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How much does A.J. Burnett miss Dave Eiland?

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Podcast on Jun 22, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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From the outside, the impact of a hitting coach or a pitching coach is always vague at best. Clearly coaches play a role, but how much of a player’s success comes from his own talent and how much comes from outside perspective and understanding? How much of A.J. Burnett’s early season success and recent struggles are because of Dave Eiland?

“I’m not going to lie,” Burnett said. “Dave is a big part of what we do here, and who I am and who our starters are. On the other hand, I’ve been pitching for 11 years now. I think I’d be able to make the adjustment on my own out there.”

Eiland left the team for personal reasons on June 4. Burnett pitched that day and began a string of four straight losses.

“I don’t discount that,” Joe Girardi said. “I wish I knew what exactly it was because we would try to straighten it out. Yeah, Dave has an impact on all of the pitchers. Could it (be part of the problem)? Yeah, but I can’t tell you that’s exactly what it is.”

Now the burden falls on Mike Harkey — who would have been involved to some extent whether Eiland were here or not — to lead the fixing process.

“I don’t think it’s any tougher than it’s always been,” Harkey said. “As a coach period we’re going to go through ups and downs. You’re going to have guys that struggle, and everybody’s going to sit there and put their heads together and try to find answers to it.”

Ultimately, Burnett and Girardi seem to agree that the bulk of the responsibility falls to the pitcher himself. Burnett said has “an idea” of what he needs to fix — he hasn’t felt comfortable out of the windup, which might be a place to start — and he’ll get every opportunity to straighten himself out. Girardi said skipping Burnett’s turn is not in the plans.

“(Eiland) not here is a big loss for all of us,” Burnett said. “I’m not going to point fingers and make excuses at all. I’m out there throwing pitches whether Dave’s in the dugout or not. He’s corrected me enough where I should have it in my memory what Dave says. I’m a man. I’m a professional athlete who’s got a big contract, who’s here for a reason, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to do that on your own.”

Here’s Burnett speaking after last night’s game.

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165 Responses to “How much does A.J. Burnett miss Dave Eiland?”

  1. ac1 June 22nd, 2010 at 9:17 am

    really lame to blame eiland’s absense. Hasnt hurt Hughes or Pettitte, and CC and Javy are getting better.

  2. NYYROC June 22nd, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Announcers often mention AJ’s got ” a lot of moving parts” in his delivery. He has a “complicated” delivery. He is having trouble pitching out of the windup. Maybe he should simplify things and pitch from the stretch until he gets back on track.

  3. Everyone sucks except SJ and CB and Doreen June 22nd, 2010 at 9:23 am

    didnt read the post, did you ac1?

    they’re not blaming eiland’s absence, merely stating that it may have something to do with AJ not being right. Ultimately it all falls on AJ to perform wether Eiland is there or not. read before you post.

  4. LGY June 22nd, 2010 at 9:23 am

    :mad:

    I just post in the last thread please don’t turn this into another excuse for AJ and this post pops up a minute later.

    I wonder who will get the blame for ‘Bad AJ’ next season.

  5. mick June 22nd, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Eiland’s loss is not a minor thing, esp. for AJ.
    It would be nice if there was a time guesstimate for his return.
    Maybe after the ASG?

  6. Erin June 22nd, 2010 at 9:26 am

    ac1 June 22nd, 2010 at 9:17 am
    really lame to blame eiland?s absense.

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    Nobody is blaming this on Eiland’s absense

  7. Andrew June 22nd, 2010 at 9:27 am

    In Yankees-land, just mentioning Eiland’s absence equals blaming struggles on Eiland’s absence. There is no middle ground to most

  8. stuart June 22nd, 2010 at 9:28 am

    aj with the blame no eiland around card. this 32/12 yr old is a joke. again get another tattoo maybe that will help you pitch you piece of —-..

    the guy throws 2 pitches, and has been a pro for 12 years, and cannot figure it out……….
    we have 3 more years of his nonsense. he is a 4 or 5 bottom line……..

    granderson is underachiever 3 with tex still doing his thing. how many AB’s with RISP can tex have and swing at pitch 1 and hit a pop to the right side or try to pull a outside pitch to right and do zilch??the guy has been in a slump for the whole season..

  9. mick June 22nd, 2010 at 9:28 am

    If AJ needs his pitching coach, so be it.
    If the guy is a headcase, we have to deal with it.

  10. Yankee Trader June 22nd, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Yankee Trader June 22nd, 2010 at 9:28 am
    SJ44-

    Didn’t enjoy your imposter last night, until I turned off the TV with us down 6-1, long after I quit the posting.

    If Burnette’s excuse is, “I don’t feel like myself,” what is Chan Ho Park’s excuse?? We definitely need another “reliable” bullpen arm, as the Yankees shouldn’t count on Aceves being able to contribute the rest of this season.

    As far as Burnett being untradeable, there is one option, that I don’t agree with, is to take on another onerous contract, like another headcase, Carlos Zambrano, or his teammate Soriano. In all likelihood we’re stuck with that contract.

  11. Ace Ventura is better June 22nd, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Only losers make excuses – and AJ is making Nick Johnson and Bobby Meachem (the 2 ultimate losers) look like Lou Gehrig. First it was Jose Molina, when he got his A_$_$ handed to him against the Phillies and Angels in the playoffs with Molina behind the plate then it was his mechanics, now its Eiland. He’s pitched 11 years in the ML – you’d think he’d figured out how to pitch by now. Maybe he should be blaming his psychiatrist.

    Silver lining – this only brings Cliff Lee closer to the Yankees come July.

  12. Erin June 22nd, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Erin June 22nd, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Nobody is blaming this on Eiland?s absense

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    *absence*

  13. Rich in NJ June 22nd, 2010 at 9:32 am

    I think AJ misses Roy Halladay more.

