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Game 143: Orioles at Yankees

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Sep 12, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (91-51)
Jeter SS
Hairston LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Swisher RF
Cano 2B
Duncan DH
Cabrera CF
Molina C

Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (11-8, 4.19).

ORIOLES (57-83)
Roberts 2B
Fiorentino CF
Markakis RF
Reimold LF
Scott DH
Wieters C
Wigginton 3B
Aubrey 1B
Andino SS

Pitching: LHP Brian Matusz (4-2. 5.26).

TIME/TV: 1:05, YES.

NOTES: The magic number remains at 14 as the Red Sox were rained out yesterday. Boston hosts Tampa tonight and then has a doubleheader tomorrow. … Derek Jeter, as you may have heard, passed Lou Gehrig on the franchise career hits list last night in a game that ended close to 1:30 a.m. … A-Rod hit his 25th home run, the 13th time he has reached that plateau including each of the last 12 seasons. … Robinson Cano has 60 multi-hit games this season. Only Ichiro (64) has more in the majors. … The Yankees had a 10-game win streak against the Orioles snapped last night.

Back with more later.

UPDATE, 12:00 p.m.: Damon (back, hamstrings) remains out but could pinch and is expected to start tomorrow. … Girardi dismissed the idea of Jeter getting a day off, saying he had one on Thursday. … The players did not have to report until 11:30. Jeter rolled in at 11:23, which was early compared to most of the guys. … Girardi said he gave Derek the lineup card from last night and got a signed copy for himself. … Nick Swisher said he had never heard a crowd as loud as he did last night. “I can’t tell you how much I love playing here,” he said. “It’s incredible how the people are.” Swisher was at the plate after Jeter got the hit and he didn’t know what to do as the crowd cheered. “I stepped out and they never stopped,” he said. “I kept looking around.” Jeter twice motioned to Swish to get in the box. “No way,” Swisher said. “I wanted to let that moment go on. It was too cool.”

The tarp is back down but it’s not raining and the teams are warming up in the outfield. We’ll keep you posted.

Just a reminder, if you haven’t listened to the audio files from last night, I urge you to. What Jeter, Andy, Jorge and A-Rod said will be very interesting to you if you’re a Yankees fan who cares about the history of the team.

UPDATE, 12:11 p.m.: Here’s a prediction for you: Shelley Duncan goes deep today.

UPDATE, 12:26 p.m.: Tarp is off the field. Play ball.

UPDATE, 12:58 p.m.: In a nice departure from the usual lack of effort the, Yankees had Jon Secada sing the national anthem. He did a good job, too.

UPDATE, 1:06 p.m.: A.J. warming up to Coming Undone by Korn. Unfortunately Korn does not have a song called Fastball Command.

UPDATE, 1:07 p.m.: We are underway.

UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: Standing ovation for Jeter as he comes to the plate.

UPDATE, 1:16 p.m.: And a base hit, right up the middle. He just keeps on keeping on.

UPDATE, 1:20 p.m.: Tex delivers the sac fly and the Yankees lead 1-0. That’s 107 RBI for Tex. Yankees 58-17 when they score first.

UPDATE, 1:25 p.m.: First home run for the O’s since last Saturday. They had gone 42.2 innings without a homer. The Yankees once went 42 minutes, I think.

UPDATE, 1:33 p.m.: I’m sure that Girardi will start Burnett in Game 2 of the playoffs because that’s what the rotation is supposed to be and he will not want to pitch the lefties back to back.

But this guy is untrustworthy. It should be CC and Pettitte. The idea of Burnett starting his first-ever playoff game should scare the heck out of Yankees fans. Sure, he’s capable of throwing a three-hitter and fanning 10. But he’s way more likely to do what we’re seeing now.

The Orioles, a team that checked out a few weeks ago, lead 6-1 in the second inning.

UPDATE, 2:09 p.m.: We have reached the part of the game where A.J. pitches well for four innings. This will allow Joe Girardi to say, “Golly, it was just that one inning. He really has pitched well for us.”

Never mind that, you know, he hasn’t.

UPDATE, 2:20 p.m.: Roberts should have kept going to third, best chance for the cycle there. He has 51 doubles, tying his own team record. He’s the kind of player who would put a contending team over the top.

UPDATE, 2:41 p.m.: Burnett has retired 14 of the 16 batters he has faced since the grand slam. The excuses are getting polished up. With the bottom of the order up, he’ll probably pitch another scoreless inning, too.

Yankees seem to be in a hurry to get home and catch up on their sleep, don’t they? They’re making Brian Matusz look like Mike Cuellar.

UPDATE, 3:02 p.m.: Some life from the Yankees as Shelley Duncan singles and Melky Cabrera walks with one out in the seventh. Posada hiting for Molina.

UPDATE, 3:03 p.m.: Posada strikes out swinging. Jeter to try and keep the inning alive.

UPDATE, 3:07 p.m.: Jeter fans, too. Impressive start for Matusz. He’s only 22 and this will make him 5-2 with a 4.63 ERA. Good sign for the future for the O’s.

UPDATE, 3:14 p.m.: Burnett has a 6.14 ERA in his last nine starts. He has put 85 runners on base in 55.2 innings and allowed nine homers.

UPDATE, 3:44 p.m.: No quit in those Yankees as they scored two in the ninth against Jim Johnson. Top of the order up with two outs and a runner on.

UPDATE, 3:45 p.m.: And that is that. Yankees have lost two straight and some are sure to panic. No reason to.

Back in a bit.

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501 Responses to “Game 143: Orioles at Yankees”

  1. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus September 12th, 2009 at 10:54 am

    I’ll be there today, anyone else coming?

  2. Chico Harris September 12th, 2009 at 10:58 am

    I wish I would be there… –or at least the Yankee Tavern– but today I’ll be here in north Mississippi set up out front of the bar across the street selling books. Except today is one of those days that when the game is on, I’ll have a sign up reading, “I’m inside the bar watching the NEW YORK YANKEES.”

  3. jennifer September 12th, 2009 at 10:59 am

    nope, but the rain stopped here in Bergen Co. :-)

  4. jennifer September 12th, 2009 at 11:00 am

    I sent an email to Tara Sullivan of the bergen record for inaccurate info she had in an article. Something that could get Swisher in trouble and no response. what a shock

  5. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus September 12th, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Whoa! I get to see Shelley today! Life is good!

  6. Drive 4-5 September 12th, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Little Mikey Loopica always has a back handed slap when it comes to the Yankees. “People sure tried hard this week to make it seem like Jeter was trying to break DiMaggio’s 56.”

    He must stay up at night inventing this stuff. In any cse, let’s start aqnother winning streak today. Gotta give the Angels credit. They’re right in the thick of it for best record.

  7. Doreen September 12th, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Boy the weather was very ugly in that 7th inning last night.

  8. Drive 4-5 September 12th, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Rebecca,

    Enjoy the game. May Shelley point ot your seat and then the left field wall and pop one! LOL

  9. Nick in SF September 12th, 2009 at 11:09 am

    I don’t get the complaining about the decision to resume the game and play it to its conclusion. The weather permitted the resumption; what’s the problem?

  10. upstate kate September 12th, 2009 at 11:17 am

    I will be w/ you in spirit Rebecca. On one of our annual trips to YS, we got to see Shelley hit a 3 run HR against the Os to tie the game, maybe he will be as successful today.

  11. jennifer September 12th, 2009 at 11:19 am

    I don’t even read Lupica’s articles. The guy is a jerk plain and simple. Has he written anything criticizing his precious Mets and the mess the entire organization is from top to bottom?

  12. Ben September 12th, 2009 at 11:29 am

    I would be very surprised if this game doesn’t at least have a delay.

  13. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 12th, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Rebecca–Optimist Prime–Montero Fanaticus Primus
    September 12th, 2009 at 10:54 am
    I’ll be there today, anyone else coming?

    Chico Harris
    September 12th, 2009 at 10:58 am

    I wish I would be there… –or at least the Yankee Tavern– but today I’ll be here in north Mississippi set up out front of the bar across the street selling books. Except today is one of those days that when the game is on, I’ll have a sign up reading, “I’m inside the bar watching the NEW YORK YANKEES.”
    ========

    This is the best answer anyone could possibly give to “anyone else coming?”

    Just a classic, classic post.

    LMFAO.

  14. Donson September 12th, 2009 at 11:39 am

    This lineup kind of sucks…especially after you lost the first game.

  15. cashman needs to go September 12th, 2009 at 11:40 am

    so who can you trust in relief come playoff time? its aceves, hughes and mo right? robertson may or may not be available and everyone else is iffy at best…
    lets hope the starters can go 7 or 8 innings every night..

    heres another thought on how good the yankees have been this year..

    edwar ramirez (and jose veras for that matter) was actually on the major league roster for 3 months…AND the yankees are still 40 games over .500 despite of that…we also had the bad brett tomko and assorted not ready for primetime players in melancon, claggett, jackson and other fodder..

    thats just amazing…

  16. Betsy September 12th, 2009 at 11:41 am

    The most important thing coming out of this game, win or lose, will be how AJ pitches………….

  17. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 12th, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Betsy,

    The booing of Marte was a disgrace.

    Even if those fans are booing Marte sort of sullying Jeter’s moment, it’s just wrong. I don’t believe in booing the uniform.

    I once had the impulse to boo Paul Quantrill, but thought better of it, because I wouldn’t have been booing him as much as the manager’s decision to bring him in. So I held my tongue.

    As to your point that Yankee fans aren’t as smart as they think, hmmm….there’s clearly a distinction that needs to be made between those post ’96, knee-jerk, instant gratification, non-baseball Yankee “fan” – and people who respect the game’s and the team’s tradition, are actually interested in the fascinating progress that is a baseball game, not solely its result, who also happen to be hardcore partisan fans of the team with a sense, not of entitlement, but of the team’s nonpareil place in the sport’s history and a desire to see the standard upheld each year.

    So I would say, even though you hear booing, it’s probably a minority of people who are just as you say – not smart, with a sense of entitlement, etc…

    Until they come up with a counter-boo, I’m not sure what the majority can do to demonstrate it’s disapproval of a few hundred, or even thousand, clowns in a group of 50,000 people.

    Even when the Alex stuff was at its height – it was never a majority in the Stadium booing. You had the crane your neck and really look around to find someone booing – I was never able to actually see these people, and I sat in Section One upstairs in the Old Stadium.

  18. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 12th, 2009 at 11:47 am

    While I’m at it, I would just like to take the opportunity to say:

    The notion that “Yankee fans actually booed Mariano Rivera” is entirely misleading.

    I was there that night.

    Truly, if there were even 100 people booing Rivera in that crowd, that would be a surprise.

    Further, I have never seen such expressive outrage in my life, in response to that smattering of boos directed at Rivera.

    It was now become: “Yankee fans even booed Mariano Rivera.”

    That is just BS. The many were appalled by the few idiots booing.

  19. Betsy September 12th, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Bodh, I’d like to think that’s true, that it’s just the minority of Yankee fans who boo and have such nasty attitudes towards their team. Even on the other message board I go to, people were trashing Marte – lol, off of one bad outing? His first since coming back? Like he’s not allowed to be a little rusty? I know there are a great many Yankee fans who honestly love their team and love and appreciate the game of baseball……but at times like this, it seems like they are in the minority.

  20. Joe from Long Island September 12th, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Why should anyone care what Lupica thinks? (If, indeed, what he writes truly reflects his thoughts.) He’s trying to get a rise out of fans, same as Francesa. Probably, he doesn’t write about the Mets because he realizes no one cares.

    Good luck and safe travels to everyone going to the game today – hope you see a win. And no injuries to anyone, Orioles included.

  21. Bronx Born September 12th, 2009 at 11:58 am

    I have never understood booing a player from your own team. Am sorry, just does not make sense. Boo the ump boo the opposition but booing your own guys is like rooting for the competition. As fans we have an obligation to root for our team this to me does not include booing them. Why has this become fashionable? I can understand being critical of someone but to boo them, just goes against the grain for me.. Just my two cents.

  22. Rick September 12th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Duncan is starting today? lol

  23. Betsy September 12th, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Great – if AJ pitches well today, we are going to keep hearing about how Molina should be his personal catcher.

  24. Karen September 12th, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    I am stuck here in Glascow, Montana working the register at the Pay N Save. However, I get off in time to watch the last four innings. I really, really wish I was in NY going to the game.

  25. BBFan September 12th, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    “A-Rod hit his 25th home runs, the 13th time he has reached that plateau including each of the last 12 seasons. …”

    Alex is currently at 25 HRs and 83 RBIs.
    Currently he is on a streak of more than 30Hrs and 100 RBIs for 11 seasons.

    Will he continue that streak? There are only 20 games left and most likely he will be rested in three of those games. So, he has about 17 games to hit 5 HRs and drive in 17 RBIs.

    What do you think? Can he do it.
    It will be cool if he can do it.

  26. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 12th, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Betsy,

    I haven’t read the boards today yet, so I don’t know the tenor of the criticism.

    The guy is just coming back, and has pitched well before yesterday. My main concern with Marte, generally, has always been a lack of command. I am happy to see him used in certain situations, but it would give me pause to have him come in with two men on, or late in a close game, etc. I was somewhat surprised by Girardi’s use of him last night, but I’m sure he wants him to get more work, etc, and let’s face it, we have some leeway the team earned to allow for those situations.

    Any way, my own thoughts on Marte are beside the point. If people are taking gratuitous shots at players on the boards, well, I never like that. It needs to be constructive to get my attention. But even if they are taking shots – I still find that different than actually booing a player whose physical presence you are in, because the player can hear the boos, and it is just wrong.

    But if your point is there are a lot of idiot Yankee fans – which the boo-ers and suspect commenters attest to – I agree; but I think there are a disproportionate number of smart ones, too. Think of all the wiser sort that chases off the lowest common denominator nasty observation, even here on Lohud. If a lot of us are complaining about “stupid” fans, then there are a lot of us who don’t put ourselves, and those who agree with us, in that category :).

    Finally on booing – I have to laugh when people say they are “entitled” to boo – they paid their money, etc. To those I say, well, if you regard booing a player as some privilege, then I’m not sure what else we have to discuss.

  27. Al September 12th, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    If Marte wants to be anything more than the 2nd LOOGY to Coke, he has to get outs in situations like that.

    That’s why people killing Joe for leaving him in there are misguided. He has to use these games to see who he can trust in what situations. If he can’t come through in these situations, he’ll be solely a LOOGY.

  28. BBFan September 12th, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    “if AJ pitches well today, we are going to keep hearing about how Molina should be his personal catcher.”

    If that is what works, so be it.
    It is about the team.
    As much as it is his fault (not Posada’s), for the team sake it should be accepted.

