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Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Apr 09, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

There’s panic in the streets of Gotham as the Yankees lost again. The National Guard will be called out if they call to 0-3.

A.J. Burnett is ready to get going. This notebook also has updates on CC Sabathia, Dan Giese, Jorge Posada and Nick Swisher.

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  1. able 21 April 9th, 2009 at 8:12 am

    Will there be a mutiny? Will Joe Girardi give himself up as a hostage to secure a win?

    No panic here.

  2. jennifer April 9th, 2009 at 8:15 am

    The Yankees also got a glimpse of Sasha Obama playing outside but were warned by the Secret Service not to take any photographs.

    haha pretty funny.

  3. tompass April 9th, 2009 at 8:17 am

    Time to win this game burnett will shut them down

  4. Pauly April 9th, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Carton was absolutely tickled pink when the show opened up this morning on WFAN. He actually said several times the Yankees are in a “must win” situation today, reinforcing my view, once again, that an overwhelming amount of Mets fans are complete idiots.

  5. jennifer April 9th, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Pauly

    Also reinforces the fact that Met fans are obsessed with the Yankees. I think a lot of them would rather see the Yankees lose, than the Mets win.

    Must win, not quite. I wonder if he was all nervous when K-rod when he walked 2 (heard the bases were loaded not sure how, must have been an error). And he gave up a bomb that was very close to going out.

  6. RussW210 April 9th, 2009 at 8:27 am

    “Time to win this game burnett will shut them down”

    I believe someone said the same thing in the first game. Then again for the second game. STOP JYNXING THEM!!!!

  7. RussW210 April 9th, 2009 at 8:30 am

    jennifer – do you have a Mets fan in your life that you absolutely despise? Rubs the Mets in your face every day. Messages you when the Yankees lose. Is everything this world shouldn’t produce?

    I do. And I LOVEEEEEE watching the Mets lose lol

  8. jennifer April 9th, 2009 at 8:32 am

    RussW210

    ha ha, Don’t get me wrong I love when the Mets lose, but I’d much rather the Yankees win. I keep getting facebook messages asking if I am panicking, throwing in my face our record. UGH!!

  9. tampa yankee April 9th, 2009 at 8:32 am

    pauly,

    carton is a met fan and has been saying all winter that the yankees will win the al east.carton and boomer is easily the best show on the wfan.

  10. RussW210 April 9th, 2009 at 8:35 am

    Ah so you know the feeling! I think what bugs me the most is that the Mets have been failing to get into the playoffs the past few years when facing TERRIBLE teams. Then when they finally win some games they are “Amazing” but in reality they are just finally beating those crap teams. I’d like to switch divisions with the Mets and see where that gets us.

  11. jennifer April 9th, 2009 at 8:35 am

    tampa- you have to be kidding me. They are awful. Dumb jock, and sexist pig. Yeah great show. Carton is absolutely disgusting, and you have to wonder why the FCC hasn’t fined him, when IMO he has said worse things than Howard Starn.

  12. RussW210 April 9th, 2009 at 8:36 am

    “carton and boomer is easily the best show on the wfan.”

    Agreed. Carton is fun to listen to and Boomer is credible. They compliment each other well. I don’t mind the next 2 guys either. Francessa is a bit annoying (though better without the dog)

  13. RussW210 April 9th, 2009 at 8:37 am

    jennifer – being the best show on the fan doesn’t exactly hold you to a high standard :)

  14. jennifer April 9th, 2009 at 8:38 am

    RussW210

    Very true. Good point.

  15. Betsy April 9th, 2009 at 8:40 am

    I love this quote from AJ:

    “I know there are expectations but I think I’m here for a reason,” he said. “These guys know what I have to offer. I know what I have to offer and what I’m capable of. I’m going to take the ball every five days and try to give us a chance to win.”

    **Ordinarily, I would be very confident in AJ. I think he will absolutely thrive in big games – he WANTS to pitch in them and that’s half the battle. However, this is his first start as a Yankee and he’s got family/friends here. He really needs to give us innings today – the pen has been used a lot in just two games.

  16. MaineYankee April 9th, 2009 at 8:42 am

    I find it really telling when other teams fans obsess with the Yankees when they lose. It tells me they look at them as a threat.

    There is a talk radio program here that talks almost as much about the Yankees as they do the RS. If you think they aren’t a threat you would think they wouldn’t spend as much time talking about them.

