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A different short of change

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 30, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

All spring A.J. Burnett talked about the development of his changeup, but the development of his two-seam fastball seems to have made a bigger difference this season. Burnett still goes to the changeup occasionally — very occasionally — but he’s started mixing quite a few two-seamers, and that was the pitch Joe Girardi praised after tonight’s dominant start against Cleveland.

“I know they’re an aggressive team and they can hit,” Burnett said. “I was just trying to attack and get early contact. Not trying to blow it by them or get in strikeout counts so I can strike them out. It was pretty much attacking guys and pitching to contact and trusting my stuff.”

Pitching to contact helped Burnett last through the eighth inning. Of his final 10 outs, five were strikeouts, four were ground outs and only one was hit in the air.

“I didn’t really know he threw one before I got here,” catcher Chad Moeller said. “Being on the other side it was always a straight four-seamer. He has great life on it. It’s really helpful for him going in to right-handers and for balls away to left-handers, as far as to try to get a ground ball.”

In or out, the bottom line is to keep the two-seamer in the bottom of the zone. Or lower if necessary.

“Down being the emphasis,” Moeller said. “And let it move.”

 
 

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41 Responses to “A different short of change”

  1. Pete May 30th, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Is Swisher’s biceps still bothering him, Chad?

  2. Pepitone May 30th, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Yankees down 3-0 in the 7th:

    “That’s it game over.”

    “Anyone here think the Yankees can come back? Me either.”

    “Yankees lose. We will be in third place tomorrow.”

    Yankees come back to win game 7-3:

    Crickets chirping.

    WHere do these morons come from, seriously?

  3. m May 30th, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    MY,

    Fisher played well, made some key shots. And the trophy presentation, well…that was awesome. :)

    Will you stay up to watch the first 2 games, or will you wait until the morning to find out the results? :P

  4. Nick in SF May 30th, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    “There are many unknowns in the world, not just one.”

    That’s true. I think Donald Rumsfeld said it best:

    “There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.”

  5. Pete May 30th, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Pete,

    I saw his interview on YES and he said that it was a little tight of course but that it really wasn’t bothering him. He sounded pretty positive and seemed like he’s good to go. At least thats what it sounded like on YES. I’m sure Chad knows more.

  6. Pepitone May 30th, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    I think LoHud should have a “Moronic Comment of the Day” Award.

    Unfortunately, the winner would probably be a tie between Matt, and someone else.

  7. Jerkface May 30th, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    I’d like to think the Tex HR is a bit of a wake up for him, but he has hit right handed fine all season, so I doubt it.

    I hope he can put the first 2 months behind him and really open up in June. A ‘giambi 2005 july’ like month is what he needs.

  8. MaineYankee May 30th, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    m

    I think you know the answer to that. :lol:

  9. whoever May 30th, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    If the real SJ44 is here,

    What is your opinion of Joba; should he be sent down or kept here to work it out.

  10. Pete May 30th, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    True words of wisdom Nick.

  11. Giuseppe Franco May 30th, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Swish was talking about the right shoulder in that interview. He said nothing about his bicep.

  12. m May 30th, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Pepitone,

    I’m not sure, but I think your 5:31 post crossed some sort of line. :lol:

  13. Pete May 30th, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Jerkface,

    He has looked better righthanded and that ball was absolutely crushed. I’m just hoping that this serves as a confidence builder for him and carries over to the lefthand side. It was a very clutch homerun and maybe can get him going. His defense is still superb save for his offbalance attempt at Jeter’s throw.

  14. Jerkface May 30th, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    His defense is still superb save for his offbalance attempt at Jeter’s throw.

    This is why I can never get too down on Tex, he does a lot on the field to help the team. He is a really great player, it pains me to see him struggle so. Partly due to his great work on and off the field, and partly because we have him for 7 more years :x

  15. Zach S May 30th, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Yea, how’s BigSwish after that hit he took into the wall?

  16. Bronx Jeers May 30th, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    And of course there are the things “we don’t know but think we know ”

    Which seems to be the standard in here.

    I guess Chad Moeller’s going to have to be DFA’d as soon as Jorge gets back but I hope he makes it through waivers and goes back to Scranton. Didn’t that happen to him last time he was here?

  17. Joe from Long Island May 30th, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    GF – Hi, hope you’re well.

    Girardi, in the postgame, said the biceps was fine. He did think tomorrow his shoulder might be more sore than now. Swish, of course, said everything was fine.

    Hope you’re coming along.

    I’m out now, to dinner with the mrs. Later, guys.

  18. Joe from Long Island May 30th, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    GF – Hi, hope you’re well.

    Girardi, in the postgame, said the biceps was fine. He did think tomorrow his shoulder might be more sore than now. Swish, of course, said everything was fine.

    Hope you’re coming along.

    I’m out now, to dinner with the mrs. Later, guys.

  19. MG May 30th, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Pepitone May 30th, 2010 at 5:31 pm
    I think LoHud should have a “Moronic Comment of the Day” Award.

    Unfortunately, the winner would probably be a tie between Matt, and someone else.
    ————————————————————-
    Actually, there would probably be a daily tie amongst about 10 of them…

  20. sunny615 May 30th, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    # Pepitone May 30th, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    WHere do these morons come from, seriously?

    —————-

    They come from the far reaches of the Yankee-universe where life is foul and there’s no sun in the sky and food always taste like dog doo. I think it’s called Boston.

  21. Nick in SF May 30th, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Well, every other team could have had Moeller before — maybe another team will want him now based on his awesome record as a starter this time around, but I hope we can keep him now (even though I was tremendously unexcited at the prospect of bringing him up when Posada went on the DL).

