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Game 132: Yankees at Orioles (updates with Girardi pre-game audio)

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YANKEES (83-48)
Jeter SS
Damon DH
Teixiera 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Posada C
Cano 2B
Swisher LF
Hinske RF
Cabrera CF

Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (10-8, 4.10).

ORIOLES (54-78)
Roberts 2B
Pie LF
Jones CF
Markakis RF
Reimold DH
Scott 1B
Mora 3B
Wieters C
Izturis SS

Pitching: RHP David Hernandez (4-6, 4.24).

TIME/TV: 7:05, YES.

STATE OF THE STRIPES: The Yankees have won four straight, five of six, 21 of 27 and 32 of 43 since the All-Star break. They lead the AL East by 6.5 games and lead the Angels by 4.5 games for the best record in the AL.

STATE OF THE ORIOLES: Pretty grim.

BALTIMORE BLAST: The Yankees are 10-3 against the Orioles this season and have won eight straight.

BURNETT ON THE SKIDS: A.J. Burnett is 0-4 with a 6.03 ERA in his last six starts. He was 5-0 with a 2.01 ERA in his six starts prior to that. Burnett is 9-1, 4.61 against Baltimore for his career.

FOR THE BIRDS: Robinson Cano is 22 of 48 with five homers and 15 RBI against Baltimore this season.

MO MILESTONES: Mariano Rivera is five strikeouts away from 1,000 and one game away from tying Cy Young for the 20th most appearances all-time.

A-ROD CLOSES IN: Alex Rodriguez needs two hits for 2,500 in his career.

HUUUUUUUUGHES: Phil Hughes in his last nine outings: 8.2 innings, 5 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks, 11 strikeouts.

THEY’RE HOT: Johnny Damon has a seven-game hit streak. … Melky is 6 of his last 15 … Damaso Marte has not allowed a hit in 2.1 innings since he returned. … Cano has 11 RBi and seven extra-base hits in his last eight games.

THEY’RE NOT: Brian Bruney has put 14 runners on base in his last 8.2 innings. … Phil Coke has a 10.64 ERA in his last 14 outings.

ON THE iPOD RIGHT NOW: Are You Gonna Be My Girl? by Jet.

Back with more later including the call-ups. It’s the return of Francisco.

UPDATE, 3:40 p.m.: Here are the call-ups: Francisco Cervelli, Ramiro Pena, Edwar Ramirez, Mark Melancon and LHP MIke Dunn.

UPDATE, 5:02 p.m.: Mitre bumped on Thursday. Gaudin to start.

UPDATE, 5:41 p.m.: Jonathan Albaladejo was supposed to be called up but got hit in the eye with a ball yesterday. He’s day to day and he’ll be with the team within a few days. … They’ll consider other additions once the IL playoffs are over. … Jeter was nominated by the team for the Roberto Clemente Award for his community service.

Best news of the day comes from Colorado. The Big G is back in the majors!

UPDATE, 6:27 p.m.: A reader named Max just came up to the front of the press box and asked for a shout-out on the blog. So … Hey, Max. Thanks for reading. Don’t get arrested.

UPDATE, 7:01 p.m.: This from the AP:

ESPN and Major League Baseball have agreed to switch the starting time of a Yankees-Red Sox game to avoid conflicting with Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.

ESPN told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the Sept. 27 game was returning to its original start time of 1 p.m. EDT. It had been changed to 8 p.m. to accommodate ESPN’s schedule; Yom Kippur, a day of fasting and atonement, begins at sundown that evening.

“I am pleased we were able to resolve this sensitive issue that impacted many baseball fans and are able to move the game at Yankee Stadium to 1 p.m.,” Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement, crediting ESPN for helping to “solve this conflict.” ESPN will still televise the game.

Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., had sent a letter to Selig and ESPN President George Bodenheimer urging the game be returned to its original afternoon start time.

“There’s no reason why the largest Jewish community in the country should be punished for a last-minute scheduling swap,” Weiner wrote in the letter.

Weiner told the AP that he had spoken with Selig earlier in the day. “He said he agreed, and that he had heard from his own rabbi, that this was a problem,” Weiner said. “He said he was riding ESPN to change their position.”

UPDATE, 7:06 p.m.: We are underway at 7:05 p.m. Perfect night for baseball. Enjoy the game.

UPDATE, 7:13 p.m.: Big start for A.J. Burnett tonight as he looks to get himself in gear for the playoffs. Be interesting to watch. He likes pitching here, so we shall see.

UPDATE, 7:24 p.m.: A.J. gives up a dinger to a guy named Pie. That makes sense I guess.

UPDATE, 7:28 p.m.: Cano stays hot with a two-run homer. That’s 13 RBI and eight XBHs in the last nine games.

UPDATE, 7:32 p.m.: Here is the audio of Joe Girardi’s pre-game media session:

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He talked about the call-ups mostly. We asked a lot about Dunn.

UPDATE, 7:53 p.m.: Posada does deep to right, continuing his comeback season. Yankees up 3-1.

UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: The Bad A.J. is back. Two walks and a double. He has become troublingly unreliable in recent weeks.

UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: Yankees back to work on Hernandez.

UPDATE, 8:40 p.m.: Boy, that Jorge Posada is killing A.J. Burnett. All he has done is hit two home runs, score three runs and drive in three.

UPDATE, 8:55 p.m.: Yankees go up 2-1, A.J. loses the lead. Yankees go up 5-3, A.J. loses the lead. What’s the postseason mantra at this point? CC and Pettitte and then forget it?

UPDATE, 9:09 p.m.: Yankees are in business against the Baltimore bullpen. If they take the lead back, does Girardi dare send Burnett back out there?

UPDATE, 9:19 p.m.: Posada with another RBI opportunity.

UPDATE, 9:20 p.m.: Tied up with three innings against the Baltimore bullpen? I like their chances — if they can hold Baltimore at six and that’s questionable with Burnett still out there. He has allowed 10 hits and walked two.

UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: How did Tex not catch that?

UPDATE, 9:36 p.m.: Cano 25 of 51 against the Orioles this season.

UPDATE, 9:37 p.m.: You know what that is? It’s Swishalicious.

UPDATE, 9:37 p.m.: Hinske with your best shot. The LoHud Yankees Blog delivers again. The Yankees better hope the Orioles never get rid of Chris Ray.

That’s five jacks for the Yankees and just like that, they lead 9-6.

UPDATE, 9:41 p.m.: Swish has 23 homers and 72 RBI with a month left to play. And they got him for Wilson Betemit. Think Brian Cashman would do that again? Holy smoke.

UPDATE, 9:56 p.m.: Swisher has four homers here and three in the Bronx. How crazy is that? Meanwhile, Damaso Marte is now officially more trustworthy than Phil Coke.

UPDATE, 10:36 p.m.: Mo for the save. This appearance ties him with Cy Young for 20th in history with 906.

Back later with clubhouse reaction.

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1,148 Responses to “Game 132: Yankees at Orioles (updates with Girardi pre-game audio)”

  1. Rishi September 1st, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    wow – have we ever seen a 7:05 pm game thread up this early!

  2. Free Mike Vick September 1st, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Sisco has to play today!!

  3. Mo September 1st, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    It’s the return of Francisco.

    u mean cisco the kid?

  4. Donson September 1st, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Yeah…why is this up so early?

  5. Bravo116 September 1st, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Any guesses on the Tampa/Boston series? I say Tampa takes 2 of 3 from the Sox. They pretty much own them this year.

  6. JJ September 1st, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Francisco! Doesn’t he make the cougar Yankee fans happy? What makes a cougar Yankee fan? One that remembers that guy on the Yankees in the early 1970s who had that folly floater pitch.

  7. S.A.--Relax, Relate, Release September 1st, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Game thread up a bit early. :?

  8. Five Iron From Fenway September 1st, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    AJack is far from a bust.
    He is an excellent defensive player. A very, very good base stealer and a developing hitter.
    Read some of the interviews about him floating around. This year is a process. It is to learn the art of hitting, to cover the plate, to develop two strike approach. To hit close to (and better than for the vast majority of the season) .300 in AAA is an accomplishment – particularly for a CF.
    If he needs some more time in AAA next year so be it. The way the Yankees are currently constructed he is not needed yet.
    Also, re. Cashman. The farm system has been completely rebuilt. The minor league teams have made playoffs and won leagues each of the last couple of years and may do so again this year. While winning a minor league championship is not a goal, there will be many players developed from within that we see in NY in the next couple of years. We see several today that will help next year – Pena, Cervelli, and Dunn – utility guy, backup catcher and left handed reliever. Not superstars but very important, cheap, young pieces for a championship team. (It is hard to get superstar position players picking last every year).
    This is just the beginning, the superstars are coming. Montero, Romine, Adams, Joseph are creeping closer.
    The only issue I have an without any first hand knowledge have zero idea as to the reason is pitching injuries. Now some were drafted or traded for with the knowledge they would need surgery – Brackman and Sanchez. But Horne, Garcia, Kontos, Kennedy, Brackman, Sanchez, Betances, Marshall, Heredia etc.
    Can anyone provide a good explanation as to the injuries? Is it the organizational development practice (which seems extremely conservative), Nardi Contreras, who they pick, the medical and training staff, other.
    BTW – agree completely on Nunez. If he keeps this up for another year or two we may see the heir apparent.

  9. Free Mike Vick September 1st, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    i’ll take tampa 2 of 3 aswell, bravo…HUGE series for them. They have to be aiming to take all 3

  10. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus September 1st, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Ahh, Cisco.

    “STATE OF THE ORIOLES: Pretty grim.”

    Brilliant

  11. Yankeeeeees September 1st, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Finally a song on the iPod that I actually know and/or like.

  12. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!!!" September 1st, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    That Eduardo Nunez kid

    last 105 ABs to be exact all in August.

    .400/.443/.590

    batting .500 in his last 10 games.

    Not to shabby Michelle. :)

  13. Riddering September 1st, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    FRANKIE! I am so excited he’s back. He must be too, as he went 3-4 last night in Scranton.

    You had me worried at first, Pete, with the game thread up so soon. I thought I might be missing a day game while working.

  14. PittsburghYankeeFan September 1st, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Let’s see.

    35 games over .500 with 31 to play, despite losing your #2 starter for essentially the entire season.

    Your RF spot has given 23 HR this year, even with losing your #1 RF for the season.

    Your BP is doing fine, despite only 2 of the original 6 in place.

    And we’re abusing the GM? Exactly why?

  15. SJ44 September 1st, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Tampa has to sweep that series in order to have a shot at the WC.

    They are 5 out in the loss column and the Sox have a favorable September schedule. Two out of 3 isn’t enough.

    Boston is the better team regardless of head to head matchups. Which mean little in baseball.

    I don’t think Tampa has enough to overtake the Red Sox for the WC. They will deny it forever but, trading Kazmir was waving the white flag for this year.

    They could have traded Kazmir in the off-season to reduce 2010 payroll. Doing it now? Seems like waving the white flag to me. Just as the White Sox did last night with their trades.

  16. CountryClub September 1st, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Nunez has been awful in the field and that was supposed to be his strong suit. The Yanks have Russo in AAA and he had a great year with the bat. He’s a lot like Hairston in that he’s not great on defense but he can play multiple positions at a serviceable level.

    Lester vs Sonnanstine tonight…doesnt bode well for the rays.

  17. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!!!" September 1st, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Hooray Dreamy Eyes is back. :lol:

  18. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!!!" September 1st, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    “Nunez has been awful in the field and that was supposed to be his strong suit. The Yanks have Russo in AAA and he had a great year with the bat. He’s a lot like Hairston in that he’s not great on defense but he can play multiple positions at a serviceable level.”

    He’s not better than Nunez. And Eduardo will either improve at SS or move to the OF position. His bat is is disgustingly good. Russo is good too but not better than Nunez.

  19. G. Love September 1st, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Looks like all the potential wild card teams are packing it in and conceding to Boston.

    While I would love to see Boston miss the playoffs, I would love more to see them in ALCS and beat their brains in there.

    It’s not playoff baseball without Yankees vs. Red Sox in the cold October air.

    I’ve missed that for a few years.

  20. Tunnel Man September 1st, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Who is the Yankee MVP?

    The nominees are:

    ARod

    Tex

    Jeter

    CC

    C-Money
    =========================

    And the winner is..

  21. Tunnel Man September 1st, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    G. Love September 1st, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Looks like all the potential wild card teams are packing it in and conceding to Boston.

    While I would love to see Boston miss the playoffs, I would love more to see them in ALCS and beat their brains in there.
    ================================

    Gotta give Boston some credit, they just won 6 of 7.

  22. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!!!" September 1st, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Mark “Texual Healing” Teixeira :lol:

  23. Five Iron From Fenway September 1st, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    SJ – Especially with your nephew in a professional organization can you speak to the issues the Yankees have had with injuries to their pitching prospects? I have no basis for comparison (with other teams) but it seems the Yankees have more than their fair share of significant injuries to top of the line pitching prospects.
    Any explanation? Anything they are working on to remedy the issue?
    Thanks.

  24. Tunnel Man September 1st, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    The cougars are gonna faint with Francisco and Markakis both on the field.

  25. Laura September 1st, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    “The cougars are gonna faint with Francisco and Markakis both on the field.”

    I’m getting dizzy just thinking about it and the game hasn’t even started yet. :P

    And for the record, I’m too young to be a cougar. I’m more of a snow leopard. :)

  26. Mike September 1st, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Sonnenstine vs. Lester tonight

    Could have been Kazmir :(

  27. Barrows September 1st, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Here’s hoping the topic of conversation tonight courtesy of Kay and company is the Burnett and Posada debate.

  28. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Brandon Awesome “BECAUSE I’M AWESOME!!!”
    September 1st, 2009 at 12:51 pm
    That Eduardo Nunez kid

    last 105 ABs to be exact all in August.

    .400/.443/.590

    batting .500 in his last 10 games.

    Not to shabby Michelle.

    ————————————————————

    Those 30+ errors by Nunez are disturbing at the AA level. It’s time that NYY starts investing some money in minor league coaching at all levels. #1 is getting people like Mick Kelleher into all levels to teach these infielders how to play defense. The next place that needs help in getting catching instructors into the system.

  29. Tunnel Man September 1st, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Who’s the better lookin catcher Francisco or Jesús Montero ???

  30. Christina- Pictures of Great American Ballpark and Louisville Slugger September 1st, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Riddering September 1st, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    FRANKIE! I am so excited he’s back. He must be too, as he went 3-4 last night in Scranton.

    You had me worried at first, Pete, with the game thread up so soon. I thought I might be missing a day game while working.
    ————

    Cervelli looked great last night in Syracuse. He even nailed a guy out at second who was trying to steal. Was a great throw if I must say so.

  31. Free Mike Vick September 1st, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Defensively…Cervelli is light years above Montero

    Offensively…Montero is a GOD

  32. Jim the VT Yankeefan September 1st, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    “…32 of 43 since the All-Star break”

    Just as a point of reference the epic 1998 Yankees went 30-13 in their first 43 games after the break. We are watching a really special team.

  33. SJ44 September 1st, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Five Iron,

    Sometimes, its just bad luck. A lot of teams suffer similar injuries to their prospects. The Pirates got killed last year with injuries in their organization to pitching prospects.

    Two years ago, it was the Angels and Brewers who took big hits.

    I don’t think there is one thing you can put your finger on to find a cause.

    In the Yankees case, Brackman was injured prior to being a Yankee. Garcia and Horne had significant injury histories throughout their careers. Kontos? Normal wear and tear.

    Sometimes, its just one of those years. This year, it was the Yankees turn.

  34. Patrick September 1st, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Who is the Yankee MVP?

    The nominees are:

    ARod

    Tex

    Jeter

    CC

    C-Money
    =========================

    And the winner is..

    —-

    Jeter, obviously.

  35. JasonR September 1st, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    “And we’re abusing the GM? Exactly why?”

    It’s a mentality handed down from the George Steinbrenner era. There’s always a reason to criticize the GM, even if you have to pull one out of thin air.

    /excited about the George Steinbrenner Yankeeography tomorrow!!!

  36. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 1st, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Brandon Awesome “BECAUSE I’M AWESOME!!!”
    September 1st, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    “Nunez has been awful in the field and that was supposed to be his strong suit. The Yanks have Russo in AAA and he had a great year with the bat. He’s a lot like Hairston in that he’s not great on defense but he can play multiple positions at a serviceable level.”

    He’s not better than Nunez. And Eduardo will either improve at SS or move to the OF position. His bat is is disgustingly good. Russo is good too but not better than Nunez.
    ====

    No comparison between the two in terms of talent, and Nunez is also 3 years younger. Nunez, also, has shown some power, base stealing ability, an arm, great range.

    Nunez errors just how his development hasn’t caught up to his ability at this point. He needs to be reined in. Let’s not decide his troubles are terminal. How about we get excited about a kid who puts himself in position to make errors, as he seems to get to almost everything. He’s made some throwing errors – he’s just like a wild horse let out of a barn, lol. He’s just aggressive as all get out.

    Now he needs to learn how to temper that athleticism and have it work for him, not against him. The Yankees also are trying to teach him plate discipline, etc.

    Agree Five Iron on AJax, as we’ve discussed previously. No point in declarative statements on this guy – he is learning the Yankee way of hitting development; the numbers are secondary and even misleading.

    I asked you this in the other thread: any idea where Bryan Mitchell is, if he’s pitching, and where?

    Thanks.

  37. rconn23 September 1st, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    “Here’s hoping the topic of conversation tonight courtesy of Kay and company is the Burnett and Posada debate.”

    You’ve got be joking.

  38. GGBG (Magic Number: 26) September 1st, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    STATE OF THE ORIOLES: Pretty grim.

    Good one Pete! lol!

  39. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 1st, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Sorry, to be clear: first comment was to support Knicks’ comment,

    Question on Bryan Mitchell was for Five Iron.

  40. Tunnel Man September 1st, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Jim the VT Yankeefan -

    can you post a link to the 1998 numbers.

    I’d like to compare their month by month numbers.

    Yanks 37 games above .500 since ARod returned.

  41. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    SJ44
    September 1st, 2009 at 1:16 pm
    Five Iron,

    Sometimes, its just bad luck. A lot of teams suffer similar injuries to their prospects. The Pirates got killed last year with injuries in their organization to pitching prospects.

    Two years ago, it was the Angels and Brewers who took big hits.

    I don’t think there is one thing you can put your finger on to find a cause.

    In the Yankees case, Brackman was injured prior to being a Yankee. Garcia and Horne had significant injury histories throughout their careers. Kontos? Normal wear and tear.

    Sometimes, its just one of those years. This year, it was the Yankees turn.

    ————————————————————

    It’s the same thing with Betances. They’ve known that this surgery was coming for two years….they just didn’t know when. Once he gets over the rehab, he’s going to be something special.

  42. BFARBS September 1st, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Jeter SS
    Swisher RF
    Teixeira 1B
    Rodriguez 3B
    Posada DH
    Cano 2B
    Hairston LF
    Cabrera CF
    Cervelli C

  43. Nick in SF in Lake Tahoe September 1st, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    In 1998, the Yankees had a 16-11 record in September.

  44. GGBG (Magic Number: 26) September 1st, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Tunnel Man

    Gotta give Boston some credit, they just won 6 of 7.

    ===========================================================

    The best part about Boston winning 6/7?

    They’ve gained almost NO ground and another week’s come off the calendar.

  45. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!!!" September 1st, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    “he’s just like a wild horse let out of a barn, lol. He’s just aggressive as all get out”

    LMAO..that must be the best description on the nose about Eduardo Nunez that I’ve heard. Love the kid, 5 tool talent, possible starting material in the majors soon. If this were horse racing he’d be a favorite in the derby but he’s a wild horse in need of growing up.

  46. G September 1st, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    i already know who’s getting called up today:

    Pena
    Cervelli
    Melancon
    Dunn… who throw’s pretty hard

  47. Nick in SF in Lake Tahoe September 1st, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    http://www.baseball-reference......ores.shtml

  48. benfica356 September 1st, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    no lineups till 2 PM

  49. Five Iron From Fenway September 1st, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    SJ – Thanks.
    But it really has been more than this year. The previous two years have been rife with injury as well.
    Known:
    Brackman – when he was drafted
    Sanchez – when he was traded
    Melancon – when drafted
    Thought:
    Betances – because of mechanics and injury history
    Marshall – because of mechanics and velocity at such a young age
    Others:
    Cox
    Kontos – out of nowhere
    Garcia – ridiculously long injury history
    Norton
    Horne
    Kennedy
    Heredia
    Patterson
    Barreda
    Those are off the top of my head.
    You can make a dream prospect staff out of these guys.
    It has to be more than bad luck.
    Inferior coaching, inferior development, higher risk draft strategy, etc

    Bod – no idea about Mitchell

    The GCL Yankees are playing a semi-final game today with the winner going to the best of 3 championship.
    Some guys to follow:
    Deleon – outstanding hitting prospect. Still very rough defensively.
    Sosa – Great overall OF prospect but a very poor (stats wise) year offensively
    Murphy – second round pick this year playing very well in his brief stint with GCL.
    The best part of the team is pitching lead by Jose Ramirez, Nik Turley and a rehabbing (from TJ surgery) Manny Barreda.

  50. Sox it to NY September 1st, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    //While I would love to see Boston miss the playoffs, I would love more to see them in ALCS and beat their brains in there.

    It’s not playoff baseball without Yankees vs. Red Sox in the cold October air.

    I’ve missed that for a few years//

    Ummmmmm…..last time I checked when these 2 teams played each other it was in 2004. You beat their brains in there pretty bad. I’m sure if it’s NY vs. Boston again this year. Most likely Boston while again reign supreme….much to your dismay! Sorry. Paps and Wags: Righty/Lefty Closers…..fagadaboutit!

  51. Bronx Jeers September 1st, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    There was another SS the Yankees had a ways back who also made a lot of errors in the minors.

    I think he even had 56 one season.

    His name escapes me.

  52. bardos September 1st, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    pettitte and cc, and pray for rain.

    that rhymes, doesn’t it?

  53. 86w183 September 1st, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    No concerns about the Nunez errors young shortstops are often error prone, especially those that can hit. I seem to recall Jeter made a slew of them coming up. I don’t know if he’s the eventual “SS of the future” but he might be.

    Comparing Russo to him is meaningless. One is a major prospect who is asked about in every trade discussion and the other is a utility man in training.

    I wish people would quit throwing around the $ 432 Million every time a Cashman conversation starts up. The guy REDUCED payroll this year, making solid value judgments to spend the money coming off the books rather wisely.

    There’s a pretty good chance the payroll will be lower again in 2010. Maybe not dramatically so, but lower.

    The only thing I’m down on him for in the last two years is not letting San Diego have Igawa on a waiver claim.

  54. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    bodhisattva – Destiny Wears Pinstripes
    September 1st, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    I asked you this in the other thread: any idea where Bryan Mitchell is, if he’s pitching, and where?

    Thanks.

    ————————————————————

    Mitchell was signed on 17 or 18 August and hasn’t been assigned anywhere, yet.

  55. Tunnel Man September 1st, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Nick in SF in Lake Tahoe

    Thanks for the link Nick. Boy you sure get around fast, now ya in Tahoe.

  56. haiku-man September 1st, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    GGBG~

    the BEST thing about the Sawx is since last season til now,they are 2-15 at tropicana.

    The one team that owns them,and itself could gain ground in the division,the Sawx has to play.

  57. jennifer September 1st, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    How long until people call for Cisco to start over Jorge?

  58. Tunnel Man September 1st, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    YAnks 39-16 during July and August.

    The 1998 Yanks were 42-17 over the same time period.

  59. TLVP September 1st, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Bronx Jeers

    is that the guy who had the worst UzR of any SS in the MLB a few years ago?

    Who then turned it around in the field and was always a Mo with the bat?

    Who is easily the MVP of the Yanks this year?

  60. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    benfica356
    September 1st, 2009 at 1:27 pm
    no lineups till 2 PM

    ****

    You sound like me already LOL

  61. Tunnel Man September 1st, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    jennifer September 1st, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    How long until people call for Cisco to start over Jorge?
    ==========================================

    I can’t decide if the Yanks should pursue Mauer in free agency after the 2010 season or put our chips on Cisco and Montero.

  62. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    It isn’t just the shortstops in the system that are making huge amounts of errors. So are the 2nd and 3rd basemen. This has been an issue for the last 5-6 years. Everyone is on target for at least 25 errors. That’s too many errors at 2nd and 3rd. It’s troubling, because they aren’t improving as they move up. Names like the two Nunez boys, Snyder, Angelini. Still too early to tell on Joseph, Maruszak and Lassiter, but, they are following the same path.

  63. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 1st, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Thanks, GB7. Would have figured if he got a start, it’d be GCL, though time’s a-runnin’ out.

  64. Uncle Ellsworth (#2 needs 11 to tie #4) September 1st, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    “Bronx Jeers
    September 1st, 2009 at 1:28 pm
    There was another SS the Yankees had a ways back who also made a lot of errors in the minors.

    I think he even had 56 one season.

    His name escapes me.”

    LEGEND

  65. Five Iron From Fenway September 1st, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Tunnel Man – long way to that off season. The Yankees have unbelievable catching depth in the organization:
    Cervelli, Montero, Romine, Murphy, Higashioka, Gary Sanchez to name six. We will know more about them over the next year.
    Will be interesting to see if MN tries to resign Mauer early and fails will they attempt a trade. Boston has got to be the early favorite as after Varitek and Martinez – who is not a defensive catcher – they have little in the minor leagues.

  66. TLVP September 1st, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    jennifer

    of course Cisco should start over Jorge fairly often because we want to save Jorge for the post season. He’s been hit badly on his fingertips, he’s back from injury last year.

    We need to rest

    A-Rod
    Matsui
    Posada
    Damon

    and probably even

    Jeter

    Sure it could hurt his MVP chances but so what? Lets get ready for the postseason where there are no easy match-ups. Verlander and Jackson? Scary to say the least (ok so their offense is less scary)

    The Angels in the ALCS – very scary

    The Cardinals/Dodgers/Phillies – less scary, but you risk running into a hot team…

  67. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    new thread :arrow:

    Weirdness

  68. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    bodhisattva – Destiny Wears Pinstripes
    September 1st, 2009 at 1:42 pm
    Thanks, GB7. Would have figured if he got a start, it’d be GCL, though time’s a-runnin’ out.

    ————————————————————

    I’d think that Mitchell is either in Tampa or SI, but, I’d guess Tampa, getting instructions from Contreras and maybe thosing on the sides. I don’t think he’ll pitch this year and certainly not in a winter league..

  69. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Correction: maybe ***tossing*** on the sides

  70. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!!!" September 1st, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Is Pete hung over today?

  71. 7789 September 1st, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    By mid september Cervelli should be doing a lot more catching. You need to rest Posada and not have him get hurt catching. You can DH Posada more and give Matsui some off days too. And hopefully Gardner is back so you can rest Damon and play Gardner and the melkman in the outfield.

