About Brien Jackson

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

19 thoughts on “Game One: Opening Day

  1. When I first looked at Joe Maddon's lineup, my thought was, "Really?!?" But, upon further reflection, I guess it makes sense, sort of. Keppinger has been pretty decent against southpaws. Pena and Joyce obviously aren't. That said, it's pretty hard to justify batting Elliot Johnson and/or Jose Molina in front of anybody. Perhaps this is the AL version of LaRussa's "pitchers hit eighth" theory?

  2. you walk SEAN RODRIGUEZ?!?!?!?!?!!? with carlos pena coming up?!?!?!?!?!? oh my god

  3. Not that I'm defending any 1st inning IBB, but, to be fair to Girardi, Pena went .133/.260/.333 v. LHP last season and he's 4-for-35 career vs. C.C.

    • What's SRod's lifetimes against CC in general? :)

      But yeah… was watching it live, couldn't believe it. Also thought Girardi was trolling Brien…

      • its the first inning, of the first regular season game, why cant he just let sabathia pitch?

      • Fair, not that I'm actually making the argument that it was the "correct" move, but S-Rod hits lefties pretty well, and is 6-for-23 against C.C., with three extra base hits (872 OPS).

        • yeah but hes light hitting, its not likely he would have gotten a HR

          and the emotions in the stadium were high with pena's return, he was looking to smash one one his first at bat

  4. What we see when Joe Maddon and Joe Girardi square off is two managers who believe deeply in the small sample size matchup (LaRussa disciples, for better or worse).

    • I'm not sure that's entirely true of Maddon, or that he doesn't have more of a need to tinker.

    • next thing you know, they'll recall Cervelli for the sole purpose of hitting him second and bunting over leadoff runners in the first inning.

  5. So tie game in the bottom of the ninth. If the Yanks go on to lose this game, is it safe to say the reason is that bonehead walk by Girardi in the 1st? I mean I think if he doesn't do that, the Yanks are up by 2 or 3 runs right now.