Game 63: Mets at Yankees (updates: K-Rod confronts Bruney during BP, pre-game Cashman and Girardi audio)
Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (4-3, 4.89).
Pitching: LHP Johan Santana (8-3, 2.39).
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES, WPIX, TBS.
SUBWAY STATS: The teams meet again at Citi Field June 26-28. … The Mets have won six of the last nine meetings between the teams. … The Yankees are 2-3 in interleague games this season.
WHERE’S HANK WHEN WE NEED HIM? Johan Santana is the hurler Little Stein wanted so badly before the Twins dealt him to the Mets for Carlos Gomez and assorted bums. Santana has been great for the Mets this season but allowed five runs on eight hits in six innings against the Phillies in his last start. He is 4-1, 3.15 in 10 games against the Yankees in his career.
NOT SO BAD: Robinson Cano is 6 of 15 against Santana. Derek Jeter is 8 of 23 with five extra-base hits. A-Rod is 5 of 21 but with two homers.
OLD FRIENDS: A.J. Burnett was drafted by the Mets in 1995 then sent to Florida as part of the deal that landed the loquacious left-hander, Al Leiter. Burnett is 2-6, 3.83 against the Mets in his career. He has not faced them since 2005.
SLUMPING: Johnny Damon is 1 of his last 18 with five strikeouts.
A-ROD HOME RUN STUFF: Alex has 562 homers, one shy of tying Reggie Jackson for 11th place all-time. … Alex has hit nine homers in his last 14 games against the Mets. … Of his nine homers this season, eight have home at Yankee Stadium.
COMEBACKERS: The Yankees are 4-22 when trailing after eight innings. They were 4-122 in such situations from 2007-08.
COKE IS IT AGAIN: Phil Coke has thrown 5.2 scoreless innings in his last six appearances and put only four men on base.
HOMER HAVEN: There has been at least one home run in all 31 games played at Yankee Stadium this season. The Yankees have hit 100 home runs, a franchise record over 62 games.
RISP REPORT: The Yankees are 6 of their last 40 (.150) and 10 of their last 74 (.135).
Back with much more later on.
UPDATE, 11:55 a.m.: Francisco Rodriguez tried to confront Brian Bruney during batting practice today and was held back by Jose Veras. The incident attracted enough attention that several Yankees, including CC Sabathia, came over to keep the peace.
Bruney was in left field as the Yankees were finishing up their BP. The Mets were coming into the field at the same time and Rodriguez went over to Bruney and appeared to be yelling at him.
I did not see the incident myself but watched video taken from the outfield by a fan, Frank from VoteSwisher.com. (The video is not on his blog as of yet. Frank is at game.)
I asked Bruney what happened and he smiled. “We talked about our dinner plans,” he said. “That was it.”
But the video showed a lot more than that. It was testy for a few seconds before cooler heads prevailed. Bruney, for his part, remained calm. It was Rodriguez who seemed agitated.
This goes back to yesterday’s incident when, unprovoked, Bruney said Rodriguez had a “tired act.” Rodriguez then said he didn’t know who Bruney was. He also challenged Bruney to say something to his face.
UPDATE, 12:11 p.m.: YES has video. Watch their pre-game show. If Rodriguez did make contact, that is something MLB will want to look into.
UPDATE, 12:18 p.m.: Meanwhile, Brian Cashman said today that Bruney would be activated on Tuesday.
Cashman talked about assorted other topics. But whenever he was asked about the Stadium, he passed. “You’d have to talk to Randy (Levine) or Lonn (Trost) about that,” he said when asked about all the home runs. Are the dimensions really the same? “”You’d have to talk to Randy or Lonn about that,” he said. Is the team doing any studies on the wind? “You’d have to talk to Randy or Lonn about that,” he said.
So, yes, the Stadium has become an issue within the organization. Dave Eiland said today that the park is part of the reason his pitchers are afraid to throw strikes.
UPDATE, 12:33 p.m.: The YES video of the K-Rod/Bruney incident shows no shoving. K-Rod tried to get at Bruney and was walked away by Mike Pelfrey. It looked like one of those “hold me back, hold me back” kind of things. Bruney just stood there.
UPDATE, 1:02 p.m.: No Mets and Yankees have tried to fight in the last few minutes.
UPDATE, 1:12 p.m.: Nice catch by Swish to start the game. He jumped into that impossible-to-see scoreboard in right field and jostled the “Mets” sign. He better hope it’s not broken or Lonn Trost will send him a bill.
UPDATE, 1:29 p.m.: I get it, Burnett needs to face teams from New York to pitch well. 22 pitches after two innings? That is usually two batters for him.
UPDATE, 1:36 p.m.: The Yankees are bunting their No. 6 hitter in the second inning of a scoreless game. Just brilliant.
Bad, bad, bad, bad, bad, bad, bad baseball.
UPDATE, 1:40 p.m.: First and third, one out. They’re due for a hit in a situation like this.
UPDATE, 1:45 p.m.: What a moment for the Cisco Kid. Facing his legendary countryman, he dumps a little RBI single into right field. 1-0 Yankees. They’re making Johan work.
UPDATE, 1:49 p.m.: No team goes after Brian Bruney and gets away with it.
UPDATE, 1:53 p.m.: Best part of that inning for the Yankees? Three straight two-out, two-strike hits with RISP. 4-0 against Santana. Burnett has to win this game now. No excuses.
UPDATE, 1:57 p.m.: Ladies and gentlemen, A.J. Burnett. Gets a 4-0 lead, walks the next batter who is a .241 hitter.
UPDATE, 1:58 p.m.: If the Yankees make a highlight video of this season, it’ll be called “Here comes Dave Eiland to the mound, the story of the 2009 Yankees.”
UPDATE, 2:04 p.m.: Federal government will stop water-boarding prisoners in favor of making them watch A.J. Burnett pitch. “I give in! Here are the secret plans! No more!”
UPDATE, 2:11 p.m.: If Burnett turns it around and makes something of this season, that third inning will be where it happened. Bases loaded, no outs and he escapes.
UPDATE, 2:17 p.m.: Didn’t get to this before. Here are the pre-game interviews with Joe Girardi:
and Brian Cashman:
UPDATE, 2:40 p.m.: Wow, shocking turn of events here as Santana is out of the game after getting hammered by the Yankees. 3+ innings, nine hits and seven runs so far.
UPDATE, 2:48 p.m.: So A-Rod nearly grounded into a triple play. Then Cano homers and it’s 11-0. The nine ERs are the most ever allowed by Santana.
UPDATE, 3:02 p.m.: I think I broke my pen keeping score. What a crazy game. Can’t imagine anybody saw 13-0 coming against Santana.
Cano is now 7 of 17 against Johan and Jeter is 11 of 26.
UPDATE, 3:15 p.m.: In other news from the ballpark, Burnett is working on a three-hit shutout in the sixth inning.
UPDATE, 3:49 p.m.: Angel Berroa just got hit in the hip by a pitch. He didn’t mind, he had that hip replaced years ago.
UPDATE, 4:04 p.m.: Nice game for Burnett. 7 innings, 4 hits, 0 runs, 4 walks, eight strikeouts. That third inning could prove very important to him. He threw 66 of his 111 pitches for strikes.
UPDATE, 4:28 p.m.: It’s finally over. Yankees edge the Mets 15-0. Back later with some more.