Thursday, October 27, 2016
Indians reliever Andrew Miller offered a window into the Yankees’ bullpen world this year with the big three of himself, Aroldis Chapman, and Dellin Betances and how there was some confusion at times for manager Joe Girardi.
“I know when Chapman came back to us for the Yankees this year, Dellin and I were kind of up in the air about what order we would pitch,’’ Miller said. “And in some instances it created a mess because we were both warming up next to each other.
Managing his bullpen has generally been a strength of Girardi’s, but over the last few seasons it feels like he’s gotten worse. I don’t know if the data backs it up and it’s pretty hard to mess up a bullpen with some of the options Girardi has had at his disposal, but I’ve been less than enamored with some of his decisions. In particular, I feel he’s tired out Dellin Betances a lot more than he needed to, and that may have contributed to his struggles down the stretch.
It’ll be interesting to see what he does next year when he doesn’t have options like Miller and Aroldis Chapman along with Betances and has to deviate from a bullpen-by-numbers approach.
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