  72. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 1st, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Tx GB7, agree, no way in WB.

  73. benfica356 September 1st, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    lol Erica

  74. Bronx Jeers September 1st, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    I love how Wagner has pitched 1 inning and suddenly he’s their “lefty closer.

    And by the way,

    “..fagadaboutit!” is our term and you can’t use it. You can say “Wicked sweet! or any variation of wicked + whatever.

    I.E. The AL East divisional race is ” wicked ovaah “

  75. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 1st, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Bronx Jeers,

    Rather have Dunn than Wagner :D

  76. Blackaccord September 1st, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Jeter SS
    Damon LF
    Teixeira 1B
    Rodriguez 3B
    Matsui DH
    Posada C
    Cano 2B
    Swisher RF
    Cabrera CF

  77. 7789 September 1st, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Let the Dunn era begin!!! September will be a month of domination for him making major league hitters look silly.

  78. tex's friend September 1st, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    There was another SS the Yankees had a ways back who also made a lot of errors in the minors.

    I think he even had 56 one season.

    His name escapes me.

    __________

    Derek something…

  79. CountryClub September 1st, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    I never said Russo was a better prospect than Nunez. However, Russo has a legit chance to be on the big club next year and Nunez is still a couple years away.

  80. Rob Giuffre September 1st, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Yankees to win series due to…Obama?

    http://www.yourbxnews.com/2009.....obama.html

  81. Jay Hirsch September 1st, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Anyone that thinks Cervelli is going to be anything but an emergency catcher (until we clinch) or to allow a pinch runner for Poasada or Molina in a game situation isn’t thinking.

  82. GGBG (Magic Number: 26) September 1st, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    TVLP

    Verlander and Jackson? Scary to say the least (ok so their offense is less scary)

    The Angels in the ALCS – very scary

    The Cardinals/Dodgers/Phillies – less scary, but you risk running into a hot team…
    ============================================================

    THEY should be worried bout running into US. This Yankee team has shown it can beat any team in any kind of game. Great pitchers, bad pitchers, high scoring, low scoring, come backs, blow outs, late and close….you name it, we’ve won it.

    All the walk offs…all the coming through in pressure at-bats all year….the two out hits….those things put pressure on opponents because they know. They KNOW that against us, they game is not OVER until the game is over.

    That seed of doubt that they have to play perfect every inning, every batter, every pitch…that if they show a crack, the Yankees will take advantage of it and beat them.

    They know it because they’ve seen us do it all year long.

    To borrow a phrase from Watchmen:
    “We’re not locked in the playoffs with them. THEY are locked in the playoffs with US!”

    If I were them, I wouldn’t want to play us.

  83. Josh September 1st, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    A SWISH AND A SMASH!

    that should be nick swishers homerun call.
    i dont kno if someone already thought that one up, but i was jsut brainstorming.

    has a nice ring to it.

  84. benfica356 September 1st, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    GTLU IS CLOSED!!!!!!!!

  85. Bronx Jeers September 1st, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Whoa…

    Is this like one of those wormholes or something?

  86. benfica356 September 1st, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Here is the final list
    BG #11(2:16 PM),
    2. Rockks(2:29 PM), Chambliss(2:43 PM), Upstate Kate(2:48 PM), Blackaccord(3:24 PM)
    3.
    DC 212(2:17 PM)
    Clint(2:19 PM)
    Uncle Ellsworth(2:26 PM)
    Steve(2:26 PM)
    4. Frank from Chatham(2:31 PM)
    5. Erica(2:32 PM)
    6. Hensley Mullens(2:33 PM), JJ(3:02 PM)
    7. Ed H(2:37 PM
    8. S.A(2:46 PM)
    9. Henner(2:46 PM), Christina(2:49 PM)

  87. Nick in SF in Lake Tahoe September 1st, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    I feel like I’ve been in this thread before.

  88. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    I can’t wait to see the new rules!!!!

    Benfica, did you ever see the official GTLU rules I used to post?

  89. Chris September 1st, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    YANKEES
    Jeter SS
    Damon DH
    Teixeira 1B
    Rodriguez 3B
    Posada C
    Cano 2B
    Swisher RF
    Hairston LF
    Cabrera CF

  90. benfica356 September 1st, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    ignore the numbers

  91. benfica356 September 1st, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    ignore the numbers

  92. Nick in SF in Lake Tahoe September 1st, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    re-post:

    miggs: Ohhhhh, you’re talking about the south side. I hardly ever go down there. My brother lives in Alpine, I spend almost all of my time in the north side. There are a few little casinos on the border on the north side too.

  93. Peter Abraham September 1st, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Sorry about that. I published the game post too early by accident.

  94. benfica356 September 1st, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Erica, not really lol and Chris I can’t accept the lineup sorry

  95. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    benfica-

    Do you want me to post them for you on the previous thread? You can steal the ones you want

  96. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    I was not even close…..

  97. Andrew September 1st, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    I look forward to the oodles of complaints about Burnett and Posada not being on the same page tonight.

  98. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 1st, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    CountryClub
    September 1st, 2009 at 2:26 pm
    I never said Russo was a better prospect than Nunez. However, Russo has a legit chance to be on the big club next year and Nunez is still a couple years away.
    ====

    Russo would have a chance as a utility player.

    Nunez might be the team’s SS of the future, depending on how fast he matures. The talent is there.

  99. benfica356 September 1st, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    na Erica its ok. I know what to do.
    Here are the new stipulations
    1. The host of the GTLU(me or Erica or whoever) CAN PARTICIPATE IN GTLU. Just to make things interesting.
    2. Since Miggs was the “ultimate winner”, he can not participate in GTLU.
    3. Starting with Labor Day week, the GTLU will be in Tourney mode. More details later.

  100. Nick in SF in Lake Tahoe September 1st, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Swisher and Hinske manning the corners.

    Melky in the middle.

    Go for the punchouts, AJ!

  101. Pat M. September 1st, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Nick in SF…..17 wins to go…..Are to near The Ponderosa, The Cartwright’s place ??? Ben, Adam, Hoss, & Little Joe……Also will you be rolling the dice in Reno ?????

  102. benfica356 September 1st, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    and today’s GTLU winner is Clint, he will be entered into next week’s tourney.

  103. Andrew September 1st, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Melky in the Middle, starring Frankie Muniz as Brett Gardner?

  104. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    HEY!!! Why is this now a tourney?? Can anyone play??

    Why can’t Miggs defend his title??

    The reason I never played GTLU when I hosted is because I thought my submissions would influence others. I also never commented on other people’s submissions

    I do not like these stipulations

  105. jennifer September 1st, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Ugh Not Edwar!

  106. Uncle Ellsworth (#2 needs 10 to tie #4) September 1st, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Reno
    Satyed at the Peppermill. Went to a dive bar accross the street called Zanzibar – beware.

  107. benfica356 September 1st, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Erica, Miggs will defend his title at the end of the season in a big tourney. The tourney will feature the winners of the week’s GTLU. Whoever wins the “tourney” will be able to enter the final Tourney to determine the ULTIMATE CHAMPION OF THE YEAR IN GTLU. When I play, Ill submit it first and not make any comments about others

  108. Bill G September 1st, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Wow the Yankees show no love for the independant league MVP Shelley Duncan? terrible… I wish he got called up

  109. Nick in SF in Lake Tahoe September 1st, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Pat M, I have been to the Ponderosa. No dice rolling in Reno, just a quick visit last night to catch the Aces game. They lost 17-6 to the Billy Beanie Babies of Sacramento. Heading down to SF later today.

    Also, the road back to Nevada will soon be clogged with Burning Man attendees. Wild, wacky stuff.

  110. Manimal September 1st, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    What number is Dunn wearing?

  111. Darrin September 1st, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Some quick perspective on the great 1998 Yanks vs current team:

    In the last 45 years, the only Yankee team with a better record at this point in the season than the current Yankees, was the great 1998 version.

    Thru 131 games:

    1998 Yankees 95-36
    2009 Yankees 83-48 12.0

    Take that in for a moment – the current Yankees (who have played amazing +.700 ball for more than two months running) would be hopelessly behind the ’98 team in the standings. In fact, for the 2009 Yankees to force a tie, they will have to go 31-0 from here on out.

    In a nutshell, the amazing run we’ve seen the past several weeks, is how the ’98 team played the ENTIRE SEASON.

    ** This post is for the youngsters on the board who were too young to remember that great season. :)

  112. CountryClub September 1st, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Duncan and Austin Jackson are going to play in the AAA playoffs. They’ll be up in a couple of weeks.

  113. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    benfica-

    I am confused. Will everyone still be able to play GTLU throughout the rest of the season? I do not want there to be any tourneys if it excludes people. The only reason I gave my blessing for you to continue GTLU was so regular players who loved the game could continue playing it daily.

    Also, the problem with tournaments is that people have schedules that change daily. Not everyone will always be able to play everyday

  114. Free Mike Vick September 1st, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    The man….the myth….the legend…

    EDDIE RAMIREZ IS BACK!! :)

  115. Uncle Ellsworth (#2 needs 10 to tie #4) September 1st, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Hark! Power Usurped
    An Iberian Impasse?
    Civil War Ensues!

  116. JasonR September 1st, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    “Some quick perspective on the great 1998 Yanks vs current team:

    In the last 45 years, the only Yankee team with a better record at this point in the season than the current Yankees, was the great 1998 version.

    Thru 131 games:

    1998 Yankees 95-36
    2009 Yankees 83-48 12.0 ”

    That was a special team. The one thing about this year’s team that is similar is that they never seem out of the game, even if they’re losing. But 1998 it felt like every game they either won or could have won.

    Can’t really compare 2009 with 1998 though unless/until they win the World Series.

  117. randy l. September 1st, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    ” Alex Rodriguez needs two hits for 2,500 in his career.”

    good, maybe if he gets well over three thousand hits he can get into the hall of fame.
    he’s not getting in on the homers.

  118. benfica356 September 1st, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Erica, ok fine there will be no tourneys. We will continue this game under regular rules

  119. Bronx Jeers September 1st, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    I’m sensing tension from within the GTLU power structure.

    We could see a coup.

  120. Tom in N.J. September 1st, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Uprising quelled!

  121. benfica356 September 1st, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Bronx, there is no tension at all. Me and Erica know what were doing buddy. Erica is like a family member to me, I listen to her.

  122. William Buckner September 1st, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    “Wow the Yankees show no love for the independant league MVP Shelley Duncan? terrible… I wish he got called up”

    Bill,

    That’s the International League. Lets try to show proper respect to a league that show cases Kei Igawa.

    Thank you.

  123. Uncle Ellsworth (#2 needs 10 to tie #4) September 1st, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Long live the Queen!

  124. William Buckner September 1st, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    “Duncan and Austin Jackson are going to play in the AAA playoffs. They’ll be up in a couple of weeks.”

    Not Jackson. He’s not on the 40 man roster.

  125. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    benfica356
    September 1st, 2009 at 4:01 pm
    Bronx, there is no tension at all. Me and Erica know what were doing buddy. Erica is like a family member to me, I listen to her.

    ****

    Awww- thanks Benfica :-)

    I did warn you that it wasn’t as easy as it seemed. I understand a desire to try to keep the number of line up submissions down, but one thing I quickly learned is that some people out there really do love this game and take it seriously. I just didn’t want to take it away from them.

    Did you try my Excel idea?

  126. Darrin September 1st, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    JasonR: Even the ’98 team had a few blow out losses, but I agree with your basic premise – you believed they would win every day.

    The only thing a person needs to know about how great that team was: Irabu won 13 games for that team. In retrospect, that might be the most amazing of all stats.

  127. randy l. September 1st, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    “That’s the International League. Lets try to show proper respect to a league that show cases Kei Igawa.”

    just think what duncan’s numbers would have been had he been able to hit off igawa.

    he won the mvp without hitting off him ? wow, impressive.

  128. benfica356 September 1st, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Actually Erica, I just wanted to try something new, but I guess that won’t work. Ill just stick to the regular rules and I like using MS WORD better.
    Here are the standings
    Clint(9/1)
    Join us tommorow for another excited game of GTLU!!!!!!!

  129. JJ September 1st, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    What is Edwar up here for? When the score is 12-0?

  130. CT23 September 1st, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    I’d rather have Albaladejo than one-pitch wonder Edwar Ramirez

  131. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    benfica-

    Whatever works best for you. I first started off using post-its. That failed pretty quickly.

    It was a good idea, I just don’t think it would work. I actually think people would keep posting line ups anyway. LOL

    Good job today, you were a tough but fair enforcer

  132. William Buckner September 1st, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    “just think what duncan’s numbers would have been had he been able to hit off igawa.

    he won the mvp without hitting off him ? wow, impressive.”

    Depends. He did get to hit against Clay Bucholtz. That’s got to help his numbers.

  133. mr. krabs September 1st, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Edwar is good for a strike out in low leverage situations

    agree on albaladejo

  134. RalphieD (OPPC) September 1st, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    “Not Jackson. He’s not on the 40 man roster”

    they have to add him in the offseason anyway…no harm in doing it sooner

  135. benfica356 September 1st, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    thanks Erica, we should talk more often. Do you have a SN?

  136. dtv September 1st, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Hideki I-Rob-U > Kei Igawa

  137. JasonR September 1st, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    “just think what duncan’s numbers would have been had he been able to hit off igawa.”

    He’d be a mix between Babe Ruth and Jesus.

  138. henner September 1st, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    erica vs benfica. next one to correctly guess the line up gets their gtlu rules allowed

  139. S.A.--Relax, Relate, Release September 1st, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    I wonder if Edwar gained any weight

  140. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    benfica356
    September 1st, 2009 at 4:12 pm
    thanks Erica, we should talk more often. Do you have a SN?

    ****

    Yes, but I rather not post it here. Nick in SF might start harrassing me..

    Do you have a trick for me to locate you on facebook or something?

  141. Robbykid September 1st, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Francisco Cervelli!!!!! Fo shizzle

  142. CountryClub September 1st, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    If they dont add Jackson to the 40 man they’ll bring him up anyway just to be with the club.

  143. Woj September 1st, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    FRANCISCO!!!!!!

  144. Bronx Jeers September 1st, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Edwar has shown improvement in Scranton which is sort of like saying the weather got much nicer once the hurricane blew over.

    I’m guessing they want to offer opposing batters a “different look” instead of the same old flamethrowers?

  145. big sky yankee September 1st, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    “pretty grim” lolz x 2

  146. Barrows September 1st, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    S.A.–Relax, Relate, Release September 1st, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    I wonder if Edwar gained any weight

    As those who were in Scranton this weekend would tell you, generally not.

  147. Noreaster September 1st, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    I wonder what the Yankees really think about Jackson. Is his upside > Melky or GGBG? I hope so but I know so little about him it’s hard to tell. The on-line baseball rags don’t talk about him much. Does anybody have a read on him?

  148. JasonR September 1st, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Jackson is supposedly the best athlete in the organization.

  149. William Buckner September 1st, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    If you can’t gain weight in Scranton, you can’t anywhere. Sorry Edwir.

  150. Bret the Hitman September 1st, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    A deep team just got deeper. It’s great to see the return of Cervelli and Pena. I’m also curious to see what Dunn and Melancon can do.

  151. benfica356 September 1st, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    I dont Erica

  152. MJS September 1st, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Any chance Jeter gets some time off so he can break the hits record at home?, 10 hits away with 6 road games?

  153. Nick in SF in Lake Tahoe September 1st, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Harrassing???

    As a non-lineup guesser with “Rumours” on my ipod, I take offense.

  154. gary busey's face September 1st, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    GTLU. Truly one of the saddest developments this board has ever witnessed.

  155. m September 1st, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    The games have been turning over at such a winning rate, I don’t even know who’s pitching when.

    I didn’t realize it’s A.J.’s turn in the rotation today. That’s a good thing because then you know it’s CC’s turn right after that. haha. Good times.

    Pete,

    Not like anyone would’ve cared a week ago, but how did Mitre’s bullpen go yesterday? Thanks.

  156. betsy September 1st, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    I’m so glad Evan Roberts doesn’t think Tex’ “boring” personality is a big deal, lol

  157. Drew September 1st, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    “Any chance Jeter gets some time off so he can break the hits record at home?, 10 hits away with 6 road games?”

    Should work out pretty smoothly with him maybe sitting Sunday and being ready to break the record first couple games at home.

  158. scott September 1st, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    “I didn’t realize it’s A.J.’s turn in the rotation today. That’s a good thing because then you know it’s CC’s turn right after that. haha. Good times.”

    lol so true

  159. betsy September 1st, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    AJ had better not give up any fly balls today – that OF will not be of any help to him – OUCH.

  160. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    gary busey’s face
    September 1st, 2009 at 4:33 pm
    GTLU. Truly one of the saddest developments this board has ever witnessed.

    ****

    Funny, so is Gary Busey’s face

  161. benfica356 September 1st, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    guys, what developments are you talking about in regards to GTLU?

  162. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Did you take your negative pills today Betsy?

  163. m September 1st, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Am I a bad Yankee fan for not being too excited about Edwar back on the team?

  164. RDG September 1st, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    So id Duncan like the Barry Bonds (prime) of the International League? He gets intentionally walked with the bases loaded and things like that?

  165. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    benfica-

    I think he is making fun of GTLU in general. LOL

  166. Jerkface September 1st, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Am I a bad Yankee fan for not being too excited about Edwar back on the team?

    Yes, bugs bunny change up!

    (I don’t think anyone should be EXCITED that Edwar is back, but they shouldn’t be sad or angry)

  167. Lance September 1st, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    So which of these 3 arms has the best chance to knock Bruney off the PS roster? Edwar?

  168. benfica356 September 1st, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    lol ok Erica. GTLU>>>>>>>>>Gary Busey

  169. gary busey's face September 1st, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    gary busey’s face is making fun of GTLU in general. it saddens gary busey’s face.

  170. Tom B September 1st, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    randy l. clearly knows how well igawa has pitched in AAA /sarcasm

    and who cares if shelly gets called up, is the point of the sept roster expansion to call guys up to just sit on the bench anyway?

  171. gary busey's face September 1st, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    GTLU is a contest with no prize, no consequence, and no significance.

  172. Zach in Port Jeff September 1st, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Which Gary Busey movie is better…Point Break or Rookie of the Year. I’d have to give Point Break the slight edge.

  173. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    gary busey’s face
    September 1st, 2009 at 4:40 pm
    gary busey’s face is making fun of GTLU in general. it saddens gary busey’s face.
    ****

    No worries then. We are even. Gary Busey’s face saddens Erica

  174. pat September 1st, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    “Am I a bad Yankee fan for not being too excited about Edwar back on the team?”

    Yes. You have to be excited he’s here you however don’t have to be excited for him to pitch.

  175. Noreaster September 1st, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Dunn is interesting, but no way they take 3 lefties into PS. I’d like to see more of Melancon and Robertson this month.

  176. Islander September 1st, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Bruney and Cokey’s are Girardi’s pets. They ain’t going nowhere.

  177. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Betsy, it shouldn’t be a big problem, Hinske isn’t bad in right field and both right and left fields in Baltimore are pretty small. Hopefully, Cabrera has his track shoes broken in. His playing area is left center to right center.

  178. PittsburghYankeeFan September 1st, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    No disrespect to Joe Morgan (well, perhaps a bit), but the 98 Yankees were perhaps the best team of all time.

    It is true that the Yankees win when there is a Democrat in the White House, so they must be due this year.

    Controversial comment of today: Mitre as the number 4, and Joba to the pen come October (ha,ha–can’t wait to hear the explosions of disgust…)

  179. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Zach in Port Jeff
    September 1st, 2009 at 4:42 pm
    Which Gary Busey movie is better…Point Break or Rookie of the Year. I’d have to give Point Break the slight edge.

    ————————————————————

    The Buddy Holly Story.

  180. m September 1st, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Is there a less relevant actor we could talk about? Maybe his twin brother Nick Nolte?

  181. JasonR September 1st, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    “So id Duncan like the Barry Bonds (prime) of the International League? He gets intentionally walked with the bases loaded and things like that?”

    Yes. Little known fact: When Duncan scores it counts as two runs.

  182. jpb1973 September 1st, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    UPDATE, 3:40 p.m.: Here are the call-ups: Francisco Cervelli, Ramiro Pena, Edwar Ramirez, Mark Melancon and LHP MIke Dunn.

    ————————————————–

    Mike Dunn gets the honor of wearing the pink backpack out to the bullpen until someone else comes up from the minors.

  183. Chad September 1st, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Detroit is a predominantly right handed lineup, so they probably won’t take 3 lefties.

  184. William Buckner September 1st, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Busey face? That’s the face you make when a shot goes down bad.

  185. m September 1st, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Hinske made a huge play on the run on Sunday in right center field to keep Mitre perfect. Of course he looked like a defensive lineman doing it, but it was pretty huge.

  186. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 1st, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    FRANCISCO CERVELLI! SI SI!!!!

    :)

    Wish Molina were catching AJ. I love Posada catching Andy and even CC at this point seems well adjusted, though my preference in terms of defensive catching will be that Molina catches more than one game every 5 days. Now that he seems to be in tune with Mitre I’d love to see him paired there. But the biggest need as far as I can see is AJ. I definitely would like him with Molina permanently because he is definitely fragile!

    Oh well.

    GO YANKEES!!!

    JMO and not against the TOS so no tears please.

    ;)

    Pat M – you need to tell me your gift of choice BEFORE the wild card is clinched. And I wish I had known that Chicago was going to sell its team before we made that bet, though I will not back down from it since I will never bet on the beantown crapkickers. Never!

  187. David Astoria September 1st, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Edwar “Starvin’ Marvin” Ramirez is back!

  188. William Buckner September 1st, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Busey movie question, Point Break, no doubt.

    2nd place is Lethal Weapon. Mr. Joshua.

  189. jpb1973 September 1st, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    For those who care…the Indians have recalled Jose Veras from the minors as one of their September callups. I guess this guy is like a cat…he’s got nine lives.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

  190. EA September 1st, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Guys.. we’re not facing Detroit in the ALDS, we’re facing the Twins.

    Tigers will choke. Twins are on a role. Their pen is much better with Mahay/Rauch setting up Nathan. Pavano has stabilized the top of their rotation. They are getting healthy.

    Twins-Yankees ALDS

  191. JF September 1st, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    A win against the O’s tonight will officially eliminate them from the division!! :)

  192. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 1st, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    “It is true that the Yankees win when there is a Democrat in the White House, so they must be due this year.”

    There is a bingo! I’ve been focusing on that one for a while and said that no matter who ran last year I would have to vote democrat because of THAT superstition. Team before country I always say!!!

    :)

    Add to it that the New York astrologers last year said that there would be nothing but good luck around the Stadium, I say Congratulations Yankees! right now.

    Seriously though, funny how that worked out since the Eisenhower presidency. And the Yankees were down for the count since 2001. Hmmm.

    Go Democrats!!

  193. Mike McCann September 1st, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Surprised — since he’s back on the 40-man roster — no call up tonight for Shelley Duncan.

    Thanks to the poster earlier who commented on Nunez — he looks like a blue-chipper. The best thing that happened to him was Jeter being with Team USA in the WBC. He got so much more time to impress more people in the organization (as did Pena), as well as tourist-fans like me, when they played for the Yankees in Tampa this March.

  194. Sean Serritella September 1st, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Question: Is any one else’s gmail not working?

  195. Can'tstandtheEagles September 1st, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Pena’s back!!!! Cisco too. woohoo!

    : D

  196. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 1st, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    “A win against the O’s tonight will officially eliminate them from the division!!”

    :(

    This is always when I start to feel sorry for the have nots.

  197. Can'tstandtheEagles September 1st, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Question: Is any one else’s gmail not working?
    ————————————————-
    Mine is working fine.

  198. Nome September 1st, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Already September… wow.

    I kind of never want this regular season to end. It’s been so much fun.. you know all of them won’t be as fun and easy as this.

  199. Tunnel Man September 1st, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    EA,

    you got a great point.

    Det was 7-7 in the last two weeks, while the Twins were 10-5.

    Twin have the season edge on the tigers 7-4 wth 6 left btn them.

  200. Jim the VT Yankeefan September 1st, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Tunnel Man September 1st, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    can you post a link to the 1998 numbers.

    I’d like to compare their month by month numbers.

    Yanks 37 games above .500 since ARod returned.
    ===================================================

    http://www.baseball-reference......ores.shtml

  201. Tunnel Man September 1st, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    AJ’s Gmail isn’t working

    http://twitter.com/YESMichaelKay

  202. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Bye Yankee People! Leaving work now.. catch you all during game time

  203. pat September 1st, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Yankee fans living behind enemy lines. :smile:

    http://www.mvmagazine.com/article.php?22784

  204. Tunnel Man September 1st, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Thanks Jim :)

  205. Uncle Ellsworth (#2 needs 10 to tie #4) September 1st, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Black Sheep?
    Gary Busey low point?

    What about Lethal Weapon? That was a good one.

  206. jennifer September 1st, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    FYI Swish was on wfan earlier. I’m sure the audio will be up later. He was a hoot.

  207. David (In Seattle) September 1st, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    My gmail is down too

  208. 7789 September 1st, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Edwar = garbage

    If Edwar is used in anything more than mop up garbage innings than Girardi needs to get his head examined.

    Girardi needs to give Melancon more regular work this time. He has a 3.18 era with a 1.15 whip with the yankees. He was pitching very well before he got sent down.

  209. ChrisNY September 1st, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Great song Pete.

    Mitre bumped after that great start? Am I missing something?

  210. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 1st, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Okay here is where the wild card rubber better meet the road. Suxers are playing the Rays. Texas is playing Toronto. Never is there a better set up for both the Rays and Texas to make ground on the Sux. Both Rays and Rangers are playing for the wild card lives. Toronto should NOT be a problem for Texas.

    GO JAYS!

    GO RAYS!!!

    We all know that the team with the best chance in the world series is the one with the hot hand. The good thing about these teams fighting each other for the wild card is that they should end up in a pool of butter by the time the postseaon rolls around!

  211. Frost September 1st, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    I don’t fear the Sucks or the Mutts….

  212. jpb1973 September 1st, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Edwar = garbage

    If Edwar is used in anything more than mop up garbage innings than Girardi needs to get his head examined.

    ————————————————

    I think that the only reason Edwar was called up is because Scranton is going to be playing in the International League playoffs and don’t really want him. I don’t expect the Yankees to use him in anything but a blowout win or loss.

  213. L to the 2nd September 1st, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Besides Albaladejo, Shelley & Ajax, who would possibly merit a September callup?

    When are the IL playoffs over?

  214. jpb1973 September 1st, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Besides Albaladejo, Shelley & Ajax, who would possibly merit a September callup?

    ————————————————–

    I think they will reward Anthony Claggett for a nice year at Scranton by recalling him after Scranton is done. He would be another rookie that the veterans could haze on the final road trip.

