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bildeChemistry, bonding or whatever else you want to call it, the Yankees just like being around each other and that’s one thing that’s helped them as they get set to begin the chase for 27. Kudos to talented artist Chris Brown for the killer illustration that went along with the story.

In the biggest news to come out of yesterday’s workout, Joe Girardi announced that Jose Molina – and not Jorge Posada – will catch A.J. Burnett in Game 2 against the Twins. Josh Thomson has that story.

Mark Teixeira isn’t feeling any pressure as he enters his first postseason with the Yankees, Chad Jennings writes. And CC Sabathia says the comfort he feels in the Yankees hitters may help him get over his previous struggles in the postseason.

Derek Jeter is glad to be back in the postseason after a one-year drought. Josh and Chad also have news in their notebook on Brian Bruney joining the Yankees taxi squad in Tampa and Girardi’s thoughts – including a reference to carrying two lefthanders – on playing the Twins instead of the Tigers.

Here’s a quick position-by-position breakdown of Twins vs. Yankees – needless to say, the Yankees have the edge in nearly every category and my prediction was a Yankees sweep.

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  1. Chip October 7th, 2009 at 8:59 am

    I’m kinda getting tired of Jorge. Everyone talks about what a great team guy he is but when it comes right down to it he’s not. Last year he insisted on catching even when his arm made him a liability back there (until he was shut down) and now his less than enthusiastic support of his manager’s decision going into the playoffs. Girardi should tell him to suck it up the same way Joe did when Torre benched him in 1996 so that Andy could throw to a catcher he was more comfortable with in Leyritz.

    As for this series – yes the Twins have the big Mo on their side coming in, but I’ll take my chances against that rather than face Verlander. I feel better about the Yankee chances against pitchers who let you put the ball in play (like the Twins rotation) over a group of strike out pitchers that the Tiggers offer.

    I would carry a second lefty to match up with Mauer and Kubel

  2. John in Ohio October 7th, 2009 at 8:59 am

    I see Gardner there….back right.

  3. Wait till the ALDS October 7th, 2009 at 9:01 am

    That’s a nice cartoon. Me like.

  4. Wait till the ALDS October 7th, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Which one’s Jeter?

  5. Steven S October 7th, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Is that Melky wearing the pie?

  6. NYY626 October 7th, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Happy 1st day of playoffs everyone :)

  7. Chip October 7th, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Also, with Gardner and Hairston, I don’t think the team “needs” to bring Guzman as a third pinch runner.

    Pitchers: CC, AJ, Joba, Andy, Hughes, Mo, Aceves, Marte, Coke, Gaudin

    Position Players: Jeter, Tex, Jorge, Cano, Melky, Alex, Swish, Damon, Matsui, Hinske, Gardner, Hairston, Molina, Cervelli, Guzman.

  8. Erin October 7th, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Love the cartoon.

  9. Rishi October 7th, 2009 at 9:06 am

    wow – lots of coverage today – not used to the “Today in the Journal News” posts being so long!

  10. jennifer October 7th, 2009 at 9:08 am

    oh give me a break. Jorge has pride. He doesn’t want to sit for a .200 hitter. He wants to be out there. But go ahead and kill him for it.

    The stars are aligned for the Yankees to walk all over the Twins. They will be mentally and physically exhausted. We have to step on their necks early!

  11. Get Yer Damn hands Off Of her! October 7th, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Jeter is straight in the middle in the back, with the big face.

  12. carl p October 7th, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Get ready! I’m going to pitch two Pavano-nos against the Yuckies.

  13. Wait till the ALDS October 7th, 2009 at 9:10 am

    If that’s Jeter, he doesn’t look particularly like Jeter. Except fro him though, I think it’s a good cartoon. Made me laugh.

  14. Chip October 7th, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Jennifer -

    I’m not saying Jorge should be jumping for joy over being sat down – but you gotta support your teammate in that situation and saying less than enthusiastically “I just hope we win that game” doesn’t qualify.

  15. Get Yer Damn hands Off Of her! October 7th, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Looking for some CC domination today, and some gritty gutty base running / offense by the Yankees. We played smart all season, lets continue it and let JoeG out manage the Twins.

  16. jennifer October 7th, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Anyone hear Buster this morning, he was talking about how he spoke to Pavano. Pavano said the twins are like the 2003 Marlins. Why would anyone speak to that jack &&&. WHat does he know he hasn’t played in 4 years! I hate his guts! Is he pitching game 2? He’ll really hear it if he is! I HATE HIM!

  17. Get Yer Damn hands Off Of her! October 7th, 2009 at 9:12 am

    That’s definitely Jeter, I can’t tell if the one diagonally left to Girardi directly in the front is Swish, Damon, or Matsui. I don’t even think Hideki in in there !

  18. jennifer October 7th, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Chip

    Isn’t it what you are thinking? We are sitting down our .280 hitter. They better win!

  19. Get Yer Damn hands Off Of her! October 7th, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Sorry, diagonally right not left.

    Diagonally left is clearly Tex.

  20. jennifer October 7th, 2009 at 9:14 am

    The one with the boombox is Swish.

  21. John in Ohio October 7th, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Matsui – back row, 3rd from left.

  22. NYYROC October 7th, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Pavano may pitch game 2 or 3. I hope it is game 2 @ YS. The crowd will be loud “welcoming” Carl back!!

  23. Erin October 7th, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Where’s Alex-is he the one getting pied?

  24. Get Yer Damn hands Off Of her! October 7th, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Yes, and yes,. Thanks hah. So Damon must be to the left of Matsui, behind and left of CC.

  25. jennifer October 7th, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Who is between AJ and Jorge?

  26. Get Yer Damn hands Off Of her! October 7th, 2009 at 9:17 am

    If that is supposed to be Melky behind Tex and in front of CC that is a horrible reproduction.

  27. The Ghost October 7th, 2009 at 9:17 am

    You know, in mid-season when everyone was rumbling about Nick Swisher’s defense and how it will probably cost the Yankees a game in the post season I remember reading a couple of stories on how hard Swisher was working on his defense before games – particularly his catch and release. He’s still an awful outfielder but I have noticed that his throws have been stronger and more accurate – and I don’t think it was a coincidence that his offense started to pick up as a result (overall improvement often accompanies such exercises).

    Anyway, my point is that if a veteran like Swisher can work on improving a part of his game that is detrimental to the team – when his spot in the lineup isn’t in question – then why couldn’t Posada have a pitcher throw him balls in the dirt for 20 minutes a day so he could become better at blocking balls in the dirt for Burnett? Maybe he has, but I haven’t read any stories of him doing so, maybe it’s something Chad can ask him.

  28. gusb October 7th, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Does anyone know Posada’s batting average in the postseason? Thanks.

  29. Get Yer Damn hands Off Of her! October 7th, 2009 at 9:17 am

    jennifer
    October 7th, 2009 at 9:16 am
    Who is between AJ and Jorge?

    —–

    Jetes.

  30. Joey's Poodle October 7th, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Chip,

    I just hope Girardi gets this out of his system with one sit-down for his old supplanter (he’s talked about the resentment he felt when they started calling Jorge ‘the new Girardi’ when the old Girardi felt like he was still doing fine).

    He can probably afford this once since it’s the Twins.

  31. John in Ohio October 7th, 2009 at 9:18 am

    If I didn’t know that was Posada with the catcher’s mask on his head, I’d be tempted to think he was the pie-in-the-face guy…you know, frothing at the mouth at AJ.

  32. Wait till the ALDS October 7th, 2009 at 9:18 am

    jennifer-I THINK that’s Jeter, which is why I said I like the cartoon except that Jeter isn’t done very well.

    I think A.J. is the best one.

  33. Wait till the ALDS October 7th, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Swisher is far from an awful defender. He is an average defender.

  34. Get Yer Damn hands Off Of her! October 7th, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Jorge will be a great bat off the bench. It’s only one game, we should be more concerned as to which Aj will show up.

    I think he will be solid, but if he lasts 2 innings then this argument is moot.

  35. John in Ohio October 7th, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Get your damn hands…

    I think that’s Tex and Cano in front of CC.

