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ALCS Game 5: Yankees at Angels

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YANKEES
Derek Jeter SS
Johnny Damon LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Hideki Matsui DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Melky Cabrera CF
Jose Molina C

Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (0-0, 2.19 ERA in postseason)

ANGELS
Chone Figgins 3B
Bobby Abreu RF
Torii Hunter CF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Kendry Morales 1B
Maicer Izturis 2B
Juan Rivera LF
Jeff Mathis C
Erick Aybar SS

Pitching: RHP John Lackey (1-1, 1.38 ERA in postseason)

TIME/TV: 7:57 p.m., FOX

WEATHER: More of the same – clear skies, temps in the 60s and 70s and plenty of sun. Check out the full forecast here.

STATE OF THE STRIPES: The Yankees are on the verge of their 40th AL pennant and first World Series berth since 2003. No one needs to be reminded what happened the last time the Yankees were this close (hello, 2004) but the odds are certainly in their favor: 58 of 69 teams that have taken a 3-1 lead in a best-of-seven series have gone on to win it.

BATTER VS. PITCHER: Here’s the Yankees vs. Lackey. And here’s the Angels vs. Burnett.

A.J. WANTS A ‘W’: Burnett pitched decently in his first start of the postseason and very well in his second, but hasn’t earned a win in either one. He pitched into the seventh inning of Game 2 and allowed just two runs and three hits, but got a no-decision when the game went 13 innings and 310 minutes. Burnett did come back out to deliver a walkoff pie to Jerry Hairston, who scored the winning run.

HOT ROD: Alex Rodriguez had a single, double and homer in Game 4, continuing what has been an insane postseason for him. A-Rod has driven in a run in every Yankees playoff game (and eight straight dating back to 2007), and has 11 total RBI. If he continues to hit this well, he’ll shatter the franchise record of 15, held by Scott Brosius (1998) and Bernie Williams (1996).

MELKY WAY: Melky Cabrera had a critical RBI single in the fourth inning of Game 4, and that hit snapped a personal 0-for-7 slide with runners in scoring position, as well as a team-wide 0-for-28 with RISP. As a team, the Yankees are 7-for-45(.156) with RISP during the ALCS.

SENIOR MOMENTS: Game 3 was the first time that four teammates – in this case, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Jorge Posada and Johnny Damon – aged 34 or older homered in any game, postseason or otherwise.

BENCH THREAT: Joe Girardi wouldn’t commit one way or another during the off day, but he’ll have a decision to make at DH if Jose Molina is catching. Jorge Posada, who has been on the bench this postseason when Molina catches, is hitting .333 this postseason (8-for-24) with two homers and three RBI and is 12-for-29 lifetime against Lackey. Hideki Matsui is at .261 (6-for-23) during the postseason and is coming off an ugly 0-for-5 in Game 4.

NO LACK OF CONFIDENCE: The Angels have their ace, Lackey, going in the elimination game tonight and Lackey gave up only two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings of Game 1. If you’re looking for a weird prop bet on the game tonight, see if someone will give you action on how long Lackey will stay in the game; in each of his three postseason starts against the Yankees, he’s lasted exactly 5 2/3 innings each time.

RANDOM QUESTION OF THE DAY: Why do we celebrate things with Champagne as opposed to Chardonnay or, say, chocolate milkshakes (which I happen to like better than both)?

IF THERE WERE WALK-TO-THE-PLATE MUSIC IN REAL LIFE, TODAY’S WOULD BE: Don’t Sweat the Technique by Eric B. & Rakim

Back with much, much more later.

UPDATE, 5:15 p.m.: Lineups for both teams are out: Matsui DH, Molina catching, Swisher still in right. I know he’s done it all year, but I’m a little surprised that Izturis is in the lineup. I thought if Scioscia made any changes, he might keep hot-swinging Howie Kendrick in there. Back with more from Girardi shortly.

UPDATE, 5:44 p.m.: The Angels are on the field taking BP and CC Sabathia is out in the bullpen throwing his side. He played long-toss before with Andy Pettitte.

UPDATE, 5:49 p.m.: Here’s the audio from Girardi. His first answer is in response to a question about whether he ever considered a situation where A-Rod would have been out for much of the season following his hip surgery.

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UPDATE, 6:29 p.m.: Yankees are on the field stretching and getting loose. Kurt Russell is on-hand, sitting in the field box seats. He’s wearing a Yankees hat.

UPDATE, 7 p.m.: Interesting story here that says that MLB has decided to break with its usual custom and use only experienced umpires in the World Series because of the rash of missed calls so far in the playoffs.

UPDATE, 7:10 p.m.: Not much news from Joe Girardi’s session with the beat writers.

• Girardi did not rule out the idea of using Mariano Rivera for four outs, or even six outs.

• CC Sabathia “feels good” after pitching on short rest two days ago.

• The decision to keep Jorge Posada on the bench despite great numbers against Lackey (.414/.469/.586) had to do with Posada’s relative lack of experience as a DH. But, Girardi said it’s possible Posada could pinch hit for Jose Molina even if A.J. Burnett is still in the game.

• Johnny Damon is “staying in his legs a little bit more,” not lunging at the ball.

• Girardi watched the Phillies clinch the National League pennant last night. “Until you knock them off, they’re the champs,” he said.

UPDATE, 7:57 p.m.: And we’re off. It’s 78 degrees at first pitch and Derek Jeter has already singled to right, continuing his nine-game postseason hitting streak. Enjoy the game.

UPDATE, 8:06 p.m.: The Thundersticks rise as one, and Lackey gets out of it – nice pitch (albeit just off the plate) to Tex, a foul-out for A-Rod and groundout for Matsui. You can bet the Yankees would have liked to give Burnett a lead to take to the mound. Now we’ll see which A.J. showed up tonight.

UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: Just how the Yankees drew it up: Fail to cash in on a two-on, none out in the top half and then have Figgins leadoff the bottom with a walk. Burnett now has to go right to work with runners on. Look for Figgins to be on the move.

UPDATE, 8:13 p.m.: This is exactly what the Yankees didn’t want – the walk to Figgins started it, and Abreu and Hunter smoked line drives to make it 2-0 before Burnett has even recorded an out. Now Guerrero just crushed one to the left-center field wall and it’s 3-0.

UPDATE, 8:17 p.m.: This is nightmare stuff for Burnett. Four straight hits, all of them crushed, and it’s 4-0. Still no one moving in the Yankees pen. Don’t you have to get Gaudin up?

UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: Juan Rivera ends the madness with a 5-4-3 double play and Burnett walks off down 4-0. Lackey was hittable in the first inning but you have to figure his confidence increases after being handed a big lead.

UPDATE, 8:29 p.m.: Not exactly an inning to make Lackey work there. That took all of nine pitches and Burnett is back out on the mound. A 4-0 deficit is hardly insurmountable but Burnett needs to keep the score right here and hope the bats wake up with runners in scoring position.

UPDATE, 8:37 p.m.: After a leadoff single from Mathis, Jeter came in for a quiet word with Burnett. Whatever he said worked, as Burnett then got a double play and fly out for a quick inning.

UPDATE, 8:41 p.m.: For a moment I thought Damon was going to spike his helmet there after being called out at first. Girardi gave a short argument but then returned to the dugout. Replays looked like Damon barely beat the throw, but it was very, very close.

UPDATE, 8:45 p.m.: If you’re looking for good signs from Burnett, that curveball to Abreu had the nasty bite he had in Game 2.

UPDATE, 8:49 p.m.: And if you’re looking for bad signs, letting Torii Hunter steal second base without even really noticing would certainly qualify.

UPDATE, 8:51 p.m.: Score that 6-2-5-1-6 on the rundown play. Guerrero went all the way to second.

UPDATE, 8:58 p.m.: It was just announced that, should Game 6 be necessary, the broadcast will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday with first pitch at 7:57 p.m.

UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: A-Rod was looking for something else there. He just watched a 91 mph fastball go by for strike three. Now it’s up to Matsui.

UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: New thread up as we play the fourth. Come on over.

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1,264 Responses to “ALCS Game 5: Yankees at Angels”

  1. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and a true believer in the AJ-Molina tandem and Chad Gaudin's effectiveness October 22nd, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    repost for Trader:

    SJ44
    October 22nd, 2009 at 9:57 am
    There were two Joe Torre’s as manager of the Yankees.

    One with Don Zimmer on the bench and one without.

    The one without Zimmer on the bench burned out relief pitchers AND the team. He also cared more about his image and his brand the final few years on the job.

    That wore on almost everybody on the team, except those who blindly followed him.

    In 2007, Luis Vizcaino pitched 13 times in the second half of the year in games when the Yankees had leads of 4 or more runs.

    He was shot by the time the playoffs came around.

    He killed Tom Gordon in 2004 and rendered him useless in the post-season.

    His overuse of Proctor, Quantrill, Sturtze and others are well documented.

    Yes, the starting pitching wasn’t what it was in the Dynasty Years. However, as manager, you have to do a better job of handling your bullpen and Torre did a poor job of that in the Post-Zimmer years.

    The Yankees are one win away from going to the World Series with a 3 man starting pitching staff. Joe Torre wasn’t that short of arms in his time in NY.

    He just did a poor job of utilizing them in the Post-Zimmer years.

  2. 100 pitches of fun... October 22nd, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    This might be a stupid question but….Who decides who the MVP is?

  3. devon October 22nd, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Love the Dont Sweat The Technique selection Sam

  4. iiicollies October 22nd, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Erica

    You’re probably very glad that Baseball season doesn’t overlap Tax season! :wink:

  5. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Here’s who is in today’s GTLU so far:

    Reminder, post players and positions. Line ups until 4:30 (no later!!!). Game ends automatically if line up is leaked

    *Hokiehill, Rob in VT, Upstate Kate, BigSix, DaveF, miggs, Fran, Blackaccord, NYY626 (same)
    *Andrew, iiicollies, Shawn, Frank from Chatham, Jeff NJ (same)
    *ADAm
    *Bronx Bomber Girl
    *Gardner in CF, Mr October, 86w183 (same)
    *Robbykid
    *What the Heck
    *Chambliss

  6. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    iiicollies
    October 22nd, 2009 at 4:09 pm
    Erica

    You’re probably very glad that Baseball season doesn’t overlap Tax season!

    ****

    It does a little. And sadly, I will probably never be able to attend a home opener.

  7. andrew33 October 22nd, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Here is my lineup – thanks erica
    1. jeter ss
    2. damon lf
    3. tex 1b
    4. arod 3b
    5. matsui dh
    6. cano 2b
    7. swisher rf
    8. melky cf
    9. molina c

    a few big hits from the bottom 3 … yanks in 5

  8. Uncle Ellsworth (much ado about nothing) October 22nd, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    October 22nd, 2009 at 4:05 pm
    Uncle E-

    What has got you so riled up???

    Ransom Sucks is hear! Just recalling the loosey goosey time that was the begining of the season.

  9. Joe Monte October 22nd, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    I feel like Posada should be the DH tonight and hit 5th to protect ARod.

  10. Uncle Ellsworth (much ado about nothing) October 22nd, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    RANDOM QUESTION OF THE DAY: Why do we celebrate things with Champagne as opposed to Chardonnay or, say, chocolate milkshakes (which I happen to like better than both)

    Or as Davey Hogan would – a coupla cheeseburgers

  11. Andrew GTLU Bronze Medalist October 22nd, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Sam, Chardonnay is an ingredient/part of Champagne, I believe. Also, the clean-up from chocolate milkshakes would be disgusting. It would be almost too gross to look at athletes covered in brown goo during a postgame celebration. Plus, unless they are milkshakes with whiskey poured in them, they wouldn’t accomplish the true goal of those celebrations: getting hammered.

  12. Ham Fighters October 22nd, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    jeter 6
    damon 7
    tex 3
    arod 5
    posada dh
    cano 4
    melky 9
    gardner 8
    molina 2

  13. Uncle Lukie October 22nd, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Paco Dooley October 22nd, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Posada at DH is ok in a regular season game, but in a playoff game you need him as a late inning option and you cannot drop the DH to hit for Molina, which means you would have to hit for Molina late and insert Cervelli, which puts you in a tight spot.

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

    Where’s the LoHud love for Frankie Blue-Eyes? Yes, he’s a light hitter, and sure, he’s no Posada or Matsui, but he did bat near .300 this season, and earned himself a memorable walk-off pie. He’s got some speed, is better than Molina offensively, and is very solid defensively. If you pinch hit Matsui late in the game, and then Cervelli gets maybe 1 or more at-bats, I don’t think you’re really giving up too much.

    (reposted, ’cause I just missed the new post)

  14. 100 pitches of fun... October 22nd, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Sorry, Who decides who the MVP is in the post season?

  15. Eugene October 22nd, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    “Don’t Sweat the Technique by Eric B. & Rakim”

    I’m sure most people here never heard of the song.

  16. Gardner in CF October 22nd, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    RANDOM QUESTION OF THE DAY: Why do we celebrate things with Champagne as opposed to Chardonnay or, say, chocolate milkshakes (which I happen to like better than both)?

    The guys are still wearing their uniform pants when they celebrate. You just don’t get chocolate milkshakes on a Yankee uniform.

  17. vin October 22nd, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    “first?”

    No, try “Worst.”

  18. Gennaro October 22nd, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    1. Derek Jeter SS
    2. Johnny Damon LF
    3. Mark Teixeira 1B
    4. Alex Rodriguez 3B
    5. Hideki Matsui DH
    6. Nick Swisher RF
    7. Robinson Cano 2B
    8. Melky Cabrera CF
    9. Jose Molina C

  19. Zooboy October 22nd, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    My guess:

    Jeter
    Damon
    A-Rod
    Tex
    Matsui
    Cano
    Swish
    Melky
    Molina

  20. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    I forgot all about Cody Ransom. And people at the start of the season was saying that the Yankees should make Cody the third baseman and forget A-rod. LOL !

  21. vin October 22nd, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Jeter ss
    Damon lf
    Tex 1b (still my “pick to click”)
    Alex 3b
    Matsui dh
    Swisher rf
    Cano lf
    Melky cf
    “Hosey” Molina c

  22. vin October 22nd, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Zooboy, you need to list the positions.

  23. Bob October 22nd, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    I trust you have never had a good glass of champagne.

  24. frank & beans October 22nd, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    100 pitches of fun…
    October 22nd, 2009 at 4:07 pm
    This might be a stupid question but….Who decides who the MVP is?

    The baseball writers do.

  25. Josh in DC October 22nd, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Oh man, I’m so pumped for tonight. I hope they keep Jorge on the bench so he can come in straight up for Jose later, and I can see Mats having a big game, he recovers well from rough outings. Let’s go Yankees!

  26. Dave October 22nd, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Good Pete Abe article, even includes Bruce content…. If people still care = )

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

  27. Ross October 22nd, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Why champagne? Because it is extremely difficult to prduce a chocolate milkshake by ‘le methode champenoise’, of course!

  28. Erin October 22nd, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    I don’t care for champagne, but it is much cleaner than a milk shake would be!

  29. DB October 22nd, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    RANDOM QUESTION OF THE DAY: Why do we celebrate things with Champagne as opposed to Chardonnay or, say, chocolate milkshakes (which I happen to like better than both)?

    From Wikipedia
    Champagne has been an integral part of sports celebration since Moët et Chandon started offering their Champagne to the winners of Formula 1 Grand Prix events. At the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans, winner Dan Gurney started the tradition of spraying the crowd and each other.

    There you go….although I like the chocolate milk idea.

  30. frank & beans October 22nd, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    My Guess
    1. Derek Jeter SS
    2. Johnny Damon LF
    3. Mark Teixeira 1B
    4. Alex Rodriguez 3B
    5. Jorge Posada DH
    6. Robinson Cano 2B
    7. Nick Swisher RF
    8. Melky Cabrera CF
    9. Jose Molina C

  31. Zooboy October 22nd, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Thanks Vin!

    Jeter – ss
    Damon – lf
    A-Rod – 3b
    Tex – 1b
    Matsui – DH
    Cano – 2b
    Swish – rf
    Melky -cf
    Molina – c

    GO YANKS!

  32. Cato October 22nd, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Keep in mind that in the two games in which Molina has started, he’s had 3 plate appearances and Posada has had 6.

    If Burnett is rolling and the Yankees score, it won’t matter. If Burnett gets knocked out early, Posada will come in at that point.

    The issue really only gets complicated if Burnett is pitching well but the Yankees can’t get any runs, i.e. if it’s 0-0 or 1-1 in the fifth and Molina is due up with runners on. Girardi will have to decide if he wants to pinch-hit Posada and have him catch Burnett in the 6th and 7th.

  33. Norman October 22nd, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Erik B. is on the cut!

  34. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    xooboy, list positions if you want it to count

  35. JasonR October 22nd, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    “This might be a stupid question but….Who decides who the MVP is?”

    The writers and broadcasters who are covering the games.

  36. Evan October 22nd, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Joe Torre = Sore Loser

    In last night’s press conference he said philly wasn’t the better team, rather they were the “best team this week”.

    what bitterness.

    Manny on the other hand was gracious. He was asked who was the better team and without hesitation he said Philly. The a reporter followed up be saying, “but Manny the dodgers had the best record in the NL”. Manny rolled his eyes and said, “that doesn’t mean anything in the playoffs.”

    Someone should tell Torre.

  37. Bob Shirley's Rubber Arm October 22nd, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Sam Borden made his debut in ’86 wit a melody and the President’s mix!

  38. 100 pitches of fun... October 22nd, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    The baseball writers do.
    —————-

    Thanks, but I meant for the post season. I guess some MLB official.

  39. frank & beans October 22nd, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Dave
    October 22nd, 2009 at 4:19 pm
    Good Pete Abe article, even includes Bruce content…. If people still care = )

    ///////////////////////////////////

    NO ONE CARES LIFE GOES ON. I BET he misses the playoffs now!

  40. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    vin
    October 22nd, 2009 at 4:18 pm
    Zooboy, you need to list the positions.

    ****

    Thanks for looking out :-)

  41. frank & beans October 22nd, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    100 pitches of fun…
    October 22nd, 2009 at 4:22 pm
    The baseball writers do.
    —————-

    Thanks, but I meant for the post season. I guess some MLB official.

    In the post season as well. The writers from both teams decide who gets it. Not all only the ones that get a vote.

  42. Zooboy October 22nd, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Thanks Vin and Erica!!! (check out 4:21 post)

  43. pat October 22nd, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    “Why do we celebrate things with Champagne as opposed to Chardonnay or, say, chocolate milkshakes (which I happen to like better than both)?”

    It’s all about the pop of the cork and a little marketing didn’t hurt either. :wink:

  44. Ross October 22nd, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Let’s go Yankees! FINISH THIS THING!

  45. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Zooboy, we are good now :-)

  46. 100 pitches of fun... October 22nd, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    In the post season as well. The writers from both teams decide who gets it. Not all only the ones that get a vote.
    —————–

    Interesting, just learned something new. Thanks for the info!!

  47. Bronx Bombers Girl October 22nd, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    October 22nd, 2009 at 4:04 pm
    Bronx Bombers Girl
    October 22nd, 2009 at 4:01 pm
    I guess I will give it a try…GTLU entry
    ****
    Welcome to the party

    ***********

    Erica, Thanks! :)
    I have to agree with previous posters that this is really something fun you do for the rest of us.

    I also agree with you about wanting to be happy and tired tomorrow. :)

    With that said, I can’t wait for the game tonight!

  48. Gardner in CF October 22nd, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Not trying to look ahead but it would be funny if they hit Girardi with a Gatorade shower. I bet that’s never been a baseball thing because some managers are so old.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gatorade_shower

  49. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Bronx Bombers Girl
    October 22nd, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Erica, Thanks!
    I have to agree with previous posters that this is really something fun you do for the rest of us.

    I also agree with you about wanting to be happy and tired tomorrow.

    ****

    Thanks :-). Its the people who really like playing that keep me doing it

  50. NYY626 October 22nd, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    October 22nd, 2009 at 4:22 pm
    Joe Torre = Sore Loser

    In last night’s press conference he said philly wasn’t the better team, rather they were the “best team this week”.

    what bitterness.
    ____________________________________________________________
    How is that bitterness? Lots of time in the playoffs, the team that isnt “the best” wins, because they were better that week.

  51. Joekuh October 22nd, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    LOVE the “Dont Sweat The Technique” intro choice. Let’s finish this tonight!!! Let’s get AJ a win, he’s pitched well enough to deserve one.

  52. upstate kate October 22nd, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Chocolate milk shakes are harder to spray.

    Erica- you have quite a variety of GTLUs today!

  53. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and a true believer in the AJ-Molina tandem and Chad Gaudin's effectiveness October 22nd, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    repost for Uncle Lukie:

    Cervelli did a heck of a job hitting as I remember. That was just one of the great surprises about him.

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

    It will be interesting to see what Girardi does about DH. My first thought was that he would go with Matsui because they are up 3-1 and he would like to get him hitting. I think I will stay with that thought. It isn’t like the offense isn’t scratching out any runs.

  54. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    3 hours and 30 minutes until Game 5!!!!!

    About 2 hours ago I told a partner the exact time until the game and he looked at me like I was a little crazy. I guess some people just don’t get it

  55. vin October 22nd, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    “Thanks for looking out ”

    No problem… your sanity is critical to the Yankees’ cause. We need all the good fans to be sharp, calm and well-rested.

  56. 100 pitches of fun... October 22nd, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    I am sure if it was up to Damon and Swish it would be chocolate milk shakes instead.

  57. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    “Guess the Line Up” is now closed for tonight.

    Any submissions after this are disqualified. Thanks to all that played

  58. arliss October 22nd, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    I am posting my lineup because it has been good luck to do so….despite not being right too often:

    Jeter – SS
    Damon – LF
    Teixiera – 1B
    Al – 3B
    Matsui – DH
    Cano – 2B
    Swisher – RF
    Cabrera – CF
    Molina – C

  59. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    upstate kate
    October 22nd, 2009 at 4:29 pm
    Chocolate milk shakes are harder to spray.

    Erica- you have quite a variety of GTLUs today!

    ****

    Thats for sure. This was definitely the most varied one so far

  60. Shawn October 22nd, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Now we play the GTLU waiting game!

  61. frank & beans October 22nd, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    The only reason I know that was that they were talking about it on mlb network and the guys asked boone if you had a vote as a beat writer who would be the mvp and he said Alex.

  62. upstate kate October 22nd, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    aren’t gatorade showers for football? I am waiting for Girardi to get hit w/ a banana cream pie.

  63. Jon October 22nd, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    One more win to go guys! One more and our boys bring the pennant back to New York where it belongs!! God bless the Yankees!!!!!

  64. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    “Guess the Line Up” is over for today

    Thanks to all who participated. No futher submissions today will be accepted. Stay tuned for the winner

  65. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Arliss- I will accept. I think my post temporarily disappeared

  66. arliss October 22nd, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    only accept because it is good luck for mine to be in there. i wont accept the red camero prize if i win.

  67. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    I’m sorry guys but I think we need Cody Ransom’s bat off the bench. I don’t know why Joe never believed in Cody. (sarcasm)

  68. 100 pitches of fun... October 22nd, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    I am waiting for Girardi to get hit w/ a banana cream pie.
    ————–

    AJ said he would pie Girardi IF they won the world series. I would love to see that!!!

  69. champ809 October 22nd, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    the lineup i’d like to see Gen. Joe go with is;

    Jeet-SS
    Damon-LF
    Tex-1B
    AGod-3B
    Posada-DH
    Cano-2B
    Melkman-RF
    GrittyGardy-CF
    Jose-C

    bench-Matsui,Swish,Guzman,Cervelli,Hairston

    i think with this being a closeout game and Swish unable to hit the side of a building it’s a good chance to put your best defense out there for 9 innings especially with AJ being a flyball/strikeout pitcher.

  70. iiicollies October 22nd, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Chocolate milk shakes are harder to spray.

    Isn’t ‘YooHoo’ carbonated? Plus it was associated with Yogi!

  71. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    I really think the Yankees need to consider Hinske for the next round if there is one. His bat off the bench would be much more valuable than Guzman

  72. Erin October 22nd, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Jeremy
    October 22nd, 2009 at 4:36 pm
    I’m sorry guys but I think we need Cody Ransom’s bat off the bench. I don’t know why Joe never believed in Cody. (sarcasm)

    ***********
    LMAO Where would this team be without Cody Ransom? :)

  73. pat October 22nd, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    27 years ago today, a 2nd baseman was born.

    Happy Birthday to Robinson Cano.

    A trip to the WS seems an appropriate gift.

  74. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and a true believer in the AJ-Molina tandem and Chad Gaudin's effectiveness October 22nd, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    “AJ said he would pie Girardi IF they won the world series. I would love to see that!!!”

    100, you are definitely going to get to see it. I have deemed it so!!! (I also believe it with my heart and soul, have believed it since the first day of the season, and have never wavered in that belief – not even when we lost 8 in a row.) This is a very special team.

    GO YANKEES!!!

    Later y’all.

  75. tom A October 22nd, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    I celebrate with a bottle of California Red – no pun intended.

  76. Sewage Man October 22nd, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Anyone know where Edwar Ramirez and Jose Veras are hanging out these days?

  77. DB October 22nd, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    I could really take the easy road and go with the Burnett special lineup, but let’s throw out a risk.