    RS fans are as obsessed with the Yankees as the Mets are.

  17. Trevor April 9th, 2009 at 8:45 am

    AJ Burnett will become the first Yankee starter of 2009 to strike out a batter.

  18. Betsy April 9th, 2009 at 8:46 am

    SJ, from the previous thread – this is a good team and I do like the fact that they aren’t a slugging team (those teams are one-dimensional and generally can’t hit good pitching). However, the offense concerns me simply because they can not continue to leave men on base at the rate they do and expect to beat good teams. They are in the best division in baseball and they’d better take care of their business against other (though the O’s are not really bad) teams.
    I like that they came back, but yesterday, the runs were scored too little, too late.

    That said, it’s absolutely ridiculous to hear people whining about Tex (I have total confidence in him) and how he’s not suited for NY) and CC. It’s two games – baseball is a loooooong season. These guys will perform to the backs of their baseball cards, no question.

  19. Pauly April 9th, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Tampa Yankee

    If you think boomber and carton is the best show on WFAN you haven’t heard Steve Summers’ show yet. He has more radio talent and sports knowledge than the both of them put together, and I mean that in the nicest way possible.

    Despite what Carton may have been saying all winter, when the show opened up this morning, he repeatedly said that the Yankees have looked putrid and that today they’re in a must win situation. I actually had to check my calendar to make sure I hadn’t slept through the whole summer. It was mystifying.

  20. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 9th, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Carton is a disgusting pig and makes my ears cry. NY Sports radio is in a sad state right now.

    So, today will be the start of a nice little winning streak for the yankees. Yes? :)

  21. jennifer April 9th, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Trevor

    I think that is a safe assumption/prediction to make. Than again I didn’t think we’d be in a must win position today. (sarcasm) :lol:

  22. jennifer April 9th, 2009 at 8:50 am

    SA- I agree!!

  23. Hokiehill April 9th, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Maine, i think your point of view is right on…other teams pay attention to the Yankees out of respect and knowledge that they are good…it’s kind of like the saying I’ve heard alot in this series…when they boo you, you know you’re a good player…if they don’t boo or talk about you at all, it’s because you are not relevant…

    I wonder if as a Baltimore resident A.J. will get as much attention as Tex has. Something tells me no.

    Here’s pulling for A.J. to pitch the 1st K of the season for the Yanks against batter number 1!

  24. Pauly April 9th, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Jennifer,

    Admittedly, yes, Carton was nervous when KRod was making the game interesting last night. To be fair, he did follow up his “Yankees suck” tirade with a sober assessment of the Mets’ performance last night.

    However, that did little to assuage the bewillderment I felt at the notion that a devout Mets fan, who watched the Phillies stumble out of the gate last year and then go on to win the whole damn thing (including the division) emphatically state that the Yankess are in big trouble, after just two games.

  25. Pel (You've waited 6 months to complain about 2 games.) April 9th, 2009 at 8:54 am

    2008 Orioles lost opening day, went on a 6 game winning streak. Finished 5th in their division, next to last in the AL, and 5th from last in MLB.

    2008 Phillies were 8-8 in their first 16 games. Their W-L pattern was LL WW LL WW LL WW LWLW… went to the WS.

    2008 Rays went 9-11 in the first 20 games…went to the WS.

    2008 Mariners went 10-10 in their first 20 games…finished 5th in their division, last in the AL, and 3rd from last in MLB.

  26. Patrick April 9th, 2009 at 8:56 am

    I totally missed Teixeira’s last at-bat last night, was it a legit double or a blooper?

    Tex has gotten off to a really bad start, it couldn’t be much worse really. Prior to the last at-bat it seemed like he wasn’t seeing the ball well. He was looking at meatballs and when he swung he couldn’t even center the ball and make solid contact.

    Hopefully he can get out of this mini-slump and contribute!

  27. Pauly April 9th, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Thank you, Pel. That’s some great perspective right there. Anybody else notice that a lot of great pitchers are getting off to rough starts this year? It’s a long list: CC, Wanger, Lincecum, Webb, Halladay, Volquez, Cliff Lee etc.

  28. TT 15 April 9th, 2009 at 9:02 am

    SJ, from the previous thread – this is a good team and I do like the fact that they aren’t a slugging team (those teams are one-dimensional and generally can’t hit good pitching). However, the offense concerns me simply because they can not continue to leave men on base at the rate they do and expect to beat good teams. They are in the best division in baseball and they’d better take care of their business against other (though the O’s are not really bad) teams.
    I like that they came back, but yesterday, the runs were scored too little, too late.