  14. Irreverent Discourse June 22nd, 2010 at 9:33 am

    this doesn’t make cliff lee any more of a reality. they guy is just having some mechanical issues there, without a mechanic to help him fix it.

    get off his back, for a group of people that couldn’t hold a candle to what he does on a daily basis, you’ve a lot of nerve assuming you know whats best for it.

  15. mick June 22nd, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Silver lining – this only brings Cliff Lee closer to the Yankees come July.
    ===============================================
    Maybe AJ needs a kick in the ass and Eiland is the only one who can give it to him without hurting his feelings.
    Who knows what his problem is?
    I do know if it were a player, not a coach, we would have some idea when he would be back.

    Isn’t he a major part of this team?

  16. blake June 22nd, 2010 at 9:34 am

    I don’t think AJ saying that Eiland is an important part of the team equates to him blaming his struggles on his absence.

    There probably is at least some component that is related…however,most is just AJ being AJ.

  17. Carlos Echevarria June 22nd, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Any idea as to when, possibly David Eiland, could return??? Posada and him were butting heads big time last night, as well…

  18. BFKAD June 22nd, 2010 at 9:37 am

    So Soria would take a large exchange from the Yanks. That him out of reach.

    What does a struggling team, ie Buccos, Mariners, Brewers, have to offer?

  19. mick June 22nd, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Didn’t enjoy your imposter last night, until I turned off the TV with us down 6-1, long after I quit the posting.
    ======================
    Maybe the real SJ should step in and call the fake one out.
    Right in the middle of one of his posts.
    Now that would be classic, the 2 SJ’s fighting it out in primetime.

    The fake one doesn’t seem to mind who knows and would gladly participate.

  20. ac1 June 22nd, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Again, no matter how bad Burnett gets, Lee is NOT coming to us until the offseason.

  21. ac1 June 22nd, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Any idea as to when, possibly David Eiland, could return??? Posada and him were butting heads big time last night, as well…

    __

    Maybe that is because AJ wasnt throwing the ball anywhere near where Posada put his glove?

  22. Yankee Trader June 22nd, 2010 at 9:39 am

    He did say in the interview that right now he’s not comfortable pitching from the windup. Maybe as was suggested by GB7 a few days ago, the nowindup approach would work. It’s frustrating to know it’s been a month of bad pitching and he still can’t pinpoint the flaws in his delivery/location/mechanics!

  23. mick June 22nd, 2010 at 9:39 am

    # ac1 June 22nd, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Again, no matter how bad Burnett gets, Lee is NOT coming to us until the offseason.
    =====================================
    He might be going elsewhere, I’m sure Sea. would like to get something for him.
    Say TB or Boston, now that would hurt.

  24. SJ44 June 22nd, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Is it a factor? If AJ THINKS its a factor it is because the mind is as important as the body when it comes to competing at this level.

    Is it the SOLE reason for his struggles? No.

    The guy is giving up runs in bunches after there is two outs and nobody on in an inning.

    It tells me his head is more out of it than his mechanics.

    Just have to work through it.

  25. Erin June 22nd, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Carlos Echevarria June 22nd, 2010 at 9:36 am
    Any idea as to when, possibly David Eiland, could return???

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    I don’t think there’s a timetable yet.

  26. Billy D June 22nd, 2010 at 9:40 am

    “What does a struggling team, ie Buccos, Mariners, Brewers, have to offer?”

    If you enjoy living a little dangerously, Dotel is probably going to be made available by the Pirates.

  27. BIG AL June 22nd, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Yes, AJ is having a bad run, but, we all know just how good he can be. Hopefully he can turn his season around, and quickly. I’m more concerned with the rapid decline in A-Rod’s performance, both on the field and at the plate. We have seen a large enough sample to realize Granderson season last year was not just a 1 year slide, as he continues to be a .240 hitter, and a guy that strikes out 25% of the time. Let’s bite the bullet, and offer him back to Detroit (their CF is down) for Phil Coke, straight up. Any one of the AAA prospects will give us more than Granderson has, and next season go after Crawford for LF. This is a very weak Yankees bench right now. We could sure use a bat like Paul Konerko at DH, and a backup for Tex. I’d love to see Jeter moved to #2 and Gardner at #1. Jeter is not being patient enough to bat #1, and his hitting behind the batter would be best at #2. If Gardner continues to get on base at his current rate, Jeter would see more fast balls to hit.

  28. ac1 June 22nd, 2010 at 9:41 am

    If Burnette’s excuse is, “I don’t feel like myself,” what is Chan Ho Park’s excuse?? We definitely need another “reliable” bullpen arm, as the Yankees shouldn’t count on Aceves being able to contribute the rest of this season.
    __

    Park’s explanation is much simpler. Dont pitch him 2 innings. He is always fine for about 20-25 pitches, then he starts to struggle.

  29. ac1 June 22nd, 2010 at 9:42 am

    He might be going elsewhere, I’m sure Sea. would like to get something for him.
    Say TB or Boston, now that would hurt.

    ___

    Ok i meant the yankees wont make a push for him until the offseason, IF he doesnt get an extension from whatever team he is traded to, but i doubt he will ask for that since he knows what he can get in FA.

  30. mick June 22nd, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Park is a middle relief mop up man and Joe G is burning him out.
    No way he finishes the season here.

    Why he used him in a big spot is beyond me.

  31. Billy D June 22nd, 2010 at 9:44 am

    “He might be going elsewhere, I’m sure Sea. would like to get something for him.
    Say TB or Boston, now that would hurt”

    Been some minor buzz that Minnesota could get involved, with Wilson Ramos, a pretty highly regarded catching prospect who is obviously blocked, as one component in such a deal. Twins get a little interesting with a true ace at the top of their rotation.

  32. SJ44 June 22nd, 2010 at 9:44 am

    The windup issues is a bit of a mixed bag for me. If he has no trouble getting the first two outs in an inning, I don’t think its the windup.

    He gave up a three run HR from the stretch.

