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).

    • The thing that annoys me the most about bad managing is that it’s totally preventable. Tampa Bay has a really good defense, so if you make good contact with the ball and they make a nice play on it, there’s not a whole lot you can do about it but hope you find some room the next time. But bone headed decisions from the manager are completely under their control, and thus 100% avoidable.

      • Agreed, although it's really only preventable if those in a position to prevent it recognize the problem. Sadly, this does not seem to be the case.

  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?

    • If the options were to either pitch to Rodriguez or pitch to Pena, then yeah fine, maybe there's a case to pitch to Pena instead. Those were not the options. The options were to pitch to Rodriguez, or to add a baserunner, load the bases, and then pitch to Pena. There is no way that does not help the other team in a big way. That Girardi does not recognize that is frankly not acceptable. He has one of thirty jobs that exist at this level in the world; stupid mistakes like are beneath his position and are absolutely inexcusable.

    • I think Frosty's right, and this is really outcome-driven criticism.

      Last year, Pena hit .133/.260/.333 versus lefties while Sean Rodriguez hit .273/.389/.475 against them. That's right: Pena's OBP versus lefties is lower than Rodriguez's AVG. In that situation — particularly with two outs and a runner already at third — the IBB decreases the Rays' chances of scoring.

  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.