Girardi explains first inning IBB

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.

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.

12 thoughts on “Girardi explains first inning IBB

  1. I've been on the fence for the last couple of seasons about whether or not I think Joe Girardi is a good manager…well, this settled it. Yes, I know it's one game, the first game, of the season, but HOW DO YOU GIVE A FREE PASS TO SEAN RODRIGUEZ TO BRING UP CARLOS PENA? I mean, seriously!!!! It's not rocket science. David Schoenfield had an interesting stat in his blog post on the game. Since becoming a Yankee, CC Sabathia (a decent pitcher, no?) has issued 17 IBBs. Verlander: 0, Cliff Lee: 3, Roy Halladay: 5, Jon Lester: 0. Don't give up free bases, Joe…

  2. What does everyone think happens if Girardi doesn't have Rodriguez walked? Personally I think the Yanks are up 2 or 3 more runs in the 9th inning at the very least. You load the bases and you are essentially handcuffing CC for that batter. CC had an outstanding slider that day and probably would have wiffed Pena on it, but I think they didn't want to call that pitch due to the chance of throwing a wild pitch or passed ball. Girardi made the situation worse, not better and he's been doing this since he took over the Yankees.

  3. Girardi manages these games like he is trying to keep up or prove his worth against Joe Maddon. It doesn't work.

  4. Girardi is an over-manager and an over-thinker. He's the perfect illustration of the misuse of statistics in decision making. You have to trust your best players to do their thing, especially in the first inning of the first game of the season!!!!. The worst that Rodriguez could have done was hit a 3-run HR. By inserting himself into a situation he should have stayed out of Girardi made things worse.

    Still, it's only one game and the Yankees' failure to tack on runs after getting the lead was at least as much to blame for the loss as Girardi's blunder.

    The more worrisome fact is that Girardi appears not to have learned from his mistake (at least he's not letting on if he has).

  5. FIne, not the most brilliant piece of managing I've ever seen – tho, had it worked (and stats say it would have worked the majority of the time) – the story would have been either CC's very poor start, or Mo's blowing a save in the first bloody game of the year.

    Both pitchers owe Joe for taking the heat off their very Farnsworth-esque opening days. If this is a precursor to the season, I'm all for the upcoming "budget" – we can look like this for a lot less money.

  6. While in general, I'd agree, but Pena was horrible against lefties while Rodrigues had over a .900 ops against them last year. Wouldn't you want those types of numbers taken into consideration?

  7. Mo blew it. It came down to him having to get three outs without surrendering a run and he couldn't do it. That's why we lost. Get over it. Today is another day.