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Burnett’s struggles continue in L.A.

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 26, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

A.J. Burnett’s bad month of June reached a new low this afternoon. For the first time in more than a year, Burnett failed to get a single out in the fourth inning. He pitched three-plus innings, walked a season-high six batters and took his fifth straight loss, 9-4, against the Dodgers. Burnett has not pitched more than four innings in any of his past three starts, but his was the first time since June 9 of last year that he failed to get more than nine outs. On the bright side, Mark Teixeira hit his third home run in the past seven games and extended his hitting streak to seven games.

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234 Responses to “Burnett’s struggles continue in L.A.”

  1. JAP June 26th, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    unreal…what a waste of a game.

  2. Vic June 26th, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Broxton is so nasty

    Remember when Joba looked like that :)

  3. Carl June 26th, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Joe G’s managing was just as bad as AJ’s pitching.

  4. Blackhole June 26th, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Thanks, basket case Burnett for ruining my Saturday evening.

    Now please go away

  5. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) June 26th, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    And to think we once had a lead – brutal. Well, tomorrow is another day……

  6. UnKnown June 26th, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    AJ has definitely become a serious issue. Pettitte must pick him up once again tomorrow. Should be a fun matchup. Some compare Kershaw to a Young Pettitte.

  7. JAP June 26th, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    No reason to skip Hughes and cost us this. We should have skipped Burnett and tried to give him extra time to get himself back together because clearly he can’t pitch right now.

  8. Carl June 26th, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    # Vic June 26th, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Broxton is so nasty

    Remember when Joba looked like that :)

    Not when he faces the Phillies.

  9. Michelle June 26th, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Alex is hurt and playing at 70-80% that is why his production is down. His power numbers being down has nothing to do with him getting older or “losing” it. When he gets healthy in the second half he will be the regular Arod. Arod has an excuse Tex doesn’t. Tex loses his timing from bat to bat and game to game. He just can’t be consistent.

  10. Jake June 26th, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Kershaw is going to eat us for lunch

    Then again, we’ll probably put a lot of runners on against him, but only drive in 1 or 2 of them. That seems to be the theme. Lots of baserunners, not a lot of runs.

  11. kill-schill(ing) June 26th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Eat that randy levine, you third-rate political hack.

  12. Zed June 26th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Tex has been swinging the bat better as of late.

    What is Jeter’s excuse? Captain’s cold streaks have outnumbered his hot streaks by a lot.

  13. Dev June 26th, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    “Eat that randy levine, you third-rate political hack.

    Agree. Torre sure showed us what we missed out on.

  14. My 2 wishes June 26th, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Jake June 26th, 2010 at 11:06 pm
    Kershaw is going to eat us for lunch

    ^^^^^^

    He can’t – its a night game – maybe he’ll eat us for a late lunch or early dinner.

  15. m June 26th, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Oh, the pain! From the bottom of the first on, it was just horrible. Never seen a trainwreck, but I couldn’t keep my eyes off this game.

    Tex’s HR was the only good thing in this game. There were no lowlights, the rest was just bad.

    I hope AJ can figure it out.

    One funny thing, tho. Furcal’s play to end the game? Buck’s call, “What a play to get Cano who can fly!” The only thing about Cano that flies are his home runs.

    And that mccarver his word association is so bad.

    Talks about Staples, mentions the NBA championship, then hops to the Blackhawks, mentions the Cubs on the north side, and finally ends up talking about Zambrano. Ol’ Timmy’s off by a few degrees of separation there.

    Anyway, a chance to take the series tomorrow with Andy on the mound.

  16. nat June 26th, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    hey AJ this is for you

    …………../´¯/)
    …………./¯..//
    …………/….//
    ……/´¯/’…’/´¯¯’)¸
    …/’/…/…./……./¨¯\
    .(‘(…´…´…. ¯~/’…’)
    ..\……………..’……/
    …’\……………. _.·´
    …..\……………(
    ……\……………\

  17. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) June 26th, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    There was plenty of reason to skip Phil and it had nothing to do with tonight’s game. The Yankees are thinking about his long-term future………

    As to the offense, I admit that this team does not seem to have the ability to comeback like last year’s team. Granted, we’re talking about the 2009 Yankees in the 2nd half of the season; in the first half, they were just plain bad for the most part. Perhaps things will get better in the 2nd half………but it is very problematic that we are getting “off” years form Jeter, Tex and Alex. No team can win when their 2 thumpers and a huge key offensive player are struggling.

  18. JS June 26th, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Matt,

    Do you honestly believe they are never going to lose? Why do you care how they score runs? So what if they score 8 in one game, and 2 the next, thus giving them an average of 5 runs a game. It’s all about winning baseball games. This team is doing that.

    They aren’t going to win every game, and there will be games like this one, where the SP puts them in a hole thats tough to climb out of. So what?

    If you except 800 winning percentages, go follow football or basketball.

  19. m June 26th, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Eat what? A veggie sandwich on a 27th World Series commemorative plate? With a shot of wheatgrass?

  20. My 2 wishes June 26th, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    44js

    my baseball insiders tell me that jeter will get a day off tomorrow since he’s going on a late date tonight with Minka

  21. the gay Yankee fan June 26th, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    What’s up with Cervelli not blocking the plate lately on plays to the plate? I realized that he was hit once before but him being so far out in front of the plate is ridiculous.

  22. Showtime June 26th, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    nat,

    LOL! I concur.

    He hasn’t even competed his last 3 starts, No effort at all……………..

  23. kill-schill(ing) June 26th, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    A Yankee loss has never done any less than irked me. Most of the time it pains me.