  215. Bronx Jeers September 1st, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Busey steals scenes in nearly everything he’s done. He manages to put that trademark “twisted exuberance” into every role.

    The Buddy Holly Story was his best and earned him an Oscar nomination.

  216. Joe September 1st, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    “I don’t fear the Sucks or the Mutts….”

    I don’t think the Newark Bears fear the Mutts

  217. Joe September 1st, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    UPDATE, 5:02 p.m.: Mitre bumped on Thursday. Gaudin to start.

  218. jpb1973 September 1st, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Besides Albaladejo, Shelley & Ajax, who would possibly merit a September callup?

    ————————————————–

    I think they will reward Anthony Claggett for a nice year at Scranton by recalling him after Scranton is done. He would be another rookie that the veterans could haze on the final road trip.

    ====================================================

    Maybe Andrew Brackman, too.

  219. PittsburghYankeeFan September 1st, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Rays must sweep.

    What was the worst Gary Busey movie?

  220. Uncle Ellsworth (#2 needs 10 to tie #4) September 1st, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Black Sheep
    w Farley and Spade

  221. Bronx Jeers September 1st, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    UPDATE, 5:02 p.m.: Mitre bumped on Thursday. Gaudin to start.

    Bummer.

    Guess that elbow is still bothering him.

  222. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 1st, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    “UPDATE, 5:02 p.m.: Mitre bumped on Thursday. Gaudin to start.”

    Poor Sergio. I guess he’s still hurting from getting hit with that ball. But what a nice way for him to sit out – meaning what a great game he has to think about and fall back on.

  223. yada yada yada September 1st, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    it’s unfortunate the Yanks don’t play the White Sox the rest of the season.

    I would really love to see the battle between Edwar Ramirez and Alexei Ramirez to decide one-and-for-all who is the King of the Human Praying Mantises.

  224. Wave Your Hat September 1st, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    I don’t get the hate for Edwar. I realize that his results here this year were not what we hoped for, but I find it hard not to root for the guy.

    I hope he’s traded in the off season to a team where he finds success.

  225. bru September 1st, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    STATE OF THE STRIPES: The Yankees have won four straight, five of six, 21 of 27 and 32 of 43 since the All-Star break. They lead the AL East by 6.5 games and lead the Angels by 4.5 games for the best record in the AL.

    STATE OF THE ORIOLES: Pretty grim.

    ————————————————————

    lmfao

    it would have been nice to see if mitre could pitch well again

  226. BellaSakura September 1st, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Apologies if already posted:

    http://wjz.com/sports/steroids.....57626.html

    A-Rod Visits Baltimore School To Talk Steroids

  227. Tom in N.J. September 1st, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Bulletproof is Busey’s worst film.

  228. Oak Tree September 1st, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    I hope Edwar gets traded to the Angels or Sox and dominates next year… then fans will learn to root against their own players.

  229. betsy September 1st, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Erica, not sure why you think I’m being negative? I didn’t think I was at all…it’s just a comment on the OF.

  230. betsy September 1st, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    GB, thanks!

    Hey, I’m starting to research Savannah …..what is the best neighborhood to stay in? I don’t want to stay by the River Walk (too touristy, too noisy – I need a QUIET area, lol). Thanks!

  231. Lamar September 1st, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    If Edwar has a hot September, he may bump Bruney off the roster.

    I find it hard to believe that Joe will take Bruney if he continues to be inconsistent while Melancon or Edwar are lights out in September. If he does, then he isin’t giving the team the best chance to win. You take your 25 best men, period.

  232. Noreaster September 1st, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    I don’t think my heart could take Edwar in the playoffs…

  233. Tank September 1st, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    “I would really love to see the battle between Edwar Ramirez and Alexei Ramirez to decide one-and-for-all who is the King of the Human Praying Mantises.”

    He came up one series too late

    Sigh….

  234. steve September 1st, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Edwar is a skinny version of Bruney… both are flowers from the same tree…..

  235. Giuseppe Franco September 1st, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Bruney will be on the postseason roster. You can count on that.

    Edwar has no chance. I wouldn’t trust him against minor leaguers.

  236. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Gary Busey was a dog in “Quigley”-Didn’t see it but rated up there with “Blue Lagoon.”

  237. S.o.S. September 1st, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    “I don’t think my heart could take Edwar in the playoffs…”

    Whats up people. I have a second. I have to agree with this comment and add that id prefer to see Swisher on the mound than Feathers himself. I think Nick would have less of a chance of allowing a crushing bomb in the playoffs. Hell, id take Damon. Yeah i said it!!

  238. Nick in SF in Lake Tahoe September 1st, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Edwar is useful in case someone has to shimmy behind a Coke machine.

  239. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    I believe none of the callups have a chance to be on the postseason roster, since they were called up in September, except if one of the 25 pre Sept. roster players go on the DL. Am I correct?

  240. Vince September 1st, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    There’s been bad blood between the Sux and the Rays for the last few years and the umpires for the 3 game series will be on high alert knowing that the Sux lead the league in hit batsmen.

  241. stanley September 1st, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Best news of the day comes from Colorado. The Big G is back in the majors!

    lol pete

  242. Pel September 1st, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    >Edwar is useful in case someone has to shimmy behind a Coke machine.

    Or if they locked their keys in the car.

  243. S.o.S. September 1st, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Edwar is useful in case someone has to shimmy behind a Coke machine

    ————

    I thought he was going to be a blanket for MO in those cold nights in the pen.

  244. Giuseppe Franco September 1st, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Yankee Trader September 1st, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    I believe none of the callups have a chance to be on the postseason roster, since they were called up in September, except if one of the 25 pre Sept. roster players go on the DL. Am I correct?

    ————

    Not true. You have to be on the 40-man roster before Sept 1st to be eligible for the postseason – not the active 25-man roster.

    So Melancon, Dunn, Edwar, Pena, and Cervelli are all eligible.

  245. Jerkface September 1st, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    I believe none of the callups have a chance to be on the postseason roster, since they were called up in September, except if one of the 25 pre Sept. roster players go on the DL. Am I correct?

    Rest assured, if we really wanted them on the roster, they would be there. We have Wang and Nady on the 60 day DL

  246. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    >Edwar is useful in case someone has to shimmy behind a Coke machine.

    Or if they locked their keys in the car.
    ————————————–
    One thing for certain- a jail cell will never hold him!

  247. Bronx Jeers September 1st, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    BellaSakura September 1st, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Apologies if already posted:

    http://wjz.com/sports/steroids.....57626.html

    A-Rod Visits Baltimore School To Talk Steroids

    ————————————————-

    Thanks for the link.

    IMO it’s great news to hear ARod doing something like that.

    It’s also sort of refreshing to hear that a Congressman is putting his money where his mouth is.

    Elijah Cummings is the guy who more or less called out Clemens on his B.S. during that infamous hearing.

  248. 7789 September 1st, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Edwar is not a major league pitcher he throws a batting practice fastball. Anybody wanting Edwar on the postseason roster over Bruney is insane. I dont care if Edwar doesn’t give up a run in september.

    Bruney has been incosistent since coming back from the dl. But he has pitched well in games. Like the 15 inning game against the red sox and he pitched very well in the extra inning game against the whitesox last friday and got the win.

    I dont think any september callup will be on the postseason roster that makes no sense. If the yankees thought they could make that much of an impact this year they would of been up before septemeber. These pitchers that have been on this team before the callups are the same pitchers who helped the yankees have the best record in baseball why would they start changing the roster during the postseason.

  249. Jim the VT Yankeefan September 1st, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    pat September 1st, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Yankee fans living behind enemy lines. :smile:

    http://www.mvmagazine.com/article.php?22784

    =======================================

    That’s the story of my life.

  250. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Giuseppe-

    Are you sure?

    “To be eligible for a team’s playoff roster a player must be on either a)the 25 man active roster, b)the disabled list, c)the bereavement list, d)the suspended list as of August 31st at midnight.

    If an eligible player is injured and unable to play a club can call up any player in the organization regardless of their roster status* provided that the replacement player plays the same position (position player for position player and pitcher for pitcher), the replacement player was in the organization as of the August 31st deadline and they finished the season in the organization, and they receive approval from the commissioner.”

  251. Wave Your Hat September 1st, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    7789-

    Relax, they aren’t. None of the call-ups other than maybe Pena are going to be on the post-season roster.

    But I still think you people dumping on Edwar have no heart.

  252. Scott September 1st, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Remember, Torre put Ohlendorf and Veras on the 07 ALDS roster based on the work they did in September.

  253. S.o.S. September 1st, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Whose heavier?
    a. Nicole Ritchie
    b. Edwar Ramirez
    c. Minni me
    d. Geico lizzard

  254. Enough Edwar September 1st, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    i am going with enough edwar before he decides to give up 7 runs in his first outing…

  255. Enough Edwar September 1st, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    bruney is bad, but he does have his moments and when he is on he does okay..However he is not good…but if it is him or edwar on the postseason roster got to go with bruney..However if there is a playoff game in the future in which we have to rely on bruney well that is a bad thing..

  256. webb15 September 1st, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Pete!
    Look up and to your right in the club level and wave hello!
    MW

  257. Enough Edwar September 1st, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Nicole Ritchie, isn’t she having another baby?

  258. Bronx Jeers September 1st, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    “To be eligible for a team’s playoff roster a player must be on either a)the 25 man active roster, b)the disabled list, c)the bereavement list, d)the suspended list as of August 31st at midnight.

    ————————————————————-

    This doesn’t really make sense though.

    As the Yanks don’t really have any players on the DL, BL or suspended, it would mean the the playoff roster was set last night.

  259. Giuseppe Franco September 1st, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Trader,

    If I remember correctly, Ross Ohlendorf wasn’t on the 25-man roster before Sept 1st in 2007 and he was on the postseason roster.

    In fact, his major league debut was 9/11/07.

  260. Enough Edwar September 1st, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    yeah, edwar is so skinny he could be one of the X-Men…plastic man or something like that

  261. S.o.S. September 1st, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    If its true that Nicole is having a baby we will have to kick her out and replace her with Smeigal from lord of the rings. Need to catch up on the inquirer.

    Its real simple fellas. If our first round opponents are the Angels. You can bet your life that Edwar wont be on the roster.

  262. 7789 September 1st, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    If you want to replace Bruney on the playoff roster which I doubt will happen. Melancon would be the better option. He is a right handed power arm similar to Bruney.

  263. tex's friend September 1st, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Melancon has a shot at the postseason roster if bruney bombs. Other than that, I also don’t see any sept call up on the playoff team.

  264. Rishi September 1st, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    YankeesWFAN: Sun Sept 27 Yanks-Red Sox moved from 8pm to 1pm to avoid conflict with Yom Kippur. Still shown on ESPN only.

  265. Enough Edwar September 1st, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    not sure it is possible to face the angels in the first round is it? I believe it will be the central winner or the wild card if the red sox don’t get it…

  266. Giuseppe Franco September 1st, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Pete Caldera says Melancon wants to make the decision difficult for Girardi regarding the postseason roster.

    So it is indeed the 40-man roster rule for postseason eligibility – not the 25-man roster.

  267. Enough Edwar September 1st, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    i would think bruney would really have to have a terrible month to not make the roster….

  268. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 1st, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    “I don’t get the hate for Edwar. I realize that his results here this year were not what we hoped for, but I find it hard not to root for the guy.

    I hope he’s traded in the off season to a team where he finds success.”

    Here’s how I feel about Edwar. Here is a kid who came and left his heart out on the field. He had a terrible outing when Torre was managing and sat and cried. That breaks my heart for the kid. Never blased bad outings the way some Yankee pitchers have done in the past. Then he came back up and I remember a lot of 1-2-3 innings where he had the filthiest slider I have seen in a long time. People were singing him praises when that was working.

    Here’s how I feel about every Yankee player who goes out on the field and leaves his blood and sweat out there but somehow falls short. I will follow him to the ends of the earth as a fan and never stop supporting him. To do less would make me feel like a slimy user.

  269. Greg September 1st, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Wow, with Contreras and Giambi, Colorado is poised to reconstruct our post-dynasty lean years.

  270. Enough Edwar September 1st, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    besides the obvious which pitchers will make the roster…do we think gaudin and mitre both????Is it at all possible that joba does not get a start? For example game 4 in the ALDS yanks down 2 games to 1, joba get that start or CC on short rest?

  271. S.o.S. September 1st, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    E.E. Good point. It wont be the Halos.

    Trish. Heres how the rest of MLB feels about Edwar. Please throw me that pitch you call a fastball. Melancon would be a better bet.

  272. Enough Edwar September 1st, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    yeah greg, now all they need is Jaret Wright and maybe randy johnson

  273. GarY September 1st, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Uh. Trisha. Edwar doesn’t throw a slider.

    Kthxbai

  274. Giuseppe Franco September 1st, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    People don’t like Edwar because he’s a one-trick pony and he can’t throw his one trick over for strikes very often.

    I made the obvious claim back in April that Robertson’s stuff is leagues ahead of Edwar’s and some people were actually laughing at that notion.

    Edwar gets all his strikeouts on the change. Robertson’s best pitch is his curve ball but gets most of his strikeouts on his fastball.

  275. Enough Edwar September 1st, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    we really think melancon on the post season roster..i cant see that…

  276. Jerkface September 1st, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Pete Caldera says Melancon wants to make the decision difficult for Girardi regarding the postseason roster.

    So it is indeed the 40-man roster rule for postseason eligibility – not the 25-man roster.

    No, the rule is the rule, but that doesn’t stop teams from skirting the rule by using the injury provisions. Having players on the 60 day DL allows you to add players from the 40 man roster to the postseason roster.

  277. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Enough Edwar
    September 1st, 2009 at 6:10 pm
    yeah greg, now all they need is Jaret Wright and maybe randy johnson
    ****

    And Gary Sheffield!

  278. Enough Edwar September 1st, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    yeah edwar is fastball changeup all a batter has to do is guess right..50 percent chance that does not equal success

  279. Enough Edwar September 1st, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    dont forget Tom Flash Gordon…perfect fit for rockies..

  280. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    If anyone is interested, the addition of Dunn to the roster today makes him, the 44th person to be named to the Yankee major league roster this season.

  281. Tunnel Man September 1st, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Jeter was nominated by the team for the Roberto Clemente Award for his community service
    ==================================
    Aside from dating models, what other service does Jeter provide to the community?

  282. Jerkface September 1st, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    yeah edwar is fastball changeup all a batter has to do is guess right..50 percent chance that does not equal success

    The 50% guessing only works if Edwar’s change/fastball is not located well. His problems are always in location, not stuff. If he is locating his change up in the lower part of the zone and lower, and his fastball on the corners / at the knees/ on the hands/wherever, then he will have success.

    When he doesn’t locate his stuff is in the middle/up and gets hammered.

    His changeup is still an 80 on the scout scale, and he still repeats his mechanics so well that his change up is throwing with the exact same armslot/speed/release point as his fastball.

    Edwar is a very impressive pitcher for a lot of reasons, but his fastball being at 88-91 means he has little room for error which is very sad.

  283. Dock September 1st, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    From that Girardi quote on Caldera’s blog, it sounds like he will keep an open mind on who gets the spots in the pen.

    Still unlikely that either Melancon or Dunn make it, but if they have a debut like Coke did last year, they might have to reconsider. Dunn is going to have to throw strikes for him to get any consideration.

  284. yada yada yada September 1st, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    little-known fact: Edwar Ramirez has no digestive tract. He relies solely on his body’s uncanny ability to convert and process sunlight for all metabolic functions.

  285. randy l. September 1st, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    “Am I a bad Yankee fan for not being too excited about Edwar back on the team?”

    the yankee figure he doesn’t eat much and doesn’t take much room on the plane so what the heck. duncan on the other hand…

  286. Tom in N.J. September 1st, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    “To be eligible for the postseason, a player must be on his team’s 25-man roster as of Aug. 31. However, there’s a major loophole that essentially allows clubs to use whomever they want. Injured players can be replaced by anyone on the team’s 40-man roster.”

    http://www.baseballamerica.com.....03feb.html

  287. Sevrx September 1st, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    They have Wang and Nady’s roster spots to play with.

    I’m not sure if that rule changed from 07 till now because Veras and Ohlendorf were not on the 25 man until the middle of September. Maybe they used Pavano and Rasner’s 60-day DL spots to make room for them.

  288. Bronx Jeers September 1st, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    YankeesWFAN: Sun Sept 27 Yanks-Red Sox moved from 8pm to 1pm to avoid conflict with Yom Kippur. Still shown on ESPN only.

    ———————————————————

    I guess you lucked out.

    But isn’t it just another case of ESPN cowtowing to the Red Sox and in this case Youkilis?

    Yet another Sox based ESPN conspiracy? :wink:

    Where’s Jim Pir-One?

    Yo Jimbo! We got one for ya!

  289. Betsy September 1st, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Wow, poor Alby……glad he’s ok.

    I hope Melancon makes Joe’s decision difficult, too….

  290. espitzer September 1st, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Do all of you wonder how the Yankees might possibly survive without Trisha sucking up to them every which way?

  291. tom tresh 15 September 1st, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Gary Busey–Barbarosa was a good film with Willie

  292. Matt September 1st, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Wait… so is ESPN going to have a doubleheader or something on the 27th?

    I understand they want exclusive rights, but putting a baseball game at 1 PM during football Sunday’s isin’t going to capitalize their ratings.

  293. S.o.S. September 1st, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    “the yankee figure he doesn’t eat much and doesn’t take much room on the plane so what the heck. duncan on the other hand…”

    lol randy. Immagine if they had to call up Britton? I mean he didnt take the plane, but being BRITTONED from Scranton to New York on a regular basis had to cost. It would have been easier to make him a BRITTON BUS(ala john maddan)and have his pictures and dates on the sides of it.

  294. Seven September 1st, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    If Melancon has a dominant september and makes a joba like impact in the bullpen he will be on the postseason roster.

    Mitre wont be on the postseason roster his spot on the 25 man postseason roster would go to Brett Gardner.

    Then you have Gaudin spot on the postseason roster that would probably go to Melancon if he pitches well.

    I dont really see Coke, Bruney or Marte postseason spots being in jeopardy. It would most likely be Gaudin who is left off in favor or Melancon or Dunn.

  295. Get Yer Damn Hands Off Of Her September 1st, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    We need Bruney in there to plunk K-rod when the Yankees face the Mets in the World …. oh wait … nm.

  296. w/e September 1st, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    The Yanks are 23-8 against the AL Central. That’s the best record in baseball for any team against a division.

    Projected 1st round opponent: AL Central champs.

  297. Trev September 1st, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    It’s going to be hard for Girardi to remove one of these guys from the pen, who has been with the team the entire year and helped us get to where we are now, in favor of some rookie. Don’t think Joe wants to do that.

    Bruney is going to have to be REALLY bad for him to consider it. If he is just inconstant, he’ll get on the roster.

  298. S.o.S. September 1st, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    w/e,
    I believe they were something like 6-1 vs. Detroit the year they were eliminated in the first round. Dont get me wrong, that would be my first choice. But i dont look at head to head regular season wins once the playoffs start.

  299. Jones September 1st, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    That has be somewhat good news for Colorado, especially with that whole Jay Cutler saga, & the Marshall problems.

  300. rconn23 September 1st, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    “Here’s how I feel about every Yankee player who goes out on the field and leaves his blood and sweat out there but somehow falls short. I will follow him to the ends of the earth as a fan and never stop supporting him. To do less would make me feel like a slimy user.”

    Even Jorge Posada?:)

  301. yada yada yada September 1st, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    great Pettitte analysis from Buster Olney:

    “After struggling to an 8-6 record and 4.51 ERA through the end of July, Pettitte has been at his best during August. After taking a perfect game into the seventh inning against the Orioles on Monday, Pettitte finished the month with a 4-0 record and 2.50 ERA. The key to his improvement has been missing bats with off-speed pitches, especially when he has gotten ahead in the count. Over the first four months of the season, the miss percentage against his off-speed pitches was 30.1 percent, but that number has jumped to 38.1 percent. What’s more, when he’s ahead, it’s jumped from 25.9 to 41.1 percent. His strikeouts per at-bat have jumped to 41.1 percent in August, from 22.2 percent previously.”

  302. BellaSakura September 1st, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Hey Bronx Jeers,

    Here is a photo from Alex’s visit at the school.

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/sp.....8819.photo

  303. Enough Edwar September 1st, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    yeah Pettitte is the man…

  304. ScrewtheStache September 1st, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    “The Big G is back in the majors!”

    …and forever a steroid cheat who never came clean to the public. No press conference. No Q&A. No mea culpa. Nada.

    Go away G-Fraud — like Sosa, Bonds, Clemens,etc,etc…

    You were a skinny line-drive hitter before the juice.

  305. MG September 1st, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    yada yada yada
    September 1st, 2009 at 6:41 pm
    great Pettitte analysis from Buster Olney:

    “After struggling to an 8-6 record and 4.51 ERA through the end of July, Pettitte has been at his best during August. After taking a perfect game into the seventh inning against the Orioles on Monday, Pettitte finished the month with a 4-0 record and 2.50 ERA. The key to his improvement has been missing bats with off-speed pitches, especially when he has gotten ahead in the count. Over the first four months of the season, the miss percentage against his off-speed pitches was 30.1 percent, but that number has jumped to 38.1 percent. What’s more, when he’s ahead, it’s jumped from 25.9 to 41.1 percent. His strikeouts per at-bat have jumped to 41.1 percent in August, from 22.2 percent previously.”
    ————————————————–
    that is complete bs, the key to Andy’s success since the ASB has been his rediscovery of his cutter. The cutter is his ‘out’ pitch and sets everything else up. Earlier in the year, when his cutter was personna non gratis (probably because he tweaked his back) all he had was his fastball and off speed pitch, there was nothing in between to keep the batters guessing.

  306. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Lets go Yankees!

  307. Jeremy September 1st, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    S.O.S

    This Yankee team is different then the 2006 team and the 2009 Tiger team is not as good as the 2006 team.

    The Yankees have starting pitching, a good bullpen, and a better offense. And the Tigers might not even win their division, they are holding on to a small lead.

  308. MG September 1st, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    MLB Extra Innings has stuck us with the O’s announcers, I enjoy Jim Palmer but when he’s not on it’s Buck Martinez, owner of one of the worst announcing voices of all time.

  309. Pork Chop September 1st, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    “great Pettitte analysis from Buster Olney:”

    Really Buster, when a pitcher throws strikes he’s better. Buster has done the same analysis, for Price, Beckett and doc. You say this for any pitcher get their off speed stuff over consistantly and they will be great.

  310. nyydj2 September 1st, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    ???????????

  311. nygiants72 September 1st, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    “That has be somewhat good news for Colorado, especially with that whole Jay Cutler saga, & the Marshall problems.”
    ———————————–
    Broncos made a huge mistake.
    I wish Giambi luck. Go Yanks!

  312. nyydj2 September 1st, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    no new posts were showing up just now when hitting refresh

  313. Dave September 1st, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Did they really move a baseball game because of a religious holiday? That is a joke! If the holiday is so important, who cares about a baseball game? Maybe the NFL should move the TEN-SD game on Christmas??? I’m sure plenty of Charger & Titans fans will miss the game for various reasons surrounding their Christmas celebration. Should the game even matter?

  314. Dave September 1st, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Hopefully, melancon gets more of a shot now that we are in september. He was mariono-like in scranton posting a 0.75 whip in 20 innings. His 11 innings in NY have been mixed so far but clearly, melancon has the potential to be another stud out of the pen for us come playoffs. I mean mo and hughes have been automatic. Aceves has been great this year but had some rough outings more recently. Coke has been destroyed as of late. Bruney has had a slow start. Mitre has barely pitched and sucked last year in NY. Robertson has been quality aside from a few outings. IMO, albaladejo and edwar should come no where near the post season roster. I would also prefer to leave mitre and gaudin at the door unless mitre all of a sudden blossoms after his last start and has a torrid september.

    So outside of Mo, hughes and aceves, I would definitely take robertson. Coke is turning into a disaster but he will probably turn this streak around before october ball. Outside of that, the choices are above and i think melancon should be given ample opportunity to prove his worth to make it to the post season roster. Pending September performances, I think Bruney and Mitre seem like feasible candidates and mitre could be in with a good september as well.

  315. nyydj2 September 1st, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    did this blog really go 8 minutes without a post? lol, that has to be a record during a game

  316. Rishi September 1st, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    uh – another come from behind win?

  317. RalphieD (OPPC) September 1st, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    wow….look what aj said…thats not cool :(

  318. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    betsy
    September 1st, 2009 at 5:37 pm
    GB, thanks!

    Hey, I’m starting to research Savannah …..what is the best neighborhood to stay in? I don’t want to stay by the River Walk (too touristy, too noisy – I need a QUIET area, lol). Thanks!

    ————————————————————

    Most of the area is “touristy” but not really noisy. River Street has a lot of people, but, not noisy. If you want the “Bed And Breakfast” type, those are mostly out around Typbee and a couple down town. I’ll tack on some links to the hotels. Tybee Island is a great place to stay, also.

  319. Benny Blanco September 1st, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    AJ: why, why, why would you throw that?

  320. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    RalphieD (OPPC) September 1st, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    wow….look what aj said…thats not cool

    “Look at this guy” um whats not cool about that

  321. Tunnel Man September 1st, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    what did he say?

  322. Rishi September 1st, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    TylerKepner: Tweet of the night. RT @BloggingBombers There’s something appropriate about A.J. Burnett giving up a home run to a guy named Pie, no?

  323. nyydj2 September 1st, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    lol

  324. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Now some bad luck. AJ can’t catch a break.

  325. YankeeRay September 1st, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Carl
    September 1st, 2009 at 7:18 pm
    RalphieD (OPPC) September 1st, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    wow….look what aj said…thats not cool

    “Look at this guy” um whats not cool about that

    —-

    I thought he said “this mo fo” as in even he gets a HR off of me.

  326. Jeremy September 1st, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Did A.J. think Pie was showing him up ?

  327. Benny Blanco September 1st, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Is the homeplate ump..sleeping.

  328. Jerkface September 1st, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    AJ said “This mofo?” , and I think I speak for all yankee fans and even Oriole fans when I say we were all thinking that.

  329. nyydj2 September 1st, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    anyone else finding this blog acting a little weird tonight or is it my pc?

  330. Seven September 1st, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Didn’t Huff mock Joba I guess that was all in fun. So Burnett can do whatever he wants out there baltimore cant get mad.

  331. MG September 1st, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    the Yankees are playing .750 ball since Pena and Cervelli were sent down-they are both nice players but how much better could the team possibly play with them in the lineup? So who cares if they are back for September, they will play when the division title is assured and help give some players rest but aren’t going to be a factor in the post season.

  332. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    CANO!!!

  333. bronxbomberfan4life September 1st, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    ROBBIE CANO!!!!!

