that is the first time in history that a manager benched a .360 hitter in favor of a .240 hitter.  The math (like Joe Girardi’s logic) does not add up.  That is not an opinion.  That is simply a fact, and the mounting number of Yankee losses proves it.

4 thoughts on “Weekend Report…Girardi Hands Two Free Wins to the Brewers”

  1. I think you’re missing the bigger point here, yes Girardi made some stupid decisions but you have to look at what each player is bringing to the table. To start, Betances staying in longer than two innings should NEVER happen. He’s a short reliever, and that is all. So in Saturday’s game, could he have pitched one more inning after striking out both batters he faced in the 6th, absolutely he should have. But Aceves had pitched 5.1 innings of great ball in his last appearance so I understand the move to bring him in for the 7th. In Sunday’s game however, Betances had already thrown two innings and bringing Warren in for the 8th inning was the right move. His first mistake was leaving Phelps in to start the 6th inning. After Murphy got on base, there was no reason not to bring in a pinch hitter instead of letting Phelps give up an out by sac bunting him to 2nd. He hadn’t proven that he could get out of an inning easily all day, so there was no reason to think he could do it in the 6th. But then he goes back out there and gives up back to back singles to bring Thornton in with 1st and 3rd and no one out. He should have pinch hit for him and started the inning with either Betances or Thornton. But the BIGGEST, most stupid mistake was leaving Warren in for a second inning to pitch the 9th. If you ask any Yankees reporter, each to a person would tell you that Warren is the 7th inning guy, Kelly is the 8th and Robertson is the 9th. That’s the way Girardi manages, so why did he leave Warren in for two innings instead of bringing in Kelly like he should? In a tie game, you bring Kelly in to start the 9th and if he gets out of it you have Robertson for the 10th inning. If NY doesn’t score a go-ahead run by then of course you have to use the lesser parts of the bullpen. But the problem was Girardi leaving in Warren one inning too long, he threw 42 pitches for God’s sake and the game ended with Kelly warming up.. It wasn’t Warren’s fault at all, as you mention, it was Girardi. As well as the pinch hitting combination he used in the 7th inning. There was no reason to bring Beltran off the bench to face Duke, when Soriano had far better numbers against Duke. At that point in the inning, I would highly doubt Reneicke (sp?) would replace Duke with a righty since he had just started the inning and you’d lose him after two batters. But it was a no-brainer to take him out when Soriano comes up two batters after Beltran. He should have gone to Soriano for Johnson, then saved Beltran for Ichiro if you’re going to hit for him in that situation. These guys are major league hitters who have had success, but I don’t understand knowing that you need base runners, why Roberts would swing at the first pitch with Murphy on base. He should have worked the count, at least, if not bunted him to 2nd base. But with Gardner on deck, I don’t see him coming through with a single to score Murphy. The fact that he still feels a need to go to Gardner as a leadoff hitter is ridiculous. How many bad swings has this guy had, and he’s looked so bad swinging at high fastballs out of the strike zone. He’s not a leadoff hitter if he’s not getting walks. His .281 average is so misleading, it’s almost like Rodriguez’s numbers when he first came to NY. He would get HR’s and drive in runs after games were in hand or out of hand. Hardly ever with pressure on. Pitchers know that once you get a strike on him you climb the zone and he’ll swing and then when he’s behind he’s almost worthless. Ellsbury should remain the leadoff hitter, regardless who Girardi decides to give a day off to. Gardner should never see the top half of the batting order. He should have been picked off second base in the first inning, and got lucky they didn’t challenge the play call. Girardi’s shortcomings are that he always mismanages his bullpen. He represented that characteristic once again and he will continue to do so.

  2. Do you know how National League baseball is played? Your relief pitcher comes in, hopefully he throws well, and then you bat for him. Doesn’t matter how well he’s pitching as long as you have someone to relieve him. This goes especially when you’re behind and you’ll have to face K-Rod if things stay that way. If this is a mistake that Girardi is making it’s a mistake that every manager who has ever managed the National League is also making.

  3. Nixon, you have a good point. Girardi did manage National League style. But that doesn’t make it right. Don’t you see how wrong you sound when you say, “It doesn’t matter how well he’s pitching…”
    Yes, it does matter!!! Of course it matters!! Betances was unhittable, and his manager took him out anyway.

    1. I understand your point, but it doesn’t matter how unhittable he was at the time. At the time we needed a run to tie the game (if I remember correctly), and Betances pitching well won’t score us any runs. The odds of that run scoring go up substantially when you let a professional hitter bat, substantially enough to where all full-time National League managers would have done the same in Girardi’s position. It would have been nice if he was able to pitch another inning, but to win you can’t just avoid giving up runs, you have to score some too.

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