Girardi is to blame for Rapada’s bad start

In his short career, Yankees lefty reliever Clay Rapada has certainly bounced around a lot. He started in Chicago, moved to Detroit, then it was on to Texas, Baltimore, and then finally the Bronx. One of the things Rapada said he was looking for when he signed with the Yankees was a chance to pitch for a team with a strong rotation where he could fill a very specific role. In other words, he wanted to be a strict lefty specialist.

Which makes sense. Rapada is not an especially good pitcher, but he does one thing well and that’s get lefties out. In his career he has held them to a .261 OBP and a .486 OPS. He gets rocked by righties though, who have a career .485 OBP and 1.193 OPS.

The thing is, Girardi brought him in on Saturday to face the left handed Carlos Pena, fine, good. However, after Rapada walked Pena, Girardi left Rapada in who quickly gave up a home run double to the right handed Evan Longoria. That left a pair of runners in scoring position for Matt Joyce, a lefty, who blooped a soft single into left, but because Girardi let Rapada face a tough righty it resulted in two runs.

If Rapada is going to be on the Yankees and be successful, his manager has to put him in positions for that to happen. That means he should never face right handed batters, particularly very good ones. The guy needs to be a strict lefty specialist otherwise he shouldn’t be on the team because unfortunately, he isn’t good enough.

About Rob Abruzzese

Rob Abruzzese created Bronx Baseball Daily in 2008 just before graduating from Brooklyn College. He currently serves BBD as its editor and works as a reporter at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Follow Rob on Twitter @RobAbruzzese.
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5 Responses to Girardi is to blame for Rapada’s bad start

  1. ron says:

    not bad the yankees have picke up where thay left off last fall what a great manager and g manager looks like the yankees will be looking from the bottom up go o"s

  2. BILL ORMSBY says:

    Yankee fan forever: Don't ever count us out, as we will forever come back to haunt you. Slow start, not to worry once we get started, try if you will to stop us. GO YANKEE'S 2012 is the year….

  3. Tanned Tom says:

    I thought making Girardi manager was a good move, and he has had a WS championship, but seems like he's off to a slow start this year. A rabid fan might even say that his moves have cost his team all 3 games so far. The Rapada move stinks, and forcing Rivera to walk a hitter?! Not too swift. He clearly has a temptation to over manage instead of just going with the sensible move.

  4. David K. says:

    Clay Rapada should never face righties: you know it, I know it, why doesn't Girardi know it? I feel that ever since winning the WS in 2009, Girardi has been retrogressing as a manager. He was bad in 2010, even worse in 2011, and so far in 2012, has been horrendous. He should have been fired after the 2010 playoffs.

  5. Frank Spero says:

    deep six that jerk (girardi) he's by far the worst manager i've ever seen

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