Girardi chose to have Sabathia intentionally walk Sean Rodriguez …and instead pitch to Pena, [who] slammed a 3-2 pitch over the right-field wall… “Joe made the move and if I made the right pitch, we wouldn’t be talking about it,” Sabathia said.
Add it all up and you see that the [run expectancy] for pitching to Rodriguez with runners on second and third is lower than the [run expectancy] for pitching to Pena with the bases loaded.
Five minutes into the first game of the year, and Yankees Manager Joe Girardi is acting like it is the seventh game of the World Series. Which, you know, might be the only time this season he gets to act like that.
But, hey, first pitch tonight is at 7:10. Hiroki Kuroda versus David Price.
“That was a good four-hour game,” Girardi said with a laugh. “We’re back.”
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