    When you are missing his spots by as large a margin as AJ is, and are only a two pitch pitcher with one pitch (the curveball) MIA for most of the season, I don’t think it matters what windup you use. You are going to get belted around by big league hitters.

  33. Rich in NJ June 22nd, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Park is Latroy Hawkins redux.

  34. ac1 June 22nd, 2010 at 9:45 am

    the only thing about alex declining is his power. He has 45 RBIs.

  35. mick June 22nd, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Been some minor buzz that Minnesota could get involved, with Wilson Ramos, a pretty highly regarded catching prospect who is obviously blocked, as one component in such a deal. Twins get a little interesting with a true ace at the top of their rotation.
    ===================
    Exactly. Would the Yanks let that happen? Lee with the Twins could put them over the top against us, esp in a short series.

  36. Billy D June 22nd, 2010 at 9:46 am

    “but i doubt he will ask for that since he knows what he can get in FA.”

    If he knows what he can get in FA, couldn’t he simply work towards an extension commensurate with those numbers?

  37. Rich in NJ June 22nd, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Also, it’s not as if Eiland is a great pitching coach. They should think about making Dave Duncan an offer he can’t refuse.

  38. Andrew June 22nd, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Ah yes a classic trade proposal, Curtis Granderson straight up for Phil Coke. Can we also trade Burnett straight up for Ian Kennedy? Need to stabilize that rotation after all.

  39. mick June 22nd, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Why not Granderson straight up for Damon :)

  40. ac1 June 22nd, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Granderson already has more homers and rbis than damon.

  41. mick June 22nd, 2010 at 9:51 am

    damon in the 2 hole at the stadium will hit 20.

  42. ac1 June 22nd, 2010 at 9:52 am

    If he knows what he can get in FA, couldn’t he simply work towards an extension commensurate with those numbers?

    __

    Yes but why would be want to eliminate the chance to get the Yankees involved if he is shipped elsewhere?

  43. OKI/DAVE June 22nd, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Burnett is garbage. Get rid of him and give me a decent pitcher. Also get rid of Park….While I’m at it get rid of Jeter in the leadoff spot. He doesn’t take pitches, his hitting avg is down. Gardner should be our leadoff guy.

  44. BFKAD June 22nd, 2010 at 9:53 am

    I have not seen a lot of Jesus Montero, but is it really appropriate for him to be untouchable?

    Will he catch over Cervelli and Romine?

    Will he be a good enough bat for an exclusive DH? With Tex locked up 6 more years, is there a place for Jesus.

    Montero that is.

  45. mick June 22nd, 2010 at 9:54 am

    No way Jeter swung at as many 1st pitches last year.
    He is showing no patience and in his role as a leader, that is telling.

  46. pat June 22nd, 2010 at 9:54 am

    “Been some minor buzz that Minnesota could get involved….”

    When I heard Steve Philips say it yesterday I thought Twins are looking for their Schilling in Lee- a pitcher who has had success against the Yankees in the postseason and could change the psyche of a clubhouse that may go into games with a little piece of their brain wondering how they are going to lose this one today.

  47. Irreverent Discourse June 22nd, 2010 at 9:54 am

    big al – i feel bad… that was a pretty long post for me to compeltely disagree with every point you brought up.

    offer granderson back to detroit? what do you think this is… fantasy baseball manager 2010?

  48. Erin June 22nd, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Andrew June 22nd, 2010 at 9:49 am
    Ah yes a classic trade proposal, Curtis Granderson straight up for Phil Coke. Can we also trade Burnett straight up for Ian Kennedy? Need to stabilize that rotation after all.

    ******************************
    LMAO

    :lol:

  49. SJ44 June 22nd, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Snap those fingers children…

    “get rid of…..”

    Its so easy to do.

    Its not a video game. Its not so easy to “get rid of” players. Especially one’s with 16 million dollar annual paychecks and no trade clauses.

    Sometimes, real world thinking, even on a blog, is ok.

  50. mick June 22nd, 2010 at 9:55 am

    I like my Coke straight up :)

  51. LGY June 22nd, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Curtis Granderson for Phil Coke?

    Good grief, that may be the worst trade proposal ever suggested on lohud. Chip is going to have a tough time topping that one.

  52. BFKAD June 22nd, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Ha, Granderson back to Detroit.

    Hey sorry but seeing how things have played out we’d like to revere the trade. It is in our best *click*

    That would be a funny phone call

  53. Billy D June 22nd, 2010 at 10:00 am

    “Yes but why would be want to eliminate the chance to get the Yankees involved if he is shipped elsewhere?”

    He probably doesn’t. At the same time however, he probably goes into this free agency season knowing that Halladay money is probably going to be his ballpark (read $20M-$21M). If someone gives that to him in an extension, why not take it?

    That said, I don’t it’s likely to happen, especially if it’s a team like the Twins getting him. They can move a guy like Ramos, who was never going to be able to catch for them anyway, and be happy to get Lee for the stretch run and take the picks that come with him going to free agency.

  54. Irreverent Discourse June 22nd, 2010 at 10:02 am

    I don’t see a contender with a minor league package worthy of Cliff Lee. Seattle is gonna get boned on this deal, no matter what they do.

  55. Billy D June 22nd, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Pat:

    Phillips isn’t right about much, but he is right about that. Going into Game 1 with Cliff Lee as your starter surely leaves the team in a more confident frame of mind than having Brian Duensing as your starter.

  56. BFKAD June 22nd, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Maybe the Yanks could trade the YES Network to the Mets for Wright.

  57. tampayankeefan June 22nd, 2010 at 10:06 am

    He also misses having Cervelli catch him…Posada is finished as a catcher and should not catch a guy with that much movement and who revert to just throwing fastball after fastball.

  58. RMS June 22nd, 2010 at 10:11 am

    AJ is pitching like a #5. Plus he is a head case. Takes his team out of the game in the 1st inning. Unfortunately the Yankees are stuck with him.

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    For those posters getting on Jeter, he is the last player I would worry about.

