- Andrew Marchand, ESPN Senior Writer
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In a recurring blog feature, The Binder, will present all of the major decisions by Joe Girardi, a.k.a. Joey Looseleafs. We will not only evaluate The Binder's choices, but we will track The Binder's win-loss record.
Eight games into the Yankees' season, The Binder is 2-1. In the opening game of the season, The Binder lost big time when it chose to have ace CC Sabathia walk the weak-hitting Sean Rodriguez in the first inning to load the bases for Carlos Pena. The Binder liked the lefty on lefty matchup. Pena turned on a 3-2 mistake for a grand slam that led to a Yankees'and Binder loss.
The Binder stayed petty quiet until Wednesday in Baltimore. With the score tied in the ninth and runners on first and second, Girardi decided to move a runner to third and load the bases. He reasoned that lefty Nick Markakis had a better matchup than the right-handed hitting Adam Jones against Rafael Soriano. Jones had been 0-for-6 against Soriano.
Soriano blew Jones away, striking him out.
“I am sure I am going to be asked about it if it doesn’t work,’’ Girardi said afterward.
It worked and The Binder evened its record on the season.
On Friday, with Alex Rodriguez homer-less from the cleanup spot. Girardi instituted a new world order by announcing that A-Rod would be moved to third and Robinson Cano would bat cleanup against righties.
"We just feel with some of these clubs that have two left-handers, or even one left-hander, it makes it a little bit more difficult to navigate through,'' Girardi said. "So we're gonna go with this and just try to make it more difficult when to bring the left-hander in. This is what we're gonna use.''
A-Rod went 3-for-4 with a homer and The Binder sat very pretty on Girardi's desk.
The Binder Record: 2-1
* Credit to ESPN NY Yankee contributor Mike Mazzeo for the initial idea of The Binder.