    After Michael kay and buster onley’s hatchet jobs on Friday, while doing Randy, Whineman, and Wank’s bidding, i almost feel the satisfaction of justice served.

  24. Jake June 26th, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    “He can’t – its a night game – maybe he’ll eat us for a late lunch or early dinner.”

    haha

    either way, a long night for the offense tomorrow.

    we’ll get plenty of walks tomorrow, but no one on this team can buy a clutch hit, so Kershaw will pitch a “Buchholz” type game…. lots of baserunners, but most or none of them don’t score.

  25. stuart June 26th, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    AJ jeez…

    girardi with Park for 2 innings. His results show pitch him 1.

    more clutch AB’s. Great with RISP.

    man they are scared of manny nd have no clue.

    arod and tex cannot hit anything but mistakes…

  26. Matt June 26th, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    JS,

    Where do you people come up with this nonsense? You seriously believe I think they should never lose just because I’m upset when they do so?

    Who wouldn’t be upset when their team loses? That’s what makes you a fan.

    There is a problem with them scoring runs that way. Yes they are winning some games doing it, but you can’t get lucky forever. You people say we should have some long term perspective, well that’s exactly our point. There is no reason to say they are such a great team after a game like Wednesday night either because they just aren’t playing good baseball still.

    To win in the long run, some of these things will have to turn around. The inconsistency of the offense, which has been going on for over a month now, has to be a pretty big concern by now, how could it not be? When they have almost the entire lineup on the field now, they are still inconsistent day in and day out.

    Averaging 5 runs per game in the manner of 12 and 3 is going to make you 1-1. You need to score consistently to sustain winning, which is the point. We don’t expect them to win every game, but you are much more likely to go into cold spells if you are boom or bust. That’s thinking long term too.

  27. Matt June 26th, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    I meant 12 and 3 and 0 for 5 runs per game, and 1-2.

  28. the gay Yankee fan June 26th, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    nat, if only you’re artistic talents were used for more productive purposes. :eyes:

  29. 1963 NYY June 26th, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    kill schilling,

    Agree. After the way Torre was killed by the mediots all yesterday, it gives me satisfaction to see Torre win today.

    Hope he wins tomorrow too. (The Yanks have plenty of opportunities to win series the rest of the year, but losing a series to the Dodgers will irk Levine, Hank, and Trost and probably Cashman too. All the cronies who wanted Torre gone will see him win a series against us even though the Dodgers are playing .300 ball this month).

    Will not be upset at all if the Dodgers are victorious tomorrow. It will be karma to the stooges who tried to throw him out the door.

  30. m June 26th, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Glad someone finds satisfaction with this loss.

    In the end it’s just another loss for me. Nothing more or less than the other 27 we had before tonight.

    As for Laptops, looks like he’s okay. Per PeteAbe, he felt something pop, but nothing structural was damaged.

  31. JeterHughesJoba June 26th, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Girardi’s decision to leave Burnett in to sac bunt in the 4th being down one run with runners on the corners was one of the dumbest moves I’ve ever seen.

    I’ve been saying for 2 years that this team wins in spite of Girardi. He’s a good motivator, good with the media, terrible at making in game decisions.

  32. pat June 26th, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Randy Levine? Really? People come at a loss from sooooo many different angles.

    I’ll bet not once tonight did Torre think, take that Randy Levine!

  33. Trevor June 26th, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    # nat June 26th, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    hey AJ this is for you

    …………../´¯/)
    …………./¯..//
    …………/….//
    ……/´¯/’…’/´¯¯’)¸
    …/’/…/…./……./¨¯\
    .(’(…´…´…. ¯~/’…’)
    ..\……………..’……/
    …’\……………. _.·´
    …..\……………(
    ……\……………\
    _____________________________________________________________

    Wow just wow. :|

  34. Bronx Jeers June 26th, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    You don’t really need to correct yourself.

    No one’s taking your boring diatribes seriously anyway.

  35. tampayank June 26th, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    In Pettite We Trust Tommorow

  36. m June 26th, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    At the time, I liked the move. In the end, it didn’t turn out too well. But the Yankees had their chances.

    Would’ve liked to see someone other than Boone Logan out there to put out the fire. It’s pretty sad (or good considering our starters have been going so deep) that I don’t know who else is in the bullpen.

    I guess that would’ve been Serge’s spot, huh?

  37. Rich in NJ June 26th, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Is AJ really struggling? This is what he is. Great. Bad. Good. Bad. Good.

  38. pat June 26th, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    “After the way Torre was killed by the mediots all yesterday……”

    All what mediots? Who other than Kay, who Torre has had a contentious relationship with for 12 years now, killed Torre?

  39. Rick June 26th, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    Hope we don’t see Joba at all tomorrow

    I wish he pitched today, then Joe might not have used him tomorrow.

  40. LGY June 26th, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    Not considering skipping AJ?

    Wow Girardi. Way to play favorites considering what you did with Vazquez earlier this season.

    He is doing his best Torre impression this weekend.

  41. m June 26th, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    great, bad, good, bad, good is better than

    bad, bad, bad, bad, bad

  42. Rich in NJ June 26th, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    “Eat that randy levine, you third-rate political hack.”

    What does he have to eat? His multi-million dollar salary or his 2009 WS ring?

  43. pat June 26th, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    nat

    In case you aren’t aware, there are terms of service here and you’ve broken more than 1 tonight.

  44. Rich in NJ June 26th, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    It wasn’t a start by start analogy, m. It’s a career long pattern. The intervals are unpredictable.

  45. Blackhole June 26th, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Kind of ironic that Girardi had his worst game as Yankee manager while being opposed by Torre.