  59. LGY June 22nd, 2010 at 10:14 am

    “He also misses having Cervelli catch him…Posada is finished as a catcher and should not catch a guy with that much movement and who revert to just throwing fastball after fastball.”

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    http://www.courtneyhoskins.com.....cePalm.jpg

  60. AJ just stinks lately, MAN UP ! June 22nd, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Really, he has nobody to blame but himself. And if he can’t right the ship against one of the worst teams in baseball, then HE is the one to worry about now, not Javy ! ;-(

  61. BFKAD June 22nd, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Just be happy we have 3 great pitchers in the rotation to win games.

    Plus the greatest closer ever rotting away in the pen with no job.

  62. S.A.--Relax, Relate, Release June 22nd, 2010 at 10:19 am

    tampayankeefan June 22nd, 2010 at 10:06 am

    He also misses having Cervelli catch him…Posada is finished as a catcher and should not catch a guy with that much movement and who revert to just throwing fastball after fastball.

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

    Oh Stop. :roll:

  63. The Philly Phitins June 22nd, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Tonight I’m looking for Haren to go the distance. AZ will come out swinging Andy will give up 1-2 HR, because he is good, but the Yankees will slap at first the pitches for outs, except for Swisher and Gardner.

    I hope THE BIG BAD YANKEES lose, you Phrauds!!

    Still think you won’t be looking up at Boston soon? When they get the lead they won’t look back, their bats are alive. They are hungry for the lead, coming off an 8-1 homestand.

  64. Jeremy June 22nd, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Stop blaming Posada for A.J. being a .500 pitcher. I’m sick of hearing the excuses. A.J. just stinks.

  65. AJ just stinks lately, MAN UP ! June 22nd, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Here is your REAL #1 – #5 Yankees Rotation:

    #1 – Andy 8-2, 2.47
    #2 – Hughes 10-1, 3.17
    #3 – CC 8-3, 3.68
    #4 – Javy 6-6, 5.01
    #5 – AJ 6-6, 4.83

    And I put AJ at the bottom based on how he and Javy have been pitching over the last 7 weeks ( AJ’s ERA was 1.99 on May 4th, Javy’s ERA was 9.78 on May 1st )

  66. AJ just stinks lately, MAN UP ! June 22nd, 2010 at 10:27 am

    2 ships that have just one more start each to statistically have passed in the night

  67. AJ just stinks lately, MAN UP ! June 22nd, 2010 at 10:28 am

    The playoff rotation leaves out Javy AND AJ right now, and unless we see some drastic changes before the season ends, AJ is a true BUST for 2010 !

  68. Jeremy June 22nd, 2010 at 10:29 am

    The Philly Phitins
    Will you get out of here and get a life !

    I’ve never seen a non-fan like you hang out here every day all day.

  69. AJ just stinks lately, MAN UP ! June 22nd, 2010 at 10:29 am

    The Philly Phitins = Truest of idiots. Go back to bed, little boy, it is naptime for toddlers.

  70. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos June 22nd, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Oh, lordy, why do I even bother coming here any more?

    Trade this one, get rid of that one, this player’s a head case, that player’s garbage, the other player’s washed up, Cashman is an idiot, Girardi doesn’t know anything, the sky is falling, the might be in third place (gasp) in a day and a half, who cares about their record it doesn’t mean anything because it’s not perfect……..

    :roll:

  71. Mitch June 22nd, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Good God almighty, AJ is a nightmare. Why not sit him for a start or 2. He deflates the team when he allows knockout punches within 3 innings. Losing patience with Tex, Arod and Granderson. None are playing up to their avergaes at this point. Whatever happened to the Joba rules? Never hear about them since it became apparent Joba is average at best. What kind of trades could the Yanks make with AJ, Granderson and Joba? I would move them all if a fair deal could be made.

  72. jmarx89 June 22nd, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Calm down, AJ will be fine.

  73. Patrick June 22nd, 2010 at 10:34 am

    This place is a real pile of crap after a loss. I wish some fans weren’t such reactionary idiots.

  74. Peepee Hands June 22nd, 2010 at 10:35 am

    2 words to describe AJ… Consistently Inconsistent.

  75. AJ just stinks lately, MAN UP ! June 22nd, 2010 at 10:36 am

    More fodder for thought:

    Javy April 1-3, 9.00
    Javy May 2-2, 4.91
    Javy June 3-1, 2.25 !!!

    AJ April 3-0, 2.43
    AJ May 3-2, 4.03
    AJ June 0-4, 10.35 !!!

    AJ’s salary 16.5mil, Javy 11.5mil

  76. Erin June 22nd, 2010 at 10:37 am

    jmarx89 June 22nd, 2010 at 10:33 am
    Calm down, AJ will be fine.

    ********************
    My favorite post from today :)

  77. Billy D June 22nd, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Look at the bright side people. At least were not fans of the French soccer team.

  78. The Philly Phitins June 22nd, 2010 at 10:38 am

    When Boston is in 1st place I’ll be satisfied, mission accomplished, it will be soon, this week looks like!

  79. Jeremy June 22nd, 2010 at 10:39 am

    A.J. is a nice guy but he is not a number 2. And next year he won’t be the number 2 starter.

  80. upstate kate June 22nd, 2010 at 10:39 am

    I agree Erin…sometimes from what is posted here it is hard to believe the Yankees have the best record in baseball :)

  81. Jeter's Edge (In Blaz'n Copper!) June 22nd, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Why is a Philly fan still posting on this blog? We are not in the same division or even the same league. We play them at most 3 times a year unless we meat in the W.S. You lost last year. Get over it! You won the W.S. the very year before that. Be happy you have a good, competitive team that plays in a very weak division and has a shot at the playoffs every year. You have much bigger concerns than the Red Sox beating the Yankees for first place. Namely Atlanta and the Mets.

  82. Billy D June 22nd, 2010 at 10:41 am

    “And next year he won’t be the number 2 starter.”

    He’s not the #2 right now.

