LADY AT THE BAT: Girardi: "I Just Felt It Was Time To Go To Robbie"

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Girardi: "I Just Felt It Was Time To Go To Robbie"

Joe Girardi dodged a bullet last night. A self-inflicted bullet.

By removing CC Sabathia with 2 outs in the 7th inning and replacing him with David Robertson, Girardi was setting himself up for a failure that would have left everyone in Yankees Universe devastated. The move could have led to a third straight loss to the Tigers, a slim 3.5 game division lead and demoralizing feelings among players and fans alike. For a while there, while Robertson was pitching, it looked as if all of these things were going to come to pass. But Robertson got out of the inning with the lead still intact, and the Yankees went on the win the game 12-8. 

When Girardi makes these questionable moves, he rarely explains them in such a way that is satisfactory to the people listening to him. Last night was no different. During his post game press conference, Girardi said his reasoning was that he "just felt it was time to go to Robbie." He also said something about Delmon Young hitting lefthanders a little better than righthanders. Well, Baseball Reference does say that Young is hitting .255 off righthanders and .286 off lefthanders, but CC Sabathia was on the mound. If you don't trust your ace in a situation like that, well, I don't know what to say.

It's possible that Girardi would have explained things much differently had the Yankees ended up losing the game. Luckily for him that didn't happen. The Yankees finally got a win in this series and they go for the split this afternoon. Let's hope it's a game free of questionable moves. Go Yankees.


Anonymous said...

That's a bad analysis, it was 8-4 with two men on and a tiring CC. Joe made the right call it and as it happens some times, it didn't work out exactly as he had hoped but in the end it did work out. You armchair quarterbacks have amazing 20/20 hindsight vision. Let's just say "Good win" and be done with it.

Kate said...

I totally agree with you...anytime your ace is in and getting a batter like Miguel Cabrera to swing and miss you keep him in.
Cabrera can beat a team by himself and in my opinion he is without question the best hitter in the game today.
Pulling CC in the middle of an inning is desperate and the situation certainly was not.