  29. Dare September 12th, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    bod,

    Exactly. His lack of command has always been his problem. That’s probably why Girardi prefers Coke, because he throws strikes.

  30. Bronx Born September 12th, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Bod, seems as if we are in agreement on the booing. I just do not understand it.

  31. Ed September 12th, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    If AJ pitches well today, he will probably get a loss or a ND. Especially with that lineup out there. Duncan? Molina? Melky? Hairston? All in the same lineup?

  32. BBFan September 12th, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    In the remaining games, Girardi is evaluating the various bullpen arms to see how to use them in the post-season. He also has his eye on the best record in AL. This criticism of Girardi for using Marte in that specific situation is bordering on ignorance.

  33. Tazzmania September 12th, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Nice to see Melancon bounce back yesterday. He attacked, worked quick, got groundballs.

  34. pat September 12th, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Has Tex played himself out of the MVP conversation the past few weeks?

    In September, he’s 9 for 37 with 5 RBI, 5 BB, 13 Ks and his batting average is now .281.

    Pete

    We want pics of you and your colleagues with hair extensions today.

  35. BBFan September 12th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    “If AJ pitches well today, he will probably get a loss or a ND. Especially with that lineup out there. Duncan? Molina? Melky? Hairston? All in the same lineup?”

    As the saying goes, every dog has its day :)
    See, those four will contribute significantly for the win today.

  36. BBFan September 12th, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    I think Tex is out of the pictture.
    In addition to leading the league in HRs and RBIs, I thought he should have at least 290+ BA. I do not think he will get there by the end of the season.

    Now the race is between Mauer and Jeter, with Mauer the leading candidate. The Yankee hatred will hurt Jeter just like last time.

  37. Tim September 12th, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    SWISHer is hilarious

  38. Georgia September 12th, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Just curious, are there any sleeping quarters for the Yankees in the stadium? Late night – early morning.

    Do you think Jeter got any sleep? Then again, maybe he slept like a baby to have that hurdle behind him.

  39. timo September 12th, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Dunn’s problem is lack of command. Marte’s problem is that when he throws the ball over the plate it gets whacked, particularly by righties. He doesn’t throw strikes because he is afraid to. His stuff looks good when batters chase out of the zone.

  40. Betsy September 12th, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    BBFan, AJ was in a slump – and that is why he wasn’t pitching well with Posada. Johnny Bench could have been behind the plate and it wouldn’t have mattered. AJ had two brilliant months where Po was his catcher, but people forget that. It doesn’t matter anyway – Jorge will be catching everyone during the playoffs, and that’s the way it should be.

  41. Tim September 12th, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Yeah, Tex has really cooled off… not going to win the MVP if Mauer is hitting 100 points higher than him while having similar HR/RBI totals.

    Tex has been a streaky guy all year. As long as he heats up in late September, that’s all that matters.

  42. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 12th, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Bronx Born,

    I think it’s people who aren’t all that interested in baseball, just what attending a game provides for them as an emotional outlet.

    They are there to vent, which is why an ARod AB in the first inning is just reason to boo for them. If he hits a walkoff to win the game, that doesn’t impact their worldview of “failure”, because it doesn’t serve their emotional needs.

    They are invested in failure – that’s my take.

  43. Betsy September 12th, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Bodh, nice post – and I agree.

  44. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 12th, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    If the Yankees can defeat and conquer Matusz today, they are on their way to total world domination.

  45. Don 42 September 12th, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Marte has just never been consistent. His ERA the last 5 years

    2004 – 3.42 (White Sox)
    2005 – 3.77 (White Sox)
    2006 – 3.70 (Pirates)
    2007 – 2.38 (Pirates)
    2008 – 4.10 (Pirates/NY)

    And obviously this year. He is really not as good as people make him out to be. Has great stuff, but just isin’t consistent.

  46. Ken September 12th, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    At the prices these teams charge I understand the booing of any player. When you have to cough up hundreds of dollars to take a family to a ball game, you expect performance for your dollar spent. As long as objects arent thrown onto the field- which I find disgraceful. Fans can say anythinbg they want as long as its not obscene and boo anyone they want in my opinion.

  47. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 12th, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Dare,

    Yeah, the concern is against patient AL lineups, he needs to have command.

    Bringing him in for a batter here and there is the best use of him, IMO. I think we need to see more, of course, which was Girardi’s point. The poor guy needs to get his bearings.

  48. Cellar September 12th, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Angels ARE pesky. They are 4 games in the loss behind us and have 4 games remaining with us, 3 in their place.

    The division is a lock, homefield is not.

  49. jimmy1138 September 12th, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    My prediction for Shelley Duncan: 3 Ks (swinging) and 1 HR

  50. Patrick September 12th, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Pete here’s my own prediction: Shelley Duncan will walk, strikeout or hit a homer today. Three true outcomes (TTO).

  51. Devin September 12th, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    “Bringing him in for a batter here and there is the best use of him, IMO. I think we need to see more, of course, which was Girardi’s point. The poor guy needs to get his bearings.”

    Bingo. That is the best use of Marte – not overexposing him.

  52. Christina September 12th, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    2 run HR for Shelley, 1 K, 1 single

  53. jennifer September 12th, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Love the fantasy football segment on BPTV

  54. GardnerBelongsInCenter September 12th, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Shelley Duncan goes deep today twice.

  55. Rex September 12th, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    “Has Tex played himself out of the MVP conversation the past few weeks?”

    Not sure he was really all that in it anyway. Maybe a top 5 guy, but despite an outstanding season, lot of things work against him:

    1) He’s not the Yankees MVP, probably falling behind Jeter, CC and Mo in that regard.

    2) Mauer’s been the better player. So has Jeter. And they’re doing from positions where their type of production is a rarity.

    3) He didn’t really get going til Arod was slotted behind him.

    4) Hard to call him the most valuable guy in the AL when he was so easily replaced in Anaheim by a guy who 400 MLB at bats coming into the season.

    He’s still had a tremendous year and has meant a lot to the team’s success this year, but the season doesn’t quite measure up to MVP status IMO.

  56. Bronx Born September 12th, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Bod, honestly do not know what possesses such folk. but they possessed that’s for sure. How can you boo your own family? That’s how I look at it. How would they like someone to watch them work and boo them if they miscalculate or break a pencil or drop something? Wonder how they would feel if their boss or co-workers booed them if they did something wrong or questionable?

  57. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 12th, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Tazzmania
    September 12th, 2009 at 12:11 pm
    Nice to see Melancon bounce back yesterday. He attacked, worked quick, got groundballs.
    ======

    People will eventually appreciate how good this kid is. He needs to get regular work.

  58. Bronx Born September 12th, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Ken,

    How does paying for a ticket give you the right to boo and degrade another human being. Sorry price of admission does not include acting like a jerk. Not in my book anyway.

  59. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 12th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Tarheelyank
    September 12th, 2009 at 12:28 pm
    I believe Giradi and the Yankees are treating the remainder of the year as post-season prep.
    Do not put too much stock in any Giradi moves, or even certain player’s performances. They could be working on things that we are not aware of. Criticizing moves and performances at this point, is not smart. IMO
    ====

    QFT. He has to see what he’s got, and also give his key guys their periodic rest. It’s an interesting phase of the season.

  60. F7 TD September 12th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    I trust Muhlanson more than Marte right now.

  61. Rex September 12th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    “How would they like someone to watch them work and boo them if they miscalculate or break a pencil or drop something?”

    Think that pedulum swings both ways. If players are cheered for their outstanding achievements, surely they can also be booed for subpar efforts.

  62. m September 12th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Does Girardi know that GTLU is on hiatus? That’s a ridiculously impossible to guess lineup.

    We knew that we’d see some kind of lineup with the late game last night. But what a doozy!

    Damon’s back throws another wrench into the lineup. Hope he feels better soon.

    Posada had plenty time off, so I was expecting him to catch AJ. But that was before the ridiculously late bedtime for all involved.

    No matter what, this should be a fun game with Shelley driving everyone nuts in the dugout when the Yankees are on the field!

    Hairston batting 2nd? Has he ever batted 2nd? :)

  63. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 12th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Bronx Born
    September 12th, 2009 at 12:34 pm
    Bod, honestly do not know what possesses such folk. but they possessed that’s for sure. How can you boo your own family? That’s how I look at it.
    =======

    That’s an interesting comment, because it kind of gets to the heart of it: even though I am a baseball fan, who can appreciate a great play, even by the opposition (looking forward, for instance, to seeing Matusz and his nasty CB today), I am invested in the Yankees’ success. I am already emotionally implicated….so booing does not compute.

    Time to run out for a dosa breakfast. Go Yanks!

  64. Midtown Mike September 12th, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    ““How would they like someone to watch them work and boo them if they miscalculate or break a pencil or drop something?””

    While I generally agree with this sentiment, remind me again how much Marte (and other big leaguers) makes to throw a baseball a few times a week? Sorry, but when you make that kind of money to throw a baseball every now and then and I pay to see you do your job, then I am going to let you know when you aren’t holding up your end.

  65. m September 12th, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Melancon? Needs regular work? Or just needs to get rid of the nerves? Long, low leverage outings might be the cure.

  66. Nick in SF September 12th, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    The right to boo? Is there a stadium policy or local statute that precludes booing?

    As for Marte, he’s overexposed every time they fill out his paycheck. :(

  67. Danny September 12th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Sub Obtimal performances deserve boos

    What else were boos created for, if not to use on poor performances?

  68. Rex September 12th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    “Damon’s back throws another wrench into the lineup. Hope he feels better soon.”

    M:

    I’d guess that if this game mattered, Damon would be playing. Think they’re just doing the smart thing right now.

  69. Bronx Born September 12th, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    No Nick there isn’t.. I just am trying to understand booing the team you are rooting for … seems contradictory to me. Like what is a true fan. I don’t mean undying loyalty… or even being critical of a player. But to boo them does not make sense not unless you are really rooting for the other side. What is the job of a fan anyway?

  70. ANSKY September 12th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    I realize I’m going over my head by suggesting this. The team’s been playing at close to a .750 clip for half the season and Jeter just passed Gehrig’s hit mark. I say we ban whining for a day. So they lost yesterday. They may even lose again this weekend. BFD. The whole Jeter thing has been great. Got something to say that may be less than positive (see … not ‘negative’) say it in a way that doesn’t bring everyone down. Challenging for some, it could be fun.

    Example: Kei Igawa doesn’t suck and never deserve to play in the Bronx again. Instead, he’s playing well above his opponents’ level in Scranton and he should be able to contribute more of the same next season. He’s been fortunate to make himself and his old team in Japan very wealthy by playing at the AAA level too … more so than any player in the history of the league. IN a few more season, he should eb the all-time strikout leader on the team. If the team were to negotiate a contract extension with him, no player will have spent more time on the team than him, no pitcher will have pitched more games or struck out more batters than Igawa. And he does it without being a prima donna. Like Jeter, this shows he has some of the stuff legends are made of.

  71. Bronx Born September 12th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Boos are for the opposing team and the umps. That’s just my opinion.

  72. m September 12th, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Doreen,

    Just for you…

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

  73. Ken September 12th, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    How is booing degrading another human being ? These are performers who are paid very handsomely. When you boo, you just are expressing your displeasure over their outcome its nothing personal. I dont just boo hap hazardly, but its within my right as a paying customer to boo. This is New York not Kansas City. You are paid to perform.

  74. Christina September 12th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Melancon needs to just get over the nerves. I would hope next year he’d see more opportunities and prove to Joe that he can be an effective pitcher.

  75. Bronx Born September 12th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Exactly Bod,

    I love the game of baseball and appreciate the skills necessary to play it. It is a beautiful game.

  76. Patrick September 12th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Nick, I’m exercising my right to boo you…. BOO!

    Hey at least it’s better than a punch in the face.

  77. randy l. September 12th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    “Do not put too much stock in any Giradi moves, or even certain player’s performances. They could be working on things that we are not aware of. Criticizing moves and performances at this point, is not smart”

    at this point with all the success, you have to give girardi the benefit of the doubt that he knows what he’s doing.

    no matter how good a manager is, there is a certain amount of trial and error. my attitude with girardi is that i’m watching girardi to see how he goes about the trial and error process so i’ll something from someone who clearly knows the game.

    for instance last year he made a project of farnsworth and he often used him when it ddn’t seem smart for that game condition, but what girard was doing was developing him for future games in addition so he sometimes sacrificed part of today for more success down the road.

    it worked with farnsworth last year as he had an uptick in being better. this year girardi seems to be doing the same thing with bruney. i personally can’t stand bruney , but girardi sees something in him.

    i know enough to know what i don’t know so i defer to girardi on this and watch his experiment with bruney to see what he sees that i don’t.

    i think most fans would do well to remember girardi was a really good defensive catcher and with being almost always on playoff teams was a winning catcher too. he knows catching and pitching as well as any manager in the game.

    the decisions he’s making with pitching and catching are almost as good as you’re going to get. does he make mistakes ? sure, what manager doesn’t, but he’s up there as far as pitching and catching with the best of them.

  78. Bronx Born September 12th, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    I don’t agree Ken. Of course they are paid to perform. If you were going to the opera and one of the singers hit a bad note would you boo him or her?

  79. Midtown Mike September 12th, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    “Like what is a true fan.”

    I have been a fan for a few decades now. I have had season tickets for two decades. I have traveled all over the country to see the team play on the road in the regular season and the postseason. I sat through games during the miserable years of the late 80s/early 90s. I have EVERY right to boo a player that makes several million dollars a year and puts together a performance like Marte’s last night. But somehow that makes me not “a true fan?” Please explain how that is so, Mr. High Horse.

  80. Banks September 12th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    The time to have Melancon up here was in April-June when the bullpen was in disarray.

    I understand why he didn’t get many chances after that considering we were on a roll and the pen was set, but he should have gotten more opportunities when we needed someone to step up. Instead, we asked Albaladejo, Edwar, and Veras to get big outs for us. Hell, even Tomko was here for a while.

  81. Doreen September 12th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    I personally don’t like to boo the players on the team I follow.

    However, if a player accepts applause for a good performance, they should certainly understand the boos (which is simply a vocal form of displeasure) for poor performance.

    What is not good is a habitual booing of a player on an everyday basis – like what had happened to ARod in past seasons. And as long as a player is working hard, he doesn’t deserve to be booed because it’s impossible to be perfect.

    Marte did not perform well last night. He has done well prior to that, so chances are last night was an off night. I personally don’t think people were out of line for booing that performance, though. I’m sure he’d agree that he didn’t do the job.

  82. m September 12th, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Booing’s the topic? I would never boo a player, that’d be like booing my kid if he or she were playing.