    For those of you who took the over in the “will Cervelli be batting over .300 by the time Posada returns to the lineup” question, news of Posada’s swift recovery (knock on wood) is good news.

    Francisco has lost over 40 points so far but he’s still at .320. With just a few games left until the return of Jorge, it might only take a few more hits for Franciso to stay north of .300.

  22. Giuseppe Franco May 30th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Thanks, Joe. Doing very well.

    I’m optimistic that I’ll be pretty close to 100% in a few months. Regardless, my progress is leaps and bounds ahead of what was expected back in February and March.

  23. Nick in SF May 30th, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Buster Posey is now 3-3 today, and he’s doing it off former Yankee Ian Kennedy.

  24. Pat M. May 30th, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Pepi ( # 25 )….Always good when you’re on the scene here…….Good bounce back win for the Bombers today…….The game threads are a challenge nowadays………SJ, Fathers Day call up for Tony…….I felt that coming out of camp and it seems even more than likely now……He’s a fast tracker in the Pirate system………I feel betrayed that Randy I ( The Original Tin Cup ) is a closet BoSox fan……..Munson was better than Fisk…….Just when you think you know someone

  25. Bo knows May 30th, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Yep, it’s hilarious, people pontificating on Cervelli’s enthusiasm and style. AJ was good because Moeller was quiet. Oh yeah, send Cervelli to AAA to tone him down. What is this, figure skating?

    I think Randy got a response, but lack of understanding. Communication is two way – transmitter and receivers. Some of those receivers need tuning, the reception is garbled.

  26. Pepitone May 30th, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Pat M. – Hi, how’s Newport Beach? Munson was better than Fisk, and Fisk knew it.

    Guideppe – Glad to see you back and doing well, you were in my prayers.

  27. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 30th, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Well, I’m back from Chicago…..in time to read about AJ’s outstanding game. Way to come up big, AJ!

  28. Giuseppe Franco May 30th, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Much appreciated, Pepitone.

    Good to see you back as well. Haven’t seen much of you for awhile.

  29. randy l. May 30th, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    .”Munson was better than Fisk…….Just when you think you know someone”

    pat m-

    fisk walked into my gallery in sarasota once while he was with the whlte sox and i looked him right in the eye and told him” munson was better “.

    after i let him know i was busting him we had a long talk about catching exercises.
    to this day i do some of them. he was way ahead of his time for working out and extending his career.

  30. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 30th, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I love that AJ is using the 2-seamer…..now he can go deeper into games.

  31. UnKnown May 30th, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    How come on the interview Tex did after the game on the field he said that he has been having a good May. He says he will take 4 months just like this one. Is he serious????

  32. Bob Michaels May 30th, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Where Did A-Rods power go?

  33. Pepitone May 30th, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    “CR9 May 30th, 2010 at 6:04 pm
    I hate kikes. I hate negroes.”
    ===============
    Who is this idiot, and why is he on my Yankee blog? Somebody in administration isn’t paying attention.
    ==============
    Giuseppe Franco May 30th, 2010 at 6:06 pm
    Much appreciated, Pepitone.

    Good to see you back as well. Haven’t seen much of you for awhile.
    —————————-
    Hey, Giuseppe! I was asking about you this Spring and heard the good news from CB, Pat M., and GB7. So glad you are doing well.

    Yeah, I don’t post much in the early days of the season, except to read the morons having apoplexy whenever the Yanks lose. I don’t get real serious about the season until after the All-Star break.

    I will see you around!

  34. Nick in SF May 30th, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Matt Cain pinch-hitting in Giants game.

    Matt Cain the pitcher, I mean.

    I smell a sac bunt.

  35. Pat M. May 30th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Randy I……..Munson , ROY ( 1970 ) AL MVP ( 1976 )…..Not many catchers can make claim to those awards……..All his Gold Gloves, All–Star appearances……This is what many call the Golden Age in Catching…….Fiske was deeply saddened when the news came out about Thurman’ death…….He had to stop the interview…….Had Thurman been able to play just 3-4 more years He’d be in Cooperstown right now…….I love Jorge, but he wasn’t Munson…Munson hit .300 & drove in 100 at a time when historically only Berra & Campy had ever done so……..

  36. Giuseppe Franco May 30th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Pepitone,

    I tend to avoid game threads myself and I often avoid this place altogether after losses because the nonsense and idiocy is getting worse and worse.

    I’m pretty serious about my Yankees year round but I don’t do much serious scoreboard watching until after the All Star break.

  37. Nick in SF May 30th, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Pat M, thanks for those remarks on Munsun. I will always believe that the Yanks would have won in ’79 with Munson on the team, and probably again after that. What a terrible loss in every way.

    Our old pal Dallas Braden actually had a smart reaction to Halladay’s perfecto:

    “Braden, who pitched a perfect game on May 9, said he didn’t feel he was a good enough pitcher to call Roy Halladay(notes) when he joined the club on Saturday night. “If there is a protocol that says I should call him, I’d love to, just to have a chance to talk to the man,” he said. “But I don’t think there’s anything a guy like me can say to congratulate a star of his level.”

    Braden was today’s starter for the A’s and took the loss to go to 4-5 on the season.

  38. Nick in SF May 30th, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Whoops, :arrow:

  39. What's a fan to do? May 30th, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Bob Michaels

    A-rod’s power left with the juice.

  40. What's a fan to do? May 30th, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Bob Michaels

    A-rod’s power left with the juice.

  41. Pepitone May 30th, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Giuseppe Franco May 30th, 2010 at 6:25 pm
    Pepitone,

    I tend to avoid game threads myself and I often avoid this place altogether after losses because the nonsense and idiocy is getting worse and worse.
    ==========================
    Sadly, how true.


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