I just heard Brian Kenny and people of his ilk on MLB Network congratulating Yankee manager Joe Girardi for being stupid in the last two Yankee games, both wins.
Girardi got good performances from two inconsistent starting pitchers, then used all three of his killer relief pitchers to throw one inning each in one run games on consecutive days. Girardi even had a chance to not use Aroldis Chapman in the 9th in the second game because Carlos Beltran had hit a two run homer in the top of the 9th to give the Yankees a three run lead. Girardi had a lesser relief pitcher start to warm up but instead of resting Chapman Girardi did his Nervous Nellie thing and used Chapman to protect a three run lead.
Brian Kenny and his three guests were practically licking themselves, they were so proud of how smart they are. Yeah, right.
After Girardi burned up his big three in the first of these two games I thought: oh boy, Girardi is going into Nervous Nellie mode early, mid May. He won't last the season and neither will his relief pitchers.
It's about managing limited resources. Both Yankee starters were not only pitching well but also had low pitch counts. Brian Kenny thinks that you should not let the starters get into trouble but pull them before that happens. That's really weak. Getting an extra inning from each of them and letting the non-Chapman guy pitch inning 9 in the second game would have saved three innings that could be used tonight and/or tomorrow by the big three. That's really bad resource management by any reasonable measure.
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... Girardi can generally be a "Nervous Nellie" type of manager, running to his most trusted relief pitchers in situations when they could/should be rested