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Robertson feeling strong, ready for October

Posted by: Sam Borden - Posted in Misc on Oct 01, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Had a chance to talk with Dave Robertson for a bit before yesterday’s game, and he said he was relieved to wake up without any soreness in his elbow after pitching for the first time in weeks on Wednesday night. “It felt terrific,” he said. “There was nothing in there at all.”

Robertston admitted that there was a little rustiness with his command, but Joe Girardi is planning to use him again tomorrow in Tampa and – assuming he continues to have no health problems – it figures that Robertson will play an important role in the postseason bullpen. For someone who was shut down and sent to Dr. James Andrews in early September, that’s a nice turnaround – even if Robertson isn’t assuming anything.

“It’s not up to me, obviously,” he said. “I can’t control it so I can’t worry about things like the roster. But playing in the postseason here? That would be amazing.”

It’s always fun to see younger guys get excited about the prospect of their first October baseball, and Girardi is high on Robertson’s abilities, especially as a potential escape-artist. The fact that Robertston has 62 strikeouts in just 42 2/3 innings this year makes him a valuable weapon in a tight spot – exactly what a manager needs in must-win games.

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110 Responses to “Robertson feeling strong, ready for October”

  1. Andrew @ NoYoureATowel October 1st, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    I have a feeling Robertson will be coming in for a big spot sometime in the postseason. His 13.4 K/9 rate is perfect for getting the team out of jams.

  2. Mr. Goodkat October 1st, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Good news. Robertson is a key component to the pen.

  3. Jeremy October 1st, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Lets all pray that the Twins win today so that the Tigers have no chance of resting Verlander. We all know that the Yankees will be facing the Tigers but if the White Sox and Twins hold them off just a little Verlander won’t get any rest before the ALDS starts.

    repost

  4. Trevor (Super Mario) October 1st, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Robertson has been under-rated. Hughes gets all the props and rightfully so but Roberston’s name almost never gets mentioned when it’s time to talk about how good the pen is.
    If it wasn’t for him we would be seeing a lot more of Bruney. He’s also important for that 7th inning. Cause other than CC we’re not all that sure that Pettitte and Burnett can complete the 7th inning. Chances are they’ll give a good 6 innings.

  5. saucY October 1st, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    i just realized the only reason i check out espn.com is to get angry at something they write. :? … nothing angered me today, so i closed the page after a few seconds browsing it.

  6. Carl October 1st, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Trevor (Super Mario)

    Ace doesn’t get enough credit either. All we hear about is Hughes Hughes Hughes.

  7. Pat M. October 1st, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Dave Robertson will spell Phil Hughes next season….

  8. CountryClub October 1st, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    My guess is that in 1 or 2 run games, Hughes and Rivera will be called upon to get the final 9 outs. Still, I can see Robertson being asked to get 1 or 2 big outs (maybe the last out of the 6th or 1st out of the 7th) in a tight situation. Or he could pitch with the Yanks down a run or two and be asked to hold it right there. He will be very important this post season.

  9. Matt October 1st, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Anyone have petes new blog over at boston globe link? im curious to see what it is like

  10. Rishi October 1st, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Matt
    October 1st, 2009 at 12:54 pm
    Anyone have petes new blog over at boston globe link? im curious to see what it is like
    ————–

    I don’t think it starts until next week

  11. Erica - always OPPC October 1st, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    I don’t think Pete has started there yet.

    It’s only been a day since he left the LoHud journal. I doubt he dove immediately into a new job midweek. I would expect him to be up and running when the playoffs start

  12. ADam October 1st, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    I think D-Rob is your eighth inning man next year…. With Melancon, Dunn, Aceves, Marte, Coke, Gaudin… The bull pen is going to be really strong again

  13. m October 1st, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Good article by Bill Madden. Interesting quote about the players recruiting AJ. I think they bugged him to death, didn’t want to face him anymore. :)

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....shman.html

  14. 100 pitches of fun... October 1st, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Hopefully the Twins can win the game today. At least that would make the Tigers have to push their guys hard threw the weekend. The Tigers face Peavy tomorrow and the Twins get Royals bad pitching until Sunday then Greinke. If the Tigers win it is over if not the magic number stays at 2. Let’s go Twins!!

  15. saucY October 1st, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Matt, I think it’ll be this one, once he starts:

    http://www.boston.com/sports/b.....tra_bases/

    not sure if he’ll be the exclusing blogger or not. he should be.

  16. BigSix October 1st, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Maybe too much is being made of Verlander missing a game 1 start.

