The New York Yankees are off to a hot start. I’m amazed yet glad about the way they have been playing. They play with an attitude in which they refuse to lose. Every time a player gets injured, this does not stop the Yankees.
A lot of the players have been given a lot of credit, but the person who I think deserves more of it is manager Joe Girardi.
Girardi has faced several obstacles this season. These have included playing without star players Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson. Girardi has done a nice job of filling out his lineup card with key contributors such as Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay.
I like how Girardi has shuffled the lineup, batting the same players in different spots, and he is doing a good job of picking who will start and who will get the day off.
The New York press can be very aggressive, but it also tends to play favorites regarding the Yankees’ players. The press should give Girardi more credit, and should also point out the smart moves made by the manager. When the Yankees win, you hear names such as Robinson Cano and Hiroki Kuroda, but you never hear Joe Girardi.
My question is, when the big guys come back, what is Girardi going to do with his key contributors? Granderson will be back soon, so how often will Wells play? If Girardi for some reason does not continue to win when the big bats come back, he’ll never hear the end of it.
I want Girardi to continue to make smart decisions with his lineup. He has done a great job and I would hate to see him lose his edge.