  46. miggs June 26th, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    AJ really struggled tonight. I think he gets him next start but after that its up in the air IMO.

    I was able to browse through some of the earlier posts today and I really don’t appreciate my name being referenced just because someone was bothering Betsy. Someone even joked that it was me posting under a different handle.

    I haven’t posted in weeks, and I welcome Chad or anyone else on Lohud to check my IP addresses to confirm this. Some of us actually have lives, responsibilities, and other things to occupy our time. We aren’t all glued to a chair in front of a computer for the majority of our lives.

    I’m sorry people don’t like you Betsy. I’m sorry they give you a hard time. But some of those posts from earlier sound like they were made by a child. At least I provide more than valid points that are usually agreed upon my many on this board. And there were at least 3 posters ganging upon you today or maybe one person posting under 3-4 names.

    If I have a problem with something you say, I will address you with my usual screen name… which is the only one I’ve ever used. Don’t drag me into a conversation just because people don’t like you.

  47. Pat M. June 26th, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Matt, this is my fourth season here at the LoHud, and I must honestly say that you are the most negative so call Yankee fan that has ever been here…….If you offered any sense of objectivity you might get a nod on occasion……You are exhausting and not much of a Yankee fan……Losing / failure is all part of playing baseball……….

  48. m June 26th, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Think the Yankees would trade their 2009 WS for today’s loss?

    Yeah…didn’t think so.

    Yankees are so far ahead on the balance sheet. And Torre got his revenge via the book.

    All square.

  49. Rich in NJ June 26th, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    “Kind of ironic that Girardi had his worst game as Yankee manager while being opposed by Torre.”

    That’s his worst game as manager? Seriously?

  50. Tim June 26th, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    LGY

    If Girardi doesn’t skip Vazquez, he is no different than Torre.

    AJ is “one of his guys” who helped him win, so he is Teflon. It’s the new guys who have to suffer consequences when they pitch poorly.

    Burnett was actually WORSE than Vazquez was early in the season. Vazquez actually squeezed out a couple of decent-mediocre games during his struggles (4 runs in 6 vs. LAA, 3 runs in 5.1 against OAK), Burnett has not given us a chance in any of his games.

  51. how can they? June 26th, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    How does the Yankees plan to win a WS with a bullpen that gives up runs, and a @2 pitcher
    who forgot how to pitch?

  52. Bret the Hitman June 26th, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Jesus Montero has 3 hits tonight and a HR.

    He’s up to .250 now and showing off his plus power lately.

    Is he a long shot to be a September callup?

  53. Matt June 26th, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Bronx Jeers,

    You say nobody takes me seriously, and then you go and just toss around insults instead of talking baseball. Wonder who’s really the one not being taken seriously around here?

    I know you don’t like to hear that the Yankees are not a perfect team, but they have had some problems this season that have been especially concerning. You can’t just say they will get it done necessarily because of their track record, look at how up and down Teixeira and Jeter have been. It really is this simple, but until they go out there and consistently hit like the back of their baseball cards, you can’t say they are that quality of player this season.

    Every year is a new year, and you have to get it done on the field still. People keep saying this is different than 2008, and yes it has been so far because the pitching is better, but a season like that can happen if you just never become consistent and get hit by a few injuries. What do you think would happen to this team if they had the kind of injuries they had that season?

    The equivalent to 2008 on this team would be losing:

    CC Sabathia
    Phil Hughes
    Joba Chamberlain
    Jorge Posada
    Nick Swisher
    Sergio Mitre

    If the Yankees lost all of those players and got bad years out of Teix, Jeter, A-Rod, etc, do you think they would do much better than the 2008 team? They would be a little better probably, but not by as much as you think.

  54. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) June 26th, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    LGY, I’m not watching the post-game, but I admit that it’s not fair to Javy that he got skipped and not AJ……There has to be a reason for that; I don’t want to think he’s playing favorites……….

  55. m June 26th, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Rich,

    Then to answer your question. Yes, AJ is currently struggling.

  56. Joe June 26th, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    “Kind of ironic that Girardi had his worst game as Yankee manager while being opposed by Torre”

    Not even close to his worst game. He was supposed to take AJ out after 3 innings and play for 1 run in that spot?

    And I can’t kill him for using Park 2 innings. When you have to get 6 innings from the pen, guys have to pitch multiple innings. Why use 4 guys to pitch in a game that is pretty much over (considering Torre managed it like a playoff game using Broxton for 5 outs)?

  57. Rich in NJ June 26th, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    “Is he a long shot to be a September callup?”

    I think it’s likely when SWB’s season ends. How much he will play is another matter.

  58. Rich in NJ June 26th, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    m

    OK, he’s struggling. :)

    I’m not as stubborn IRL as I may appear to be online.

  59. Matt June 26th, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Pat,

    Again, you go and try to say I’m not really a fan in response to my posts. Like I said, being critical of the team does not mean you are not a fan. There are many different kinds of fans, and some of us are more critical than others. That doesn’t mean I’m not a fan, and that doesn’t mean the people who are cheerleading everything every player does are not fans either.

    You don’t like what I say, but that doesn’t give you the right to question my fandom. If I wasn’t a fan, why would I be upset when they lose? It’s part of baseball, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be upset when our favorite team loses.

    Just because you have a different perspective, it doesn’t mean it’s the best one. That doesn’t mean you have to belittle everyone else who doesn’t share yours.

  60. Pat M. June 26th, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    Bronx Jeers…..I’ll leave Matt for you to deal with, I’m off to the gym……Good luck Jeers, he’s a special case……

  61. Soldier June 26th, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    AJ’s next start is against Toronto at home

    Can you say, 5 HRs?