    If verlander pitches game 2, then he’s their man for a potential game 5.

    I’d rather face him in game 4 than do or die.

    I understand need to win game 1, but verlander / pettitte game 5 is well in Tigers favor.

  17. pat October 1st, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Ken Rosenthal lists his top 10 for all the awards.

    Picks Alex(3):shock: above Tex(5) and Derek(7) for AL MVP and CC third for Cy Young.

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/s.....arn-awards

  18. Maverick October 1st, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    There was an earlier post by bru that had 10 pitchers listed then a lot of following posts by many discussing adding either gaudin vs joba or pena vs cervelli.

    I thought Cashman had said they were only going to carry 10 pitchers for the ALDS. Did I miss something, has this changed?

  19. Carl October 1st, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Chris Carpenter the pitcher just hit a grand slam

  20. betsy October 1st, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    I like Robertson and I’m very happy for him that he’s feeling no pain. I am concerned that he’s going to have all of two appearances before he pitches in the post-season; I just don’t think I can trust him in a big spot when he’ll still be working off the rust.

  21. 100 pitches of fun... October 1st, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Does anyone know where to find Verlander’s numbers on extra rest? He will probably be starting game 1 on 8 days rest. Unless on Sunday they let him throw an inning or 2. I was just curious how much of an advantage that is for him. He really scares me. His 100 mph heat usually shuts the Yanks down. On extra rest does he throw 105? lol

  22. Jeremy October 1st, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Yeah the Twins need to win today.

  23. GreenBeret7 October 1st, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Carl
    October 1st, 2009 at 12:49 pm
    Trevor (Super Mario)

    Ace doesn’t get enough credit either. All we hear about is Hughes Hughes Hughes.

    ————————————————————

    You’d rather hear about “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia?” Hey!! Is this really Jan Brady?

  24. Jeremy October 1st, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Verlander is beatable though. He can strike out a lot of guys but he is prone to make mistakes which leads to him giving up a few runs.

  25. Rex October 1st, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    “Ken Rosenthal lists his top 10 for all the awards.

    Picks Alex(3):shock: above Tex(5) and Derek(7) for AL MVP and CC third for Cy Young.”

    I agree with the winners (Mauer & Greinke), and the Cy order (Greinke, Hernandez, Sabathia) but would swicth Jeter (up to 2) and Youkilis (down to 7) in the MVP and move Teixeira to 4th.

  26. Carl October 1st, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    GreenBeret7

    Never watched Brady Bunch. I don’t get the joke,

  27. ANSKY October 1st, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Matt as I recall Pete’s going to start his new blog over there in a couple weeks. He made a final post at the end of the day a couple days ago, the info’s in there.

  28. Coach6423 October 1st, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    I dont think there is any question that Alex should beat Tex and Jeter out. Just look before and after.

  29. pat October 1st, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    100 pitches-

    About 2/3 down the page

    http://www.baseball-reference......r&t=p

  30. Erica - always OPPC October 1st, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Carl
    October 1st, 2009 at 1:22 pm
    GreenBeret7

    Never watched Brady Bunch. I don’t get the joke,

    ****

    What was living in a cave like???

    Just kidding (sort of)
    Jan was the middle daughter and incredibly jealous of the older one, Marcia. So when everyone fussed over Marcia too much she would yell “Marcia, Marcia Marcia”

  31. Rich in NJ October 1st, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Robertson’s absence demonstrated how important he is.

  32. Rex October 1st, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    “Robertson has been under-rated. Hughes gets all the props and rightfully so but Roberston’s name almost never gets mentioned when it’s time to talk about how good the pen is.”

    Robertson needs to slow the walk rate (5 per 9 innings)to be considered in Hughes class. Love the strikeouts, but walks kill… and everything is magnified in the playoffs.

  33. Trevor (Super Mario) October 1st, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    From an offensive point of view, if you’re the Yankees get the pitch count up on the Tigers starters. They’re pen is no where as good as the 06 version with Zummya and other guys coming out throwing 100 mph.
    Verlander is a little harder to gauge cause he can throw 120+ pitches. So he’ll go deep likely.

  34. Carl October 1st, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Erica – always OPPC

    Oh ok

  35. BigSix October 1st, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Trevor –

    Verlander is different – check his last few starts – the man doesn’t walk anyone.

    My guess is the Yanks do the opposite and be aggressive early in the count.