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

    Someone has got to have it in case Girardi decides to throw a monkey wrench into the plans.

  78. 714YF October 22nd, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Am I alone in wanting AJ to drill Aybar between the shoulder blades in his first at bat?

    That kid’s got way too much swagger right now, he needs to be taken down a peg or two..

  79. JohnC October 22nd, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Erica:

    I’m sure Hinskie will be on the roster for the series. Yanks will need a deeper bench, espeically with 3 games in the NL park where picnh hitters will be needed for the pitchers spot in the lineup.

  80. JohnC October 22nd, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Erica:

    I’m sure Hinskie will be on the roster for the series. Yanks will need a deeper bench, espeically with 3 games in the NL park where picnh hitters will be needed for the pitchers spot in the lineup.

  81. JohnC October 22nd, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Wouldn’t mind seeing Gardner take Swisher’s place in the lineup for this game.

  82. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes October 22nd, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Happy Birthday, Robi :)

  83. m October 22nd, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    In what world were the Dodgers the better team than the Phillies? :roll:

    BTW, local talk radio guy was recapping the show, I’m kind of confused but someone (either Eric Karabell or someone named Hanahan) said that Lackey won’t be back. Local talk guy was surprised that the person would say that on the air, but maybe figured it was okay because we’re in the middle of nowhere.

    But the show’s producer’s a HUGE Angels fan, but so delusional. He was going on about how Moreno doesn’t mind paying, but wants to pay the right guys (Matthews, Hunter, Kazmir?lol). Saying if they can agree to $12M, he’ll be back. Saying that if he wants $15M no thanks. So, I’m laughing out loud because I don’t know if show’s producer knows or not that Lackey is the ONLY free agent pitcher worth anything this winter. And that Boston kind of sort of needs pitching. Lackey’s going to make money, and it’s not the $11-12M per that show’s producer wants. Show’s producer is not from here. He’s from California. :)

  84. Erin October 22nd, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    m
    October 22nd, 2009 at 4:47 pm
    In what world were the Dodgers the better team than the Phillies?

    ************
    My thoughts exactly.

  85. Sewage Man October 22nd, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    I don’t like the idea of starting Gardy over Swish. The key tonight is wear Lackey down and get to the bullpen. I know Swish is slumping, but he’s great at taking pitches and drawing walks.

  86. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes October 22nd, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    7/10 BB/K rate for AJ…ouch. Throw strikes, my dear fellow.

  87. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    DB-

    You knew that GTLU is over now right?

  88. Erin October 22nd, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    A very happy birthday to Robbie. I hope he has a good night. I must say, I’ve missed his ninja look the past couple games. :)

  89. Seven October 22nd, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Hinske will be on the world series roster he will be a nice middle inning bat to pinch hit for a pitcher and Matsui will be the late inning bat off the bench in philly. They need to get rid of Freddy Guzman. Carlos Ruiz has a cannon for an arm. Girardi needs to cool off all the pinch running.

    Putting Gardner in for Swisher is fine but you got to be careful when you take out Matsui or Posada because they are A-Rod’s protection in the lineup.

  90. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    bodhisattva – Destiny Wears Pinstripes
    October 22nd, 2009 at 4:47 pm
    Happy Birthday, Robi
    ****

    I totally know what he wants for his birthday! :-)

  91. Sewage Man October 22nd, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    I think Robbie might be getting some chapaigne for his birthday tonight…
    :)

  92. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    3 hours and 8 minutes until Game 5!!!!!!!!

  93. m October 22nd, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    I hope that the Angels defense lets Lackey down early and often. I’ve never seen a pitcher show up his team as much as he does. He did it @ Boston in last season’s elimination game, too.

  94. S.A.--Relax, Relate, Release October 22nd, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Happy Birthday Robbie Cano!

  95. Joey's Poodle October 22nd, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Come on, try to act as if you’ve had a celebration or three in your life!

    For those who haven’t, a word of advice: no matter how you shake those other substances, they won’t spray forth in a light-catching, photogenic arc of bubbles, as champagne does.

  96. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes October 22nd, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Yeah, he wants an off-day on Saturday!

  97. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    I have good news and bad news…

    The good news is, I am leaving work now. (Well, its good for me)

    The bad news is, unfortunately there is no line up posted yet and we all will have to wait to see who the GTLU winner is.

    I have to go food shopping tonight on the way home (try not to be jealous). I am expecting to announce the winner(s) between 6:30-7pm

  98. Uncle Ellsworth (much ado about nothing) October 22nd, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Sewage Man
    October 22nd, 2009 at 4:52 pm
    I think Robbie might be getting some chapaigne for his birthday tonight…

    Champagne for my real friends and Real pain for my sham friends.

  99. frank & beans October 22nd, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    SO is Robby 35 now? how old? He is from the dominican one could never tell.

  100. delv October 22nd, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Don’t Sweat the technique!

    Hey Sam, are you trying to cater to the Yankeefan/HipHop/libertarian/atheist demographic (read: Max Kellerman)?

  101. frank & beans October 22nd, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    List of ALCS MVPS

    2008 Matt Garza Tampa Bay Rays
    2007 Josh Beckett Boston Red Sox
    2006 Placido Polanco Detroit Tigers
    2005 Paul Konerko Chicago White Sox
    2004 David Ortiz Boston Red Sox
    2003 Mariano Rivera New York Yankees
    2002 Adam Kennedy Los Angeles Angels
    2001 Andy Pettitte New York Yankees
    2000 David Justice New York Yankees
    1999 Orlando Hernandez New York Yankees

  102. sa October 22nd, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    SENIOR MOMENTS happened in game 3 not 4

  103. Bronx Bombers Girl October 22nd, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Happy Birthday to Robbie Cano!

    I think clinching tonight is a great birthday present for him and for my Mom whose birthday was yesterday. I even told her they were going to give her a belated gift today… :D

  104. Dr.M October 22nd, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    DH Matsui is a no-brainer.
    If you DH Posada 5th, Molina is batting 9th. There will be a time Matsui PH for Molina. If Matsui gets on base, Gardner must pinch-run. When it’s time to defend, Cervilli must catch and bat 9th if you don’t want to lose DH. Four players will be used within 1 inning. Yankees’ bench bat like NL pitchers.
    If you make Posada catch for Gardner, DH is lost. Every time for the pitcher coming to bat you waste another player.
    What was Girardi’s problem in game 2 and 3? Overmanaging. Sounds like overmanaging to me.
    Keep it simple, just DH Matsui. Matsui just had a bad game, like Melky finally had a good game.

  105. DB October 22nd, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Erica, actually I didn’t….work and all. Should have refreshed before I typed.. No biggie, the lineup was more of a joke anyway.

  106. Betsy October 22nd, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Matsui looks dreadful, so I would DH Posada…..

    All we can ask is that AJ pitch a good game; I expect Lackey to be a lot better than in game 1, so tonight will be a close, tense game. It’s way, way too early to be talking WS. The Yankees have lost 3 games in a row this season – it can be done. The Angels are at home and they have their ace – there is a good chance this goes back to NY. Of course, the Yankees can win this game, but they haven’t won the series yet, so I can’t be talking about the WS as if it’s a done deal.

  107. iwingame October 22nd, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Gardner for Swisher tonight

  108. 3 (formerly S.o.S.) October 22nd, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Folks Cano doesnt read this blog. So ill help you. Stealth Cashman, can you wish Cano a happy birthday from all of us. Hitting for the cycle on this special day wouldnt be a bad thing.

  109. Erin October 22nd, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Betsy-I thought you were on vacation :)

  110. DB October 22nd, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Dr. M, I agree with you fully. Of course, their best lineup would be to catch Posada. But, no one thinks Girardi’s got the cojones to do that, myself included. It would be a no win position for him. If Burnett pitches bad, he is going to get blamed for changing it. If Burnett pitches good, he will be admonished for catching Molina in the first place.

  111. m October 22nd, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    But it was not just A-Rod. One could make the case that the Yankees possess at least five players — Rodriguez, Sabathia, Teixeira, Jeter and Rivera — who are better than the best Angel, let’s say Torii Hunter, a terrific center fielder and a glowing presence who has the highest salary on the Angels at $90 million for five years. Or maybe you could throw in Burnett and Posada — and, while you’re at it, Hideki Matsui, Robinson Cano and Johnny Damon.

    Good perspective from Vescey. This one he got right.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10.....f=baseball

  112. Pel October 22nd, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Mike Scioscia press conference:

    http://bit.ly/BKCM5

  113. Pat M. October 22nd, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    I’ve done my aquatics for the day, and I’ve showered and will be heading up the 55 Freeway to watch the Bronx Bombers wrap this up and take home their 40th AL Pennant…..Oh the satisfaction for all Yankee fans who live in Southern California to watch them eliminate and perform an exercism on the Halo’s field….The song Celebrate is playing in my head as I type…….Bummer is I was hoping to catch a World Sereis game here in LA after seeing Game 1 at The Stadium……2009 is going to be a very special season for the NY Yankees…That’s been the motto ever since December after signing CC, AJ, & Texeria…..

  114. 3 (formerly S.o.S.) October 22nd, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Speaking of Cano. Wasnt he and Wang supposed to be part of a trade for Randy Johnson at one time? Wow.. Some of the best deals are the ones that are never made.

  115. YankeeRay October 22nd, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Jeter ss
    Damon lf
    Tex 1b
    Arod 3b
    Posada dh
    Cano 2b
    Swisher rf
    Melky cf
    Molina c

  116. vin October 22nd, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    m,

    Morales is their best player, IMO. No clue why he spent most of the year batting either 6th or 5th.

  117. 3 (formerly S.o.S.) October 22nd, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Oh the satisfaction for all Yankee fans who live in Southern California to watch them eliminate and perform an exercism on the Halo’s field….The song Celebrate is playing in my head as I type……

    ====

    Here! Here! Pat. I wish i couldnt have found the time and money to join you there. Lucky to be you bro. I will be wearing my Yankee jersey to my kids football practice today. Im sure the Angel fans will love that.

  118. frank & beans October 22nd, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Some sad people are wishing the yankees dont close it tonight since they have game 6 tix

  119. m October 22nd, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Yay, no Kendrick. ;)

  120. 3 (formerly S.o.S.) October 22nd, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    mel,
    Thanks for the advice yesterday. Now my wife has Disney World in her sights. Where do i fit into all this? You would think living an hour away from Disneyland would suffice. Its time to get my sales shoes on.

  121. Jon (yankfan212) October 22nd, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    No alcohol in chocolate shakes.. However, what about Kahlua Mudslide?

  122. Bronx Jeers October 22nd, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    They never seem to use “Champagne” anyway.

    If they win it tonight, I don’t want them using a California sparkling wine. At least use a Prosecco.

  123. vin October 22nd, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Two things that strike me about the lineups:

    I’m happy to see that Girardi has Cano batting after Matsui. He typically would bat Swisher there to break up the lefties, but with a righty on the mound, it makes sense. Not to mention the fact that Swisher has been struggling and Cano is a better hitter.

    Maicer Izturis is batting 6th tonight. Not only is Kendrick riding the pine, as he usually does against RHP, but Izturis has been moved ahead of the dreadful Juan Rivera. Too bad Rivera isn’t batting 5th again.

    Interesting moves.

  124. m October 22nd, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    3,

    Good. Save your money and go see some Lakers games this season.

    (put your arrows away because I’ll be gone by the time you read this…)

  125. Blackaccord October 22nd, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    I thought of switching swisher and cano… For some reason didn’t do it.. Could have joined the leaders in GTLU… oh well.. Lets hope the yanks win.. I’m gonna wear my Giambi jersey that has not been washed for a week.. :)

  126. vin October 22nd, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    One more thing about the Swisher/Cano flip, is that there won’t be back to back PR in the lineup as there was in game 2 (or was it 3?). Should help if the game goes extras.

  127. Seven October 22nd, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Swisher is hitting 116 off Lackey in 43 at bats. Girardi needs to move him in 8th-9th spot. Melky has very good numbers off Lackey he should be hitting higher than Swisher.

  128. Noreaster October 22nd, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Well no tweaks to the lineup. Mr. Matsui and Mr. Swisher its time to step up…

  129. Pel October 22nd, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Joe Girardi press conference:

    http://bit.ly/2bv9g4

  130. ADam October 22nd, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Here we go… All we need is 6 Strong from Burnett with a Lead… and well take this one… The Pen is fresh and Mo is smelling blood like a shark in the waters…..

  131. DT - OPPC member October 22nd, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    “RANDOM QUESTION OF THE DAY: Why do we celebrate things with Champagne”

    Because it has the word “Champ” in it. Like in Champions.

    If it was called LoserAgne – no team would celebrate with the stuff.

  132. YankeeRay October 22nd, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    I would rather see Posada DH. Well maybe we can use him to pinch run now.

    Matsui needs to get ready to pinch hit as other than game 1 of the WS that is all he will be doing.

  133. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Finish off the Angels tonight. I don’t want a Game 6.

  134. Russel October 22nd, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Posada isn’t pitch running. When aj gets pulled posada will switch with Molina.

  135. DT - OPPC member October 22nd, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    “Pat M.
    October 22nd, 2009 at 5:14 pm
    I’ve done my aquatics for the day, and I’ve showered and will be heading up the 55 Freeway to watch the Bronx Bombers wrap this up and take home their 40th AL Pennant…”

    I can breath easier now. Erica must have finally convinced Pat M. that swimming is different than showering. (that crazy left coast) There is : Power in the Shower.

  136. iiicollies October 22nd, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Pel

    How did you get that Hi-Med-Low leverage table? I would like to construct one for the Angels and Phillies also.

    BTW, I see that Aceves has better high leverage OPS than Robertson

  137. Pat M. October 22nd, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    DT, When the Bombers were out here in September Erica started this whole shower thing before heading off the the ballpark….After watching a 10 game Yankee losing streak @ Anaheim, I took a shower and it’s been the way to go…I screwed up for Game 3, as all I did was rinse off in the pool shower….Never again…..

  138. iiicollies October 22nd, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Power in the Shower … and you don’t run the risk of meeting Manny in there anymore

  139. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 22nd, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Blackaccord,

    Giambi was shat.

    Don’t wear that jersey today.

  140. Ed October 22nd, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    who do you thik will be the ALCS MVP if the Yankees get it done tonight. A-Rod or CC?

  141. GreenBeret7 October 22nd, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Matsui has hit in 3 of the 4 games. He’s hardly a disaster that needs to step up. He had one bad game and in that one, his bat wasn’t needed.

  142. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 22nd, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    CC and thats a big IF.

  143. Nick in SF October 22nd, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Pat M, have a great time at the game and I hope you get to see us finish them off. As much as I despise the thunder sticks and the rally monkeys, the Big A was starting to feel like a home-away-from home.

    My brother reports that craigslist had tickets for sale as low as $40… I think the bandwagon is quickly emptying.

  144. A-Rod = no longer mental in the playoffs October 22nd, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    That’s fine, leave Kendrick on the bench. I’d much rather see him riding the pine then getting at least two hits against us again. Thanks Mike

  145. A-Rod = no longer mental in the playoffs October 22nd, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    than

  146. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and a true believer in the AJ-Molina tandem and Chad Gaudin's effectiveness October 22nd, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    “Keep it simple, just DH Matsui. Matsui just had a bad game, like Melky finally had a good game.”

    One thing is for sure, I know how Girardi thinks! There is always a method to his SEEMING madness and I usually seem to be able to figure it out.

    Obviously I’m not the only one who figured Matsui would be in the lineup.

    I have no feelings either way about the DH except to say that Girardi got us to 103 games in the regular season and on the brink of going to the world series. He seems to be able to do something that many fans are unable to do – take the emotion out of decision making. I’ve never seen so many people flip out when they disagree with his thinking – and yet the Yankees have the most regular season wins in the majors, and the guy did it by juggling lots of players seeing he was besot with injuries throughout the season.

    A few of us have said that we are comfortable with Girardi’s decisions because we figure he has a lot more knowledge than the average fan (even the above average fan.)

    I’m definitely there. I can’t imagine what it would be like to go through a season kicking and screaming about every decision the manager made. I will continue to say the one thing I am bright enough to know is that I know that I don’t know more than Girardi and the Yankee organization. Anybody want to join me on that train?

    :)

    GO YANKEES!

  147. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 22nd, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    GreenBeret,

    I agree RE: Matsui not being a disaster, but I like Jorge’s numbers better against Lackey.

    Too bad Molina and AJ are battery lovers.

  148. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and a true believer in the AJ-Molina tandem and Chad Gaudin's effectiveness October 22nd, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    “Matsui has hit in 3 of the 4 games. He’s hardly a disaster that needs to step up. He had one bad game and in that one, his bat wasn’t needed.”

    Right on point GB. I have to give you credit for always being able to separate the wheat from the chaff.

  149. JasonR October 22nd, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    “who do you thik will be the ALCS MVP if the Yankees get it done tonight. A-Rod or CC?”

    I think it should be CC, but I think it’ll be A-Rod, just judging from the constant press he’s getting from the media about how good he’s been and how calm he is and how he’s exorcising his postseason demons.

  150. JasonR October 22nd, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    John Kruk with the reverse-jinx.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/notebook?page=bbtn

  151. YankeeRay October 22nd, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Russel
    October 22nd, 2009 at 5:35 pm
    Posada isn’t pitch running. When aj gets pulled posada will switch with Molina.

    ——-

    You think?

  152. GreenBeret7 October 22nd, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    trisha – OPPC lifetime member and a true believer in the AJ-Molina tandem and Chad Gaudin’s effectiveness
    October 22nd, 2009 at 5:47 pm
    “Matsui has hit in 3 of the 4 games. He’s hardly a disaster that needs to step up. He had one bad game and in that one, his bat wasn’t needed.”

    Right on point GB. I have to give you credit for always being able to separate the wheat from the chaff.

    ————————————————————

    That seems like a back handed compliment, Trisha. No credit for being a stud muffin, intelligent, baseball savant, great typist and speller.

    Well 3 out of five ain’t bad. .600 BA.

  153. Get Yer Damn hands Off Of her! October 22nd, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    LETS GOOOO PINSTRIPESSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  154. Gardner in CF October 22nd, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Russel October 22nd, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Posada isn’t pitch running. When aj gets pulled posada will switch with Molina.
    —-

    he is 1/1 on SB attempts :)

  155. iYankees October 22nd, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Smart decision starting Matsui over Posada. You can always bring Posada in later. It would have been a lousy idea to start Posada and then use Matsui solely as a pinch-hitter.

    We got this.

  156. Nick in SF October 22nd, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Don’t be so sure, YankeeRay. I saw Posada successfully steal a bag on Tuesday night and I saw Gardner get thrown out in back to back games down there.

    Girardi might just ride the hot hand — or hot legs, in this case.

  157. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and a true believer in the AJ-Molina tandem and Chad Gaudin's effectiveness October 22nd, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    “That seems like a back handed compliment, Trisha. No credit for being a stud muffin, intelligent, baseball savant, great typist and speller.

    Well 3 out of five ain’t bad. .600 BA.”

    Those were givens GB! The unimportant one – your abilty to simplify things while everyone else is running like chickens with their heads cut off – really just came to me today.

    :)

  158. Brian NYY October 22nd, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Bottom line, Teix, Swish, Cano, and Matsui need to join the party!! C’mon AJ, close it out!

  159. DT - OPPC member October 22nd, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Have fun Pat. M. – wave at the camera, break a few thunder sticks, tell kids the rally monkey is dead, it’s all good.

    nick in SF – you skipping this one in person?

  160. Nick in SF October 22nd, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Yes, DT, I’m back in NoCal. I was worried that if I stayed any longer I would have figured out the freeways.

  161. Gary October 22nd, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    ANNOYING as Hell. Is all you read about is the Yanks 2004 flop. It’s all they want to measure us by. Right now it’s a strong under current, but if Yanks don’t win tonight it’s going to be the big headline, Yanks following 2004? Angels look to force game 7 and repeat the Boston Miracle. Guys please win tonight and don’t give the opportunity to continue to talk about it.

  162. GreenBeret7 October 22nd, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    trisha – OPPC lifetime member and a true believer in the AJ-Molina tandem and Chad Gaudin’s effectiveness
    October 22nd, 2009 at 5:54 pm
    “That seems like a back handed compliment, Trisha. No credit for being a stud muffin, intelligent, baseball savant, great typist and speller.

    Well 3 out of five ain’t bad. .600 BA.”

    Those were givens GB! The unimportant one – your abilty to simplify things while everyone else is running like chickens with their heads cut off – really just came to me today.

    ————————————————————

    Not sure if your quick thinking or just full of BS, Trisha, but, you got out of that one fairly clean.

  163. Pel October 22nd, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    >How did you get that Hi-Med-Low leverage table?
    >I would like to construct one for the Angels and Phillies also.

    I went to baseball-reference.com, went to 2009 yankees page, opened 1 tab for each player on the ALDS roster, in each tab I went to their 2009 splits page, customized the leverage table to remove GS, R, tOPS+, sOPS+ columns, clicked “share”, clicked “pre-formatted text”, copy and pasted on google docs.

    Tedious.

  164. randy l. October 22nd, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    “I will continue to say the one thing I am bright enough to know is that I know that I don’t know more than Girardi and the Yankee organization.”

    trisha-

    i’m a little confused.

    isn’t girardi going to take molina out a lot quicker than you’d like tonight?

    didn’t he play posada a lot more than you would have?

    if i’m not mistaken , you wanted molina to catch more than just with burnett.

    so it appears that you did not agree with girardi’s use of posada this summer.

    i don’t really see how you are so supportive of girardi’s decisions with posada. you seem in conflict with them.

    of course, a good lawyer knows how to run around in front of the crowd to act like they know what they’re doing.

  165. GreenBeret7 October 22nd, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Not sure if ***you’re*** quick thinking

  166. Gary October 22nd, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Wow, just saw the BO. We could be hurting again in those last 4 spots. Jeter and AROD can’t do it every night we are going to need those guys to come through against a tough pitcher.

  167. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    I am so sick of hearing about Johan Santana. Yes, he is a great pitcher but the guy is on a decline. Sabathia in my mind is just as good as Santana.

  168. Nick in SF October 22nd, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    :shock: on that note I will see you all later!

  169. Betsy October 22nd, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Erica, I’m done touring for the day…….just relaxing before getting ready for dinner..

  170. Stan October 22nd, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Shudder the thought of what this season might have been with Cody Ransom / Angel Berroa stationed at 3rd base and Alex out for the entire season.
    Much the same if Giambi’s option was picked up and Mark Teixeira had signed elsewhere.

  171. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Matsui needs to start swinging at pitches that are hittable instead of swinging at garbage. He gets a pitch to hit but he is too patient.

  172. GreenBeret7 October 22nd, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    What did you get to see, Betsy? Love those homes and the squares/fountain areas.

  173. Bronx Born October 22nd, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    GB,

    Don;t know about the stud muffin part and hope I never find out. But your speeling is superior.

  174. Gary October 22nd, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Stan October 22nd, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Shudder the thought of what this season might have been with Cody Ransom / Angel Berroa stationed at 3rd base and Alex out for the entire season.
    Much the same if Giambi’s option was picked up and Mark Teixeira had signed elsewhere.

    Well good things come in two’s and three’s so the gods smiled on us for a change.

  175. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Oh yeah, Thank God Howie Kendrick is out of the lineup.

  176. haiku-man October 22nd, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Guess who going to be in the booth with Buck/McCarver during the pregame show for the World Series…..Are you ready?

    None other than Ozzie GUILLEN Mgr Chicago Wht Sox’s.I hope they have a 10 sec delay,he’s raw!

  177. Erin October 22nd, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Betsy-where are you vacationing?

  178. GreenBeret7 October 22nd, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Bronx Born
    October 22nd, 2009 at 6:17 pm
    GB,

    Don;t know about the stud muffin part and hope I never find out. But your speeling is superior.

    ————————————————————

    Yeah, I was learnt well.

  179. Erin October 22nd, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    October 22nd, 2009 at 6:18 pm
    Guess who going to be in the booth with Buck/McCarver during the pregame show for the World Series…..Are you ready?

    None other than Ozzie GUILLEN Mgr Chicago Wht Sox’s.I hope they have a 10 sec delay,he’s raw!

    ***********
    That will be interesting. :D

  180. Gary October 22nd, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Matsui needs to start swinging at pitches that are hittable instead of swinging at garbage. He gets a pitch to hit but he is too patient.

    Matsui will not see many good pitches tonight as Cano won’t be enough of a threat batting nex, so the A’s will work around Matsui. Our batting order looks a little weak tonight. Swish is the guy that needs to come through and stop swinging downtown on everything.

  181. Bronx Born October 22nd, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    GB

    I cud tell by your gramatical infrastructure handed down by genrationz of ya famly.

  182. Pat M. October 22nd, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Tin Cup comes up & in…..No warnings have been given

  183. Betsy October 22nd, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    GB, we did the trolley tour, then I separated from my parents. I went to the Juliet Gordon Lowe house, which I just loved. Most of the items there belonged to the family, which makes a big difference to me…and there were plenty of family photos. JGL was a fascinating woman…..Yesterday, I went to the Andrew Lowe house (her father-in-law). He was a wonderful man, but his son (JGL’s hubby was not, to say the least). Also today I went to the Owens-Thomas house. Neat thing – Robert Redford is filming the Conspirators in Savannah right now and they will apparently be filming in the Owens-Thomas house. They will be filming the scene where one of the consipirators (it’s obviously about he Lincoln Assssination) tries to also assassinate Sec. of State William Seward….then runs out of the house (or is it Sec. of War Stanton? I forget). They actually replaced the carpet runner that runs down the staircase (the original one) with one that is going to be used for the filming, lol. I thought that was neat. The furniture will have to be removed and only hand-held cameras used. Tonight, they are apparently filming at Monterey Square.