    That said, it’s absolutely ridiculous to hear people whining about Tex (I have total confidence in him) and how he’s not suited for NY) and CC. It’s two games – baseball is a loooooong season. These guys will perform to the backs of their baseball cards, no question.
    ——————————————–
    No worries just yet. They scored 5 runs in each game.Should have been enough to win. Its still early. The command of the strike zone will come.

  29. ray (sox fan) April 9th, 2009 at 9:03 am

    “There is a talk radio program here that talks almost as much about the Yankees as they do the RS.”

    Good morning Maine Yankee. You must be talking about the Big Jab. I admit that they talk about the Yankees a lot.

    Do you ever go down to the Sea Dog games when they play Trenton?

  30. jennifer April 9th, 2009 at 9:04 am

    It was a legit double.

  31. Steve B April 9th, 2009 at 9:05 am

    “These guys know what I have to offer. I know what I have to offer and what I’m capable of. I’m going to take the ball every five days and try to give us a chance to win.”

    Straight from the Crash Davis Big Book of Baseball Cliches.

    No idea who Alfredo Simon is, but I think the Yankees bang him around today and win 8-4.

  32. Patrick April 9th, 2009 at 9:06 am

    “No idea who Alfredo Simon is, but I think the Yankees bang him around today and win 8-4.”

    Unfortunately, the Yankees don’t know who he is either and they usually struggle against guys they’ve never seen. Hopefully A.J. can pitch a good game.

  33. tampa yankee April 9th, 2009 at 9:07 am

    pauly,

    i’ve been listening to steve summers for many years and he is awesome.i grew up in long island.I like carton and boomer for the comedy not knowledge.i can’t stand fat mike and he’s a yankee fan.

  34. tampa yankee April 9th, 2009 at 9:09 am

    AJ.8 innings 0 runs 9 strikeouts.

  35. pat April 9th, 2009 at 9:13 am

    I can’t listen to Steve Summers.

    He sounds like a cartoon mouse talking sports and he uses puns and rhymes that are so bad that I’ve found myself actually shaking my head or groaning aloud before changing the dial.

    His schtick must hit a certain demographic. I’m not sure what it is but I know I’m not part of it.

  36. bodhisattva April 9th, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Not worried about the pitching, or even the hitting.

    What has bothered me is how little Gardner’s speed has translated into good defense.

    He is getting toasted going back to the wall, and looks completely nonplussed. I’d like to see him play deeper. He would probably pick up the ball better and have a better chance on balls hit over his head. I’m not concerned if the ball drops in front of him – it’s the xtra bases that are a concern.

  37. Steve B April 9th, 2009 at 9:14 am

    “Unfortunately, the Yankees don’t know who he is either and they usually struggle against guys they’ve never seen.”

    True. Checking out what I can on Simon. Looks like the O’s grabbed him out of the Mexican League last year. Signed out of the DR in 2000, but has enjoyed pretty much no success above A ball.

  38. MaineYankee April 9th, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Ray

    Yes I was talking about JAB. Sometimes they are unbearable to listen to. Felger on the Boston station is also real bad. It makes you wonder how some of these guys get their jobs.

    Yes I do go to Sea Dogs games. Try to go when Trenton is in town. Went to the playoffs a couple of years ago and my son got Matsui’s autograph. It was when he was rehabbing his broken wrist.

  39. Steve B April 9th, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Tampa Yank:

    I’m going with 7 IP, 4ER, 5 hits, 4 BB’s, 9 K’s for Burnett

  40. ray (sox fan) April 9th, 2009 at 9:20 am

    “Yes I do go to Sea Dogs games. Try to go when Trenton is in town”

    I went to one of the playoff games last year against Trenton. Let me know if you go during one of the Trenton series and I’ll buy you a hot dog! :)

  41. Hokiehill April 9th, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Couple of positives from the 1st two games (yes positives exist in Yankee land!)…

    Jeter seems to be thriving in the lead-off role!

    While Gardner hasn’t been hitting lites out he’s managed to score a couple runs and has played well in the field!

    Cano has looked sharp both in the field and at the plate. I think it was in the 7th last night that he had a great hussle play to his left with the 360 and throw to 1st…looking good there!

    Posada hit for a little power last night, along with Ransom and Cano!