    I might have been tempted if I was at A-rod’s first game back after admitting steroids. But more likely than night, I would’ve given him the silent treatment. :)

    Did you guys see how magnanimous MLB is? They’ve decided they’re probably not going to punish Alex. Isn’t that nice? :roll:

  83. Bronx Born September 12th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Randy, you make a great point. Girardi has career stats as a player that are really starting to make his mark as a manager. It is a very interesting process to watch. It does not always work but there surely is a process going on here. We don’t always know what he is seeing but with his track record I have to defer to his wisdom and see the out come. It surely has been fun to watch this year.

  84. ANSKY September 12th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Randy L …. to me it’s always looked like Bruney actually has something, he’s just struggled with no over-doing it and trying to do it consistently. Back when he looked less like he was trying to throw every single pitch through a brick wall, he was doing better.

    “90% of everything is half mental” sounds like it fits.

  85. Midtown Mike September 12th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    To clarify, I do not make a habit of boo’ing. In fact, I have NEVER boo’ed ARod. And I was disgusted by the boo’ing of Jeter and Mariano. But last night I boo’ed Marte. If he can’t handle that then he needs to find a new profession. Last night deserved boo’ing. The Orioles quit on the season weeks ago. Take a look at the players that he got racked around by…scrubs, minor leaguers, and journeymen. Sorry, but that deserves boo’ing.

  86. Nick in SF September 12th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    I’m not big on booing players on one’s own team either. But some fans get frustrated. I don’t have any particular insight into the psychology of it, but I suspect a booer doesn’t think he’s booing the team, per se, but rather against player he doesn’t like or feels let down by or perhaps a manager’s decision he disapproves of.

    Hopefully today will be a plucky feel-good affair, with AJ throwing darts, Hairston lashing hits, Shelley launching bombs… turn those boos into cheers!

  87. Bronx Born September 12th, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Well Mr High Horse’s …. aka Midtown Mike,

    It is just my opinion that booing your own guys makes the other team stronger. If your own fans are not on your side which booing alludes too (from my high horse viewpoint), then the other team can take strength from it. I think booing your own guys is demeaning and does not show much class but what do I know am sitting on my high horse.

  88. Carl D. September 12th, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Yesterday was a historic day at the stadium. Marte ruined it.

    Why shouldn’t they boo him?

    It’s not like fans booed Hughes after he gave up that HR to Bartlett. That would be out of line. Booing Marte yesterday is not.

  89. Bronx Born September 12th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    I hear ya Nick. I just don’t get it so was asking about it. It’s a fascinating subject to me.

    Mike thanks for the clarification, I appreciate it.

  90. crawdaddy September 12th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    “How is booing degrading another human being ? These are performers who are paid very handsomely.”

    I think fans booing today is definitely tied into how much players are making today and is nothing, but another way to express their misplaced envy towards the MLB players of today.

  91. Lou_in_Vermont September 12th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Cellar September 12th, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Angels ARE pesky. They are 4 games in the loss behind us and have 4 games remaining with us, 3 in their place.

    The division is a lock, homefield is not.
    -=========================================

    It’s not a lock until they clinch. There are 3 weeks left in the season. With the Red Sox only 7 games back in the loss column, making up 2+ games per week is not unsurmountable, especially with 3 head-to-head games left with the Sox. I’m confident but not cocksure.

  92. m September 12th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Well, whatever. What was Marte doing in there in that situation anyway? Girardi certainly wasn’t managing like it was a must win.

    Everyone needs to get over it.

    Because it’s “Play Ball!” time. :)

  93. ANSKY September 12th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    I can’t remember the last time I booed a player on my favorite team, if I ever have. I really can’t.

    You reserve that for times like when Jack McDowell flipped the bird to the crowd at the old stadium. Granted they were already booing him, but I think I might have joined after his bird-flip if I was there.

    I like the game because it’s fun, and booing is not fun.

  94. Patrick September 12th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Hey Randy great post about girardi you are 100% right

  95. Midtown Mike September 12th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    “It is just my opinion that booing your own guys makes the other team stronger. ”

    Umm, what? Really? Based on what evidence? That’s absolutely insane and unfounded and completely discredits your argument.

    “I think booing your own guys is demeaning and does not show much class but what do I know am sitting on my high horse.”

    Again, if these millionaires can’t handle someone boo’ing them, then they should find a new profession. Funny how you pass judgment on the “class” of others and then claim you aren’t “sitting on your high horse.” Get over yourself.

  96. Nick in SF September 12th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    ” I have traveled all over the country to see the team play on the road…”

    Wait a second, you’re financially supporting the Yankees’ competitors???

    Traitor.

  97. Sey September 12th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Marte was asked to get out Matt Weiters (will be a star some day but not now), Chad Moller, Joe Fierotino, and Ceaser Izturis and he couldn’t do it.

    A. It’s not like Girardi put him in a situation to fail. He faced the bottom of the dead O’s lineup and he got shelled. Who cares if he faced righties? He can’t get the immortal Chad Moeller out? If he wants to earn Joe’s trust, he has to get outs in those spots.

    B. The fans were right to boo. If there was ever a time to boo, last night was the time to do it.

  98. Midtown Mike September 12th, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    “Wait a second, you’re financially supporting the Yankees’ competitors???

    Traitor.”

    LOL. My apologies.

  99. Rockks September 12th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    huh?

    Girardi asking Marte to pitch a scoreless inning against the bottom of the O’s lineup isin’t “playing to win”?

    If Girardi mixed and matched, people would say he was “overmanging” in a “meaningless” game and questioning why he can’t leave in Marte to pitch to the bottom of the O’s lineup.

    The guy can’t win.

  100. Midtown Mike September 12th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Agreed 100%, Sey.

    Anyway, enough of this. I apologize to Bronx Born for the snippy comments. Let’s just enjoy this game/team.

  101. ANSKY September 12th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Of course there’s the typical frustrated reaction right after someone blows a play or something like that, that’s natural. But to me, regularly booing someone like back when people would boo a slumping A-Rod every time he came to the plate (just for example) is just dumb.

  102. Bronx Born September 12th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Mike,

    Better that you get over me. If you think booing someone makes you a better person so be it. Am not at all saying they cannot handle it. Just seems like a strange way to express your fondness for your team you are supposed to be rooting for. As for my argument, I think you proved my point without having to further explore it. See I was just expressing my POV and well you were just booing it.. Go Yanks!

  103. Carl September 12th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Lets go Yankees!

  104. Nick in SF September 12th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    How about this: many LoHud commenters have no problem booing their fellow Yankee fans. ;)

  105. Bronx Born September 12th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Okay Mike.. got it.. Let’s just win today..

    Ansky I agree…

  106. m September 12th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Leiter loves AJ. Weird, huh, considering they were traded for each other? Maybe AL wants to justify getting traded for such a mercurial talent. lol.

  107. S.A.--Serenity Now September 12th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Let’s go Yankees

  108. m September 12th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Did I imply Girardi wasn’t playing to win? If I did, I apologize.

  109. pat September 12th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    “if these millionaires can’t handle someone boo’ing them”

    booing says more about the lack of baseball understanding of the person doing it that the skin thickness and talent of the person on the receiving end.

  110. m September 12th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Jose stole that K right there. :)

  111. Carl September 12th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Nice double play!

  112. m September 12th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Smooth Operator!

  113. a.j.withmolinaplease September 12th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    does korn have a song titled, “give Burnett a catcher he trusts”?

  114. randy l. September 12th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    nick in sf-

    booing is kind of weird when you think of it.

    i just did a few out loud practice boos because i realized i don’t boo ever.

    when i don’t like someone or what they did i just yell at them or call them names .

    booing is so immature :)

  115. pat September 12th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    They’ve decided they’re probably not going to punish Alex. Isn’t that nice?”

    Bud should be concerned with who in his office keeps leaking confidential info to the NY Times. Get Mitchell on it stat!

  116. YankeesLuv September 12th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    I feel sick, Kay says it’s like people are falling in love with Jeter all over again like when a person is married to a beautiful woman for a long time….yuck. Just grossed out with Kay saying such a thing. lol

  117. S.A.--Serenity Now September 12th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Derek Jeter-hitting machine

  118. Christina September 12th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Tarheelyank I have seen Melancon pitch in AAA many times this year and he seemed to pitch better down there with more confidence, at least in the games I have seen.

    Looking beyond the games I have seen, his stats for 2009 in AAA were 4-0 in 53 IP, with 54 K’s, .91 WHIP, 17 ER and 11 walks. In the Majors he has walked and hit too many batters. Hes not as consistent as he was down in Scranton, something which could be attributed to nerve, or lack of consistent play. Who really knows at this point.

  119. Nick in SF September 12th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    “I would never boo a player, that’d be like booing my kid if he or she were playing.”

    That explains a lot! :)

  120. Carl September 12th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Jeez hes been on fire for a while now

  121. RalphieD (OPPC) September 12th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    arod is on some kinda tear right now

  122. Benny Blanco September 12th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Alex is seriously hot right now!

  123. Peter Abraham September 12th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Yo, AJwithmolina:

    Now I have people e-mailing me telling me how tedious you are. Take the hint, ace. Enough.

  124. Bronx Born September 12th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Randy,

    Thanks that was the point. Since I don’t boo, I just did not understand the practice.

  125. Betsy September 12th, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    AJ looks terrible today – he was very lucky to get out of the first and now he gives back the run.

  126. pat September 12th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    AJ AJ AJ. They worked hard to manufacture that run for you just to give it back on one pitch. :sad:

  127. Lou_in_Vermont September 12th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    it’s still early but it smells like another AJ stinkeroo might be coming.

  128. randy l. September 12th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    “does korn have a song titled, “give Burnett a catcher he trusts”?”

    this catcher is the only kind of catcher who will let burnett do what he wants all the time.

    he doesn’t hit much, walks sometimes, and is good at blocking balls in the dirt.

    http://www.nflshop.com/product.....=111241214

  129. RS September 12th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    What’s with all the 0-2, 1-2 hits?

  130. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 12th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Hey, everybody!

    Do you know that A.J. has great stuff?

    I don’t think Michael Kay has ever mentioned this. Ever.

  131. Benny Blanco September 12th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but i thought that burnett had four pitches..i.e change, curve, fastball, and 2 seamer. I could have sworn that he talked about throwing a 2 seamer in his press conference.

  132. S.A.--Serenity Now September 12th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    :?

  133. Benny Blanco September 12th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    AJ is becoming too predictable.

  134. Midtown Mike September 12th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    ANOTHER 2 strike hit. Even with Andy throwing a stinker last night, I do not want AJ pitching Game 2 (and therefore lined up for Game 5). I just don’t trust which AJ will show up. Lately, he has been consistently bad.

  135. RS September 12th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    On the plus side, Burnett can’t possibly struggle for so long. He’s due for a good October.

  136. Benny Blanco September 12th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    OMG!!!

  137. Carl September 12th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    That might be game over

  138. m September 12th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Yuck, AJ. :(

  139. Nick in SF September 12th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    No comments are necessary. :(

  140. RalphieD (OPPC) September 12th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    code 3…full meltdown :(

  141. S.A.--Serenity Now September 12th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    :shock:

    Oh
    My
    God

  142. pat September 12th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Yuck. :sad:

  143. Donnie - Will Meet Melvin Mora Under the O'Neill Banner September 12th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Ball game.

    Nice that you showed up, AJ. Just wonderful.

  144. Josh September 12th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Waiting for Pete’s obligatory “Still think Posada’s the problem” comment. 3…2…1…lift off

  145. The Damon-ator September 12th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    BOOOOOOOOOOO

  146. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 12th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Come on, Molina.

  147. Midtown Mike September 12th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Is boo’ing acceptable here? I say yes. AJ has been horrendous for two months now

  148. BBFan September 12th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Now Betsy does not have to worry that AJ will pitch better with Molina behind the plate reflecting negatively on Posada :)

  149. Betsy September 12th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    ouch, you could tell that was coming a mile away. It’s amazing how badly AJ’s season is turning out……..

  150. RS September 12th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Can we just forfeit the game? I really don’t feel like sitting through another game of Mitre, Albaldejo, Edwar, etc.

  151. Laura September 12th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    I was going to ask if anyone knew where I could catch the game on the net, but after checking the score, I think I’ll pass.

  152. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 12th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    I got to ask this question b/c my gf is trying to drag me to some baby shower which is outdoors, is there alot of rain expected later?

  153. The Damon-ator September 12th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    waiting for the cryers and complainers about fans who boo.

    maybe some of those who boo are smarter than you’d think in that there are some who refuse to root for laundry.

  154. Karen September 12th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    5 years for 82.5 million?

  155. Spartan September 12th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Burnett has to stop with the pie throwing. The dichotomy of his personalities is beginning to get on my nerves.

  156. Betsy September 12th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    I wouldn’t even say it’s a meltdown – AJ had absolutely nothing, from the first inning. It’s just another in a string of forgettable games……..with Po OR Molina behind the plate. We have to get him straightened out, but it’s not like there is a lot more time in the regular season to do so.

  157. Laura September 12th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    The US Open had to suspend play because of rain. It’s not raining in the Bronx?

  158. BBFan September 12th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Unless AJ makes a great improvement in the next few available starts before playoffs, our rotation order in playoffs will be CC, Pettite, AJ and whoever (no guaranree it will be Joba).

    I guess we need to be apprehensive about this state of the rotation. Hopefully, ofense will continue to mash.

  159. RS September 12th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Omg, I just realized the Yankees might lose a series to the Orioles. At home.

    For those who complained earlier about not saving CC for the Angels, did you ever think we might need him to prevent getting swept? How embarrassing.

  160. Peter Abraham September 12th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Thanks to A.J. for proving my point that it has absolutely nothing to do with who is catching.

    An erratic pitcher is an erratic pitcher no matter who is back there. This guy has a million-dollar arm and doesn’t have a clue how to pitch. It has been that way since the day he showed up in pro ball.

  161. Benny Blanco September 12th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    41 pitches????

  162. The Damon-ator September 12th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Burnett starting his first playoff game in Game 3 of the 5 game set with the Yankees down 0-2 – that’d be a great feeling!

  163. RalphieD (OPPC) September 12th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    yankees can still very well win this game but this game was all about aj pitching well…and no matter what happens here on out, he pitched terrible.

  164. Betsy September 12th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Right, because AJ’s pie throwing has anything to do with his performance. What should he do when he’s not pitching, Spartan, sit on his hands looking miserable?

  165. Karen September 12th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Brandon, If guys are going to the baby shower, there is almost certainly going to be a TV in the house with the game on or some college football game.

  166. Nick in SF September 12th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Brandon: http://www.lmgtfy.com

  167. The Damon-ator September 12th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    AJ Burnett classic example of million dollar arm, 2 dollar head.

  168. Chris September 12th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    The only video Burnett checks of himself is his pie throwing – not his pitching.