    After that, I went to Leopold’s – yummy. I had ice cream with huckleberry sauce. Then, on to St John’s the Baptist – my jaw dropped when I saw the interior. Wow……then I walked around the Old Colonial Cemetary, which is really beautiful.

  184. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Swish needs to at least take a walk. No more swinging at weak breaking pitches.

  185. Gardner in CF October 22nd, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Anyone else get the feeling Girardi has a “win in the final innings” strategy? This lineup is geared more towards facing the Angels bullpen than one that would have Posada DH and Swisher on the bench due to his lack of success against Lackey. Also, the outfield defense has weaknesses (3 of them) that are dealt with no sooner than the 8th inning.

  186. Betsy October 22nd, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Erin, Savannah….but tomorrow afternoon, we are leaving for Charleston.

  187. randy l. October 22nd, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    “Yeah, I was learnt well.”

    gb7-

    you mean ” yeah, I was learnt good” don’t you?

    “learnt well” just sounds harsh to my ears.

    “learnt good” just sounds more right.

  188. JF October 22nd, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Does the Flash Report ever give the angles the edge?

  189. Gardner in CF October 22nd, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Sabathia > Santana

  190. Gardner in CF October 22nd, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    # randy l. October 22nd, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    “learnt good” just sounds more right.

    —-
    I think you mean “more better”

  191. Bronx Born October 22nd, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Randy,

    We all was lernt gud by sum reely onedrful teaches.

  192. haiku-man October 22nd, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    The reason the 2004 episode is mentioned,is because the Yankees haven’t been to a World Series since.

    Red Slops think they broke up the Yankee dominance of Ws appearances at that time.

  193. Bronx Born October 22nd, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    I ment more betterer!

  194. Erin October 22nd, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    JF
    October 22nd, 2009 at 6:25 pm
    Does the Flash Report ever give the angles the edge?

    ***********
    I think he did give the Angels an edge for one game, but I can’t remember which one. I may be remembering wrong though.

  195. Erin October 22nd, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Betsy-very cool. Have fun in Charleston!!

  196. vin October 22nd, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    “Does the Flash Report ever give the angles the edge?”

    I believe he did in game 2…. but I’m too lazy to check.

  197. Yewtube October 22nd, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    where s the beef

  198. zmaster!! October 22nd, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    LETS FINISH OFF THESE PESTS!!!!

  199. haiku-man October 22nd, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    The one predictable play the Angels are ready for,is Gardner’s on base steal,it’s so obvious.

  200. Mark October 22nd, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Why do we celebrate things with Champagne as opposed to Chardonnay or, say, chocolate milkshakes (which I happen to like better than both)?

    Are you serious?

    Chardonnay is basically a cheap white wine, and chocolate milkshakes are fine at the ballgame. For major celebrations and for virtually any great occasion: DP Rose champagne. It’s the only way to express the wonderfulness of it all.

  201. randy l. October 22nd, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    bronx born-

    one thing i know is that i sure hope aj is more betterer than lackey tonight.

  202. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and a true believer in the AJ-Molina tandem and Chad Gaudin's effectiveness October 22nd, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    “trisha-

    i’m a little confused.”

    Finally a factual admission on Randy’s part.

  203. E-gawa October 22nd, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Let’s go Yankees!

  204. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Gardner needs to shake it up. He is too predictable, which is the reason why they catch him every time.

  205. randy l. October 22nd, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    “The one predictable play the Angels are ready for,is Gardner’s on base steal,it’s so obvious.”

    haiku man-

    isn’t the value of gardner supposed to be that he is so fast he can at will when they know he’s going to steal ?

  206. Bronx Born October 22nd, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Randy, ya so gots dat rite. I meen AJ jus gotta be betterer or ah dont kno wut i wud do!

  207. Yewtube October 22nd, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    I think the Angels will win tonight :(

    Without defense error, Lackey is basically untouchable. No way our AJ can match him. Just no way.

  208. bobshantz October 22nd, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    ‘Chardonnay is basically a cheap white wine’

    Wow, your education is incomplete.

  209. Bronx Born October 22nd, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    And Randy one mo thing is we gots MO who is Mo Betterer than anyones.

  210. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Congratulations go out to today’s winners of postseason “Guess the Line Up”. They are:

    Andrew – Guess the Line Up Bronze Medalist
    iiicollies
    Shawn
    Frank from Chatham, NJ
    Andrew33
    Arliss

    Exactly 30 people played today which means 20% Correctness. Thanks again to all who participated

    There will be a GTLU on Saturday if necessary at 3pm (8pm Game time). But I really hope that is unnecessary

    I will update the standings in a little while when my groceries are away and I am fed.

  211. Bronx Jeers October 22nd, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Yanks should invite Rickey to camp next season to work with Gardner.

    If he can’t teach him to steal at least he could show him a few good poker tips.

  212. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    1 hour and 12 minutes until Game 5!!!!!!!!

  213. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Bronx Jeers
    October 22nd, 2009 at 6:48 pm
    Yanks should invite Rickey to camp next season to work with Gardner.
    *****

    Yeah, didn’t Rickey do a swell job as a Mets coach helping Reyes?? I think his stealing percentage managed to decrease

  214. Bill October 22nd, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Absolutely classic song. Great pick!!!

  215. S.A.--Serenity Now October 22nd, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    I am ready for some baseball. End this series tonight. Go yanks and go AJ

  216. m October 22nd, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    lol, guess who WON’T be at the World Series? CB. ;)

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=4586645

  217. Scared of the Wall October 22nd, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Yewtube
    October 22nd, 2009 at 6:47 pm
    I think the Angels will win tonight

    Without defense error, Lackey is basically untouchable. No way our AJ can match him. Just no way.
    ________________________________________________

    Lackey surrendered 9 hits in Game 1, he’s not untouchable by any means. He’s also given up a lot of homeruns at Angels Stadium. Lackey’s a great big game pitcher, but the Yankees can get to him.

  218. GreenBeret7 October 22nd, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Betsy
    October 22nd, 2009 at 6:24 pm
    GB, we did the trolley tour, then I separated from my parents. I went to the Juliet Gordon Lowe house, which I just loved. Most of the items there belonged to the family, which makes a big difference to me…and there were plenty of family photos. JGL was a fascinating woman…..Yesterday, I went to the Andrew Lowe house (her father-in-law). He was a wonderful man, but his son (JGL’s hubby was not, to say the least). Also today I went to the Owens-Thomas house. Neat thing – Robert Redford is filming the Conspirators in Savannah right now and they will apparently be filming in the Owens-Thomas house. They will be filming the scene where one of the consipirators (it’s obviously about he Lincoln Assssination) tries to also assassinate Sec. of State William Seward….then runs out of the house (or is it Sec. of War Stanton? I forget). They actually replaced the carpet runner that runs down the staircase (the original one) with one that is going to be used for the filming, lol. I thought that was neat. The furniture will have to be removed and only hand-held cameras used. Tonight, they are apparently filming at Monterey Square.

    After that, I went to Leopold’s – yummy. I had ice cream with huckleberry sauce. Then, on to St John’s the Baptist – my jaw dropped when I saw the interior. Wow……then I walked around the Old Colonial Cemetary, which is really beautiful.

    ————————————————————

    That sounds like a great day, Betsy. J. G Lowe was a rather tragic figure. On her wedding day, they all threw rice, and grain ended up in her ear. As the doctors were trying to get it out, they punctured her eardrum and went totally deaf after that, because infection set in.

    Hopefully, the next time you get in this area or in Charleston, it will be spring and you’ll get to view the azalias in full bloom. Any and every color imaginable. On St. Patrick’s Day, they green the fountains and the river. Yeah, they do have great ice cream. Walk into Savannah Sweets or River Street Sweets and you’ll gain 25 pounds just smelling and looking at the pecan and walnut fudge and salt water taffy. Hope your dinner is great tonight.

  219. m October 22nd, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Looking for the Accuscore streak to be broken today. :)

  220. Ken October 22nd, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Does anyone think Steve Phillips will recover from this ? Is his job secure at ESPN ? I really have to wonder. Phillips lack of judgement could cost him his career. I dont know what he was thinking. And I suspect this may have happened other times we dont know about. He sounds like a womanizer.

  221. Bronx Bombers Girl October 22nd, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Ok first song when I got in the car…Jay-Z’s Empire State of Mind

    “Concrete jungle where dreams are made of, There’s nothing you can’t do, Now you’re in New York!!! These streets will make you feel brand new, the lights will inspire you,
    Let’s hear it for New York, New York, New York”

    Let’s GO YANKEE’S!!!! :)

  222. Blackaccord October 22nd, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    its so boring to wait for the game to start…:(

  223. GreenBeret7 October 22nd, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    One other place to see up on Bay Street are the bronze cannons. One French, One British, called “The Washington Cannons”….a gift from G. Washington for protection, during a 1791 visit. During Sherman’s march into Savannah, the cannons were hidden under the street for safety. Sherman spared Savannah from burning and presented the city to Lincoln as a Christmas present.

  224. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 22nd, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    GreenBeret,

    Are you really a Green Beret? If so, seen any crazy action?

  225. m October 22nd, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Ken,

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Steve Phillips laid low for 6 mths. or so and then come back.

    In the grand scheme of things, his crime was not such a horrible one (nor uncommon).

    They really need to take care of the kids, because their marriage is toast. But fear not for Marni Phillips, the Post says she’s a stunning green-eyed blonde. :?

    I do not think, though, that he’ll be picked up by any other network/news outlet any time soon. The fact that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about doesn’t help.

  226. The Ghost of Billy Mays October 22nd, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    m October 22nd, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Looking for the Accuscore streak to be broken today. :)

    What’s “Accuscore” ??

  227. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 22nd, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    I like the idea of approaching Lackey in much the same way as we did Kazmir. Getting good looks, testing him for accuracy.

    I imagine Lackey will have more pitches working than Kazmir did, but if we can drive up the pitch count and have patient at bats, we will have our opportunities to score runs.

    You can actually use the exact same theory against Burnett…if he’s throwin strikes and getting ahead, the Angels could be in deep trouble.

  228. Valerie G. October 22nd, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    hey! Soooo excited about the game tonight…go NYY!

  229. Valerie G. October 22nd, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Burnett tonight…I have mixed feelings about this…btw, is Derek ok…i heard he’s sick.

  230. GreenBeret7 October 22nd, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    The Mad Prince in Pinstripes
    October 22nd, 2009 at 7:05 pm
    GreenBeret,

    Are you really a Green Beret? If so, seen any crazy action?

    ————————————————————

    Yes, I was for over 30 years. As for the other, it doesn’t need to be discussed on here…or, anywhere, really. It was my job.

  231. Gary October 22nd, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    I think Joe goes multiple guys with Hughes and Mo, I wonder what the thought process is on Joba? does he bring him in for one batter, only against the weaker hitters, has Robinson taken on Joba’s role and Joba’s the guy at the end of the train for extra innings and not at the start of the train?

    Opinions?

  232. Bronx Jeers October 22nd, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Reyes has had all sorts of leg problems over the years.

    Wasn’t there a time a few years back when the Mets said they were trying to teach him to run differently or something like that?

  233. GreenBeret7 October 22nd, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Lackey has a lot more control than Kazmir, so waiting him out for walks won’t work.

  234. cody October 22nd, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Please gb, let the kids hear some stories. I want to hear some. :)

  235. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) October 22nd, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    MLB-TV is showing a ballpark cam. The Yankees are in BP.

    Who do they show hitting? Mall-cop Hinske !!

  236. Gary October 22nd, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    GreenBeret7 October 22nd, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Lackey has a lot more control than Kazmir, so waiting him out for walks won’t work.

    But it is still very important to work the count and get him out of the game. Like to see a couple of Damon’s 10 pitch AB’s

  237. Villiam October 22nd, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    hi all

  238. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Lackey never goes deep into game against the Yankees because they always drive his pitch count up. He averages
    5 2/3 innings against the Yankees. The Yankees need to score some runs off of him and get him out of the game by the 5 th inning.

  239. GreenBeret7 October 22nd, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Sorry, no. I don’t tell war stories. It’s nobody’s business. Just drop it.

  240. Villiam October 22nd, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Me too think there will be a game 6.

    Weather.com shows 90% chance of rain on Saturday !

    NY Weather, undoubtedly, must be the worst in the world ! Any disagreements?

  241. vin October 22nd, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Too bad that Sabathia threw his side session before the game. Would’ve been sweet to have him do it in the 7th or 8th inning.

    Imagine that bullpen – it would be Girardi-proof. ;)

  242. Bronx Jeers October 22nd, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    I could tell you some crazy stories about my 3 weeks in the Navy!

  243. S.A.--Serenity Now October 22nd, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    I’m sure after some time has passed Steve Phillips will land somewhere. Hide the women.

    Watching Ghostbusters 2 while waiting for this game to start is surprisingly relaxing.

  244. antisocial scrooge October 22nd, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    torre is the complete opposite of girardi when handling the bullpen, interesting how I just noticed that.

  245. GreenBeret7 October 22nd, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    You can get a few pitches out of the strike zone and like Burnett and Chamberlain, you can get a lot of foul balls. That’s the way they’ll run up the pitch count.

  246. Villiam October 22nd, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    http://www.weather.com/weather.....undeclared

  247. Erin October 22nd, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Valerie G-Jeter’s been fighting a cold. Nothing too serious.

  248. Villiam October 22nd, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    With the postponement on Saturday, the good news is CC will get an extra day of rest (5 total) for game 7 on Monday.

  249. liz October 22nd, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    with the angel’s being down 3-1, do you think the hook will come a lot faster for them? would that be good or bad for the yanks?

  250. randy l. October 22nd, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    “You can get a few pitches out of the strike zone and like Burnett and Chamberlain, you can get a lot of foul balls. That’s the way they’ll run up the pitch count.”

    they definitely don’t pitch to contact.

  251. hmmmm October 22nd, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    did joe really say hes not starting Jorge at DH because he doesnt have experience there?
    hmmm

  252. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 22nd, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    GreenBeret,

    I wasn’t looking for stories, trust me, I’ve heard my share from my buddy who worked Special Ops in Afghanistan.

    Just wanted to say thank you. While I certainly respect everyone in the armed forces, those who actually have had to fight for our country warrant that much more respect.

  253. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    S.A.–Serenity Now
    October 22nd, 2009 at 7:18 pm
    I’m sure after some time has passed Steve Phillips will land somewhere. Hide the women.

    Watching Ghostbusters 2 while waiting for this game to start is surprisingly relaxing.
    ********

    Being miserable and treating other people like dirt is every New Yorker’s God-given right :-)

  254. Heyya October 22nd, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    ESPN will not stop talking about the Phillies offense, is it really that good? They went as far as saying they have a slightly better offense than the Yankees.

    Again, is their offense really that great?

  255. m October 22nd, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Ghost,

    It’s a simulation that espn uses for its games. It runs 10,000X and gives a percentage of games won per team. You can find it on any espn preview (NBA, too).

    It’s been correct in each game of this series so far, but the Angels have won 54% of the simulations for Game 5.

  256. bob October 22nd, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    highest number of rainy days in 2009:

    1. Mobile, AL 62
    2. New York City, NY 62
    3. Baton Rouge, LA 60

  257. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Will some people stop talking about Game 6. This game hasn’t started yet. They may win tonight and I hope they do.

  258. Gary October 22nd, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    liz October 22nd, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    with the angel’s being down 3-1, do you think the hook will come a lot faster for them? would that be good or bad for the yanks?

    I don’t think their long relief is that good. But for them there is no tomm unless they win today. Everybody will be out there and no telling who you may see come in. These managers are robot’s with their books. Depends alot on the situation at the time.

  259. TKinDC October 22nd, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    GO YANKEES!!!!

  260. Gary October 22nd, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Will some people stop talking about Game 6. This game hasn’t started yet. They may win tonight and I hope they do.

    I’m with you I’ve been ignoring it. The Yanks won the last two in September after LA won game 1. I think the first hint will be AJ’s control and the first couple of AB’s off Lackey, who’s on and who’s off.

  261. randy l. October 22nd, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    7:27 is a nice sounding number

  262. randy l. October 22nd, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    it sounds lucky.

  263. Valerie G. October 22nd, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Erin–thanks. i hope he feels better…we need him!

  264. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Heyya
    The Phillies offense is similar to the Yankees. But Offense is not the main factor in the postseason. Pitching is the main factor and the Yankees have better pitching.

  265. RS October 22nd, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    The Phillies offense scored 100 fewer runs than the Yankees offense, so no, it’s not better. They could sub Matt Stairs in at DH and it still wouldn’t be as good.

    However, the main thing about the Phillies is that their lineup is so hot and cold. They’ll score double digit runs more often than any other team, and they have a lot of big innings (8 grandslams this year). However, in the regular season they were prone to going through stretches where their entire offense slumped. They scored 3 or less runs plenty of times, and even got swept by the Blue Jays and Orioles at home. If the Yankees pitch well, the Phillies lineup can be beaten.

  266. chrisC October 22nd, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Again, is their offense really that great?

    =.=.

    Yes. They are much, much deeper than us.

    Howard, Werth, Ibanez, and Utley are the most feared foursome since the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

  267. Valerie G. October 22nd, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    7:27, 27 as in 27 championships…hmmm.

  268. The Ghost of Billy Mays October 22nd, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    m October 22nd, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Ghost,

    It’s a simulation that espn uses for its games. It runs 10,000X and gives a percentage of games won per team. You can find it on any espn preview (NBA, too).

    It’s been correct in each game of this series so far, but the Angels have won 54% of the simulations for Game 5.”

    Simulation?

    LOL

    WHat like they hook up a bunch of playstations and Xboxes and let the video game play itself with the two teams?

  269. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) October 22nd, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Why are Green Berets green? Is there a real answer?
    (obviously you don’t want pink or yellow beret special forces – but why green?)

    I tried looking for the answer all I saw was this –
    “Green Berets are trained in languages, culture, diplomacy, psychological warfare, disinformation — generating and spreading false information — and politics. ”
    hmmm……
    notice that it didn’t say anything about typing training!

  270. Concerned_Citizen October 22nd, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    The Ghost of Billy Mays

    Simulation?

    LOL

    WHat like they hook up a bunch of playstations and Xboxes and let the video game play itself with the two teams?

    Actually…

  271. Valerie G. October 22nd, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    is there a new thread?

  272. randy l. October 22nd, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    “generating and spreading false information”

    DT-

    the above caught my eye :)

  273. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing October 22nd, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    I guess it depends on what version of ESPN you’re listening to, Heyya.

    I was listening to ESPN radio just before and they were basically saying that if the Phillies have to face the Yankees in the WS, they’re in trouble because its going to be their toughest test. That they’ve had a pretty much cakewalk until now. So I guess it depends on who you listen to.

  274. vin October 22nd, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    “notice that it didn’t say anything about typing training!”

    Or spelling.

  275. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing October 22nd, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Whose brilliant idea was it to have Ozzie Guillen be an analyst for the World Series? Yikes.

  276. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing October 22nd, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    vin
    October 22nd, 2009 at 7:36 pm
    “notice that it didn’t say anything about typing training!”
    Or spelling.
    ******************************

    Or grammar. :-P

  277. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and a true believer in the AJ-Molina tandem and Chad Gaudin's effectiveness October 22nd, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Could Mark Grace pray harder for the Yankees to fall?

    I’m waiting for real tears to fall once the Yankees clinch. What a POS.

  278. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes October 22nd, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    We’re better than the Phillies.

    Better pitching, and their LHB don’t hit LHP as well as ours do. Edge – Yankees.

    We’re just better.

  279. randy l. October 22nd, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    “It’s a simulation that espn uses for its games. It runs 10,000X and gives a percentage of games won per team.
    …It’s been correct in each game of this series so far, ”

    m-

    do they simulate erica taking 10,000 showers to see what % the yankees win when she does?

    when they do that, then they’ll have something.

  280. Drive 4-5 October 22nd, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Here’s hoping all you good Yankee fans enjoy tonight’s game. I’ll be away from the computer since I cant pace the floor and type at the same time LOL Let’s do it!! GO YANKS!!!!

  281. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing October 22nd, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    chrisC
    October 22nd, 2009 at 7:29 pm
    Again, is their offense really that great?
    =.=.
    Yes. They are much, much deeper than us.
    Howard, Werth, Ibanez, and Utley are the most feared foursome since the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
    ***********************************
    I think thats a bit of an extreme comparison.

  282. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and a true believer in the AJ-Molina tandem and Chad Gaudin's effectiveness October 22nd, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Bod, we are finally back in synch.

    :)

  283. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) October 22nd, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    MLB Network is stealing Erica’s idea. (no they aren’t showering)

    They have a countdown clock in the lower right corner.
    20 minutes 5 seconds until game time.

  284. iiicollies October 22nd, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    I heard that the umpire union refused to let Tim McClelland go on the Dan Patrick show

  285. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Randy-

    10,000 showers??? Do you wish me to drown??? LOL

  286. Noreaster October 22nd, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Don’t fear the Phillies, the Angles are much better (and we still have to win one more from them!).

  287. Orlando Chris October 22nd, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Dear Mark Grace:

    Go fly a kite. (to put it politely.)

    Regards,

    Yankees Fan

  288. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes October 22nd, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    My dear lady,

    We are ALWAYS in sync – where it matters most ;).

  289. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    DT – OPPC member (blood type – Positive)
    October 22nd, 2009 at 7:40 pm
    MLB Network is stealing Erica’s idea. (no they aren’t showering)

    They have a countdown clock in the lower right corner.
    20 minutes 5 seconds until game time.
    ****

    I wish people would get more creative

    First Manny showers during a game. Now the MLB network is counting down. Before you know it Muppets will be doing the pregame!

  290. Noreaster October 22nd, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Drive 4-5, I’m with you on the pacing…

  291. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) October 22nd, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    “randy l.
    October 22nd, 2009 at 7:35 pm
    “generating and spreading false information”
    DT-
    the above caught my eye”

    lol. now GB has an excuse for typing errors, spelling and grammar. I always thought it was the beer or the dog. He was just spreading false information! ;-)

  292. Concerned_Citizen October 22nd, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    This is my first time watching Fox pregame. Have they ever done an A-Rod examination like this? Or is this an attempt at the reverse-jinx?

  293. The Ghost of Billy Mays October 22nd, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Heyya October 22nd, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    ESPN will not stop talking about the Phillies offense, is it really that good? They went as far as saying they have a slightly better offense than the Yankees.

    Again, is their offense really that great?”

    Have you watched them at all this post season?

    Here’s a comparison for you (Batting order specific)…

    1. Jeter vs. Rollins – Push
    2. Damon vs. Victorino – Slight edge Victorino
    3. Utley vs. Tex – (With Tex currently struggling) Edge has to go to Utley.
    4. Alex vs. Ryan HOward – PUSH (I know…But it’s true they’re tied for RBI’s and HRs this post season)

    Now here’s where it gets scary…

    5. Matsui vs. Werth
    6. Posada vs. Ibanez
    7. Cano vs. Ruiz
    8. Melky vs. Feliz

    In my humblest of opinions….

    I believe their 5 hitter thru 8/9 (Bottom half of the order) is quite honestly dwarfing ours)

    Atleast it has thus far thru the collective ALDS/ALCS games

    They are legit.

    We’ll have the edge in the bullpen and rotation but crazy as it sounds I believe they have an offense that is actually more dangerous than ours and they’re an NL TEAM HAH

    They all look like “Gamers” I hate that word but seriously every night they have a new hero.

    Tonight it’s Ryan Howard tomorrow it’s Victorino the next day it’s Jason Werth etc…

    By comparison if Alex, Derek, Damon, or Posada don’t have a great game nobody seems to pick up the slack.

    Atleast that how I see it…

    ;-)

  294. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    0 hours and 18 minutes until Game 5!!!!!

  295. Vrsce October 22nd, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    “Could Mark Grace pray harder for the Yankees to fall?

    I’m waiting for real tears to fall once the Yankees clinch. What a POS”

    Grace, Kruk and most analysts are not professional enough to hide their bias. It looks ugly and kind of lame when they push out their wishes disguised as analysis.

  296. Noreaster October 22nd, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Go Yankees! I’m going to start my pregame routine…

  297. iiicollies October 22nd, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Erica

    At least a little pruny for us?

  298. GreenBeret7 October 22nd, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    The Mad Prince in Pinstripes
    October 22nd, 2009 at 7:23 pm
    GreenBeret,

    I wasn’t looking for stories, trust me, I’ve heard my share from my buddy who worked Special Ops in Afghanistan.

    Just wanted to say thank you. While I certainly respect everyone in the armed forces, those who actually have had to fight for our country warrant that much more respect.