  62. Joba Tips his Cap June 26th, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    # nat June 26th, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    hey AJ this is for you

    …………../´¯/)
    …………./¯..//
    …………/….//
    ……/´¯/’…’/´¯¯’)¸
    …/’/…/…./……./¨¯\
    .(’(…´…´…. ¯~/’…’)
    ..\……………..’……/
    …’\……………. _.·´
    …..\……………(
    ……\……………\

    good.

  63. JS June 26th, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    Matt,

    What team that averages 5+ runs a game consistently also score between 3-6 runs a game? There are games when the offense breaks out and score 10, and there are games when they are shut down.

    It is what it is. It seems like you’re grasping at straws to me. It’s one thing if they were in third or fourth place, and this was a consistent them of their season. That isn’t the case. Their ace pitched a gem last night, and their worst pitcher pitched the way he has all month.

    Nothing that really shocking to me, and certainly no reason to cry a river over the best team in baseball’s play. Is it frustrating? Sure. They also aren’t a flawless team. Take the good with the bad. A good fan also doesn’t harp on the negatives.

  64. Rich in NJ June 26th, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    “AJ’s next start is against Toronto at home

    Can you say, 5 HRs?”

    Can you say rainout?

  65. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) June 26th, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Miggs, plenty of people like me – the fact that there are a few loser trolls that insist on harrassing me doesn’t change that fact. I didn’t bring your name up, but yeah, I referenced you because you obviously have something personal against me. I don’t care what you think about my posts – I just don’t know why you can’t ignore them. That’s all I really want to say about that.

  66. Soldier June 26th, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    hey AJ this is for you

    …………../´¯/)
    …………./¯..//
    …………/….//
    ……/´¯/’…’/´¯¯’)¸
    …/’/…/…./……./¨¯\
    .(’(…´…´…. ¯~/’…’)
    ..\……………..’……/
    …’\……………. _.·´
    …..\……………(
    ……\……………\

    good.

    ————————–

    Can we use this for Joba too?

  67. LGY June 26th, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    6 starts in June: 4.2 innings per start with 11.34 ERA

    Last 4 starts: 3.2 innings per start with 17.17 ERA

    Javier Vazquez bad start to the season:

    5 starts: 4.32 innings per start with 9.78 ERA

  68. Rick June 26th, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    The fans gave Burnett hell last time after the Phillies game

    Going to be even worse if he bombs again vs. Toronto at home

  69. Matt June 26th, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    You say a “good fan”

    What gives you the right to call someone a good or a bad fan? If someone watches the team game in and game out and cares how they do, how could they be a bad fan?

    Calling someone a “bad fan” is just flat out arrogant. People can be a fan however they want to be, whether you agree with it or not.

    And how do you know I always harp on the negatives? Like I said, most people only post on this blog to vent their frustration about poor performances on the field. So you are taking a sampling of my posts which I even am telling you are almost entirely venting, and trying to make a blanket statement about my fandom?

    Again, there is a difference between disagreeing with my opinion and attacking me personally.

  70. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) June 26th, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    Good to see Montero heating up….

  71. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) June 26th, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    LGY, that’s unbelievably bad. I wonder what AJ’s ERA was in those starts last July and August – he was bad, but this bad?

  72. the gay Yankee fan June 26th, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    …………../´¯/)
    …………./¯..//
    …………/….//
    ……/´¯/’…’/´¯¯’)¸
    …/’/…/…./……./¨¯\
    .(’(…´…´…. ¯~/’…’)
    ..\……………..’……/
    …’\……………. _.·´
    …..\……………(
    ……\……………\

    This is worth repeating.

  73. Pat M. June 26th, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    Matt, my last comment, you’re the type of guy who just lives for the chance to pounce on somebody when they’re down……It’s just a reflection of your perceived self image ……Good and bad comes with the territory Matt…….I’m impressed with all the critical aspects of your postings, I just wish you had the same passion for when things go well…..That’s what disturbs many here…..

  74. Whale June 26th, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    . I think it was obvious that Burnett was considerably worse than early season Javy

    Thanks LGY though, for the stats. He has to be skipped or Girardi is setting a bad precedent. If you win a championship with me, you don’t get special treatment for worse performances just because Javy is new.

  75. m June 26th, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    What did matt write? If he wrote about the offense tonight, then it’s not relevant.

    Because tonight was all on the pitching, with the main culprit AJ.

    A lineup card of 8 Pujolses wouldn’t overcome the pitching today.

  76. Mike June 26th, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Burnett’s August was just 2 bad games in 2009

    7 runs in 4.1 at White Sox
    9 runs in 5 at Boston

    His other 4 starts that month were all 3 runs or less.

    He also had 2 bad starts in September where he gave up 6 runs twice to Baltimore, but he was very good in his other starts.

    Also, all those bad outings were more or less spread out. This year, he has had them basically in succession. His worst back-to-back stretch last year was 8 runs in Boston, 4 runs against the Angels.

    However, at this time last year, he was already on his role… this day last year, he had 10 Ks and 7 shutout innings against the Mets, his 3rd good start in a row.

  77. Matt June 26th, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    Yes, every team does have ups and downs offensively, but there is no denying that this year’s team has been more inconsistent than last year’s.

    They have scored 3 or fewer runs 22 times this year, and did it only 39 times last season. So they are on pace to do it a few more times than last year. The Yankees last season had 9 comebacks from 3+ runs, and this season it’s only 2. They had 3 comebacks from 4+ last season, and so far have 0 this year.

    When opponents score first, the Yankees are 16-22. Last year they were 36-39, so they are also worse in that department this year.