  334. Benny Blanco September 1st, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    ROBBIE CANO! take that risp! this guy is hot

  335. MG September 1st, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    doesn’t Cano know he needs to go deeper in counts and doesn’t hit with runners on?

  336. Pov September 1st, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Cano is now the RBI man, great for him

  337. S.A.--Serenity Now September 1st, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Robbie Cano, Doncha know. :)

  338. Bill G September 1st, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    It looks like its gonna be a roller coaster ride for Burnett tonight. Hopefully the Yankees can hit tonight and get him a win.

  339. Seven September 1st, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Cano is heating up!

  340. Yogis September 1st, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Robbie the Man!

  341. MG September 1st, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    guaranteed that someone complains about Cano being lazy within the next 3 innings.

  342. Rishi September 1st, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    come from behind win in the making :)

  343. RalphieD (OPPC) September 1st, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    “Carl
    September 1st, 2009 at 7:18 pm
    RalphieD (OPPC) September 1st, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    wow….look what aj said…thats not cool

    “Look at this guy” um whats not cool about that”

    well when you add in the curse word that he said and how he said it…it impies that pie is a crappy player and shouldnt be hitting home runs off AJ

    its not cool because if the O’s see that they may retaliate agains the yanks by throwing at one of our players…and we dont want that

  344. MG September 1st, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Hernandez has really good stuff, he could be a good one.

  345. PD September 1st, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Cano has Hall of Fame talent….

  346. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    RalphieD (OPPC)

    I don’t think the O’s are watching this game on TV or care btw. These are the same O’s that were fist pumping and laughing at Joba. Forget em. Let AJ hit Pie I could care less.

  347. Jeremy September 1st, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    This looks to be a wild game. This guy can’t find the plate, he is all over the place.

  348. nygiants72 September 1st, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    MG,

    You’re not going to be a factor either.

  349. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 1st, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    “Uh. Trisha. Edwar doesn’t throw a slider.”

    Uh Gary – I guess the Ivy League didn’t teach you all you think it did. Yes he does. But thanks for playing the game.

    Rconn – Yes even Posada, though he didn’t actually count in my scenario since he walks on water. I was talking about those who try mightily and still fail – but take it seriously and don’t laugh about it.

    espitzer – always love the phony screen names that show up but know everything about the forum! Coward.

    :D

    Not too happy to see that Texas is once again losing. Hopefully the Rays get the job done.

    GO YANKS!

    GO RAYS!!

    GO RANGERS!!

    Hopefully also AJ and Posada work on the same page. If they do, this game is ours.

    Enjoy the game everyone. I who finally have a DVR will catch it later.

    :)

  350. Jeremy September 1st, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Pie is a crappy player ! A.J. should feel humiliated for giving up a hit to such a pathetic player. LOL (just kidding)

  351. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Texas is winning

  352. bronxbomberfan4life September 1st, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    rays are up 1-0

  353. Tunnel Man September 1st, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Trish, Texas is winning 5-2 btm of the 8th.

  354. haiku-man September 1st, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    45 pitches after 2 innings for Hernandez.He more than doubled
    his 16 from the 1st inning.

  355. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Why are we rooting for Texas? Please remind me

  356. NYY626 September 1st, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    rooting or texas to take over boston in the WC…

  357. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    AJ has a nice change

  358. Tom in N.J. September 1st, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    “Why are we rooting for Texas? Please remind me”

    Check the wild card standings….

  359. Rishi September 1st, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    The team’s biggest headaches right now are figuring out which situational lefty will handle the important late-inning at-bats and how to line up starters two through four for the playoffs. By contrast, the Royals’ biggest headaches right now are finding somebody to pay more than $12 for their TV and radio rights, motivating a suicidal fan base to buy tickets and caps, and acquiring legit major-leaguers to play second, short, third, left, right and catcher. … Speaking of which, the Joba Rules, with their provisions for inning limits, pitch counts, weather and mound conditions and counseling sessions with hard-headed catchers, are only slightly more intelligible than a user’s manual for a nuclear reactor. … Owing to his smart usage of the bullpen and bigger-picture perspective (e.g., giving the stars regular rest, which his predecessor never did), Joe Girardi is the AL Manager of the Year in a walk. He’ll still cost the Yankees a game that matters owing to his infatuation with the sacrifice bunt. To repeat: You only have three outs. Giving one away is dumber than dumb, unless the person at the plate is, like, me.

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/powerrankings

  360. RalphieD (OPPC) September 1st, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    “RalphieD (OPPC)

    I don’t think the O’s are watching this game on TV or care btw. These are the same O’s that were fist pumping and laughing at Joba. Forget em. Let AJ hit Pie I could care less.”

    im sure somebody is in the clubhouse watching the game..

    but hey, maybe nothing happens and its all forgotten but it would prbly be smart for AJ not to say something like that

  361. S.A.--Serenity Now September 1st, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    come on AJ

  362. randy l. September 1st, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    ” I will follow him to the ends of the earth as a fan and never stop supporting him.”

    i hope he goes somewhere where there is no internet connection.

  363. jennifer September 1st, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Power to the people. Glad someone had some sense to return the game back to 1pm.

  364. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 1st, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Tunnel – trying to get out of here and obviously read the score as the opposite! YAY AND THANKS!!!

    :)

  365. espitzer September 1st, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Thank goodness she took the hint and left. Now we can enjoy the game.

  366. Tunnel Man September 1st, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    The mofo is up :)

  367. Uncle Ellsworth (#2 needs 10 to tie #4) September 1st, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    AJ hitting Pie would show the maturity and emotional control that AJ needs going into the post-season.

  368. pat September 1st, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Alex catches a pop up with degree of difficulty points. Nice

  369. RalphieD (OPPC) September 1st, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    it really is amazing how much better arod is with popups now…i know that sounds funny for one of the greatest players of all time but he used to be scared of them…its like day and night now

  370. nygiants72 September 1st, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    “Did they really move a baseball game because of a religious holiday? That is a joke! If the holiday is so important, who cares about a baseball game? Maybe the NFL should move the TEN-SD game on Christmas??? I’m sure plenty of Charger & Titans fans will miss the game for various reasons surrounding their Christmas celebration. Should the game even matter?”
    —————————–
    I guess they’re doing it out of respect, but I agree if its an important holiday, the game shouldn’t matter.

  371. Jeremy September 1st, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth
    If A.J. hits Pie I wouldn’t care. Maybe it will give A.J. some more fire going into the postseason.

  372. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    “Check the wild card standings….”

    Gotcha. I know I am in the minority here, but my feeling is pretty much “we play who we play”

  373. Raul September 1st, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    AJ Burnett sucks….bad move by Cashman, let the kids pitch…

  374. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Posada!

  375. MG September 1st, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Posada may be the root cause of every run given up by a Yankees pitcher but he sure can hit…

  376. CM (Jeter will get pied someday) September 1st, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Hip,Hip Jorge!

  377. bronxbomberfan4life September 1st, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    HIP HIP JORGE!!!!!

  378. Tunnel Man September 1st, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    HIP HIP JORGE!

  379. Tom in N.J. September 1st, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Erica, I agree.

  380. Benny Blanco September 1st, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    How many pop ups has alex dropped in his yankees career? I could probably count on one hand, if that. I know he’s uncomfortable but you all make it seem like he’s atrocious at catching pop ups.

  381. espitzer September 1st, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    I know you are all on pins and needles till she comes back to tell us what she bought or sold on ebay.

  382. S.A.--Serenity Now September 1st, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Shake those hips. :)
    3-1 yankees

  383. haiku-man September 1st, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Pasada ba da bing ba da boom!

  384. Benny Blanco September 1st, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    quietly, robbies numbers are sick! and as I say that he walks.

  385. Uncle Ellsworth (#2 needs 10 to tie #4) September 1st, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Jeremy
    September 1st, 2009 at 7:50 pm
    Uncle Ellsworth
    If A.J. hits Pie I wouldn’t care. Maybe it will give A.J. some more fire going into the postseason.

    Why though (I’m on radio so did not see) no one said he was stlyn.

    Yanks can’t be dealing with that nonesense and possible retlaiation.
    IMO

  386. MG September 1st, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Erica, I’m in complete agreement on that as well…

  387. Every year is a world series year year September 1st, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    So much for Yankee stadium being the launching pad… this park yields its fair share of home runs too.

  388. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Swish just missed it

  389. Jeremy September 1st, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Swisher just missed it !

  390. Doreen September 1st, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    People had already bought tickets to a day game. If it was scheduled as a night game, those who observe Yom Kippur would not have bought tickets. They cannot attend the night game. It just would not be fair. Not to mention a whole l lot of empty seats.

  391. Shari September 1st, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    how does someone just wander into the press box? Security? Security? Bueller?

  392. NYY626 September 1st, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    MG September 1st, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Erica, I’m in complete agreement on that as well…
    ________________________________________________________________
    I guess you guys are not still mentally worn out from 03 and 04 like me then :)

  393. rb September 1st, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    “Did they really move a baseball game because of a religious holiday? That is a joke! If the holiday is so important, who cares about a baseball game? Maybe the NFL should move the TEN-SD game on Christmas??? I’m sure plenty of Charger & Titans fans will miss the game for various reasons surrounding their Christmas celebration. Should the game even matter?”
    —————————–
    I guess they’re doing it out of respect, but I agree if its an important holiday, the game shouldn’t matter.“Did they really move a baseball game because of a religious holiday? That is a joke! If the holiday is so important, who cares about a baseball game? Maybe the NFL should move the TEN-SD game on Christmas??? I’m sure plenty of Charger & Titans fans will miss the game for various reasons surrounding their Christmas celebration. Should the game even matter?”
    —————————–
    I guess they’re doing it out of respect, but I agree if its an important holiday, the game shouldn’t matter.

    ————-

    What hasn’t been mentioned is that the game was ORIGINALLY scheduled for a 1pm start. This was not an ESPN game until recently. They (ESPN) decided to pick it up as their Sunday night game, and so the game time was moved to 8pm. There are people who were affected by the change.

  394. randy l. September 1st, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    “Speaking of which, the Joba Rules, with their provisions for inning limits, pitch counts, weather and mound conditions and counseling sessions with hard-headed catchers, are only slightly more intelligible than a user’s manual for a nuclear reactor.”

    the complexity of the plan at any given moment is tempered by the tendency to scrap the complex plan at any given moment and go with a new one equally complex and equally replaceable.

    in other words they are winging it.

  395. Benny Blanco September 1st, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    That was a strike if i ever saw one.

  396. espitzer September 1st, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    If Yom Kippur is a day of judgment, God should be more than qualified to call strikes and balls.

  397. MG September 1st, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    NYY626
    September 1st, 2009 at 7:56 pm
    MG September 1st, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Erica, I’m in complete agreement on that as well…
    ________________________________________________________________
    I guess you guys are not still mentally worn out from 03 and 04 like me then
    —————————————————
    Even though I’m a big fan when a season is over, it’s over, and I let it go. The Yankees aren’t paying me to suffer, if they want to give me $500K annually to live and die with wins and defeats, then I will hang on to it. Until then, though, I can easily let it go.

  398. Benny Blanco September 1st, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    AJ at 42 pitches

  399. m September 1st, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Hoping Boston loses. If only to help make my case that they can’t win on the road. :P

  400. rb September 1st, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    I’m with you m. :)

  401. Benny Blanco September 1st, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    50 pitches

  402. NYY626 September 1st, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Even though I’m a big fan when a season is over, it’s over, and I let it go. The Yankees aren’t paying me to suffer, if they want to give me $500K annually to live and die with wins and defeats, then I will hang on to it. Until then, though, I can easily let it go.
    _________________________________________________________________
    LOL good point. I’ve let it go for the most part. I just don’t know if my heart can handle all that stress again!( cause you know if we play boston its going to come down to game 7)

  403. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    NYY626-

    I look at it like this-

    In 2006, everyone thought we would beat Detroit. We didn’t
    In 2007, everyone thought we would beat Cleveland. We didn’t

    So forget predictions and match-ups, just bring on whoever and Lets Go Yankees!

  404. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    he was out

  405. RalphieD (OPPC) September 1st, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    definitly out…

  406. NYY626 September 1st, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    oooo he way out

  407. Tunnel Man September 1st, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Leave it to ESPN to be culturally insensitive to NYC and Yom Kippur.

  408. Benny Blanco September 1st, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    umpiring this year has been awful. and AJ at 54 pitches.

  409. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    espitzer
    September 1st, 2009 at 7:59 pm
    If Yom Kippur is a day of judgment, God should be more than qualified to call strikes and balls.
    ****

    Except that the ESPN ratings will be down sharply when people aren’t watching because they are at services.

  410. randy l. September 1st, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    no big deal but that ball to swisher hit by markakis looked like it kicked toward the line because of the spin and not a divot as singleton said. swisher should have been able to see the spin.

  411. Rob B September 1st, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Markasis was out at 2nd. Blown call by the Ump, but it was close enough to be understandable. This time.

  412. Nick in SF in Lake Tahoe September 1st, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Did AJ really give up a homer to Pie?

    AJ?

    Pie?

    Really?

  413. swingsandmisses September 1st, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    “UPDATE, 7:24 p.m.: A.J. gives up a dinger to a guy named Pie. That makes sense I guess.”
    :D You’re funny Pete.

  414. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Nick-

    You know I was teasing you earlier about harassing me right?

  415. MG September 1st, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    that checked swing strike to Scott is AJ’s best pitch and it has been missing lately, most of his breaking balls have been out over the plate. He needs to get ahead with the fastball and use the breaking ball with two strikes more.

  416. Pel September 1st, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Hooray for September call-ups.

    :roll:

  417. Benny Blanco September 1st, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Come on AJ!

  418. Cousin Bob September 1st, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    AJ is having problems again tonight. Hope he can straighten things out before the post season.

  419. Fire Bud Selig September 1st, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Any one else sick of Ken Singleton pretending to be self-deprecating about his career, only to insinuate how good he thought he was in every other sentence?

  420. Jeremy September 1st, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    This is not looking good. Is their a mechanical issue with A.J. or just doesn’t have command of the fastball ?

  421. Pel September 1st, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Horrible pitching gets punished?

    You don’t say?

  422. Enough Walks September 1st, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Seriously enough walks! Must be posada’s fault

  423. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 1st, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    I’m really not comfortable with a guy like AJ in the playoffs. He just walks way too many people.

    Again, he’s having a lot of issues with 2 outs.

  424. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    What a throw swish

  425. Uncle Ellsworth (#2 needs 10 to tie #4) September 1st, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    so who currently has the record for most 20 hr players in a season?

  426. jennifer September 1st, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Nice throw by Swisha!

  427. jennifer September 1st, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    haha Swisha leaves his feel to make the throw.

  428. NYY626 September 1st, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Erica – always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    NYY626-

    I look at it like this-

    In 2006, everyone thought we would beat Detroit. We didn’t
    In 2007, everyone thought we would beat Cleveland. We didn’t

    So forget predictions and match-ups, just bring on whoever and Lets Go Yankees!
    ______________________________________________________________
    I agree with what you’re saying. I’m not particularly scared of the sox, it’s just that every game we play is 10x more intense than when we play another team. And I’m an “adult” now and have to go to work in the morning so I can’t drink to calm the nerves like I did back in college :)

  429. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Oh and Joe G needs to end this Posada and AJ thing.

  430. Thomas September 1st, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    If AJ pitches like this in the playoffs the Yankees aren’t making it very far!

  431. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 1st, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Oops, as soon as I posted I looked up and saw it was just one out. I heard Singleton say something about striking out the first two batters and forgot how many outs there were.

  432. haiku-man September 1st, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    And…. just like that AJ gives back his cushion.

  433. Nick in SF in Lake Tahoe September 1st, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    It still hurt. :(

  434. MG September 1st, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    AJ is just in a slump, he was really good for two months and had a bad August. He’ll get it straightened out by the end of the season, it just takes one good game. It’s not a matter of being inconsistent game to game, he’s just off right now and has been since that great game against the Sox.

  435. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    This game is not moving very quickly.

  436. Benny Blanco September 1st, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    62 pitches in 3 innings??

  437. Enough Walks September 1st, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    AJ is frustrating..however if you look at his career numbers they are right in line with what he is doing this season…how much did we pay this guy and for how many years?

  438. Vince September 1st, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Burnett just can’t stand prosperity. Loves to tinker with the strike zone.

  439. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 1st, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Bad news: 2 run lead gone because of silly walks.

    Good news: Yankees aren’t losing. Despite really struggling in that inning AJ didn’t fall apart. No really hard hit balls off him, and he managed to get out without too much damage.

  440. rconn23 September 1st, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    A.J. is just horrible right now.

    Got to make Pettitte your No.2 starter in the postseason.

  441. Bryan September 1st, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Reason 10 billion why this complete joke can’t be trusted in the playoffs

    Voice of reason is back

  442. Betsy September 1st, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Disappointing, but he’ll come out of it………he pitched so well for two months; I’m not sure where that pitcher is right now, though.

  443. Al from BK September 1st, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    I’m kind of upset that the ESPN game is now a day game, I will have to switch between football and the game. Also what’s the deal with Burnett?

  444. rconn23 September 1st, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Carl,

    Apparently you haven’t followed Burnett’s career. He does this everywhere.

  445. Jeremy September 1st, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    I think their is a mechanical issue of some sort. I don’t think Burnett will be an issue in the playoffs because he has time to correct it.

  446. Betsy September 1st, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    The post-season isn’t for another month……the Yankees don’t have to name any pitcher their #2/3 or whatever at this point.

  447. Al from BK September 1st, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Will Boston ever lose a game that we can pick up? Jeez, every time they lose that is when we have a bad game, we are the best team in baseball. Or lead should be way fatter at this point.

  448. Enough Walks September 1st, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    2002 12-9 era 3.30
    2004 7-6 3.68
    2005 12-12 3.45
    2006 10-8 3.98
    2007 10-8 3.75
    2008 18-10 4.07

    he is what he is..however he does throw pies in peoples faces and that is what really matters.

  449. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Nick in SF in Lake Tahoe
    September 1st, 2009 at 8:12 pm
    It still hurt.
    ****

    Do you need a hug?

  450. MG September 1st, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Carl
    September 1st, 2009 at 8:12 pm
    Oh and Joe G needs to end this Posada and AJ thing.
    ——————————————–
    How can this be Posada’s fault? Is he responsible for AJ missing the target by a mile on so many pitches or walking two in a row? I didn’t see Andy having a problem last night, he was ahead of every hitter.

    AJ has thrown a bunch of good games with Jorge catching, including the great game against the Sox at the beginning of August. This is the most overblown ‘story’ of the year, it’s so stupid it’s ridiculous.

  451. RalphieD (OPPC) September 1st, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    it fascinates why people are still surprised that AJ has struggles like this…its been like this his entire career..sure, he says Doc changed him as a pitcher but i dont neccessarily believe that…hes half dominant electric starter and half wildy inconsistent starter…..

    its all about getting the good half more than the bad half with him…

  452. Enough Walks September 1st, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    he can be dominate at times..hopefully that happens in the playoffs..however he can get bombed often too as we have seen this year…

  453. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    rconn23 September 1st, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Carl,

    Apparently you haven’t followed Burnett’s career. He does this everywhere.

    I have and I know this. Like I said, end it so it won’t have to be a Conversation. When these two are in a game together it makes me cringe.

  454. JeterJobaFanForever - but I will notbadmouthPhil September 1st, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    This is so sad. In all the years I have watched Oriole bb never, ever have I seen such an empty stadium. I realize that Baltimore is the bottom team but a lot of fans like to see the opposing teams (star) players.

    I know you are joking about Pie but is pronounced completely different.

    Love Cano and how his bat is speaking for him. Volumes/

  455. Enough Walks September 1st, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    again i posted his numbers from the last few years they are very similar to this year….

  456. Jeremy September 1st, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Will some of you calm down. As soon as something bad happens you guys quit and declare the Yankees losers before the playoffs even start. Do you remember that A.J. was the best pitcher on the staff when CC and Andy were struggling for weeks. Pitchers struggle, do you think Sox fans are saying Beckett is done because he had 3 bad starts in a row ?

  457. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    JeterJobaFanForever – but I will notbadmouthPhil
    September 1st, 2009 at 8:19 pm
    This is so sad. In all the years I have watched Oriole bb never, ever have I seen such an empty stadium. I realize that Baltimore is the bottom team but a lot of fans like to see the opposing teams (star) players.
    ****

    The place usually fills up with Yankee fans. But with the recession and the series taking place during the week, its more difficult to road trip

  458. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    MG

    Who said it was Posadas fault? Don’t let him pitch to him so It won’t have to be an issue. Now after this game it’s all we are going to hear about. Just end it.

  459. MG September 1st, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Damon hasn’t sniffed Hernandez yet, maybe he’ll hit one out this time, he likes hitting at Camden Yards.

  460. Enough Walks September 1st, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    as much as aj is frustrating..still cc, aj, and andy is as good a top three in the playoffs as anyone..

  461. Nick in SF in Lake Tahoe September 1st, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    “Do you need a hug?”

    Is it harassment if I say yes?

  462. rb September 1st, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Yes, Jeremy he was great in the early part of the year. It’s just uncomfortable to watch him pitch like this as we get closer to the playoffs.

  463. MG September 1st, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Carl, so your answer is to placate the know nothing fans by sitting your best catcher? That’s not going to happen in this lifetime and for good reason.

  464. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Nick in SF in Lake Tahoe
    September 1st, 2009 at 8:21 pm
    “Do you need a hug?”

    Is it harassment if I say yes?
    ***
    No, that’s cute :-)

  465. jennifer September 1st, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Yeah because we’d love to have Jose batting in the post season. Enough of this garbage that AJ can’t pitch to Jorge. It is bunk plain and simple.

  466. Peter Abraham September 1st, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Please don’t tell me people are blaming Posada.

    So Andy is nearly perfect last night, that’s all the pitcher. A.J stinks and that’s the catcher’s problem?

    Sure it is.

    It’s not like A.J. is the kind of pitcher who has been erratic all his career and only pitches really well when there’s a contract at stake. Oh, wait …

  467. Betsy September 1st, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    MG is exactly right about AJ and Jorge, but people just have selective memories………I don’t see how it’s possible to forget that terrific two month stretch when AJ and Jorge were just fine. The guy is in a slump – period. If Johnny Bench were catching, he’d still be in a slump.

    MG, the thing I’d be concerned about with AJ at this point is that his walks are getting out of control (so to speak, lol). I know he’s never had great control, but this year has been particularly bad for him. He’s also not striking out as many. That’s not the problem, though…..or at least I don’t think it is.

  468. Betsy September 1st, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Why should the Yankees “end it”, Carl? If the media wants to make a stink, let them…….

  469. haiku-man September 1st, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Move Posada to DH,sit Damon(he’s not hitting aNyway)bring in Molina to catch and hopefully settle down AJ.

  470. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    MG September 1st, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Carl, so your answer is to placate the know nothing fans by sitting your best catcher? That’s not going to happen in this lifetime and for good reason.

    Best offensive catcher. But hey whatever, lets sit through the countless shaking off and mound visits. Can’t wait for the post game either. Lets have them throwing shots at each other again just like last time!

  471. Al from BK September 1st, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Peter- No need to be snarky. If AJ was pitching a no-hitter right now, he would be an important asset but now he is a mercenary who only pitches well in a contract year? Maybe you’re forgetting him dominating the Sox at the Stadium a few weeks ago.

  472. Betsy September 1st, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Pete, AJ has been very good for much of this year, so I don’t think that pitching well in a contract year has anything to do with his current struggles…..Again, I love how people are making it out like he’s been bad this year. He hasn’t at all.

    I’m not sure I understand why a slump from AJ is analyzed to death……..He’s hardly the only pitcher to go through one.

  473. MG September 1st, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    those of you who complain about Jorge catching AJ, are you actually watching the game or just looking at internet updates? AJ is missing the target by a foot most of the time, do you think that Jorge has a smaller glove than Molina or AJ can’t see his glove?

  474. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Betsy September 1st, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Why should the Yankees “end it”, Carl? If the media wants to make a stink, let them…….

    Posada gets mad when AJ throws what he wants to throw. AJ wants to throw what he wants. Come on just stick him with Molina so we don’t have to go through what we did in Boston.

  475. Greg D September 1st, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    it sure is frustrating to watch Burnett

  476. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Betsy-

    In all fairness, every slump from a pitcher is analyzed to death. Remember Mussina in the end of the 2007 season?

  477. Jeremy September 1st, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    We will have to see improvment from A.J. leading up to the postseason and I think we will. A.J.’s performance in the regular season is not the most important thing- it’s the postseason. And there are plenty of pitchers that were average in the Regular season but were good-great in the postseason.

  478. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    MG

    So what? Now hes going to have an excuses. Posada was catching. Don’t let him have the excuse if he sucks.

  479. Nick in SF in Lake Tahoe September 1st, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    I might be naive, but can’t this still end up being a decent outing for AJ?

  480. MG September 1st, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Pie just hit a fastball on the outer half of the plate, the target was inside. The batter before struck out on a pitch that hit the glove, that’s the difference right there. AJ is in a slump and missing location, he only has two pitches, this isn’t rocket science.

  481. Jeremy September 1st, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    We will have to wait and see.

  482. Tunnel Man September 1st, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    okay, the return of good AJ. Greatinning.

  483. MG September 1st, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Carl, sorry, but you have no clue about pitching.

  484. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Nick in SF in Lake Tahoe
    September 1st, 2009 at 8:29 pm
    I might be naive, but can’t this still end up being a decent outing for AJ?
    ****

    If he can hold them and go two more innings it will be considered a quality start

  485. rconn23 September 1st, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Some of you simply haven’t followed Burnett’s career, or are just ignoring it to prove a point you know you can’t prove.

    Sitting one of your best hitters to placate a flake like Burnett makes no sense. It’s up to Burnett to shape up, simple as that.

  486. swingsandmisses September 1st, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    The way some people post it’s like AJ’s given up 10 runs instead of 3.

  487. rb September 1st, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    AJ’s bugaboo is the walk. Always has been. He threw a no-hitter and walked 9 men when he was with the Marlins.

    No one can say his erratic control wouldn’t be a concern during the playoffs.

  488. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Al from BK
    September 1st, 2009 at 8:26 pm
    Peter- No need to be snarky. If AJ was pitching a no-hitter right now, he would be an important asset but now he is a mercenary who only pitches well in a contract year? Maybe you’re forgetting him dominating the Sox at the Stadium a few weeks ago.

    ————————————————————

    You’ve got to be kidding. His numbers are no different this year than last year (his contract year). If the Yanks had scored runs in about three of his games, his wins would be even, then. Pettitte and Burnett have thrown some great games and got nothing but losses.

  489. rconn23 September 1st, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    “Maybe you’re forgetting him dominating the Sox at the Stadium a few weeks ago.”

    He walked six batters in that game. Maybe you forgot about him getting destroyed in three starts at Fenway.