    ————————————————————

    Not a problem, and your kind words are much appreciated. It really doesn’t matter what the jobs these people do, they are much needed and well appreciated. It works well and makes things so much easier when the support staffs know there jobs. They put in some tough 20 hours days keeping us in food, drawers and socks, along with the other stuff. They all appreciate the kind words, too. Just a word, though, if you know anybody over there, boxes of stuff people take for granted are really appreciated. Pillow cases, books, things that anybody can use….music cds….just cheap things like that. Collection points like schools, churches, American Legion posts, National Guard armories. The NG’s in your towns tend to get shorted sometimes. again, the words are much appreciated. Thank you.

  299. crimmins October 22nd, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    From Wikipedia
    Champagne has been an integral part of sports celebration since Moët et Chandon started offering their Champagne to the winners of Formula 1 Grand Prix events. At the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans, winner Dan Gurney started the tradition of spraying the crowd and each other.

    There you go….although I like the chocolate milk idea.

    ///
    That’s spraying the crowd not the team celebration. I watched the Yanks of the 50′s celebrate w/ champagne and I know it was already a tradition by then.

  300. randy l. October 22nd, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    “Could Mark Grace pray harder for the Yankees to fall?
    I’m waiting for real tears to fall once the Yankees clinch. What a POS.”

    mark grace didn’t bother me.

    he’s not a yankee rooter.

    what’s he supposed to say?

  301. Erin October 22nd, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    October 22nd, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Before you know it Muppets will be doing the pregame!

    ***************
    Erica, that would be awesome!! :D

  302. Gary October 22nd, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Geez Mark Grace really hates the Yanks

  303. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and a true believer in the AJ-Molina tandem and Chad Gaudin's effectiveness October 22nd, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Bodhi, you are so right.

    What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.

    Bonded for life.

    :)

  304. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes October 22nd, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    I’m just finishing up research for the day, and will be at the mercy of John Sterling for at least the first two innings.

    Have a good game, all.

    We play today, we win today!

  305. Orlando Chris October 22nd, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    iiicollies
    October 22nd, 2009 at 7:40 pm
    I heard that the umpire union refused to let Tim McClelland go on the Dan Patrick show

    ——————————————

    So he didn’t make it on, huh? I had to go into work and missed most of the show.

  306. Heyya October 22nd, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    The Ghost of Billy Mays,

    Alright, fair enough.

    And, no, I haven’t watched the Phillies. Rarely do I get a chance to watch any other team other than the Yankees, be it in the postseason, or not.

  307. S.A.--Serenity Now October 22nd, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Angel – A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing October 22nd, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Whose brilliant idea was it to have Ozzie Guillen be an analyst for the World Series? Yikes.

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

    lol Things will be interesting with Ozzie there

  308. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes October 22nd, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Well said, girl, well said!

    And remember: Little Dusty is forever immortalized on my desktop!

    We’ll commune soon :D

  309. jack -lv nv October 22nd, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Umpires have to shape-up-or- ship out! I would hate to have Joe West behind the plate. He is one of the worst. He always believes he is bigger than the players or the Game itself.

  310. GreenBeret7 October 22nd, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    DT – OPPC member (blood type – Positive)
    October 22nd, 2009 at 7:31 pm
    Why are Green Berets green? Is there a real answer?
    (obviously you don’t want pink or yellow beret special forces – but why green?)

    I tried looking for the answer all I saw was this –
    “Green Berets are trained in languages, culture, diplomacy, psychological warfare, disinformation — generating and spreading false information — and politics. ”
    hmmm……
    notice that it didn’t say anything about typing training!

    ————————————————————

    Damned, but, you’re really a cold hearted SOB. LMAO.

    To answer your question about the color of the berets. It’s either that the green berets blend in well in the jungles or Prince sang a song about raspberry berets, and that just wouldn’t go over too well with a bunch of guys.

  311. sammy October 22nd, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    GO YANKS. Giddy up. In the immortal words of Busta Rhymes…

    “… okay. Let’s go.”

  312. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    I hope Lackey blows tonight. Too bad Kazmir isn’t pitching tonight.

  313. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing October 22nd, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    I’d rather have a muppet, SA. Beaker would be my preference. :D

  314. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and a true believer in the AJ-Molina tandem and Chad Gaudin's effectiveness October 22nd, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    You know McLelland is taking a lot of heat, and granted he made two pretty bad calls, but what about the fool that stands behind the plate and calls the most ridiculous game in the world? We’ve all seen it, and we’ve seen it where we’ve felt it affected the outcome of the game (strike three, four, and five lead to a home run, etc.) Where’s all the indigation about those calls?

    I think he is taking a disproportiate amount of heat for what umpires have done throughout the season and, from what I’ve heard of some of the other series, the postseason.

  315. Tarheelyank October 22nd, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    We play today, we win today!

    I like it.

    And please no coulda, woulda, shoulda tonight.

  316. NYY626 October 22nd, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    This game needs to start. Pronto.

  317. The Ghost of Billy Mays October 22nd, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    The Ghost of Billy Mays October 22nd, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Heyya October 22nd, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    ESPN will not stop talking about the Phillies offense, is it really that good? They went as far as saying they have a slightly better offense than the Yankees.

    Again, is their offense really that great?”

    Have you watched them at all this post season?

    Here’s a comparison for you (Batting order specific)…

    1. Jeter vs. Rollins – Push
    2. Damon vs. Victorino – Slight edge Victorino
    3. Utley vs. Tex – (With Tex currently struggling) Edge has to go to Utley.
    4. Alex vs. Ryan HOward – PUSH (I know…But it’s true they’re tied for RBI’s and HRs this post season)

    Now here’s where it gets scary…

    5. Matsui vs. Werth
    6. Posada vs. Ibanez
    7. Cano vs. Ruiz
    8. Melky vs. Feliz

    In my humblest of opinions….

    I believe their 5 hitter thru 8/9 (Bottom half of the order) is quite honestly dwarfing ours)

    Atleast it has thus far thru the collective ALDS/ALCS games

    They are legit.

    We’ll have the edge in the bullpen and rotation but crazy as it sounds I believe they have an offense that is actually more dangerous than ours and they’re an NL TEAM HAH

    They all look like “Gamers” I hate that word but seriously every night they have a new hero.

    Tonight it’s Ryan Howard tomorrow it’s Victorino the next day it’s Jason Werth etc…

    By comparison if Alex, Derek, Damon, or Posada don’t have a great game nobody seems to pick up the slack.

    Atleast that how I see it…

    ;-)

  318. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and a true believer in the AJ-Molina tandem and Chad Gaudin's effectiveness October 22nd, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Come back soon Bodhi.

    :)

  319. The Ghost of Billy Mays October 22nd, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Concerned_Citizen October 22nd, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    The Ghost of Billy Mays

    Simulation?

    LOL

    WHat like they hook up a bunch of playstations and Xboxes and let the video game play itself with the two teams?

    Actually…”

    Actually what?

    It’s a serious question how do these “Accuscore” folks perform said “Simulations”?

    ??

    Inquiring minds !!

  320. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) October 22nd, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Isn’t that a muppet sitting on Arte Moreno’s head?

  321. Gary October 22nd, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    jack -lv nv October 22nd, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Umpires have to shape-up-or- ship out! I would hate to have Joe West behind the plate. He is one of the worst. He always believes he is bigger than the players or the Game itself.

    Lets hope they have a good game for both sides, don’t want to see this game outcome to hinge on a bad call. Imagine the pressure on Tim McC, talk about being under a microscope. Being the umpire he is I expect he will be in better position and much more engaged.

    I’ll bet no one leaves early and no one gets called out for leaving early. Expect about 30 angles and replays on SF’s.

  322. cody October 22nd, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    I’m watching some war stories, right now. Thanks Gb, there more interesting than ones you have shared, or refuse to.

  323. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Erin
    October 22nd, 2009 at 7:44 pm
    Erica – always OPPC
    October 22nd, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Before you know it Muppets will be doing the pregame!

    ***************
    Erica, that would be awesome!!
    ****

    Yes, it would.. hehehe :lol:

  324. S.A.--Serenity Now October 22nd, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    LOL Angel. I would want Animal, just love him. He could play his little drums during the pre-game show. :P

  325. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    I just won $50 on a lotto scratch off and one of the words on the card was “sweep”. Surely, that needs to be some sort of sign, right???

  326. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and a true believer in the AJ-Molina tandem and Chad Gaudin's effectiveness October 22nd, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    I’m just so thankful that we are watching tonight’s game up 3-1. It makes it easier, if only by inches.

    Enjoy the game all. Let’s all keep the faith and remember who our boys are and who they have been all season.

    Catch you in a while.

    GO AJ!

    GO YANKEES!!!!!

  327. Valerie G. October 22nd, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    ghost of willie mays–that’s the longest post i’ve ever seen :-)

  328. pat October 22nd, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Let’s go Jeter! Let’s go Yankees!

  329. Erin October 22nd, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    DT – OPPC member (blood type – Positive)
    October 22nd, 2009 at 7:52 pm
    Isn’t that a muppet sitting on Arte Moreno’s head?

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

    LOL :)

  330. randy l. October 22nd, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    i don’t know about anyone else, but looking at all these yankee /phillies speculations seems to me to be putting the cart before the horse.

    the yankees need to beat the angels one more time if i’m not mistaken.

    the angles are not going down without a fight.

    talking about the phillies seems like a jinx to me.

  331. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Fozzie Bear!!!!

    Every stat could be followed by a “Wocka Wocka Wocka”

  332. Valerie G. October 22nd, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Cody–please just watch the game and post comments about that. I really don’t want to umpire any arguments on the night the yanks win the pennant.

  333. Orlando Chris October 22nd, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    cody
    October 22nd, 2009 at 7:53 pm
    I’m watching some war stories, right now. Thanks Gb, there more interesting than ones you have shared, or refuse to.

    ——————————————————-

    boooo

    Nobody wants to hear about your job; don’t hate on his.

  334. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    I’m sorry but the main reason why the Phillies offense is looking great right now is because they have been facing bad pitching of late. They are really good but some are giving too much credit.

  335. Carl October 22nd, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Lets go Yankees!!!!

  336. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing October 22nd, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Congrats Erica! Sounds like a good omen to me.

  337. JasonR October 22nd, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Let’s go Yankees.

  338. Mark October 22nd, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    ok, I take it back — chardonnay can be great. But DP Rose champagne is the way to celebrate!

  339. Joe from Long Island October 22nd, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    randy – this is where self discipline and team leadership comes in, no?

  340. Jerkface October 22nd, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    ESPN will not stop talking about the Phillies offense, is it really that good? They went as far as saying they have a slightly better offense than the Yankees.

    Again, is their offense really that great?

    The yankees have 1 player with an OPS+ below 123. The Phillies have more players with an OPS+ over 130. They also have more players with an OPS+ below 120.

    They have a pitcher, and their true DH is Matt Stairs, who is good, but not great.

    A-rod is the best hitter in the majors who can handle every side of the plate. Ryan Howard, who is probably their best hitter other than Utley, is Pedro Feliz vs lefties.

    The Yankees offense is better. The Phillies offense just looks better because they put up a lot of runs recently. Its scary when they hit a lot of HRs but the yankees have hit about the same amount or more than they have and given up far less.

    Basically, the yankees rule.

  341. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Why do we have to hear what Howie Kendrick thinks ?

    Who cares !

  342. vin October 22nd, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Mr. Jeter is unflappable.

  343. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    I heart the Captain

  344. djsunyc October 22nd, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    jeter is a machine…

  345. NYY626 October 22nd, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Derek. First pitch. Again.

  346. Valerie G. October 22nd, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Derek Jeter is the best! Let’s get some runs on the board!

  347. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) October 22nd, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    I hate it when Jeter swings at the first pitch!
    Why Why Why!

    Oh wait. It was a hit? Nevermind…

  348. J i n x J i n x J i n x J i n x October 22nd, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    As expected, the consistently solid, big game pitcher John Lackey outpitches the consistently inconsistent A.J. Burnett as the Angels win tonight.

  349. djsunyc October 22nd, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    oh my…can tex and arod end this early?

  350. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    MPB Johnny Damon = Awesome :grin:

  351. terpbomber October 22nd, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    RISP, no outs. I expect something very… Yankee-like.

  352. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Let’s go ! Take it to Lackey !

  353. S.A.--Serenity Now October 22nd, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Nice start by Jetes and Johnny. Keep it going Tex

  354. vin October 22nd, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Take the crowd out of the game early. Seems like a sound strategy.

  355. Valerie G. October 22nd, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    This seems to good to be true. 2 hits against lackey in the first? Maybe I’m dreaming…

  356. m October 22nd, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Nice start. We better scratch some runs here. :evil:

  357. djsunyc October 22nd, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    foxHD is the worst of all the HD channels…

  358. YankeeKid October 22nd, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Let’s go tex!

  359. djsunyc October 22nd, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    tex is not in a good place right now…

  360. The Ghost October 22nd, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Teix needs to take a walk here!

  361. RalphieD (OPPC) October 22nd, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    thanks ump

  362. Valerie G. October 22nd, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    If I’m dreaming, I think I just woke up.

  363. m October 22nd, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Buck, “It’s because of that…” pitch is outside lol he said all 3 pitches were strikes. fool.

  364. Kubah October 22nd, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Here he comes….

  365. Nick in SF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Pat M, if you see this, I’m curious about your take on the general mood of the home crowd tonight as opposed to the Monday afternoon game.

  366. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    That was not a strike.

  367. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing October 22nd, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    That was ball 4. Ugh.

  368. Triple Short Of A Cycle October 22nd, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Why has Tex turned into a little league player?

  369. YankeeKid October 22nd, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Bad balls/strike calls already!! That 3-2 pitch was outside to Tex

  370. Joe from Long Island October 22nd, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Tex can’t get a break – that pitch was outside.

  371. Concerned_Citizen October 22nd, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    @The Ghost of Billy Mays

    Actually, yes, they do – most likely running PS3s via MLB 09 The Show, since they are a huge ESPN sponsor.

    They also run computer simulations I believe, to account for any biases in the video game(s).

  372. Jenna October 22nd, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Was that…an out?

  373. m October 22nd, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    excuse me that was mccarver

  374. Valerie G. October 22nd, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Unfortunate. C’mon Hideki!

  375. The Ghost October 22nd, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    need a double steal here

  376. YankeeKid October 22nd, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    just a little bit of drama here…let’s go Mat!

  377. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Come on Matsui. Get a hit.

  378. RS October 22nd, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    “By comparison if Alex, Derek, Damon, or Posada don’t have a great game nobody seems to pick up the slack.”

    I can’t say I agree with that statement. Yes, most of the hitters haven’t done much this postseason, but throughout the regular season (which is a much larger sample size) the Yankees had many different heros.

    Jeter- sparkplug
    Damon- 24 HRs, 100+ runs scored
    Tex- team leader in RBI
    Arod- enough said
    Matsui- 90 RBI, always clutch
    Posada- third highest SLG%, behind Arod and Tex
    Swisher- carried the team in April when Arod and Tex were MIA
    Cano- third in runs scored
    Melky- best hitter after the 7th inning, lots of clutch game-tying and walk-off hits (including two against Brad Lidge).

  379. Carl October 22nd, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Come on Yanks Risp lets do it!

  380. dave c. October 22nd, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    lackey is dealing tonight.

    long night ahead for our hitters.

  381. DW October 22nd, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Matsui is due for a big hit.

  382. Concerned_Citizen October 22nd, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    I knew Fox running an A-Rod montage was no good.

  383. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) October 22nd, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Culbreth has a wide strike zone. Better work for both teams.

  384. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    I just discovered I made a dumb DVR error last night. Ugh

  385. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! October 22nd, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Let’s Go Yanks!!!!!

  386. YankeeKid October 22nd, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    that was the same spot where tex’s strike 3 was!!

  387. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing October 22nd, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    dave c.
    October 22nd, 2009 at 8:03 pm
    lackey is dealing tonight.
    long night ahead for our hitters.
    *************************

    What? Are you looking at the same game I am?

  388. YankeeKid October 22nd, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    a double down the line scores 2!!

  389. Ace (Yankees, Giants, Knicks Fan) October 22nd, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Big pitch coming up here. Come on Godzilla!

  390. The Ghost October 22nd, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    He’s going to walk Matsui to get to Cano

  391. terpbomber October 22nd, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Aaaiiighhhh! Can’t expect clinch if they do this every inning.

  392. YankeeKid October 22nd, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    oh well…

  393. m October 22nd, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    :mad:

  394. Triple Short Of A Cycle October 22nd, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Yet another 1st and 2nd with nobody out and nothing else

  395. Ace (Yankees, Giants, Knicks Fan) October 22nd, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Wow. Huge opportunity wasted.

  396. M. Kay's Head October 22nd, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    And that could be the ballgame

  397. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Well that was un-productive. At least they made him throw a lot of pitches.

  398. Valerie G. October 22nd, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    That’s ok. Still a lot of game left. And we hit him early, which says something.

  399. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    black boots

  400. The Ghost October 22nd, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Why do the announcers know that Lackey never comes inside but the batters are still trying to pull outside pitches?

  401. RalphieD (OPPC) October 22nd, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    guess they should just pack the bags up right?…right???

  402. dave c. October 22nd, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    I get the feeling that we will have only those 2 hits for a long time :(

    The Phillies would have hit a grand slam already.

  403. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing October 22nd, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Stupid strike 3 call changed the tone of that inning….instead of being bases loaded and no one out. Just annoying.

  404. S.A.--Serenity Now October 22nd, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    That was a bummer :(

  405. vin October 22nd, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Well, Lackey threw 17 pitches. (looking for something positive)

  406. swish October 22nd, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Matsui in the lieup before this AB was a mistake. He looka awful and w/ Jorge #s vs Lackey he should have been the DH. No question but Joe went with “experience” What?

    His managing hurts more than it helps.

  407. Erin October 22nd, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    That was disappointing. Maybe the birthday boy can get things going next inning

  408. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing October 22nd, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Shut your piehole, Dave C.

    Or go and find a stupid Phillies blog.

  409. 100 pitches of fun... October 22nd, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    When was the last time Matsui actually hit the ball hard? Terrible call on Tex that curve wasn’t even close.

  410. Mark-Cant Touch This October 22nd, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Tex picked a really bad time to start slumping A-Rod and Jete can’t do it all.

  411. dave c. October 22nd, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Angel – A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing
    October 22nd, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    October 22nd, 2009 at 8:03 pm
    lackey is dealing tonight.
    long night ahead for our hitters.
    *************************

    What? Are you looking at the same game I am?

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

    Humm, are you looking at the same game as I am?

  412. swish October 22nd, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Matsui tries to pull everything every ab and most of the time rolls out to the right side.

  413. The Ghost October 22nd, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    That inning is on Teix, no way you take an out there without at least moving the runners. I’m very surprised that Girardi didn’t try a double steal on an off speed pitch when Alex was at bat. When is he going to remember that the only time the Yankees slumped this year is when they played station to station baseball.

  414. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    How is that the ball game ? The game just started.

    The Yankees need to get Lackey’s pitch count up and get him out of this game.

  415. Dan October 22nd, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    According to Gameday that last pitch to Tex was probably a ball.

  416. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing October 22nd, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Well said m. That about sums up my thoughts too.

  417. pat October 22nd, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Let’s go AJ!

  418. dave c. October 22nd, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    lol.

  419. Valerie G. October 22nd, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Who’s b-day is it? Swish?

  420. Vince B October 22nd, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Ok he blew that call to Tex…I would have more respect for MaCarver and Buck if they would call what there eyes see!!!!

  421. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! October 22nd, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Lackey lets two reach…

    Teixeira’s troubles, troubling?

    Shadows at sunset…

  422. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) October 22nd, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Angel – dave c. is a troll. He’s been here spouting Angel nonsense all week.

  423. Nick in SF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Come on, AJ, just let your Huggy Bear guide you.

  424. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing October 22nd, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Shut your piehole, Dave C.

  425. YankeeKid October 22nd, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Burnett needs to relax…that damn shoulder flying out again

  426. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Burnett needs to throw strikes or this game will be over.

  427. Matt October 22nd, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    DISGRACEFUL. Just outright DISGRACEFUL.

    How many times have we seen this same old tired story? The umpire takes the game into his own hands, trying to make the big emphatic emotional call and changes the entire complexion of an inning.

    That was ball 4 on Teixeira. It was not even close, and he had called a similar pitch a ball consistently early in the at bat. Bases loaded, no outs, a spot where he has to go after A-Rod, it changes the entire complexion of the inning. His pitch count is going to be at least 10 pitches higher, the Yankees probably have a run or two, and the Angels and the crowd are completely out of it.

    But once again, a blatant blown call changes the entire complexion of a game the Yankees were about to jump out and start dominating. Unbelievable. Major League Baseball must want to extend the series, just another embarrassing performance by the inconsistent umpiring crew.

  428. Carl October 22nd, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    great start

  429. sammy October 22nd, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    … huh. First three pitches – balls. And a leadoff walk.
    alright… jitters. Okay.

    calm ‘er down, Age. You’re fine.

  430. Mark-Cant Touch This October 22nd, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Most important pitch for A.J tonight is strike one, he better find the location on that FB

  431. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    And as I speak he walks Figgins.

  432. randy l. October 22nd, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    ” this is where self discipline and team leadership comes in, no?”

    joe in long island-

    i’m sure yankee players aren’t looking ahead.

    this feels like a gut check game though.

    big game for the yankees and burnett.

  433. Dan October 22nd, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    I think tonight’s a wild Burnett night.

  434. swish October 22nd, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    The wild AJ show up?

  435. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing October 22nd, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    I know, I should have just ignored it, DT – and I will now. My stupidity tolerance just had just reached its limits.

  436. chris in NK October 22nd, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    cc, better get ready for game 7

  437. Valerie G. October 22nd, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Matt–try to enjoy the game. It’s the first inning! Plenty of game left. We’ll be fine…

  438. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Well this game is not looking good.

  439. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    ugh

  440. chris in NK October 22nd, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Anybody wanna guess if the Angels will score with 1 on, no out?

  441. DW October 22nd, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Not good.

  442. rconn23 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Welcome to A.J. Burnett on the road.

  443. Vince B October 22nd, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    6-4-3

  444. sammy October 22nd, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    I don’t understand… that’s the SECOND time that Melky is over in left-center. “Because Bobby’s hit over there.”

    That’s why he cheats THAT much?

  445. YankeeKid October 22nd, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    AJ is not a big game pitcher….he has no clue

  446. NYY626 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Whats more annoying? Bobby’s smirk or those thundersticks?

  447. Carl October 22nd, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    ball game

  448. S.A.--Serenity Now October 22nd, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    :evil:

  449. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    That’s all they get

    I am showering now

  450. youronthemark-texiera October 22nd, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    guys, see you saturday at 4:30. you saw all you needed to see in the top of the 1st.

  451. vin October 22nd, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    AJ needs to settle down in a hurry.

  452. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Well this game looks to be over. A.J. doesn’t have it.

  453. Concerned_Citizen October 22nd, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Its gonna be a long night, guys.

  454. M. Kay's Head October 22nd, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Chad Gaudin better start warming up and soon

  455. m October 22nd, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Not a good start, here. Bear down, AJ.

  456. JoeMama October 22nd, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    I was afraid that this was going to happen. Time to limit the damage

  457. Gil L October 22nd, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    there’s a good chance AJ doesn’t survive the inning

  458. terpbomber October 22nd, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    I don’t understand what was so hard about scoring when the Yankees had the same opportunities.

  459. Valerie G. October 22nd, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    This stinks.

  460. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing October 22nd, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    That wasn’t the start they needed from you, AJ. Better get your act together.

  461. Yankee44 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Buck sounds positively giddy at the early Angels scoring

  462. randy l. October 22nd, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    aj’s pitch to abreau was supposed to be inside and it ran away to middle outside.

    not good.

  463. Gardner in CF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Cabrera was playing in left field for a better view of his hero fatbreu

  464. swish October 22nd, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    How long does Joe go w/ AJ? How many runs before Joe goes and gets him?

    Please Joe do not let AJ take em out of the game. He looks awful.

  465. sunny615 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    stupid AJ…

  466. kris October 22nd, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Clearly this is all Jorge’s fault.

  467. DW October 22nd, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Let’s hope he can get out of the inning without any more damage. He needs to settle down now.

  468. nature boy October 22nd, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    i want chad gaudin

  469. Boston Dave - 5 wins to go! October 22nd, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    AJ is demanding Cervelli now

  470. MG October 22nd, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    AJ has nothing tonight, that pitch to Hunter was a hanging curveball and his fastball is down about 3 mph. Hopefully it gets better but doesn’t look like it.

  471. CR9 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    That was quick. The HP umpire was fair on Tuesday. We won.

    Today, with one cheap pitch, took us right out of a potential huge inning.

  472. RS October 22nd, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Is the game over yet?

  473. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing October 22nd, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    *sends a settle petal in AJ’s direction*

    Has he thrown more than one strike?

  474. m October 22nd, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    What the heck?

  475. sunny615 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Hey Yanks – look – hits with RISP… and NO FLARKING OUTS!!!

  476. OKI/DAVE October 22nd, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Burnett is dog crap….Don’t want to hear his interviews of that’s why I came to the Yankees….LOSER….

  477. nyyankspg October 22nd, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    yeah it maakes such a difference when molina catches!

  478. C October 22nd, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Good think AJ decided to show up today.

  479. Matt October 22nd, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    What a shock, what a freaking shock.

    Who couldn’t see that one coming?

