I just have to say that I am completely on board with the Joe Girardi era so far, despite the 4-5 record. I liked the move last night of holding Kennedy until they knew he wouldn’t be interrupted by rain. I still cannot believe that the game didn’t get delayed at some point, as there were actual puddles forming on the infield.
Also, I think Girardi has been using his bullpen effectively. He has consistently put them in situations where they can succeed, he has trusted them even if they give up the occasional hit or walk, and he hasn’t over-managed.
The most obvious success story is Bruney. I don’t want to jinx him, but it seems like he has really benefited from the confidence of his manager.
In Sunday’s game started by Wang, Girardi faced a difficult decision with runners on 1st and 3rd with no outs in the 7th. Rather than saving Joba, he went to him in the critical portion of the game. Just a few pitches later, Joba escaped giving up no runs. He threw so few pitches he was able to pitch the 8th anyways.
Most importantly, can you name one reliever who has been overworked? I can’t. Didn’t Vizcaino make something like 12 appearances in the first 9 games last year?
On a less optimistic note, the Yankees simply cannot seem to get things going offensively. I think part of it is they’ve been stymied by some good pitchers which has kept them from getting into a rhythm. I think what they really need is to have a night where they bat around against some mediocre pitcher.