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.
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.