  490. Jeremy September 1st, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Every slump is over analyzed by fans because they are always worried as soon as a little bad thing happens.

    A.J. had better control earlier in the season and I’m sure the pitching coaches will work with him. It’s better for him to struggle now and figure it out then October.

  491. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    MG September 1st, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Carl, sorry, but you have no clue about pitching.

    I have no clue about pitching because I don’t want AJ and Posada to argue about who’s throwing what and who’s calling what? I don’t feel like digging up the quotes from 2/3 starts ago. We know its a problem, they know its a problem.

  492. SJ44 September 1st, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Yeah, I bet AJ was really mad at Posada for hitting a HR for him. That’s the only reason the game is tied.

    Its not the catcher. Look at AJ’s entire career. This IS how he has been his entire career.

    They aren’t sitting Jorge Posada in a post-season game for AJ Burnett. That would be as dumb as batting Arod 8th in an elimination game and we know how that turned out.

  493. MG September 1st, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    AJ just needs to pitch through this slump, it’s not a matter of loss of velocity or break on his curve ball, it’s all location and control. He has a month to figure it out and when he does he’ll probably be locked in for the rest of the season and post season.

  494. Enough Walks September 1st, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    people are really blaming posada…really..i just don’t get it???

  495. S.A.--Serenity Now September 1st, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    AJ needs to snap out of this funk

  496. Betsy September 1st, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Rconn, at least be fair. You make it sound like AJ is a spoiled brat who has demanded a personal catcher……

    Erica, that’s true……but honestly, that was so long ago to me that I can only vaguely remember it.

    I still have faith that AJ will come out of his slump, but the walks do concern me. When he wasn’t giving up hits, he could work around them. Now that he has been giving up more hits, it’s going to be a real problem.

  497. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 1st, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Hard to believe so many Yankees are having trouble catching up to a 90-92 MPH fastball today. It’s not like the changeup should be messing up their timing that much. He’s regularly throwing it around 86; not that much difference.

  498. NYY626 September 1st, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    LOL at posada today. Is he hungover or something?

  499. SJ44 September 1st, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    There is no “problem” between AJ and Posada tonight.

    AJ hasn’t hit the target more than 5 times so far, has walked too many guys, and its cost him.

    That’s the way he was in his other stops.

    Its really not that tough to figure out. He’s either great or awful and he’s been awful for a month.

    He’s got a month to figure it out or they will just have him on a short leash in the playoffs.

    They aren’t changing catchers, nor should they. Once folks grasp that simple concept they will save themselves a lot of panic.

  500. MG September 1st, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Carl, this is so simple it’s ridiculous. AJ has two pitches, Jorge puts down either 1 or 2 fingers, AJ either throws the pitch or shakes him off. Jorge gives him location, AJ either hits the glove or misses. Based on the results tonight, when he hits the glove he gets outs, when he doesn’t he gets in trouble. What difference does it make who puts the fingers down?

  501. Tunnel Man September 1st, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    2nd time in the game Jorge lost the track of the count at the plate.

  502. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    rconn23 September 1st, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Some of you simply haven’t followed Burnett’s career, or are just ignoring it to prove a point you know you can’t prove.

    Sitting one of your best hitters to placate a flake like Burnett makes no sense. It’s up to Burnett to shape up, simple as that.

    If hes not comfortable with Posada behind the plate, he shouldn’t be catching. Posada sat with others in the past. Don’t see why it should change now. But if Lohud was around…

  503. MG September 1st, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    yeah, sit Posada, that’s the ticket…

  504. Pel September 1st, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    YAY! HIP HIP JORGE!!!!!!!!!!

  505. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Posada had his Wheaties today

  506. Uncle Ellsworth (#2 needs 10 to tie #4) September 1st, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Hmmmmmmmmmm.

  507. Enough Walks September 1st, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    “Its not the catcher. Look at AJ’s entire career. This IS how he has been his entire career.” Well said Sj well said…posada has what 3 rings…how does aj get so much of a break from yankee fans and posada gets grief…he hits a two run homer as i right this..

  508. nygiants72 September 1st, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    YEAH JORGE!

  509. SJ44 September 1st, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Yup, makes perfect sense to sit Posada. That would really help the team.

  510. S.A.--Serenity Now September 1st, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Thank you Jorge. :lol:

  511. Todd September 1st, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    good gosh, I thought he caught that!!

  512. Trevor September 1st, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    lol Posada is lost at the plate tonight. doesn’t know the counts?

  513. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 1st, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Wow. Posada needs to have trouble keeping track of the counts every day. :lol:

    Bet AJ is even more angry with him now. :P

  514. Yankee Fan in VA September 1st, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Burnett is Schroedinger’s Pitcher — you don’t know whether you’ll see Good AJ or Bad AJ until you open the box, er, send him out to the mound.

  515. NYY626 September 1st, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Well I dont know what the heck is wrong with jorge today, but I like it. :) ( jeter and alex’s reactions were pretty unny)

  516. Jeremy September 1st, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    I followed Burnett’s career and it’s average, but who cares. So what he had some bad performances at Fenway. If he figures out his current issues in time for October then the Yanks will be alright. And for the record- Orlando Hernandez, and David Wells careers weren’t that great during the regular season. I consider there numbers average.

  517. pat September 1st, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Confused but effective for Jorge

  518. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    As long as Posada follows the confusion with a homer, Burnett and I are happy as clams or a side of beef (for those that don’t eat clams),

  519. RalphieD (OPPC) September 1st, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    thats the new approach for jorge…dont think at the plate and hit homeruns..i like it!

  520. MG September 1st, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    SJ44
    September 1st, 2009 at 8:38 pm
    There is no “problem” between AJ and Posada tonight.

    AJ hasn’t hit the target more than 5 times so far, has walked too many guys, and its cost him.

    That’s the way he was in his other stops.

    Its really not that tough to figure out. He’s either great or awful and he’s been awful for a month.

    He’s got a month to figure it out or they will just have him on a short leash in the playoffs.

    They aren’t changing catchers, nor should they. Once folks grasp that simple concept they will save themselves a lot of panic.
    ——————————————-
    SJ, how come it’s so obvious to us that AJ is badly missing location most of the time and so many posters are oblivious to this?

  521. Jon September 1st, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    A.J. cant be mad at that!!!!

    Jorgie helps his pitchers!!!!

  522. Betsy September 1st, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    RConn, if you want to kill AJ for his pitching, that’s fine, but you’re making it sound like he’s a spoiled brat who’s demanded a personal catcher.

    AJ is in a slump – as I said before, he’d be in a slump if Johnny Bench were catching. This happens to ALL players, pitchers and hitters alike.

    The walks concern me because now AJ is giving up more hits than he was earlier in the season. Before now, he could work around the walks; hits and walks are a bad combination. It’s been a weird year for AJ – even in his dominant stretch, he truly wasn’t dominant except for a few starts. The walks and lack of Ks have hurt him.

    Erica, 2007 was so long ago that I barely remember it, lol

  523. haiku-man September 1st, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    p o s a d a, U da man!

  524. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Posada will still be fined in the next Kangaroo Court

  525. Yogis September 1st, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    AJ, time to say “thank you, Jorge”

  526. rb September 1st, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    I’m sure AJ can stand pitching to Posada… (4 rbi)

  527. vtyankeefan-the original!! September 1st, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Way to go Jorge!!

  528. djsunyc September 1st, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    when cano is on…his swing is SOOOOOOOOO very pretty…

  529. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    MG September 1st, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Carl, this is so simple it’s ridiculous. AJ has two pitches, Jorge puts down either 1 or 2 fingers, AJ either throws the pitch or shakes him off. Jorge gives him location, AJ either hits the glove or misses. Based on the results tonight, when he hits the glove he gets outs, when he doesn’t he gets in trouble. What difference does it make who puts the fingers down?

    Tell AJ this! I know this! I think he should be catching him, but AJ will always have an excuse to why he is sucking. Don’t let him have that excuse. “I should have thrown more hooks!” posada goes “I put something down and he want’s to throw something else!” Come on man these two should not be in the game together.

  530. Benny Blanco September 1st, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    can anyone get cano out?

  531. SJ44 September 1st, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    I’ll put it another way….

    Sitting Posada for Burnett’s starts is as dumb as batting Arod 8th in an elimination game.

    On a scale of 1-10 on the stupid meter, its a 15.

    You don’t sit an asset for a liability.

    AJ has to pitch through his slump. That, and not the catcher, will solve his problem.

    The only reason he’s ahead today is because of Posada.

  532. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    This game still isn’t moving very quickly….

  533. Yankee Fan in VA September 1st, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    So on Posada’s next AB, will he homer to center to complete the all-fields trifecta?

  534. Tunnel Man September 1st, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    I guess the question we all are wondering: Is AJ a real Yankee?

  535. Yogis September 1st, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    time to break the game wide open (and let some new kid pitch few innings)

  536. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    “Sitting Posada for Burnett’s starts is as dumb as batting Arod 8th in an elimination game.”

    I still remember scratching my head at the line up that day

  537. Betsy September 1st, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    People are trying to create problems between AJ and Jorge where there aren’t any……You don’t think Jorge has ever caught a pitcher who’s been through a slump? or a pitcher who is difficult to catch? When AJ gets mad, he gets mad at himself…….not Jorge.

  538. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    SJ44

    We’ve been waiting for over a month now.

    AJ will tell you the only reason hes given up 3 already was because of Posada.

  539. Tunnel Man September 1st, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Anyone know who was the last Yankee to hit 3 dingers in a game?

  540. YanksFan- District 9 was awesome September 1st, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    So after CC and Andy its anybody’s guess? Seems like AJ is better suited as a #4, not because of his stuff but because of his out-of-control and inconsistent play. Joba is still a mystery.

    How would you line up the rotation for the postseason?

  541. rb September 1st, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon)
    September 1st, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Wow. Posada needs to have trouble keeping track of the counts every day. :lol:

    Bet AJ is even more angry with him now. :P

    ————-

    LOL :D

  542. Jon September 1st, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    a-rod?

  543. Betsy September 1st, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Carl, I guess I don’t see where you are getting the idea that AJ always makes excuses for his performances…….

  544. Pat M. September 1st, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    SJ, Both Randy I & myself were wondering if both you & CB decided to take a sabaical from the LoHud….This whole Posada nonsense takes it’s toll…….Glad you decided to stick it out…….Just face down wind….

  545. Enough Walks September 1st, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    i like burnett…he can dominate..however he is what he is a decent number or average number 2 starter..the yankees needed starting pitching and besides cc …aj was the only other option. As least he has been healthy this year. He has not missed a start. however all yankee fans must admit we will have all fingers crossed in october when he pitches…

  546. MG September 1st, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Carl, why are you convinced that AJ doesn’t like throwing to Jorge? There was a quote in today’s DN or Post about AJ coming over to Jorge in the clubhouse and asking him how his ring finger was. Jorge says, ‘it’s the index finger, the ring finger is the one that gets hurt by you and CC throwing heat’. They both laughed and AJ was glad Jorge was OK. That doesn’t sound to me like players who don’t get along. This is just the media trying to find something to write about, period.

  547. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    MG

    Why are you convinced he does?

  548. Josh September 1st, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Count me in with the group that thinks that AJ and Posada don’t work well together. It might not be totally on Posada but there is something fishy there…

  549. pat September 1st, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Anyone know who was the last Yankee to hit 3 dingers in a game?

    Did Alex do it off Colon and the Angels in YS?

  550. Enough Walks September 1st, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    3 dingers= arod or tony clark

  551. S.A.--Serenity Now September 1st, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    The mission again for AJ is to not cough up the lead.

  552. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Carl
    September 1st, 2009 at 8:44 pm
    SJ44

    We’ve been waiting for over a month now.

    AJ will tell you the only reason hes given up 3 already was because of Posada.

    ————————————————————

    Did you wait very long for Burnett in June and July?

  553. RalphieD (OPPC) September 1st, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    hinkse= 5 for his last 32 :(…ouch

  554. Nick in SF in Lake Tahoe September 1st, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    The important thing to remember about the AJ/Posada controversy is that there isn’t actually an AJ/Posada controversy.

    Once you wrap your mind around that, the discussion takes on a more comical light.

  555. MG September 1st, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Carl, it doesn’t matter what I think, Jorge is the Yankees #1 catcher, it’s up to AJ to throw to the guy in the lineup. I don’t see why it should make a difference anyway. I pitched all the way through college and I could have cared less, I was just happy to be in the game.

  556. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Betsy

    Instead of saying “I got beat today, I didn’t hit my spots” he will say I didn’t throw what I wanted to. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear it today.

  557. Enough Walks September 1st, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    it would be ironic if aj gives up the lead and after in the postgame says that he was throwing pitches he did not want to throw and in a round about way blaming his catcher who by the way gave him the leaad in the first place..

  558. rconn23 September 1st, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Betsy,

    All I’m doing is – ONCE again – is trying to poke holes in this absurd theory that Burnett’s ills are in some way related to Posada’s pitch calling. It’s not.

    Burnett has been this way his entire career. He threw a no-hitter and walked nine guys doing it. He’s flaky, great stuff, but a total space cadet.

  559. djsunyc September 1st, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    david wright is wearing the new helmet today…he looks like a bobblehead…

  560. YanksFan- District 9 was awesome September 1st, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    RalphieD (OPPC)
    September 1st, 2009 at 8:47 pm
    hinkse= 5 for his last 32 …ouch

    ____

    In danger of not making the postseason cut?

  561. Enough Walks September 1st, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    who did hit the last 3 homerun game for the yanks…was it arod or tony clark who did it also…can’t remember who did it last, unless of course someone else did it who i forgot..

  562. Betsy September 1st, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    GB, I don’t remember if I thanked you before for your help……so, in case I didn’t, thank you!

  563. SJ44 September 1st, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Pat M,

    No. I’ve been on the road with business and stopped to check out a couple of my nephew’s games.

    The Posada stuff is just nonsense. They have the best record in baseball, he’s been the catcher for most of the season for those wins, and folks can’t grasp the concept that its not the catcher when it comes to AJ.

    They refuse to look at his entire career and see this is who he is.

    Bottom line, if folks want to be dumb, that’s on them.

    Posada’s not coming out of the lineup, nor should he.

    Its a non-controversy to everyone connected with the Yankees.

    Girardi showed as much by not making any changes.

    Some folks though, need something to complain about.

    Just the way it is.

  564. zmaster September 1st, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    thank you espn & mlb for letting me watch the sep. 27 game. go yanks!!!

  565. Jeremy September 1st, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Betsy

    I know. I’m not worried about A.J. like some of the posters. I rather A.J. go on a roll in late Sept. October then now. He has the time to figure it out. And like I said before the Yankees have had many pitchers that were average career wise like David Wells and Orlando Hernandez. What made them special was their postseason performances.

  566. Enough Walks September 1st, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    must be posada’s fault that aj did not cover..

  567. Pel September 1st, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    AJ is doing EVERYTHING right.

  568. Trevor September 1st, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Brain cramp.

  569. SJ44 September 1st, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Is it Posada’s fault that AJ didn’t cover first on that play?

    That’s one out if he did.

    The guy is just a flake.

    If this was a playoff game, he would have already been pulled.

  570. rb September 1st, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    The whole AJ/Posada thing is silly. AJ is what he is. Really. He walks guys. He has bad outings. He’s never been that guy you think will dominate EVERY time out.

    And now he forgets to cover first… But that’s probably Posada’s fault too, right?

  571. Benny Blanco September 1st, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Can someone please explain to me why burnett did not cover first?

  572. Betsy September 1st, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Carl, how is that blaming Posada? AJ has been a stand up guy this whole year……but, we can agree to disagree.

    RConn, I definitely agree with your major point – I think it’s ridiculous to blame any catcher for ANY pitcher’s performance, not just AJ. The pitcher gets the credit and he gets the blame – it’s just that simple.

  573. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    MG

    That’s you man. AJ is a weird guy. When you throw two pitches like you said, I don’t see what the problem is. But it is a problem.

  574. haiku-man September 1st, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Hernandez is at 107 pitches at 5 innings,bye bye!

  575. S.A.--Serenity Now September 1st, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Do we blame Posada for that?
    Come on AJ, go to 1st. Brain fart

  576. YanksFan- District 9 was awesome September 1st, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Wow AJ is atrocious

  577. MG September 1st, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    this is so effing stupid, I can’t believe it. In July, AJ was 4-0 with an ERA of under 3. The catcher in all but one of those games?

    DRUM ROLL….

    Jorge Posada

    I rest my case.

  578. Tom in N.J. September 1st, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Nick, you’re spot on there. The Posada/A.J. thing is nothing more than a MacGuffin.

  579. Enough Walks September 1st, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    the difference between aj and David Wells and Orlando Hernandez is that wells and hernandez proved time and time again that they can come up big in the post season, burnett has never done this at all..

  580. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Betsy September 1st, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Carl, how is that blaming Posada? AJ has been a stand up guy this whole year……but, we can agree to disagree.

    lol so you think AJ has to say Posada called a terrible game to blame him?

  581. beedogs September 1st, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    burnett is so got damn awful.

  582. Yogis September 1st, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    AJ is allergic to the lead… :(

  583. Benny Blanco September 1st, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Its too mental with burnett. When he bends, he breaks almost 40 percent of the time.

  584. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Betsy
    September 1st, 2009 at 8:50 pm
    GB, I don’t remember if I thanked you before for your help……so, in case I didn’t, thank you!

    ————————————————————

    You’re very welcome, Betsy. I’m just confused and perplexed that I’d take time out from my busy schedule to acrually help somebody. Now my “crusty” cover is blown.

  585. Pel September 1st, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    pathetic

  586. Betsy September 1st, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Well, you could see that coming a mile away…….

  587. pat September 1st, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Ouch

  588. S.A.--Serenity Now September 1st, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    :evil:

  589. NYY626 September 1st, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Well that wasn’t fun. Jorge’s going to have to juice another one.

  590. Enough Walks September 1st, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    yuck

  591. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Enough Walks September 1st, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    the difference between aj and David Wells and Orlando Hernandez is that wells and hernandez proved time and time again that they can come up big in the post season, burnett has never done this at all..

    lol

  592. Nick in SF in Lake Tahoe September 1st, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    OK, so it wasn’t a good outing for AJ after all. :mad:

  593. Trevor September 1st, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Can he grind through a game? It seems if he doesn’t have it he gets bombed.

  594. SJ44 September 1st, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Carl,

    The problem is AJ’s and not Posada’s. Its that simple.

    Meltdown City again because he didn’t cover first base.

    At this point, he’s a 2 inning starting pitcher in the post-season. Get 2 out of him and go to the pen in his starts in the post-season.

    The guy is just too unstable to be reliable in the post-season.

  595. beedogs September 1st, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    great job, AJ. we spent HOW much for this .500 pitcher?

  596. vtyankeefan-the original!! September 1st, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    The homerun was obviously Posada’s fault!!

  597. djsunyc September 1st, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    burnett and pettitte have swapped places since the all star break…

  598. raymagnetic September 1st, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Another gutless performance by AJ :(

  599. Enough Walks September 1st, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    awful..performance..awful…just down right awful

  600. Yogis September 1st, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Horror!!!

  601. haiku-man September 1st, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Joe should pull AJ,3 bad straight outings.

  602. YanksFan- District 9 was awesome September 1st, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Wow, you gotta be kidding me! This guy isn’t worth a postseason start! We are talking about the O’s!!! The O’s!!

  603. Josh September 1st, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    AJ has been embarrassingly bad for this team down the stretch (at least so far)

  604. MG September 1st, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    pitchers slump just the way hitters do, it’s just more obvious. Is AJs slump any worse than the one that Teix was in during April? He’ll snap out of it before the end of the season, that’s all that counts.

  605. Bryan September 1st, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Reason 11 billion why this bum can’t be trusted in the playoffs

    Why am I always right

  606. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Another mound visit, another Homer.

  607. William Buckner September 1st, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Burnett reminds me of Farnsworth. All the talent, but his head gets in the way.

    I believe he had issues with Posada too.

  608. Betsy September 1st, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    LOL GB……..maybe if no one else is reading our posts, they won’t know about how thoughtful you are. I won’t tell anyone if you don’t. Let them continue to think you are the same curmudgeon you’ve always been.

  609. djsunyc September 1st, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Bryan September 1st, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Reason 11 billion why this bum can’t be trusted in the playoffs

    Why am I always right

    ———–

    b/c you have no left?

  610. RalphieD (OPPC) September 1st, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    this is a terrible job by AJ…gave 2 2run leads back as soon as the yankees got them…

    good news is its the 5th inning and the yanks get to face the O’s pen for 4 innings…but the pitchers cant let this deficit grow too much

  611. Enough Walks September 1st, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    get him out….

  612. YanksFan- District 9 was awesome September 1st, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Not even an out recorded yet? Hahahaha!

  613. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 1st, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Didn’t cover first, hung a ball to Reimold (Posada was set up outside, the pitch started in and broke over the plate), and then hung one to Scott.

    Location, location, location. AJ is missing his spots. That has nothing to do with Posada.

    If he was hitting the spots and still getting rocked? That could be put at the catcher’s feet.

  614. Mac September 1st, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    I just don’t have words to describe how disgusted I am with AJ Burnett. Aaaargh!

  615. Yogis September 1st, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Do we have to count on Rays tonight?!

  616. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Another mound visit!

  617. raymagnetic September 1st, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    CC and Pettitte then pray for sleet pellets :(

  618. nygiants72 September 1st, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Hey AJ is the one throwing the picthes, Posada just suggests.

  619. beedogs September 1st, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    “Is AJs slump any worse than the one that Teix was in during April?”

    Uh, YES? There are eight other guys in the lineup who can hit during a game.

  620. SJ44 September 1st, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Once he didn’t cover first base, you knew he would meltdown.

    Sadly, that’s what he does.

    Better to know now than in October. This way, you manage his post-season starts accordingly.

    Unfortunate but, that’s life.

  621. Enough Walks September 1st, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    wow comparing aj to farsworth…that is rough…but it seems like a good comparison…

  622. Betsy September 1st, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    AJ was dreadful tonight, no question……he and the Yankees are just going to have to work and work and work to get this guy back on track.

    There is no excuse for not covering first…..

  623. MG September 1st, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Carl, in your infinite wisdom, why did AJ have a sub 3.00 ERA pitching to Jorge in July and now shouldn’t be pitching to him? The world awaits your answer.

  624. YanksFan- District 9 was awesome September 1st, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    This is scary…

  625. stuart September 1st, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    great hustle by aj the brainiac..

    disgraceful………

  626. rconn23 September 1st, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    This is where Joba’s struggles this year really hurt the team.

    If Joba had shown progress, he could have taken one of the top three spots in the postseason rotation. Now you’re in a spot where you have to count on Burnett.

    And he simply isn’t reliable right now.

  627. Bryan September 1st, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    wow good one djsunyc

    tool

  628. Pat M. September 1st, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Man that fastball was grooved….Tee shot

  629. RalphieD (OPPC) September 1st, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    “The problem is AJ’s and not Posada’s. Its that simple.

    Meltdown City again because he didn’t cover first base.

    At this point, he’s a 2 inning starting pitcher in the post-season. Get 2 out of him and go to the pen in his starts in the post-season.”

    and what team has their starter go two innings in the playoffs and get 7 from their bullpen on purpose?

  630. djsunyc September 1st, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Bryan September 1st, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    wow good one djsunyc

    tool

    ——–

    tool? how does one recover from that one?

  631. Betsy September 1st, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    I read somewhere that AJ is only averaging 93 on his FB……maybe there’s something wrong with him?

  632. S.A.--Serenity Now September 1st, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    That was Atrocious by AJ. :(
    Let’s get the lead back now

  633. Abdababdaserser September 1st, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    OK, who did the body switch with AJ? He just isn’t pitching well at all now. Maybe he should be skipped a game to rest and get his head back together.

  634. haiku-man September 1st, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    AJ is at 97 pitches,my blood is boiling,please don’t return.

  635. Jeremy September 1st, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Hey just make A.J. the starter in game 3. At least you have your two top guys in a row. But like I said this was a horrible start by A.J. but I expect better down the stretch and in October.

  636. MG September 1st, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    for the record, using the standard MLB stat for quality starts of 6+ innings and 3 or less runs, AJ has made 19 quality starts out of 26 before tonight. And some of you want him tortured for pitching like crap tonight.

  637. Enough Walks September 1st, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    the issue is not aj and posada…the issue all of a sudden is the yanks going into the playoffs with two spots in their rotation that CAN NOT be relied on…aj and joba…

  638. stuart September 1st, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    yea there is something wrong with aj. it is between his ears.

    what a joke.. the guy has given up 11 hits, grooving homers left and right…yea it is pitch selection from the 38 yr old catcher!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  639. Cousin Bob September 1st, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    This my friends was AJ the Blue Jays knew so well. It is all in his head.

  640. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    MG September 1st, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Carl, in your infinite wisdom, why did AJ have a sub 3.00 ERA pitching to Jorge in July and now shouldn’t be pitching to him? The world awaits your answer.

    Ask AJ. I bet he will tell you Posada.

  641. djsunyc September 1st, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    i guess this thread has officially turned into the AJ PANIC GAME THREAD!!!

    take a deep breath and exhale.

    cc + aj are unproven commodities come postseason regardless of what they’ve done in the regular season.

    the only proven postseason starter we have is andy.

    so aj can go 6-0 with a 0.92 era down the stretch, but october is a different animal as CC showed milwaukee last year.

  642. Betsy September 1st, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    MG, that’s how I look at it ………Tex was brutal back then and AJ is brutal now. The concerining thing, though, is not covering first.

  643. YanksFan- District 9 was awesome September 1st, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Being such an inconsistent pitcher, the Yankees offseason mission #1 is to find an adequate #2.

  644. jackbod September 1st, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    yes he has not been great the last few games but he has also been really good at times. that’s who he is! he’s inconsistent however give him at least one year here and some playoff games in pinstripes before u guys start making comparisons to other yankees! the guy has alot of ability and hopefully he turns this bad stretch around!

  645. Enough Walks September 1st, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    well at least he throws pies in people’s faces…

  646. Jeremy September 1st, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    If the bullpen can hold it here the Yanks have a chance to come back.

  647. djphin September 1st, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    I have always been a big AJ fan but now I am worried.

  648. SJ44 September 1st, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    The team that doesn’t have a dependable starter in the #2 slot in the post-season.

    They aren’t going to leave him out there to meltdown in the post-season.

    In the ALDS, you only need 3 starters because of the schedule.

    You double up AJ and Joba together in the Game 2 starter if AJ meltsdown. Or, double him up with Aceves.

    Either way, once he gets ready to melt down in the post-season, you have to have a short hook.

    Obviously, you don’t want to do it but, he leaves you no choice.

    The meltdowns happen in every start now. You just to prepare accordingly in the post-season when he does it in October.

