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Girardi’s Overmanaging Costs The Yankees Game Three of the 2009 ALCS

Published by on October 19, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

I'm not going to recap tonight's game, I am just going to rant about the decisions Girardi made. Pettitte pitched pretty well, going 6.1 innings and allowing only three earned runs and threw 95 pitches before he was removed. This was when I started to question Girardi's bullpen management.

In a tie game, Girardi chose to go with Joba Chamberlain in relief of Pettitte in the seventh inning. I immediately questioned this decision, and wondered why Girardi was going with Joba. Joba's results have been fine out of the bullpen, but he has not done anything to deserve being trusted in a tie game when the rest of the bullpen is available. After this move, I was planning on comparing 2009 starter Joba versus 2009 reliever Joba, but then...

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