    The umpire robs the Yankees of a huge first inning, and the entire complexion of the game changes. The entire complexion of the game, think about that. A missed strike call on Teixeira woke up Lackey, it woke up the Angels offense, and most of all, it robbed the Yankees of a chance to get a huge early lead in a potential series clinching game.

    These umpires are a disgrace to the game of baseball. Their calls have turned around every game in this series for the team that has been on the receiving end.

  480. YankeeKid October 22nd, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Oh well…don’t we want to win the ALCS in the Bronx anyway?

  481. Valerie G. October 22nd, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    erica–NO! It’s too early!

    BTW, Joe: Please warm somebody up now.

  482. baseballfab October 22nd, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    AJ go eat a pie.

  483. Trevor October 22nd, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Most people expected this…….

  484. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    A.J. Doesn’t have it. Bring in Gaudin.

  485. PL October 22nd, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    put in posada immedietly

  486. The Ghost of Billy Mays October 22nd, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Erica – always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    That’s all they get

    I am showering now”

    LOL

    ;-)

  487. Yankee44 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    This game is like America’s Top 40 — the hits just keep on coming

  488. pat October 22nd, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Yuck, Yuck and Yuck!

  489. DW October 22nd, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Okay, this is ridiculous, he’s throwing batting practice out there.

  490. Abdababdaserser October 22nd, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Boy, AJ really pitches so much better with Molina behind the plate. No?

  491. jojo October 22nd, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Jorge can start stretching.

  492. djsunyc October 22nd, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    oh boy…aj might not even make it through the inning…

  493. Vince B October 22nd, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Ill be back around the 7th….looks like this board is going to have a melt down.

  494. Heyya October 22nd, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    So much for the LETS MAKE AJ AS COMFORTABLE AS POSSIBLE WITH MOLINA AS HIS BUTT BUTTY fans.

    Ugh. 4 straight hits, unbelievable.

  495. Yankee Fan in Boston October 22nd, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Wow.

  496. swish October 22nd, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    How long does Joe wait? Is he going to manage tonight?

  497. sunny615 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Bad AJ is back… what lovely timing…

  498. sammy October 22nd, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    HUH. Well… I’m not panicking.
    this is not a panic comment.

    but – at this pace – it looks like we’ll see Gaudin a little early tonight.

    the first three pitches dictated this evening.

  499. Aldo October 22nd, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    AJ is gutless, get Aceves in there.

  500. SJ44 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    This one could be over early.

    In fact it is.

    Now we can stop with the personal catcher nonsense for this guy for the World Series.

    It was dumb to start it in the first place and now it ends.

    Get Gaudin up and in this game so Posada can get back in the lineup where he belongs.

  501. Medyankee in SF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Get Gaudin up. This guy was due a stinker. He usually waits a couple of innings though before you what the bed.

  502. YankeeKid October 22nd, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Pull Burnett right now…put Gaudin in.

  503. Mark-Cant Touch This October 22nd, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Well we were all scared of an A.J implosion :( get up Joba and Aceves

  504. MG October 22nd, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    that last pitch to Guerrero missed the glove by at least a foot. When AJ misses location in the zone he gets hit, when he misses outside the zone he walks guys.

  505. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) October 22nd, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    The bad news: AJ is getting lit up.
    The good news: Posada will be able to PH for Molina in the 2nd inning.

  506. Mike Jaret October 22nd, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    GET HIM OUT NOW…..

  507. Ace (Yankees, Giants, Knicks Fan) October 22nd, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    AJ looks shaken up already.

  508. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing October 22nd, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Jose Molina is in the lineup over Posada for THIS?

    Not good, AJ – settle down.

  509. Valerie G. October 22nd, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Matt–perhaps you were right. don’t hold it against me.

  510. 100 pitches of fun... October 22nd, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Get AJ out of the game now. What an absolute joke…

  511. haiku-man October 22nd, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Buck is a Cardinal fan they hate the Yankees!!

    AJ looks rattled!

  512. rconn23 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    And the Molina vs. Posada argument goes down in flames -once and for all.

    It’s incumbent on the pitcher to make pitches. Burnett clearly can’t.

    Typical Burnett meltdown.

  513. S.A.--Serenity Now October 22nd, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Get him out of there. This is ridiculous

  514. Medyankee in SF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    We’ll still win this game.

  515. Rishi October 22nd, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    AJ on crack or what – what is going on!!!

  516. Bronx Jeers October 22nd, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    I just realized that I’m wearing the same clothes as the day I went to Fenway to see AJ’s 14-1 drubbing.

    My bad.

  517. Ken October 22nd, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Burnett has nothing tonight. Get someone warming up or we’re looking at a Game 6. Geez. What is Girardi waiting for??

  518. baseballfab October 22nd, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    OMG footsteps of 2004………….

  519. Mike Jaret October 22nd, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Is girardi on drugs?

  520. Yankee44 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Yank him.

  521. Laura - Don't call him A-Rod. His new nickname is "Alex the late"! October 22nd, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    This is bordering on embarrassing.

  522. swish October 22nd, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Joe should not let Molina bat once tonight. We are going to be down many runs here if jOE DOES NOTHING.

    wAKE THE F… UP JOE!

  523. Tom in N.J. October 22nd, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Yikes!

  524. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Will Joe get him out of this game. He has nothing. Bring in Gaudin.

  525. Concerned_Citizen October 22nd, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Take him out. His head isn’t in it. Take him out. Please.

  526. vin October 22nd, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    OK, just setting ‘em up for a double play.

  527. Ace (Yankees, Giants, Knicks Fan) October 22nd, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Looks like a Gaudin night.

  528. nyyankspg October 22nd, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    i hate aj

  529. Gil L October 22nd, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    well, the angels RISP is vastly improved…

  530. sunny615 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    HOLY CRAP — JEEZUS F’IN LORD!!! AJ STINKS BUTT!!

  531. YankeeKid October 22nd, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Could we stage a miraculous comeback?

  532. Trevor October 22nd, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Get Gaudin up please. Can’t wait around in a playoff game.

  533. Aldo October 22nd, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    At what point do you take him out? I’ve seen batting practice pitchers show more guts

  534. DW October 22nd, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Okay, I think that may be enough out of AJ…there’s no way all the Angels are all collectively hitting a million times better tonight, he’s just pitching badly.

  535. Medyankee in SF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    I thought batting practice ended earlier in the day?

  536. boschee October 22nd, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Get your tickets ready for Game 6!

  537. 100 pitches of fun... October 22nd, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    What a joke. Well I hope Andy has a big game in him tomorrow. Just pathetic.

  538. djsunyc October 22nd, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    the spanish word for mccarver is el stupido…

  539. Heyya October 22nd, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Over or under?

    10runs/hits before he gets 3 outs?

    5/6 before the 1st out?

  540. pat October 22nd, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Nobody freak out yet, please.

  541. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing October 22nd, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Of course they can still win it. But AJ needs to get his act together.. immediately – he doesn’t even have an out yet.

  542. Jed Pain October 22nd, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Now Joe is being patient? Get somebody up and get Burnett out!

  543. sammy October 22nd, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Matt – I hate to disagree… because I agree with you that the strike three call was a ball on Tex.

    But his strikeout didn’t change the complexity of the game.

    A.J.’s leadoff walk did. They knew, from that, that they could be aggressive. They have, and it’s cost the Yanks thus far.

  544. Medyankee in SF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Right now I could hit AJ. Not literally, I meant if I were to be up at the plate.

  545. nyyankspg October 22nd, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    well at least we will win it at yank stadium stupid aj

  546. SJ44 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Where are all yhe folks who thought only Molina can catch this guy?

    Thankfully that fallacy is now over.

    They will beat the Angels in NY and Posada will catch this guy in the WS.

    As it should be.

  547. youronthemark-texiera October 22nd, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    you guys seriously wanna destroy our entire bullpen in game 5 up 3 games to 1? puhleeeze

  548. vin October 22nd, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    So like we were saying earlier…

    I really think the Yanks are gonna beat the Phils.

  549. Boston Dave - 5 wins to go! October 22nd, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    game is far from over

    but AJ needs to get mad and hit his spots

  550. Mark-Cant Touch This October 22nd, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    We are still in this game people, Lets just hope A.J calms down

  551. Yankee44 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    At least this is making my pick of Yankees in 6 look good. :P

  552. sunny615 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    What the F is Girardi doing (other than sleeping)?? How about some stupid bullpen activity you moron?

  553. jojo October 22nd, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Keep throwing the ball in the dirt AJ. That’s your best pitch tonight.

  554. tex's friend October 22nd, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    safe to assume the next time burnett pitches, posada will be catching.

  555. Doreen October 22nd, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    All I can say is, wow. Talk about bringing the room down quickly.

  556. randy l. October 22nd, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    “Well this game looks to be over. A.J. doesn’t have it.”

    not necessarily .

    aj just needs to slow things down and regroup.

    limit the damage.

    just say his fastball move back into the middle again.

    that means he’s spinning open too fast.

    he really needs to slow everything down.

    molina , jeter, teixeira all need to go out there if necessary and get him back into the game.

  557. rconn23 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Another example of Burnett giving his team no chance to win.

    He is a meltdown machine.

  558. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    he so swung

  559. jfio October 22nd, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    games over

  560. MG October 22nd, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    it’s no crime for a starter to have a bad night, these things happen. It’s up to Girardi to make sure this doesn’t get out of hand, Lackey looks like he can be scored on tonight regardless of what happened in the 1st inning.

  561. Villiam October 22nd, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    90% rain on Saturday for game 6.

  562. yanksfan42 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    wow, AJ is REALLY UNCLUTCH.

  563. RS October 22nd, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    This is the worst Burnett has looked all year.

    Hate to say it, but this team deserves to be down 4 runs. The offense has been nothing but pathetic, except for Game 4, and they deserve a little kick in the ass. Stop relying on the pitching to be perfect every night and swing the damn bats.

  564. CB October 22nd, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    I hope that AJ feels emotionally secure and “comfortable” out there because in the end that’s what really matters.

    As long as AJ feels like he’s in his emotionally safe place that’s fine.

    He’s got his personal catcher out there afterall.

    So when do we start getting back to fundamental baseball talk and start blaming the catcher for AJ having no clue where his pitches are going?

  565. boschee October 22nd, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    100 pitches of Fun, hate to break it to you but there would be no game tomorrow.

  566. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing October 22nd, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Come on, AJ.

    Close Tim? Uh not close, he swung, lol.

  567. DW October 22nd, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Yay, an out!

  568. Ace (Yankees, Giants, Knicks Fan) October 22nd, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Hey, we got an out!!!

  569. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Out of the shower and not happy

  570. Laura - Don't call him A-Rod. His new nickname is "Alex the late"! October 22nd, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Joe won’t pull him because AJ can stink for one inning and then be great the rest of the game. Usually, the bad inning is in the middle of the game, not the start of it.

  571. sunny615 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    That ball was smoked… lucky AJ

  572. 100 pitches of fun... October 22nd, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    I can’t believe Gaudin isn’t up yet. His fastball has absolutely no movement.

  573. Yankee44 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Was that an out?!?

  574. Boston Dave - 5 wins to go! October 22nd, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    it looks like AJ missed his spot on every one of those hits

  575. vin October 22nd, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Well ever since I’ve stopped listening to Sterling, the Angels are 0 for 1 against AJ. I think I’ll be gameday’ing until I leave work.

  576. Johnny D. October 22nd, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Choke artist.

  577. Gardner in CF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    and Burnett’s ERA for the game drops from infinity to 108.00

  578. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Why isn’t Joe going to Gaudin ? Why ? It’s the first inning and A.J. has nothing today. You need to get him out to give the Yanks a chance.

  579. The Ghost October 22nd, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Look at the bright side. If AJ had to implode in the post season, he picked the most opportune time.

  580. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! October 22nd, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Burnett begets angst…

    Figgins, Abreu, Hunter…

    Run and run and–runs…

  581. Medyankee in SF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Game is not over. It’s the first inning for gods sake. Even if we were down 8 we still have 8 other innings to come back.

  582. The Ghost of Billy Mays October 22nd, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    SSo does Nick Swisher have a pitch count?

    ;-)

    Wouldn’t want to burn out our mop up guy a week before the World Series..

  583. beedogs October 22nd, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    HELLO BAD AJ! GLAD YOU COULD MAKE IT!

  584. yanksfan42 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    OMG he made an out!

    what happened to momentum.

  585. Doreen October 22nd, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Okay. One out. Two to go.

    And then the Yankees need to get to work and AJ has to settle down. Um, speaking of which, isn’t that what Molina is supposed to be there for? Not that there has been enough time between hits to actual do anything, I guess. :?

  586. 100 pitches of fun... October 22nd, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Now the Yanks will have to beat Saunders who they didn’t touch in game 2.

  587. Orlando Chris October 22nd, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Rally cap time.

  588. NYY626 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    So maybe this will be like the game where Joba gave up 4 in the first and then struck out 12 and was dominant? :FINGERS CROSSED:

  589. DW October 22nd, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Let’s get out of this inning without any more damage. The good thing is that it’s the 1st, they’ve got plenty of time to come back.

  590. Trevor October 22nd, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Sterling rambling on about “name one person who expected this”

    Mike Francesa

    Most people were expecting Burnett to get lit up. On the road. and his lack of mental toughness.

  591. boschee October 22nd, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Why am I not surprised to see a bunch of “AJ SUCKS” posts on here tonight? He certainly didn’t suck in Game 2.

  592. Laura - Don't call him A-Rod. His new nickname is "Alex the late"! October 22nd, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    “Lackey looks like he can be scored on tonight regardless of what happened in the 1st inning.”

    Perhaps, but a lot of pitchers gain confidence when they have some runs.

  593. Boston Dave - 5 wins to go! October 22nd, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Yanks have the offense to score 7 runs tonight. They jsut need to limit this damage and keep it 4-0.

  594. Enough Pitching Changes October 22nd, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    this is aj burnett in a nutshell…

  595. GreenBeret7 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Molina’s….errrr….Burnett’s not looking so good out on the mound, so far.

  596. Baja October 22nd, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    I hate it when things are too easy. Usually.

  597. Johnny D. October 22nd, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    At least we’ll get to the WS from home.

    JK, I know it’s a long game and anything can happen. Will watch the whole thing.

  598. jojo October 22nd, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    What if Gaudin comes in and has nothing too? Then you wear out your bullpen for Game 6. AJ needs to get it together and eat some innings.

  599. Boston Dave - 5 wins to go! October 22nd, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    “Perhaps, but a lot of pitchers gain confidence when they have some runs.”

    ————

    doesn’t help that Lackey can put his curveball in a teacup tonight

  600. Pel October 22nd, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    This is what AJ signed up for.

  601. m October 22nd, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Okay, bats. Let’s go.

  602. sunny615 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Posada better be in – in the next inning.

  603. swish October 22nd, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Does anyone think Joe will allow Molina to hit?

    He better not>>>>

  604. sammy October 22nd, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    A.J. missed his spots badly on Figgins. Don’t think that didn’t get noticed by guys like Abreu, Hunter, and Guerrero.

    man… I just agreed with McCarver. I need a Xanax, or something.

  605. Yankee fan in PA October 22nd, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Relax everyone. Inning one. We’re going to win this one.

  606. Villiam October 22nd, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    I looked at the calendar and saw
    that it is October 2004 again.

  607. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing October 22nd, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Right, time to regroup, AJ.

    Offense needs to get its butt into gear.

  608. Gary October 22nd, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Guys he’s not going to the BP in the first Inning. He’ll get another shot at the top of the order.

  609. Postseason Bunting October 22nd, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Worst effort since Pettitte, Game 6, 2001 WS

  610. JoeT 28 in 10!! October 22nd, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Double play saves it – 4 runs NO BIGGIE!! LETS GET THE BATS GOING!!

  611. tex's friend October 22nd, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    aj will settle down after this.

    doesnt help we get two on and no out and the 3-4-5 down even move them to 3rd.

  612. Valerie G. October 22nd, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Nice DP. But 4 runs? Erica showered too early. I need someone to blame :-)

  613. boschee October 22nd, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    100 pitches of fun, if Joe had listened to you, they would already be in the process of wearing out the pen. Luckily he has a little bit more of a clue.

  614. Doreen October 22nd, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    That was bad. But not the end of the world. 8 innings to get it back and keep the Angels down. If that was AJ’s one bad inning, he got he done quickly. (Just not quickly enough, I guess.)

  615. 100 pitches of fun... October 22nd, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Too bad the Yanks couldn’t take advantage of the 1st inning. It would of been nice to at least get 1 run there.

  616. RalphieD (OPPC) October 22nd, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    im not giving up yet…

  617. andrew33 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Alright maybe thats his bad inning, he settles down and the bats chip away.

  618. Ken October 22nd, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Somewhere in the clubhouse, you gotta think Posada has a sly smile on his face. I dont think him and Burnett see eye to eye.

  619. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Laura – Don’t call him A-Rod. His new nickname is “Alex the late”!
    October 22nd, 2009 at 8:21 pm
    “Lackey looks like he can be scored on tonight regardless of what happened in the 1st inning.”

    Perhaps, but a lot of pitchers gain confidence when they have some runs.
    ***

    Or they can be lax cause they have some cushion

  620. SJ44 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    CB,

    exactly! LOL

    The personal catcher nonsense dies tonight.

    They were due for this.

    They will finish the Angels off in NY and Jorge will catch every Series game.

  621. DaveF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    We can still win this game. We have come from behind before.

  622. Nick in SF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    I took the over 8.5 in this game. Yanks score 5, everyone wins. :)

  623. Carlo October 22nd, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    I sure hope Joe has the decency to pinch hit Posada for Molina in the top of the 2nd should his spot come up. Need to put a run or two across here.

  624. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Joe needs to bring in Gaudin. A.J. is not giving the offense a chance to get back into this game.

    Thank god it was only 4 runs.

  625. kimoinsd October 22nd, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Put in Posada ASAP

  626. Jmere October 22nd, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Time for a Granny…everyone relax…

  627. Enough Pitching Changes October 22nd, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    This has been AJ burnett all season..he pitches well when everything is perfect for him…put him in a tough spot like on the road and he melts…

  628. GreenBeret7 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Well, that’s better. Now, NYY needs to chip away while Burnett holds the Angels down.

  629. Gardner in CF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    if there was a game where you drink every time mccarver says a ball was hammered everyone who played would be die in one game.

  630. Mark-Cant Touch This October 22nd, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Okay guys this is the team that has come back all year, I know our boys don’t think the game is over and I don’t either, LETS GO YANKEES!!

  631. TD October 22nd, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Plenty of game left.

  632. Heyya October 22nd, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Well, the game would be far from over if the yankees could keep them within a couple runs in the next 8 innings. However, with the way Burnett is pitching, we could have Babe Ruth and Ted Williams on the team, and the Angels would double our score.

  633. Tom in N.J. October 22nd, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Sometime later tonight Joe Buck will say in his Joe Buck way, “And the Yankees take the lead!”

  634. The Ghost October 22nd, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    The Yankees will definitely score 4 runs in this game. The only question is if AJ is done imploding. If he is, it will be a great character-building win to catapult a team to the WS.

  635. S.A.--Serenity Now October 22nd, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Let’s go bats. Down 4 runs, not 40.
    Let’s win this darn game

  636. Medyankee in SF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Good DP. Time to put pressure on this pitcher. No easy outs. Work up the count and make him sweat. I’d give AJ another couple of inning to sort it out unless he starts giving up line drives again.

  637. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) October 22nd, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    4-0? That’s a piece of cake! It’s early.

    This game is NOT over until Erica gives us the hour and minute countdown until Game 6 !

  638. Abdababdaserser October 22nd, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    The only thing to hope for is that Lackey is lacking.

  639. es October 22nd, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    burnett sucks!!!

  640. sammy October 22nd, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    okay. 4-0 is NOT the end of the game. Last time I checked, we can score runs, too.

    … this is just like with Minnesota. We need to get behind to turn it on.

    let’s go, OFFENSE.

  641. Rishi October 22nd, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    now we need some good Yankee abs

  642. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Ken
    October 22nd, 2009 at 8:22 pm
    Somewhere in the clubhouse, you gotta think Posada has a sly smile on his face. I dont think him and Burnett see eye to eye.
    ****

    Never, ever ever

  643. Ken October 22nd, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Doreen I think we’re looking at a Game 6. Still have faith the Yankees will win it in NY plus it will just add to the drama. Id rather clinch it in NY with all the pomp and circumstance.

  644. Matt October 22nd, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    This is why Molina playing kills this team on the days Burnett starts.

    Playing Molina over Posada saps the lineup of one of its best hitters, for what? A guy who throws marginally better than Posada? A guy who calls a marginally better game than Posada?

    When you play with fire like that, it comes back to burn you. Whenever Molina starts, it gets rid of the circular lineup that puts the pressure on pitchers. You all of a sudden get into the weaker hitters after A-Rod and co get on base because you lose that crucial link between the middle and bottom of the order.

    And now that you are down a bunch of runs early against a good pitcher, playing Molina kills you even more. Posada’s bat generates far more production than anything Molina can do for Burnett, including “keeping him calm” which he clearly couldn’t do tonight because it’s on BURNETT to get his act together and pitch. Overmanaging by Girardi yet again. You have the best team on the field, how about you use it?

  645. MG October 22nd, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    this myth of Molina being the answer to AJ’s good pitching was just destroyed, maybe it’s a good thing. If you don’t have anything close to your good stuff, no matter who you are, you will get smoked against good teams. But all this talk from the bridge jumpers about him being a choke artist is completely ridiculous.

  646. Enough Pitching Changes October 22nd, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    it will be interesting to see if posada comes in..he should

  647. youronthemark-texiera October 22nd, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    pitchers we use in this blowfest will be gaudin, marte, coke. none of our top level guys will be wasted unless we show the ability to hit w risp.

  648. jojo October 22nd, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Everyone knew AJ was going to have a least one stinker this postseason. Can’t say it’s a surprise. How many more years do we have this guy? Jeez!!!

  649. Heyya October 22nd, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Jeremy,

    Thank god he only gave up 4 runs in the 1st inning? I guess you think this guy is an utter failure?

  650. A-Rod = no longer mental in the playoffs October 22nd, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Yanks will come back in this game. They needed to get down in a game for their offense to come alive. If AJ can find his delivery and maintain it, Yankees will win this thing.

  651. Gary October 22nd, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    First look at how the Cano, Swisher, Melky, Molina gang can hit Lackey. Come on Guys

  652. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    DT – OPPC member (blood type – Positive)
    October 22nd, 2009 at 8:23 pm
    4-0? That’s a piece of cake! It’s early.

    This game is NOT over until Erica gives us the hour and minute countdown until Game 6 !
    ****

    That’s the spirit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    These Yankees LOVE the dramatic comeback

  653. 100 pitches of fun... October 22nd, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Maybe Posada should pinch hit for Molina. The catcher won’t be helping today..lol

  654. mick October 22nd, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    What a classic choke artist! Oh but that’s a word created by the media, I forgot.

  655. yanksfan42 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    This Yankee team is never out of it!

  656. Postseason Bunting October 22nd, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    I think we signed Tex for more than his glove in October.

  657. vin October 22nd, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Nick,

    Get your $%# on a plane, and back down to the Southland. We need your presence.

  658. sunny615 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    4 runs in one inning… Yanks have 2 on and no out and score a big ZERO. Lackey, the Angels Ace on the mound. AJ having problems finding his spots even with a flash light and compass. This could be a looooong game.

  659. Knee Jerk October 22nd, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    and out comes all the fans with the Molina/Burnett debate. Burnett could pitch 5 good games in a row with Molina and in the 6th game he gets bombed and that means it doesn’t matter who catches him. He doesn’t have his stuff tonight. Its as simple as that. People just love to rip on Burnett.

    I know its asking too much but maybe if Tex had gotten a hit (I know scary thought) we score a couple of runs and it is still a ballgame

  660. The Ghost October 22nd, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Tom in N.J., by “Joe Buck way” you mean dispassionate, indifferent disgust right?

  661. Gardner in CF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    This is why you start with your best out there. If you get in a hole you don’t have to use your “weapons” off the bench to make up more runs than there are out there. It seems like Girardi is playing for a come-from-behind win.

  662. jojo October 22nd, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    And Joe better put Jorge in next inning. What’s the use keeping Molina in the game now?

  663. Abdababdaserser October 22nd, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    I hope this shows Girardi that Molina isn’t going to be the answer for Burnett. The only thing needed is for Burnett to get his head on straight.

  664. Josh October 22nd, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    All started when Yanks failed to cash in any runs with no outs in the 1st. Figgins walk didn’t help either.

  665. Believe it! October 22nd, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Not worried. I’ve got a strong feeling Lackey can’t hold this lead. A big come back win tonight will give the Yankees the momentum and confidence they need to take it to the Phillies. Believe it!

  666. chrisC October 22nd, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Villiam
    October 22nd, 2009 at 8:19 pm
    90% rain on Saturday for game 6.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Rain in new york city? Can’t say I’m surprised.

  667. miggs - GTLU Reigning Champion October 22nd, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Erica please go shower NOW.

    If you already have then maybe you need to take 2 tonight. LOL

  668. Valerie G. October 22nd, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Matt–are you looking to write the first novel longer than war and peace lol?