  649. RalphieD (OPPC) September 1st, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    “I read somewhere that AJ is only averaging 93 on his FB……maybe there’s something wrong with him?”

    according to fangraphs he is averaging 94.2 for the year (2008 94.4)…i dont think that is the reason…

    http://www.fangraphs.com/pitch.....position=P

  650. MG September 1st, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    19 quality starts out of 27 isn’t all that bad, how many quality starts does Jon Lester have?

  651. The Ghost September 1st, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    This is where an inexperienced modern manager hurts the Yankees. If Earl Weaver or Billy Martin were managing for the Yankees AJ would have been sitting on the bench before Teixiera threw the ball to no one, and he’d probably miss his next start as well. If a pitcher is too tired to cover first he should be sent to bed early.

  652. djsunyc September 1st, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    jeter – the man, the myth, the legend…

  653. Joe from Long Island September 1st, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    I have to ask a question.

    Do people really feel AJ is “gutless” tonight?

    To me, that implies that one is cowardly, doesn’t care, etc. I don’t get that impression about AJ. Of course, I could be wrong, as I’m judging from a great distance. But my perception about AJ is that he does care, and truly wants to do well. Sure, he had a brain cramp there with that play at first.

    But I think his biggest problem the past month is that he’s not had good control; ie, his pitches stink.

    Whether it’s mechanical, or related to confidence I don’t know. That’s something for Joe and Dave Eiland to figure out.

    But, I think he’s just in a slump, and subsequently stinks. I don’t it necessarily is because of any lack of inner fortitude.

    Just my opinion.

  654. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    The Ghost

    Posada wouldn’t be catching him if that was the case.

  655. MG September 1st, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    the answer is 17…

    And 16 for Josh Beckett…

  656. SJ44 September 1st, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    It doesn’t matter what AJ says Carl. That’s what you seem to have a hard time grasping.

    They aren’t sitting Posada for Burnett. That won’t make him cover first base, pitch smarter, and throw strikes.

    Take Posada out tonight, and the game is a laugher for the Orioles.

    If AJ can’t get it together, he will be on a short leash in the post-season while Posada starts every game.

    As it should be.

  657. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    AJ’s struggle in the last inning was my fault. I kept thinking if I get in the shower, after he will pitch better.

    I was just about to step into the shower when I heard the home run call. I just wasn’t quick enough…

    Johnny will knock them in now…

  658. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Betsy
    September 1st, 2009 at 8:58 pm
    LOL GB……..maybe if no one else is reading our posts, they won’t know about how thoughtful you are. I won’t tell anyone if you don’t. Let them continue to think you are the same curmudgeon you’ve always been.

    ————————————————————

    That’s a deal, Betsy. No sense in destroying everyone’s dreams. That would be like letting them know that there isn’t an Easter Bunny or Santa Claus. I can’t have that weighing heavily on my mind.

  659. first place September 1st, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Enough Walks September 1st, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    well at least he throws pies in people’s faces…

    …even those he misses the target too much

  660. randy l. September 1st, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    aj has a 4.3 era which is just about league average.

    82.5 million for league average is a lot of money.

  661. Pepitone September 1st, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    There ain’t no way to spin this folks -

    Burnett’s line: 5 innings 11 hits 6 runs 2 walks 2 strike outs and 2 home runs against the Orioles????

    The guy stinks, that’s all there is to it.

  662. Betsy September 1st, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Ralphie, I was thinking in just the last few starts. I’m fine with AJ not throwing the ball through the wall – he doesn’t need to through 96-98 to succeed. However, if he’s only avg 93 now………that just seems kind of funny. Perhaps it’s fatigue?

    Obviously AJ is a favorite of mine – but I am having a hard time with him not covering first. I don’t get it……just don’t get it.

  663. djsunyc September 1st, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    i think just as big as seeing how our players perform in october, it will be equally as big seeing how girardi manages the team. how much rope will he give some players? will he ask people to bunt that haven’t shown the ability to? will he try to steal bases or play it safe? i’m slightly more intrigued by his performance over the players.

  664. Uncle Ellsworth (#2 needs 9 to tie #4) September 1st, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Do it for Johnny!

  665. SJ44 September 1st, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Yeah, that manager has done a horrible job with the team this year.

    Read the standings and get back to me.

    If Posada wasn’t catching tonight, AJ would still be pitching like crap and the deficit would be greater.

    We have some real geniuses in here tonight.

  666. Pepitone September 1st, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    SJ44 – “If AJ can’t get it together, he will be on a short leash in the post-season while Posada starts every game.
    As it should be.”
    ==========

    Agreed 100%

  667. MG September 1st, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    this is the same blog that was repeatedly saying, ‘CC isn’t an Ace’ and ‘Pettitte sucks, DFA him now’ about a month ago. Excuse me if I don’t place much significance to all of this.

  668. Tunnel Man September 1st, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Considering AJ career long problems, wasn’t it a mistake for (dare I say it) Cashman to sign him :)

  669. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    SJ44

    It does matter because its been an issue for the past month in a half.

  670. djsunyc September 1st, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Erica – always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    AJ’s struggle in the last inning was my fault. I kept thinking if I get in the shower, after he will pitch better.

    I was just about to step into the shower when I heard the home run call. I just wasn’t quick enough…

    Johnny will knock them in now…

    ———–

    erica, in a blog full of men who’s testosterone is flowing, it’s borderline evil for you to tease us about getting in the shower…

  671. RalphieD (OPPC) September 1st, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    “Ralphie, I was thinking in just the last few starts. I’m fine with AJ not throwing the ball through the wall – he doesn’t need to through 96-98 to succeed. However, if he’s only avg 93 now………that just seems kind of funny. Perhaps it’s fatigue?”

    where did you see that he is averaging just 93?

  672. Jeremy September 1st, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    djsunyc
    Your right. No one knows how A.J. will perform in the postseason, he had a great stretch in June and July so who’s to say that might not happen in late Sept. Oct.
    He is inconsistent but when he is on a run and has better command he is one of the best. I wouldn’t write him off yet until the postseason. Then if he sucks you guys can call him Kevin Brown or Vasquez.

    I remember when CC was struggling people were calling him a bust, hey pitchers go through bad stretches.

  673. Betsy September 1st, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Joe, I agree……..I don’t call any player gutless as that’s about the worst thing you can do. Just because a player doesn’t execute doesn’t make him gutless, lazy, garbage or any other negative adjective.

  674. cashman needs to go September 1st, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    look on the bright side….aj makes us look forward to joba’s starts……or was it vice versa?

  675. djsunyc September 1st, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    SJ44 September 1st, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Yeah, that manager has done a horrible job with the team this year.

    Read the standings and get back to me.

    If Posada wasn’t catching tonight, AJ would still be pitching like crap and the deficit would be greater.

    We have some real geniuses in here tonight.

    ———–

    i’m not sure if that was directed to me but if so, then you’ve misinterpreted what i wrote.

  676. djsunyc September 1st, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Jeremy September 1st, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    djsunyc
    Your right. No one knows how A.J. will perform in the postseason, he had a great stretch in June and July so who’s to say that might not happen in late Sept. Oct.
    He is inconsistent but when he is on a run and has better command he is one of the best. I wouldn’t write him off yet until the postseason. Then if he sucks you guys can call him Kevin Brown or Vasquez.

    I remember when CC was struggling people were calling him a bust, hey pitchers go through bad stretches.

    ——-

    exactly…time will reveal all in october. we will see who’s primetime and who’s not. for our sake, i hope they deliver the goods.

  677. beedogs September 1st, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    wow, nice called strike on tex there, ump.

  678. djsunyc September 1st, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    wow – what a crazy strike 3 call…

  679. Trevor September 1st, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    That was high.

  680. Betsy September 1st, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Ralphie, I read on NYYFans.com that the YES gun had AJ at about 93…I really don’t think that’s his problem, I guess I’m thinking out loud, lol.

    AJ is very, very capable of turning this around. We still have a month to go before the playoffs – fortunately.

  681. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    SJ44

    And SJ44 knows how each scenario would work out if someone was in and out of the lineup! Let me break out my crystal ball! Nope you’re wrong.

  682. Joe from Long Island September 1st, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    No, I don’t think it was a mistake to sign AJ.

    The Yanks’ major problem last season was lack of quality starting pitching. So, Cash went and got the two best starters on the market.

    Now, AJ clearly stinks. But he had a run there where he was lights out. He really pitched well. But that’s AJ – either very good or very bad. He’s in a bad stretch now. Better now, on September 1 than September 30, or October something.

    But he has some good starts this year. Let’s hope that he gets it straightened out and comes out of this funk.

  683. Jeremy September 1st, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    LOL I love how everyone is attacking A.J. I remember back in July all you people were saying how great he is and how CC sucked and Andy needed to retire. Some of you change your minds so easily LOL !

  684. Benny Blanco September 1st, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    AJ’ era which was about a 3.67 a month ago has now ballooned to a 4.30.

  685. PD September 1st, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    horrible call

  686. djsunyc September 1st, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    unclutch arod…

  687. rb September 1st, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Thank you Alex!

  688. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    I wish A-Rod was more clutch :-(

  689. Benny Blanco September 1st, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    thanks arod. keep being unclutch!

  690. Tunnel Man September 1st, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    This is all Cashman’s fault. Peter begged him not to sign AJ based on his erratic career results, but C-Money wouldn’t listen.

    This is almost as bad as Cash’s Kei Igawa disaster.

  691. RalphieD (OPPC) September 1st, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    “Ralphie, I read on NYYFans.com that the YES gun had AJ at about 93…I really don’t think that’s his problem, I guess I’m thinking out loud, lol.”

    the YES gun is EXTREMELY inconsistent…more so than AJ…i dont put 1 ounce of belief in that gun..

    good job arod

  692. swingsandmisses September 1st, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Pitch F/X has AJ’s average four seamer at 93 and max fastball is 95.6 today: http://brooksbaseball.net. He doesn’t have his fastest stuff.

  693. SJ44 September 1st, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Carl,

    How was tonight an issue between AJ and Posada? Really, the guy pitched like crap and it had nothing to do with the catcher.

    Just because somebody pitches badly, it doesn’t mean its the catcher’s fault.

    In this case, did Posada make AJ not cover first and meltdown? That’s what happened.

    The only issue is AJ is pitching poorly.

    Posada isn’t going anywhere. If AJ can’t get it together, then the Yankees will have to make adjustments.

    One adjustment WON’T be, nor should be, sitting Posada.

  694. igotid88 September 1st, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Why was Melky looking? Just run home.

  695. Rose September 1st, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    AJ had a great year in his walk year, got big money from the Yanks.
    But, look at his career stats. He is basically a .500 pitcher who walks too many. And occasionally, throws some great games.

  696. Pel September 1st, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    BANDBOX!@!111111111

  697. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 1st, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Alex is just SO unclutch. :-P

  698. Enough Walks September 1st, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    big hit there…

  699. djsunyc September 1st, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    wow…this ump is pumped up for the K’s…

  700. Pel September 1st, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    :/

  701. Benny Blanco September 1st, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    ball.

  702. Joe from Long Island September 1st, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    We were at that game April 2008 when Alex hit a walk off GS against Ray.

    I was just thinking that when Alex got that single off Ray. I swear Alex was smiling that AB. Must have had the same thought.

  703. Trevor September 1st, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Angel Hernandez really sucks at his job.

  704. YankeesLuv September 1st, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    that was a strike? oh well at least the game is tied.

  705. Tunnel Man September 1st, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Erica – always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    I wish A-Rod was more clutch :-(
    ======================================

    But is ARod a real Yankee? (/snark)

  706. M September 1st, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Game 2 ALCS AJ vs. Lester

    As a NYY fan i am scared to death of this matchup.

  707. Enough Walks September 1st, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    100 percent rose…but if we did not have aj who would we have…

  708. PD September 1st, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    thank u Dave Trembley who brings in Chris Ray, to face a guy that is 4-8 with 2 homers against him. Smart managing for sure.

  709. djsunyc September 1st, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    6-2 boston, they are driving a nail into the tampa bay coffin…

  710. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 1st, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    I am *so* over the whole AJ/Posada Celebrity Deathmatch showdown. *sigh*

    It’s a dead horse, already.

  711. haiku-man September 1st, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    If Joe brings AJ back anywhere near this game,he’s stoopid!

    The Yankees are struggling against the Orioles,pawleese,not for nothin.

  712. Trev September 1st, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Pete was right on the money about AJ this winter. Stop looking at the talent, look at the results.

  713. miggs - GTLU Reigning Champion September 1st, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Bring in Aceves.

  714. SJ44 September 1st, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    I’m not wrong at all carl.

    You haven’t made a single, logical argument tonight in deciding Posada must be at fault for AJ’s night.

    I don’t need a “crystal ball” to understand pitching. You don’t understand pitching.

    When you don’t throw strikes, don’t cover first base, and meltdown when you don’t cover first base, that’s not on the catcher. That’s on the pitcher.

  715. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 1st, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    As long as the Yankees keeping taking care of their own business, who cares what Boston does.

  716. Enough Walks September 1st, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    alcs game 2 lester vs pettitte not aj…

  717. Nick in SF in Lake Tahoe September 1st, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    “Ask AJ. I bet he will tell you Posada.”

    If AJ were to believe that — and actually say that — wouldn’t that make him a much bigger knucklehead than people think he is already?

  718. miggs - GTLU Reigning Champion September 1st, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Wow.

    Shocked Burnett is still pitching.

    Maybe Girardi is scared of him?

  719. Enough Walks September 1st, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    this divison is over…who cares about boston…

  720. Jeremy September 1st, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Joe from Long Island

    Your right. Like you said A.J. was the best pitcher on the staff for more then two months. People need to understand that a pitcher like A.J. will have really good stretches and really bad ones. I’m just glad he’s having it now, then later.

    But no one should call him a bust unless he pulls a Kevin Brown in the playoffs.

  721. Scott September 1st, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    It’s not just one performance. This is just AJ being AJ. An up and down pitcher just like his career indicates. No way you can trust this guy in October.

  722. randy l. September 1st, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    “But that’s AJ – either very good or very bad. He’s in a bad stretch now. Better now, on September 1 than September 30, or October something.”

    joe from long island-

    good point. what he’s doing now probably has nothing to do with how he’ll pitch in a month.

    that’s the hope anyway.

  723. Tunnel Man September 1st, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    # Rose September 1st, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    AJ had a great year in his walk year, got big money from the Yanks.
    But, look at his career stats. He is basically a .500 pitcher who walks too many. And occasionally, throws some great games.
    ===============================================

    Exactly. That’s why it’s all Cashman’s fault. He was warned, not only by AJ’s career stats and flaky behavior, but by Peter, no less. Yet C-Money stubbornly didn’t listen.

  724. Enough Walks September 1st, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    is that aj pitching? confused

  725. M September 1st, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Game 3 in Fenway even worse for the NYY if AJ is on the mound.

  726. haiku-man September 1st, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Has Joe lost his ever lovin mind,bringing AJ THE RUN THROWER BACK OUT?

  727. w/e September 1st, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Posada’s was a legitimate K:

    http://brooksbaseball.net/pfx/.....v_size=500

    Teixeira’s? Not so much:

    http://brooksbaseball.net/pfx/.....v_size=500

  728. PD September 1st, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Here’s burnett’s problem: Some games he isn’t focused and has his head up his ass, and he tries to strike everyone or throw every single pitch a millimeter off the plate. Instead of trusting his stuff and just going after guys, he tries to K everyone and ends up walking way too many guys. THen he grooves a couple cuz he wants to stop walking guys (like he doesn’t realize it’s his fault in the first place), and after he grooves one or two of course they get crushed. Just go after guys earlier in the count sometimes, u’ll still get your K’s, he’s gotta stop walking the weak hitters

  729. miggs - GTLU Reigning Champion September 1st, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    If you watch replays of all the hits you can see in slow motion Jorge moving his glove to anticipate catching the ball.

    Burnett is missing his target by a lot in most of those hits.

    Every time.

    You just see Jorge moving, Burnett isn’t hitting his spots at all.

  730. Burner September 1st, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    You almost have to start him in game 2 because if you put him on the road in a pressurized game 3 situation, he is almost certainly going to crap the bed. Andy has stones, that’s the spot for him.

    Put AJ at home and pray that he can pitch an OK game against Detroit’s RH lineup. If you have the lead after 4 or 5… pull him. Sad that this is the guy getting paid $82 million, a guy we have no idea what we get each start.

  731. Enough Walks September 1st, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    good point..M good point

  732. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 1st, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    More annoying was the first-pitch called strike. It was B.S.

    Can’t believe this discussion persists. I’ve been posting on another site and decided to scroll through the comments here.

    At this point, I’ve had it with diplomacy (even though I know one should never reach that point).

    But really, this precludes serious debate. Anyone who sounds this note is tone deaf and baseball dumb. Sorry, I just can’t believe my eyes.

    How about if AJ Burnett throws his very decent changeup a little more often than once every 3 million batters? Or his 2-seamer, which induces ground balls?

    How about it, huh? We know Posada has encourage this. This guy’s two-pitch diet is killing any specialness he has.

    Either throw the other pitches to mix it up or send him to the BP.

    How’s that for obtuse logic, boyos?

    Could it be that “AJ BURNETT IS NOT A STAHTIN’ PITCHA!”

    Lol.

  733. rb September 1st, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Is Michael Kay reading the LoHud blog?

  734. Nick in SF in Lake Tahoe September 1st, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Get three outs and you can still win this game, AJ. :)

  735. igotid88 September 1st, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    I wonder how Hughes will do when he comes in. He’s had trouble in Camden Yards.

  736. MG September 1st, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    so, if AJ wasn’t signed, who would have been the Yankees #2 starter this season? Who would have 19 quality starts out of 27 including tonights stinker?

    Some of you need to learn something about baseball.

  737. Yanks 17 September 1st, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    The funny part is that he is perfectly capable of pitching a great game in the playoffs? If he doesn’t, though? Ed Whinston part 2. He is going to be treated so badly if he performs poorly… ouch.

  738. Tunnel Man September 1st, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Scott September 1st, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    It’s not just one performance. This is just AJ being AJ. An up and down pitcher just like his career indicates. No way you can trust this guy in October.
    =====================================

    It’s mystifying. First Kei Igawa, now AJ. Given his erratic career, how in the Heck could Cashman invest soo, sooo much in a guy you can’t obviously count on for October.

  739. YankeesLuv September 1st, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    omg Tex had a error? :o

  740. Enough Walks September 1st, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    for a last place team the orioles do have a decent line up

  741. Pel September 1st, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    good riddance

  742. Pepitone September 1st, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Boy, the Yankees are playing like they have this division sewed up.

    There heads are not into this game, not at all.

    Teixeira never misses a play like that.

  743. Josh September 1st, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Well MG The Yankees were counting a lot of Wang giving them a nineteen win season remember. Didn’t happen of course but if Wang was in this rotation and was performing up to the numbers he put up in the past…The Yankees wouldn’t be so reliant on Burnett as they are right now.

    In fact its almost eye opening to think how sick this rotation would be with a healthy Wang slotted between Sabathia and Burnett. It’s possible they could be ten games up on the Sox at least by now

  744. Enough Walks September 1st, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    that was a rough outing…

  745. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    SJ44

    wooo I don’t understand pitching because AJ doesn’t hits his spots and blames Posada. Way to go SJ44. Lets keep running these 2 out every start so we can watch this over and over again.

  746. RalphieD (OPPC) September 1st, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    “Boy, the Yankees are playing like they have this division sewed up.
    There heads are not into this game, not at all.
    Teixeira never misses a play like that.”

    really? i dont think so at all

  747. djsunyc September 1st, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    i’m a big marte fan. i rank him 3rd as most trusted after hughes + aceves.

  748. MG September 1st, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    my point is who should have been signed instead of AJ for the rotation?

    John Smoltz?
    Brad Penny?
    Ben Sheets?
    Derek Lowe? (4 years older, 4.38 ERA in the NL East)

    Anyone else you can think of?

  749. Dave September 1st, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Another great outing by Bustnett… if he is unable to beat one of the worst teams in baseball whose offense has been slumping for months, what is he going to do against Detroit?

    So unreliable. Mediocre April, terrible May, good June, great July, abysmal August, and now off to a terrible start in Sept. Jives right with his career. Never extended dominance, just streaks.

  750. Enough Walks September 1st, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    a clean inning would have been nice..

  751. Rose September 1st, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    SJ44

    Glad you are back.

    Unfortunately, the Posada haters are back also. No matter what you say, they are blinded by their hatred for Posada.

  752. djsunyc September 1st, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    cano is nuts…

  753. igotid88 September 1st, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    I guess Tex won’t get a gold glove now.

  754. first place September 1st, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    haha kay just said coke’s been great all year

  755. RalphieD (OPPC) September 1st, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    can these right fielder catch those balls so cano doesnt have to make those types of plays…please!

  756. S.A.--Serenity Now September 1st, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Let’s get the lead for good now

  757. Josh September 1st, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Burnett did not have a mediocre April (at least as I remember it) – In fact he spent most of the month cleaning up the messes that Wang had made and stopping Yankee losing streaks.

    In fact he almost had a no hitter against The Rays in his second or third start of the year.

  758. S. Lanninham September 1st, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Burnett is putrid. Anybody here trust him in a playoff game ? Not me.

  759. haiku-man September 1st, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    This late in the season,and AJ,STILL can’t pitch?

    Marte 4 pitches does the job.

  760. Pepitone September 1st, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Was that really Cano’s play, or should he have deferred to Hinske?

    I always thought on a ball like that, the outfielder had the play.

    Am I right or wrong on that?

  761. Tunnel Man September 1st, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    It’s simply incredible to think C-Money signed AJ to a 5-year contract paying him $16.5 per year!?!?!

    What was Cash thinking!?!?!?

    What a disaster!

  762. Enough Walks September 1st, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    yanks will have 10 runs before this mess of a baseball game is over..

  763. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    S. Lanninham September 1st, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Burnett is putrid. Anybody here trust him in a playoff game ? Not me.

    Can you trust CC? Joba?

  764. nygiants72 September 1st, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Micheal Kay just discussed the Posada/AJ saga.He said AJ went to Girardi (on the day Molina caught) & wanted Jorgie to catch him.

    Can this pointless debate of Posada v. Aj end already?

  765. djsunyc September 1st, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    cano is such a good hitter…oh my…

  766. MG September 1st, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    that Cano never hustles, does he?

    another myth, he busted it that time.

  767. NY Cat September 1st, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    This guy always had risks associated with him. It wasn’t the case where “health was the only question”, like some have suggested.

    That may be the case for someone like Mark Prior of a few years ago or Ben Sheets or someone… a guy with a track record of dominance when healthy. Burnett has always been a streaky pitcher with control problems and questions about his mental makeup. He was always an underachiever.

    We’re getting exactly what we signed up for. Those who followed his career know that. Just have to pray he gets hot in October again. If he doesn’t, it’s going to be rough sailing for him as far as his career in NY.

  768. BigSix September 1st, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Can we trash the ALCS talk and focus on Verlander, Jackson and Porcello instead?

    Honestly why the hypotheticals about a Red Sox ALCS already?

    What has anyone learned since 2005?

  769. djsunyc September 1st, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    SWISHALICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!

  770. rb September 1st, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Swish!!!!

  771. Benny Blanco September 1st, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    This team is incredible

  772. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Can’t believe that Cano was out there showboating, again. Why doesn’t he just play 2nd base like the rest of the MLB 2nd basemen. Now, he show’s off with a meaningless double.

  773. Pel September 1st, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    CANO & SWISHER SAY WHAT?!!?!?!?

  774. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Wow. This park was made for Swisher.

    Seriously. Maybe he should be an Oriole. LOL

  775. RalphieD (OPPC) September 1st, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    hit like that at home swish!

  776. first place September 1st, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    swishalicious

  777. Pat M. September 1st, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    I’ve said this several times , come 2011, AJ will be the best # 4 pitcher in baseball……He also will be the best paid # 4 pitcher in baseball

  778. RS September 1st, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    I can’t believe Swisher has more homeruns in this ballpark than in Yankee Stadium. Lol!

  779. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    nygiants72 September 1st, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Micheal Kay just discussed the Posada/AJ saga.He said AJ went to Girardi (on the day Molina caught) & wanted Jorgie to catch him.

    Can this pointless debate of Posada v. Aj end already?

    Stop sending him out there with Posada and let him suck with Molina. We won’t have to hear it all then.

    SWISH!!!

  780. beedogs September 1st, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    NOCK SWOSHER

  781. vtyankeefan-the original!! September 1st, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Swish!!!!! Sweet!!!!!

  782. Karen September 1st, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Swisharoo!!!!

  783. rb September 1st, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Can the Yanks hold it this time, please?

  784. djsunyc September 1st, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    KING OF CAMDEN!!!!!!

  785. Pel September 1st, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    HOLY COW!!!!!!!!!!11111111

  786. Trevor September 1st, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Why doesn’t Swisher do this at YS? Everyone hits HRs there except him.

  787. BigSix September 1st, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Chris Ray has been the Yankees BP pitcher for the past several years – feel for the guy – he just can’t get anyone out.

  788. first place September 1st, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    belly to belly

  789. Jeremy September 1st, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Well Torre would always start Clemens in game 3 because they found out that he couldn’t handle game 1 or game 2 mentally. There are stats that showed that despite the career of Clemens his stats in the postseason in Game 1 situations were horrible.

    Maybe Girardi might have to adjust the matchups to make A.J. comfortable mentally like Torre did with Clemens.

  790. grafxkid September 1st, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Pandemonium!!!

  791. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    lol Hinske!

  792. haiku-man September 1st, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Sweet Jesus Swisher got a HR, S W I S H E R!

  793. d September 1st, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Why wouldn’t you trust CC in the playoffs? Just because of his SSS track record in them?

    CC is an elite top tier pitcher with a track record of dominance. Not a boom-or-bust proposition like Burnett is.

  794. Pel September 1st, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Brian Cashman got Nick Swisher for Wilson Betemit.

    KEEP THAT IN MIND!

  795. MG September 1st, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    this team is unbelievable, just unbelievable…

  796. Yay! September 1st, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    John Sterling said it!

  797. beedogs September 1st, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    EROC HONSKE

  798. rb September 1st, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Can we have another, please? :)

  799. BigSix September 1st, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Like I said…can’t get anyone out…

  800. RalphieD (OPPC) September 1st, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    you can thank me for hinske homerun

    “RalphieD (OPPC)
    September 1st, 2009 at 8:47 pm
    hinkse= 5 for his last 32 :(…ouch”

  801. Pel September 1st, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Talk about picking up your pitcher.

  802. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    I wish this Burnett bashing would stop. I do not understand it. Would you folks prefer Mitre or Gaudin taking his spot??? Obviously if a pitcher doesn’t pitch 7 perfect innings he is gutless and worthless. Bad starts happen. Get over it. Its spoiled fans like that who expect constant perfection that make the rest of baseball hate Yankee fans.