  83. Meryl June 22nd, 2010 at 10:42 am

    I also am curious on how much of last night was also because Posada was behind the plate instead of Cervelli. It all falls on AJ in the end, but AJ and Posada have a history of not being able to get on the same page.

    Good AJ seems to show up more often when Cervelli (or Molina last year) was behind the plate instead of Jorge. Or am I imagining things?

  84. Erin June 22nd, 2010 at 10:43 am

    upstate kate June 22nd, 2010 at 10:39 am
    I agree Erin?sometimes from what is posted here it is hard to believe the Yankees have the best record in baseball

    ***************************
    I know-it’s amazing isn’t it? :)

  85. Chip June 22nd, 2010 at 10:44 am

    AJ’s not blaming his performance on Eiland not being with the club. In fact he comes right out and says , “I’ve been pitching for 11 years now. I think I’d be able to make the adjustment on my own out there.?

    He’s just going through a rough patch right now. Javy had one early and AJ’s having one now. It’s foolish to think that every player is going to be going great at the same time. When a guy is struggling the others on the team have to pick him up.

  86. SJ44 June 22nd, 2010 at 10:45 am

    The catcher has nothing to do with AJ Burnett. Never has, never will.

    Go back and look at his entire career and you will see, THIS IS WHO HE IS. He has been an inconsistent pitcher his entire career, regardless of who catches him.

    Someday, folks will actually learn that.

  87. Jeremy June 22nd, 2010 at 10:46 am

    That guy is not a real Philly fan. Just another troll who should be removed from the site.

  88. upstate kate June 22nd, 2010 at 10:47 am

    you are imagining things…Aj has lost w/ Posada, Moeller and Cervelli

  89. Patrick June 22nd, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Assigning numbers to starters makes no sense unless you are in the first week of the season or the playoffs.

  90. The Philly Phitins June 22nd, 2010 at 10:48 am

    AJ giving up 5 runs in the bottom of the 1st, the look on the faces of the Yankees priceless,
    for everyone else in Mlb , it was the beginning of another Yankees drubbing. Tonight it’s Joba’s
    turn to bury his team.

  91. Patrick June 22nd, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Chip how can you defend A.J. but rip Posada for “complaining” about being a DH?

  92. Jeremy June 22nd, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Meryl
    Will you stop with the catcher crap ! A.J. is a .500 pitcher who is very inconsistent. He has always been that way so stop talking about Cervelli and Posada. He stinks !

  93. Jeremy June 22nd, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Can someone please tell Chad to remove this Philly clown. He says the same stuff over and over again. It’s really getting old.

  94. Erin June 22nd, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Meryl June 22nd, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Good AJ seems to show up more often when Cervelli (or Molina last year) was behind the plate instead of Jorge. Or am I imagining things?

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

    Yes.

  95. Meryl June 22nd, 2010 at 10:51 am

    You have to have a little faith in him though. I was one of the ones who was ready to say dump Vasquez in the beginning but now he’s turning things around.

    And if you look at last year, AJ actually pitched better when pitching to Molina and Cervelli than Posada. Can you explain that one?

  96. Patrick June 22nd, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Can someone please tell Chad to remove this Philly clown. He says the same stuff over and over again. It’s really getting old.

    You realize he is saying it over and over because people are complaining about him right? He just wants attention..

  97. Chip June 22nd, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Chip how can you defend A.J. but rip Posada for ?complaining? about being a DH?

    1. I don’t see how one has anything to do with the other.

    2. The comment that I was responding to was that AJ was “really lame to blame eiland’s absence” And that’s just not true. In fact his quote was directly the opposite. He put the blame on his shoulder’s not Eiland’s. I’m sure the question was “has Dave Eiland not being here hurt you?” and he answered it.

  98. BIG AL June 22nd, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Irreverent Discourse June 22nd, 2010 at 9:54 am
    big al – i feel bad… that was a pretty long post for me to compeltely disagree with every point you brought up.

    offer granderson back to detroit? what do you think this is… fantasy baseball manager 2010?

    _____________________________________________________

    OK, you disagree with every point. Granderson is a flop, but you don’t think so. He’s batting this season the same as last, which shows his productivity in decline again. He strikes out 24% of his at bats. Cashman made a bad deal, I was hopeing he could make a good one, since Detroit says they miss Granderson. Yes, I was being a bit facetious in that suggestion of Granderson for Coke. You also disagree Jeter should bat 2nd and Gardner 1st. You also disagree A-Rod’s BA and power numbers are declining, and his play in the field is not up to par. OK, I’ll agree to disagree, but, I still think I’m right, and the Yankees will have to add a quality bat, such as Konerko. I just hope Cashman doesn’t try to do that on the cheap, and we wind up with another bat that can’t make a difference.

  99. Nick in SF in Larkspur June 22nd, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Nobody misses Eiland more than the French. :shock:

  100. Patrick June 22nd, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Chip,

    It’s a valid comparison because you can view both players’ statements in a positive or negative light. Both statements are just the player telling the truth about the current situation. For A.J. you choose to view it in a positive light, for Posada, negative. Trying to figure out why, that’s all.

  101. Roger(The Dutch Yankees Fan) June 22nd, 2010 at 10:56 am

    The French are doing a good job by giving South Africa the win.They should give up more goals so they could go to the next round

  102. rj June 22nd, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Phitins has to be a Red Sox troll. It seems to have more intimate knowledge of the Yankees than his supposed team, the Phillies.

    I can still be downstairs at 11th & Arch in 3-5 minutes if you actually are in Philadelphia. Of course, it may take you longer to get here from Mass., so just give me a time & date then when you can be here.

  103. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos June 22nd, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Sometimes I think the worst thing these guys do is talk to the media. They just think out loud when answering these questions, don’t self-censor, and stuff that probably is better left unspoken gets reported and analyzed and used as “evidence” that said player is lacking in some way by the fan base and the media.