  36. BigSix October 1st, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    FYI – tremendous video of Mauer tipping pitches to Kubel from 2nd base in Game 2 of the DBHDR the other day…check it out at riveraveblues.com

  37. betsy October 1st, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Here comes Francesca, trying to make the Tigers seem like the 1927 Yankees. Then again, he praises every team except the Yankees…….

    I think in the post-season, the Yankees are more likely to ignore AJ’s pitch count (presuming it’s not some crazy number) and he has given us 7 innings quite a few times. If he’s pitching well, I don’t see Joe taking him out……unless it’s a very tight game with a runner on and he wants to bring Phil in to get 4 outs.

  38. Stateman52 October 1st, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Robertson has no business on the post season roster and Joba deserves to be there. I’d rather have Gaudin than Robertson.

  39. betsy October 1st, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    M, that was one of Madden’s better pieces, complete with a bitter quote from JP. What a bum, lol.

    The recruitment of AJ was no secret – last September when the Jays were in town, AJ spoke to several Yanks about playing in NY. He was the mystery guy in the sense that no one knew what he was going to be like personally…..Madden is right, though. All of these guys have handled NY superbly.

  40. pat October 1st, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    I want guys who can miss bats on the postseason roster. Robertson does that.

  41. Get Yer Damn hands Off Of her! October 1st, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    When there is nothing to complain or worry about, you guys always find something !

    I am very happy DR will be healthy for the post season. The game will be played how it is played. You can’t worry about one pitcher on the Tigers and say everything is in their favor. Home field advantage, cy young pitching, and all star caliber offense is what will win this series and the series to come, and it is what is on our side.

    Andy is probably the most experienced starting pitcher in the post season. I’d put any do or die game in his hands.

  42. Tunnel Man October 1st, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    who turned out to be a bigger mess: ‘Marcia Brady’ or MacKenzie Phillips ???

  43. betsy October 1st, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    GB, I watched and loved the Brady Bunch – I got it, lol. What a whiner Jan was……..I thought Marcia was way cool.

  44. Jeremy October 1st, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Trevor (Super Mario)
    Verlander has better numbers at Comerica than on the road. And I don’t think he likes Yankee Stadium after Alex homered off of him to right field. Verlander will eventually wear down. I don’t care who you are, a pitcher that has a big workload like Verlander’s will eventually wear down.

  45. betsy October 1st, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Jan actually only said “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia” once…in the episode where Jan failed at everything she tried..

  46. Trevor (Super Mario) October 1st, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    That caller is right though: I would not pitch Pettitte 2 games in this series. Burnett has the higher upside. and he’s a right handed power pitcher against that lineup.
    Pettitte-fly ball pitcher, better suited at Comerica.

    Sorry but no one other then Cabrera and MAYBE Granderson, scares me in that Tiger lineup.
    Diet Coke could talk about Inge being clutch all he wants but I don’t fear him. And he’s been quiet in a lot of games against the Yankees.

  47. Tunnel Man October 1st, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    pat October 1st, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    I want guys who can miss bats on the postseason roster. Robertson does that.
    ==============================================
    Rats. Buffy the Vampire Slayer always used to hit her Bats.

  48. 100 pitches of fun... October 1st, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    pat, Thank you!!

  49. Nick October 1st, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    No one mentions that he threw something like one curveball. That’s the pitch that stresses the elbow. I don’t think will know if he’s really going to be ready unless he can throw the curve painlessly.

  50. Tunnel Man October 1st, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    betsy October 1st, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    GB, I watched and loved the Brady Bunch – I got it, lol. What a whiner Jan was……..I thought Marcia was way cool.

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

    True the middle girls always whine about either the baby sister or the big sister.

  51. BigSix October 1st, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    This look about right to everybody? Assuming Verlander goes in Game 1.

    Game 1: Yankee Stadium
    Wednesday, October 7, 8:20 pm?
    Sabathia vs. Verlander

    Game 2: Yankee Stadium
    Friday, October 9, 8:20 pm?
    Pettitte vs. Jackson

    Game 3: Comerica Park
    Sunday, October 11, 4:20 pm?
    Burnett vs. Porcello

    Game 4: Comerica Park
    Monday, October 12, 8:20 pm?
    Sabathia vs. Verlander

    Game 5: Yankee Stadium
    Wednesday, October 14, 8:20 pm?
    Pettitte vs. Jackson

  52. Erica - always OPPC October 1st, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Tunnel Man
    October 1st, 2009 at 1:41 pm
    who turned out to be a bigger mess: ‘Marcia Brady’ or MacKenzie Phillips ???