  669. Joe from Long Island October 22nd, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Nothing like a DP.

    This game ain’t over. Baseball isn’t like football – emotion only gets you so far. I think that inning was due to Angels looking for AJ’s fastball, and not missing it – like the Yanks started to do with Lackey, but Lackey adjusted quicker, with help from that ump on Tex’ K.

    If AJ gets it together, there’s 8 more innings. Game ain’t over.

  670. Laura - Don't call him A-Rod. His new nickname is "Alex the late"! October 22nd, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    “Put in Posada ASAP”

    It’s a little early for that. Like I said, this could be AJ’s one bad inning.

  671. djsunyc October 22nd, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    alright…24 more outs to tie this up…a whole lotta game left…

  672. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Villiam
    It’s 2009, get a clue ! The joke wasn’t funny.

  673. Erin October 22nd, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Hopefully AJ calms down after this. Look at it this way-he usually always has one rough inning. Maybe he’s just getting it out of the way now?

  674. Mackenzie October 22nd, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Should we pinch hit Jorge for Molina as soon as Molina comes up?

  675. sunny615 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Molina better be sitting after this inning and Posada better be up.

  676. Fa Fa Fooey October 22nd, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    The Yankees can do it. They can win. They can beat the Angels.

  677. tex's friend October 22nd, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    lackey certainly doesnt have his A game. the yankees can hit and they will come back.

  678. Yankee Fan in Boston October 22nd, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    It’s good to see the sticking with AJ. One loss is one loss, and the game is still quite early.

    the only frustrating thing is that we get two leadoff hits and dont convert and they do. That’s always frustrating to see. But remember, we scored 10 last game, and if Burnett can settle down, we still have a good shot.

  679. JF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Bad AJ was here for first inning.

    Lets hope good AJ shows up for the rest of the game, please.

  680. Drive 4-5 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Let this be enough of the personal catcher nonsense. AJ could have thrown the ball that poorly to Posada. If Girardi wants to make 147 moves tonight, may his first one be to pinch hit for Molina his first time uo. It’s not Molina’s fault,but we need Jorge’s bat.

  681. abernste October 22nd, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    I still believe that the Yankees will score at least 4 runs tonight. Whether they get more than that and how many more they give up is another question . . .

  682. Evan October 22nd, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    I see all the “true” yankee fans are jumping off he bridge.

    pathetic.

  683. Dassit October 22nd, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    we still going to win this game.

  684. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    miggs – GTLU Reigning Champion
    October 22nd, 2009 at 8:25 pm
    Erica please go shower NOW.

    If you already have then maybe you need to take 2 tonight. LOL
    ****

    I already did. Let’s hold off on declaring the need for shower #2

  685. Tom in N.J. October 22nd, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    The Ghost, yes.

  686. Gardner in CF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Erica – always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    DT – OPPC member (blood type – Positive)
    October 22nd, 2009 at 8:23 pm
    4-0? That’s a piece of cake! It’s early.

    This game is NOT over until Erica gives us the hour and minute countdown until Game 6 !
    ****

    That’s the spirit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    These Yankees LOVE the dramatic comeback
    ——-
    how about Game 1?

  687. vin October 22nd, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Have the Yanks ever scored 5 runs? As long as AJ settles down, we’re definitely in this.

  688. Yankee Fan in Boston October 22nd, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Posada comes in for any RBI situation, Molina if it’s just him.

  689. sunny615 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    an out. Took AJ 30 minutes to get one of those.

  690. GreenBeret7 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Just missed on that one.

  691. The Ghost October 22nd, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    I think we signed Tex for more than his glove in October.

    ———-

    Yeah and that’s the problem. Those words keep echoing in his head when he’s at bat. You can almost see them over his head. He needs to just focus on playing his game. So easy to say, somewhat impossible to do.

  692. ken October 22nd, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Calm down. They were aggressive on first pitches. AJ will settle down. Yanks can get back in this. Get to two run game and Angels suddenly get real tight.

  693. jojo October 22nd, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    With a runner on third and less than 2 outs, Cano would never hit a fly ball like that.

  694. boschee October 22nd, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Why did Cano just drop his bat like it was gone?

  695. Enough Pitching Changes October 22nd, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Good thing aj throws pies…

  696. yanksfan42 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    ugh robinson

  697. tex's friend October 22nd, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    aj usually only has one meltdown inning then he settles down.

  698. m October 22nd, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Did Cano flip his bat on that?

  699. Bob October 22nd, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Lackey with a 4-run lead in a must win game?

    Good night everybody. I will check back for game 6.

  700. sunny615 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    woo – bottom of the order stinking it up again…!!

  701. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing October 22nd, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Well, he might just have gotten his one bad inning out of the way. *trying to look on the good side*

    At least the Yankee offense knows what they’re dealing with now rather than putting up runs and watching them disappear later in the game.

    Okay, I really tried there, lol.

  702. Gardner in CF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    and that’s 1 at bat down for Swisher tonight

  703. jojo October 22nd, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Can you give AJ a chance to catch his breath??? Take a couple pitches for god’s sake!!!

  704. yanksfan42 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    ugh again

  705. Believe it! October 22nd, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Cano just got a solid bat on a ball. That’s progress. His half pokes with the bat previously have been annoying.

  706. Mark-Cant Touch This October 22nd, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Swisher come on man!

  707. CB October 22nd, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    “The personal catcher nonsense dies tonight.”

    Sadly I don’t think it will. The decision wasn’t rational to begin with so I don’t think evidence is going to make much of a difference.

    AJ very well could settle down and given up nothing the rest of the game. That wouldn’t be a surprise at all – tonight it just might be the case that his meltdown inning was the first.

    But if that does happen – watch – jose molina will get inordinant amounts of credit for skillfully guiding AJ through his woes.

    If AJ continues to be terrible then it’ll be “one of those” nights.

  708. DW October 22nd, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    They need to be patient…they can get to the Angels.

  709. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Gardner in CF
    October 22nd, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    That’s the spirit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    These Yankees LOVE the dramatic comeback
    ——-
    how about Game 1?
    *****

    I am confused. Game 1 was not a comeback

  710. Gary October 22nd, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Well the first look wasn’t very good from the guys.

  711. FeBuch October 22nd, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    This game’s over but we’ll still probably win at least one at home… the bigger worry if the Angels can wreck Burnett like this what will the Phillies do? He’s become a big issue again, this dude’s a headcase!

  712. Johnny D. October 22nd, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    It’s worth watching.

  713. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    They are hitting the ball hard. Lackey doesn’t have his best stuff.

    And I love how this ump has a wide strike zone.

  714. Fa Fa Fooey October 22nd, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Yeah, you guys are bad people saying the Yankees are going to lose. Shame! Shame!

  715. Joba in the pen October 22nd, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Way to start the game, put your team down by 4.
    AJ is no CC.
    His first inning looked like he was throwing BP. Throwing nothing but meatballs.
    Bring on Posada.

  716. Gardner in CF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    a 1-2-3 inning for the guys who haven’t been hitting

  717. jojo October 22nd, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    no chance if lackey gets those pitches.

  718. Russel October 22nd, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    I think it’s time to go watch American Chopper.

  719. randy l. October 22nd, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    ” this is where self discipline and team leadership comes in, no?”

    joe in long island -

    being down 4-0 right out of the chute is where they really come in.

    the core yankees need to set the tone and battle back one pitch and one at bat at a time.

    i would like to see burnett dig down and let that first inning go.

  720. Enough Pitching Changes October 22nd, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    “Can you give AJ a chance to catch his breath??? Take a couple pitches for god’s sake!!!”

    Give AJ his baby bottle…..WAAAA! I want my personal catcher..

  721. Rob B October 22nd, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    “UPDATE, 8:06 p.m.: The Thundersticks rise as one, and Lackey gets out of it – nice pitch (albeit just off the plate) to Tex…”

    Um, it wasn’t just off the plate. It wasn’t even close. A lot of times the umpires expand the strike zone a bit on a 3-2 count. They start teaching batters to swing at anything close on 3-2 even in Little League. But that pitch was WAAAAAAY off the plate. Horrible call by the umpire, and an inning changing one, IMO. Think about it. Instead of bases loaded, nobody out, it’s 1st and second with one out. What’s the difference? In the first situation, it’s easy to score a run on an out. In the second, you have to get at least one hit to score a run. Big confidence boost for Lackey, one he didn’t earn.

    Would it have changed the fact that AJ pitched like crap? Probably not. Could putting the Angles in a hole from the start have had an effect on the confidence of the batters? Maybe.

    Horrible officiating has already made a difference in this game.

  722. Knee Jerk October 22nd, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Nice strike on the ground

  723. 100 pitches of fun... October 22nd, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    They Swish maybe actually look at a pitch

  724. RS October 22nd, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    I can’t be mad at Burnett. 8 postseason games, and this is the first one where the starting pitcher hasn’t thrown a quality start.

    The main concern here is the offense. The Yankees are terrible at moving runners over without hits. Unless Lackey gives up 4 solo homeruns, I don’t trust this offense one bit.

  725. Postseason Bunting October 22nd, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Our order bottom is the joke of October

  726. dave c. October 22nd, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Lackey cruising.

  727. Dan October 22nd, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Wow, that was not a strike to Melky.

  728. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Angel-

    You came up with more than me :-(

  729. Yankee Fan in Boston October 22nd, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    cabrera hasn’t looked so good recently.

    i just hope the Yankees don’t decide to mail this one in and win at home. i want this series DONE.

  730. The Ghost of Billy Mays October 22nd, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    # Pel October 22nd, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    This is what AJ signed up for.

    LOL

    WEll Played Sir… ;-)

  731. Mark-Cant Touch This October 22nd, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Nice Job working the count by swish!

  732. Medyankee in SF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    OK, if this inning starts going the same way and we put in those types of at bats again then I won’t bother looking up the score in class. I’ll just wait for the game 6 on Saturday.

  733. Gary October 22nd, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    AJ gets another shot here, lets hope he can put them away.

  734. sunny615 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    9 pitches that inning for Lackey. Way to work him guys.

  735. yanksfan42 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    ugh ugh ugh… come on guys! let’s go! champagne waiting!

  736. Gardner in CF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Erica – always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Gardner in CF
    October 22nd, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    That’s the spirit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    These Yankees LOVE the dramatic comeback
    ——-
    how about Game 1?
    *****

    I am confused. Game 1 was not a comeback
    —-
    more a response to what you responded to

  737. Doreen October 22nd, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Ken -

    While it doesn’t look promising at 8:27 pm, I’m not ready to throw in any towels yet tonight. :)

    If AJ does okay in the 2nd, keeps ‘em where they are, that will make a huge difference.

    However, I’m really hoping for the surprise leadoff hit from Molina in the 3rd.

  738. Fa Fa Fooey October 22nd, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Yeah DW, we can get the Angels. Let’s get em!

  739. womber October 22nd, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    I’m trying to convince myself that the Yankees will win this game as they have in other A.J.’s postseason starts. He suddenly reminded me of Pettitte in game six in the 2001 World Series, where he was literally lit up while tossing warm-up pitches.

  740. Nick in SF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    vin, if I leave now and fly into John Wayne, I might be able to make the 7th inning… hmmmmm…

  741. S.A.--Serenity Now October 22nd, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Ugh. That went quickly.
    Oh well, hopefully no more bad AJ.
    Let’s win this game

  742. stacey October 22nd, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    aj and offense though just gave angels and lackey whole bunch of confidence….if yanks wanna win this everyones gonna contribute to get more runs and aj has to be shutdown now

  743. Rishi October 22nd, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Swish is not helping anyone right now.

    I’m waiting to see how AJ does this inning, but the bats really need to find a way against Lackey…at the very least to drive up the pitch count

  744. youronthemark-texiera October 22nd, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    can someone logically explain to me why we needed GUZMAN on this roster if Gardner was NEVER gonna start for swish? i mean seriously, theres not a single reason in the world to carry two guys w speed and not Hinske if you were gonna do that

  745. gianna24 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    I’m sorry but I really can’t stand A.J. Burnett, never have.

  746. m October 22nd, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    This zone for the Angels is as wide as ump’s butt.

  747. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and a true believer in the AJ-Molina tandem and Chad Gaudin's effectiveness October 22nd, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    “Where are all yhe folks who thought only Molina can catch this guy?

    Thankfully that fallacy is now over.

    They will beat the Angels in NY and Posada will catch this guy in the WS.

    As it should be.”

    Really imposter SJ? Well how about this? Burnett had the first inning yips and hopefully he comes out settled down. I seem to remember Cy Clemens doing the same thing in lots of games, postseason included.

    So just cool your jets on the “fallacy” crap because maybe Molina gets him to settle down.

    Or was there some kind of guarantee on AJ’s toe that said he couldn’t have a bad inning. He hasn’t been in this spot before.

    And credit to Randy for the post he wrote.

    I really felt I needed to say this because I am not going to run and hide like a coward because judge and jury have made proclamations.

    Now I’ll go back to watching the game and hoping AJ gets his act together.

  748. Enough Pitching Changes October 22nd, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    “But if that does happen – watch – jose molina will get inordinant amounts of credit for skillfully guiding AJ through his woes.”

    I am sorry you give up four runs in the first you lose personal catcher….stop babying this guy..

  749. MG October 22nd, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    there’s a big difference between having good stuff and one bad inning and just not having your good stuff. AJ just doesn’t look like he has his good stuff tonight-the fast ball is 93-94 tops and the breaking ball isn’t biting. The pitch to Rivera was pretty good, if he settles down the Yankees will probably break through against Lackey.

  750. JZ October 22nd, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    I don’t think Lackey will give up the lead anytime soon.
    AJ needs to settle down, 4 run is the max.

    I guess this game is gone. Those people who talk about Yankee WS really don’t know how good Lackey is, basically don’t know baseball.

  751. Michael T October 22nd, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    jojo
    October 22nd, 2009 at 8:27 pm
    Can you give AJ a chance to catch his breath??? Take a couple pitches for god’s sake!!!

    You ask and Melky delivers- takes 2 str8 right down the middle and then another generous strike 3 call.

  752. 100 pitches of fun... October 22nd, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Maybe they are hitting the ball hard but one of their best hitters is sitting on the bench for a pitcher that gave up 4 in the 1st and his non hitting catcher.

  753. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    I rather have Gaudin. A.J. has nothing today. If Joe was smart he would get him out of the game. He is getting hit hard.

  754. CR9 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Wow. Not that the strikeout pitch to Melky meant anything, but already 2 nice outside cheap strike 3s. One to Tex to take us out of a possible huge inning.

    A+ for effort and results for the HP umpire tonight.

  755. JohnBlacksox (24 +1) October 22nd, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Wow. Thank god Burnett has his own personal binky with Molina catching him, how many more runs would he give up if Posada was playing?

  756. tex's friend October 22nd, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    melky had 3 hits and 4 rbis in game 4. cano and swisher have not hit anything.

  757. Brian from PA October 22nd, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    That was a really awesome first inning.

    What are the odds that AJ knocks that crap off and gives us a solid 4 or 5 more innings? It’s scary, there is no gray area with this guy. all year it’s seemed like he’s either gonna be really really good, or absolutely abysmal.

  758. Matt October 22nd, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Another disgraceful 3rd strike call, this time on Melky.

    It doesn’t matter if it’s the second inning or not, Lackey is getting a strike zone the size of Montana. The game was in doubt as soon as Teixeira got called out on that Curveball, since you knew that Lackey, who is already a good pitcher, had a huge zone.

    How are you supposed to hit a guy with good stuff who is getting balls called strikes? Consistency doesn’t matter, it still affects the game.

  759. CB October 22nd, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    “I can’t be mad at Burnett. 8 postseason games, and this is the first one where the starting pitcher hasn’t thrown a quality start.”

    So AJ gets a pass due to CC’s brilliant starts?

  760. Postseason Bunting October 22nd, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    We give away 2 innings for every potential positive one with this crap lineup.

  761. Joba in the pen October 22nd, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    CB

    Even if AJ gives up nothing else, he has put his team in a hole.

  762. Bronx Bombers Girl October 22nd, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Ok AJ gave them 4 runs in the 1st but as long as he can hold them to 4 runs and our boys start scoring some runs we are good! Kepp the faith. The game is far from over.

  763. yanksfan42 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Ok AJ, time to channel your inner Joba (the Joba from earlier this season when he rocked after the 1st inning)!
    AJ xx
    AJ xx
    AJ xx!

  764. Mehdi in SF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    We gotta win this. I know we’ll have two chances at home but I thought the same in 2004. My blood pressure doesn’t need this. Get it done tonight.

  765. kimoinsd October 22nd, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    I’m going to watch Game 4 again and DVR this game. If they comeback and win, I’ll watch it. Otherwise, watching this game will be like Chinese water torture.

  766. Rishi October 22nd, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    TylerKepner: Yanks had gone 110 postseason games since last time they allowed 4 in the 1st. But they won that game — Game 1, 1997 ALDS vs. Cleveland.

    less than 10 seconds ago from web

  767. FeBuch October 22nd, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Falls behind 2-0 on the first batter again! Come on bro!!!

  768. 100 pitches of fun... October 22nd, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Now can Gaudin get up before this game is totally out of reach?

  769. RS October 22nd, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Excuse me, but that last pitch was closer to a strike than the pitch Tex got called out on.

  770. Yankee44 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Wow, I blinked and the Yanks side of the order was up and down.

  771. Knee Jerk October 22nd, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    The amazing thing is Tex continues to get no criticism. Guess he is lucky his parents didn’t name him Alex

  772. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    I don’t understand why Joe won’t go to Gaudin. A.J. has nothing.

  773. Dan October 22nd, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Ball 2 was closer than Strike 3 for Melky. Lackey’s getting a larger strikezone.

  774. Boston Dave - 5 wins to go! October 22nd, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    if AJ weren’t missing his spots so badly, maybe the ump would give AJ strike calls 3 inches off the plate too

  775. Matt October 22nd, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    1-0 pitch from Burnett, CLOSER than the pitches Lackey has been getting, called a ball.

    What a shock.

    Who are you kidding? Of course it’s not going both ways, Major League Baseball wants to extend the series.

  776. sunny615 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    If AJ sucks this inning, this game is pretty much over since Girardass can’t seem to find Gaudin without a map and compass.

  777. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! October 22nd, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Barrage of Burnett’s…

    The Halos with howitzers…

    Skirmish at sunset…

  778. Gardner in CF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    youronthemark-texiera October 22nd, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    can someone logically explain to me why we needed GUZMAN on this roster if Gardner was NEVER gonna start for swish? i mean seriously, theres not a single reason in the world to carry two guys w speed and not Hinske if you were gonna do that
    —–
    to fool us during GTLU?

  779. Aaron October 22nd, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Can anyone else feel it? 2004 is happening to us again. Angels are hot now, Tex and Swish still automatic outs. This thing is going 7 and I fear 3rd time vs CC they will light him up

  780. nature boy October 22nd, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    i know aj had been absolute garbage, but this ump’s strike zone is very inconsistent

  781. tex's friend October 22nd, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    is burnett’s fastball only 92?

  782. CR9 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    “Way to work him guys”

    Look what happens when 2 strikes rolls around. 2 innings, 2 cheap strike 3s already. Maybe the HP umpire can go for a record of cheap strike 3s.

  783. Yankee Fan in Boston October 22nd, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    AJs cooked tonight. he looks petulant up there. Mail it guys, win it at home.

  784. yanksfan42 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    “We give away 2 innings for every potential positive one with this crap lineup.”

    Dude. get a clue.

  785. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing October 22nd, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    I really tried, Erica. It was tough though.

    I will feel much better about that if AJ can settle down this inning.

  786. Pat M. October 22nd, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Not saying this is over my no means..But when the Yanks squandered in the top of the 1st & The Angels put up a 4 spot,the crowd did a 360..Lackey very sharp..Angels believe their back ..I’m behind the plate, bad call on Texeria..

  787. Mehdi in SF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Before I go to class I’d like to state the painfully obvious and say that AJ looks easily hittable tonight. Yank him. Let’s see what Gaudin does.

  788. Yank fan in MD October 22nd, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Well, they were just smoking AJ’s pitches. When you think about it, 4 runs is not much for the Bombers to come back from. Hopefully AJ settles down, allows no more hits, and we score some runs and win this thing. Let’s get this series over with, Yankees.

  789. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) October 22nd, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Erica – I was confused too.
    but..
    I think Gardner in CF was saying at the end of the night you’ll be giving us the countdown to Game 1 of the WS.

  790. Mark-Cant Touch This October 22nd, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Start the bullpen he is throwing meatballs

  791. tex's friend October 22nd, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    one inning and the angels are hot?

    i think it will take a little more than that to annoint the AL Pennant winner.

  792. MG October 22nd, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    AJ missed the last two fastballs by at least a foot to Mathis, they were both supposed to be outside and wound up middle in.

  793. JohnBlacksox (24 +1) October 22nd, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    trisha –

    Really imposter SJ? Well how about this? Burnett had the first inning yips and hopefully he comes out settled down.

    ————–

    After 4 runs in the 1st inning, who the hell cares if Burnett “settles down”. The game could already be over.

    “Settles down”. Yeah. That’s wonderful. Whoopie.

  794. David Cone's Camera Face October 22nd, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    oh god, aj, you didn’t even give us a chance.

  795. Abdababdaserser October 22nd, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Strike zone seems to be moving a bit, but AJ really needs to get his act together, as well as the Yankee batters.

  796. FeBuch October 22nd, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Those hits are rip cities, not a soft one amongst em, clearly Burnett is pitching terribly cus usually his weakness is walks and wildness now hes just getting stomped. Even the two DPs were lucky, lets be honest!

  797. Bronx Bombers Girl October 22nd, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Thank God for 4-6-3 double plays!

  798. sunny615 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    a leadoff hit… shocked… i’m shocked.

  799. Joe from Long Island October 22nd, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    The pitcher’s best friend.

  800. Postseason Bunting October 22nd, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Fly pettitte back now

  801. Gary October 22nd, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    OK, confidence builder

  802. 100 pitches of fun... October 22nd, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Every ball is hit like a rocket. His fastball has absolutely no movement.

  803. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Dearest AJ Burnett,

    We are on the brink of clinching. Please cut the crap and lets do this. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

    Sincerely Yours,
    Erica

  804. vin October 22nd, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    “vin, if I leave now and fly into John Wayne, I might be able to make the 7th inning… hmmmmm…”

    Just in time to stomp out that inane monkey.

  805. JasonR October 22nd, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    We’re gonna come back. Have faith.

  806. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing October 22nd, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Its not like AJ never pitched under pressure. He pitched in a World Series vs the Yankees!

  807. S.A.--Serenity Now October 22nd, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Much needed DP

  808. The Ghost October 22nd, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    He suddenly reminded me of Pettitte in game six in the 2001 World Series, where he was literally lit up while tossing warm-up pitches

    ———–

    That game was maybe the worst game I’ve ever witnessed. Torre conceded that game before the 3rd inning was over. I just couldn’t believe I was watching an uncontested World Series game – game 6 mind you.

  809. yanksfan42 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    yeah, save gaudanny for tomorrow.

  810. djsunyc October 22nd, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    lol @ the folks chomping on the bit to go at aj and molina.

    when the pressure’s on, the chicken littles will cluck…

  811. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    A.J. doesn’t have it. Will Joe wake up !

    All the balls are getting hit hard.

  812. tex's friend October 22nd, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    ok easy inning.

  813. stacey October 22nd, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    atleast w/hinski..hes a threat…hope the yanks can get back on track and score some runs…need to do job makin lackey work..

  814. CR9 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    “Another disgraceful 3rd strike call, this time on Melky.

    It doesn’t matter if it’s the second inning or not, Lackey is getting a strike zone the size of Montana. The game was in doubt as soon as Teixeira got called out on that Curveball, since you knew that Lackey, who is already a good pitcher, had a huge zone.

    How are you supposed to hit a guy with good stuff who is getting balls called strikes? Consistency doesn’t matter, it still affects the game.”

    Of course it affects the game. It affects the rest of the ABs throughout the game, when the strike zone turns into the “ball” strike zone too.

  815. Trevor October 22nd, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Burnett doesn’t look like he has it. Didn’t from the first batter.
    And he’s not a pitcher that guts/grinds out outings when he doesn’t have it. And makes his final line look respectable.
    He has to have his best stuff to pitch well.

  816. sunny615 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Does Molina bat or Posada. I vote Posada.

  817. Evan October 22nd, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    CB October 22nd, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    “The personal catcher nonsense dies tonight.”

    Sadly I don’t think it will. The decision wasn’t rational to begin with so I don’t think evidence is going to make much of a difference.

    AJ very well could settle down and given up nothing the rest of the game. That wouldn’t be a surprise at all – tonight it just might be the case that his meltdown inning was the first.

    But if that does happen – watch – jose molina will get inordinant amounts of credit for skillfully guiding AJ through his woes.

    If AJ continues to be terrible then it’ll be “one of those” nights.
    ==============================================

    you posada groupies make me laugh.

  818. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    DT – OPPC member (blood type – Positive)
    October 22nd, 2009 at 8:33 pm
    Erica – I was confused too.
    but..
    I think Gardner in CF was saying at the end of the night you’ll be giving us the countdown to Game 1 of the WS.
    ****

    OH! Well, that makes sense. I look forward to that possibility

  819. Mark-Cant Touch This October 22nd, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Good inning, yet bad inning because the balls were still hit hard, we need to get at least one run on the board

  820. yanksfan42 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    wait, what just hapened? omg!

