The Stupid It Burns

April 13, 2009 – 5:15 pm

Kansas City 6, NYY 4.  Joe Girardi used the “Joe Torre Guide To Bullpen Management” and the results were all too predictable.  Damaso Marte comes in as the setup man in the 8th, throws 11 pitches — 8 for strikes — and gets two easy fly outs.  So what does Girardi do?  He yanks him and brings in Jose Veras who immediately walks the one batter he’s supposed to get out, and then he brings in Phil Coke who gets shelled like its BP.

This is so brain dead simple, it’s amazing how many major league managers just don’t get it.  Middle relievers are middle relievers for a damn good reason — they’re not good enough for anything else.  There’s no such thing as a reliable middle reliever — if he’s reliable, he either starts or closes!  So when you bring in a middle reliever and he actually has good “stuff” — he’s throwing strikes and getting guys out — the last thing in the world you want to do is pull him and bring in someone else for whom you have no idea what kind of stuff they are going to have.  This is ridiculous.  The so-called “lefty-right” or whatever match ups make sense only on paper.  If the guy can’t execute it doesn’t matter.  And every time you bring a new pitcher in to the game, it’s a crap shoot as to whether or not he will be able to execute.  How many games is Girardi going to cost us this year with this nonsense?

So the Yankees ending up wasting a pretty impressive start by Joba — at least the stats were impressive, with 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 K, and 1 BB.  Watching the game he didn’t seem that sharp.  But overall, a pretty good start.  Too bad Girardi’s lousy bullpen management cost him the W.

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