    ****

    With the disclaimer that this is a family blog I will just say-

    Marcia Brady is NOWHERE near the level of mess as MacKenzie Phillips. And just throw in a “yuck” for good measure

  53. Rex October 1st, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    “That caller is right though: I would not pitch Pettitte 2 games in this series. Burnett has the higher upside. and he’s a right handed power pitcher against that lineup.”

    I’m not terribly worried about a series with the Tigers going 5, but on the off chance that it does, I want the big game commodity pitching it and that’s Pettitte, not Burnett.

  54. Erica - always OPPC October 1st, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    I am very happy the Yanks would probably choose the Wednesday Game 1.

    From a selfish point of view- there is way too much other TV on thursday nights

  55. Coach6423 October 1st, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    BigSix,

    Aj pitches so much better at the Stadium pitches there, and Pettite pitches on the road so much better than Burnett, Aj starts game 2.

  56. BigSix October 1st, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    If the Yankees fail to advance to the ALCS with this team, how would you rank it in terms of “biggest disappointment”, with these other (Division Series failure) years:?

    1995
    2002
    2005
    2006
    2007

  57. Erica - always OPPC October 1st, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    BigSix-

    That is an awful and depressing question. Why would you preemptively rate failure?

  58. nature boy October 1st, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    francesa said he has heard “rumblings” that one of the yankees alds home games next week will be a 6:30 start

  59. 100 pitches of fun... October 1st, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Let’s go Twins!! 1st and 2nd, no one out.

  60. Pat M. October 1st, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    AJ has to be a 2 game starter…..Plain & simple

  61. 100 pitches of fun... October 1st, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Pitching to Mauer with 1st base open lol

  62. NITRO October 1st, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    TBS has odd postseason start times. Especially since there will be games on the West Coast this year.

    Usually there is a game on in the afternoon, 6:30, and 10:00 PM.

  63. Tunnel Man October 1st, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Erica –

    Last night, after the game, I caught MacKensie on Larry King, and it was a complete pop-corn-cruching-train-wreck. I kept saying to myself, I can’t believe I actually liked her when I was a teen in the 70s.

  64. Hank October 1st, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Any team with Verlander, Jackson, Porcello is going to be a handful, especially in a 5 game series.

    There is a limit to how confident you can be in a best of 5. It isn’t even about talent.

  65. mick October 1st, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    looks like joba pitched himself off the roster last night.

    is gaudin really needed?

    10 pitchers would allow us to take guzman and cervelli.

  66. upstate kate October 1st, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    If MLB truly wants to attract younger viewers, they need to have some earlier play off games. Some of those games don’t start before kids bed times.

  67. Mike October 1st, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Tyler Clippard doing well with Nats out of bullpen
    http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/.....erId=28694

  68. mick October 1st, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    pitching to mauer will cost tigers the game.

    opened up proverbial flood gates.

  69. 100 pitches of fun... October 1st, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Nice job by the Twins. Twins lead 3-1.

  70. BigSix October 1st, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Erica you’re too funny. And you’re right – bad question.

    BTW – I forgot 1997.

    Let’s leave out this year and look at these past ones. Here’s my ranking:

    1. 1995
    Up 2-0, leads in all 3 Kingdome games

    2. 1997
    Crushing homerun by Sandy Alomar in Game 4

    3. 2002
    Back-to-back jacks by G. Anderson and Troy Glaus off El Duque in the 8th to come back knotted at 1-1 ; Wells caving on the mound

    4. 2005
    Crosby and Sheff collide in right-center allowing 2 runs

    5. 2006
    Moose can’t hold lead ; Rogers baffles with palmload of Valvoline

    6. 2007
    Bugs

  71. JK October 1st, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    I know Joe doesn’t trust Burnett, but having him stat on the road and having Andy facing all those righty bats at home is not putting us int he best position to win.

    By starting Andy in game 2… you are basically doing so with the assumption that you are going to lose game 1 or go to a game 5.

  72. Rex October 1st, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    BigSix:

    This would be a topper. They weren’t that much better than their competition in this 5 years you reference. 1995 was kind of tough because they had the 2 games to none lead and held leads in Games 3,4 & 5, but Seattle was a good club with big momentum of of coming from 12.5 games back in late August to beat the Angels.

  73. Tunnel Man October 1st, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Erica – always OPPC October 1st, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    I am very happy the Yanks would probably choose the Wednesday Game 1.