    The bullpen was strong last night!

    Despite complaints about the Yankees on the basepaths after game 1, we looked great last night with the 3 for 3 on stolen bases!

    These are just a few…what other positives is everyone else taking from the 1st 2 games of the season? I know it’s early for a lot of these things to be the missing link to a WS win this year, but I’d rather see a thread harp on the positives than the negatives.

  42. randy l. April 9th, 2009 at 9:21 am

    “Wang said his issues were mechanical in nature. His stride was too rapid and left his arm trailing behind at an improper angle. ”

    with wang it’s always about the stride when he’s off. this isn’t rocket science. when neil allen turned him into a sinker ball pitcher in the space of a week at triple a the first thing he did after showing wang the proper grip was to shorten his stride because a shorter stride is necessary to throw the sinker.

    wang will likely always need tune ups on the stride length because it’s not natural for him. he was a typical fastball, slider, change pitcher before allen taught him the sinker.

    to throw a good fastball, a long stride increases velocity. velocity is always nice so a pitcher like wang is going to tend to stride longer when he wants to throw harder. he then gets under the ball which takes the sink away. when a pitcher is shortening their stride on purpose, it is very easy to slip back to a longer stride.

    so why does wang have so much trouble keeping his stride short? i think it’s because the yankees have been messing around with him for the past few years and don’t really understand what made the sinker tick in the first place.

    they are always messing around with his arm angle when his natural arm angle was what made allen think that wang could throw the sinker in the first place. the fact it was natural means it doesn’t change unless someone is messing with it.

    my opinion is that wang needs to live and die with the sinker and needs to spend his time working on it constantly and when in games pound the strike zone with it. when he’s on, they can’t hit it even when they know it’s coming.

    hitters will step up in the box to hit it before it sinks as much , but that can be taken care of with up and in pitches when batters cheat up in the box.

    wang was very reliable and consistent when he threw almost exclusively sinkers. remember, wang was a creation; he was not a star with a fastball ,slider,and change up. the more he throws these pitches, the more he reverts back to not being a star.

  43. RER - 98 April 9th, 2009 at 9:24 am

    The pitching will come around. It’s too good not to. The presence of Alex in the lineup will be felt more as the month moves on. Until he’s back, a few others need to turn it up a notch on a consistent basis.

  44. Steve B April 9th, 2009 at 9:27 am

    “While Gardner hasn’t been hitting lites out he’s managed to score a couple runs and has played well in the field!”

    Would respectfully disagree here. Teriffic throw the other night, but he has not looked at all strong going back on deep balls IMO.

  45. MaineYankee April 9th, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Ray

    I’d be glad to go to a game with you. Most of the time I go Trenton wins :lol:

    I haven’t looked at the scedule to see when they play. I will check that out today.

  46. Patrick April 9th, 2009 at 9:28 am

    randy,

    Wang certainly has some bad starts every now and then but its not like the Yankees coaches have ruined him. He was on pace for a similar year as in 2006/2007 last year before he was injured. 17-20 wins, 3.5 – 4.0 ERA. I fully expect that kind of year this year.

  47. randy l. April 9th, 2009 at 9:29 am

    “Felger on the Boston station is also real bad. It makes you wonder how some of these guys get their jobs.”

    maine yankee-

    felger is one of those people that even before he opens his mouth , you just want to smack him.

  48. Greg April 9th, 2009 at 9:29 am

    1998… we were swept by Oakland to start the year… didn’t turn out too badly

  49. Pauly April 9th, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Posada hit for a little power last night, along with Ransom and Cano!

    And don’t forget about Jorge’s arm. He’s been great defensively as well.

  50. MaineYankee April 9th, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Ray

    Guys like Felger and Shoe on the JAB are why Yankee fans can’t stand the RS. They mirror to many of the RS fans.

    I’m not putting you in that group but you know what I’m talking about.

    I get alot of real ugly stares when I wear my Yankee hat here. :lol;

  51. Tex's New Best Friend April 9th, 2009 at 9:38 am

    Today, if Molina starts, Posada should DH.
    Take out Gardner
    Take out Nady

  52. MaineYankee April 9th, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Randy

    I think you are letting your dislike for Yankee management distort your view on Wang. If you look at what he has done the last three years it hard to find fault with that.