  36. Erin October 7th, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Get Yer Damn hands Off Of her!
    October 7th, 2009 at 9:17 am
    If that is supposed to be Melky behind Tex and in front of CC that is a horrible reproduction.

    *******

    I think that’s supposed to be Robbie.

  37. NYYROC October 7th, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Buster just said Blackburn game 2 Pavano game 3.

  38. Wait till the ALDS October 7th, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Robbie is behind Tex, Melky is the one with the pie.

  39. Erin October 7th, 2009 at 9:22 am

    I guess that would make sense that Melky is the one getting pied since he had the most walkoff hits. Is Alex on there at all?

  40. 108 stitches October 7th, 2009 at 9:24 am

    The Yankees just need to keep their swagger and respect the Twins by taking nothing for granted.
    Predictions are running rampant but only the Yankees know what their sense of urgency is.

  41. Chip October 7th, 2009 at 9:24 am

    Jennifer -

    What I’m thinking is that if AJ feels more comfortable throwing to Molina then I’m fine with it because there’s enough offense in that lineup to carry Molina.

    Poodle -

    I don’t think this has anything to do with personal feelings towards Jorge from Joe – as I said, Girardi’s been on the other side of this when he was benched because second year starter Andy Pettitte felt more comfortable throwing to Jim Leyrtiz.

  42. pat October 7th, 2009 at 9:25 am

    No Alex or Melky in the cartoon?

  43. sunny615 October 7th, 2009 at 9:25 am

    uh-oh

    ESPN: Crown the Yankees
    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=4537035

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=4538320

  44. Get Yer Damn hands Off Of her! October 7th, 2009 at 9:25 am

    Haha yes that all makes sense.

  45. Chip October 7th, 2009 at 9:25 am

    Erin,

    No Alex, no Mariano

  46. Get Yer Damn hands Off Of her! October 7th, 2009 at 9:26 am

    Yeah I dont see Alex.

    Is that Hinske in front of GGBG and then Hughes to the left of GGBG?

    Why Hughes but no Mariano? This is strange ….. haha.

  47. jennifer October 7th, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Mo is all the way in the back next to Bret.

  48. Rex October 7th, 2009 at 9:27 am

    “Buster just said Blackburn game 2 Pavano game 3.”

    Who’s their Game 1 guy?

  49. Benny Blanco October 7th, 2009 at 9:27 am

    I cant believe jorge said “i hope they win that day.” That comes off as extremely selfish.

  50. GreenBeret7 October 7th, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Chip
    October 7th, 2009 at 8:52 am
    I’m kinda getting tired of Jorge. Everyone talks about what a great team guy he is but when it comes right down to it he’s not. Last year he insisted on catching even when his arm made him a liability back there (until he was shut down) and now his less than enthusiastic support of his manager’s decision going into the playoffs. Girardi should tell him to suck it up the same way Joe did when Torre benched him in 1996 so that Andy could throw to a catcher he was more comfortable with in Leyritz.

    As for this series – yes the Twins have the big Mo on their side coming in, but I’ll take my chances against that rather than face Verlander. I feel better about the Yankee chances against pitchers who let you put the ball in play (like the Twins rotation) over a group of strike out pitchers that the Tiggers offer.

    ————————————————————

    I wonder if you realize just how much of an idiot you really are? Posada only played in 8 ML games in 1996. Obviously, he wasn’t on the PS roster.

  51. Andrew GTLU Bronze Medalist October 7th, 2009 at 9:27 am

    No Carl in the Bronx on Friday night?! Oh man I was totally banking on being part of a brutally hostile environment welcoming him back to pitch in front of the fans of the team he just got done stealing $40 million from. I guess Gardenhire is smart enough to realize that Pavano could potentially get a little overwhelmed with how “warm” the reception would be for him if he took the mound in Game 2.

    Now he can relax and the Yankees can pound the ball off the baggie against him in the Homerdome on Sunday.

  52. gusb October 7th, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Does anyone know Posada’s batting average in the postseason? Thanks.

  53. Erin October 7th, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Thanks Chip. I think Mo is in there though-isn’t he right in back of AJ?

  54. Doreen October 7th, 2009 at 9:28 am

    The only two I can’t figure out are to the right of AJ and to the left of Gardy. And where’s Mo??

    Damon’s next to Matsui in the back. Robi next to Tex. Which one is Alex? Melky is definitely the guy with pie in his face – he had all those late hits earlier, before they started getting more spread around. Is the guy next to Gardy and behind Swish supposed to be Alex? Still can’t figure the happy guy next to AJ.

  55. Joey's Poodle October 7th, 2009 at 9:28 am

    All the more reason he’s loving it?

    Who knows…

  56. pat October 7th, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Mariano is between AJ and Andy

  57. Rex October 7th, 2009 at 9:28 am

    “I cant believe jorge said “i hope they win that day.” That comes off as extremely selfish.”

    Didn’t he say “I hope WE win that day.”? That comes off as extremely hopeful.

  58. NYYROC October 7th, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Duensing (sp?) is Twin’s game 1 pitcher. Soft tossing lefty with 9 ML games under his belt. NYY faced him this year and did well vs him.

  59. sunny615 October 7th, 2009 at 9:30 am

    From Sam Borden:

    UPDATE, 9:56 p.m.: TBS just said that Brian Duensing is the Twins Game 1 starter. His stats are here.

  60. Rex October 7th, 2009 at 9:30 am

    “Does anyone know Posada’s batting average in the postseason? Thanks”

    .236

  61. Dennis from the Bronx October 7th, 2009 at 9:30 am

    How do you leave Alex out of the cartoon? He may be the team MVP.

  62. jennifer October 7th, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Joe’s hair is white not black. :)

  63. sunny615 October 7th, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Duensing’s stats:
    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/8177

  64. Erin October 7th, 2009 at 9:31 am

    pat
    October 7th, 2009 at 9:28 am
    Mariano is between AJ and Andy

    ********

    That’s Andy next to AJ? I couldn’t figure it out-it looks like Hinskse to me!

  65. Get Yer Damn hands Off Of her! October 7th, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Mariano should be a little darker, thats all im saying.

  66. jennifer October 7th, 2009 at 9:32 am

    It is guys like tonights starter that used to give the Yankees fits. That seems to have changed this year. Hopefully they keep it going.

  67. The Ghost October 7th, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Here’s my guess on the pictures:

    From left to right: Pettitte, Teix, CC, Matsui, Cano, Posada, Jeter, Burnett, Melky, Mariano, Arod?, Molina??, GGBG

  68. Chip October 7th, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Green Beret -

    Read what I said again “Girardi should tell him to suck it up the same way Joe did when Torre benched him in 1996 so that Andy could throw to a catcher he was more comfortable with in Leyritz.”

    I didn’t say that Jorge got benched so Andy could pitch to Leyritz – I said Joe (as in Girardi) got benched so Andy could pitch to Leyritz.

  69. Get Yer Damn hands Off Of her! October 7th, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Erin – Definitely looks like Hinkse, THAT HUGE HEAD !

  70. Benny Blanco October 7th, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Rex
    October 7th, 2009 at 9:28 am
    “I cant believe jorge said “i hope they win that day.” That comes off as extremely selfish.”

    Didn’t he say “I hope WE win that day.”? That comes off as extremely hopeful.
    ===============================================

    OH, he said we? I’d much rather him say. it doesn’t matter who catchers him.

  71. Tom in N.J. October 7th, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Rob Neyer has a good take on the Posada Benching:

    “Essentially, Girardi has to get inside Burnett’s head. And if he thinks that Burnett might give up even a quarter of a run more with Posada catching, then Molina’s the better choice. Because as well as Posada hits and as poorly as Molina hits, the difference between them within a particular game is so small, it defies measurement.

    Even without Posada, the Republic shall endure. And so will the Yankees, probably.”

    http://myespn.go.com/blogs/swe.....Famer.html

  72. gusb October 7th, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Rex
    October 7th, 2009 at 9:30 am
    “Does anyone know Posada’s batting average in the postseason? Thanks”

    .236

    Thanks Rex. Then maybe the tradeoff is worth it for the game. If Burnett pitches his game the Yankees may not need a lot of runs. A 236 average isn’t a lot of help in your down a lot of runs.

