Nuno’s on the mound; Girardi explains why

It would be accurate to say that Joe Girardi has become frustrated with having to defend his decision to give the ball to Vidal Nuno tonight in the opener of a three-game series against the Red Sox.

It was suggested during this afternoon’s pre-game press conference that Girardi could have used Thursday’s off-day to skip Nuno and have Masahiro Tanaka start the series opener, in both a nod to Nuno’s recent struggles (0-2 with an 11.57 ERA in his last two starts) and his poor record at Yankee Stadium (0-4, 6.14 ERA).

Girardi bristled a bit at the question — “I’m going to say this the last time today. The last time, because I’ve answered this question 10 times. I’m not irritated, but I don’t understand” — and then laid out his thinking, providing a good synopsis of the Yankees’ current rotation picture:

“Tanaka is a guy, the most he’s thrown is 226 innings. He’s on pace to throw 226 innings. He’s been a guy that’s used to pitching every seven days. I’ve been asked over the last, I don’t know, eight months, a hundred times, do you think Kuroda got tired? Hmm. Do you think Kuroda got tired? Huh. I have a guy in Chase Whitley that’s made 20 starts in his career. Most he’s ever thrown in a year is 95 innings. David Phelps is not a guy that’s been a starter every year, so it’s about five guys.

“It’s not about Tanaka. If I move Tanaka up today, he makes six starts in 30 days, every five days. What starter does that? We don’t play more than 20 days in a row. No starters do that because it’s physically too tough, so when you have a chance to give a guy an extra day, you do. He’s going to make four starts. Three on everyday rest. So are some of the other guys. I have to be careful. It’s a long season. And if I start him today or tomorrow, he still makes the same number of starts before the All-Star break. So I’m going to say last, this is about five guys, it’s not about one guy. Question answered.”

And there you go. Nuno & Brandon Workman will be on the mound, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET. You can watch on YES and the MLB Network.


RED SOXBrock Holt RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Jonny Gomes LF
A.J. Pierzynski C
Xander Bogaerts 3B
Stephen Drew SS
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

Brandon Workman RHP (1-0, 2.88)

YANKEESBrett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Carlos Beltran DH
Brian McCann C
Brian Roberts 2B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Kelly Johnson 3B

Vidal Nuno LHP (1-4, 5.88)

1 Comment

I gotta say i don’t blame him for gettin angry or whatever word you want to use. Some sports writers just don’t get it. They think if they wait 10 minutes the answer will change. I mean come on, there are good questions and there are stupid questions. The end.


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