  821. pat October 22nd, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    He’s not missing bats but put up a 0. I’ll take it.

  822. carlo October 22nd, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    The benefit of a pitcher with no stuff is that hitter swing early in counts and ground balls are hit hard enough that double plays are easy to turn. So, the silver lining here is that this may be a short game. Better see posada with a bat when the commercials end.

  823. Gardner in CF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    DT – OPPC member (blood type – Positive) October 22nd, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Erica – I was confused too.
    but..
    I think Gardner in CF was saying at the end of the night you’ll be giving us the countdown to Game 1 of the WS.

    right, Game 1 not Game 6.

  824. Aaron October 22nd, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Remember we won our 3rd game of the ALCS in 04 with a blowout like we just did Tues and then everything fell apart and went wrong like its starting to tonight. I truly fear this is going 7 and the 3rd time around they will be all over CC and we experience 04 again.

  825. FeBuch October 22nd, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    AJ just got whacked around and was somehow quite efficient, if we can work Lackey this inning a little that might turn things around…

  826. Boston Dave - 5 wins to go! October 22nd, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Angel,

    AJ had never pitched in the postseason until this year.

  827. JZ October 22nd, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    now some ‘fans’ are comparing this year with 2004. Who started in game 7 of 2004? And, in the worst case, who will start game 7 this year?

    please have some common sense. geeez.

  828. Believe it! October 22nd, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Not that I like it, but what would a typical Yankees game be if they didn’t start in a hole after the first inning? Been watching that for years, but this team is different.

  829. Knee Jerk October 22nd, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Yes Matt its 1 big conspiracy to get the Angels to extend the season.

    You sound like the birthers and truthers

  830. tex's friend October 22nd, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    anyone who thinks joe will go to the pen in the second inning are just stupid. then you will complain when gaudin comes in and gets roughed up, then aceves, etc… joe has watched burnett enough to know when he is like this, it is one bad inning and then he settles as it moves on.

  831. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Angel – A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing
    October 22nd, 2009 at 8:33 pm
    I really tried, Erica. It was tough though.

    I will feel much better about that if AJ can settle down this inning.
    ***

    No worries. I wrote him a letter at 8:35

  832. 100 pitches of fun... October 22nd, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Honestly Posada can’t call for meatballs from beind the plate?

  833. nature boy October 22nd, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    joe has to put posada in just to prove he is at least making an effort to win obviously molina hasn’t made a difference

  834. Nick in SF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    I don’t the small sample size of one bad inning/outing itself disproves the fallacy that AJ has to pitch to Molina, just as a good outing wouldn’t prove it to be true.

  835. S.A.--Serenity Now October 22nd, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Please score some runs now. Like 6-7

  836. E-gawa October 22nd, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    It’s gonna be a LOOOOOOOOOONNG Game.

    We’re still not out of it though.

  837. jojo October 22nd, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    4 runs is nothing. but aj needs to settle down. we can chip away at lackey. no problem. but molina needs to come out of the game.

    with me saying that, of course, molina will go 2 for 3 tonight with a homer and 3 rbi.

  838. Gardner in CF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    The Yanks really could have used Pena and Hinske over Molina and Guzman

  839. The Ghost October 22nd, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Would love to see the Yankees chip away playing small ball looking for 1 run and inning as slowly choke the Angels like a boa constrictor. Joe has been seduced by the home run, like his predecessor. He needs to snap out of it and start hitting and running. This is why I wanted Gardner in this game. Lackey is a different pitcher when he’s frustrated.

  840. MG October 22nd, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    umpires don’t expand strike zones to pitchers missing the glove by a foot or more. Lackey pitches to the glove, that’s why he gets some calls. An umpire isn’t going to give AJ strikes when he misses by that much, it’s just the way it is.

  841. vin October 22nd, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    1-2-3… very nice (kinda).

    5 of the first 10 hitters swung at either the 1st or 2nd pitch. Hmm…

  842. CB October 22nd, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    “AJ missed the last two fastballs by at least a foot to Mathis, they were both supposed to be outside and wound up middle in.”

    This has been AJ’s single biggest problem all year. When he’s out of sync and his mechanics tank he winds up with so much arm side run on his fastball that pitches meant to hit the outside corner to a right handed hitter tail back over the heart of the plate and get smacked.

    He has very poor fastball control. Even when we see “good AJ” his fastball command isn’t very good.

  843. yanksfan42 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    I vote Molina. He hits well against his former team. And he’s in it for his pitcher. And he’s also kinda clutch.

  844. Jeff NJ October 22nd, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Not to burst anyone’s bubbles, nor do I want to renounce my OPPC membership, but I don’t think the Yankees are winning tonight because I have tickets to game 6 and I’m destined to be at the clinching game. But don’t worry too much, yes talk radio will be annoying tomorrow, but we’ll get through this with a win late Saturday night.

  845. CR9 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    “Yes Matt its 1 big conspiracy to get the Angels to extend the season.”

    No conspiracy. Just the decision of an umpire to make their mark and affect the games against us.

  846. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) October 22nd, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    “I’m behind the plate, bad call on Texeria..”

    Pat M. is really Pat Michael Sajak! I knew it!
    (tell Vanna I said hi)

  847. Concerned_Citizen October 22nd, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    “It ain’t over til it’s over.”
    - Yogi Berra

    Changed into my Game 4 jersey.

  848. Doreen October 22nd, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    So, that’s how it’s gonna be, I guess. A huge rollercoaster ride tonight. :)

  849. Brian from PA October 22nd, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    It’s amazing how many people are dumping all over the offense 2 innings into the game following one where they scored 10 times…

  850. Aaron October 22nd, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    I know CC would be going in game 7 but 3rd time vs them and I think they figure him out enough to possibly beat us. He won’t dominate them again

  851. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and a true believer in the AJ-Molina tandem and Chad Gaudin's effectiveness October 22nd, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    “Can anyone else feel it? 2004 is happening to us again. Angels are hot now, Tex and Swish still automatic outs. This thing is going 7 and I fear 3rd time vs CC they will light him up”

    Seriously I don’t feel it for a minute. Different circumstances, different pitching for the Yankees in 2004 (rotation down all season and Brown broke his hand in September), different pitching for the Sux (rotation didn’t spend one day on the DL), and the 3-4 tandem for the Sux were the roid twins.

    I hope we take it tonight. I’m not worried about the Yankees at the Stadium, if we do not. I’ll take Pettitte and CC every day of the week and twice on Sundays.

  852. 100 pitches of fun... October 22nd, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Here comes the pitcher swinging at the 1st pitch. What an absolute joke.

  853. jojo October 22nd, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    “with me saying that, of course, molina will go 2 for 3 tonight with a homer and 3 rbi.”

    maybe not

  854. tex's friend October 22nd, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    TAKE A PITCH!!!!!!!!!!!

  855. Believe it! October 22nd, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    AJ is settled in now. He was just over amped like Clemens used to get in big games.

  856. JZ October 22nd, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    I think I hit better than Molina, no kidding

  857. JasonR October 22nd, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Someone tell Molina to just stand like a statue next time.

  858. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing October 22nd, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Didn’t he pitch for the Marlins, Dave? Or am I misremembering?

  859. Evan October 22nd, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Posada would have hit a grand slam there (even with no one on base).

  860. KF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    If the rules haven’t changed we still play 9 innings. NY has a knack of scoring plenty of runs. AJ needs to grind it out here, there’s plenty of time for his teammates to pick him up.

  861. sunny615 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Good job Molina you offensive force you. And good thinking Girardass for leaving the biggest hole in the lineup in a game you’re down 4-0.

  862. Enough Pitching Changes October 22nd, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    thanks for coming molina

  863. Aaron October 22nd, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Lets see how many automatic outs we have in the lineup tonight? Tex,Swish and Molina.

  864. RS October 22nd, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    “So AJ gets a pass due to CC’s brilliant starts?”

    No. I would have said the same thing if it was Sabathia or Pettitte who had a rough game. All three of them have pitched well in October (AJ had a 2.19 ERA in his first two starts).

    Anyway, I meant that I can’t be too mad at the starting pitcher putting the offense in a hole, because these hitters need something to wake them up. They have had awful Abs for a while now, and continually get bailed out because of the strong pitching. Can they have ONE game where the offense picks up the pitcher?

  865. tex's friend October 22nd, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    hope burnett didnt go for a bathroom break

  866. Rob B October 22nd, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    E-gawa October 22nd, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    It’s gonna be a LOOOOOOOOOONNG Game.

    We’re still not out of it though.
    —————-

    Not the way the Yankees are batting. 3 pitches, two outs. Yuck.

  867. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Angel – A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing
    October 22nd, 2009 at 8:38 pm
    Didn’t he pitch for the Marlins, Dave? Or am I misremembering?
    ****

    He did. But he was on the DL during the postseason when the 2003 Marlins made their run

  868. Gardner in CF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    I’d be surprised if we get 1 hit out of our 6-7-8-9 hitters of Lackey… and really suprised if we got 2.

  869. The Ghost October 22nd, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Molina should not be swinging at the first pitch. He should at least up the pitch count.

  870. The Damon-ator October 22nd, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    see everyone saturday for game 6

  871. sunny615 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    And a mighty 3 pitches gets Lackey two outs. Working him hard aren’t they?

  872. 100 pitches of fun... October 22nd, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    I hope Posada is enjoying himself in the clubhouse. The guys really have to make Lackey work a little harder. Stop swinging away.

  873. hurricaneseason October 22nd, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Yanks win this, score 1 to 2 off Lackeyt hrough 5 2/3 and then rip the pen. Plenty of game left.

  874. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Johnny, I love you. Do something good here

  875. jojo October 22nd, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    if we lose this game i won’t be able to watch espn or mlb network for the next two days. it will be 2004 revisited on a continuous loop.

  876. FeBuch October 22nd, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Lackey’s too good, anyone else on the staff we might have a chance but AJ put us in too big of a hole, this would be a miracle…

  877. Aaron October 22nd, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    We making this VERY easy for Lackey. This thing is likely over the way we playing. Not gonna get 5 or more off Lackey at home. Get ready folks and get nervous, the Angels are BACK and this thing is going 7 and could end in disaster for us. Then Girardi’s dumb ass move in Game 3 will be crucified BIG TIME

  878. MG October 22nd, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Aaron, the Mets will be playing in the spring, I suggest you become of fan of theirs, your personality is a perfect fit.

  879. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Aaron
    Calm down. This isn’t 2004. There is no Pedro, Schilling, and Lowe pitching after this game.

  880. Knee Jerk October 22nd, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    CR9,

    So the umps are all Yankee haters and do their best to make calls against us?

    Tin foil much?

  881. Gardner in CF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    tex’s friend October 22nd, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    hope burnett didnt go for a bathroom break
    —-
    I don’t think so, he just went during the bottom of the 1st.

  882. Michael T October 22nd, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    I picked a bad game to stop yelling at the TV (promised my 3 year-old girl).

  883. Enough Pitching Changes October 22nd, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    THis is not 2004….the yanks are the better team then the angels.. I thought the red sox were better that year then the yanks..Remember kevin brown and jon lieber pitched games 6 and 7 of that series…

  884. Matt October 22nd, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Molina, 1 pitch 1 out down 4 runs.

    You can thank Joe Girardi for putting selfish stupidity like “personal catchers” above putting his best team on the field.

    Molina in the lineup changes the entire dynamic of the lineup, and it’s obvious. They have far more trouble scoring with the weak bat at the bottom in Molina. It changes the circular nature of the lineup, and it bails the pitcher out with quick outs as you just saw very obviously.

    Lackey was on the ropes in the first, and he was bailed out by the umpires. Now he’s cruising and barely working hard. Yet, we allow Molina to bat and pop out on 1 pitch down 4 runs.

    Personal catcher? What does it matter when your pitcher is getting bombed. Let’s try to win the game.

  885. Yankee44 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    And another 1-2-3

  886. haiku-man October 22nd, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    I’m glad Molina is leaving.All this drama with AJ and Posada,plus the postseason intensity is rank for fans.

  887. FeBuch October 22nd, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    GD UMPS!!! SO TERRIBLE!!!

  888. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    :evil: Umpires :evil:

  889. Boston Dave - 5 wins to go! October 22nd, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    absolutely horrid

    he was safe by quite a bit

  890. Gardner in CF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    look at that, another obvious bad call.

  891. tex's friend October 22nd, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    so the horrible umps are at it again?

  892. sunny615 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    great call umps – you guys are rockin…

  893. pat October 22nd, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Bad call #1 tonight

  894. 100 pitches of fun... October 22nd, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Another blown call. LOL Another blind ump. Have to love it.

  895. CR9 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Safe by a mile. Another decision to affect the game. Wonder if it will be called “the worst call of all time” like the Cano/Posada tag.

  896. nature boy October 22nd, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    blown call maybe we will get a make-up call

  897. Michael T October 22nd, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Wow another bad call. big surprise. And that one was close but even I could tell he was safe in real time.

  898. Concerned_Citizen October 22nd, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    SAFE. I don’t need to see the f’ing replay. I’m so tired of bad umps. SO TIRED OF IT.

  899. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing October 22nd, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Getting really sick of the umpiring. It’s getting to be a joke.

  900. Brian from PA October 22nd, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    awesome. another horrible umpiring call. johnny had passed the bag when the ball got into the glove.

  901. C October 22nd, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Is that bad call #3 of the game already? Impressive.

  902. RalphieD (OPPC) October 22nd, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    and yet another bad call by an ump….this postseason will be remembered as the one that institutes massive change to umpiring

  903. Joeshi! October 22nd, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    he was safe!!!!

    man the umps definitely bet on the angles tonight

  904. Matt October 22nd, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    WHAT A JOKE

  905. sunny615 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    and while the umps are sucking… AJ is still dealing meatballs. Don’t need the umps to add to our misery.

  906. tex's friend October 22nd, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    selig really needs to get his head out of his rear and fix this problem with the umps.

  907. GreenBeret7 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    And, Dale Scott chalks up a blown call that wasn’t that close.

  908. Enough Pitching Changes October 22nd, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    “He did. But he was on the DL during the postseason when the 2003 Marlins made their run”

    he was on the dl pretty much that entire year….

  909. jason October 22nd, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    wow could the umps make it anymore apparent they want a game 6? granted the yankees have done this to themselves but come on now havent they made enough bad calls this series?

  910. Smart October 22nd, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    HurricaneSeason: You’re an idiot.

    If Lackey’s only given up 1 or 2 runs by 5 2/3, why in the hell would the Angels take him out. Scoscia is smart enough to leave him in for 8, even if he’s given up 4. If the Angels score one more, you’ll see Lackey the entire game, unless the Yankees rally big here.

  911. m October 22nd, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    AJ doesn’t get a pass, but neither do the umps or the offense.

    Terrible call at first.

    Let’s go Yankees!

  912. Lou from CU October 22nd, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Umpiring really is problematic this year, jeez.

  913. The Ghost October 22nd, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    totally safe

  914. A-Rod = no longer mental in the playoffs October 22nd, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    think MLB told the umps they want this series to go back to New York? looks like every close call will go against the Yanks tonight. Strike 3 to melky was a ball, and now that- weak

  915. Boston Dave - 5 wins to go! October 22nd, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    there are tons of close plays at first base.

    that one barely qualifies as close.

    the ump has to get that call right.

  916. Jeff NJ October 22nd, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    The calls are all going against us tonight. It’s fine, like I said, we’re destined to win it in 6, trust me. So please don’t panic or bridge-jump, we’re winning this in 6, just like about half predicted, the other half picked 7.

  917. Knee Jerk October 22nd, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Brian,

    Their offense has been pretty poor the whole post season other then last night. They struggled to hit Brian Duensing and Carl Pavano

  918. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Joe is not giving this team a chance to win. A.J. doesn’t have it and he refuses to go to Gaudin and put Posada in the lineup. He is failing again.

  919. MG October 22nd, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    in game 4, even with CC being brilliant and the Yankees getting up by 5 runs, there was a point of concern for the Yankees in the 6th inning after the Angels scored and had the first two runners on. If they can keep the Angels for tacking on, it’s is likely the Yankees will have a similar chance against Lackey, that’s all you can ask at this point in time.

  920. Believe it! October 22nd, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    2004? Please. Didn’t Damon play on the 2004 team? 2004 no longer exists.

  921. Heyya October 22nd, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Damon hit the bag, and it appeared the ball was around 1.5-2 feet from hitting the back of his glove. The umps get that right 9.5/10 times. I just don’t understand what is with these umps this postseason.

  922. CR9 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    “So the umps are all Yankee haters and do their best to make calls against us?”

    Not all, just some or most. If I were the rest of you, I would be afraid of a Game 7 with Tim McClelland behind home plate. Imagine what he will do to CC, to try to neutralize his dominance.

  923. FeBuch October 22nd, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Anyone else think it’s kinda F’d up that Spade is still capitalizing off of Farley’s comedic genius? He’s rode his coattails enough, now he’s just blatantly selling out.

  924. Aaron October 22nd, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Um Jeremy,

    We actually face IMO their true best pitcher in Game 6 in Saunders and in game 7 I feel they will have CC Figured out and could pound us.

  925. Boston Dave - 5 wins to go! October 22nd, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    UMP REPORT:

    # of bad strike 3 calls – 2

    # of blown calls on the bases – 1

  926. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) October 22nd, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    I think it would be more fair if the umps just pulled a coin out of their pocket and asked Damon to call heads or tails.

  927. vin October 22nd, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Not surprising to see bridge jumpers here. Hell, there were bridge jumpers when the Yanks lost the first game of the season.

  928. sunny615 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    lackey at a whopping 33 pitches through 3 innings. He’s going complete game.

  929. Tarheelyank October 22nd, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    If you posted this game is over in the 1st inning- I think you should leave now.

    If you take personal satisfaction because AJ struggled and you feel “vindicated” in your positions of Posada over Molina- I think you should leave now.

    This is a blog for Yankee fans.

    Oh and stop worrying about the umps you sound like Angel fans.

  930. A-Rod = no longer mental in the playoffs October 22nd, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    oh ya it’s all about keeping it at 4. I said to myself in the 1st, the angels better get like 10 if they want to feel REALLY safe

  931. CR9 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Where was that pitch ump? Was it worse than strike 3 to Tex? NO!

  932. Matt October 22nd, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Missed calls change games.

    It has been no clearer than in this postseason.

    But yet, Major League Baseball would rather have the “human element.” We’re ok with “make up calls” and “unwritten rules” rather than GETTING THE CALL RIGHT.

    How about you do your job before you whine that MLB shows you no respect behind the shield of an impenetrable union that prevents you from having to face any accountability whatsoever.

  933. sunny615 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    took AJ 30 to get through 2

  934. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing October 22nd, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    You’re right, Dave. I guess I really did succeed at forgetting that whole World Series. :D

  935. Evan October 22nd, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    That blown call wouldn’t have happened if Posada was catching.

  936. YankeeRay October 22nd, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    I never thought we would win this game tonight until we got 1st and 2nd with nobody out in the first.
    Then I started thinking, wow we score early and this game could be over.

    To me Tex’s at bat was huge. How can he swing at a curve in the dirt on a 1-1 pitch and then take a curve on 3-2? I know it was a ball but it was a better pitch than the 1-1 curve in the dirt. He is way lost at this point.
    I also feel that Posada should have been the DH as Matsui is off as well.
    We needed to score first and didn’t. This game should be over though I will watch and hope we come back but Lackey is too tough.

  937. Believe it! October 22nd, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    K

  938. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    DT – OPPC member (blood type – Positive)
    October 22nd, 2009 at 8:43 pm
    I think it would be more fair if the umps just pulled a coin out of their pocket and asked Damon to call heads or tails.
    *****

    How am I supposed to work my magic if these umpires just negate me at every turn????

  939. S.A.--Serenity Now October 22nd, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Sit down Bobby

  940. Michael T October 22nd, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    “work the count” crowd needs to cool it tonight. Lackey is going to pump the zone early with fastballs given this lead until we get something going. Taking 2 hittable strikes to fall in a hole is NOT going to get him out of the game or make up a 4-run deficit. (but Molina does need to go).

  941. tex's friend October 22nd, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    scoscia and girardi need to get together and fight these umps. they have hurt both teams.

    at least fox iis acknowledging the lousy umping.

  942. Knee Jerk October 22nd, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Aaron,

    You think Saunders is their best pitcher??? Are you kidding??

  943. JasonR October 22nd, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    These umpires are a joke. And not a funny joke either. More like a joke that makes children cry.

  944. sunny615 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    They can snark on that missed ump call all night – doesn’t excuse AJ’s craptastic effort in the first.

  945. Gardner in CF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    FeBuch October 22nd, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Anyone else think it’s kinda F’d up that Spade is still capitalizing off of Farley’s comedic genius? He’s rode his coattails enough, now he’s just blatantly selling out.

    Agreed. Now when will we see a DirecTV commercial with michael jackson footage? now THAT would be funny.

  946. tex's friend October 22nd, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    not workthe count to work it. work the count to give burnett a break.

  947. hurricaneseason October 22nd, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    I hope all of the chicken little’s on this blog look back after the Yankees win this game and feel like the dopes that they are. Jaaaayyysus – that is why we play 9, or more.

  948. Nick in SF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Molina’s pretty savvy; he knows he stinks at the plate right now, so he at least works the count and makes the pitcher throw a few.

    Not so much in that AB, but, you know, in general.

  949. Joba in the pen October 22nd, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Damon was safe. Add this to the long list of bad calls by the umps.

  950. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and a true believer in the AJ-Molina tandem and Chad Gaudin's effectiveness October 22nd, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    I have seen Lackey criuse along and they suddenly give it up. I don’t know if it will happen tonight or if he’ll be going on pure adrenaline, but Lackey is not a guarantee either.

  951. JohnBlacksox (24 +1) October 22nd, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Are there any other defensive substitutions that Burnett needs when he pitches?

    Maybe he’s more comfortable with ARod not playing 3B? Or with someone besides Jeter at SS?

    We don’t want to upset Burnett’s delicate sensibilities, because then we wouldn’t get dominant pitching performances like tonight.

  952. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing October 22nd, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Oh and stop worrying about the umps you sound like Angel fans.
    **********************************
    You’ve got to be kidding me.

    There’s a difference between worrying about the umpire, and being amazed by the staggering incompetence they’ve shown this postseason so far.

  953. CR9 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    We will win this game.

  954. KF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Just checking, how many people are conceding the game in the 3rd inning?

  955. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    The umps are not doing a good job. But people who say that the Yankees did not hit Pavano well, the guy was pitching really good that night so give him some credit. The offense can’t always come through.

  956. sunny615 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    AJ once again giving away bases. Just great.

  957. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    If I do not see significant improvement by 9pm, I am DVRing the Office

  958. Motive October 22nd, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    I would support instant replay if only to not have to listen to Joe Buck and Ken Rosenthal prattle on to no end about it. Just call the game.

  959. sunny615 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    AJ is peptotastic…

  960. djsunyc October 22nd, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    my name is ken rosenthal and i live alone with 50 cats…

  961. tex's friend October 22nd, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    burnett will settle in and the yankees will kick it up.

  962. Bronx Jeers October 22nd, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    I remember another ALCS game when the Yanks were down 4-0 early. A much bigger game than this one. Do or die.

    That was a great game.

  963. gianna24 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    hurricaneseason: I hope you are right.

  964. Enough Pitching Changes October 22nd, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    “To me Tex’s at bat was huge. How can he swing at a curve in the dirt on a 1-1 pitch and then take a curve on 3-2?”

    bigger than giving up a four spot in the first?

  965. CR9 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    The staggering intentional cheatjobs by the HP umpires not including Game 4′s HP umpire is not astonishing.

    Fair HP umpire, Yankees win by 9 runs, and could have scored more.

  966. The Ghost October 22nd, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    They need to have one umpire up in the booth who can overturn obviously bad calls. If they do that there probably would be no more need for on field umpires. All the pitches can be called by computer. It would change the game sure but I’d rather see all the right calls made.

  967. GreenBeret7 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    The blown call hurt, but, it would have hurt more with the bases loaded or leading off an inning.

  968. OKI/DAVE October 22nd, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Burnett isn’t a pitcher – he’s a slinger. It might work for some games during regular season, but with him too many things can blow up. He’s so herky jerky.

  969. DW October 22nd, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    KF, I’m not conceding the game until the very last out is made. They can come back as long as AJ can hold them down for a while.

  970. Sports Geek October 22nd, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Another umpire error goes against the Yankees:
    Game 5 NYY @ LAA, 3rd inning- (NYY hurt)- Damon called out at first, but beat the throw, clearly shown on instant replay.

    Add that to:
    Game 5 NYY @ LAA, 1st inning- (NYY hurt)- Teixeira strike 3 on pitch off the plate, outside

  971. Jeff NJ October 22nd, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Ugh, I can see this thread is going to a be a tough place to be tonight. Kinda reminds me of when George Costanza was helping Paul O’Neil with his swing and Paul said “you know we did win the world series” and George said with a smirk “yeah, in six games”.

  972. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! October 22nd, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Sapient Scioscia…

    The specter of shoddy calls…

    We must overcome!

  973. JasonR October 22nd, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    “I remember another ALCS game when the Yanks were down 4-0 early. A much bigger game than this one. Do or die.”

