Phillies’ Joe Girardi doesn’t care about job security despite recent poor play and concerns over energy levels
The Philadelphia Phillies have been in bad shape lately. They enter Tuesday’s game against the San Francisco Giants having lost 11 of their last 15 games. That poor streak has left them 21-28 this season, taking them to 11½ games in the National League East and six in the wild card race. Nonetheless, manager Joe Girardi told reporters on Sunday he was not worried about being let go in response to his side’s recent struggles.
“I’m not worried about my job,” Girardi said, according to ESPN. “I never worried about my job. I don’t worry about my job. I have to do my job. That’s the business of being a manager. I don’t care.”
Girardi, who the Phillies signed ahead of the 2020 season, is in the final guaranteed year of his contract. The Phillies hold a club option on his services for next season, although the likelihood of them exercising it is unclear. In more than two years at the helm, he amassed a 131-140 record, good for a 48.3 winning percentage, and failed to lead the Phillies to the playoffs.
It would be unfair to blame Girardi for all of the Phillies’ problems, but he deserves criticism for his questionable management of the bullpen and, apparently, his inability to keep his players free.
“I don’t know how to describe the energy now, but obviously it’s not where it needs to be,” outfielder Nick Castellanos told the Philadelphia Inquirer on Sunday, “because we’re not playing like we should.”
How should the Phillies play? They were expected to benefit from the expanded playoffs this summer, as they spent the winter adding veterans like Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber to a core that already included Bryce Harper, Zack Wheeler and JT Realmuto. , among other stars.
Despite their underperformance so far, the Phillies still have decent odds in the playoffs, according to the source. Baseball Prospectus’ predictions give them about a 50% chance of winning the October tournament, while FanGraphs’ predictions have them at 22%. SportsLine’s projections aren’t quite as rosy, with the Phillies holding just a 10% chance of making the playoffs.
Either way, it’s worth noting that the Phillies also shuffled their coaching staff last offseason, firing Girardi’s hitting and fielding coaches. Teams that do such things don’t always change managers quickly, but they certainly seem more likely to do so than the average club.