    Burnett has taken the ball every 5 days as scheduled all season. This team has 85 (almost 86 wins). He can’t be that terrible.

  803. Benny Blanco September 1st, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    what the heck is going on?? does sterling even have a voice anymore?

  804. djsunyc September 1st, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    what the heck was that handshake between swish and hinske?

  805. vtyankeefan-the original!! September 1st, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Hinske delivers!!!!

  806. Yay! September 1st, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Well he forgot to say back to back…. but he did say Hinske with your best shot. Enjoyable.

  807. Pel September 1st, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    That’s why you hustle out of the box!

  808. Enough Walks September 1st, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    what happened to chris ray……….

  809. Pepitone September 1st, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Nick Swisher – 2 run home run to put the Yanks up 8-6!

    Another guy some people thought Cashman made a mistake in signing.

    I think Cashman knows more about this game the all of us combined. Swisher has been a revelation this year.

    Also, although Burnett has been stinkin’ up the joint lately, I agree with Cashman in signing him. He was the second best pitcher out there. I hope he comes out of it soon, because the team is really going to need the “good” Burnett come playoff time. Personally, I think he will.

    But, right now, he’s pooping his pants.

  810. MG September 1st, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Marte is going to get a cheap win here…

  811. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 1st, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Yeah umm…so where are the Pedroia people who said Cano isn’t in the same cough cough class?

    Or umm…maybe those who insisted he “has to be moved” so we could sign Orlando Hudson, instead?

  812. pat September 1st, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Thank you Dave Trembley

  813. CUYanks September 1st, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Hinske with your best shot!

  814. Enough Walks September 1st, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    burnett has been durable…he has not missed a start..i will give him that..

  815. m September 1st, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    J Geils,

    Only when Sterling says it. lol.

  816. haiku-man September 1st, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Knock Knock,who’s there,Melkman delivered!

  817. PD September 1st, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    i love Chris Ray… he is a recipe for disaster against the Yankees… man this team can rip the ball… The Bronx Bombers are backkkkkkk

  818. MG September 1st, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    September 1st, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Burnett has taken the ball every 5 days as scheduled all season. This team has 85 (almost 86 wins). He can’t be that terrible.
    ——————————————–
    Erica, that makes way too much sense for this blog on a night when the starting pitcher is lousy.

  819. lee September 1st, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    kevin james just went back to back with swisher

  820. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    One the infield hit by Cabrera, Cano makes that play BECAUS of the way he throws. He’s the only one that would have. Very Manny Trillo-like. Maybe the Cano whiners should remember that. No wasted motion.

  821. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 1st, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    GreenBeret7
    September 1st, 2009 at 9:36 pm
    Can’t believe that Cano was out there showboating, again. Why doesn’t he just play 2nd base like the rest of the MLB 2nd basemen. Now, he show’s off with a meaningless double.
    ===

    That’s what you get from players with a sense of entitlement, who don’t feel they have to work or sweat for anything. They think the world owes them. Look how clean that uniform is!

  822. PD September 1st, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    WE TRADED WILSON BETEMIT FOR SWISHER HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAH

  823. Benny Blanco September 1st, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    This team has so many players that hit homeruns.

  824. Tunnel Man September 1st, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Is Swisher a real Yankee?

  825. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    MG-

    I will try to be more illogical next time :-)

  826. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 1st, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    GreenBeret7
    September 1st, 2009 at 9:42 pm
    One the infield hit by Cabrera, Cano makes that play BECAUS of the way he throws. He’s the only one that would have. Very Manny Trillo-like. Maybe the Cano whiners should remember that. No wasted motion.
    =====

    Remember it? The “Cano whiners” can’t even comprehend it. You’re giving them waaaayyy too much credit, friend.

  827. MG September 1st, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    GreenBeret7
    September 1st, 2009 at 9:42 pm
    One the infield hit by Cabrera, Cano makes that play BECAUS of the way he throws. He’s the only one that would have. Very Manny Trillo-like. Maybe the Cano whiners should remember that. No wasted motion.
    ——————————————
    GB, there you go applying logic to baseball. Cano is a career under achiever, don’t you know that, who will never amount to anything. Bring back Homer Bush, he hustled all the time!!!!

  828. Dave September 1st, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Why wouldn’t you trust CC in the playoffs? Just because of his SSS track record in them?

    CC is an elite top tier pitcher with a track record of dominance. Not a boom-or-bust proposition like Burnett is./

  829. rb September 1st, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    swishalicious – Sounds so gay. Don’t like that call

    ——–

    I read that Swisher didn’t like “Jolly old St. Nick” (can’t imagine why, hehe) and asked John to use Swishalicious. It’s from his days with Oakland.

  830. John September 1st, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Randy Johnson and Jaret Wright were on the team that won 97 games in 06… I guess they were not doing much bad either.

    A good team isin’t capable of carrying a less than great player? What?

  831. Uncle Ellsworth (#2 needs 9 to tie #4) September 1st, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    I think DEEP down in his heart Jeter wants to break the record at home

  832. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    bodhisattva – Destiny Wears Pinstripes
    September 1st, 2009 at 9:43 pm
    GreenBeret7
    September 1st, 2009 at 9:36 pm
    Can’t believe that Cano was out there showboating, again. Why doesn’t he just play 2nd base like the rest of the MLB 2nd basemen. Now, he show’s off with a meaningless double.
    ===

    That’s what you get from players with a sense of entitlement, who don’t feel they have to work or sweat for anything. They think the world owes them. Look how clean that uniform is!

    ————————————————————

    Yep. They only have to wash Cano’s uniform once a week. I like those false hustle guys that always look like they’re trying, whether they do something or not.

  833. Nyyankspg September 1st, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Anybody hear nething bout Gardner ?????

  834. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Dave

    That hasn’t stopped him from doing bad the past 2 years. CC is my boy and I hope I’m wrong though.

  835. AndrewYF September 1st, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    SJ44 – you said that if Cano put up a strong season this year you’d trade him ‘in a heartbeat’ to extract full value from him. What say you now?

  836. randy l. September 1st, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    “He can’t be that terrible.”

    is he worth 82.5 million?

    for 82.5 million , he has to be better than a 4.3 era .

    4.3era is for the whole year counting the good and the bad.

    no one pays 82.5 for league average if they know that’s what they are going to get.

    aj has to step it up if he’s going to earn his money.

  837. Sey September 1st, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    The problem is people are just making blanket statement like “He’ll turn it around” and “He’ll be fine in October” with no basis of it.

    Bashing the guy’s heart and desire is bad… taking it to the other extreme and thinking everything is rosy and there is no questions mark at all is just as bad.

  838. Enough Walks September 1st, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    10 runs maybe…

  839. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    MPB Johnny Damon = Awesome :grin:

  840. Tunnel Man September 1st, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Another dominate 1-2-3 for Wagner. Gotta give Theo credit.

  841. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    randy l.

    In the playoffs. Not September.

  842. Frost September 1st, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Yeah… how dare we express disappointment for a pitcher who is coming off a 6 ERA month and put up another poor performance against a last place team, a few short weeks before October!

    Who cares what he did in July? Just because he had a great July, it automatically means he’ll have a great October?

    By that logic, CC is going to suck in October because he sucked in April.

  843. YankeeRay September 1st, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    J Geils
    September 1st, 2009 at 9:44 pm
    Wagner in the Sox game.

    ——-

    Throwing heat. He makes them a different team late in the game. Just sayin

  844. MG September 1st, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Sey, AJ has 6 or 7 starts left, if he’s still pitching like he did tonight at the end of September it will be cause for some concern but right now I’ll assume he will turn it around. He’s not hurt, no loss in velocity, just lousy location and command-that’s usually a mechanical issue that can be addressed and fixed.

  845. Enough Walks September 1st, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    lets not underestimate how terrible the o’s bullpen is..

  846. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Tunnel Man September 1st, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Another dominate 1-2-3 for Wagner. Gotta give Theo credit.

    Just like the untouchable Brad Penny right?

  847. Jeremy September 1st, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Well Torre would always start Clemens in game 3 situations because they found out that he couldn’t handle game 1 or game 2 mentally. There are stats that showed that despite the career of Clemens his stats in the postseason in Game 1 situations were horrible. And his Game 7 stats were alright.

    Maybe Girardi might have to adjust the matchups to make A.J. comfortable mentally like Torre did with Clemens. Some pitchers can handle certain situations and some can’t.

    But we will have to see if Burnett will show up or turn into another Kenny Rogers or Kevin Brown.

  848. Al September 1st, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Wagner is dominating… 5 of his 6 outs have been Ks for Boston.

    Great pickup for them. They finally have a legit SU man and don’t need to turn guys like Okijima, Ramirez, Delcarmen etc. into that.

  849. Tunnel Man September 1st, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    randy l. September 1st, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    “He can’t be that terrible.”

    is he worth 82.5 million?

    for 82.5 million , he has to be better than a 4.3 era .

    4.3era is for the whole year counting the good and the bad.

    no one pays 82.5 for league average if they know that’s what they are going to get.

    aj has to step it up if he’s going to earn his money.
    ======================================================

    You’re exactly right, Randy. What was C-Money thinking. What a disgrace.

  850. Cousin Bob September 1st, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Burnett got his money because there were not many choices out there. Who would you have signed in his place? He is over paid IMO but what are the alternatives? Derrick Lowe, Brad Penny, John Smoltz? Hughes and Joba are not ready. I was all in favor of not signing Andy at inflated dollars last winter. I was wrong. Very wrong.

  851. Casanova Wong September 1st, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Wait pete you’re leaving lohud?

  852. Enough Walks September 1st, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    no one should ever say the name kevin brown again..

  853. Tunnel Man September 1st, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Carl September 1st, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Tunnel Man September 1st, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Another dominate 1-2-3 for Wagner. Gotta give Theo credit.

    Just like the untouchable Brad Penny right?
    ===============================================
    No, we all laughed at Theo for that. We all laughed at Smoltz and the ESPN propaganda portraying him as the 2nd coming, as well.

  854. Jeremy September 1st, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Tunnel man

    If theo Epstein is such a genius how come Smoltz and Penny failed.

    And if you are so worried about A.J. the Yankees can always go for Lackey in the offseason especially since he has good postseason numbers, and has one a world series. So calm Down !

  855. RalphieD (OPPC) September 1st, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    “Throwing heat. He makes them a different team late in the game. Just sayin”

    yea…the sox pen is filled with soft tossers…average fb..84 mph…

    /sarcasm

  856. Mark DC September 1st, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    AJ will have a chance to redeem himself in October.

    On a chilly autumn night against Edwin Jackson.

    Give him the benefit of doubt. He wanted the big stage and limelight, he’ll get it. Let’s see if he can deliver. Or if he suffers the same fate as Ed Whiston.

    The story has yet to be written. If he bombs in October though, yikes. Wouldn’t want to be in his shoes.

  857. Jeremy September 1st, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    sorry I meant won.

  858. BigSix September 1st, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Tunnel Man

    Give Theo credit for…what exactly?

    Theo gets enough credit from ESPN for his poor moves (see Lugo, Drew, Smoltz, Penny, etc.)

    He doesn’t need any more credit.

  859. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Need some IP checks on Tunnel man. Hes having a convo with himself.

  860. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Well in that case, if the amount of money players are paid should dictate performance- Vernon Wells would be in the running for league MVP

    You cannot say he makes 82.5 million so he should be a great pitcher. Contract value is contract value

  861. Pepitone September 1st, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    A lot of folks on this blog thought trading for Swisher was a bad move by Cashman, I think he has paid huge dividends for this team this year.

    I think Cashman is a pretty good judge of talent. Better than us.

    I also like the Burnett signing, despite his stinking up the joint tonight. He’s a good veteran pitcher, the best pitcher in free agency not named Sabathia.

    I think he will do a good job in the postseason, at least I hope he does. But, right now he’s pooping his pants.

  862. Nyyankspg September 1st, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Did ne1 hear nething bout Brett gardener

  863. BJK September 1st, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    I would like to remind some of you that Cano and Swisher both suck. At least that’s what I’ve been reading a lot in the comments section of this blog over the past couple of months.

    Also, in case you forgot, trading for Marte and Nady (who both had the nerve to get hurt) was a terrible trade and Cashman also sucks.

    When AJ overcomes his current slump, I implore you to remember that he is highly overpaid and also sucks.

  864. Pel September 1st, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Marte looking good.

  865. Doreen September 1st, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Marte’s been doing well. Good for the Yankees.

  866. Rose September 1st, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    What I like about these Yankee hitters. They have great at bats. Doesn’t matter if they are winning or losing.

  867. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Marte was on the DL? I thought that he was another late season pickup by Cashman last week.

  868. Pepitone September 1st, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    A lot of people did not like the Swisher trade, I think he has been a vital part of this team.

    Cashman knows talent better than most of us on this site.

  869. S.A.--Serenity Now September 1st, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Good job Marte

  870. MG September 1st, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    the O’s let Marte off the hook there, 2-0 pitch out of the zone.

  871. MG September 1st, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    the O’s let Marte off the hook there, 2-0 pitch out of the zone.

  872. Uncle Ellsworth (#2 needs 9 to tie #4) September 1st, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Huh? it was like Keg party in here when Betemit went for Swisher.

  873. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth (#2 needs 9 to tie #4)
    September 1st, 2009 at 9:59 pm
    Huh? it was like Keg party in here when Betemit went for Swisher.
    ****

    I wasn’t a poster then. I missed the keg party?!?!?! :cry:

  874. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    A lot of people loved the trade Swish for Betemit.

  875. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Swisher flashing some leather tonight!

  876. Tunnel Man September 1st, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Pepitone September 1st, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    A lot of people did not like the Swisher trade, I think he has been a vital part of this team.

    Cashman knows talent better than most of us on this site.
    =========================================================

    Yeah, but he also signed AJ Burnett, an unmitigated disaster.

  877. Uncle Ellsworth (#2 needs 9 to tie #4) September 1st, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    “I wasn’t a poster then. I missed the keg party?!?!?! ”

    better late than never.

  878. RalphieD (OPPC) September 1st, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    wow…swishers defense is so much improved

  879. djsunyc September 1st, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    SWISHAGOLDGLOVELICIOUS!!!

  880. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 1st, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Umm…does this mean I have a chance to trade Marte for Tabata?

    Because I would do that, and I’d even be willing to throw in Nady.

  881. randy l. September 1st, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    “You’re exactly right, Randy. What was C-Money thinking.”

    i think he was thinking he was going to be better than he’s been this year so far.

    i have no sense that burnett is a big game pitcher.

    maybe he is, but i just haven’t seen it.

    i guess though that there’s one way to find out if he is when he gets his first playoff game.

    i don’t really care if he’s erratic in the regular season if he can raise his game when it counts.

  882. Pel September 1st, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    nice grab.

    unafraid. that’s how i like my fielders.

  883. Jeremy September 1st, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Yeah if A.J. fails badly in October I would hate to be him. Because New York will eat him up and that includes the media. Cashman might have to trade him if that happens.

  884. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    I am not going to lie-

    The could have traded Betemit for Bugs Bunny and I would have cheered

  885. MG September 1st, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    weren’t the Rays supposed to be the class of the AL East this year and the team to fear last month and not the Sox?

    they had their day in the sun last year-they don’t draw, have little TV revenue, and are more likely to be the Oakland A’s (and lose almost all of their good players) than the Yankees in the future.

    Plus, they have the worst TV play by play guy ever (Dewayne Staats).

  886. Pepitone September 1st, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    I like the Burnett signing, he was the best pitcher in free agency not named C.C.

    He’s a solid veteran pitcher who should be able to turn it around.

  887. djsunyc September 1st, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Erica – always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    I am not going to lie-

    The could have traded Betemit for Bugs Bunny and I would have cheered

    ———-

    bugs throws a wicked slow ball…he can strike out the whole team with one pitch…

  888. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Randy-

    Was your TV broken that Friday night Burnett matched zeroes with Becket for 8 innings?

  889. Uncle Ellsworth (#2 needs 9 to tie #4) September 1st, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Bugs could pitch and GREAT clubhouse guy! oh the pranks.

  890. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 1st, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    RalphieD (OPPC)
    September 1st, 2009 at 10:01 pm
    wow…swishers defense is so much improved
    ====

    Swish may be a flake, but right now he’s a focused flake who is dead serious about his shot at October.

    He’s a party boy and he wants to celebrate :D

  891. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Beckett is terrible right now also lol

  892. Pel September 1st, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    noyce

  893. BJK September 1st, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Jeremy
    September 1st, 2009 at 10:02 pm
    Yeah if A.J. fails badly in October I would hate to be him. Because New York will eat him up and that includes the media. Cashman might have to trade him if that happens.

    ————————————————————–

    No one can fail badly in October in New York and get away with it.

    Exhibit A-Rod.

    And fans never gave Wang the credit he was due because of his post-season performance.

  894. MG September 1st, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    I’ll take Road Runner over Bugs any day. He can steal a base, avoid a tag, and piss off coyotes.

  895. Rose September 1st, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    “A lot of people did not like the Swisher trade, I think he has been a vital part of this team.”

    A great trade by Cashman. Getting rid of Betemit was a good move, getting Swisher was even better.

  896. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Seriously-

    Is anyone else scared at the idea of Swisher running around a clubhouse with champagne?

    I mean, I can’t wait to see it, but its gonna be frightening

  897. Nick in SF in Lake Tahoe September 1st, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    When people quote back the team’s record in AJ’s starts, remember this one along with the hard-luck losses.

    Sometimes these things tend to even out. Sometimes not.

    We are married to AJ and he may (pleasantly) surprise us yet.

  898. Jeremy September 1st, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    nasty pitch by robertson

  899. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    September 1st, 2009 at 10:02 pm
    I am not going to lie-

    The could have traded Betemit for Bugs Bunny and I would have cheered

    ————————————————————

    You really picked a no-brainer there in Bugs Bunny. Anyone that can beat the “Gashouse Gorillas” by himself can play on any team.

  900. MG September 1st, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    September 1st, 2009 at 10:03 pm
    Randy-

    Was your TV broken that Friday night Burnett matched zeroes with Becket for 8 innings?
    ——————————————
    Erica, there you go again….

  901. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    BJK

    And that’s just sad. No one position player can carry the terrible pitching staffs we had since 04.

  902. Jim September 1st, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    I’m not afraid of the Sux or Wagner

  903. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    MG-

    I will try to stop. I got riled up :-)

  904. randy l. September 1st, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    “You cannot say he makes 82.5 million so he should be a great pitcher.”

    let me rephrase that to make it more clear.

    when a pitcher gets paid 82.5 million for 5 years he damn well better be better than league average or the team that signed him got screwed.

  905. NYY626 September 1st, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Seriously-

    Is anyone else scared at the idea of Swisher running around a clubhouse with champagne?

    I mean, I can’t wait to see it, but its gonna be frightening
    _________________________________________________________________
    :grin:

  906. MG September 1st, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    it’s really fine if the Sox are the wild card-they beat up on the Angels most of the time and I am very comfortable in a 7 game ALCS with a Yankee Stadium home field advantage. They have proven they can get to Beckett this year and I can see a win in 6 games.

  907. beedogs September 1st, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    the mets are downright retarded for letting wagner go.

  908. Cando September 1st, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    At least A-Rod had historically great regular season performances to fall back on. AJ doesn’t have that, unfortunately.

    AJ’s postseason is going to be the ultimate test for him. If he bombs, the storm is going to converge.

  909. MG September 1st, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    September 1st, 2009 at 10:08 pm
    MG-

    I will try to stop. I got riled up
    ————————————–
    thank you, Erica, will you start complaining about Cano not hustling or Posada sucking behind the plate? Get with the program…

  910. Ralph September 1st, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Has Tex fallen off a cliff lately or what? He’s probably going to be under .280 by tomorrow night.

  911. Jeremy September 1st, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    BJK

    Personally I don’t think A.J. will be bad. But this time it’s different. The Yankees are the team to beat, they have the pitching and the offense. This is the year to win it and everyone knows it, and if someone on this team fails really bad then the New York media will tear them down.

    I’m not like most posters I believe that A.J. deserves a shot, and I think he will go on a nice run in October.

  912. MG September 1st, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    the home plate umpire must have dinner reservations, that pitch to Swish was a foot inside…

  913. PJH September 1st, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    lol at Angel Hernandez.

  914. rb September 1st, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    You’re kidding right? That was a strike!?

  915. Doreen September 1st, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Also, if AJ has a mediocre or worse performance post-season, it won’t matter if his teammates pick him up (short-term, game-wise or long-term series wise). If the Yankees come out on top, everyone is lauded. It’s only when things don’t work out that scapegoats are hunted. :)

  916. RalphieD (OPPC) September 1st, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    “Has Tex fallen off a cliff lately or what? He’s probably going to be under .280 by tomorrow night.”

    no he just stepped off a curb..no big deal

  917. miggs - GTLU Reigning Champion September 1st, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Okajima imploding.

    Bases loaded one run in no outs.

    7-3.

  918. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    If AJ bombs and we get bounced out he will get killed. If we win he might get a pass like Clemens. Naw I doubt it.

  919. Torro September 1st, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    AJ can always be like Kenny Rogers and come up huge in the postseason when no one expects it.

  920. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 1st, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    What’s this about AJ deserving a shot?

    He’s the two guy in the rotation.

  921. joeysdadjoe September 1st, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    This team has a confidence I haven’t seen in quite a few years.

  922. Jeremy September 1st, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    A-rod actually had good numbers in the postseason up until game 4 of the 2004 ALCS. He was basically the MVP during the 2004 ALDS against the Twins.

  923. MG September 1st, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Robertson has added at least 2-3 mph to his fastball this year. If he continues to improve his control he’s going to be a good relief pitcher for many years.

  924. randy l. September 1st, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    “Was your TV broken that Friday night Burnett matched zeroes with Becket for 8 innings?”

    no i don’t mess with that verizon fios crap. you have to be crazy to trust them.

    maybe you in the shower when burnett gave up enough runs in another game to bring his zero era that game up to a 4.3 era over all.

  925. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Pap in already

  926. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 1st, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    I don’t think anyone gets caught by surprise when a pitcher with AJ’s stuff has a good outing. He’s hardly the little engine that could, if you know what I mean…

  927. Tunnel Man September 1st, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Carl September 1st, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    If AJ bombs and we get bounced out he will get killed. If we win he might get a pass like Clemens. Naw I doubt it.

    =========================================

    If AJ bombs and causes the team to get bounced out, then Cashman should be held responsible.

  928. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Jeremy

    Yep. Now its in his head :(

  929. Evan D, September 1st, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Regarding the “who should start Game 2″ debate:

    Even if AJ is great the rest of the way, if Pettitte is healthy I strongly believe he should be pitching Game 2 for one HUGE reason:

    EXPERIENCE. Remember back earlier in the decade – Pettitte was almost always the Game 2 starter because Game 2 is a big swing game and nothing phases him. If CC loses Game 1 I want to make sure I have an experienced pitcher on the mound for Game 2.

  930. RalphieD (OPPC) September 1st, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    wow papelbon coming in for the 6 out save…

    7-4 bases loaded 0 outs

  931. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Tunnel Man

    When has Cash never been?

  932. MG September 1st, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    I guess Jorge’s pitch calling IQ goes up when AJ goes out of the game, it can’t be anything else.

  933. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 1st, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    miggs – GTLU Reigning Champion
    September 1st, 2009 at 10:14 pm
    Okajima imploding.
    Bases loaded one run in no outs.
    7-3.
    ===

    Crawford playing?

  934. Evan D, September 1st, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Rays making a little comeback here.

  935. miggs - GTLU Reigning Champion September 1st, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Papelbum in with no outs in the 8th.

    bases loaded 7-4.

    Loving this.

  936. Pat M. September 1st, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Who’s the Yanks pitcher of record ?????

  937. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 1st, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Singleton just said “takes the erotic hop.”

    OK, Kenny.

  938. Thomas September 1st, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Papelbon 6 out save?!?!

  939. Evan D, September 1st, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Uh Oh – Coke coming in….

    odds on a HR here?

  940. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 1st, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Marte.

  941. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Randy-

    Quite possibly. I have a habit of showering when I don’t like how a Yankee game is going. Its a bit of a superstition of mine

  942. RalphieD (OPPC) September 1st, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    “Who’s the Yanks pitcher of record ?????”

    marte

  943. miggs - GTLU Reigning Champion September 1st, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Yes Crawford is playing.

  944. Pepitone September 1st, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Girardi knows the Red Sox aren’t going anywhere, so you gotta make hay while the sun shines.

  945. Jeremy September 1st, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Yeah A.J. can pull a Kenny Rogers or Jeff Weaver 2006 and be like Cy young in the postseason. Like they say anything can happen in October.

  946. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 1st, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    miggs – GTLU Reigning Champion
    September 1st, 2009 at 10:18 pm
    Papelbum in with no outs in the 8th.
    bases loaded 7-4.
    Loving this.
    ===
    BJ always too aggressive vs. Papeljuice.

  947. Pepitone September 1st, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Singleton just said “takes the erotic hop.”
    ==========

    No way!

    And the other guys in the booth said …????

  948. Nick in SF in Lake Tahoe September 1st, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    I am hoping the Yankees can close this out without my watching. Gotta hit the road.

    Enjoy the victory (fingers crossed).

  949. MG September 1st, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    is Hughes getting the night off?

  950. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 1st, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    If Red Sox win the WC, I wouldn’t exactly call it a given that they get past the Angels. Anybody seen Vlad lately? He’s healthy, and back to being a terror.

  951. Evan D, September 1st, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    I want to see Wagner!!

  952. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 1st, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Girardi hopes so.

  953. randy l. September 1st, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    well about time singleton caught on that balls sliced to left kick towards the line.

    that’s also maybe just two inexperienced left fielders.

    maybe they have bermuda grass out there and there’s a grain to it.

  954. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 1st, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Kenny quickly substituted erratic for erotic. Lol.

  955. Pel September 1st, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Jorge having a great night.

  956. Evan D, September 1st, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    bodhisattva – Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 1st, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    If Red Sox win the WC, I wouldn’t exactly call it a given that they get past the Angels. Anybody seen Vlad lately? He’s healthy, and back to being a terror.

    _____________________________________________________

    Think back a few years. Red Sox own the Angels in postseason play like the Angels own the Yankees. I don’t give Anaheim a chance. Maybe they take 1 game (Game 3). They are not beating Beckett or Lester in postseason.

  957. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 1st, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Nice play Jorge. Good boy, Cokehead.

  958. Karen September 1st, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Hip Hip Jorge

  959. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 1st, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Think back a few years. Red Sox own the Angels in postseason play like the Angels own the Yankees. I don’t give Anaheim a chance. Maybe they take 1 game (Game 3). They are not beating Beckett or Lester in postseason.
    ====

    I am agnostic when it comes to these so-called historical precedents.