    I think there’s a rule that we can’t remember 2003 when the Yankees are losing. Only 2004.

  974. OKI/DAVE October 22nd, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Need a say more on Burnett?

  975. tex's friend October 22nd, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    uhhhhhhh…

  976. jojo October 22nd, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    AJ is an idiot.

  977. sunny615 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Wake up AJ you moron…

  978. Enough Pitching Changes October 22nd, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    the umps have been terrible..but they have been terrible both ways..Sometimes I think some of you think their is a conspiracy against the yanks by the umps…

  979. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing October 22nd, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    That was almost defensive indifference! Not even a throw, lol

  980. djsunyc October 22nd, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    be like the NHL – have a centralized ump that can contact on field umps on bad calls. won’t waste any time and will get the call right.

  981. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Dearest AJ Burnett-

    You are supposed to be cutting the crap. Please stick to your side of the deal. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

    Sincerely Yours,
    Erica

  982. Pat M. October 22nd, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Every bad call I think of SJ, no person was ever so right this season..brutal

  983. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Wait though Hunter stole isn’t that a strike. These umps really suck.

    And will Joe finally get Gaudin warmed up in the pen.

  984. sunny615 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Next time – Hunter can walk to second and stop by starbucks and get a coffee.

  985. FeBuch October 22nd, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    AJ’s kinda making a fool of himself at this point, he needs some nasty stuff to get him through a couple more innings…

  986. Carlo October 22nd, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Please stop complaining about the umpiring. We are losing because they hit 4 line drives with RISP and we went 0-3 with RISP. If u want to chalk to game up as a loss, go ahead, plan the rest of ur night accordingly as I am sure there are better things to do then watch a sinking ship and type about it.

  987. CR9 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    “The umps are not doing a good job. But people who say that the Yankees did not hit Pavano well, the guy was pitching really good that night so give him some credit. The offense can’t always come through.”

    Right. The offense cannot always come through, but it is less difficult to pitch well as Pavano did when you get pitches 2 inches off the plate, low or outside or inside or high.

    Where was that 2nd pitch to Vlad? Right down the middle. That’s where.

  988. GreenBeret7 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    CR9
    October 22nd, 2009 at 8:48 pm
    The staggering intentional cheatjobs by the HP umpires not including Game 4’s HP umpire is not astonishing.

    Fair HP umpire, Yankees win by 9 runs, and could have scored more.

    ————————————————————

    You’re a fool/idiot…take your pick. Nobody’s cheating. Being bad at your job isn’t cheating.

  989. The Ghost October 22nd, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Get him the f out of the game. I’ve never seen that before. His head is in the clouds.

  990. Zack October 22nd, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Doesn’t seem like AJ’s mind is all there tonight.

  991. hurricaneseason October 22nd, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    I am amazed some of you on here even watch the game, it seems like it is more misery than fun!

  992. sunny615 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    POSADAAAAAAAAAAAA

  993. es October 22nd, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    this is painful. please make a change at pitcher and catcher. if molina can’t throw out their 3rd fastest runner on a fastball, then he is of no greater use than molina.

  994. JohnBlacksox (24 +1) October 22nd, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    By the way, that 3-2 pitch on Tex may have been a ball, but the 1-2 pitch he took for a ball was definitely a strike.

    After the ump gave him that gift, I knew that anything close would be called a strike.

  995. NYY626 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Im trying to stay positive…really I am, but cmon AJ!

  996. Corey October 22nd, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Time to put Posada in.

  997. Motive October 22nd, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Worry more about these Yankees.

    Right now.

    Especially Burnett.

  998. kris October 22nd, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Damn it, Jorgie!

  999. DW October 22nd, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Whoo!

  1000. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Joe is really pissing me off. Go to Gaudin ! He is not giving this team a chance to win.

  1001. YanksinCA October 22nd, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Burnett’s a headcase. He gets rattled so easy then he can’t keep his head in the game. He had a decent year, but when you consider the contract it’s another bad deal by Cashman.

    See you back in the Bronx.

  1002. FeBuch October 22nd, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    How many assists does DJ have to home plate in this postseason? Unreal…

  1003. Orlando Chris October 22nd, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Survivor is on.

  1004. Nick in SF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Oh yeah, the wild pitches.

    Jeff NJ, wasn’t it Jeter who said they won the World Series to Constanza?

  1005. SF Yank October 22nd, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    I don’t think Molina is any better this series defensively and in helping Burnett. Bring in Posada immediately!

  1006. Trevor October 22nd, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Not a great throw by Jeter. Thankfully Molina scooped it.

  1007. Gardner in CF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    The Angels were in this game when our lineup got posted. Posada is too good against Lackey to not be in and Swisher, Cano, and Molina are so ineffective against Lackey (or in Molina’s case, against anyone) that we can’t have all 3 of them in the bottom 4 of our lineup.

  1008. Rishi October 22nd, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    so many articles out today about how AJ was due a “blow up” game…I hope this covers it for him for the rest of the year

  1009. Joba in the pen October 22nd, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Even Molina can’t stop AJ’s pitches. Next he will be hitting batters.

  1010. GreenBeret7 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Not a good rundown, starting with a low throw from Jeter to Molina.

  1011. sunny615 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Lackey a Yankee in 2010?

  1012. Gardner in CF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Burnett runs like a zombie.

  1013. DW October 22nd, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    1 more out then we can start our comeback!

  1014. MG October 22nd, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Molina did a really bad job on that rundown, he knows it as well, they were lucky to get the out.

  1015. SJ44 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    The lesson learned tonight is, nobody can catch this guy.

    That being the case, you don’t weaken your lineup for a pitcher nobody can catch.

    Hopefully, Girardi has learned his lesson.

  1016. Michael T October 22nd, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Keeping 5 off the board seems big to me for some reason.

  1017. Joe from Long Island October 22nd, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    AJ isn’t the only one who’s having a bad game. Molina let that WP get thru his wickets, and then throws too early to Alex, ending up in prolonging the rundown and letting Vlad get to 2nd.

  1018. Bronx Bombers Girl October 22nd, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Anyone else having trouble seeing their posted comments?

  1019. Jeff NJ October 22nd, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Uh no need for a pitching change, no need to burn out the pen in preparation for Saturday’s game. Put me in the camp that calls this a loss and Saturday a win, but only because I have tix for Saturday, awesome tix too, right behind home plate.

  1020. SF Yank October 22nd, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Boy is McCarver hard to listen to.

  1021. Evan October 22nd, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Now THAT was a bonehead play.

    why was torii hunter running on contact with only one out?

  1022. Laura - Don't call him A-Rod. His new nickname is "Alex the late"! October 22nd, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    It benefits MLB for this series to go long. I would not be surprised if some of the umps calls are colored by that fact.

  1023. djsunyc October 22nd, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    not for nothing – but that stolen base by hunter was a strike right down the middle that the ump called a ball…

  1024. JasonR October 22nd, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Is this a baseball game, or a 3 hour infomercial for instant replay?

  1025. tex's friend October 22nd, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    yankees will win this game 6-5

  1026. Matt October 22nd, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Umm, the 1-2 pitch on Teixeira was nowhere close to home plate, in fact it was further outside than the pitch that was called strike 3.

    You can’t defend these guys even if you want to, they are just that bad.

  1027. Tarheelyank October 22nd, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Angel
    The umps have been horrendous. But it’s not why the yankees are losing. The Angels have been agressive at the plate. And they are kicking our butt. But this game is a long way from being over. No excuses, win or lose

  1028. Motive October 22nd, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Give it a rest, Joe Buck.

  1029. Jeff NJ October 22nd, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    I think you’re right Nick, I think it was a young Derek Jeter. Wonder if he got his SAG card?

  1030. YankeeRay October 22nd, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Enough Pitching Changes
    October 22nd, 2009 at 8:47 pm
    “To me Tex’s at bat was huge. How can he swing at a curve in the dirt on a 1-1 pitch and then take a curve on 3-2?”

    bigger than giving up a four spot in the first?

    ——-

    Obviously not but if Tex gets on maybe we put up 4 in the first. Not scoring was a big momentum swing IMO.

  1031. Believe it! October 22nd, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Guerrero has the torso of a dwarf and the arms and legs of a normal person. That’s weird.

    To the commentators (everywhere) please SHUT UP ABOUT REPLAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1032. djsunyc October 22nd, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    ok…tex has to get going now…

  1033. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Joe needs to go to Gaudin. I have never seen a manager just sit there and do nothing.

    Hey Joe, this isn’t a regular season game.

  1034. nature boy October 22nd, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    sunny615
    October 22nd, 2009 at 8:52 pm
    Lackey a Yankee in 2010?

    god i hope not, hes a great pitcher but i really hate looking at him

  1035. sunny615 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    kee-rist.. someone start smacking homers on these Angels…

  1036. peter b. October 22nd, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    For game 1,

    so will it be Cliff Lee vs. John Lackey or Scott Kazmir ?

  1037. FeBuch October 22nd, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    There’s no way Molina can catch AJ in the World Series, he’s proven that the catcher doesn’t make enough of a difference to heal his insanity. Having said that, lets get that grand salami and win this biatch!

  1038. stacey October 22nd, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    need offense yanks..lets make this a game

  1039. Knee Jerk October 22nd, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    SJ44,

    guess 2 games out of 3 pitched well is not good enough for you.

    Pettite has been good in the post season and he has also been horrible. Guess the rules are selective

  1040. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) October 22nd, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    I think real SJ44 needs to call fake SJ44′s parents again.

  1041. es October 22nd, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    if he doesn’t take molina out the next time he’s up to bat, then i need to stop watching.

  1042. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Jeff NJ
    October 22nd, 2009 at 8:54 pm
    I think you’re right Nick, I think it was a young Derek Jeter. Wonder if he got his SAG card?

    ***

    I am sure he does. He also did an SNL

  1043. CR9 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    “You’re a fool/idiot…take your pick. Nobody’s cheating. Being bad at your job isn’t cheating.”

    You are right *thumbs down*. The HP umpire had no idea that if he called the Tex “strike 3″ pitch Ball 4, it would have resulted in Bases Loaded for the hottest hitter on the planet with a chance to take the Angels crowd out of it early and maybe inflict potential season ending damage on the Angels.

  1044. JohnBlacksox (24 +1) October 22nd, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    I’m glad AJ is settling down after he lost the game in the 1st inning.

    That’s wonderful. Good for him.

  1045. Believe it! October 22nd, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    To the Anti iPhone Droid commercial, ALSO SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1046. Aura October 22nd, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    I think they might have to go to Cervelli for his next start. Molina looks really old behind that plate and I think AJ at this point would put Posada in the hospital. The Yankees need a acrobat to catch Burnett.

  1047. hurricaneseason October 22nd, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    DW October 22nd, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    1 more out then we can start our comeback!

    ******

    I like they way you think!

  1048. The Ghost of Billy Mays October 22nd, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    hurricaneseason October 22nd, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    I am amazed some of you on here even watch the game, it seems like it is more misery than fun!”

    Ya know whats even more miserable?

    YOU AND ALL YOUR POMPOUS ILK WHO CONTINUE TO INSULT THOSE OF US WHO DON’T SHARE YOUR BLIND OPTIMISM THAT THE YANKEES CAN OVERCOME 4 NOTHING LEADS IN AN AWAY GAME AGAINST ONE OF THE BEST TEAMS IN BASEBALL NOT TO MENTION ONE OF THE BETTER PITCHERS IN BASEBALL AS WELL

    KILL YOURSELF “HURRICANE”

  1049. tex's friend October 22nd, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    problem with tex is like with arod. he knows they expect more and now it is in his head.

  1050. Zooboy October 22nd, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    The Angels will regret not getting that run with one down and a runner on third.

  1051. Yankee Fan in Boston October 22nd, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    So it’s still 4-0. at some point our offense will do SOME damage. So, it’s not the end of the world, yet.

  1052. A-Rod = no longer mental in the playoffs October 22nd, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    is anyone else watching this in standard def? does fox keep screwing up for others??? ridiculous, no other channel seems to have a problem broadcasting a whole game without screw ups, fox can’t go a whole inning…

  1053. JasonR October 22nd, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    One good thing about this game: No Black Eyed Peas DirectTV commercial.

  1054. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and a true believer in the AJ-Molina tandem and Chad Gaudin's effectiveness October 22nd, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    “I remember another ALCS game when the Yanks were down 4-0 early. A much bigger game than this one. Do or die.

    That was a great game.”

    A game for the ages. Aaron Bleepin Boone. I screamed so loud when we started coming back – and then with Boone’s homer – that my throat was sore for a few days.

    That was the classic OH MY GOD game.

  1055. S.A.--Serenity Now October 22nd, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Get cracking bats, this game is not over yet

  1056. SF Yank October 22nd, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    We can’t afford to have no-hit Molina in the lineup any more. Now that we know that the catcher really doesn’t make a difference for Burnett, that’s Burnett and Burnett alone, time to dump Molina for good. I’d rather have Cervelli catching than Mendoza, I mean Molina.

  1057. m October 22nd, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Where’s the pitch count update? :roll:

  1058. Knee Jerk October 22nd, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Well after the hitters put on another great performance this inning we can continue to complain about Burnett

  1059. sunny615 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    I don’t listen to these moronic commentators. I mute my tv and listen to WCBS radio off of Gameday.

  1060. NFK October 22nd, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    I say Phillies in 4 over the Angels.

    The Phillies definitely would have the advantage in both pitching and offense.

  1061. Corey October 22nd, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    I’ll take the Droid commercials over that damn Black Eyed Peas Directv commercial.

  1062. Evan October 22nd, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Black Tacos would never happen if Posada was catching.

  1063. davidcone1 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Burnett looks like a ticking time bomb. Yanks need to get some runs on the board before he starts giving up more.

  1064. Joba in the pen October 22nd, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Tex, Cano, Swisher are in slumps, but Yanks are still ahead 3 games to 1. Maybe 3 to 2 if Yanks can’t come back.

  1065. Gary October 22nd, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    If anybody can get on in the lower part of the order you do have a shot at seeing Posada PH for Molina. As long as the likes of Cano, Melky, Swisher don’t get on it would just be a waste and not worth taking out Molina.

  1066. Nick in SF October 22nd, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    I think he got his SAG card when he [COMMENT REDACTED] Mariah Carey.

    Paul O’Neill was in the episode with the birthday card and the sick boy in the hospital and the two home runs and the wake-up call service and the mutton and the “just a salad”.

  1067. djsunyc October 22nd, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    YankeeRay October 22nd, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Enough Pitching Changes
    October 22nd, 2009 at 8:47 pm
    “To me Tex’s at bat was huge. How can he swing at a curve in the dirt on a 1-1 pitch and then take a curve on 3-2?”

    bigger than giving up a four spot in the first?

    ——-

    Obviously not but if Tex gets on maybe we put up 4 in the first. Not scoring was a big momentum swing IMO.

    ———

    tex getting on changes the entire game. gives the yanks a better opportunity to score and starts to put doubts in the angels hitters. which could make them tighten up.

    every single pitch is important and changes the following pitch. i’m not using it as an excuse to be down 4-0 but it’s possible.

    with that said, aj has now pitched 2 scoreless innings (walking a thin line). now the yanks have to start putting some base runners on.

  1068. tex's friend October 22nd, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    the only way molina is PHed for this early is if the yankees have a scoring opp on base.

  1069. Believe it! October 22nd, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    “I’m glad AJ is settling down after he lost the game in the 1st inning.
    That’s wonderful. Good for him.”
    —————————-

    Oh my God, have you watched the Yankees this season? The tend to come from behind for the win.

  1070. The Other Phil October 22nd, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Jeez. After all the comments made about Angels fans being morons for thinking that imps were in the Yanks’ pockets, now there’s comments that they are conspiring to make the series longer? Give me a break.
    Keep it at 4, make Lackey work and chip away. It’s not an automatc loss. This team will score runs. Just need to keep more off the board.

  1071. Matt October 22nd, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Jose Molina was worth -8.7 at the plate and 0.9 behind it.

    Jorge Posada was worth 18.3 at the plate and 0.5 behind it.

    There is no logical reason to start Jose Molina in a postseason game, EVER. Who cares if he is Burnett’s “personal catcher?” How about we start our best lineup and try to WIN THE GAME?

    Who is your best chance to win the game? A guy who is one of your best hitters, or a guy who MIGHT make the pitcher slightly more comfortable but makes 1 pitch nothing outs every time up? It’s a no brainer.

  1072. Jmere October 22nd, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    This zone is giant….

  1073. JasonR October 22nd, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    That’s it Tex!

  1074. rconn23 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Burnett is a joke, of course. But there is no sign he is going to get any run support tonight.

    Lackey is not going to give up five runs. Won’t happen. Gotta get into the bullpen to have any chance.

  1075. JohnBlacksox (24 +1) October 22nd, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    The Ghost of Billy Mays
    October 22nd, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    KILL YOURSELF “HURRICANE”
    ————

    +1

  1076. davidcone1 October 22nd, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Hey Trish, it’s DC! I have to be in Providence tomorrow, so I’m going to find a place around the city to watch the game—if needed!

  1077. tex's friend October 22nd, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    hopefully that gets him going. too bad it wasnt with jeter and johnny on.

  1078. Believe it! October 22nd, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Tex slump now busted.

  1079. Motive October 22nd, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    15 outs to get 4 runs. If any team can do it, I think this one can.

  1080. m October 22nd, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Nice at-bat for Tex. It resulted in a hit. :)

  1081. Yankee Fan in Boston October 22nd, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    here’s what i see with Lackey. he’s getting outs, but we’re making solid contact. He’s gotta get thru our lineup multiple times, and I like our chances with the way Lackey looks tonight. he doesn’t look as good as he did in game 1.

  1082. hurricaneseason October 22nd, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    JohnBlacksox (24 +1) October 22nd, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    The Ghost of Billy Mays
    October 22nd, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    KILL YOURSELF “HURRICANE”
    ————

    +1

    ********

    OK, loser.

  1083. FeBuch October 22nd, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Can you meet me halfway!! For Direct TV!

    Tex good job fighting it off! Here we go!

  1084. djsunyc October 22nd, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Jose Molina was worth -8.7 at the plate and 0.9 behind it.

    Jorge Posada was worth 18.3 at the plate and 0.5 behind it.

    There is no logical reason to start Jose Molina in a postseason game, EVER. Who cares if he is Burnett’s “personal catcher?” How about we start our best lineup and try to WIN THE GAME?

    Who is your best chance to win the game? A guy who is one of your best hitters, or a guy who MIGHT make the pitcher slightly more comfortable but makes 1 pitch nothing outs every time up? It’s a no brainer.

    ———-

    if you’re gonna use stats, then only use the one where burnett pitches.

  1085. Erica - always OPPC October 22nd, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    I just changed to radio

  1086. Clare October 22nd, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    They’re showing the piching coach interview with ARod up?

  1087. Aura October 22nd, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Arod has a .176 average vs Lackey

  1088. randy l. October 22nd, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    “This has been AJ’s single biggest problem all year. When he’s out of sync and his mechanics tank he winds up with so much arm side run on his fastball that pitches meant to hit the outside corner to a right handed hitter tail back over the heart of the plate and get smacked.”

    cb-

    that’s what i saw from the first hit of the game. way too much arm side run as you describe it.

    for burnett it must be like trying to drive a car that’s badly out of alignment.

  1089. tex's friend October 22nd, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    lackey can definitely give up 5 runs.

  1090. Aura October 22nd, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    These interviews add nothing to the game.

  1091. Trevor October 22nd, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    “I just changed to radio”

    Wise choice.

  1092. hurricaneseason October 22nd, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    The Ghost of Billy Mays October 22nd, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    hurricaneseason October 22nd, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    I am amazed some of you on here even watch the game, it seems like it is more misery than fun!”

    Ya know whats even more miserable?

    YOU AND ALL YOUR POMPOUS ILK WHO CONTINUE TO INSULT THOSE OF US WHO DON’T SHARE YOUR BLIND OPTIMISM THAT THE YANKEES CAN OVERCOME 4 NOTHING LEADS IN AN AWAY GAME AGAINST ONE OF THE BEST TEAMS IN BASEBALL NOT TO MENTION ONE OF THE BETTER PITCHERS IN BASEBALL AS WELL

    KILL YOURSELF “HURRICANE”

    +++++++++++++++

    You have severe emotional problems. Please seek help.

  1093. JohnBlacksox (24 +1) October 22nd, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    The sad part is even if the Yankees score 4 runs this inning, you just know Burnett would give it right back again.

  1094. DW October 22nd, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    The Seinfeld episode with George talking to them about hitting and the World Series was with Bernie Williams (“Are you the guy who booked us in the Ramada in Milwaukee?”) and Jeter.

  1095. Nick in SF October 22nd, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Here’s a True Fact: earlier this season, Young Pauper Joba had a bad 4-run first innings vs. the Red Sox and then went on to shut them down in dominating fashion. Yes, the Yanks lost that game, but that’s not the point. :)

    Here’s another True Fact: AJ is the closest to Joba on the staff in knuckleheadedness.

    Therefore, there is a 2009 precent for a knucklehead Yankee pitcher to give up 4 runs in the first inning of a game and then settle down and even dominate.

  1096. 100 pitches of fun... October 22nd, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    WOW that was right over the plate

  1097. tex's friend October 22nd, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    alright. probably the best pitch he will see all night.

  1098. es October 22nd, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    ARod is no longer clutch. Drop him in the order.

  1099. Evan October 22nd, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    ARod only struck out looking because Posada isn’t catching.

  1100. JasonR October 22nd, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    OH NO A-ROD IS NOT CLUTCH WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO SAVE US JESUS!

  1101. djsunyc October 22nd, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    wow – that was arod’s worst at bat of the postseason…what was he looking for?

  1102. NYY626 October 22nd, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Not to be mean, but I wish they’d stop showing close-ups of Lackey…yikes

  1103. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    I love how the trolls are already saying the Yankees are done and that the Angels are going to the World Series.

  1104. m October 22nd, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Kudos to Lackey for putting the pitch in the same freaking spot 3X. :mad:

  1105. Believe it! October 22nd, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Godzilla is due for a hit.

  1106. Aura October 22nd, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    The old AJ and the old Arod decided to come back on the same night. What a surprise.

  1107. NFK October 22nd, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Lackey = MVP of ALCS or Jeff Mathis?

  1108. DW October 22nd, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    I’ve had the sound completely off for the past 3 games…the AM stations don’t come in very well in my house.

  1109. I think that's enough. October 22nd, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Raise your hand if you think Evan isn’t funny?

  1110. 100 pitches of fun... October 22nd, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Damn, Matsui looks like he is running in quick sand

  1111. Vader October 22nd, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    That is when you know it is not your night

  1112. Michael T October 22nd, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Lackey hit some spots against Arod but he really doesn’t impress me tonight. I think there is at least one rally tonight or a bomb (or 2). If AJ can put up a couple more 0s we’ll have a game on our hands yet.

  1113. Postseason Bunting October 22nd, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    ANEMIC

  1114. hurricaneseason October 22nd, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Cano needs to get a hit!

  1115. Aura October 22nd, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Ummmm, this isn’t our game is it

  1116. jojo October 22nd, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    If Matsui was in a wheelchair he would have gotten to first faster.

  1117. Joba in the pen October 22nd, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    “A game for the ages. Aaron Bleepin Boone. I screamed so loud when we started coming back – and then with Boone’s homer – that my throat was sore for a few days.

    That was the classic OH MY GOD game.”

    Another great game in the Torre years.

  1118. JF October 22nd, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    we need a blast by a lefty sometime today

  1119. Evan October 22nd, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Godzilla only has bad knees when Posada is not catching.

  1120. Laura - Don't call him A-Rod. His new nickname is "Alex the late"! October 22nd, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    “Not to be mean, but I wish they’d stop showing close-ups of Lackey…yikes”

    Glad to see that I’m not the only one who noticed that he is … well…unattractive.

  1121. RalphieD (OPPC) October 22nd, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    oh geez…they are getting DEFLECTIONS now

  1122. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and a true believer in the AJ-Molina tandem and Chad Gaudin's effectiveness October 22nd, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    davidcone1 – DC, no game tomorrow!

  1123. Corey October 22nd, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    This is why you have to keep Damon and not Matsui I Think…..someone with even a little running ability beats that out.

  1124. Jeremy October 22nd, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Guys, Lackey threw a nasty pitch to A-rod. If you think he is going to get a hit every time then you must be a kid.

  1125. jon October 22nd, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    More bad news, Darren Oliver is available tonight.

  1126. Sam Borden October 22nd, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Top of the fourth and we’re into thread No. 2. Come on over.

  1127. jojo October 22nd, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Cano will ground out weakly to 2nd.

  1128. JohnBlacksox (24 +1) October 22nd, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Jeremy
    October 22nd, 2009 at 9:02 pm
    I love how the trolls are already saying the Yankees are done and that the Angels are going to the World Series.

    ——–

    I think you’re being melodramatic. I haven’t seen that said here. Well, except for one post who asked which Angel pitcher would start game 1 of the WS. But that’s one post out of 1,000.

  1129. Aura October 22nd, 2009 at 9:05 pm

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  1161. Believe it! October 22nd, 2009 at 9:29 pm

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  1162. Believe it! October 22nd, 2009 at 9:33 pm

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  1164. youronthemark-texiera October 22nd, 2009 at 9:39 pm

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