• Well, If It Wasn’t Going To Be Gaudin, You Knew That Mitre Would Blow It

    Posted by on September 13th, 2010 · Comments (7)

    When was the last time that the Yankees were involved in an extra inning game, with the score tied at zero, with only 18 games left to follow, while being in first place, and playing the team directly behind them, by only one-half game, and they brought in pitchers like Chad Gaudin and Sergio Mitre to pitch in the extra frames – when they had several other pitchers with better statistics available?

    Shades of Jeff Weaver.

    Lemme guess, if Mitre had pulled a Houdini, like Gaudin did, was Javy Vazquez the next in line to pitch in this one for the Yankees?

    Man, punting is one thing. But, it’s even worse when you shank it.

    Update:  In his post-game presser, Joe Girardi said that Joba Chamberlain, David Robertson and Jonathan Albaladejo were not available as they needed rest. And, that he would not use Mo Rivera in a non-save situation. Well, Joba hasn’t pitched since last Friday. So, what’s up with that? And, Robertson last pitched on Saturday – throwing one and a third. And, in fact, over the last 13 days, he’s only pitched 6 innings (over five games). Therefore, how tired can he be – throwing 6 innings over a span of two weeks?

    Comments on Well, If It Wasn’t Going To Be Gaudin, You Knew That Mitre Would Blow It

    1. Evan3457
      September 13th, 2010 | 11:04 pm

      What you mean to say is that just as I mentioned earlier, the Yanks have an 8 game lead for the wild card, and Girardi decided to rest the guys that were overworked for the first two games in Texas, and not overtax them and get them injured before the playoffs.

      Now, why Joba wasn’t used is…interesting.

    2. JeremyM
      September 13th, 2010 | 11:10 pm

      Girardi has lost his mind. Bunting Granderson 2-0 against a right-hander to get to Curtis and Jeter was a brilliant stroke as well.

    3. September 13th, 2010 | 11:14 pm

      @ Evan3457: If you’re really looking to rest guys, for the post-season, and say that winning the game doesn’t matter, then you don’t let CC throw 8 innings and you don’t use Swisher and Gardner in the game, albeit in small roles, where they could have made their injuries worse.

    4. Raf
      September 13th, 2010 | 11:38 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      @ Evan3457: If you’re really looking to rest guys, for the post-season, and say that winning the game doesn’t matter, then you don’t let CC throw 8 innings and you don’t use Swisher and Gardner in the game, albeit in small roles, where they could have made their injuries worse.

      Yeah, nothing made sense from that game.

    5. JeremyM
      September 13th, 2010 | 11:39 pm

      I’ve always been a believer in running hard through the finish- not Usain Bolting things. That said, I can see where you have to balance the two schools of thought and rest guys from time to time. But Steve has done an excellent job in pointing out the lack of logic in these decisions. Just an awful, awful week or so of managing by Joe Girardi.

    6. Raf
      September 13th, 2010 | 11:40 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      In his post-game presser, Joe Girardi said that Joba Chamberlain, David Robertson and Jonathan Albaladejo were not available as they needed rest. And, that he would not use Mo Rivera in a non-save situation.

      Surprised they got that much out of him. He was quite testy during that presser. Eiland seemed to be parroting the company line as well, saying the same thing, but not quite as testily.

    7. Evan3457
      September 14th, 2010 | 1:56 am

      I don’t know what’s up with Joba. I do know that after pitching on Friday, Robertson threw 36 pitches on Saturday.

      In such situations, Girardi has rested his relievers for more than one day before.

      As for Gardner and Swisher, I don’t know the specifics of what their injuries permit. I would be resting both of them myself, and with the recall of Russo and Miranda, perhaps that will happen more.

      As for CC, he’s pitching brilliantly, and didn’t appear to be laboring with the exception of the 3rd and the 8th. Should he have been lifted in the 8th? I dunno. Maybe.

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