  960. Pat M. September 1st, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Randy I, Where the balls hit by a lefthand hitter ????? Burnett will rise to the occasion come October….Then he’ll earn his dough……

  961. randy l. September 1st, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    “I have a habit of showering when I don’t like how a Yankee game is going. Its a bit of a superstition of mine”

    i’m all for baseball superstitions. if it works, keep up the good work.

  962. miggs - GTLU Reigning Champion September 1st, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Come on Crawford.

  963. randy l. September 1st, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    pat m-

    both lefties. sliced with cueball spin.

  964. Jim September 1st, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Bottom of 8th Orioles showed no class with no attempt to help Posada on pop up by Oriole dugout! Bush leaguers!

  965. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 1st, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    well about time singleton caught on that balls sliced to left kick towards the line.
    ====

    I’m sure the blogmeister knows better, but I doubt that kind of language is allowed on this site.

  966. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 1st, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    As usual, reports of Melky’s demise are greatly exaggerated.

  967. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    The Rays may have cost themselves the post season right there.

  968. Torro September 1st, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Wow – What a job by Papelbon. Bases loaded, no outs, and he gets out of it.

  969. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    MPB Johnny Damon = Very Awesome :grin:

  970. Jeremy September 1st, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Even a scout for the Angels doesn’t think the Angels have a chance against the Red Sox. This was from an article in the Boston Globe, he actually believed they had a better shot last year when their pitching was good. They dominate them historically like the Yankees dominate the Twins. That’s why I hope the Twins take out the Tigers LOL.

  971. Evan D, September 1st, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Red Sox aren’t going to just lay down and give up. They are the 2nd best team in baseball behind the Yanks. I can’t wait for the potential 7 game ALCS. Would be great.

  972. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 1st, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    The Rays, at their worst, are hackers. Crawford and BJ are the worst offenders.

  973. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    My dad has that poster framed at home from the 80s!!!! LOL

  974. Pat M. September 1st, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Randy I, Then that’s on the leftfielders, they need to know that the ball will slice away…Just like a right handed hitter slices to right field….Never mind, you know all this…..

  975. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 1st, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    September 1st, 2009 at 10:32 pm
    Even a scout for the Angels doesn’t think the Angels have a chance against the Red Sox.
    ===

    Well now, they’ll just have to get there first, and then, they’ll have to play the games to just see, now won’t they.

  976. randy l. September 1st, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    “Burnett will rise to the occasion come October….Then he’ll earn his dough……”

    pat m-

    if he comes through in the playoffs and he is just an erratic league average the rest of the year he’ll be worth every penny.

    the yankees are going to need him in the playoffs.

    i don’t see them running the table without him.

  977. Psyluk September 1st, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    I can’t wait until Papelbon runs into the wrong team and gives up 9 runs. No closer has gotten away with more this year than Papelbon.

  978. Karen September 1st, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Go Mo

  979. rconn23 September 1st, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    That was a great job by Papelbon. People can say what they want to about his increase in WHIP, but he simply does not give in.

    There are three elite closers – Mo, Papelbon and Nathan. The rest, are well… the rest.

  980. Betsy September 1st, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Well, I just have to have faith that AJ is going to turn it around. He’s been good to very good most of the year and he’s just in a bad slumnp right now. Perhaps this is rock bottom, perhaps not – but I believe AJ will right the ship.

    Marte has done a very nice job – of course, it’s only 3 innings, but all the same. If he is indeed healthy, he could be a huge asset in the pen.

    Hmm, now Phil doesn’t pitch unless the Yankees are tied or up by only 1 run, lol……

  981. Bill September 1st, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    We’re going to have a hard time going anywhere in October if AJ pitches like this.

    We have a great team… let’s hope our $82 million dollar #2 starter doesn’t lead this special team to another early exit..

  982. Betsy September 1st, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Not caring about the Sox at all – they’ve practically locked up the WC, so what’s the difference? I do not look forward to a Sox/Yanks ALCS, lol

  983. Ryan September 1st, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    TB missed a big chance against boston in the 8th. Boston has all but won and they are clearly the superior wildcard team.

  984. Trevor September 1st, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Angel Hernandez sucks at his job.

  985. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    Burnett mysteriously loses his touch for about a month of great pitching and after a month of bad pitching, just as mysteriously gets it back for 6-8 weeks. Always been like that.

  986. Jeremy September 1st, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    bodhisattva – Destiny Wears Pinstripes

    The Anges have no chance against the Red Sox !

    They were a better team last year because they had a better rotation and bullpen. Pitching wins, and just because they can hit doesn’t mean they can win. They have had Vlad and those guys for years and the Red Sox have always beat them. You can believe if you want that the Angels stand a chance but they don’t not in a short series.

  987. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Mo is throwing 91-92. Yes has him at 88-87.

  988. Sand Man September 1st, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    For the team’s sake and especially his sake, I hope he does well.

    Not going to be pleasant to hear 48,000 shake the stadium with loud boos and shout expletives at him as he leaves the field after a bad start and then having to deal with the media, and then hearing it all winter.

    He said he wanted the big stage and all that… but I don’t even think he is aware of the backlash he’s going to get if he performs poorly. Really hope it doesn’t come to that. Come on AJ… right the ship.

  989. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Burnett mysteriously loses his touch ***after*** about a month of great pitching

  990. Tunnel Man September 1st, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Bill September 1st, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    We’re going to have a hard time going anywhere in October if AJ pitches like this.

    We have a great team… let’s hope our $82 million dollar #2 starter doesn’t lead this special team to another early exit..
    ======================================================

    But if he does. If AJ blows it for the team, then Cashman should be held responsible for signing AJ.

  991. Joe September 1st, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Starting Burnett in game 3 would be the dumbest decision ever made by a manager.

    If we’re tied 1-1 or god forbid down 0-2… you really want AJ on the road controlling our playoff fate rather than Andy?

    Andy may be pitching better than him, but he is also more trustworthy than AJ and should be in game 3, the pressure game of the series. Torre always believed 3 was the biggest and he’s right.

  992. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Yankees win!

  993. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 1st, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Jeremy,

    In earnest, I’m just not up for debating this with you, no offense.

    Just got some troubing news; 22 year old Yankee fan, and smart, ironic, kind person has cancer.

    Can those of you who pray say a prayer for Jonathan please. The kid is having laptop brought to the hospital so he can participate in our forum’s Adopt a Prospect forum.

    Please say a prayer for him, please remember to do so. If it’s a friend of yours and you ask me to pray, I am not the kind who says “yes” and then forgets to pray.

    Thank you in advance.

    Yanks win.

  994. Pel September 1st, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    nice grab by cano

  995. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    That was a tough at bat by Scott. That should make Hughes the closer for tomorrow’s game.

  996. Scott September 1st, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    So much for Tampa making a run… they can’t even beat Boston anymore even though they dominated them all season. That Kazmir trade took the air out of their balloon…

  997. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    bodhisattva-

    So sorry to hear that!!!!

  998. Giuseppe Franco September 1st, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    GB is right about Burnett.

    He’s always been very streaky. He can be bad for several starts and then turn it on and be unhittable for several weeks.

    That’s his history and he hasn’t been especially good for the last month. All that tells me is he’s due to turn things around.

    I won’t be worried about Burnett unless he’s pitching like this on Sept 30th – not Sept 1st.

  999. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 1st, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Thank you, Erica, really. Please say a prayer if you can :D.

  1000. Betsy September 1st, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Just another win, ho hum, lol………I’d feel better about it if AJ pitched better, but a win is a win.

  1001. Pel September 1st, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Jorge’s YES post-game reaction:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/65006319cfcaa6c5/

  1002. Betsy September 1st, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Bodh, I’ll be thinking of your friend. I’ve had two cousins die of cancer – it’s an insidious disease.

  1003. Bronx Jeers September 1st, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    “But if he does. If AJ blows it for the team, then Cashman should be held responsible for signing AJ.”

    ——————————————————-

    And what exactly does this mean?

    Does he get spanked? Sent to his room without supper?

    Can the Yanks sue him for 80 million?

    You keep saying Cashman has to be “held responsible”.

    Are you saying he should be fired because if that’s what you’re saying than you should just say it.

  1004. Pepitone September 1st, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Mariano Rivera should get the Cy Young Award this year, if he doesn’t it’s a shame.

    You guys should check out the Florida – Atlanta game, if there are 500 people in that stadium, I’m Homer Simpson.

    What a shame, that franchise has 2 WS championships and is competitive every season and can’t draw flies. That’s not good for baseball.

  1005. Erica - always OPPC September 1st, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Bronx Jeers-

    Spanking is bad parenting now. “Time out” is much more socially acceptable ;-)

  1006. vtyankeefan-the original!! September 1st, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Nice job by the bullpen to keep the Yamkees in the game- 4 inning, 0 runs, 2 hits. Hopefully Burnett can get out of this funk he’s in.

  1007. vtyankeefan-the original!! September 1st, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Yankees, not Yamkees

  1008. Zed September 1st, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Tunnel,

    Cashman signed him because he was desperate. He needed 2 pitchers this winter and got it.

    Not a baseball person in America thought that was a good contract.

    There were slim picking this winter though… Burnett was the best of a bad bunch.

  1009. rb September 1st, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    bodhisattva,

    My prayers go out to Jonathon and his family. Certainly reminds us of what’s important.

  1010. Pepitone September 1st, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    “Please say a prayer for him, please remember to do so. If it’s a friend of yours and you ask me to pray, I am not the kind who says “yes” and then forgets to pray.”
    ================

    Prayer? You got it pal.

  1011. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 1st, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Betsy
    September 1st, 2009 at 10:51 pm
    Bodh, I’ll be thinking of your friend. I’ve had two cousins die of cancer – it’s an insidious disease.
    ===

    Thank you, angel :D

  1012. John September 1st, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Can you imagine if we were still in a legit pennant race and Burnett was pitching like this?

    Just like we can absorb the “Joba rules” because we have such a big lead.

  1013. 5 to 1 September 1st, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Jeff Weaver and Kenny Rogers shocked everyone with great postseason peformances

    AJ and Joba can do the same.

  1014. Pat M. September 1st, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Pepitone # 25…….The crime is that it’s taken so long for a baseball facilty to be built within the city ….Joe Robbie Stadium or whatever shark name it is now, is a god awful place out in the boondocks……Marlins will draw well when the new park is open……I know it’s where the Old Orange Bowl used to be, and back in the early-mid 70′s that was a real tough part of town….

  1015. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 1st, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    rb
    September 1st, 2009 at 10:56 pm
    bodhisattva,
    My prayers go out to Jonathon and his family. Certainly reminds us of what’s important.
    Pepitone
    September 1st, 2009 at 10:57 pm
    “Please say a prayer for him, please remember to do so. If it’s a friend of yours and you ask me to pray, I am not the kind who says “yes” and then forgets to pray.”
    ================
    Prayer? You got it pal.
    ====

    Deep felt thanks, both. I know it helps.

  1016. Pepitone September 1st, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    The Yankee bullpen has been just as impressive has this powerful offense lately. Good news this late in the season.

  1017. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Scranton wins 11-6 and Jackson was 4-6 with a double and 5 RBI. Russo continues to hit well with a 2-4 and 2 RBI.

    Trenton won 10-6 with Pilittere, Nunez, Malec and Cusick provided the major Thunder.

    Charleston shuts out Rome in both games of a DH, 1-0 and 2-0.

    Tampa got waxed 11-1.

    Staten Island won 5-1. Deangelo Mack, Luke Murton and Zoilo Almonte were the big bats.

  1018. Name Here September 1st, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Cashman is probably praying this guy performs in October so he can justify his contract.

    Last thing Cash needs is for this guy to turn into Javy Vasquez or Ed Whinston.

  1019. Jeremy September 1st, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    Hey A.J. has time to turn it around. He is streaky, and all that says to me is that he is due for another run. He can go on a run for 8 weeks. I think he will eventually go on a run at the end of Sept. through October. Let’s hope !

  1020. Pepitone September 1st, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    Pat M -

    i hope you’re right, I really do, because that is a solid franchise, top to bottom. They deserve better than the piss poor crowds they’ve been drawing.

  1021. pat September 1st, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Will do Bodh. Keep his spirits up. Attitude is so important.

  1022. Betsy September 1st, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Bodh, hearing the news about your friends really puts things in perspective….

  1023. Pel September 1st, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    YES post-game Booth Report with Bob Lorenz, Michael Kay, and Ken Singleton:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/65006718c9a3083c/

  1024. Bronx Jeers September 1st, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Well to O’s are officially history for the 2009 season.

    Serves them right for making us wait 4 days to see the Yanks first win.

  1025. AK 232 September 1st, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Joba is going to shock a lot of people in October

    He is going to be great. Trust me.

  1026. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    bodhisattva – Destiny Wears Pinstripes
    September 1st, 2009 at 10:46 pm
    Jeremy,

    In earnest, I’m just not up for debating this with you, no offense.

    Just got some troubing news; 22 year old Yankee fan, and smart, ironic, kind person has cancer.

    Can those of you who pray say a prayer for Jonathan please. The kid is having laptop brought to the hospital so he can participate in our forum’s Adopt a Prospect forum.

    ————————————————————

    Bod, it’s a tough break for anyone, but, when they’re that young, it makes it tougher. That’s not anything that anyone deserves to deal with and neither do the families. Advise this board of his screen name so somebody doesn’t say something stupid or without thinking. Best wishes the the young guy, you and your family.

  1027. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Sorry…misread that, Bod. Thought it was family not that it matters. best of wishes to all concerned.

  1028. Banjo September 1st, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    The funny part of this is that Burnett is more than capable of getting on a roll and dominating this October. That’s what makes him so frustrating— such great stuff, such mediocre results with streaks. Just not consistent and an underachiever. But could get hot right in time….

    Burnett giveth

    Burnett taketh

  1029. rconn23 September 1st, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Giambino up. Bases loaded in Colorado.

  1030. Christina- Scranton outing! September 1st, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    bodh, will be saying a prayer for Jonathan. Definitely puts life into perspective. Terrible to also see it happen to a guy who is only 22 years old. Such a terrible thing. May he stay strong throughout this tough time.

  1031. w/e September 1st, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Somewhere in this world there’s a guy named Ed Whinston.

    Boy, is he going to be surprised that he’s been mentioned here on LoHud.

  1032. Michael September 1st, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Girardi’s positivity is really getting old

    Why won’t this guy just say a player stinks or didn’t do well this particular night?

    Why does this guy always try to paint a rosy pitcher?

  1033. dennis-Costanza September 1st, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Bodh.

    Nothing but positive thoughts for your friend.

    Hopefully, this too shall pass.

    -dennis

  1034. Torro September 1st, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Burnett is like Phil Coke… a streaky pitcher who can go weeks without getting hit, then goes 2 weeks and get nothing but hit.

  1035. Carl September 1st, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Thanks for the audio Pel

  1036. Pat M. September 1st, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Bod, I just went back to read what the sadness is about…..Man, my thoughts and prayers……

  1037. Bronx Jeers September 1st, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    Sean Green walks G on 4 pitches.

    RBI # 1. The Rockpile swoons!

  1038. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 1st, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    pat
    September 1st, 2009 at 11:03 pm
    Will do Bodh. Keep his spirits up. Attitude is so important.
    Betsy
    September 1st, 2009 at 11:03 pm
    Bodh, hearing the news about your friends really puts things in perspective….
    =====

    You guys are the best. TY and God bless. Prayers are circular. Always come back with good things for the pray-er.

    Have a good nite.

  1039. NYY626 September 1st, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Michael September 1st, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Girardi’s positivity is really getting old

    Why won’t this guy just say a player stinks or didn’t do well this particular night?
    ________________________________________________________________
    Cause we won the game and hit like 600 home runs tonight. No need to publicly call out AJ.

  1040. Pel September 1st, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Girardi’s YES post-game reaction:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/650069418b7931c9/

  1041. Dave September 1st, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Very interesting quote from Girardi during Pete’s q and a. “I think we;ve hit more home runs on the road than any other team in the AL… Swish might be a big reason for that.”

    I pounced on the “yeah but the Yankees have hit more home runs on the road” response to “whatever, Yankee stadium is a banbox” – but I must say I didn’t think of that.

  1042. Giuseppe Franco September 1st, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    Michael September 1st, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Girardi’s positivity is really getting old

    Why won’t this guy just say a player stinks or didn’t do well this particular night?

    Why does this guy always try to paint a rosy pitcher?

    ————

    Yeah, why would the Yanks want someone whose positive?

    It would be much better to have a guy like Ozzie Guillen making as ass out of himself when he rips his players to the media.

    Torre didn’t rip his players, either. He seemed to do okay while he was in the Bronx.

  1043. Dave September 1st, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    “Yeah, why would the Yanks want someone whose positive?
    It would be much better to have a guy like Ozzie Guillen making as ass out of himself when he rips his players to the media.”

    A++++

  1044. Jay September 1st, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Big G getting it done in Denver

  1045. Pepitone September 1st, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Thanks so much, Pel, for all these post game reports. I have cable, and these guys leave after the final out so I don’t get to hear any of the post game comments.

    By the way, I live out here in So. Cal. and the air is so thick with smoke it looks like it’s going to rain. I wish you guys back east would share with us a little of your rain. We are so dry, I could cough and start a fire.

  1046. t-rock September 1st, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Rockies and Giants have built in DHs on their bench.

    Maybe the start of a new trend… NL teams stocking up on DHs for potential World Series games.

  1047. Giuseppe Franco September 1st, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    It also helps that the Yanks are 36 games over .500.

    There’s no reason for Girardi to tear into one of his guys publicly. No need to create a controversy when the team continues to roll.

  1048. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!!!" September 1st, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    “Scranton wins 11-6 and Jackson was 4-6 with a double and 5 RBI.”

    He has no talent, he’s overrated according to LOHUD bloggers. :rolls:

    “Trenton won 10-6 with Pilittere, Nunez, Malec and Cusick provided the major Thunder.”

    Nunez = The wild horse let out a barn :lol:

  1049. Betsy September 1st, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Sweeney, lol – how many pitchers have 4 or 5 pitches?

  1050. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 1st, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    All of you, thank you for your prayers for Jonathan. Your thoughtful replies are much appreciated and will not be forgotten by us rooting for Jonathan or by Spirit.

    Not my family, GB7, but a great poster on another site and a great kid. The prayers will go to him him and for his family. TY all for caring. Right back at you all. G’nite.

  1051. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Michael
    September 1st, 2009 at 11:10 pm
    Girardi’s positivity is really getting old

    Why won’t this guy just say a player stinks or didn’t do well this particular night?

    Why does this guy always try to paint a rosy pitcher?

    ————————————————————

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  1052. stanley September 1st, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    one good game doesn’t mean that jackson has talent…

    he only has 4 hrs in a neutral park this yr and his strikeouts are wayy up

    not ready for prime time… one more season in the minors…

  1053. Thrillington September 1st, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Bod, my thoughts and prayers are with your friend. May Jonathan be blessed with strength,good spirit, and health.

  1054. S.A.--Serenity Now September 1st, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    bodhisattva – Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 1st, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Just got some troubing news; 22 year old Yankee fan, and smart, ironic, kind person has cancer.

    Can those of you who pray say a prayer for Jonathan please. The kid is having laptop brought to the hospital so he can participate in our forum’s Adopt a Prospect forum.

    Please say a prayer for him, please remember to do so. If it’s a friend of yours and you ask me to pray, I am not the kind who says “yes” and then forgets to pray.

    Thank you in advance.

    Yanks win.

    ===========================

    So sorry to hear that. I’ll be saying a prayer for him. Best wishes

  1055. Pel September 1st, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    A.J.’s YES post-game reaction:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/65007158f9c4cc89/

  1056. Abdababdaserser September 1st, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Baltimore is the first team eliminated in the division race. The Nats still have one more game. Wow.

    AJ has been having some troubles, I do think he will get it turned around though. He is almost mirroring the troubles Halliday is having, maybe its empathy kicking in. ;)

    Funny thing, during the game Kay or Singleton said that AJ WANTS Posada to catch him.

  1057. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 1st, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Orioles aren’t quite out of it yet. They were eliminated from winning the division tonight, but they are still not eliminated from the wild card. That number is now 2, I believe.

    So, Yankees win tomorrow and it’s down to one. If you-know-who beats TB again, the Orioles will be officially eliminated from post-season play.

  1058. Todd September 1st, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    33-11 since the break……WOW!!!!

  1059. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 1st, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    Oops, I was wrong. I thought the Orioles elimination number for the wild card, before today, was 4. But MLB.com standings show it currently at 7. So I guess the Yankees do not have the chance to knock them out completely tomorrow.

  1060. Christina- Scranton outing! September 1st, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Jackson still needs to work on his discipline at the plate. Still too many strikeouts to be ready for the major leagues. His power looks great and hes done really well for Scranton. I have seen him play over a half-dozen times and his defense is pretty solid as well. Only thing I noticed recently was how he misread a ball pretty bad last night which did result in a run scoring. That obviously happens though. He should be a real treat when he is ready to play, but I wouldnt expect it coming out of ST next year.

  1061. w/e September 1st, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    Wow, the Mets have allowed 17 bases-loaded walks so far this year.

    By ‘wow’ I actually mean ‘that’s awesome!’ because I hate the Mets.

  1062. Pepitone September 1st, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Michael September 1st, 2009 at 11:10 pm
    Girardi’s positivity is really getting old
    Why won’t this guy just say a player stinks or didn’t do well this particular night?
    Why does this guy always try to paint a rosy pitcher?
    ==========================

    Heh, with the way the Yankees have been playing lately, he can be Dale “Freakin” Carniege for all I care.

    By the way, Joe sounded awfully giddy in his post game comments. Did somebody (Swisher?) put something in his post game drink?

  1063. stanley September 1st, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    anyone on our bench would bat cleanup for the mutts….

  1064. Pel September 1st, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    >Thanks so much, Pel, for all these post game reports.
    >I have cable, and these guys leave after the final out so I
    >don’t get to hear any of the post game comments.

    You’re welcome. I try to post these as often as I can. Reluctantly after a loss. But it’s a good thing the Yanks aren’t doing that too much. :razz:

  1065. Crow September 1st, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Pepitone – LOL I was just thinking that. He was laughing at his own jokes and after every question. Certainly had a bounce in his step

  1066. Mike September 1st, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Nice win… now I can kick back and relax, and watch Yankeeography George Steinbrenner.

  1067. Pel September 1st, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Swisher’s YES post-game reaction:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/65007456055c10af/

  1068. Pel September 1st, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    >Nice win… now I can kick back and relax, and watch
    >Yankeeography George Steinbrenner.

    That’s after tomorrow’s game.

  1069. davidson September 1st, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Aj needs a wakeup call,slap his butt in the pen the.I’ll bet he gets it together.Posada carried this team today.

    Tex won both double headers today,5-2,both games.

  1070. Bronx Jeers September 1st, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Well I’ve been doing this after every win so I guess I’ll keep doing it.

    30 games left. Yanks can go .500 and will still win 99 games.

    Sox would need to go 22-9 to tie them.

    And the Yanks are not going .500 over the last 30.

  1071. Jeremy September 1st, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    I love that comparison of coke and burnett. Both pitchers can go for weeks without being hit, and then weeks of being hit. Lets just hope that the streak of brilliant pitching starts at the end of the month into October.

  1072. Pepitone September 1st, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    Swisher’s post game – Wow, talk about a guy that’s having a blast playing baseball this year!

    He’s going to be this team’s Jimmy Leyritz this post season, you watch.

  1073. Danny September 1st, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    Considering Coke and AJ have sucked lately… hopefully they get hot soon (but not too soon… don’t want them to peak too early. Around September 18th or so is good).

  1074. Benny Blanco September 1st, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    BTW, yankees are 17-10(including tonight) in games AJ has started.

  1075. Pepitone September 1st, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    “And the Yanks are not going .500 over the last 30.”
    ======

    Not unless they have a major injury, like to Teixeria or Mariano.

    Then all bets are off.

  1076. Betsy September 1st, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    LOL I noticed that, too – Joe has a funny laugh, lol

  1077. pat September 1st, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    All RBI came on HRs except Alex’s?

  1078. Sal September 1st, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    “All RBI came on HRs except Alex’s?”

    Not going to win like that in October.

  1079. pat September 1st, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Jorge’s oops making all the highlight shows. :smile:

  1080. Erica - always OPPC September 2nd, 2009 at 12:02 am

    I am off to bed. Good night Yankee people!

  1081. Brian M September 2nd, 2009 at 12:12 am

    I think you are getting a but caught up the the Swisher for Betemit thing Pete. ChiSox would have moved him for a bucket of balls.

    It was a salary dump for a guy who they only had a spot for at CF (a position he isn’t very good at), hits for a low average, had more than $21M left on his contract (in a winter when $21M could have bought you Burrell and Abreu), and wasn’t getting on well with their manager.

    You know too much about baseball to keep harping on about this, or for that matter pressing the panic button on Burnett (who was unhittable for about 2 months) and has 4 or 5 more starts to get himself sorted out for the post-season.

  1082. Tunnel Man September 2nd, 2009 at 12:14 am

    AK 232 September 1st, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Joba is going to shock a lot of people in October
    ==================================================

    Why? Is he gonna work for Con-Ed in the offseason???

  1083. sunny615 September 2nd, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Just got back from the game sitting behind home plate. It was a great game to watch, altho I’ll admit to preferring a blow out by the Yanks. AJ was all over the plate and the ump was no help. Watching AJ’s pitches from behind the plate, you could really tell he was really overthrowing his fastball and didn’t have much command tonight. Ironic that it was Posada to helped pick up him tonight. It was awesome to watch Mo out there. Still rubbing my head on why Hughes didn’t make an appearance…

  1084. m September 2nd, 2009 at 12:32 am

    Yuck and poo by AJ today, but his teammates picked him up (ain’t that great?). Lucky thing Camden Yards is so cozy.

    Christine,

    Just checked out your Scranton outing pix. Nice!

  1085. Giuseppe Franco September 2nd, 2009 at 12:33 am

    Still gotta love Pete’s double standard regarding PEDs in baseball.

    He rooted for Giambi when he was here and still does when he’s somewhere else.

    He rooted for Pettitte to get that perfect game last night and has always been a Pettitte supporter.

    But A-Rod hits a game-winning homer earlier in the season and Pete pens a thread asking LoHuders if they feel slimy about cheering for A-Rod because he cheated.

    Funny stuff. He hasn’t ripped A-Rod lately, but he frequently reminded us of his misdeeds for a couple of months.

    I guess it all boils down to whether you personally like the offender or not and we know how Pete feels about all three of these guys.

  1086. Jerkface September 2nd, 2009 at 1:15 am

    “And the Yanks are not going .500 over the last 30.”
    ======

    Not unless they have a major injury, like to Teixeria or Mariano.

    Then all bets are off.

    They’re not going .500 over the last 30 because of 1 injury

  1087. saucY September 2nd, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    watch ESPN pick another game to air at night too….

    give the 1 PM game back to YES please!!!

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