  73. Chip October 7th, 2009 at 9:35 am

    I would much rather have him say,

    “Molina’s a veteran, he’s been in the playoffs before and knows what he’s doing behind the plate. Whatever Joe feels gives us the best chance to win, I’m all for it. I’ll just stay ready and if Joe needs me later in the game, I’ll deliver.”

  74. Fran (the original) and OPPC member October 7th, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Wonder what effect the wind will have tonight. Supposed to be major wind gusts until midnight. But don’t know if it will be blowing in or out.

  75. Get Yer Damn hands Off Of her! October 7th, 2009 at 9:35 am

    The fact is that Jorge must have said “something” that could be taken out of context. Even if he didn’t have bad intentions, he msut have said something.

    He should have taken a page out of Jeter’s book and said “I don’t make the lineup.”

  76. Wait till the ALDS October 7th, 2009 at 9:36 am

    In 96′ Joe G wasn’t benched so Andy can pitch to Leyritz. He was benched, and this is coming from Torre, not me (either in the Yankee Years or the 96′ WS video), because Leyritz just saved the Yanks’ season by hitting a 3 ruun HR in the 8th inning of game 4 and Torre was rewarding him.

    Whether you think that’s a good reason or not he said it, not me.

  77. Erica - always OPPC October 7th, 2009 at 9:36 am

    8 hours and 24 minutes until Game 1 :-)

  78. Chip October 7th, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Side note –

    Bud Selig says that in the next CBA he’s pushing for slotting in the MLB draft and an international draft as well. That doesn’t bode well for the Yankees.

  79. The Ghost October 7th, 2009 at 9:38 am

    Benny, he definitely said “we”. I still don’t think he should have said anything. Just making that statement makes it seem that he has no faith in Molina nor does he think him out of the lineup gives the Yankees the best chance to win and that kind of virus can spread quickly through a clubhouse when spoken from the team leader. A true team leader would have praised Molina and Girardi. George is not Bruney – what he says carries weight.

  80. Wait till the ALDS October 7th, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Posada should tell the truth. I don’t blame him. I’d be PO’ed too.

  81. The Ghost October 7th, 2009 at 9:40 am

    because Leyritz just saved the Yanks’ season by hitting a 3 ruun HR in the 8th inning of game 4 and Torre was rewarding him.

    =========

    I think it’s an excellent reason, players that come through in the playoffs need to be rode like racehorses. In a short series a streaky player can make all the difference and if someone is feeling it they need to be on the field.

  82. Joey's Poodle October 7th, 2009 at 9:41 am

    GYDHOOH,

    Even if he had done the Jeter thing, there are a number of commenters on this blog who would have taken, “I don’t make the lineup” from Jorge as a pout.

    They’re automatic.

  83. Wait till the ALDS October 7th, 2009 at 9:41 am

    I didn’t say whether it was a good or bad reason, just that the reasoning had nothing to do with who Andy Pettite liked or disliked pitching too.

  84. NYYanksFan October 7th, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Jorge should have taken a page from A-Rod’s book yesterday.

    When your teammates and manager throw you under the bus, pretend it’s okay.

  85. Chip October 7th, 2009 at 9:43 am

    ALDS – forgetting Game 5 of the WS when Andy pitched and Leyritz caught – here are the post season games Andy pitched in prior to Leyritz hitting that big homerun

    1996 WS
    Andy pitched Game 1 – Leyritz caught him

    1996 ALCS
    Andy pitched Game 1 – Leyritz caught him
    Andy pitched Game 5 – Leyritz caught him

    1996 ALDS
    Andy pitched Game 2 – Leyritz caught him

    Torre put those two together because Andy was more comfortable with Leyritz than he was with Girardi.

  86. Get Yer Damn hands Off Of her! October 7th, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Oooh I like that, GYDHOOH, lol.

  87. Rex October 7th, 2009 at 9:44 am

    “I think it’s an excellent reason, players that come through in the playoffs need to be rode like racehorses”

    It was talked about yesterday a little, but Torre did the same thing with Fielder in 1996. He used him over Tino in the games at the NL park because he was the hotter hitter at the time.

  88. Get Yer Damn hands Off Of her! October 7th, 2009 at 9:45 am

    You are right though JP.

    Anywho,

    LETS GO YANKS ! Game 1 is very important, like I said earlier, this game will be won with a solid 7 innings by CC and gritty base running / timely offense.

    The rest is grass.

  89. m October 7th, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Hallo. Yes, I’m nervous, too. And no, I didn’t just get up because rosters are due in 15 min.

  90. betsy October 7th, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Doreen, I just saw your post in the prior thread. Am I nervous? I’m nervous for a meaningless game in June, lol. Let’s put it this way. I know the Yankees are the best team in the game and have been for months. I also know that most of the same group has been together for the last several years of post-season failures. For me, they have a lot to prove. I am not assuming anything. CC has to show he can pitch well in the big game and the Yankees need to show that their bats won’t turn to sawdust. This is not me being negative, it’s me just wanting to see that this is a different team in a really big spot.

    I’m sorry to say that I think Joe opened a can of worms. His relationship with Jorge will never be the same. What AJ’s relationship is with his teammates now is also a question. He might think everything is ok, but how do you think Jeter and Mo feel? Andy? Even CC, who carried his team on his back last year? We probably won’t know about this until next year because even if the Yankees win the WS, they are only playing until sometime in November, not a long enough time to gauge anything re: the clubhouse,

  91. Doreen October 7th, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Ton in NJ -

    That’s what I was thinking. Over the course of one game, it’s probably not a big deal.

  92. NYY626 October 7th, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Benny Blanco
    October 7th, 2009 at 9:27 am
    I cant believe jorge said “i hope they win that day.” That comes off as extremely selfish.
    ____________________________________________________________
    Umm no it doesnt. Here is the whole quote:

    ” Whatever it takes, if thats what it takes to help Burnett win, i’m all for it. You always want to play, I cant tell you that I’m excited about not catching. But you know what? It’s all about the team right now. I’m looking forward to being ready”. – Newsday

    Doesn’t sound selfish to me at all, just honest.

  93. pat October 7th, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Twins GM says they plan to use a 4 man rotation.

    Duensing, Blackburn, Pavano, Baker?

  94. GreenBeret7 October 7th, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Leyritz caught a third of the games in 1996. And, it’s not like he couldn’t hit. Leyritz also threw out a higher percentage of runners than Girardi along with having the same defensive numbers.

    If you look at Girardi’s defensive numbers, he was no better than Posada’s career numbers.

    Posada didn’t say anything wrong. all he said was “I hope we win.” Some people are reading more into this than is there. You’re as bad as the media in trying to create a story. It’ll be intersting to see what Molina does at the plate when runners are on base. Just hope NY isn’t counting on his booming bat.

  95. m October 7th, 2009 at 9:50 am

    jennifer
    October 7th, 2009 at 9:16 am
    Who is between AJ and Jorge?
    ——————————————-

    Jose…

    :cry:

  96. Wait till the ALDS October 7th, 2009 at 9:50 am

    I was not making a judgement on the debate, only saying that that was the reason Torre gave.

    Anyway, Joe G wasn’t that much better than Leyritz, Posada is better by a rather ridiculous amount than Molina.

  97. 108 stitches October 7th, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Orlando Cabrera’s HR last night was similar to Bucky Dent’s HR in ’78.
    Both were 1-game playoff situations. Both shortstops not noted for power. Cabrera’s HR was not the game decider and neither was Bucky Dent’s. Reggie Jackson’s HR was the actual game winner for the Yankees.

  98. tex's friend October 7th, 2009 at 9:51 am

    i still cannot believe how many people here reacted yesterday with hopes that molina stinks it up just to prove a point. I hope Molina is 3-3 with a homerun and three CSs.

  99. betsy October 7th, 2009 at 9:52 am

    That looks like Jeter between AJ and Jorge……..definitely not Molina

  100. betsy October 7th, 2009 at 9:52 am

    That looks like Jeter between AJ and Jorge……..definitely not Molina

  101. The Ghost October 7th, 2009 at 9:52 am

    I’m sorry but Girardi not having a good relationship with Jorge is a positive thing in my opinion. Posada is and has always been a bully. This is coming not just from disgruntled bench players but from his old teammates that loved him like Tino and O’Neill. I think Posada has used his relationship with Girardi to manipulate him into going against his better judgment many times and it needs to stop.

