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One of my best friends is a Northwestern graduate

Posted on: May 1, 2010 5:56 pm
Edited on: May 1, 2010 8:13 pm
and they're NOT named Joe Girardi. A lot of people have been second-guessing Girardi's managerial decisions for some time now, and today's fiasco should bring them out in force. We'll skip over the horrendous decision the Yankees made in the off-season to trade for Javier Vazquez, and focus on the top of the seventh inning, after the Yankees rallied to take the lead with four runs off Scott Linebrink. David Robertson had two outs and Paul Konerko, not fleet of foot, at second base after an opposite field double. After falling behind Carlos Quentin 2-0, Girardi ordered Quentin to be intentionally walked, putting the go-ahead run on base.

Now the fun starts. Instead of allowing Robertson, a strikeout pitcher, to face A.J. Pierzynski, Girardi decided to go lefty-lefty matchup. So who does he bring in? Damaso Marte, who used to pitch for the White Sox and specifically was caught BY Pierzynski. Why wouldn't he use Boone Logan in that situation? Logan can hit 97 MPH on the gun, and Pierzynski hasn't faced him much, both things favoring the Yankees. Instead, he brings in Marte, and tells his outfielders to play shallow. If there was a time for a no doubles defense, that was it. Heck, if Girardi was so comfortable with putting the go-ahead run on, why not walk Pierzynski, who has had a lot of success against the Yankees, and pitch to Mark Kotsay?

But no, the genius allows Marte to pitch to his former batterymate, and Pierzynski drives a ball over the head of Randy Winn in left and the White Sox immediately regain the lead. Kotsay conveniently flies out to left to end the inning, but the damage, both psychologically and physically, is done. Javier Vazquez gets to feel badly about costing his team yet another game by being unable to keep pitched balls inside the Stadium, and the bullpen takes another hit after coughing up the lead. What bothers me is that Robertson didn't pitch badly, but gets charged with 2 ER in 0.2 innings and gets tagged with the loss, when it was Girardi's poorly considered decisions to put the go-ahead runner on base intentionally and to use Marte against Pierzynski that resulted in the game-winning hit.

It's too bad Robinson Cano picked today to go 0-4 and leave 5 runners stranded. I hope it isn't the beginning of a Granderson-sized slump. At least Mark Teixeira picked up two hits today, as did Nick Swisher, and Brett Gardner continues his solid hitting. Gardner will be patrolling CF for the forseeable future after Granderson's groin injury, so Randy Winn had better figure out where the equipment manager hid his bat bag or we'll be seeing a lot of Marcus Thames in LF.

Here's a revolutionary idea: Derek Jeter in LF, and Ramiro Pena at SS. Jeter couldn't possibly play worse defensively than either Winn or Thames, and he sure does hit better. Pena is a switch hitter, and has been playing well when asked and getting some clutch hits. I know if I was a Northwestern graduate, I'd have to give it some serious thought.
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Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: May 5, 2010 2:29 am

One of my best friends is a Northwestern graduate

Javier Vazquez is a career .500 pitcher. Before this year, he gave up a HR every 7.78 innings, and a BB every 3.84 innings with a WHIP of 1.24. So far this year, he has given up a HR every 2.67 innings, and a BB every 1.53 innings with a WHIP of 2.04 for his $11,500,000. He had a career year last year for Atlanta, and got traded to the Yankees in the same mode as the Carl Pavano deal, and we all know how well that worked out. If his arm is so solid, why is he having so much trouble getting anybody out? Pitchers don't bat in the AL East, so don't expect anything to change significantly any time soon. If he finishes the year with 16 wins and an ERA under 5, I'll be happy to eat crow. Otherwise, I think it was a bad trade.

Since: May 4, 2010
Posted on: May 4, 2010 10:52 pm
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Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: May 3, 2010 4:57 pm

One of my best friends is a Northwestern graduate

horrendous decision to trade for vaz? really i mean sure easy to say as of right now cause vaz has done nothing, just like melky is doing in ATL. i find it annoying when yankees fans look down on this trade, it was a no brainer melky was and always will be a 4th-5th OF and we traded him for a solid arm like vaz its a home run. dont give me that '04 crap that was  A LONG TIME AGO.

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: May 2, 2010 11:02 pm

One of my best friends is a Northwestern graduate

For a guy who seems to like playing the percentages so much, I can't figure out where the percentage was in either going against conventional wisdom and putting the winning run on base on purpose, or having Marte pitch to Pierzynski. If Robertson was able to get two outs, why not all three? Quentin was at .180, so how much damage was he going to do? If Boone Logan was the best guy on the roster to replace Chan Ho Park, then use him. You wouldn't expect a worse result in a one-run game than the one he got after Pierzynski's double off Marte.

Maybe we switch Sergio Mitre amd Javier Vazquez so the bullpen doesn't have to go so far. Mitre seems to be able to go at least four innings, and Vazquez is lucky to make three. Thankfully CC, AJ Andy and Phil are going deep into games so the rest of the time the pen is rested.

Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: May 2, 2010 1:41 am

One of my best friends is a Northwestern graduate

Girardi just had me shaking my head after he made that decision. Quite honestly, I don't think he should have made Robertson walk Carlos Quentin. I understand that it was a 2-0 count but that doesn't mean that Robertson couldn't battle back and force Quentin into a ground ball or something. Intentionally walking a batter who's hitting .182 with 2 outs in the inning is beyond stupid IMO. I don't see why you would intentionally put the go ahead runner on base. Think about it, if Quentin did what Pierzynski did which was hit an RBI double, it would have been just a tied game instead of being down 7-6 after the 2 run double by AJ. I just don't think that Girardi has much trust in Robertson or Logan at this time because if he did have trust in them, he would have made Robertson go after Quentin, and would have also brought in Logan instead of Marte.

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