  78. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) June 26th, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    M, who knows? He writes variations on the same thing all the time; I don’t read his tomes, I just glance through them as I head for the next post

  79. LGY June 26th, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Betsy,

    He wasn’t close to this bad at any point last season. He had a 6 ERA in August and even in games he stunk he usually gave them length like a 7 inning 6 run game against the Orioles in early September.

    Burnett had 2 starts last year where he gave them less than 5 innings.

    He already has gone less than 5 innings 4 times this year.

  80. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) June 26th, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    He should know that I personally think sometimes people here have little tolerance for those fans who want to vent – and I’ve vented plenty. Sometimes I do think posters want this place to be Pollyanna central………..but some of us post out of genuine concern for the Yanks ; that’s different than constantly complaining.

  81. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) June 26th, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    Mike, thanks for the stats.

    LGY, yeah he’s been god-awful – something is wrong with him; he’s NOT close to being this bad.

    Javy’s velocity was way down this year – maybe that’s why he was skipped. Either way, the Yankees can not keep sending AJ out to get killed – it’s hurting the team in many ways.

  82. LGY June 26th, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    Conveniently Matt is leaving out what the Yankees were on pace for in the first half of last year.

    The second half of 2009 was very different than the first half. Some fans seem to have forgotten that.

    I guess we will just have to live with being in first place during this terrible first half compared to 2009 :roll:

  83. m June 26th, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    As long as matt’s respectful, I think he should post what he likes.

    But I wouldn’t mind hearing his thoughts on days that we win. ;)

  84. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) June 26th, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    It’s hard to believe that at the begining of the season this team looked like a juggernaut……..Oh well, they are still leading their division; what does that say about the other teams if the Yankees are so “bad”?

  85. Bret the Hitman June 26th, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Matt,

    Are you missing Damon and Matsui?

    (BTW, they suck this year)

  86. Bronx Jeers June 26th, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Bronx Jeers…..I’ll leave Matt for you to deal with, I’m off to the gym……Good luck Jeers, he’s a special case……

    —————————————————————————————————————-

    No thanks. I have to get up early and go to the gym myself. The “battle against the bulge” is far more pressing than trying to convince that poor guy to try and chill out.

    Enjoy your workout.

  87. waka flocka June 26th, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    I guess the people wanting to jump off the bridge are unaware that the Yankees are one of, if not the best, team(s) in baseball.

  88. Matt June 26th, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    You are saying things like “perceived self image.” This is an informal internet forum, does it really matter what is somebody’s “image” or “perception?” All you can read is the text of someone’s comments, this isn’t the same as people sitting in a room and discussing these same topics.

    People are taking this blog way too seriously. If they don’t like what I have to say, then they don’t have to respond if all they are going to do is attack the person making the posts and not the comments themselves. Responding in the way they do is just as much reactionary as some of my venting posts, but they won’t see it that way.

    These kinds of places are called “forums” for reasons. It’s a place where people post many different ideas and perceptions of the subject at hand. Not everyone is going to agree, that’s life. The whole thing of trying to drive people off the blog and make it “pure” is just ridiculous though.

  89. ZA June 26th, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    AJ’s year is not much different than last year

    However, unlike last year, Burnett started his roll early. He was 4-0 with a 1.99 ERA after 6 starts this year. He had a 3.28 ERA and 6 wins as late as May 30th.

    So rather than starting off OK, doing mediocre/bad, then going on a roll. It looks like he went backwards— started off on the roll, then was mediocre, then was just dreadful. Except his mediocre/dreadful starts outnumber his good/decent starts.

  90. braeden June 26th, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Pedroia heads to DL with a broken foot. awh that’s too bad. n/t

  91. XP June 26th, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    IP ERA SO BB H HR WHIP
    Joba 31.1 5.17 37 11 33 1 1.40
    D-Rob 23.1 5.40 27 11 30 3 1.76
    Marte 13.1 4.05 9 11 8 1 1.43
    Logan 15.0 4.20 10 10 16 1 1.73
    Gaudin 14.0 4.50 11 7 14 3 1.50
    Park 23.0 7.04 19 6 31 6 1.60

    Of course,the struggling is not Girardi fault.
    At lease he manager MO very well.

    IP ERA SO BB H HR WHIP
    MO 27.1 0.99 26 6 11 1 0.62

    Funny,when he has CC 1-8 inning , Mo 9 inning
    Really, he manager what?

  92. Dev June 26th, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Well, Boston battled back from the abyss against a brutal schedule when it looked like they were about to fall off… so they obviously have been trending upwards. They chopped off 8 games off our lead at one point earlier this week. They have slumped a bit since.

    Tampa is the team that has fallen off a cliff.

    We are still the best of the bunch, but all these teams have issues. We just have slightly less than the other two.

  93. m June 26th, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    I want to say that AJ was 6-1 at one point. At the very least 6-2. Something is very wrong and I hope they figure it out. Like it or not, he’s a Yankee and we should be rooting for him.

  94. Matt June 26th, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Bret,

    Why are you assuming I’m missing Damon and Matsui just because I’m upset with the offense this season?

    I was one of them who wanted them to let Damon and Matsui go for the moves they ended up making. Not only did they save money, but they upgraded their defense while maintaining about the same quality of offense on paper.

    It hasn’t worked out well, but that’s not because the moves were wrong. Damon and Matsui haven’t been great either this year, because as I’m saying, they have had some nagging injuries in recent years and are getting up there in age. They got younger and cheaper while getting better players in their place. That’s smart general managing.

    The reason they are struggling this year is that Jeter/A-Rod/Teixeira are having very down years. That has nothing to do with Damon and Matsui, if those 3 were having the same kinds of years as last year this team would be scoring 5 runs every night still.