    AJ is too forthcoming in his post-game interviews. Standard, pat answers, while not full of any information, at least don’t have people talking the next day about how he’s blaming is pitching coach not being there for his recent shortcomings – because no one seems to bother with the context of the statement or reading and comprehending the statement in its totality.

    It’s obvious to me the guy was clutching at straws, trying to work out to himself what is going on. Should have kept it to himself.

  104. Jeremy June 22nd, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Meryl
    If A.J. is so much better without Posada then why is he still getting lit up when Posada doesn’t catch. Last year he got lit up in the postseason with Molina catching him.

    The excuses are getting old and tired and some fan need to stop and face facts. AJ. is a .500 pitcher and he will never be great. He is just like Oliver Perez, 10 cent head, a lot of talent but can’t use it.

  105. Do they have a rally in their bones.... June 22nd, 2010 at 10:59 am

    So this Phraud Phillies fan is hoping that Joba becomes Brad Lidge? Too funny.

  106. upstate kate June 22nd, 2010 at 10:59 am

    AJ is who he is, an inconsistent pitcher…when he is on, he is very good…but even he would say its on him, not whoever happens to be catching him

  107. The Philly Phitins June 22nd, 2010 at 10:59 am

    I’m a Phaithphul Philly Phan, and we want to witness the big bad Yankees go down in defeat!
    You took our title we want you to Phail simple as that.

    Don’t hate me because I told you the truth, the Yankees stink, and won’t retain 1st place, they don’t have a cushion of games ahead of TB ,or Boston to prevent their demise.

    The Phall of the Yankees is coming we in Philly can’t wait!

  108. Jeremy June 22nd, 2010 at 11:00 am

    A.J. is a nice guy but he is not a number 2 and the fans and media need to stop making excuses for him. It’s not the catcher it’s A.J. Burnett.

  109. dan June 22nd, 2010 at 11:01 am

    does anyone know where dave Eiland is or what happened?

  110. CountryClub June 22nd, 2010 at 11:01 am

    SJ44 June 22nd, 2010 at 10:45 am
    The catcher has nothing to do with AJ Burnett. Never has, never will.

    Go back and look at his entire career and you will see, THIS IS WHO HE IS. He has been an inconsistent pitcher his entire career, regardless of who catches him.

    ————————–

    Stop making sense. You’re going to confuse people.

  111. Nick in SF in Larkspur June 22nd, 2010 at 11:03 am

    That’s all well and good, Roger, but I am rooting for Mexico to advance, not South Africa.

    rj, what’s your favorite cheesesteak? I’m a Steve’s Prince of Steaks fan myself.

  112. Jeremy June 22nd, 2010 at 11:03 am

    The guy is not a Philly fan. Philly fans don’t worry about the Yankees 24/7. The majority of them are thinking about the Mets and Braves and fixing their team so they can get back to the postseason. This guy is a fraud.

  113. The Philly Phitins June 22nd, 2010 at 11:06 am

    I’m hoping Joba coughs up runs and loses the game! Beaby Huey is a box of chocolates too!

  114. BIG AL June 22nd, 2010 at 11:06 am

    LGY June 22nd, 2010 at 9:58 am
    Curtis Granderson for Phil Coke?

    Good grief, that may be the worst trade proposal ever suggested on lohud. Chip is going to have a tough time topping that one.

    _____________________________________________________

    Granderson has been terrible as a Yankee, and was bad last year for Detroit. On the other hand Phil Coke is 5-0, his ERA is 3.10, in 29 innings pitched he has 26 hits, 10 earned runs, 11 walks and 22 SO. He gives up.3 HR/9 and his WHIP is 1.276. Now, tell me the Yankees could not use that production in the bullpen, and tell me again what a great trade we made for Granderson, and how productive he’s been. The only people laughing here are the Tiger’s for pulling off that trade. Every top scount I’ve read agree Detroit got a great deal, and the Yankees gave up way too much. But, you keep laughing, and keep hoping a different Granderson will one day show up, I don’t believe that will be the case.

  115. bruceb June 22nd, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Nice post Nick in Larkspur. I needed a chuckle this morning so thanks for providing it. Hate to say it but I have a nasty feeling that pretty soon we’ll be behind both Boston and Tampa. The reasons? AJ Burnett (overrated and overpaid), A-Rod (either injured or suffering from post-steroid strength disorder), Chan-Ho “Out of the” Park (if it’s not Joba in the 8th and Mo in the 9th, we’re in trouble), niggling injuries and Father Time (which is catching up on Jeter, Posada and, it seems, even A-Rod). Forget the stats, anyone who watches the Yanks day in day out can see we’re just not as good as last season. Bring back Eric Hinske!

  116. BIG AL June 22nd, 2010 at 11:08 am

    The Yankees are not going to give up on Joba. He is still quite young, and could still turn out to be a valuable pitcher.

  117. Roger(The Dutch Yankees Fan) June 22nd, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Nick

    Why Mexico?

  118. Sixto Lezcano June 22nd, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Dave Eiland was swooped up by aliens on an Iowa Cornfield and is being held for ransom until Girardi surrenders his looseleaf binder. There are incredible secrets and strategic information in that binder which are unknown any other place on earth.

  119. Chip June 22nd, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Patrick -

    I didn’t view AJ’s comments in any light. I just disagreed with the statement that AJ blamed his poor performance on Eiland not being around. If you read his quote he flat out says that while he misses Dave and that Dave’s a big part of the team that he (AJ) has been around long enough to know what he’s doing wrong and should be able to self correct and that he’s just not doing that right now.

    If AJ said that he’s not pitching well right now because he doesn’t like the guy catching him…then that would be comperable to what Jorge said (in my opinion)

  120. Patrick June 22nd, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Nick

    Why Mexico?

    NORTH AMERICA REPRESENT!

  121. The Philly Phitins June 22nd, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Yankees are close to Phalling, I’ll be gone when it happens. If they get a cushion of games in their division, I’ll be gone too, but they are on the brink of Phailure and I want to witness it first hand.
    Just a few more games and I’m gone Yankes pholk!!