    From a selfish point of view- there is way too much other TV on thursday nights

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

    Oh, that’s right, “Cougar Town” is on Thursday nites.

  74. Bronx Jeers October 1st, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    I used to love the Brady Bunch. Favorite was the week in Hawaii with Vincent Price and the tiki idol.

    Matt,

    It’s the “Extra Bases” blog. Seems to be on life support now.

    Not sure if it was ever alive in the first place.

    I would look for Pete in the middle of next week.

  75. Erica - always OPPC October 1st, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Tunnel Man
    October 1st, 2009 at 1:58 pm
    Erica –

    Last night, after the game, I caught MacKensie on Larry King, and it was a complete pop-corn-cruching-train-wreck. I kept saying to myself, I can’t believe I actually liked her when I was a teen in the 70s.

    ****

    That reminds me of the night I watched a huge fight in the stands at a baseball game on YouTube. I couldn’t decide who was the biggest lowlife
    1) The animals fighting in the stands
    2) The guy who recorded it and posted it on the internet
    3) Me for sitting at home and watching it

  76. 100 pitches of fun... October 1st, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    What a bad way to end the inning. Cuddyer getting thrown out at 3rd.

  77. Erica - always OPPC October 1st, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Tunnel Man
    October 1st, 2009 at 2:02 pm
    Erica – always OPPC October 1st, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    I am very happy the Yanks would probably choose the Wednesday Game 1.

    From a selfish point of view- there is way too much other TV on thursday nights

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

    Oh, that’s right, “Cougar Town” is on Thursday nites.

    ****

    Actually CougarTown is Wednesdays, but I am not a cougar. I am too young.

    Thursdays are conflicts from 8-10 on NBC and ABC

  78. CountryClub October 1st, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Robertson has no business on the post season roster and Joba deserves to be there. I’d rather have Gaudin than Robertson.

    ———————-

    This is a joke, right?

  79. Erica - always OPPC October 1st, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    BigSix-

    1995 hurts a lot, but that was before there was any success to measure it against

    2007 Would then be my choice because it took a freak event of nature to cause bugs to come out and epic failure

  80. ITC 99 October 1st, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    In our stadium, you want Burnett facing their righty power bats. Neutralize them.

    Comerica is a big park and good for Andy as a lefty facing those righty power bats.

  81. m October 1st, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Cougar Town had some pretty good scenes. I’d watch it over Desperate Housewives anyday.

  82. KWAN October 1st, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Not that it means much, but neither Burnett or Pettitte have great numbers at Comerica. Burnett’s are abysmal.

    Pettitte – 4.65 ERA in 6 career starts
    Burnett – 9.82 ERA in 3 career starts

    But that doesn’t mean much, especially for a Jekyl and Hyde pitcher like Burnett. Andy hasn’t faced them in Detroit since re-joining the Yankees.

  83. Levi October 1st, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    At least he’ll be fine post-injury unlike another certain someone…
    cough*brianbruney*cough.

  84. Bronx Jeers October 1st, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    who turned out to be a bigger mess: ‘Marcia Brady’ or MacKenzie Phillips ???

    ****

    With the disclaimer that this is a family blog I will just say-

    Marcia Brady is NOWHERE near the level of mess as MacKenzie Phillips. And just throw in a “yuck” for good measure
    ————————————————————-

    True because Marcia only slept with her “pretend” brother.

  85. mick October 1st, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    10 pitchers is probably the way to go.

    mo and hughes should get last 9 outs.

    bring the bench.

  86. BigSix October 1st, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Exactly why does everyone want Twins to win this game?
    They likely won’t tie for the division even if they do. Odds are against it.

    I assume it’s because they want Verlander to have to pitch Sunday?

    Which makes Verlander still available to pitch 2 games of the ALDS.

    Who cares if he pitches Games 1 & 4 or Games 2 & 5?

  87. Jeremy October 1st, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    The Angels in 2002 were just ridiculous. They kept on coming back against every team. The power of the rally monkey.

  88. mick October 1st, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    andy game 3 is pivotal.

    aj at home is safer.

    keep aceves ready for a quick hook game 5.

  89. mick October 1st, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    why is francesa so onery?

  90. mick October 1st, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    how is ornery spelled?

  91. Jeremy October 1st, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Having Verlander pitch another 130 pitch 8 inning game before the playoffs with little rest would benefit the Yankees.

  92. 100 pitches of fun... October 1st, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    I am assuming that Bruney will make the roster because of his stuff. But boy is he going to be scary to watch pitch. Also with not knowing if Robertson is 100% I think Bruney has to. I definitely don’t want to see Aceves pitching in the later innings.