  95. Yank1 June 26th, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    White Sox won their 11th in a row

    JJ Putz gets the win
    Konerko hits his 19th HR

  96. Matt June 26th, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    And if Nick Johnson and Curtis Granderson were healthy and/or doing what they are capable of doing, they may have ended up scoring more runs this season. Nick Johnson when he’s not mired in the kind of slump he was in for April is a better number 2 hitter than Damon, and Granderson could have approximated Matsui’s production at the least, while adding a lot more flexibility in the field and on the bases.

  97. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) June 26th, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    M, something is definitely wrong, beyond AJ’s usual inconsistencies.

    Dev, I agree. There really is no great team this year….

  98. Joba Tips his Cap June 26th, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    # Soldier June 26th, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    hey AJ this is for you

    …………../´¯/)
    …………./¯..//
    …………/….//
    ……/´¯/’…’/´¯¯’)¸
    …/’/…/…./……./¨¯\
    .(’(…´…´…. ¯~/’…’)
    ..\……………..’……/
    …’\……………. _.·´
    …..\……………(
    ……\……………\

    good.

    ————————–

    Can we use this for Joba too?

    lately he’s been not that bad. LOL

  99. Tom June 26th, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Jeter/Tex/ARod are all on pace for the worst seasons of their career. Granderson too maybe, even if you project it over a 5 month stretch rather than a 6 month.

    It’s pretty simple – they need to get it going. Paul Konerko (who isin’t even likely available) isin’t going to come in and save the day.

    Our big hitters need to hit or we have no shot. Gardner and Cano are not going to carry us to the promise land.

  100. cs in la June 26th, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    I was at the game today and it was BRUTAL. I bought the tix two weeks ago to go see Sabathia and then when Hughes got pulled, here I am sitting there in the hot sun watching AJ get shelled. And to make it worse, Dodger Stadium is a ghetto.

    AJ of course was brutal. but Jeter, god love him, was a rally killer today. AJ need to right himself and we need some good middle relief. Boone/CHOP have to go.

  101. GreenBeret7 June 26th, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    When some idiot starts telling people that they are wrong because all they look at is the w-l record, that’s when you know that you are talking to a stone cold idiot with no clue about baseball, any other sport, or for that matter, life.

  102. Bret the Hitman June 26th, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Matt June 26th, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    The reason they are struggling this year is that Jeter/A-Rod/Teixeira are having very down years.

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

    I’d agree with that. Add in injuries to Posada and Granderson + Granderson slumping when healthy and that makes the 3-4 problem more difficult to overcome.

    Do you have any hope Tex, Arod, and/or Jeter can find their form?

    What about Granderson?

    Is he this inconsistent or will he rebound like Swish?

  103. tampayank June 26th, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    I know it’s June, but w/ the whole Torre thing, I really want to win this series and take 2 out of 3. Pettitte w/ 7 solid and hopefully the offense can get to Kershaw. Posada back in the lineup for offense b/c looks like Cervelli is coming back down to Earth

  104. the gay Yankee fan June 27th, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Does Granderson start tomorrow?

    Kershaw is a tough lefty.

  105. Yanks 21 June 27th, 2010 at 12:00 am

    I’m not even sure what to think of Tex anymore. He has been getting hits, but mostly going 1-3, 1-4 every day and not a lot of extra-base hits. He has not hit above .230 all year. By this time last year, he was like at .280 with 20 HRs.

  106. Jaz June 27th, 2010 at 12:02 am

    If Girardi didn’t even let Granderson bat against Kuo, I don’t think he lets him touch Kershaw

  107. Joba Tips his Cap June 27th, 2010 at 12:02 am

    “I really want to win this series and take 2 out of 3″

    yeah, same here. besides LAD is not that good.

  108. LGY June 27th, 2010 at 12:03 am

    People need to stop talking about the 2009 team. It was a special team that had a special year. It’s over though.

    No matter who you brought back or who you brought in, they were not going to be able to replicate the 2009 team.

    Teams change year to year. The league changes, circumstances change, player’s change, etc. You don’t win the same way year after year.

    For better or worse, the 2009 team or their “recipe for success” is not going to show up this year.

    All that matters though at the end of the day is that you are winning. And THIS team is winning. They have the best record in baseball. THIS team is winning in its own way.

    And personally, if I had the choice between the 2009 team or the 2010 team heading into a 7 game series, I am taking the 2010 team because of the strength of the starting pitching.

  109. Matt June 27th, 2010 at 12:04 am

    I think Teix and A-Rod are getting closer to getting their swings back, but Jeter I’m not as sure about.

    He looks like he’s having trouble catching up to good fastballs sometimes, and I’m worried that he may have lost some bat speed. When you combine his over-aggressiveness at the plate with the fact that he just isn’t making as much solid contact, it’s a recipe for a down year. He’s swinging at more pitches out of the zone and seeing a lot fewer pitches per plate appearance. His walks are way down and his groundball rate his shot up.

    He could end up turning it around, but before he can even start doing so he’s going to have to start grinding out more at bats. He had a nice at bat leading off the game today, but then had some bad ones as the game went on. Swinging at the first pitch is nice when you are hitting the ball hard, but a lot of his first pitch outs are routine grounders to short or second base.

  110. the gay Yankee fan June 27th, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Do you have any hope Tex, Arod, and/or Jeter can find their form?

    What about Granderson?

    ——

    I think Tex will. He is still young. ARod will probably go on a slow but inevitable decline. Okay before someone jumps on me, I did say a slow decline year over year. Meaning he’ll still hit well but the numbers each passing year will be less and less impressive.

