I’ve often said that Joe Girardi’s bullpen management is his biggest strength, but tonight he really managed it horribly. Let’s run through the transgressions.
- With the tying run on third and two outs in the 8th, he used Cody Eppley against Paul Konerko. That was a situation that really called for David Robertson.
- After Eppley got out of the inning, Robertson should have started the ninth. Instead Eppley was left in.
- Once Alex Rios singled against Eppley to start the ninth, he went to Clay Rapada with the tying run in the batter’s box. I suppose you can say Rapada made his pitches, but he threw a potential double play grounder into CF.
By the time Girardi finally decided to go to Robertson, the damage had effectively been done.
This feels like the worst loss of the year to me. Unbelievable. Really.