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Girardi offers little explanation for Game 3 moves

Oct 20, 2009, 1:08 PM EDT

Sam Borden of the New York Journal News notes that Joe Girardi didn’t have much of a postgame explanation for why he pulled David Robertson for fellow right-hander Alfredo Aceves last night, saying merely that he “liked the matchup better” against Howie Kendrick.
Kendrick, who was 1-for-2 lifetime against Robertson and had never faced Aceves, singled with two outs and then came around to score the game-winning run on Jeff Mathis’ double into the left-center field gap. After doing everything possible to over-manage the game in an extra-inning loss, Girardi’s “postgame press conference lasted about three minutes.”
In fairness, you probably wouldn’t stick around and talk to reporters either if you were still itching to make another pitching change.

  1. Dan W - Oct 20, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    Here is my thought – right before he pulled Robertson, he ran to the scouting book, looked at something, and then ran out and pulled him.
    Now right or wrong – the Yankees have something in their scouting report that preferred Ace over Robertson.
    If your the Yankees – no matter how flawed it looks now – your not going to try and justify the move to the media and give away your scouting report (whatever it may have said).
    Regardless it does seem to be over managing…

  2. Rock - Oct 20, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    This just in – Joe Girardi changed bus drivers on the way back to the team hotel.

  3. VSJ - Oct 20, 2009 at 2:39 PM

    Girardi is not a good mamager! He has a very talented team and that is why they have won…but know in this series he must coach. If it wasn’t for the Angeles bad baserunning and errors the Yankees would be down 3-0 in the series!!!
    I am a Yankee fan…bring bback Joe Torre…look what he has don’t with a clueless Dodger team.

  4. Yankee Sense - Oct 20, 2009 at 3:33 PM

    VSJ: We lost one game. Girardi is actually quite good as manager, his only knock is his tendency to micro-manage the club. That’s what I chalked up yesterday to, and as Dan W has stated, I doubt Girardi will give away what’s in his scouting book.
    I still don’t know why he did that, Aceves looked a bit lost in Game 2 when he was up.

  5. vic - Oct 20, 2009 at 3:38 PM

    Article by Aaron Gleeman is missing one major point “who would want to admit they made some serious errors that led to the defeat of a team that should have won the game”. What is he going to say “I screwed up” would have been nice.

  6. bh0673 - Oct 20, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    It really is moot, why he did it I am sure he had his reasons we all may not agree but that is the fact. The reality is they left too many runners in scorring position stranded and are relying of home runs to win. The Yankees will not beat the Angels if they rely on the long ball to win, they need to score runs and they need to play more small ball as well. THen again look at the batting averages even Texiera is under .100. If they were able to drive in runs when they had the chance and lets say even one of the times we wouldn’t be talking Girardi’s move.

  7. OKIE - Oct 20, 2009 at 5:06 PM

    Gerardi has a lot of Valentine in him………OUCH!

  8. Steve - Oct 20, 2009 at 5:32 PM

    Girardi overmanages, he should manage more by his instincts and how the current pitches are actually performing. Rather then removing his most talented pitchers and then inserting inferior pitchers because of matchups or scouting reports. They are lucky they did not lose game 2, after leaving the game in the hands of the bottom part of his bullpen.(Chambelain 2 batters, Hughes 2 batters?)What a waste of two of your best releivers?

  9. Patricia - Oct 20, 2009 at 5:44 PM

    Rock, you just made me bust out laughting at work! Nice, and thanks for the chuckle. Hopefully Joe doesn’t brain fart tonight.

  10. sam - Oct 20, 2009 at 6:30 PM

    WHAT

  11. Fly in the Ointment - Oct 20, 2009 at 6:40 PM

    what makes you assume that Joe owes anyone but his players and his bosses an explination?

  12. csonka - Oct 20, 2009 at 6:45 PM

    Hey Girardi you asshole, STOP PLAYING MUSICAL PITCHERS!!!! YOU blew the game last night!!

  13. Nick - Oct 20, 2009 at 10:04 PM

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    Go Yankees!

  14. m - Oct 21, 2009 at 12:37 AM

    I agree…..I had a problem with Joe G. since he was picked over Donny..he is a avid chess player; I wished he wouldn’t think of his bullpen as a chess game.

  15. Alan - Oct 21, 2009 at 12:40 AM

    Nick,
    I am a Yankee fan too. Joe Girardi is a great manager, much better than Joe Torre. Look at how these guys are playing for him. He knows how to get the best out of his players and his players respect him. Joe Torre also had their respect but they were underachievers the last few years under Torre. LA will also lose steam and Torre has also been engulfed in doubt about the way he handles the pitching staff in LA.
    Go Yankees.

  16. millybo - Oct 21, 2009 at 1:05 AM

    which games have you been watching? you need to turn off your x-box and watch the real playoffs which are on Fox.

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