Monday, April 5, 2010

The New Public Enemy No. 1

Get out your darts, kids. Here's one for your bullseye:

Brian Cashman shouldn't have signed Chan Ho Park. But Joe Girardi certainly shouldn't be relying on him late in a two-run game at Fenway Park.

Last night was a Joe Torre special, a bullpen mismanagement worthy of Girardi's predecessor. Park has a WHIP of 1.40 and an EqERA of 4.61 last the National League. His career stats aren't any better. What about that screams "Can succeed in the A.L. East"?

Guys fail. Guys blow games. It happens. But it enrages me when managers don't give their team the best possible chance to win a game -- it's really not that difficult. There was no reason for Girardi to pull David Robertson after two batters (shades of the ALCS).

And just like that...the Era of Good Feeling is over.