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.
It didn't take long for The Binder to get into the act in today's Yankees-Red Sox game.
In the bottom of the first inning, with Freddy Garcia having already given up a run on doubles by Ryan Sweeney and Adrian Gonzalez, the Red Sox had two out, a man on second and Joe Girardi had a clear choice: Have Freddy pitch to the lefthanded hitting David Ortiz, who was 5-for-10 against him last season with two doubles and a HR, or walk Papi and pitch to Kevin Youkilis, a righty who has hit just .188 against him in his career.
The decision seemed pretty obvious but for some reason, Girardi chose to overrule The Binder and pitch to Ortiz.
The result? RBI double, a 2-0 Red Sox lead and a loss for The Binder, which now stands at 3-3.
Of course, it probably turned out not to matter since Garcia never got out of the second inning, getting bombed for three more runs and giving way to Clay Rapada.
The Binder Record: 3-3