Now playing on Girardi’s IPod: Insane in the Brain

April 8, 2012 | 61 comments | in Featured | by SJK

The Yankees are 0-3 to start the season after being swept by one of their main division rivals.

The Yankees’ top 2 starters, CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda, had lousy outings. The vaunted Bomber offense was shut down in the series finale. Fielding mistakes were made by Eduardo Nunez and Raul Ibanez that led to Tampa runs in two different games. Joe Maddon’s infield shifts were highly effective. There are plenty of reasons why the Yankees have a big zero in the wins column.

However, there is another major reason the Yankees went winless over Easter weekend, and that reason is Joe Girardi. The Yankees’ manager directly impacted the outcome of all three games with absolutely horrific decision-making. This isn’t Monday Morning Quarterback-type stuff either. These were all blatant errors that were painfully obvious at the time they occurred. Some of them directly led to runs, while others put the Yankees at a disadvantage before the first pitches were even thrown.

Game 1 / Opening Day

With two outs in the first inning of the first game of the 2012 season, Girardi orders CC Sabathia to intentionally walk Sean Rodriguez to load the bases for Carlos Pena. Heading into the AB, Rodriguez had a career line of .229/.307/.367, and had only been intentionally walked 3 times in 1,030 plate appearances. Carlos Pena then hits a grand slam.

Game 2

Girardi is already resting players in the second game of the season, as he puts Jeter at DH and uses Eduardo Nunez at SS. We also see a hint that Girardi plans on platooning Brett Gardner when facing LHP, as Andruw Jones gets the start in LF.

Nunez is a terrible defensive player and Gardner is arguably the best defender in all of baseball, and defense is where Gardner derives a huge chunk of his value. In the second game of the season against a division rival, the most optimal setup would have been Jeter at SS, Jones at DH, and Gardner in LF. Instead, we see Eduardo Nunez botch a routine grounder in the 1st inning that eventually led to 2 runs.

And this was borderline retarded…in the bottom of the 7th, after walking Carlos Pena to kick off the inning, lefty specialist Clay Rapada is kept in the game and allowed to pitch to Evan Longoria. During his career, righties have hit Rapada to the tune of .367/.485/.709 — in other words, right-handed hitters turn in the best hitters of all-time when they face Rapada. Probably not the best idea for him to pitch to Longoria, right? Longoria launches a double (which was initially ruled a HR), which contributes to a 2-run inning for the Rays.

Game 3

In the third game of the season, Girardi feels Nick “Best Shape of His Life” Swisher needs a rest. So, Girardi puts a human statue in RF who goes by the name Raul Ibanez. Ibanez is so bad defensively that he shouldn’t be allowed to own a glove, yet Girardi starts him in the outfield in the third game of the season.

Naturally, in the first inning of the game, Matt Joyce hits a ball to RF, Ibanez does some weird diving thing, and the ball rolls to the wall for a triple, knocking in Longoria from second. Yanks down 1-0.

The fun doesn’t end here. As we know, Joe Girardi has a thing for his pal “Booney.” He thinks that Booney is effective against both RH and LH batters, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. In the bottom of the 6th, with the Yankees down 2-0, Girardi allows his buddy Booney to pitch to right-handed Jeff Keppinger after the aforementioned Booney recorded two outs. Keppinger hits a HR.

Terrible, terrible managing.

Don’t you know Girardi’s loco?

The big problem with umpires

April 8, 2012 | 20 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by Vizzini

Umpires generally suck at what they do.

Check out Friday’s NYY-TAM game — Smokey Joe West was the umpire.

According to the chart below of called strikes/balls, 16 pitches within the strike zone were called balls (green colors are “called balls” – triangles are from Yankee pitchers – squares are from Tampa pitchers.) Some of them were so far inside the strike zone, that it’s insane that West got them wrong — we’re talking meaty, juicy strikes called balls.