  169. ADam September 12th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    yeah… Burnett scares the hell outta me… I thought good AJ was coming out last week… I hope last week was not the last of good AJ….

  170. Yanks_Fan September 12th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Just when you thought he was heating up for the postseason.

    Atrocious inning for Burnett. We might be better of starting Joba in game 2, and thats pretty bad considering both have been terrible lately.

  171. BrokenGlass September 12th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Is it just me, or has A-Rod seriously raised his batting average these past couple of weeks? Is there a way to see where he was at last month?

  172. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 12th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    6-1 ? no problem.

    another Yankee comeback win!

    Are we sure this isn’t a FOX Saturday game? Sure sounds like it.

  173. Trevor September 12th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    When you only throw 2 pitches more times then not one of them won’t be working. Which leads to inconsistency.
    Be nice if he starting using his change more. That can really help him.

  174. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 12th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    I got to ask this question b/c my gf is trying to drag me to some baby shower which is outdoors, is there alot of rain expected later?

    SOMEONE I NEED EXPERT DOPPLER READINGS

  175. Johnny D. September 12th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Jeterian effort there.

  176. braden September 12th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    I hope the Yankees won’t go 123 and out next time up ,or swing at 1 pitch outs..They have a steep hill to climb.

  177. Nick in SF September 12th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    That kid with the Tex t-shirt failed. That was his play!

  178. pat September 12th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Bad job by the fan. Booooooo :wink:

  179. BBFan September 12th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    That kid in the stands was short.
    Otherwise he would have gottent the ball

  180. Johnny D. September 12th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    LOL! I forgot how ugly Duncan’s batting stance was. Boy is he annoying.

  181. Benny Blanco September 12th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Look at it this way, if AJ is lights out in the playoffs, we wont care that he gave up 6 runs today.

  182. Curt Schilling for Nongress September 12th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    I don’t think they are going to have baseball cards in 50 years, sorry Alex.

  183. bob mondello September 12th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    wooo..

  184. !!! September 12th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    watching burnett yankees need to make sure they fix wang.

  185. S.A.--Serenity Now September 12th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks to A.J. for proving my point that it has absolutely nothing to do with who is catching.

    An erratic pitcher is an erratic pitcher no matter who is back there. This guy has a million-dollar arm and doesn’t have a clue how to pitch. It has been that way since the day he showed up in pro ball.

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

    You know today is not gonna stop people.
    It’s the catcher, it’s the weather, it’s what he ate for lunch. Blah blah blah

    No, it’s AJ

    :(

  186. BBFan September 12th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    It is only 5 run deficit and 7 innings to go.
    I still expect Yankees to win.

  187. randy l. September 12th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    the yankees could win this game still . it’s early. big early leads can disappear if the the other pitcher lets down.

  188. pat September 12th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Brandon

    Don’t raise your voice to me young man!

    http://www.weather.com

    Use it, love it, embrace it.

    Off and on showers throughout the afternoon.

  189. BBFan September 12th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    There will be lot of substitutions in this game.
    Posada will be in as soon as AJ is out :) :) :)

  190. Maverick September 12th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Laura,

    Go to P2P4U.net. (I think its a feed from England.) Then select “Other Sports”. The Yankees games are almost always on there.

  191. David D . September 12th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Nothing cures an opponent’s bad offense better than Yankee pitching.

    Face the music, folks.

    I wish our Yanks could do something in October. But they just don’t have it this year … again, pitching-wise.

  192. Nick in SF September 12th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Pel, please please please save that audio of what Leiter just said.

  193. Lou_in_Vermont September 12th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    So, who are the 3 starting pitchers the Yanks plan to depend on to get through the divisional playoffs? They have 3 weeks to figure it out.

  194. RalphieD (OPPC) September 12th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    i still dont understand why people get perplexed by burnett’s inconsistency…this. is. what. he. is…he will be great for a stretch and then terrible for a stretch…sometimes the intervals are long, sometimes they are short…what we need to hope for at this point is he has a good postseason…his season has been very good then very bad with some average mixed in..

    its not his fault he got payed more money than he deserved…nobody would turn down extra money

  195. Nick in SF September 12th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Thank goodness they moved those fences back!

  196. Trevor September 12th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    They’re hitting him hard, even on outs.

  197. Carl September 12th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Nick in SF September 12th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Thank goodness they moved those fences back!

    lol

  198. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 12th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    So I shouldn’t even bother getting the car today out of the garage. Thanks Pat. :)

  199. BBFan September 12th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Hey shameless troll (prefer not to name you and give more ammunition), you really want us to believe you are a Yankee fan? Get out of here….. It may be hurting to you, yankess have the best record in all of baseball and they will finish the season that way.

  200. haiku-man September 12th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    61 pitches for ANDY after 3 innings.If he make 6 that’s good.

  201. m September 12th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    E-6. That’s a hit for any other player. :)

  202. Rose September 12th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    If AJ pitches like this in the post season, Yankees are in deep trouble.

  203. Trevor September 12th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    :shock:

  204. Christina25 September 12th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    This is why the Red Sox did not go after Burnett in the offseason hard. When they found out that he was looking for 5 years they stayed away. Can you imagine what is going to happen in the 3rd year of his contract?

  205. Michael K (not that one) September 12th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    I also believe they Yankees can come back from a 6-1 deficit against the O’s pretty easily. One thing, though, isn’t it possible that the other team might score again too?

  206. David D . September 12th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Below is my post from many days ago.

    I really hope I am wrong and someone could bookmark it and throw it in my face if we were to succeed in October.

    %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

    August 28th, 2009 at 6:35 pm
    I have been preparing for the worst, for fear of unexpected disapointments imminent: Better not get my hopes up, for there is none.

    Once again this year, like all those in the past, pitching is Yankees’ Achilles Heel. No starters (except CC, who always struggles in October), and only two relievers.

    Really, there is no hope in October — that is, even if we could make it there.

    - David D.

    %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

  207. Michael K (not that one) September 12th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    “the” not “they”

  208. Carl September 12th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Remember when Cano bunted 3-0 and got Tex thrown out at 3rd lol

  209. pat September 12th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Molina

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  210. BBFan September 12th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    “This is why the Red Sox did not go after Burnett in the offseason hard. When they found out that he was looking for 5 years they stayed away. Can you imagine what is going to happen in the 3rd year of his contract?”

    They will regert it.
    The better AJ will show up in the playoffs.

  211. Psyluk September 12th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Leave it to the Orioles to fold against the Red Sox every single time but play hard against the Yankees. It’s the same script every single season.

  212. pat September 12th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    “Can you imagine what is going to happen in the 3rd year of his contract?”

    Worst that can happen is he’d look like Smoltz or Penny this year.

  213. m September 12th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    The funny part about that little story is that I don’t know if Girardi was serious or not when he told Kay not to tell anyone he ate a whole bowl of Apple Jacks.

  214. RalphieD (OPPC) September 12th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    if the yankees dont win the world series this year, this blog will be absolutely unreadable for several months…thats gonna be a shame because this place gets me through those baseball-less months

  215. BBFan September 12th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    ““Can you imagine what is going to happen in the 3rd year of his contract?”

    Worst that can happen is he’d look like Smoltz or Penny this year.”

    May be, just may be, he will harness his stuff and become Schilling like….. :) There are many examples of late bloomers with great stuff.

  216. Rose September 12th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    “The better AJ will show up in the playoffs.”

    Better hope so. First round is best 3 of 5.

  217. m September 12th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Well, if we win at least one WS with AJ it’ll still be cheaper than Daisuke. :)

  218. peted September 12th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    aj burnett is the kyle farnsworth of starting pitchers

  219. Karen September 12th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Hairston complaining to his teammates again

  220. m September 12th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Love the ribbing Jeter and the fans give Alex on those pop-ups.

  221. BBFan September 12th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    The blog is pretty slow and many seem to have given up on the game.

    They will be surprised, as we are still going to win.

  222. Nick in SF September 12th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Good AJ is back. :)

  223. Carl September 12th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Karen September 12th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Hairston complaining to his teammates again

    Kinda like you on this blog

  224. m September 12th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Nick,

    Could he be bipolar? :shock:

  225. The Damon-ator September 12th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Psyluk
    September 12th, 2009 at 2:02 pm
    Leave it to the Orioles to fold against the Red Sox every single time but play hard against the Yankees. It’s the same script every single season.
    =====================

    Honestly, shut the hell up with that nonsense.

    In the last 3 series the Yankees swept the Orioles and were 12-3 against them coming into this series. So quit acting all whiney like the Yankees haven’t been stomping on the O’s all season.

  226. m September 12th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    BBfan,

    If things work out like they’re supposed to, Hughes could pick up another win. haha.

  227. Karen September 12th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    BBFan, we need to get a few more hits if we’re going to win as two hits will not generate many runs.

  228. randy l. September 12th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    i think what leiter was saying about aj being a right to left pitcher which cause trouble with his release point is correct.

    i would call aj’s motion a rotational motion where he has to time his release as his hand is moving horizontally sideways because of how his body rotates.

    there is a drill called the “T” drill that is often taught young pro players especially shortstops and third baseman who can’t miss left and right to first base without causing problems.

    in the drill, the player stands like a “T” with his front hand pointing where he’s going to throw the ball and his back hand straight back with the ball. therefore the “T”.

    the player then imagines a verticle glass pane( or plane) right though his body to the target he is throwing to.

    he is supposed to keep the ball on this plane of glass at all times. any rotational movement side to side and the ball will come out of the plane. a good example of this is clemens . he has the ball in the plane of glass at all times right through release.

    if the ball stays in the plane of glass and it is released early, the ball goes high. if late the ball goes low. at no time can the ball miss right or left.

    that’s why most shortstops and third basemen throw over the top and in the imaginary glass plane and only miss up and down and not sideways.

    amateur players at lower levels miss right and left a lot because of their rotational motion.

    the problem with getting aj to stay in the verticle glass plane better is that he’s never done it. how can you change him now.

    the side to side delivery and timed release creates the motion and good stuff he has on the ball.

    the problem is he misses sideways instead of up and down.

    at this point in his career, probably all that can be done is try to refine the release point of his rotational delivery.

    side to side lack of command is built into his delivery so i don’t see how he’ll ever be consistent. you just have to make the best of it.

  229. pat September 12th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    I wanted them to sign AJ in the off season so I’m not backing off him now.

    Using one of Michael Kay’s favorite analogies, he is the little girl with a curl- when he is good, he is very very good and when he is bad he is horrid.

  230. m September 12th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Remember the obnoxious comments that Ripken made? That he was going to make it his business to find out why Alex did what he did?

  231. Jeremy September 12th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Who cares if A.J. falls apart his 3rd year. If the Yankees win a World Series or two then it’s worth it. Cashman can always trade A.J. when he becomes useless. The Yankees by that time will have the best pitching staff anyway.

  232. Nick in SF September 12th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    m: maybe he forogt who was catching?

  233. vey September 12th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    If only the Yankees could figure out,what planet does AJ visits mentally when he’s on the mound,maybe they could bring him home back home ?

  234. m September 12th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Nick,

    I don’t know, he’d better get used to Molina. Cervelli won’t be on the postseason roster. :)

  235. Christina25 September 12th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    At least Smoltz and Penny dint get 16.5 million a year for 5 years. I dont even know why Theo went after them. I hated this move from the beginning. Smoltz was coming out from a serious surgery and Penny was bad even in the NL with serious character issues.Dice K is another bad signing even after winning a WS. The guy is very stubborn and has a thick head. i hope after he comes back and does well they showcase him to another team and ship him out of town.

  236. Midtown Mike September 12th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    I’d like to remain optimistic about this game, but the offense seems to have thrown in the towel. Matusz is cruising with average stuff.

  237. The Damon-ator September 12th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Yeah I agree Pete, I’m a little sick of Girardi’s Pollyanna routine in press conferences.

  238. The Damon-ator September 12th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Matusz is a top prospect for the O’s but then again it is the O’s so top prospect status doesn’t mean much normally.

  239. Christina25 September 12th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    BBfan,
    how do you know the good AJ will show up in the playoffs? if I was you I wouldnt feel confident. Burnett is bad against the NL teams.

  240. m September 12th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Christina,

    Did you post on Mazz’s article about how the Red Sox have a .500 record if you take out the games against the Jays & Orioles?

    Someone named “Christina” asked if they thought the Yankees were on PEDs. I thought it was pretty funny, I felt like I knew that person.

  241. Bronx Born September 12th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Very interesting Randy. Appreciate the insight.

  242. pat September 12th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    randy

    Good visual explanation!

    Is there something about AJs motion that makes it hard for him to have an effective 3rd pitch?

  243. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 12th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Isn’t there a NESN infomercial on TV that these Sox trolls can go watch this afternoon?

  244. Jeremy September 12th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    The Yankees should get another pitcher for next year. The Yankees need to have a deep pitching staff.

  245. stuart September 12th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    AJ is a much better farnsworth. dumb, talented, and a life time underachiever….

    the guy has not been good in 7 of his last 8 starts, that is bad………………….

  246. Lou in SoCal September 12th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Pathetic! How are the Yankees going to beat the Angels? I hope the Redsux beat the Angels, because yanks won’t beat the Angels playing like this.

  247. Rose September 12th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Pitching is the key in the post season.
    Yankees are a great hitting team, but in the post season they will be facing very good pitching. They cannot always come back when their pitcher gives up a lot of runs.

  248. ELKEAL487 September 12th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Pitching & defence win games, but, if A.J. is given the ball in game 2 of the playoffs, get ready to pack your bags early. Right now, Kei Iagwa would be a major upgrade to A.J., without the attitude. CC & Pettitte deserve to be 1,2 in the playoffs, regardless of both being lefties. Girardi blew last nights game in the 6th, Marte is allowing righties about a .320 average against, and should not have been in the game after he gave up a hit to Pie. Girardi has a tendency to go too long with guys based on reputation, rather than on performance. The Yankees would be better off starting Aceves in game 3 and let him give you 5 good innings. That’s far more than you’ll get out of A.J. I always thought of A.J. as a big time pitcher, no longer. Our old friend, now in Cleveland, is showing much better.

  249. m September 12th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Way to wiggle, AJ.

    Let’s go Shelley. Show us why you were the MVP.

  250. pat September 12th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Christina

    The difference with the Yankees is they can afford a bad contract here and there so they take a chance on the upside.

    The Sox can afford it too but management has somehow convinced the fanbase they can’t.

    As I’ve told my boss alot over the years, sometimes going cheap is infinitely more expensive. You can put in the money upfront and roll the dice or pay on the back end over and over again.

    It usually evens out in the end as to how much money you end up spending.