  53. Steve B April 9th, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Wang vs. AL East = 19-13 with a 4.55 ERA

    Wang vs rest of MLB = 35-8 with a 3.32 ERA

  54. bodhisattva April 9th, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Steve B
    April 9th, 2009 at 9:27 am
    “While Gardner hasn’t been hitting lites out he’s managed to score a couple runs and has played well in the field!”
    Would respectfully disagree here. Teriffic throw the other night, but he has not looked at all strong going back on deep balls IMO.
    =======================

    Apparently this flew under the radar as far as most of viewing audience is concerned, but the Yankees certainly have to have noticed. I’m expecting an adjustment.

  55. randy l. April 9th, 2009 at 10:00 am

    “Wang certainly has some bad starts every now and then but its not like the Yankees coaches have ruined him”

    patrick-

    here’s the problem. even though you think wang has been coached exclusively by yankee coaches for 2006,2007, and 2008 since allen left the yankees , you would be wrong.
    what happens is yankee coaches mess him up and then wang goes outside the organization and gets tuned back up. i’m not going to give any more details for obvious reasons.

    wang has become very unpredictable. you never know which wang you’re going to get. i’m putting out the premise that it’s because the yankees are messing with him too much. eiland has worked with him for a year. why would you think he understands what make wang tick when he’s only coached him for a year- and a partial year at that ?

  56. RussW210 April 9th, 2009 at 10:27 am

    “Apparently this flew under the radar as far as most of viewing audience is concerned, but the Yankees certainly have to have noticed. I’m expecting an adjustment.”

    They should play him deeper. He is terrific at fly balls in front of him and directly to his sides.

  57. randy l. April 9th, 2009 at 10:36 am

    “I think you are letting your dislike for Yankee management distort your view on Wang”

    maine yankee-

    i really like ron guidry. he was wang’s pitching coach for 2006 and 2007 and he encouraged wang to throw more sliders and other pitches. i just disagree with doing that. you probably don’t know that ron guidry and neil allen are close friends. they were teammates under billy martin . dave righetti was also on those teams and has remained close friends with allen.

    these guys talk and pass on info to each other. just because they work for different organizations doesn’t mean old relationships don’t continue and info doesn’t cross team lines. do you think it’s likely that guidry never talked with allen about wang ? eiland may even have some relationship with these guys because he too briefly played under martin with them.

    they are not supposed to talk because they are paid by different organizations, but of course they do off the record. what i’m saying is that there’s more going on with a pitcher like wang than you read in the papers.

    here’s an example that might illustrate my point. augusta national has consistent right to left doglegs that demand a consistent draw. jack nicklaus used to take a month to convert his fade to a draw for the masters. then he’d take a month to get his fade back.

    even someone like nicklaus could not go back and forth at will with an excellent fade or draw. wang is in the same situation. he can’t go back and forth at will and expect to have his best sinker. he can throw a sinker when he throws a lot of other pitches, but it won’t be his best one.

    the question that is open for debate is whether it’s worth adding the other pitches to create other looks for hitters if some sink is going to be lost off the best sinker.

    mechanically a four seam fastball and a sinker are at odds with each other just like a draw and a fade are at odds with each other.
    i’m simply saying wang has a devastating sinker that is too valuable to lose for the benefits of developing other pitches that need different mechanics.

  58. Hokiehill April 9th, 2009 at 10:36 am

    not overly concerned about the balls that got over Gardner…not a result of Gardner being in there and Melky would not have gotten them either…the problem was not fielding, it was line drives being hit against a ground ball pitcher. Gardner is doing fine IMO.

  59. bodhisattva April 9th, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    RussW210
    April 9th, 2009 at 10:27 am
    “Apparently this flew under the radar as far as most of viewing audience is concerned, but the Yankees certainly have to have noticed. I’m expecting an adjustment.”
    They should play him deeper. He is terrific at fly balls in front of him and directly to his sides.
    ====================

    That is 100 percent accurate. But he has to be able to judge the ball better off the bat. Playing back would probably give him more time to see it, and to then use his speed to run it down.

  60. bodhisattva April 9th, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    okiehill
    April 9th, 2009 at 10:36 am
    not overly concerned about the balls that got over Gardner…not a result of Gardner being in there and Melky would not have gotten them either…the problem was not fielding, it was line drives being hit against a ground ball pitcher. Gardner is doing fine IMO
    =============================

    That’s moot – they made their decision on CF. As for your comment, heartily disagree. Melky is very good at going back on the ball, and times his jumps at the wall extremely well.

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