And then there was about 11 pitches clearly outside the strike zone that were called strikes (red colors are “called strikes”). Some of them weren’t even close, yet Joe West called them strikes!

So that’s 27 pitches that West clearly got wrong out of the 182 points we counted on the chart. That’s 15% of total called pitches in the game. Fifteen percent of West’s calls were incorrect! That right there is enough to change the course of a game. It screws up the count, it causes hitters and pitchers to change their approach in response, and it alters the outcome of the plate appearance. How is this acceptable for a professional sports league?

And here’s Saturday night’s game versus Tampa with Sam Holbrook umpiring:

While not as atrocious as Joe West, you can clearly see some errors. Again, green is “called balls” and red is “called strikes.” Look at the bottom right-hand corner of the zone. How is a hitter supposed to tell if a pitch in that area will be called a ball or strike? You also saw 5 pitches thrown well outside the zone called strikes.

Traditionalists, like the Amish, would obviously have a hard time removing umpires and replacing them with modern technology. However, traditionalists would likely agree that the pitch count changes the approach of both hitters and pitchers, and alters the outcome of a plate appearance. So if umpires are getting their calls consistently wrong (in Joe West’s case 15%!), at what point can we not tolerate these blatant errors? Is there a number where even the traditionalists might crack? Or is the presence of the human element so much more important than accuracy?

Regardless of where you stand, it’s clear that umpires struggle judging where a small spinning white ball traveling 90 mph crosses an imaginary plane with an error margin of less than one inch.

One solution: Replace umpires with Robocop.

This is not the start we’re looking for

April 7, 2012 | 45 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Yanks drop to 0-2 with 8-6 loss to Tampa.

Kuroda: 5.2 IP, 6 R, 4 ER, 8 H, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
Rapada: 0.2 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 0 K
Nunez: Error to kick off 1st inning, eventually leading to 2 runs (why are people so infatuated with him??)

“You will leave in Clay Rapada to pitch against Longoria.”

Rays crucify Rivera

April 6, 2012 | 39 comments | in Featured | by Louis Winthorpe III

The trusty clipboard doesn’t help.

Back for another season: The NoMaas Live Game Chat

April 5, 2012 | 14 comments | in Announcements | by SJK

Do you normally watch games alone and with a bag of potato chips? Are you under house arrest? Well, we have solved your problems. You can now enjoy the company of other Yankee fans by heading into NoMaas Live Game Chat.

Join your compatriots during games and complain in real-time about Girardi using Boone Logan against righties, Jeter grounding into a double-play, or Mark Teixeira popping out to the infield.

You can always find a link to the NoMaas Live Game Chat in the top menu too.

Find hot erotic talk in the NoMaas Live Game Chat.

It’s time to get serious

April 4, 2012 | 51 comments | in Featured | by Louis Winthorpe III

As tradition dictates, our Opening Day video…speakers up and hit play.

**NoMaas Exclusive** Photos of Cashman’s meeting with Cervelli

April 4, 2012 | 45 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Showdown looming with Granderson and Cano?

April 3, 2012 | 58 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Joey Votto’s monster 10-year, $225 million extension is the latest in a long line of $100 million+ deals handed out this offseason: Cain, Poo-holes, Fielder, Reyes, Zimmerman, and Kemp are the others.

Although in two seasons the landscape may be different, we can’t help but wonder about the types of contracts Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano will command when they become free agents after the 2013 season, or if the Yankees try to extend them before they hit the open market.

This is all happening as the Yankees have been mandated to cut payroll and other teams are splurging.

The American League is about to get served

April 1, 2012 | 63 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Opening Day only a few days away…

The Yanks run this b****!

Pineda to DL, Cashman loses it

March 31, 2012 | 77 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Daily News:

Michael Pineda will open the season on the disabled list after an MRI revealed tendinitis in his right shoulder. Pineda experienced tightness and soreness in the back of the shoulder during his start Friday night, prompting the test Saturday morning.

Brian Cashman did not take the news well.

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