  251. Jeremy September 12th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Christina25
    What are you talking about ? A.J. bad against the NL teams. A.J. was great against the NL teams during interleague play.

    Why don’t you worry about your “ace” Josh Beckett because if he doesn’t pitch well the Sox aren’t going anywhere.

  252. Carl September 12th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    # Rose September 12th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Pitching is the key in the post season.
    Yankees are a great hitting team, but in the post season they will be facing very good pitching. They cannot always come back when their pitcher gives up a lot of runs.

    I guess this doesn’t apply to the other team also. Just the Yankees.

  253. cashman needs to go September 12th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    this is why cashman needed to pick up another starter not named mitre or gaudin before july 31st…and why he needs to go..
    even if aj pitches well (when did that happen last)we still have pettite who can pitch lights out or like he did last night – cc who is pitching great but isn’t postseason tested..and the rest of the scrubs led by joba…. can you see this pitching staff beating the angels? i don’t think so..

    just dumb Gm’ing by cashman…think of it this way, if you just spent a million dollars on a lamborghini and the car gets 3 flat tires and the carbuerator dies are you going to put it in the garage and drive the hyundai?.. or buy new tires and carbuerator?

    investing another 8 million dollars in a pitcher (cliff lee?)is nothing compared to getting smoked in the playoffs once again…just plain dumb…

  254. RalphieD (OPPC) September 12th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    as much as we like to project negatively or positively, essentially what the yankees are doing right now is meaningless….

    burnett could pitch terribly the rest of the season and have an absolutly dominate PS…or he could pitch great for the rest of the season and stink in the PS

    this goes for every aspect of the game and the team..they have to be hot IN the playoffs..

  255. RS September 12th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Shelly is in the wrong part of town. If he was playing Queens he might have a chance to be the everyday cleanup hitter.

  256. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 12th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    “Our old friend, now in Cleveland, is showing much better.”

    And whom would that be?

  257. randy l. September 12th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    bronx born-

    i was taught the “T” drill by tony cloninger , the fifteen year yankee organization pitching coach, after i knocked him on his butt twice in winter ball throwing the ball back to the pitcher in a bullpen session. tony was working on the pitcher and standing right next to him.

    he assumed that a bullpen catcher could throw the ball to the pitcher without hitting the pitching coach. wrong. actually i didn’t hit him because he’s quick on his feet for a big man, but he went down twice within minutes and thus my belated plane of glass lesson.

    i’ve taught it to numerous kids and it clears up their sideways missing immediately. great drill.

  258. V September 12th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    This team doesn’t have the starting pitching to win

  259. Pepitone September 12th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    “But this guy is untrustworthy. It should be CC and Pettitte. The idea of Burnett starting his first-ever playoff game should scare the heck out of Yankees fans. Sure, he’s capable of throwing a three-hitter and fanning 10. But he’s way more likely to do what we’re seeing now.” – Pete
    ============

    Couldn’t agree with you more, Pete. This is the guy that the team needs to step up, and he’s been messing his pants (except for his last game in a blowout) for the past two months.

    If they can’t get him right, then I don’t know how they go far in the playoffs with only two reliable starting pitchers.

  260. The Damon-ator September 12th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    sign John Lackey this offseason.

    the one guy from Anaheim they should sign is Lackey.

  261. RS September 12th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Last year the Phillies had one of the worst rotations out of all the playoff teams. Hamels was good, but after that came Blanton, Myers, and Moyer. Would any of you be comfortable with one of those three as the #2 starter in October?

    Yet they managed to win the WS rather easily because guys got hot. Hamels elevated himself to a new level, but even Blanton and Moyer came up big.

  262. Jeremy September 12th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Will some people calm down. You guys give up before the postseason even begins. “This team doesn’t have the starting pitching to win” come on. Just because they lost two games ? get a grip.

  263. braden September 12th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    This game reminds me of playing the Nationals.
    An under performing team until they play the Yankees.
    How is it the Yankees collectively have stopped hitting?

  264. cashman needs to go September 12th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    RS – although i agree that the hot team can make a run..the phillies didn’t have to face the redsox and/or angels to get to the WS…the NL is a totally different animal…

  265. Christina25 September 12th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Well Jeremy,
    I actually i’m worry about Beckett and I know that if things dont change we are not going deep in the postseason and I’m okay with it. You cant win every year no matter how much money you spend. I dont know what is wrong with Beckett. His velocity dropped down and that is an indication of an injury. Tonight I’m going to the game and I already prepared my son that we may lose because Beckett is pitching.

  266. RalphieD (OPPC) September 12th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    well this place has officially become a joke again because the yankees have the audactity to be losing..

    “This team doesn’t have the starting pitching to win”

    what AL playoff team has 3 or more good starters pitching very well right now?

    red sox? no…beckett has struggled mightily of late
    tigers? no
    angels? not sure about this one but i dont think so
    rangers? no..

    to say this team cant win it all with what they have is silly…but i guess most of it is coming from red sox trolls anyways

  267. Joe G. September 12th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    This is why Cashman should have given Toronto a package of Joba and prospects for Halliday.Other than CC who do you have confidence in a playoff series???

  268. Rose September 12th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Carl

    Do you have confidence in AJ in the post season? I don’t.
    But I like the Yanks chances with CC and Andy.

  269. Jeremy September 12th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    They should sign Lackey. Not a long term deal. The guy is a proven postseason pitcher and has won a world series for the Angels. If we add him to the staff with CC and the rest we would have the best starting rotation in the AL.

  270. Drive 4-5 September 12th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    The worst signing by any team this year could very well have been John Smoltz. Not only did he get a $5.5 mil base salary, he collected $35,000/week for every week he was on the major league roster starting June 1.Smoltz was designated for assignment on Aug 8, meaning he collected 10 weeks of salary and made a total of nearly $6 mil for his 3 wins.

  271. Erica - always OPPC September 12th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    m
    September 12th, 2009 at 12:42 pm
    Does Girardi know that GTLU is on hiatus? That’s a ridiculously impossible to guess lineup.

    *****

    This is one of the very reasons GTLU is on hiatus. I knew Girardi would win everday

  272. cashman needs to go September 12th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    jeremy its not losing 2 games in a row..yesterdays game meant nothing..
    its not having reliable starters in the playoffs…you have MAYBE 2 reliable starters right now..cc and pettite..cc hasn’t had a great postseason history..which pettite will show up? the one that had a perfect game through 6 or the one that barely got out of the 5th inning yesterday..after those 2 you have aj and joba – who at the least will make you throw your tv out the window in frustration..and at best murder someone…

  273. Lou in SoCal September 12th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Angels have an outstanding rotation. Especially with Kazmir now. The bullpen is somewhat suspect however. Too bad yanks didn’t put a block on Kazmir, that could be the the difference for the angels. Their GM would look like a genius if they pull it off.

  274. Jeremy September 12th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Christina25
    Yeah what is up with Beckett ? Is he injured ? I did notice a drop in velocity since he started being awful. And his curve is getting pounded because he keeps on hanging them.

  275. The Ghost September 12th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Why does everyone have so much faith in CC come October, the guy is just about as unproven as AJ, maybe moreso because at least AJ has no post season record. CC has been lights out going into the playoffs 2x and has pulled an Arod each time. Pettitte is the only proven commodity for the Yankees come October. Face it, this post season is going to be about bats and bullpens, the starters are going to be a sideshow.

  276. Pepitone September 12th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Well, as we all know, sports is a funny business. I’ve seen enough games to know that nothing is a sure thing when the playoffs come around. Burnett could turn it around and come up big, or stink up the joint. I remember Ed Figueroa in the playoffs in the seventies. He would have pretty good regular seasons, then struggle like crazy in the playoffs.

    Maybe Burnett will be the opposite, struggles like crazy in the last two months of the regular season, then becomes Cy Young in the playoffs. Who knows.

    We will find out come October.

    Nevertheless, it is a huge concern for the Yankee coaching staff.

  277. Carl September 12th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    # Rose September 12th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Carl

    Do you have confidence in AJ in the post season? I don’t.
    But I like the Yanks chances with CC and Andy.

    I don’t put much into these games. October is October. September is September. Anyone could get hot/cold. How many times have we seen A-Rod go into October hot, then go cold? AJ has good stuff. We will have to see what happens.

  278. JG29 September 12th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    How can everyone be so confident going into the playoffs with this pitching staff? Other than CC, who else can you count on? Joba? Pettite? AJ? Why in the world didnt Cashman trade Joba and prospects for Halliday? Why didnt Cashman aquire another pitcher at the deadline? How are you guys confident with this pitching staff in a playoff series facing Boston and the Angels? Remember, the Yankees record means nothing once playoffs begin so forget this best record in baseball garbage.

  279. Drive 4-5 September 12th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Lou in SoCal ,

    Having the best record in baseball, the Yankees were unable to block Kazmir even if they wanted to. The claiming order goes in the inverse of the teams’ record. The Yanks were the last to be able to claim or block anybody.

  280. Jeremy September 12th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    cashman needs to go
    You can say the same for any rotation. Verlander has a 5.86 ERA in postseason play, and Edwin Jackson is an unknown, and Porcello is a rookie. Beckett is up and down, Wakefield is hurt, Byrd sucks, and Dice-k walks the park.

    See you can say that for any rotation going into the postseason. Each team has glaring issues.

  281. Nick in SF September 12th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    “Why does everyone have so much faith in CC come October, the guy is just about as unproven as AJ…”

    He’s a much better pitcher. That’s the source of the hope.

  282. Seven September 12th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Wow Kay stating the obvious if Burnett gives up 6 runs in the alds the yanks would lose the game.

    I dont care if Burnett pitched a gem today, this game today has no impact one way or the other of how Burnett pitches in the alds.

  283. ADam September 12th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    jeremy its not losing 2 games in a row..yesterdays game meant nothing..
    its not having reliable starters in the playoffs…you have MAYBE 2 reliable starters right now..cc and pettite..cc hasn’t had a great postseason history..which pettite will show up? the one that had a perfect game through 6 or the one that barely got out of the 5th inning yesterday..after those 2 you have aj and joba – who at the least will make you throw your tv out the window in frustration..and at best murder someone…””

    - Yikes man.. if the yanks make you this mad why do you watch… Enjoy it…..

  284. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 12th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Hard to believe the Yankees are a .500 team on Saturdays.

    11-11.

    take the playoff series with the fewest Saturday games!

  285. Lou in SoCal September 12th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Drive 4-5
    September 12th, 2009 at 2:46 pm
    Lou in SoCal ,

    Having the best record in baseball, the Yankees were unable to block Kazmir even if they wanted to. The claiming order goes in the inverse of the teams’ record. The Yanks were the last to be able to claim or block anybody.

    Thanks! My Bad.

  286. BBFan September 12th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    “BBfan,
    how do you know the good AJ will show up in the playoffs? if I was you I wouldnt feel confident. Burnett is bad against the NL teams.”

    As they say, predicting the future is crapshoot.
    I just hope he does. It has at least 50% probability.

  287. Nick in SF September 12th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    If AJ gives up 6 in the ALDS, you just have to hope that Hairston, Shelley, and Molina show up to hit more than they did today.

  288. Donnie - Will Meet Melvin Mora Under the O'Neill Banner September 12th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    This has been the most boring game of the season. I love baseball, but that one bad inning took me out of it, and NOTHING has happened since.

  289. Carl September 12th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Nick in SF September 12th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    If AJ gives up 6 in the ALDS, you just have to hope that Hairston, Shelley, and Molina show up to hit more than they did today.

    hahaha

  290. Jeremy September 12th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    The Ghost
    I think CC will pitch pretty good this postseason because he has finally adhusted to pitching over 200 innings, and he won’t be pitching over 250 innings and will be well rested down the stretch. Verlander and Jackson don’t have good postseason records so the records mean nothing. Josh Beckett has one of the best postseason records and was the worst pitcher in the postseason last year for the Sox. Kenny Rogers one of the worst postseason pitchers in the history of the game had an 0.00 ERA in the 2006 playoffs. You can throw the record out the door because anything can happen in October.

  291. m September 12th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    What exactly was the poll question?

  292. Jeremy September 12th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    sorry I mean’t adjusted.

  293. Carl September 12th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    See what happens when you don’t try to strike out everyone Mr AJ Burnett?

  294. Dr. Cox September 12th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    If we get the Tigers and Verlander wins in Game 1, AJ is going to scare the crap out of me in the second game.

  295. pat September 12th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Headline Blooper

    Report: Baseball won’t punish A-Rod for PDA use.

    Those wacky Canadians. The article didn’t clarify whether PDA use referred to using a Blackberry or kissing in public.

    http://www.tsn.ca/mlb/story/?id=290783

  296. Ryan September 12th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    How come every time the yankees are losing to a team that has a bad record Pete always tries to really magnify the significance of how bad this is by saying that so and so has “checked out” as if they are just going through the motions and do not really care.

    Let me explain two things.
    1) The majority of teams that have losing records notably the Blue Jays and the Orioles have a myriad of young talent that is hungry to earn a job or to show the league in general that they are here to stay.
    2) EVERY single team that plays the Yankees especially at Yankee Stadium is playing there world series. They want those games badly because its the Yankees and its the best team in baseball and their only chance of playing in front of 40+ thousand fans.
    AJ’s performance is truly pathetic but enough with the checked out garbage.

  297. m September 12th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Dr. Cox,

    You better wear a diaper.

  298. GreenBeret7 September 12th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Have to laugh at people that think the Yanks are going to sign John Lackey to a cheap short term contract. You’d better start thinking 5 years at a minimum starting point of 16-17 mil a year.

  299. Carl September 12th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Jeremy

    He was pitching with boo boo on his fingers though. Cheater.

  300. Dr. Cox September 12th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    m,

    Im borrowing some depends.

  301. Pepitone September 12th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Well, Burnett pitched 7 innings, and except for the second, he was very good.

    What I noticed is his strikeout totals were low for him, and he gave up 7 hits, 2 for homeruns. But, he only walked 2, so that means he was throwing strikes. I know I would rather he give up hits than walk people.

    So, if you eliminate his second inning, this was a very good game for him.

    So there is a silver lining after all.

  302. Nick in SF September 12th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Hitting machine! Good for him.

  303. Carl September 12th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    PH Jorge

  304. Yankee Trader September 12th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Yankee pitchers I trust in the playoffs:
    CC, Aceves, Hughes and Rivera.

    The rest of them “currently” are a crapshoot.
    Hopefully our offense can average the 5-6 runs/game against the likes of Verlander, Jackson, Beckett, Lester, Saunders, Lackey, Kazmir, Weaver, Feldman and whomever else we might face in the AL playoffs for a chance to get to the WS.

  305. Dr. Cox September 12th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    lets put some runs up and get into their awesome, awesome bullpen.