  102. pat October 7th, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Weather forecast at the Stadium tonight 10-20 MPH winds with gusts up to 45 MPH

    Which way the wind is blowing could be a factor.

  103. gusb October 7th, 2009 at 9:52 am

    There’s no “I” in team. When Posada manages then he can make decisions.

  104. Erin October 7th, 2009 at 9:53 am

    NYY626
    October 7th, 2009 at 9:49 am
    Benny Blanco
    October 7th, 2009 at 9:27 am
    I cant believe jorge said “i hope they win that day.” That comes off as extremely selfish.
    ____________________________________________________________
    Umm no it doesnt. Here is the whole quote:

    ” Whatever it takes, if thats what it takes to help Burnett win, i’m all for it. You always want to play, I cant tell you that I’m excited about not catching. But you know what? It’s all about the team right now. I’m looking forward to being ready”. – Newsday

    Doesn’t sound selfish to me at all, just honest.

    **************

    Thank you for posting the whole quote. Maybe it’s just me, but I honestly don’t think Jorge is all that upset about this. I have no doubt he’s disappointed he won’t start that game, but I think he understands the situation and will go along with what Girardi feels would be best for AJ.

  105. Erica - always OPPC October 7th, 2009 at 9:53 am

    I still wish Uncle Ellsworth would turn up.

    He is still missing :-(

  106. m October 7th, 2009 at 9:54 am

    betsy,

    I wasn’t talking about the picture. :)

    Lighten up everyone, playoffs are here. Let’s gooooo!!

  107. upstate kate October 7th, 2009 at 9:55 am

    I think Girardi (and Cash) are playing the odds on this one. I doubt AJ was insistant on having Molina, but it is obvious he feels more comfortable w/ him. AJ and Posada are both very emotional players. I can’t blame Posada for being upset, he wants to play every game.

  108. Fran (the original) and OPPC member October 7th, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Pat,
    I heard the wind will be blowing from the west on the weather report but I don’t know what that means for fly balls at the stadium.

  109. Get Yer Damn hands Off Of her! October 7th, 2009 at 9:55 am

    It sees that the clubhouse if fine and the only people making a bog deal of this is the media and us (fueled by the media).

    I suggest we move on, nothing much to talk about really, we know how to win, we just need to produce and convert.

  110. nat October 7th, 2009 at 9:55 am

    HELP! too nervous to do anythig – can’t work, can’t even think clearly… want the game to start already yet scared for it to start… does it even make sense?

  111. Chip October 7th, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Beret -

    Leyritz caught a third of the games in 1996 becuase he was, essentially, Andy’s catcher all season.

    I’m just saying, Torre knew that it was more important to have his pitcher comfortable than have his catcher happy.

    And, while AJ is no Maddux – Maddux often had Bobby Cox take Javy Lopez’s bat out of the lineup so he could throw to Eddie Perez.

  112. GreenBeret7 October 7th, 2009 at 9:56 am

    gusb
    October 7th, 2009 at 9:52 am
    There’s no “I” in team.

    ————————————————————

    I wish that I had said that. Somebody needs to make a sign with that printed. Matbe it will catch on.

  113. m October 7th, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Okay, just looked at the picture. Who’s getting pied? Jeter?

  114. gusb October 7th, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Umm no it doesnt. Here is the whole quote:

    How’s that the whole quote if it doesn’t say anything about hoping the team wins?

  115. Get Yer Damn hands Off Of her! October 7th, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Waw I tipe gud.

  116. Wait till the ALDS October 7th, 2009 at 9:57 am

    m-Exactly! I’m in a GREAT mood!

    And that one game tiebreaker yesterday was awesome and epic and absolutely perfect for the Yanks.

  117. Joey's Poodle October 7th, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Betsy,

    The relationships will probably recover if

    1. the game is won, and
    2. Girardi drops the nonsense and puts his best lineup out there through the rest of the postseason.

    They may well be damaged if the changes hurt the team on the field and, especially, if Girardi pushes the nonsense into further series.

  118. Get Yer Damn hands Off Of her! October 7th, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Melkys getting pied, Jete is middle back.

  119. randy l. October 7th, 2009 at 9:58 am

    maybe the yankees will just roll over the twins by such a huge margin in the series that it won’t matter that molina is catching “coinflip” burnett .

    lost in all the posada/molina debate is theres is nothing in burnett’s background that shows he should be starting two games out of five in a playoff series.

    until he proves differently over an extended period aj burnett is just a crapshoot in a crapshoot series.

    oh , and there’s a game today where there’s a consistent pitcher is pitching who a manager doesn’t have to baby and who can be caught with no problem by one of the best hitting catchers in the american league.

  120. Doreen October 7th, 2009 at 9:58 am

    NYY626 -

    Thanks for posting the whole quote. Gee, I wonder why it took overnight to see it in its entirety? (Sarcasm) Controversy sells. And everyone is so ready to make Posada out to be the bad guy. It’s natural (and okay, I might add) for him to be disappointed. But it sounds like he has his attitude headed in the right direction, based on the full quote.

    Never believe everything you read in the papers. And always look for multiple sources. And maybe you’ll get the full story.

  121. Wait till the ALDS October 7th, 2009 at 9:58 am

    ” Whatever it takes, if thats what it takes to help Burnett win, i’m all for it.”

    Sounds like he hopes the team wins.

  122. Rex October 7th, 2009 at 9:59 am

    “but I think he understands the situation and will go along with what Girardi feels would be best for AJ.”

    Understands and will go along with? That implies that Posada had a choice in the matter. He didn’t. He’s clearly unhappy about it, but he’s saying (and probably doing)the right things.

  123. Erica - always OPPC October 7th, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Okay in order to get in the Playoff mood-

    Everyone say their alltime favorite Yankee playoff moment.

    Mine: Aaron Boone

  124. m October 7th, 2009 at 9:59 am

    kate,

    I think you’re right. They’re playing the odds in a short series. If they’re lucky (we already know they’re good enough) to get out this round, there’s more margin for error in a 7 game series. I think we’ll see an AJ/Jorge battery in the ALCS. That’s if we make it. ;)

  125. Tom in N.J. October 7th, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Leyritz was Pettitte’s catcher in ’96. He caught 27 of Pettitte’s games that season.

  126. jennifer October 7th, 2009 at 10:00 am

    NYY626

    It just goes to show you, you can’t believe what is in print. You have to hear the entire quote. I have not seen that anywhere!

  127. Wait till the ALDS October 7th, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Aaron Boone, hands down.

    I know they didn’t win the WS, but that was one of those lightheaded moments where you can’t actually believe what you’ve just witnessed.

  128. The Ghost October 7th, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Here’s the reason why I’m not nervous about this post season:

    Although the Yankees have had a dominant home run hitting year in 2009, they did not rely on the home run as their main source of run scoring. Girardi FINALLY turned the page this year from the “Giambi disease” the Yankees have had for most of the decade. No longer do they play station to station waiting for the 3 run HR bailout. They can win by 2-1 or 10-1 and they have the ability to go from small ball to blowout baseball in the same inning. That makes them the most dangerous baseball team I have seen in recent memory. As long as Girardi and the Yankees continue the aggressive play and consistent pitching they have perfected this season I see no reason why they shouldn’t roll through the playoffs.

  129. Get Yer Damn hands Off Of her! October 7th, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Erica – always OPPC
    October 7th, 2009 at 9:59 am
    Okay in order to get in the Playoff mood-

    Everyone say their alltime favorite Yankee playoff moment.

    Mine: Aaron Boone

    ——————-

    I second that, was in Boston for that one, savored every moment.

  130. Wait till the ALDS October 7th, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Second to Boone is, coincidentally, the Leyritz HR.

  131. Tom in N.J. October 7th, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Mattingly’s home run in ’95.

  132. Joey's Poodle October 7th, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Brosius moment.

  133. nature boy October 7th, 2009 at 10:03 am

    i love that swish has a stereo and tex is wearing the wwe belt

  134. NYY626 October 7th, 2009 at 10:04 am

    gusb
    October 7th, 2009 at 9:56 am
    Umm no it doesnt. Here is the whole quote:

    How’s that the whole quote if it doesn’t say anything about hoping the team wins?
    ____________________________________________________________
    Thats a quote I saw in Newsday. In summary, he basically said, “i’m not happy to sit out BUT its all about the team right now”.

