Re: Joe Nathan
posted at 7/24/2013 10:34 AM EDT
In response to RedSoxKimmi's comment:
In response to southpaw777's comment:
I wouldnt give Girardi Manager of the year. Hes playing what he has. Wells, Hafner and a couple others overachieved big time the first couple months and have come back to earth. NYY pitching has been good and thats the only reason theyare where they are. I hardly think its due to great managing.
Id pick the Indians or the Sox for obvious reasons. Not even sure if Girardi is in my top 5.
It's not just a matter of playing what he has, but it's also playing matchups and putting his players in a position where they can best succeed. Farrell seems to have the magic touch for doing that. For instance, pushing Lester's start back until last night and having Dempster start on Sunday resulted in wins in both games, and Lester looked really good last night.
I haven't watched Girardi's moves closely enough to know how he's doing in that regard, but I do recall one game in which he put a badly slumping Vernon Wells in to pinch hit against a predominantly fastball pitcher, and Wells came through with a big hit, resulting in a Yankees win. A good manager has a knack for that type of thing.
Also, IMO, the way a manager manages the clubhouse goes a long way in what happens on the field. We saw that in the negative direction with BobbyV last year and we're seeing that in the positive this year with Farrell. Perhaps Girardi is having that kind of impact on his players? He also has a lot to deal with in terms of keeping the team focused with all the Arod/Biogenesis stuff going on.
I'm not saying that Girardi should be Manager of the Year, but considering all that he's had to deal with, he should definitely be in consideration.
[/QUOTE] psst Kimmi, if you're nice to me i won't tell Fred and Pumps you mentioned BV