  306. Nick in SF September 12th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Crafty walk specialist! Good for him.

  307. m September 12th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Ryan,

    LOL. Some good points. Doesn’t matter if a team is out of it. They’re still professionals. And it doesn’t what month of the year it is, every team wants to beat the Yankees.

    How else can you explain Gold Gloving, Yankee killing play from the likes of Millar, Rios, Bautista, DiNardo, and on and on and on? Most players raise their level of play against the Yankees. Don’t know why people are surprised when teams don’t roll over us. It’s just the opposite.

  308. randy l. September 12th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    shelly duncan could be a folk hero in japan.

  309. BBFan September 12th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    I said earlier, Posada will be in when AJ is out :) :) :)
    Now let us go and win the game

  310. m September 12th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Chris Ray sighting!

  311. RS September 12th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    With Burnett, it’s more about luck than anything. You know Pettitte and Sabathia will give you a good effort even when they don’t have their best stuff, but that’s usually not the case with Burnett. In June and July he actually had a few starts where he didn’t have his curveball and still gutted out a quality start, but for the most part he needs his best stuff to pitch well. So you just have to hope that in a big game in October, he’ll happen to have control of his fastball and a great curveball.

  312. Wangawa September 12th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Obviously it was another bad start for AJ, but you have to give the guy a LITTLE bit of credit for pitching scoreless innings after that and getting through the 7th.

    I still want Pettitte as the Game 2 starter, but AJ has pitched a lot of big games for us this year and we wouldn’t be where we are right now without him.

  313. RalphieD (OPPC) September 12th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    matusz is lucky he got that 3-0 call…could very well of been bases loaded

  314. Jeremy September 12th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    The Yankees need to win Game 1 against the Tigers, Game 1 is the most important game of the ALDS. Because if the Yankees beat Verlander then the Tigers are done. Verlander is the most reliable pitcher on their staff, and their staff is not as deep or as good as the 2006 Tigers.

  315. randy l. September 12th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    “So, if you eliminate his second inning, this was a very good game for him.”

    yeah,and if you eliminate the little big horn , custer had a good year.

  316. Midtown Mike September 12th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    ““So, if you eliminate his second inning, this was a very good game for him.””

    Ok, Joe Girardi. I’m tired of hearing that re: AJ and Joba. In three weeks, one bad inning = season might be over.

  317. Carl September 12th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    damn

  318. Carl September 12th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Midtown Mike September 12th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    ““So, if you eliminate his second inning, this was a very good game for him.””

    Ok, Joe Girardi. I’m tired of hearing that re: AJ and Joba. In three weeks, one bad inning = season might be over.

    This isn’t 3 weeks Michael Kay

  319. Midtown Mike September 12th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    “This isn’t 3 weeks Michael Kay”

    No, it’s not. But that doesn’t change the fact that you can’t keep making excuses for poor performances. There’s nothing worse then an apologist.

  320. Karen September 12th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Not our day at the plate. I hope this kid doesn’t come back out for the 8th.

    Here comes Josh Towers.

  321. a.j.withmolinaplease September 12th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Another no-name rag arm that the Yankees are making look like Sandy Koufax.

    Get ready for lots of cap tipping coming from the Yankee clubhouse.

  322. m September 12th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Pat,

    If you’re around. Gretzky’s on the mound for the Yankees right now.

  323. Carl September 12th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Midtown Mike September 12th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    “This isn’t 3 weeks Michael Kay”

    No, it’s not. But that doesn’t change the fact that you can’t keep making excuses for poor performances. There’s nothing worse then an apologist.

    Yeah lets have Joe G trash his players in the media.

  324. Donnie - Will Meet Melvin Mora Under the O'Neill Banner September 12th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Sterling keeps insisting that this was a good outing from AJ.

    My friend Katie says, “Really? If I gave that kind of effort at my job, I’d be fired.”

  325. RS September 12th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    I missed the very beginning of this inning. Who’s pitching for the Yankees?

  326. m September 12th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Saved an extra base hit there. Nice play.

  327. Carl September 12th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    he would have had him but he dropped the ball

  328. Carl September 12th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    RS

    Josh Towers

  329. Midtown Mike September 12th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    “Yeah lets have Joe G trash his players in the media.”

    Who said that? It’s ok to say that we need to see something better in the next few starts. Nobody is asking Girardi to rip his players to shreds. But a little honesty is much appreciated. By telling us that AJ (and Joba) has been “good lately” only patronizes an intelligent fan. We aren’t stupid. Giving up 6 runs is NEVER good. One bad inning can destroy a whole season. Don’t believe me? Watch Game 7, 2004 ALCS a few times.

  330. a.j.withmolinaplease September 12th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    This wasn’t a “good” outing for Burnett… Not by any stretch.

    It DOES, however, represent progress. Unless I missed something along the way, this is the first time Burnett has started heading south in a game and been able to make the adjustments and turn his day around.

    That does qualify as good news.

    And there was plenty of time for the offense to get back in this game, but they have made this no-name crap lefty look like Sandy Koufax.

  331. Rockks September 12th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Towers showing AJ how its done

  332. Tim September 12th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Angels win tonight, they are only 3 back in the loss.

    And they face Gaudin on Monday.

  333. pat September 12th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Girardi needs a close call to get thrown out of this game.

  334. Carl September 12th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Midtown Mike

    He could say that behind closed doors. We don’t need to hear it.

    One bad inning can destroy a whole season. Don’t believe me? Watch Game 7, 2004 ALCS a few times.

    I guess game 4/5/and 6 don’t count

  335. m September 12th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    The intelligent fan can tell the difference between manager-speak and reality.

    Have you ever heard Girardi remotely criticize a player? No. And that’s why they love playing for him.

    You guys need to get over yourselves.

  336. vtred September 12th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Baseball is littered with guys with million dollar talent and 10 cent heads. Burnett is just another in the long line of them. Eventually, people need to stop looking at his nasty stuff. He is 32. He is what he is at this point.

  337. Clark September 12th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Might want to reconsider taking the “A” series. Do we really want Burnett twice in the series, potentially in a game 5?

    I’ll take my chances with Joba vs. Washburn.

  338. Miggs September 12th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Yanks are finished if they continue to play like this.

    Posada, AJ prove again they shouldn’t be working together.

    Offense has fallen asleep. This is why this team is done in Round 1.

  339. m September 12th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    aj with molina,

    There’s been several outings that AJ’s bounced back to pitch well after a bad inning. I think that’s the frustrating part. But it’s better than total suckitude.

  340. Yanks 182 September 12th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    “UPDATE, 3:14 p.m.: Burnett has a 6.14 ERA in his last nine starts. He has put 85 runners on base in 55.2 innings and allowed nine homers.”

    That’s $82 million well-spent.

  341. Joe D. September 12th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    He can’t have that “one bad” inning in the playoffs. Can’t expect to score 6-7 runs off Edwin Jackson, Lester, Kazmir, or whoever he will be lined up against.

    He has to be mentally tough enough to grind out of that one tough inning. Who cares if he mows the team down after the damage is already done?

  342. a.j.withmolinaplease September 12th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    m

    I believe u r mistaken.

    There have been plenty of game when he started great and crapped out… But I don’t recall his being able to recover from a total meltdown like he did today.

  343. swingsandmisses September 12th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    “UPDATE, 1:06 p.m.: A.J. warming up to Coming Undone by Korn. Unfortunately Korn does not have a song called Fastball Command.”
    LOL, Pete. Very prescient post in retrospect.

  344. JZ September 12th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    The guy is probably thinking, “Damn, I should have gone to Atlanta.”

  345. stuart September 12th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    the guy gave up 6 runs in an inning and you are telling me he pitched 6 other scoreless innings!!!!!!!!!!

    man you have low standards.. What about the Posada calling the game bS excuse???

    Burnett is good at celebrated not that good at throwing strikes and being consistent. again a more talented farnsworth that is what he is.. the guy is 31 or 31 throws 2 pitches and has not figured things out yet!!!!!!!!!!!

    when will he figure things out????

    BTW Tex has not been good lately, look at the stats….

    poor poor effort today. my only complaint with Girardi is how he uses hughes, only when they are winning and basically for 1 inning 4 outs max………

  346. Carl September 12th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Joe D. September 12th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    He can’t have that “one bad” inning in the playoffs. Can’t expect to score 6-7 runs off Edwin Jackson, Lester, Kazmir, or whoever he will be lined up against.

    He has to be mentally tough enough to grind out of that one tough inning. Who cares if he mows the team down after the damage is already done?

    Why does that only apply to the Yankees.

  347. stuart September 12th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    miggs retard molina caught today you idiot…….

  348. V September 12th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    They quit today

  349. Gary September 12th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Remember when everyone was proclaiming that AJ has “changed” and has finally learned how to pitch?

    lol

    This is the same guy he was in Florida and Toronto. And his numbers are going to be considerably worse in every category. A tiger doesn’t change it’s stripes.

  350. ADam September 12th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    UPDATE, 3:14 p.m.: Burnett has a 6.14 ERA in his last nine starts. He has put 85 runners on base in 55.2 innings and allowed nine homers.

    astonishingly bad…

  351. Appologist September 12th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Girardi didn’t put AJ in the best position to win either.

    AJ probably went into the game thinking he had to be near perfect to win considering Joe sent out the “B” lineup out there. It probably got in his head.

    So again, don’t pin it all on AJ. Girardi didn’t help him out with that crap lineup he put out there.

  352. pat September 12th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    “Posada, AJ prove again they shouldn’t be working together.

    Except Molina caught him.

  353. Betsy September 12th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    AJ is the new Alex for Pete, lol……..

    There is no sugar coating this outing, I don’t care if he went 10 innings – AJ pitched very badly. I won’t be trashing him and I won’t give up on him, but the Yankees need to get him straightened out.

  354. The Damon-ator September 12th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Who cares if the Angels win?

    Yankees would still have to win a playoff series to get to the LCS first, and given the last few years I’m more concerned with that.

  355. Bedminster September 12th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    UPDATE, 3:14 p.m.: Burnett has a 6.14 ERA in his last nine starts. He has put 85 runners on base in 55.2 innings and allowed nine homers.

    ————–

    Ladies and Gentalmans… our #2 starter! A complete confidence going into the playoffs with him starting.

  356. Bedminster September 12th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Angels will never beat Boston in the ALDS

    Don’t even worry about homefield. If the Angels get it, it doesn’t matter. If we do get to the ALCS, we’ll be facing Boston.

  357. JZ September 12th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    To be fair, AJ gives plenty of reasons and material for Pete to knock him (just like A-Rod did).

  358. ADam September 12th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Angels win tonight, they are only 3 back in the loss.

    And they face Gaudin on Monday.

    Facing Joba… but yes alarming

  359. Carl September 12th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    JZ September 12th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    To be fair, AJ gives plenty of reasons and material for Pete to knock him (just like A-Rod did)

    I hate the fact that he doesn’t say it to AJ’s face. Hes around him all day.

  360. Erica - always OPPC September 12th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    This blog is a virtual cesspool right now.

    I am going to stop checking comments for a little while.

    Hang in there Yankee people!

  361. DC 212 September 12th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Every Yankee team needs their own Ed Whiston. We found ours in AJ!

  362. Peter Abraham September 12th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Did I miss you in the clubhouse Carl? Were you there at 9:30 this morning?

    You have no idea — none whatsoever — what I or any other reporter says to a player or what our conversations are. Zippo. Don’t pretend you do.

  363. pat September 12th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    m

    You made a Minka/wifey comment last night that reminded me of a video my daughter had showed me yesterday but she was away last night so I didn’t know where to find it.

    Check out the end and how Jeter reacts to someone asking about the “missus”. :wink:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHMIY-1QTNM

  364. Nick in SF September 12th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    It’s not a crime to be an AJpologist!

    The sun will come out tomorrow?

    Off to Berkeley, GO BEARS!!! :)

  365. peted September 12th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    one thing to watch for this offseason the mariners cannot pay king felix who is a free agent after 2010 hello brian cashman even if joba has to go plus others in the long run felix is a better get than halliday

  366. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 12th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    “This blog is a virtual cesspool right now.”

    Yes, what a great day for all the trolls out there!

    100 reasons why they Yanks will fail in the playoffs.
    50 reasons why they won’t even make the playoffs.

    why wait for the Sunday comics, just read the crap spewed here.

  367. Carl September 12th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    # Peter Abraham September 12th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Did I miss you in the clubhouse Carl? Were you there at 9:30 this morning?

    You have no idea — none whatsoever — what I or any other reporter says to a player or what our conversations are. Zippo. Don’t pretend you do.

    A.J. warming up to Coming Undone by Korn. Unfortunately Korn does not have a song called Fastball Command.

    Say that to his face, record it, then put it on the blog. You wouldn’t dare say that to his face.

  368. Trev September 12th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    JP Riccardi and the Atlanta GM must be breathing a sigh of relief right about now. They dodged a bullet with AJ.

    There is a reason that all the media experts killed this signing. Giving a huge contract to a guy like this is bad news.

  369. Bobby September 12th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Carl

    Would you say “Bruney sucks” to his face?

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

  370. Christina25 September 12th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Jeremy,
    I have no idea. Drop of velocity is a sign of arm trouble but the manager is not saying anything.Obviously something is wrong with him but I dont know what. Maybe after the postseason we will find out what it is.

  371. Johnny D. September 12th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Pathetic showing this weekend.

  372. Carl September 12th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Bobby September 12th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Carl

    Would you say “Bruney sucks” to his face?

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

    Am I a beat writer around the team all day?

  373. pat September 12th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    We need Phelps to hit a 2 out HR now and then Alex can hit a walkoff GS. Memories….light the corners of my mind….

  374. Peter Abraham September 12th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Grow up. This is not third grade, Carl. I don’t have to say anything to anybody’s face. We ask questions, they answer them. Everybody is a professional. The guy gets paid a lot of money to play baseball, he takes the good with the bad. That somebody writes about his poor performance likely doesn’t come as a shock to A.J., I suspect.

    Do you really think that a reporter would walk up to a player and say, “This is what I wrote on my blog. I made fun of your warm-up song.” Right, because that is how it works.

    I love how people think there is some sort of antagonistic relationships between the writers and players. This is a profession, we’re not a bunch of drunk fans yelling at them.

  375. Karen September 12th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Our offense stinks today.

  376. Dave September 12th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    I actually would trust Joba more in a big game than AJ. I might even trust Gaudin more if he is facing a righty heavy lineup.

  377. Rose September 12th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    ” Burnett has a 6.14 ERA in his last nine starts. He has put 85 runners on base in 55.2 innings and allowed nine homers.”

    AJ has stunk it up.