    I think the “i just hope we win that game” line was taken out of context

  135. upstate kate October 7th, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Erica-
    have to go w/ Bucky Dent (altho Aaron Boone is one of my favorite players)

  136. m October 7th, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Wait,

    It was the perfect appetizer (pupu) for the playoffs. You think it might have gotten the Yankees revved up, too? That was a pretty exciting game. Lots of highlights on the telly. We wanted a long game and we got it. No wonder people hate Yankee fans. We always get what we want.

  137. CB October 7th, 2009 at 10:05 am

    “Rob Neyer has a good take on the Posada Benching:

    “Essentially, Girardi has to get inside Burnett’s head. And if he thinks that Burnett might give up even a quarter of a run more with Posada catching, then Molina’s the better choice. Because as well as Posada hits and as poorly as Molina hits, the difference between them within a particular game is so small, it defies measurement.”

    Neyer is off on this one.

    For every plate appearance, Posada generates 0.1 runs more than Molina does. 0.1 runs more.

    That is an enormous difference.

    For every 4 at pats Posada generates 0.4 runs more than Molina.

    So in order for this move to make sense, you’d have to be very confident that Molina will shave off close to half a run off burnett’s runs allowed for a game.

    And there’s no solid evidence that how Burnett pitches is correlates to who is catching him.

    Burnett very well could go out and throw a shut out in game 2 or 3. That wouldn’t be a surprise and I really hope that happens. But he could go out and give up 5-6 runs. That wouldn’t be a surprise. Who is catching him makes no difference.

    What we do know with much more confidence is that with Molina getting 3-4 at bats instead of Posada the yanks will be in a relative hole of -0.3 to -0.4 runs.

    That is a huge loss. So even if molina did shave off a quarter run from Burnett’s runs allowed as Neyer is saying (which there is no evidence to support) the yankees would still be worse off.

    People are underestimating how enormous the gap at the plate is between these two players. Neyer is doing the same.

  138. Joey's Poodle October 7th, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Second (third, etc.) various Jeter moments.

  139. Andrew GTLU Bronze Medalist October 7th, 2009 at 10:05 am

    “Everyone say their alltime favorite Yankee playoff moment.”

    The Brosius home run in the bottom of the 9th of the 2001 World Series, I still can’t believe it now 8 years later that they pulled off those kind of wins 2 nights in a row.

  140. Wait till the ALDS October 7th, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Ooh, those back to back bottom of the ninthers were incredible. Another one of those lightheaded moments. THAT was cool, I make them # 3.

    Favorite “game call” of all time: Jeter’s Mr. Novemeber HR. Michael Kay’s voice literally starts to crack as Jeter’s ball goes over the wall. Amazing.

  141. The Ghost October 7th, 2009 at 10:06 am

    You know what’s funny? My favorite Yankee memories are from the 2001 WS. I’ve never seen a team so dominated yet display such an indomitable spirit, that’s what I remember most from that era – how much it took to finally beat them. It as as close as real life came to the original Rocky movie.

  142. betsy October 7th, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Joey, I think regardless Jorge and Joe’s relationship is damaged….and I don’t blame Jorge at all. Joe did the absolute wrong thing here. The rest of the team? If they lose, they can certainly blame Joe….but then, they can also look at themselves in the mirror as Joe did not manage the recent post-season failures.

    I find it ironic that AJ is quoted in the NY Post as saying that this is the first time he’s been counted on to be a part of something important for his team (or something like that) and he’s taking full advantage. He’s clueless….. Ironically, Tex and Cash talk about what a great teammate he is.

  143. pat October 7th, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Story on Alex’s injury with things I haven’t read before.

    His hip was worse than reported before surgery

    “It’s also eight months from the morning he couldn’t get out of bed without a good shove, so he’d laid there with a bum hip and thought this was going to be one huge struggle this season.”

    and was more compromised on his return than anyone let on

    “He stood at third base in Baltimore’s Camden Yards on May 8, feeling maybe 60 percent…..When he could play at 60 percent capacity, that’s what he did. Some days were worse. Others were much better. ”

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/ne.....;type=lgns

  144. Get Yer Damn hands Off Of her! October 7th, 2009 at 10:08 am

    I’m almost 27 but I am too young to remember the playoffs of the mid 90s. That is sad. All I remember is that they were my world back then.

  145. Joe October 7th, 2009 at 10:08 am

    I loooooooove this pic lol. I already set it up as my wallpaper lol

  146. Wait till the ALDS October 7th, 2009 at 10:08 am

    That tiebreaker was seriously one of the better games I’ve seen in several years. I think it was even better than the Rockies tiebreaker.

    09′ has been a good all around season for baseball.

  147. Rex October 7th, 2009 at 10:09 am

    “Everyone say their alltime favorite Yankee playoff moment.”

    1) Chambliss in 1976

    2) Games 4 & 5 in ’01

    3) Leyritz’s homer

  148. m October 7th, 2009 at 10:09 am

    betsy,

    You spent the whole season talking about how AJ was a good teammate.

    He’s still the same guy. This is baseball, not HSM.

  149. RayBlay October 7th, 2009 at 10:10 am

    who’s the one with his hand on swish’s head?

  150. betsy October 7th, 2009 at 10:11 am

    LOL Joe and Evan talking Jets football…….

  151. Joey's Poodle October 7th, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Betsy,

    Well, AJ is a great team-mate — off the mound and in the kitchen.

    By that standard, it makes perfect sense that in the illustration to this blog Swisher is up front and Rodriguez is absent.

    I have my own ideas about what makes a great team-mate.

  152. betsy October 7th, 2009 at 10:12 am

    M, I’m not saying AJ is a bad guy, but IMO what he’s done (or not done) shows more what kind of a teammate he is than throwing pies in players’ faces. What is HSM?

  153. Wait till the ALDS October 7th, 2009 at 10:14 am

    If the team says he’s a great teamate, he’s a great teamate-what else is there to go on?

  154. Erica - always OPPC October 7th, 2009 at 10:15 am

    How about 1995 ALDS Game 2?

    Extra innings, walk off win, and going 2-0 in the series
    (It was a happy moment, you didn’t know what was going to follow in the next 3 games yet)

  155. Doreen October 7th, 2009 at 10:15 am

    I’m not comfortable talking about relationships between players/managers/coaches that we don’t know personally, and not ever having been in the clubhouse.

    The goal here is for the team to win the World Series and they’ve done whatever it takes all season long to win. Joe Girardi talked about how unselfish this team has been this season, and it’s true. Alex (and others) have talked about how this team has bought into Girardi’s plan. Let’s maybe give the benefit of the doubt that the final goal is more important the the soap operas along the way.

    I’m not gonna comment on AJ/Molina/Posada any more. There’s nothing left to say, after yesterday. I’d rather focus on the positive, which is, this is a great team the Yankees put together this season and they have what it takes to win.

    I think the butterflies are beginning to settle, just a bit.

  156. Blackaccord October 7th, 2009 at 10:16 am

    betsy
    October 7th, 2009 at 10:11 am
    LOL Joe and Evan talking Jets football…….

    ——————————————–

    I think its a big trade news and it needs the share of its coverage… As for MLB Playoffs, they have been talking about it for the last week or so..

  157. Vincent October 7th, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Don’t worry about this Posada/Burnett stuff. If Joe gives Cervelli a spot, they can pinch hit Posada for Molina and then pinch run for Posada. Then Cervelli can play defense.

    Molina WILL NOT hit in a big spot late in the game.

  158. Chambliss October 7th, 2009 at 10:16 am

    I watched a short interview with Posada on MLB Network last night. His comments did not bother me at all. He is unhappy but he is dealing with it. He wants to be out there. You can’t blame him for that.

    If Burnett pitches well and the Yankees score some runs in game 2, this is a complete non-issue.

  159. tex's friend October 7th, 2009 at 10:16 am

    “Everyone say their alltime favorite Yankee playoff moment.”