    Jeter looks like he has declined so much so fast, I just don’t feel confident that we will ever see the Jeter of last year again. We might see short spurts but overall, he’ll be a shadow of what he used to be. He’ll still be decent.

    Granderson is doing exactly what he has always been doing: batting .240 with some decent power.

  111. m June 27th, 2010 at 12:05 am

    matt,

    What you say is fair (and correct).

    Jeter/Tex/Alex have been struggling to some extent. What do you suggest they do? (serious question) because those 3 aren’t going anywhere.

    And believe it or not, others have picked up the slack. Cano is having an mvp type of season (sorry, millar-it aint pedo). Swisher has quietly had a very solid season. And Gardner has sustained his numbers. Granderson has flashes. Cervelli’s not going anywhere. The bench is what it is. The bench.

    What beyond imploring from our comfy homes is the viable solution?

  112. Bronx Jeers June 27th, 2010 at 12:05 am

    The funny thing is that AJ strikes me as the type of guy that might have a good laugh at that.

    AJ’s issues really seem to be mental. Like he’s extremely distracted. Maybe his grandfathers illness and passing is really affecting him. Maybe it’s something else. He did throw some great pitches tonight. Then he would lose it as fast as it came.

    It’s frustrating because he’s hurting the team right now but you gotta believe he’ll come around. The ability is there.

  113. YankeeRay June 27th, 2010 at 12:08 am

    I said it once and I’ll say it again:
    It’s time to seriously consider getting Lee.
    Find a 3 way trade and trade Javy, Romine a SS and Pitcher to get back Lee.
    We don’t need anything back for Javy. Use him to get something else to give the M’s.
    Let Burnett and Hughes fight it out for the 5th spot and the loser goes to the pen in the playoffs.
    If you have to cut back innings on Hughes and put him in the pen then so be it but Lee is a priority to me right now.
    Our line up will survive and if NJ can come back and help out then that will be like adding a bat via trade.
    Another RP would also help but Lee is a must IMO.

  114. m June 27th, 2010 at 12:08 am

    This is what you should be thinking about Tex, “Thank goodness, it’s about time” Be happy that he’s not putting up Pena numbers (currently sitting at the mendoza line).

  115. Black Magic June 27th, 2010 at 12:09 am

    I’m not as confident in Jeter as the other two.

    How many 36 year old SS do you see? In the post-steroids era, players don’t get better when they hit their late 30s.

    A-Rod will be OK. He too is aging like most hitters do at his age.

    Tex is in his prime, just got off to a slow start and trying to play catch up.

    Granderson is what he is… a streaky player who can’t hit lefties. Ditto Swish, a guy who will run hot and cold.

    The 3-4 need to start hitting then everything else will fall into place.

  116. Joba Tips his Cap June 27th, 2010 at 12:10 am

    I recommend AJ go see her:

    http://msnbcmedia2.msn.com/j/m.....#215;2.jpg

  117. Matt June 27th, 2010 at 12:11 am

    On this date last year:

    Teixeira- .276/.384/.575 20 HR 58 RBI
    A-Rod- .227/.389/.487 11 HR 36 RBI (with missing 1 month as well)
    Jeter- .308/.377/.451 8 HR 30 RBI

    This year:

    Jeter- .280/.340/.414 8 HR 39 RBI
    Teixeira- .230/.346/.411 13 HR 48 RBI
    A-Rod- .283/.360/.484 10 HR 52 RBI

    A-Rod, despite hitting .227, was still out performing this year’s A-Rod on the triple slash and had out homered him, despite missing a month. Teixeira has 7 fewer home runs at this point than last year, and is a far inferior hitter overall. Jeter has similar production, but his on base is way down and he’s not hitting for extra bases as often.

    Their main hitters are not only getting on base much less, but driving home many fewer runs. They have been winning because of outstanding starting pitching and Cano, but the offense has really underperformed this year.

    It’d be incredible to see what this team could do if it pulled it all together at once, but now they are too inconsistent.

  118. pat June 27th, 2010 at 12:12 am

    Numbers through 6/25 of each year

    Derek
    2009 .308/.377/.451 30 RBI
    2010 .281/.339/.416 39 RBI

    Tex
    2009 .276/.384/.575 58 RBI
    2010 .230/.348/.404 45 RBI

    Alex
    2009 .227/.389/.487 36 RBI
    2010 .283/.360/.488 51 RBI

  119. Al June 27th, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Jeter’s RBIs are down this year because of how good Gardner has been vs. Melky last year.

  120. pat June 27th, 2010 at 12:14 am

    If I knew Matt was going to do it, I wouldn’t have bothered. :sad:

  121. Seth June 27th, 2010 at 12:16 am

    The important stats for Jeter are average and OBP… not RBIs

    Alex missed a month, yet still had 1 more HR than he does this year.

    Tex’s numbers are obviously drastic.

  122. m June 27th, 2010 at 12:16 am

    matt,

    No offense, but it’s no secret that the pitching has been our calling card. Between Andy, Phil, and CC they have only 6 losses almost halfway through the season.

    I don’t know how people who dwell on these kinds of things get through the ebbs and flows of the regular season. Seriously.

  123. Matt June 27th, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Well they can’t do much about Jeter/A-Rod/Teixeira because they are relying on those guys as core pieces of their offense and so far they haven’t produced nearly enough.

    I do think Jeter needs to be dropped in the order though if he isn’t going to work deep counts as much, because right now he has the 2nd worst OBP on the team and barely sees more pitches than Cano at the plate. Teixeira I thought should have been switched with Cano earlier on when he was struggling, but for now I think he’s hitting well enough to leave him there. He’s getting on base more, so you can get more guys on in front of Cano.