  378. stuart September 12th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    burnett has been bad for 2 months that is the fact. nothing to do with the lineup or who catches him he just has stunk.

    that is the fact apologist… he has not earned his cash not close, cc has………

  379. Yanks_Fan September 12th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Too little, too late

  380. m September 12th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    AJ’s loss for sure, but they were flat until the 9th inning. CC “Da Stopper” Sabathia on the hill tomorrow.

    In the meantime, we’ll have to cheer for the White Sox and Tampa Bay.

    Oh, yeah. Go, Maize and Blue. (not even a Michigan fan, but can’t stand that fat turd after he takes a dump on my team in the press).

  381. braden September 12th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    I’v been waiting for someone to notice Tex’s stats.He’s ….

    Hairston jr should never bat 2nd.

    Yankees,lost twice to the worst team in baseball. A team who now has,shaved off 2,and are tied with the Nationals(for worst team) at 32 out.Courtesy of the Yankees.

  382. Tim September 12th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    “burnett has been bad for 2 months that is the fact. nothing to do with the lineup or who catches him he just has stunk.

    that is the fact apologist… he has not earned his cash not close, cc has………”

    Absolutely. The excuses are getting old. Maybe we should just acknowledge that AJ is a mediocre 32 yr old 2-pitch pitcher with bad control and is a headcase on the mound.

  383. Jeremy September 12th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    A lot of doom and gloom on this blog today ! lol

    Hey can some of you at least wait to the playoffs to call A.J. Burnett the new Kevin Brown. The Yankees can always trade him if he fails so who cares. Some of you guys are already saying that the Yanks will fail before the postseason even starts. Some fans !

  384. JeterJobaCanoFanForever, enough said September 12th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    cashman – murder someone? Please elaborate – that is a strong statement. And are you a Yankee fan??

  385. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 12th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Off I go to get my first look at Medchill and the boys.

    They got postponed the other day.

    My guess is that post wasn’t miggs.

    m, lol on Towers/Gretzky. Not as much as Brett Saberhagen/Gretzky, however.

    We’ll win tomorrow.

    Cheers, folks.

  386. Oscar September 12th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    AJ is on pace to have the worst year of his career. Ouch.

    He should have gone to Atlanta when he had the chance. Don’t think he is built for this market. It’s only going to get worse than October rolls around and he still performs like this.

  387. braden September 12th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    CC’s has bee great,but even if he has a bad day and he’s due.He’s so driven,it should be good.

  388. Moose September 12th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    “The Yankees can always trade him if he fails so who cares.”

    Who in the world is going to take on a 33 yr old headcase pitcher with $69 million over the next 4 years left on his deal?

    We’re stuck with him, for better or for worse.

  389. Yanks 182 September 12th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    I have a feeling we’re going to be counting down the days for the Burnett contract to expire, just like we did with Giambi.

  390. Johnny D. September 12th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    And Pavano.

  391. Rose September 12th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    “The Yankees can always trade him if he fails so who cares.”

    And what team will pick up AJ’s contract?

  392. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 12th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    If you’re going to impersonate someone “Miggs” you should probably to it to someone who hasnt stated publicly they’ll be at the game today, and therefore couldnt possibly be posting. :-P

  393. Seven September 12th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Bottom line it is too early to judge Burnett. AJ will be judged in what he does in october, not August or September. If he goes on a big postseason run no one will care about how he struggled in august or september. Same goes for Sabathia if Sabathia struggles in the postseason no one will care how great his august was. People will say he cant get it done in october like they do with A-Rod.

  394. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! September 12th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Of course this would never happen, however…

    If you had to choose between Aceves or Burnett to pitch a big game…

    Whom would you trust more?

  395. Seven September 12th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    And if AJ fails that is another hit on Cashman long resume of signing and bringing in the wrong pitchers.

  396. m September 12th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Dynasty is Destiny,

    Phil Hughes. But that’s besides the point!

  397. Jeremy September 12th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    If October rolls around and A.J. fails the fans will let him know. And I think Cashman will have no other choice but to trade him in the offseason. I would hate to see him fail but he better pray that he gets it together and performs or he will be in a lot of trouble.

  398. Mark September 12th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Wow Pete – Those stats are awful. Can’t believe we paid him $82 million. Thank god we had a fairly large lead for the past month because if we were in a tight pennant race, AJ might cost us a chance to go to the playoffs with how bad he has been since August.

  399. Cal September 12th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    If AJ fails in October, the venom from NY is going to be brutal for him to handle. And he has to deal with it all winter too.

    He pretty much has no choice but to have a good October or he’ll be Ed Whitson.

  400. Betsy September 12th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    They had a pretty lousy lineup today – I don’t care that they didn’t hit. Today was about AJ, first and foremost. He’s vital to their post-season chances, so he’s got to get back on track.

  401. m September 12th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Who’s the guy with McCarver? He has a radio face.

  402. Trev September 12th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    “If you had to choose between Aceves or Burnett to pitch a big game…”

    Aceves, no question. He is a pitcher, he knows how to pitch unlike AJ. He also battles. I’d have more confidence in him holding doen a team for 6 than I would AJ.

  403. Bryan September 12th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    i dont like burnett

  404. Betsy September 12th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Cal, that’s what I think, too. No one deserves Ed Whitson treatment – that was utterly brutal – but I think it will come. I know he loves NY and being a Yankee, but he might think otherwise if he can’t get it done in the playoffs.

  405. murphydog September 12th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Stopped watching the game. Wow… not enough redbull to keep them going after last night I guess.

    So I traipsed over to the Daily News just for giggles and look what I found:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....tml?page=1

    Loopyca has nothing original left to add and so delivers the obvious or banal in the most irritating and self-conscious style. It’s painful to read. It’s a dramatic enough story told simply, there’s no need to tart it up. Why does Loopy have to gild the lilly? It’s a pathetic attempt to make the reader more conscious of the writer than the story.

  406. AZ Dan September 12th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Barring a miraculous finish, he is going to put up the worst stats of his career– by a considerable margin too.

    Not what we hoped for in yr 1 of a 5 yr deal. If he has a bad October, he may not have a chance to recover in NY.

    This guy needs a good October even more than A-Rod does.

  407. Jeremy September 12th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Dr. Cox
    I never said the Yankees weren’t going to make it to October so what are you talking about ? I complained about certain teams but I never said that this team would be out of it. The postseason is a different story. If A.J. fails in the postseason I will be right there with you and the rest and call him a bust (kevin Brown), but I have to wait and see how he performs in the playoffs.

  408. Gargoyle September 12th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    I bet when AJ signed here, one of the benefits he saw was that he could slide under the radar and doesn’t have to be “the man” because everyone else here has big contracts and are stars.

    He’ll find out quickly that when you are the weak link on an otherwise juggernaut, you cannot fly under the radar. The heat this guy will face in Oct. will even more than CC. He’ll have A-Rod-like levels of pressure.

  409. Wait till the ALDS September 12th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    It’s great that we could lose two in a row to the last place O’s and just not really care.

    Not worried about Burnett. One bad inning did him in, otherwise he was very, very good. Sometimes those bad innings happen, we’re just looking for good signs in the playoffs and we’ve gotten them-good signs I mean.

  410. Jeremy September 12th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Well more pitching in the offseason will be the objective.

  411. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 12th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    If only the Yankees could avoid Saturdays.

    Mon 9-7
    Tue 14-7
    Wed 17-5
    Thu 11-7
    Fri 16-6
    Sat 11-12
    Sun 13-8

  412. Tim September 12th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    “ot worried about Burnett. One bad inning did him in, otherwise he was very, very good. Sometimes those bad innings happen, we’re just looking for good signs in the playoffs and we’ve gotten them-good signs I mean.”

    LOL. Pete predicted this perfectly.

  413. Wait till the ALDS September 12th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    I think A.J will show up for the postseason.

    He is, after all, a WS champion ;-).

  414. Jeremy September 12th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Dr. Cox
    And also Dr. Cox I was hardly posting on this blog last month. Maybe you have me confused with someone else.

  415. m September 12th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Jeremy,

    I think they should bring back Andy and have Hughes and Aceves start again.

    You’ve got:

    CC
    AJ
    Andy
    Joba
    Hughes
    Aceves
    Kennedy

    There’s a team option for Mitre which I think they’ll exercise if only to have pitching depth at Scranton.

    Wang will also be back at some point, but we will have to deal with Phil “IP Limit” Hughes.

  416. RalphieD (OPPC) September 12th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    i feel bad for aj in a sense because the expectations for this guy are way to high…hes never been a consistently elite front of the rotation starter and he prbably never will…the problem is he got paid like one…thats the yankees fault

  417. Yank 87 September 12th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    “One bad inning” can kill you in October.

    I know people are assuming that Edwin Jackson will revert back to his Tampa days and the Tigers pen will automatically allow us to rally if we are down, but that isin’t how it usually works in the postseason.

  418. Wait till the ALDS September 12th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    I read what Pete said and disagreed with him, believe it or not.

    I’m not making excuses, I’m just saying we were looking for good signs and got them, which is more important than winning or losing.

    Yes, if he has one bad inning inj the playoffs, all will be bad in the world. But for 6 other innings it was good A.J., and that’s SOMETHING to hang your hat on.

  419. Wait till the ALDS September 12th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    I suppose the tigers re assuming that the best team in baseball that will, barring a semi-collapse, finish with a hundred will be easy to beat come playoff time, but that’s not usually how it works in the postseason.

    Sorry, but this game hasn’t done much to change my optimistic attitude.

  420. Jay September 12th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Ralphie,

    Bingo. If people accepted this guy for what he is– a 32 yr old pitcher with mediocre track record, 2 pitches, bad control, shaky mechanics, but great stuff that he can’t harness but will still put up good numbers for stretches,but not consistently…. then there will be no problems.

    The problem is people think he has “changed” and “become a pitcher” and is different from his Marlins days, when in reality, he isin’t.

    With AJ – Stop looking at stuff, start looking at results. He is 32, he is what he is. Let’s just hope his “good stretch” starts in October. If not, it’s going to be rough sailing for him in NY.

  421. m September 12th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Hey, they need to call that kickoff return back. Isn’t Notre Dame supposed to have more than 3 guys on special teams?

  422. Wait till the ALDS September 12th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    I actually agree with Jay. A.J. is giving no less and no more than what I expected of him. He is what he is. In October let’s hope he puts up good numbers.

  423. XFactor September 12th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    “I suppose the tigers re assuming that the best team in baseball that will, barring a semi-collapse, finish with a hundred will be easy to beat come playoff time, but that’s not usually how it works in the postseason.”

    Did 2006 teach you anything? Regular season stats and numbers mean zilch.

  424. Wait till the ALDS September 12th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    If regular season stats and numbers mean zilch then why are we worried about facing Verlander and Jackson anyway? And why is anybody worried about Burnett’s numbers if regular season stats mean zilch?

    The playoffs are a somewhat of a crapshot, but I’m not really scared of any teams right now.

  425. Duke September 12th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    AJ needs some rest. He pitched better in his last start when he had an extra day. Skip his next turn and then see if he can do it like earlier in the season.

  426. m September 12th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Everyone needs to put their crystal balls away because they’re useless right now. We don’t know that AJ will wet the bed and we don’t know that Jackson will shut us down and we don’t even know if Detroit’s our first round opponent.

  427. Jake September 12th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    m,

    Then why even talk about the postseason at all? We all know there is nothing to project into October and anything can happen, but why should that stop us from talking about it?

  428. Jeremy September 12th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    M
    You are right. We don’t know what will happen in October because anything can happen. If one of these teams get hot in October they could make it all the way to the World Series.

  429. BJK September 12th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Seven
    September 12th, 2009 at 4:03 pm
    And if AJ fails that is another hit on Cashman long resume of signing and bringing in the wrong pitchers.

    ———————————————————-

    Just out of curiosity, who would have been the “right” pitchers?

    I hear this all the time, people blaming Cashman for signing the wrong pitchers. It’s all Cashman’s fault.

    But I never hear who the better alternatives would be.

    Yes, there have been some disasters. Big ones. But before you slam Cashman for bringing in the “wrong” pitchers, what great pitchers has he failed to bring in that were available?

    The Yankees needed starters this year. Derek Lowe isn’t having a great year and he’s in the NL. You get the best available and hope they perform.

    That’s why developing your own starting pitching is so important. That’s why Joba and Hughes will be starters until they can prove without a doubt that they are not.

  430. Wait till the ALDS September 12th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    A.J. was the second best available pitcher. He hasn’t been totally god-awful (much better first half) and he can salvage the second half with a good playoff run.

  431. Trev September 12th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    AJ was a tremendously short-sighted move. But Cashman had to win this year and he gave him the best chance to.

    He didn’t have another option on the market, but that doesn’t make AJ’s contract more acceptable.

  432. Seven September 12th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    If I recall the yanks 4th starter Joba beat Edwin Jackson at the stadium on old timers day. I personally think Burnett will be fine in the postseason. The yanks have been dominant this year. People are just looking for reasons to panic. The yanks will sweep the tigers.

    The only challenge for the yankees to not make it to the world series will be the angels.

  433. Wait till the ALDS September 12th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    The only reason I disliked the Burnett move was because he was injury prone. That’s it, really. IF (big if) he stays healthy, I won’t question it.

  434. m September 12th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Jake,

    Then why not talk about the other question marks. Or is AJ the only one? He isn’t capable of being a dominant pitcher on any given day? Or is that only reserved for Edwin Jackson?

    When the playoffs begin, it’s a whole new game. Anything can happen. So, yeah, feel free to talk about October but don’t assume that Bad AJ will show up. Joba’s been bad for 3 months, but I’ve said I believe that Good Joba will show up.

    Anyone can have it going in the postseason. Beckett, Schilling, AJ, Jackson, Jamie Moyer who’s getting up like a Christmas tree by the Mets right now.

    But you never know. That’s the whole point.

  435. Betsy September 12th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    What was the other option, Derek Lowe? 34 year old Derek Lowe? He of the 4.36 ERA in the NL?

  436. Betsy September 12th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Excuse me – Lowe is 36

  437. m September 12th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Betsy,

    haha. You’re excused. Lowe lost weight and looks younger than his years.

  438. Betsy September 12th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    LOL M………..

    I didn’t hear AJ’s post-game (shut the game off and, frankly, forgot about it), but I read on NYYfans.com that he said he threw the ball where he wanted it and only made 1 bad pitch.

    If he did say that, that is disappointing. The first inning, AJ got very lucky – if he was trying to throw the ball in the dugout, then yes, he was throwing it where he wanted. One bad pitch? Oy vey…….AJ is usually very accountable in his post-game sessions. Sounds like today he took lessons from Joba

  439. Wait till the ALDS September 12th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    He DID only really throw one bad pitch. It was hit for a GS. In the first he got out of it. In the second, well two runs and one bad pitch equal disaster.

