Joe Girardi is the master of pitching changes in the bottom of the 9th with 2 out and 7 run lead.— Ian (@BlueJayHunter) September 29, 2012
That was actually the second time this season Girardi has made a pitching change with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th vs the Blue Jays.— Ian (@BlueJayHunter) September 29, 2012
If Joe Girardi’s mission as a manager is to suck thelife out of the competition by doing things like this, then mission accomplished.— Ian (@BlueJayHunter) September 29, 2012
I get that managers like to play the percentages, but Joe Girardi has taken unnecessary pitching moves to an entirely new level.
With a 7-run lead in the bottom of the ninth against the Blue Jays with nobody on base and 2 out, Girardi decided to make a pitching change and bring in his closer. What for? There’s a 7-run lead?
Amazingly, this wasn’t the first time Joe Girardi has done this to the Blue Jays this season. Back on August 10th, he did the very same thing - he made a pitching change in the bottom of the ninth with 2 out. This time with a 6-run lead.
I don’t know what Girardi’s motivation was behind these unnecessary pitching changes, but if his goal was to virtually suck the life out of the Blue Jays by dragging on the game along as long as humanly possible, then mission accomplished.