New York Yankees: Another Bullpen Blunder By Joe Girardi

T.J. MorrillCorrespondent IApril 17, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 16:  Phil Coke #48 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Cleveland Indians during opening day at the new Yankee Stadium on April 16, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City. This is the first regular season MLB game being played at the new venue which replaced the old Yankee Stadium as the Yankees home field.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

It's 1-1 in the top of the sixth inning. Phil Coke comes in to relieve CC Sabathia. Does his job, gets the third out of the inning.Β 

It's 1-1 in the top of the seventh inning Jose Veras comes in to relieve Phil Coke who had only faced one batter, Veras along with DeMaso Marte gave up nine, count 'em nine runs in the seventh inning.

I don't get it, first, the righty vs. lefty mixing and matching as I've stated many times in my previous writing, it's not matching colors, shapes and directions that's going to win you games.

Phil Coke got the out, why don't we leave him in? If I'm not mistaken Coke reported to spring training as a starter. Why then if you think he's good enough to get more than a lefty out wouldn't you leave him in to get a few more outs?

Putting in more pitchers only adds to the risk of one of them having an off night. If you stick Coke in to get four outs and then the finishing one two punch of Bruney and Rivera then there's two less pitchers you send out there, thus saving the bullpen and keeping less arms out there to screw it all up.

To me Girardi's management in the bullpen is the most ridiculous form of reasoning I have seen in my life.Β 

I guess we're stuck with an autistic child managing our favorite team for at least another year, anybody want to send in an application?


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