  440. Jeremy September 12th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Seven
    If the Yankees get through the first round they will have to go through the Red Sox not the Angels. The Angels are going to fail yet again to the Red Sox. Last year the Sox had a bad Josh Beckett, David Ortiz, and Mike Lowell and they still beat the Angels. I don’t expect things to change.

  441. Seven September 12th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    BJK
    “That’s why developing your own starting pitching is so important. That’s why Joba and Hughes will be starters until they can prove without a doubt that they are not.”

    ————————————

    I agree with that both Chamberlain and Hughes are starters too me. Look at the free agent market this year there are not many good options. Thats why I find it ridiculous that people want them in the bullpen. Joba has 4 plus pitches there is no reason why he cannot be a very good starter. He just needs to iron down his fastball command. Cashman better get a legitimate 8th inning guy in the offseason like someone like Huston Street or Michael Wuertz from Oakland so he can stop using the organization’s best 2 young pitchers in the bullpen.

  442. Betsy September 12th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Wait, I saw the first inning. He got lucky on that K (forget the kid’s name) beause the 3rd strike was really a ball…….then, the hard hit double play.

  443. Trev September 12th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    When “good” Joba is on, he can beat anyone.

  444. Wait till the ALDS September 12th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Maybe he got out of it, but he got out of it. No runs scored.

  445. Wait till the ALDS September 12th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    LOL…should say, maybe he got lucky, but he got out of it.

  446. Jeremy September 12th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Betsy
    A.J. better start being accountable because the New York fans will not be easy on him if he fails Game 2 of the ALDS. The Boo birds will shower him and the media will attack him. He better get his act together.

  447. m September 12th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Pitchers shouldn’t have to apologize for gift calls because they get squeezed, too.

    And they shouldn’t have to apologize for players lining into double plays when they get blooped to death, too.

    Luck goes both ways.

  448. Seven September 12th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Betsy
    September 12th, 2009 at 4:45 pm
    Wait, I saw the first inning. He got lucky on that K (forget the kid’s name) beause the 3rd strike was really a ball…….then, the hard hit double play.

    ———————————–

    That happens to every pitcher though. They all get hard hit outs. Burnett was right though the big mistake was the pitch to Roberts that was big blow that took the team out of the game.

  449. Jim September 12th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Jeremy,

    Exactly. If he bombs in October, it is going to be a bloodbath for him. He needs to get his act together before he becomes Ed Whiton Jr.

  450. Wait till the ALDS September 12th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    I think he’s been very accountable. He’s right-if that ball turns into a DP instead of a GS then we’re talking about how A.J. allowed 2 runs over 7 innings and the Yanks won 3-2.

  451. Yanks 98 September 12th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Burnett’s entire career is about “one big inning/mistake”.

    That’s usually how pitchers with great stuff but mediore results operate.

  452. Wait till the ALDS September 12th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    I really disagree with that. I ddon’t think that;s how A.J. works at all. In fact “one bad inning” is pretty rare with him. Normally he’s either really good or really bad for a whole game.

  453. 7 UP September 12th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    “UPDATE, 1:06 p.m.: A.J. warming up to Coming Undone by Korn. Unfortunately Korn does not have a song called Fastball Command.”

    LOL !

  454. Tunnel Man September 12th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Jim September 12th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Jeremy,

    Exactly. If he bombs in October, it is going to be a bloodbath for him. He needs to get his act together before he becomes Ed Whiton Jr.
    =======================================================
    if he bomb in october, Cashman also bears culpability.

    I mean that would be AJ on top of Pavano and Kei Igawa.

  455. m September 12th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    That irritating Podsednik with an inside-the-parker. 2-0 White Sox.

  456. Jeremy September 12th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Jim
    I pray that he comes up big in October. Not just for the Yankees but for him. Because there will be a blood bath if he fails.

  457. Wait till the ALDS September 12th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    White Sox over Red Sox.

  458. Wait till the ALDS September 12th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Should be a question.

  459. Donnie September 12th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    To quote the great Mike Franxessa -

    “He can’t get anyone out, but he can bake one HELL of a pie”.

  460. m September 12th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Wait,

    White Sox 2, Angels 0.

  461. BJK September 12th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Seven
    September 12th, 2009 at 4:44 pm
    Cashman better get a legitimate 8th inning guy in the offseason like someone like Huston Street or Michael Wuertz from Oakland so he can stop using the organization’s best 2 young pitchers in the bullpen.

    ——————————————————–

    The problem with that is that Street isn’t an 8th inning guy. He’s a 9th inning guy. He’s having a great year as a closer. Why would he want to pitch somewhere he can’t close games?

    And just because Wuertz is having a great year in Oakland doesn’t mean he’d be able to pitch in NY. People were clamoring for Marte before Cashman acquired him.

    All I’m saying is lighten up on Cashman. He’s putting the team in the best position he can to win with what’s available out there. That’s why I like filling the bullpen from within- the Robertsons, Dunns, Aceves, Melancons… you take your young arms and see who sticks.

  462. Jeremy September 12th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Too bad we don’t have David Cone, David Wells, and Orlando Hernandez in their prime on this staff. I would feel more confident, but I am still confident.

  463. Castro September 12th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Everybody in the media killed the AJ Burnett signing in the media for a reason.

    Cashman was desperate (like he was for Pavano, Igawa etc.) and made a terrible signing.

  464. Wait till the ALDS September 12th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Thanks m.

    That comment proves (like we needed it) that Francessa is a moron.

  465. Wait till the ALDS September 12th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Since when was the media always right?

  466. Betsy September 12th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Jeremy, I’m only talking about today. AJ has been very accountable since he’s been here……

  467. BJK September 12th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Castro
    September 12th, 2009 at 5:00 pm
    Everybody in the media killed the AJ Burnett signing in the media for a reason.

    Cashman was desperate (like he was for Pavano, Igawa etc.) and made a terrible signing.

    ——————————————————

    What does this team look like right now in the alternate reality where Cashman didn’t make the terrible Burnett signing?

  468. Pepitone September 12th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Why does it have to be a “bloodbath” if Burnett fails in Oct.? What gives Yankee fans the notion that the World Series is their inherited right?

    If they don’t make it to the WS, it’s been a great season nonetheless. Everybody should be proud of the job they did this year, including Burnett. You win as a team, and you lose as a team. If they don’t make it, it’s not all on Burnett, or Rodriguez, or Girardi, or Cashman, or the Good Humor man, it’s a team failure.

    What do they do? Go over what went right, what went wrong, and prepare for next season. By the way, I think the Yanks will be better next season, and this season has been pretty great already.

    So, stop with the entitlement talk already, we have enough to win the whole thing, but if we don’t, we move on and get ready for next year.

  469. Jeremy September 12th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    “He can’t get anyone out, but he can bake one HELL of a pie”.

    -Mike Francessa

    I have to admit that is a funny comment from the fat man.

  470. Jeremy September 12th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    A.J. Burnett= Kevin Brown

    They have a somewhat similar delivery, and both had up and down numbers throughout their seasons with the Yankees. The final verdict will be based on his postseason performance. But I think he will be fine.

  471. Wait till the ALDS September 12th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    We don’t need to win the WS, but if we lose in the ALDS it’s a huge disappointment.

  472. Tunnel Man September 12th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    BJK September 12th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    What does this team look like right now in the alternate reality where Cashman didn’t make the terrible Burnett signing?
    ==============================

    I don’t know. We’d have to hire Quentin Tarintino to find out.

  473. Ken September 12th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Did we overpay for Burnett? Of course, But we are the Yankees and we can afford to overpay. The next available option was Lowe and look at what Atlanta paid him. I agree over the life of the contract its going to be a bad signing but Cashman had to win this year and thus Burnett was his best option.

  474. Seven September 12th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    BJK
    September 12th, 2009 at 4:59 pm
    Seven
    September 12th, 2009 at 4:44 pm
    Cashman better get a legitimate 8th inning guy in the offseason like someone like Huston Street or Michael Wuertz from Oakland so he can stop using the organization’s best 2 young pitchers in the bullpen.

    ——————————————————–

    The problem with that is that Street isn’t an 8th inning guy. He’s a 9th inning guy. He’s having a great year as a closer. Why would he want to pitch somewhere he can’t close games?

    And just because Wuertz is having a great year in Oakland doesn’t mean he’d be able to pitch in NY. People were clamoring for Marte before Cashman acquired him.

    All I’m saying is lighten up on Cashman. He’s putting the team in the best position he can to win with what’s available out there. That’s why I like filling the bullpen from within- the Robertsons, Dunns, Aceves, Melancons… you take your young arms and see who sticks.

    ——————————————–

    The yankees do have a lot of nice young bullpen arms which is another reason why Joba and Hughes should be starters. I do think Robertson is the future 8th inning pitcher but he is still very young and inexperienced you cannot rely on him next year to be able to do that job.
    A guy like Street would be perfect because he has closer experience even though he might not be avaliable. Next year you might need someone who can get a save because you cannot always use Mariano.

  475. Wait till the ALDS September 12th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    I will say her, on September 12, 2009, at 5:18 PM that I believe the Yankees will win in Round 1 in four games, with Andy being the only starter with a win.

    Yeah, I said it.

  476. V September 12th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    No reason to panic? #2 starter sucks. #4 starter stinks. Marte stinks. Bruney is terrible

  477. Wait till the ALDS September 12th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Of course if I was right I CALLED IT!!!! but if I was wrong well I was kidding anyway.

  478. m September 12th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    I am going on record here on 9/12/09 at 11:25 AM by saying that something will happen in the postseason. Someone will win, someone will lose. But something exciting will happen.

  479. Wait till the ALDS September 12th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    So m, not only something, but omething EXCITING!!!

    Bold. Very bold.

  480. Tunnel Man September 12th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    I going on record her at 5:35 PM on 9/12/09.

    AJ will blow chunks

    He will be pillared by the media and the fans

    And once again, the media will act as Cashman’s apologists and excuse and cover-up his failures.

  481. Jeremy September 12th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Dr. Cox
    I am still waiting for you to reply to my comment earlier.
    You said that I said that this team is not going to make it to the playoffs, when I never said that.

  482. MG September 12th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    I didn’t watch the game or read the blog today until now but it’s pretty funny how there are so many ‘bridge jumpers’ that claim to be Yankees fans. Those of you who would DFA any player that either pitches badly or fails to hit with RISP just don’t have a clue about baseball.

    It’s a long season, players get run down and into slumps. AJ is a streaky pitcher, he’s in a slump and there is no timetable for him getting out of it. At least today proved it’s not the catcher, it’s him. Until he recaptures enough location with his fastball to keep hitters honest he’s not going to be successful. But, even with him struggling, the Yankees have the best team and are going to be awfully tough to beat in the post-season, you can’t use the last two games as measuring sticks, they are just games.

  483. BJK September 12th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Tunnel Man
    September 12th, 2009 at 5:34 pm
    I going on record her at 5:35 PM on 9/12/09.

    AJ will blow chunks

    He will be pillared by the media and the fans

    And once again, the media will act as Cashman’s apologists and excuse and cover-up his failures.

    ——————————————————-

    …because instead of signing Burnett, what Cashman SHOULD have done is ______________________.

  484. Tunnel Man September 12th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    BJK-

    you prove my point. instant apologist. Cash can only do right, he can never do no wrong.

  485. MT. September 12th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Tunnel Man – you are usually just vulgar…now you’re just dopey. Go have dinner.

  486. Tunnel Man September 12th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Put it another way. If AJ was 20-8 and won the Cy Young award, everyone would be giving Cashman credit for the signing.

    If AJ blows, then the same people excuse Cash of any responsibility by saying he had no choice.

  487. Tunnel Man September 12th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    MT.-

    I’ve never posted any vulgar material. you’re flat out wrong.

  488. BJK September 12th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Tunnel Man
    September 12th, 2009 at 5:49 pm
    BJK-

    you prove my point. instant apologist. Cash can only do right, he can never do no wrong.

    ——————————————————

    Tunnel-

    I’m not an apologist. Consider me an uncommitted independant voter.

    I’m still waiting for any example of what Cashman should have done that he has not.

    I’m open-minded. Convince me.

    All I hear is “should not haves”. Those are easy.

    I’ll even start you off. The Yankees should not have signed Gary Sheffield. Instead, they should have signed Vlad Guerrero.

    (Of course, that was a Steinbrenner decision, not Cashman).

    Your turn.

  489. Jeremy September 12th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Tunnel Man
    I don’t know about the other but I have always talked about Cashman making stupid moves, and giving him credit when he makes good ones. If A.J. Burnett turns out to be Kevin Brown he will hear it from the fans and the media. I actually miss the days of Gene Michael and Bob Watson.

  490. Twenty Seven September 12th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    So far the meanest thing Burnett has thown is a whip cream pie.

  491. Jeremy September 12th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    “He can’t get anyone out, but he can bake one HELL of a pie”.

    -Mike Francessa

    lol

  492. Jeremy September 12th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    keep baking those pies A.J.

  493. Twenty Seven September 12th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Enev though I’m no Cashman fan, he felt signing Burnett would give some prospects time to develop. Who were the alternatives? Ben Sheets, Derek Lowe? AJ has been a Jeckyl and Hyde act all season, hopefully he can give us quality in the playoffs. Regardless, pitchers like him don’t live long in NY, and once we develop or aquire alternatives, he’ll be throwing his pies in another uniform.

  494. Twenty Seven September 12th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    If anyone thinks Marte or Bruney will pitch in a high stakes situation in the playoffs is smoking crack.

  495. Jeremy September 12th, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    “If anyone thinks Marte or Bruney will pitch in a high stakes situation in the playoffs is smoking crack”

    lol ! Funny but true.

  496. BBFan September 12th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    MG, you are talking much sesnes for the kids here to understand :)

    They will keep whining……

  497. M September 12th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    I agree Pete on Burnett in the playoffs but i also worry about Pettitte as well. If CC does not win his games this team will be in trouble especially vs the Angels or Sox.

    Burnett is just a huge question mark and Pettitte puts on too many runners to be completely trustworthy. I know all the ” how dare you question the NYY ‘ crowd will say look at the record but i just look with my eyes and will have to worry about our SP come playoff time.

    The Starters will be the reason this version does not win a world series.

  498. BBFan September 12th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    ****sense****

  499. BBFan September 12th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    We still have 19 games.
    I am not worried about the starters yet.
    I will see how they do in the last week and then think about it.

  500. Jeremy September 12th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

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    Thats been the case for 6 years now. The Yankees haven’t had reliable staring pitching since the dynasty years which explains why they can’t win a World Series. If the Yankee fail I don’t really care because they have a blueprint in place to develop starting pitching and buy pitching.

  501. Sally September 12th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    I was there today,Becky!!

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