    Aaron Boone HR off Wakefield in 2003 ALCS
    Brosius’s HR off B.J. Kim in 2001 WS.
    Charlie Hayes catching the pop foul to win the 1996 WS (their first WS win in my lifetime)

  160. Doreen October 7th, 2009 at 10:16 am

    My favorites all had to do with the games at YS in 2001. What incredible games with incredible finishes they were. And, unbelievably, the ending doesn’t spoil the story. :)

  161. Rex October 7th, 2009 at 10:17 am

    “LOL Joe and Evan talking Jets football…….”

    Can’t totally ignore ‘em today. That’s a pretty big trade the made.

  162. Rex October 7th, 2009 at 10:18 am

    * they

  163. Rob in Vt. October 7th, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Erica – always OPPC October 7th, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Okay in order to get in the Playoff mood-

    Everyone say their alltime favorite Yankee playoff moment.

    Mine: Aaron Boone
    ————————————————————-
    Mine would be Chambliss’ HR (ugh,I’m showing my age)

  164. The Ghost October 7th, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Yankee question marks entering the post season:

    Burnett
    Sabathia
    Arod
    Melky
    Chamberlain
    Coke
    Cano

    Guys who have proved their playoff mettle:

    Jeter
    Posada
    Rivera
    Pettitte
    Matsui
    Damon

  165. m October 7th, 2009 at 10:19 am

    High School Musical.

    Who cares what kind of teammate he is anyway? The only thing that matters is how he pitches. And in order for him to pitch most effectively, he needs to throw his hook without worry. Nothing more, nothing less.

    And I don’t know why people keep harping on the pies. Girardi requested banana cream! “Drill Sgt.” Girardi.

    And if Jorge can’t get past this, then that says more about his professionalism than anything.

    (I do think he’ll get over it. Shiny baubles do wonders)

  166. SJ44 October 7th, 2009 at 10:20 am

    CB,

    Your analysis is exactly what folks are missing in all of this nonsense. Its a dumb move because there is no evidence AJ pitches better with Molina than Posada.

    AJ’s best start of the year came with Posada behind the plate against the Red Sox.

    Recently, he’s pitched better with Molina. Mostly, in meaningless games.

    He’s also pitched like crap with Molina behind the plate. There is no rhyme or reason with AJ’s performances. If folks bothered to look at his past, he’s pitched the SAME way his entire career. This year is no different.

    That Red Sox start was a playoff-type atmosphere and AJ and Posada were fine.

    Its an awfully big concession to make for a guy who has been, at best, an average pitcher in his career.

    All I know is, the Yankees better win this series.

    If they don’t, and AJ puts up a stinker or two of a start with Posada on the bench, that’s as close to a firable offense as Girardi can make. Akin to batting Arod 8th in an elimination game.

    His biggest strength over the Twins is his lineup. By weakening it, he makes his team closer to the Twins than he needs to do.

    He’s rolling big dice here. Hopefully, it doesn’t come up snake eyes.

  167. Neil October 7th, 2009 at 10:21 am

    If Molina catching Burnett is essential to the grand scheme / big picture of things then so be it.
    It’s all about the pursuit of a championship and Jorge will get his opportunities to be a part of it.

  168. GreenBeret7 October 7th, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Posada has the same goal as every other player on that team. Win. That’s his only goal. If he was ok or happy to be sitting on the bench in any game, I’d be disappointed.

  169. The Ghost October 7th, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Rob in Vt. I wouldn’t worry until talking about the 2001 series signifies “showing your age”

  170. upstate kate October 7th, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Ghost-
    what about Phil Hughes? He had the only win against Cleveland in ’07.

  171. Wait till the ALDS October 7th, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Oh, the Chambliss and Bucky Dent HR’s were amazing too. For some reason though, probably because they happened more recently, those moments from the 90′s stick out in my mind (although 78′ may be my favorite all time Yankee team).

  172. Just call me Mr. Clutch October 7th, 2009 at 10:22 am

    I got to see the interview of Posada when he made that quote that everyone seems to think is so bad.

    Seeing and hearing it rather than reading it makes a difference. He was supporting it, even though stating that he wanted to play. Name me one player other than Pavano who would rather sit out than play. Bet you won’t be able to.

    Posada didn’t say anything that would be taken as a negative unless you only read the smaller version of the quote. Just like so many other things this is driven somewhat by the media looking to make a story. Controversy is always a story line, and with the way the Yankees have played this year there is a decided lack of controversy. How do you take care of that? Careful editing of a quote to make it seem more than it is.

  173. CB October 7th, 2009 at 10:25 am

    “And in order for him to pitch most effectively, he needs to throw his hook without worry. Nothing more, nothing less.”

    That’s been generally true over AJ’s career. But not so much this year.

    This year one of AJ’s biggest problems has been his fastball command unfortunately.

    When we see “bad AJ” on the mound it’s invariably been because his fastball command is horrible.

    He’s a two pitch pitcher. This year when he’s been bad neither pitch has worked and for the most part his fastball has been a bigger problem than his curve.

  174. pat October 7th, 2009 at 10:25 am

    SJ

    There’s too little logic and too much emotion in this debate.

    You sir, are spitting in the wind. :sad:

  175. Rishi October 7th, 2009 at 10:25 am

    SJ – great to see you back (unless you’ve been around and I’ve missed you)!

  176. Don Capone October 7th, 2009 at 10:27 am

    The Chambliss HR is still my favorite. I was a little kid, and that was THE moment that made me love baseball forever. Then about ten years or so ago, I ran into Chambliss in a post office and I actually got to thank him in person for hitting that HR.

  177. NYYROC October 7th, 2009 at 10:27 am

    1050 said NYY have 3 catchers & Gaudin on roster. DN say who was left off (Guzamn, Joba Marte?)

  178. The Ghost October 7th, 2009 at 10:27 am

    upstate Kate, I didn’t put Hughes or Aceves on that list because I’ve never seen either show an ounce of panic or a change in makeup in pressure situations. So I don’t see them as a question mark – yet I don’t have enough playoff data to give them proven playoff material (hopefully this month they will earn their pinstripes!)

  179. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and believer in Joe Girardi October 7th, 2009 at 10:27 am

    NYY626, thanks for the quote from Newsday. That is exactly the kind of thing I expected to see from Posada. I think he blows up and then later thinks about it. It’s just his personality.

    **************

    Last night I said I would do the Postseason Prediction Chart. I did it because I was asked, not because I want to. I did it for years on another forum and it is a ton of work. Posters shouldn’t feel they should have to participate if they don’t want to. Believe me you’re not doing it for me. :)

    That said, if you want to be a part of it I will repeat what it is about.

    Get your picks in before first pitch of the series. Only give team to win and/or number of games for the win.

    1 point for each – DS

    3 points for each – ALCS

    5 points for each – WS

    Only predict the series at hand. I won’t take ALCS predictions, etc., before we know the opponents.

    If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

    PLEASE PUT MY NAME SOMEWHERE IN THE POST. That way I don’t have to wade through every single post in every single thread to find someone’s prediction(s). I can just do a search by my name.

  180. Wait till the ALDS October 7th, 2009 at 10:30 am

    trisha:

    ALDS: Yankees over Twins in four, Angels over Red Sox in four, Cardinals over Dodgers in five, Rockies over Phillies in four.

  181. JasonR October 7th, 2009 at 10:30 am

    “Everyone say their alltime favorite Yankee playoff moment.”

    I like lists, so I’ll give my top 5.

    1. Boone’s homer (2003 ALCS)

    2. Tino and Brosius in Games 4 and 5 (2001 WS)

    3. Leyritz’s homer (1996 WS)

    4. Mattingly’s home run in Game 1 (1995 ALDS)

    5. The Paul O’Neill chants (2001 WS)

    Honorable mention: When Rivera broke Ryan Klesko’s bat three times in one AB in Game 4 of the 1999 World Series. I loved how the Braves were about to get swept and they were all cracking up watching how dominant Rivera was.

  182. CB October 7th, 2009 at 10:31 am

    “His biggest strength over the Twins is his lineup. By weakening it, he makes his team closer to the Twins than he needs to do.”