    The bigger they are the harder they Phall, them and the arrogance that Phollows them.

  122. Lenny June 22nd, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Brace yourselves for another Arizona win tonight folks.

  123. The Philly Phitins June 22nd, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Thank you Nick for being honest, THIS COOKIE CUTTER BLOG NEEDS TO HEAR THE TRUTH, instead of high minded pipe dreams of grandeur.

  124. Nick in SF in Larkspur June 22nd, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Mexico is our neighbor, my folks live in Mexico for part of the year, I visit Mexico at least once a year, Alfredo Aceves is from Mexico, I love Mexican food, Mexico has no tradition of vuvuzela blowing, Mrs. Aceves is Mexican… those are some of the reasons.

  125. Philly Phitins Village June 22nd, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Anyone here seen our idiot?

  126. Sixto Lezcano June 22nd, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Nick in SF—Are you Zorro?

  127. cs in la June 22nd, 2010 at 11:25 am

    so, is eiland coming back?

  128. Erin June 22nd, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Nick in SF in Larkspur June 22nd, 2010 at 11:21 am
    Mexico is our neighbor, my folks live in Mexico for part of the year, I visit Mexico at least once a year, Alfredo Aceves is from Mexico, I love Mexican food, Mexico has no tradition of vuvuzela blowing, Mrs. Aceves is Mexican? those are some of the reasons.

    ************************
    Very good reasons. :)

  129. Nick in SF in Larkspur June 22nd, 2010 at 11:28 am

    France now playing with 10 men? Sounds like an upgrade.

  130. Billy D June 22nd, 2010 at 11:29 am

    “Mexico has no tradition of vuvuzela blowing”

    Best reason of all.

    Still, I’d like to see a quick goal by Uruguay or SA to make for an interesting final 12-15 minutes.

  131. Roger(The Dutch Yankees Fan) June 22nd, 2010 at 11:30 am

    No sympathy for Mandela in this?

  132. Irreverent Discourse June 22nd, 2010 at 11:30 am

    i’m so tired of this guy, waaaa waaaa the yankees wil phallll waaaaaa…

    seriously, thats the best you can hope for is that we lose, because you certainly can’t win on your own. that’s a win for us, regardless of outcome.

  133. Billy D June 22nd, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Well forget that. France just scored.

    Mexico is moving on.

  134. The Philly Phitins June 22nd, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Honesty is unimportant, and not welcomed, on this blog, just Phollow the self appointed leader
    and leave your brain behind.

  135. Nick in SF in Larkspur June 22nd, 2010 at 11:34 am

    “France now playing with 10 men? Sounds like an upgrade.”

    And just like that, France scores. The lesson is clear: fewer Frenchmen equals better football.

    Sympathy for Mandela? So we get another Morgan Freeman/Matt Damon movie?

    No thank you.

  136. Roger(The Dutch Yankees Fan) June 22nd, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Nick

    You’re rooting for Italy as well?Cervelli,the Food…

    I have to be sure because we are playing them in the next round

    Holland:Jim Kaat,Cheese,Heineken..haha

  137. Irreverent Discourse June 22nd, 2010 at 11:34 am

    phitin – when you bring a spec of intelligence to your posts, let us know. rather than just smack talking with yourself because no one cares what you think.

  138. Roger(The Dutch Yankees Fan) June 22nd, 2010 at 11:35 am

    I forgot Heineken Light

  139. Tom in NJ June 22nd, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Roger, Isn’t Holland somewhat responsable for New York City too?

  140. SJ44 June 22nd, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Honesty? You are trolling on a blog of the team with the best record in baseball.

    That’s honesty.

    The rest of your drivel is just that…drivel.

    The fact you are so obsessed to be on here spouting nonsense is why Philly fans are considered the dumbest in all of sports.

  141. Jeremy June 22nd, 2010 at 11:38 am

    “A.J. can’t get anyone out but he can bake one hell of a pie” I love that line from Francessa.

  142. BIG AL June 22nd, 2010 at 11:38 am

    As the Yankees have stated; Dave Eiland has taken a leave to deal with a personal matter, and no date has been set for his return.

    What about a PERSONAL matter don’t people understand?

    If Eiland wanted people to know his very personal information, he would have allowed the Yankees to give that information to the media.

  143. Mike in Creskill June 22nd, 2010 at 11:39 am

    This makes me even more nervous about the Sux. They are coming on like a freight train right now. Come on AJ, you are better than this.

  144. Warning Track Power June 22nd, 2010 at 11:41 am

    after the final out last night, my mood was just foul. i was anxiously awaiting the post game comments from A.J. wondering if he would accept the blame or place the blame on someone else.
    refreshing to read that A.J. is taking responsibility and understands that as a 11 yr veteran, he should be making the necessary adjustments on the mound.

    my question is; why can the arizona pitcher throw the “front door” fastball(the pitch he stuck out Cano with), but A.J. can not duplicate that pitch???

    where is his 3rd pitch-the change up? where is the nasty slider?
    why can’t A.J. throw the curve for a called strike? he throws the curve 0-2 and buries the ball into the dirt!!

  145. Roger(The Dutch Yankees Fan) June 22nd, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Tom

    yes.But we traded it for Suriname.That’s even worse then trading Swisher for Betemit huh..haha

  146. Nick in SF in Larkspur June 22nd, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Roger, I am definitely rooting for Italy vs. the sinister Slovaks… they can’t realistically win the group, can they? They would need a win and a Paraguay loss with a swing in goal differenctial… not likely.

    I have no deep love for the Italian side but I recently made a new friend from Italy… ’nuff said.

    If the Dutch advance, though, I like them. I’ve been to Holland four times and Italy but once — so far.

