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What is Giradi Thinking?

April 27th 2008 20:04
Almost a full month into the baseball season, I find myself continually asking one question: What is Joe Giradi thinking? Giradi has made the wrong move in so many fundamentally black and white key decisions. First base open, Yankee killer Manny Ramirez up in a big spot, my grandmother would know to walk him. Mussina pitches to Manny, he lines a double up the middle. Game over.

Giradi's recent overuse of Ross Ohlendorf is reminding me Joe Torre's mismanagment of Scott Proctor. The one glaring difference is that Proctor gave the Yankees over 80 innings of excellent middle relief before falling apart. Ohlendorf has proved nothing. He's had a couple good innings but this year he has been wild, inconsistent and proven that he can't throw strikes in big spots. During Saturday afternoon's ninth inning tied game, instead of sticking with Farnsworth, Giradi again places Ohlendorf in a big spot two days after he gave up five runs to the White Sox in one dreadful inning where he should have been removed before the Yanks blew the lead.

Thinking it over.
Thinking it over.

In Giradi's defense, his overuse of a subpar Ohlendorf could be because of a shorthanded bullpen. Brian Bruney may be lost for the season and Joba Chamberlain was unavailable after a hush-hush hamstring tweak suffered on the soft mound in Chicago. However, Giradi's use of Chamberlain is a bit suspect as well. Through April 19 - 22, Chamberlain pitched three of four days, including 33 pitches against the White Sox on Thursday night. One has to wonder why Giradi put Chamberlain back out in the ninth inning after Joba had pitched an eight inning. Mariano Rivera was available and could have pitched two innings if necessary. Even when a bullpen is shorthanded, a manager has to find ways to get outs. He can't just leave a struggling pitcher on the mound to blow a four run lead.

Further evidence of Giradi's questioning management can be seen in Sunday's lineup. Hideki Matsui is hitting .321 with 4 homers and 11 RBIs in 23 games. He is also on a 7 game hitting streak. There is a bit of a merry go round with the four Yankee outfielders and Johnny Damon has been red hot of late. However, Giradi decides to sit the hot hitting Matsui for two straight days in favor of utility player Morgan Ensberg because, "We're using right handers against C.C. (Sabathia)." Perhaps Giradi has not seen that Matsui's numbers against lefties, lifetime .333, is better than his average against righties .317.

Joe Giradi has a tough job. The New York media can be brutal. His critics are everywhere. I know that he is a smart baseball man. However, the above list is just the tip of the iceberg. I have found myself on the edge of my couch screaming and pulling my hair out because I'm so confused. And it's only April.


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Comment by Harry

April 28th 2008 02:12
I think occasionally coaches just lose the plot and need a long holiday..

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