    The single biggest key to the Twins is the fact that Joe Mauer creates a massive marginal advantage relative to the opposition’s catcher.

    The Twins have gotten MVP production from the worst offensive position on the field.

    But if the opposition can cut into the marginal advantage Maeur represents, then the Twins become a much weaker team.

    One of the reasons why the Twins have been so futile against the yankees is that while Posada is not on Maeur’s level at the plate – he is the second best offensive catcher in the AL and does cut into the marginal advantage mauer gives the twins over most non-yankee teams.

    Benching Posada not only gives the Twins back the marginal advantage they enjoy with Mauer but augments it because Molina has been even worse this year at the plate than he usually is.

    Molina hitting is close to equivalent to letting a pitcher bat.

    Every at bat molina gets costs the yankees on average 0.1 runs.

    It’s just hard to get over.

  183. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and believer in Joe Girardi October 7th, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Wait, good job! That was quick.

    And we’re off to the races.

    :)

  184. 108 stitches October 7th, 2009 at 10:31 am

    If Burnett throws 6-7 quality innings, both he and Molina are replaced.
    Girardi can’t take the chance that Burnett will start falling apart and Jorge’s bat will be needed to be part of insurance runs.
    No wiggle room in playoff scenarios. No lead is too safe and insurance runs can be game deciders.

  185. JasonR October 7th, 2009 at 10:34 am

    TRISHA~!~!!!

    ALDS: Yankees over Twins in 3, Red Sox over Angels in 5, Cardinals over Dodgers in 4, Rockies over Phillies in 5

  186. upstate kate October 7th, 2009 at 10:34 am

    AJ is going to be on a short leash anyway, if we see “bad AJ” he will be out early.

  187. The Ghost October 7th, 2009 at 10:35 am

    When we see “bad AJ” on the mound it’s invariably been because his fastball command is horrible.
    ———-

    CB, is it possible that his fastball command becomes horrible because his catcher keeps calling for fastballs on the outside corner when what he really wants to throw is a diving curveball? It’s impossible to get inside Burnett’s head but one can only surmise that when a two pitch pitcher shakes off his catcher, then throws a bouncing curveball to the backstop, there is a problem there that goes beyond what the best pitch is to get the guy out. If I’d have to guess at Girardi’s reasoning behind going with Molina it would be centered on the fact that Burnett has had more mental breakdowns on the mound this year with Posada behind the plate than the other two.

  188. Erica - always OPPC October 7th, 2009 at 10:35 am

    :arrow:

  189. m October 7th, 2009 at 10:35 am

    CB,

    Good analysis.

    Like I said, I understand why people don’t like the move, but the Yankees (by and large, pretty smart baseball people) have made their choice.

    They probably feel that Jose behind the plate will achieve a certain result (otherwise they wouldn’t go with it, right?).

    They probably know that Jorge’s not guaranteed to produce, and that there’s a chance (albeit small) that Jose might actually contribute at the plate. Because baseball’s a funny sport, and in the words of the immortal John Sterling, “you just never know”.

    Girardi’s going on gut instinct. And he’s seen with his own eyes the difference. Otherwise, Jorge would be penciled in for Friday.

  190. BigSix October 7th, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Erica –

    1. Leyritz’s 15th inning homer to right-center in Game 2 of the 1995 ALDS against Seattle.

    2. Jeffrey Maier catch

    3. Boone’s game winner, though watching Matsui do his Godzilla stomp on homeplate with the tying run of that game was just as exhilarating, because, for me, the game was then just about over.

  191. upstate kate October 7th, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Trisha
    Yankees over Twins in 4
    Angels over Sox in 5
    Cardinals over Dodgers in 4
    Phillies over Rox in 5

  192. Wait till the ALDS October 7th, 2009 at 10:39 am

    CB, I just want to say I used your quote on the pinstriped bible (I did not take credit for it of course). That was perfectly put.

  193. BigSix October 7th, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Trisha –

    Yankees over Twins in 4
    Angels over Sox in 5
    Cardinals over Dodgers in 4
    Rockies over Phillies in 5

  194. CB October 7th, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Ghost,

    I’ve watched AJ throw a lot of games. When the yankees were interested in signing him I literally went through all the game logs and pitch f/x data from all of his starts last year on the Jays.

    There is simply no rhyme or reason with AJ. He has very complicated mechanics with a lot of moving parts. Those mechanics get out of wack and when they do he’s just awful.

    He’s 32. He’s not a kid. He’s been wildly inconsistent his whole career and who catches him has made no difference.

    How could this year be any different?

    AJ’s fastball command has been terrible this year both in starts when Posada is behind the plate and when Molina has been behind the plate.

    It’s AJ’s mechanics and his ability to concentrate that matter. Not the catcher.

    When you watch a game, take a look at how many times AJ misses his spot. It’s kind of amazing. Even when he’s good he’s misses his spot frequently. When he’s bad he’s missing his spot regularly. It makes no difference where the catcher is set up because AJ can’t throw the ball to the glove.

    There’s just no way that a two pitch pitcher who regularly misses his spot is a guy for whom the catcher is decisive.

  195. m shirt October 7th, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Saw the Posada interview run on ESPN last nite. It looked like it was probably the 15th time he delivered a response to the Burnett-Molina question, and his rehearsed response was clearly intended to convey his annoyance. This is to say his reaction has not been misconstrued.

  196. MG October 7th, 2009 at 10:44 am

    I fail to understand why Girardi didn’t sit down with AJ and Jorge and say ‘you’ve had some great games together, I want Jorge’s bat in the lineup, why can’t you work together just like you did in those great games?’

    It doesn’t seem to me that, if AJ pitches well in game 2, that he can simply make the change to Jorge for a deciding game 5 and, as CB noted, Jorge produces .4 runs per game more than Molina.

    I posted stats yesterday that showed, with the exception of one game in Boston, AJ’s ERA with both catchers in about the same since the ASB. The only thing that makes sense to me is that Girardi believes the only way this game can be lost is if AJ has a meltdown during the game and by catching Molina it slightly reduces (but doesn’t eliminate it, nothing does) the chance that will happpen.

    It’s Girardi’s decision, of course, but I think many of us would have preferred Jorge behind the plate and a short hook for AJ in game 2. The Yankees bullpen is so strong for the postseason using Aceves, Gaudin, and Joba in a game early would not be an issue.

  197. Todd October 7th, 2009 at 10:50 am

    IS the Yankee ALDS roster posted???? Thanks!

  198. MG October 7th, 2009 at 10:51 am

    One more thing-AJ has either been really good or really bad this year and for most of his career, he doesn’t have lots of game (like Andy or CC) where he guts it out for 6 or 7 innings without his best stuff and keeps the game under control. If he’s bad, the best thing to do is get him out and go to the ‘pen, particularly in the ALDS with all the off days between games. They only need two pitches for the back end of close games (Phil and Mo) that leaves 5 solid pitchers to bridge to the end of the game.

    Again, it’s Girardi’s decision and I’ll be rooting just as hard in game 2 as any other game, but I disagree with what’s being done.

  199. Blackaccord October 7th, 2009 at 10:54 am

    CB,

    I like your posts but I’m sorry your logic doesn’t make sense in ur previous post..
    ” The single biggest key to the Twins is the fact that Joe Mauer creates a massive marginal advantage relative to the opposition’s catcher ” ..
    You cannot take one position’s offensive advantage and say that gives a team a massive advantage..The fact that they have literally no production from the 2nd and 3rd base nullifies the fact that they have a great hitting catcher.. Nick punto, Matt Tolbert, Carlos Gomez and Alexi Casilla are all hitting .228 or lower for the season and that’s close to what Molina hits and 2 of these are supposed to be regulars for the Twins.. We are talking about 3 At bats at the max in one game.. There is no guarantee that Posada is not going to go 0-fer on that day.. The first situation when there is a need for a pinch hitter, jorge is gonna come into the game..
    People here are making too much out of this..

    Almost every stat of AJ looks better when Molina is catching.. That’s not a knock on Posada and I’m a big fan of him.. Its just a fact that if molina and AJ work better together and if that gives the Yanks a better chance to win, its better to take that..