  147. Jeter's Edge (In Blaz'n Copper!) June 22nd, 2010 at 11:42 am

    If we can’t have registration here, can we at least have an ignore button? Obviously the more posts this blog gets the more ad revenue it will receive so i can understand not wanting registration. But please, at least allow us to ignore certain users posting from certain IP addresses. If we want to be able to ignore the SJ impostors or the mets/red sox/phillie trolls we should be allowed too.

  148. Patrick June 22nd, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Chip must be depressed right now. The Orioles have acquired Jake Fox.

    What will the Yanks do now that they can’t get Fox!?

    This. This is what despair feels like

  149. BIG AL June 22nd, 2010 at 11:48 am

    It would be good to have registration on this blog. If someone got out of line, block that E-mail or IP address. Too much crap going on here now.

  150. Yanksgal07 June 22nd, 2010 at 11:49 am

    I had to LOL at this one ..very funny ….

    # Philly Phitins Village June 22nd, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Anyone here seen our idiot?

    This Philly person is really pitiful to keep coming on here but then people answering
    him/her aren’t much better. Just ignore…especially since he/she has nothing worthwhile
    to type…

    Go Yankees 2010 !!!

  151. The Philly Phitins June 22nd, 2010 at 11:49 am

    I was intelligent enough last week to call Phillies wins over Yankees, and this weeks Yankee Phall Phrom Phirst place..

  152. RS June 22nd, 2010 at 11:49 am

    I think Philly Phitins is just bored because the Phillies are so terrible. Maybe when they start to resemble a major league team he’ll be preoccupied with them again.

  153. BIG AL June 22nd, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Later …………..

  154. Joe from Long Island June 22nd, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Just checking here after a busy morning. Looks like I haven’t missed anything.

    While getting another bat might be nice, depending on the price, I think getting a little more help for the bullpen should take priority. It’s hard for the bats to come back if the deficit keeps on growing, and the 3-run dinger off Park last night sealed the coffin. (I wonder if his hamstring is still bothering him.) A 3-4 run deficit is doable, a 6-7 run hole late in the game is a killer.

    Whether it’s League, Putz, or Dotel, I think that’s the way to go. I think bolstering the pen will have a greater effect on Ws, and if October.

    Shows how much Aceves meant to the team. They’re still winning, but nights like last night shouldn’t happen.

  155. Chip June 22nd, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Patrick June 22nd, 2010 at 11:43 am
    Chip must be depressed right now. The Orioles have acquired Jake Fox.

    What will the Yanks do now that they can?t get Fox!?

    This. This is what despair feels like
    ————-

    Hey, with Fox on board the O’s may cut loose Garret Atkins… :-)

  156. Rick June 22nd, 2010 at 11:53 am

    A.J. needs to find himself or listen to advice. Right now he’s not worthy of the No. 2 slot in the rotation but Girardi won’t be moving him down. Two pitches won’t get it done. A.J. needs another offering in his arsenal or he’s too predictable.

  157. Patrick June 22nd, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Hey, with Fox on board the O’s may cut loose Garret Atkins…

    Terrible. Take a lap

  158. Erin June 22nd, 2010 at 11:54 am

    New Post: Phil Hughes optimistic about extra rest

    :arrow:

  159. TheDrB June 22nd, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Starters:
    CC – 8-3 = .727
    AJ – 6-6 = .500
    Andy – 8-2 = .800
    Javy – 6-6 = .500
    Phil – 10-1 = .909
    Average Winning % = .679

    Yeah, I’m not worried about a rocky stretch for any of our pitchers, as their battery-mates are more than capable of picking them up. CC, Javy, and now AJ have all had rough patches thus far, and the group winning percentage is still fine.

    Bullpen:
    Injuries are the prime issue I see.
    Aceves – 3-0 ERA 3.0
    Mitre – 0-1 ERA 2.88

    These guys going down has hurt some, especially with Park being inconsistent. Gaudin has pitched alright, with only 1 truly bad outing results-wise.

    Best stat: Team ERA 3.90 – AL Ranking – 3rd

  160. Chip June 22nd, 2010 at 11:57 am

    From MLB Trade Rumors:

    “The Yankees are focused on improving their offense right now. Olney wonders if the Yanks could pursue a powerful infielder like Ty Wigginton. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports listed some easier-to-obtain infielders yesterday. ”

    As I said, if it was up to me the roster for this team on July 31 would be:

    Jeter
    Swisher
    Tex
    Alex
    Cano
    Posada
    Granderson
    Nady – DH
    Gardner

    Bench: Ryan Theriot, Marcus Thames, Cervelli, Huffman

    Rotation: CC, AJ, Andy, Javy, Hughes

    Pen:
    RH – Mo, Joba, Mitre, Aceves, Robertson
    LH – Marte, Matt Thornton

  161. SAS June 22nd, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Whatever is going on in Eiland’s life must be serious for him to take this long to return, and the Yankees have condoned his absence so I just hope he is OK or his family member.

    Time for me to go run some errands while you all complain about AJ, and the Phillie guy wastes his time with nothing more important to do than annoying us.

  162. rj June 22nd, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Nick in SF in Larkspur June 22nd, 2010 at 11:03 am
    That’s all well and good, Roger, but I am rooting for Mexico to advance, not South Africa.

    rj, what’s your favorite cheesesteak? I’m a Steve’s Prince of Steaks fan myself

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

    I like Gooey Louies when I’m in South Philly. Huge sandwiches & tons of meat – some people buy an extra roll and split it up between two people.
    Locally, I like By George’s in the Reading Term. Mkt.

  163. csinla@gmail.com June 22nd, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    so, is eiland ever coming back? does anyone know?

  164. JAMES June 22nd, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    bj misses barry bond

  165. DB June 22nd, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Hey, we can always blame Michael Kay.

    Didn’t he mention on Air a month ago that he told AJ that his ERA was significantly lower out of the stretch than the windup? I believe Kay said his reaction was suprise.

    I doubt it was enough for AJ to start second guessing his windup then getting so fouled up he can’t repeat anything, but what are blogs for.


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