  93. lets go twins October 1st, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    If Verlander has to pitch in a meaningful game on Sunday do you take the shorter series so he has to either pitch on 3 days rest in game 2 or normal rest in game 3?

  94. Erica - always OPPC October 1st, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Bronx Jeers-

    Marcia had a substance problem too

  95. MT October 1st, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Chip/Darling for the ALDS on TBS. Do we like this?

  96. BigSix October 1st, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Jeremy –

    I’m not a buyer of that theory, since he would have his standard 4-5 days of rest, and the guy’s a horse anyway.

    I guess I’m more concerned with who we may have to face ib a Game 5. I don’t want it to be him.

  97. Lambchop Louie October 1st, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Neither MacKenzie Phillips or Marcia Brady stand a chance of making the Yankees postseason roster so it’s pointless to discuss them.

  98. mick October 1st, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    pitching 100+ pitches vs the rest of AL aint the same as 100+ vs the Yanks “circular” lineup, as they say especially in our ballpark.

    let him pitch 2 & 5 in da Bronx. if there is a 5.

  99. mick October 1st, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    anybody else say yes to leaving joba home?

  100. BigSix October 1st, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    If Bruney makes the roster and he’s in a game…we’d have to be in bad shape to need him.

    Can’t see it being a good thing if Bruney is in a pivotal spot in a 7th inning. Our starters should get us there on their own.

    Starters + Hughes + Mo

    (with maybe Marte/Coke/Robertson)

  101. Tunnel Man October 1st, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Erica – always OPPC October 1st, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Bronx Jeers-

    Marcia had a substance problem too
    ========================================

    Yeah, for awhile she ended up turning tricks to support her habit.

  102. Trevor (Super Mario) October 1st, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    “Chip/Darling for the ALDS on TBS. Do we like this?”

    I suppose it’s better the Buck and McCarver.

    BTW I’m crossing my fingers it’s not Yankees Cardinals WS. With Buck and McCarver having ties to the Cardinals, they will be even more insufferable.
    Over/under on how many times payroll differential will be brought up?

  103. L to the 2nd October 1st, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Francesa’s whining b/c they’re moving the FAN studios from that dump in Astoria to somewhere in lower Manhattan and poor baby will have a longer commute.

    Sucks to be you at how many $mil per year, eh fat boy?

  104. Pel October 1st, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    NEW :arrow: THREAD

  105. Rishi October 1st, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    :arrow:

  106. saucY October 1st, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    anyone know the date they open sales of ALDS/ALCS tickets to the general public? i can’t seem to find it on their site…

  107. saucY October 1st, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    oops

  108. OldYanksFan October 1st, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    “If verlander pitches game 2, then he’s their man for a potential game 5.”

    Unless the Yankees opt for the short series and pitch Joba against their #4, Washburn. Then we won’t see Verlander twice

  109. 86w183 October 1st, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Some of you are too harsh on Bruney. He’s had his issues, but it’s not like he’s Farnswurst.

    I see no reason fr Joba to be on the ALDS roster. It would be insane to use him out of the pen for the first time all year and he doesn’t deserve a start.

    I agree with AJ in game two. Comparing him and Andy home and away this season it’s pretty clear.

    If Verlander has to pitch a must win game Sunday I would switch to the shorter series format and make it as tough on him as possible. With that in mind CC should be on a five inning limit as a tuneup.

  110. Greg October 1st, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    So why is everyone ripping on Joba?
    I feel like he’s not the one to be blamed. He’s still a kid. He was dominant last few years in the bullpen. He’s done whatever they have asked him to.

    Look at Phil Hughes.. Terrible as a starter and now look at him in the bullpen. Are you all going to hate him next year if he’s moved to a SP and struggles a little?

    Further proof on why not to blame Joba
    Yankees Records in the big 4 starters:
    20-11 in Jobas starts
    20-11 in aj’s
    21-10 in Andy’s
    22-11 in CC’s and an absurd 11-0 since aug 1

    Yeah your arguements will be they had more run support look at the ERAs. His numbers don’t look good, but a lot has to do with pitching 3 2/3 and giving up 4 runs or 7 ip and giving up 4. He was also dominating in the middle of the season as a starter and than Joba rules shut him down.

    Let the kid be on the Roster. Heck if you dont want to face Verlander twice. If he’s planned to start game 2, take the shorter series and Let Joba show you why he deserves to be on the roster.

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