  200. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes October 7th, 2009 at 10:57 am

    One of the reasons why the Twins have been so futile against the yankees is that while Posada is not on Maeur’s level at the plate – he is the second best offensive catcher in the AL and does cut into the marginal advantage mauer gives the twins over most non-yankee teams.
    Benching Posada not only gives the Twins back the marginal advantage they enjoy with Mauer but augments it because Molina has been even worse this year at the plate than he usually is.
    ========

    The advantage is also magnified at Yankee Stadium, since Mauer is a left-handed hitter.

    The very building is designed to take advantage of the Yankee tradition of left-handed power hitting. People who under rate that – who dismiss or marginalize that, sorry, you don’t know anything about how the Yankees beat up on teams.

    Joe Girardi is willfully removing the switch-hitting Posada, who has an 1.013 OPS at home this season – that’s a .400 OBP and .613 slugging percentage in 191 ABs at the Stadium.

    17 of Posada’s 22 HR have come left-handed. His OPS+ at home is 160.

    When you compare Posada’s offense to Molina’s, that’s ridiculous enough. But the affect on the overall lineup, and how it turning over is affected, is lost on people who scream about defense and pitching.

    The OPPONENT’S defense and pitching gets a huge break when Posada’s bat is removed – especially at home – where, it seems, Molina is going to be catching in Posada’s place for Games 2 & 5, if it comes to that.

    I have hope that if AJ does well, Girardi might say, ‘Ok, AJ, you’ve arrived. You throw 96 mph, and have an elite CB. You don’t need a personal catcher to succeed in the playoffs, you can pitch to anyone.

    So Jorge Posada, the starting catcher, will resume that role in your starts from now on. Congratulations and great job.”

    But knowing the way these managers think – if AJ succeeds with Molina behind the plate, and we somehow end up playing a winner-takes-all Game 5, Girardi will revert to his book, and his book will say: “If you put Posada behind the plate in Game 5, and Burnett blows up, it’ll be on you.”

    I’m off to the Stadium shortly. Now CC winning tonight looms even larger.

    I hope Posada, in a rage, hits the cover off the ball.

    I really have been optimistic and did not think Girardi’s over-management could potentially hurt us before a single pitch was thrown.

    I’m sure is oppoiste number, Gardenhire, is looking forward to his pitchers facing Molina rather than Posada.

  201. MG October 7th, 2009 at 10:59 am

    I just looked at AJ’s 2009 game log and surprisingly has had only 5 starts this year where he’s really sucked, the rest of the time he’s kept the Yankees in the game. Now I really don’t understand why the thought of those 5 starts (out of 33 total) is enough for Girardi to keep Posada on the bench.

    CC, in comparison, had 3 sucky starts and Andy had 3 as well.

    Based on all this data, Girardi has made a ‘gut instinct’ call, I hope it works and, if it doesn’t in game 2, Joe is smart enough to switch back to Jorge for the rest of the playoffs.

  202. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes October 7th, 2009 at 11:07 am

    .. There is no guarantee that Posada is not going to go 0-fer on that day.. The first situation when there is a need for a pinch hitter, jorge is gonna come into the game..
    People here are making too much out of this..
    =====

    No, you aren’t thinking clearly. You are harping on single ABs. This is where all the people who dismiss the “few ABs” fundamentally misunderstand.

    Posada’s results at the plate are only part of the story; it’s his affect on the lineup, how other people are pitched to, the fact that as a switch hitter he can just turn around, frustrating potential matchups, etc.

    Why do you think pitchers live the high life in the NL after pitching to loaded AL lineups with the DH?? The Yankees turn their bottom third into a NL lineup with Molina batting ninth.

    Suddenly, it’s not Posada protecting Matsui/Cano – it’s Swisher, who has to move up. Suddenly, it’s not Melky – a switch-hitter with some pop and speed, who isn’t hitting .270 AS THE NUMBER NINE HITTER IN FRONT OF JETER – it’s Molina and his strict RH futility at .220.

    It’s not “just a few ABS” as people here cavalierly and idiotically repeat: it’s the WHOLE LINEUP having a major halt to it – it doesn’t run in a circular motion anymore, it gets held up, and these dangerous hitters don’t get those extra ABs they enjoy as per the normal, more frequent roll-over of our lineup that is the key to overwhelming the opponent.

    At least, SEE the reality of that: that’s how the :Yankees’ offense functions. It becomes a DIFFERENT offense, with more pressure on each AB and less flexibiiity for the manager, and MUCH easier for the opponent to cope with.

    Switch-hitting catchers with power – especially LH power – who slub over .600 and get on base at a .400 clip at home – DO MATTER. A lot.

  203. pssst October 7th, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Since when is it wrong to wish your team wins on any day?
    Posada was stating a fact.

    AJ is a cut up on the team.Posada
    is as straight as they come.Neither are wrong.Think of oil and water,they don’t mix.

    Baseball is and always be a game of pitching.The pitcher has to have the advantage,here.Joe (a former catcher) knows this.

    There’s not a true Yankees fan that wants Posada to sit in postseason,but this combo(AJ-Posada) just hasn’t worked out.Joe has seen the light,with this twosome.

    Joe has an interview in the NY Times that he says he’s managing the game like chess.Chess is all about stategy,and so is this AJ/Posada ordeal!

  204. Terry #1 October 7th, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Who’s the guy in the upper left?

    Is it Hughes?

    Chamberlain?

  205. Terry #1 October 7th, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Sorry, it’s Damon.

    Shame on me.

  206. pssst October 7th, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    The Yankees should never ever in the future sacrifice on a poor hitting positional player.

    If Molina isn’t resigned after this season,and Cerevelli is the catcher,this argument is Ovah!

    Cerevelli worked well with all the pitchers.

    As a side note,Molina caught CC mostly too.

    The last season game, CC going for #20,and Joe paired him with Posada,it was a rout.CC imploded on the mound,WHY?

  207. steve October 7th, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    If AJ feels more comfortable with Molina behind the plate, then Molina should play. It doesn’t matter at all if he hasn’t actually pitched better with Molina, and it is a good decision regardless of how well AJ pitches. Is everyone here going to say what a genius Joe is if AJ pitches great with Molina? I highly doubt it. So likewise he should not be criticized if AJ happens to pitch poorly. You evaluate the decision now, not play “monday morning quarterback.”

  208. YankeeRay October 7th, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    SJ44
    October 7th, 2009 at 10:20 am
    CB,

    Your analysis is exactly what folks are missing in all of this nonsense. Its a dumb move because there is no evidence AJ pitches better with Molina than Posada.

    AJ’s best start of the year came with Posada behind the plate against the Red Sox.

    Recently, he’s pitched better with Molina. Mostly, in meaningless games.

    He’s also pitched like crap with Molina behind the plate. There is no rhyme or reason with AJ’s performances. If folks bothered to look at his past, he’s pitched the SAME way his entire career. This year is no different.

    That Red Sox start was a playoff-type atmosphere and AJ and Posada were fine.

    Its an awfully big concession to make for a guy who has been, at best, an average pitcher in his career.

    All I know is, the Yankees better win this series.

    If they don’t, and AJ puts up a stinker or two of a start with Posada on the bench, that’s as close to a firable offense as Girardi can make. Akin to batting Arod 8th in an elimination game.

    His biggest strength over the Twins is his lineup. By weakening it, he makes his team closer to the Twins than he needs to do.

    He’s rolling big dice here. Hopefully, it doesn’t come up snake eyes.

    —-

    I agree with both of you. If AJ pitches deep into the game then all should be well. If he doesn’t then Posadas bat will get in there quickly and maybe he loses 1 or 2 at bats which I agree could be costly but I’d rather have Molinas catching and arm if it means AJ pitches better.

  209. YankeeRay October 7th, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    “It’s AJ’s mechanics and his ability to concentrate that matter. Not the catcher.”

    CB, if having Molina behind the plate allows AJ to concentrate better then I’m all for it. If having Posada allows a little loss of concentration during a playoff game with all of the other distractions that he hasn’t pitched in before, then that could be a recipe for disaster.
    Molina will get one shot if all goes well then maybe he gets another. This should not be the sole reason we lose but could be a big factor in AJ winning.

  210. Ryan October 7th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    A-Rod is wearing the pie. Sign of things to come perhaps

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