    Eventually the players have to start getting the job done. There’s only so much a manager can do when his key players aren’t coming through, other than realize when things aren’t working and try to put his hotter hitters higher up in the order. Jeter is not getting on base often enough to lead off, but they’d never dare move him down because he’s Jeter.

  124. Matt June 27th, 2010 at 12:18 am

    Haha sorry pat, we posted them within a minute of each other so nothing we could have done. It’s really staggering to see how far the on base and other such numbers have fallen this year. They just haven’t been as consistent this year, even though they’ve been healthy for the most part.

  125. pat June 27th, 2010 at 12:19 am

    And yet….

    2009 41-32
    2010 46-28

    which is what’s more important than the sum of its parts.

  126. Matt June 27th, 2010 at 12:21 am

    Obviously finding ways to win games is what’s important, but they have lost a lot of winnable games as a result of the inconsistent offense. The results have been good on the whole, but they should be better than they have been and that’s what’s most frustrating. They are keeping teams like Tampa and Boston closer than they deserve to be by letting some of these games slip away, which may make it harder later on.

  127. Tyler June 27th, 2010 at 12:23 am

    1963 NYY June 26th, 2010 at 11:18 pm
    kill schilling,

    Agree. After the way Torre was killed by the mediots all yesterday, it gives me satisfaction to see Torre win today.

    Hope he wins tomorrow too. (The Yanks have plenty of opportunities to win series the rest of the year, but losing a series to the Dodgers will irk Levine, Hank, and Trost and probably Cashman too. All the cronies who wanted Torre gone will see him win a series against us even though the Dodgers are playing .300 ball this month).

    Will not be upset at all if the Dodgers are victorious tomorrow. It will be karma to the stooges who tried to throw him out the door.
    ————————————-

    I usually respect people’s opinions but i totally disagree. Torre is a good guy and was a good manager for a period of time managing egos but he betrayed the yankees in my opinion. He was a losing manager before coming to the Yanks. Remember the “clueless joe” headline. He fell into a great team that was helped by Buck’s tutelage and Michael’s eye for talent. Torre got his rear-end handed to him in ’04 by Francona and him not doing more about trying to stop the game or pull the team off the field with the midges in Cleveland is a travesty. And the book was the last straw. The Yanks made Torre not the other way around. He was a nothing manager before 1996. The Yankees were the Yankees long before 1996. I thought he betrayed the Yanks. His new contract had a performance clause. Big deal. There are millions of Americans who would die for a chance to earn millions managing a stupid baseball team. If he thinks he is above that then I’m glad he moved on. He’s been in the World Series so many times with the Dodgers that he really is the messiah.

  128. the gay Yankee fan June 27th, 2010 at 12:23 am

    # Al June 27th, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Jeter’s RBIs are down this year because of how good Gardner has been vs. Melky last year.

    ——–

    I think you meant to say, “Jeter’s RBI’s are up this year…”

    I think that is an excellent example of how good Gardner has been this year compared to Melky. Jeter’s RBI totals are actually up despite a lower batting avg.

    Another example of how Gardner, Cano, Swisher, and for a brief time in May, Cervelli all carried the Yankees this year.

  129. m June 27th, 2010 at 12:25 am

    In case you haven’t noticed, this is the year of the pitcher. Offense and HR (except Toronto?!) are down in general.

    The numbers you posted actually look decent for how bad those 3 have looked at times. Considering that we’ve been a M*A*S*H unit at or near the top in all offensive categories it’s time to appreciate rather than lament.

  130. pat June 27th, 2010 at 12:25 am

    The thing that also gets lost in the chat is the team was restructured to account for Derek, Jorge and to some degree Alex having lesser seasons.

    The point of getting players in their primes like Cano, Swisher, Granderson, Gardner and Tex is to off set the marching of time.

  131. Torro June 27th, 2010 at 12:26 am

    It really doesn’t feel like we have the record that we do. Maybe it is because we are playing so many close games

  132. GreenBeret7 June 27th, 2010 at 12:30 am

    The reason that you think it feels like the Yankees don’t have the record they do is because there are so many idiots crying after each loss. what’s worse is that they whine over the wins not being pretty enough or not winning by enough runs.

  133. igotid88 June 27th, 2010 at 12:31 am

    can they skip his start?

  134. Matt June 27th, 2010 at 12:32 am

    The American League is averaging 4.82 runs per game this season. In the first half last year they averaged… 4.82 runs per game.

    The “year of the pitcher” thing is perpetuated by media outlets who are gushing over the statistical anomaly that is all the no hitters being thrown.

    The AL is hitting .269/.336/.429 this season so far. In the first half of last year? .264/.335/.427. The league is actually hitting better overall this year, but is scoring the same number of runs.

  135. pat June 27th, 2010 at 12:33 am

    2009/2010 w/RISP

    Derek .259/.293
    Tex .264/.253
    Alex .265/.343

    Derek and Alex have been better so far this year than last year.

  136. AIR JORDAN June 27th, 2010 at 12:37 am

    A big problem is the lack of big innings, thats why we can’t win in a Burnett start.

    The team plays for a big inning, but get nothing. They usually get a couple of guys on base but don’t drive them in.

    We’re not the type of team to chip away. If we’re going to come back from a 3,4,5 run deficit, we’re going to score a bunch of runs in 1 inning to get us very close or take the lead.

    I think that is the problem though. Swisher today was thinking “tie game” when he was AB. Not let me get on base for Gardner. They need to be more patient and learn how to chip away and steal it at the end, rather than try to get it all back at once and end up getting nothing and then have no shot when the bullpen puts it out of reach. Or wait till the closer comes in. We’re not scoring 4 runs off K-Rod or Broxton or any closer.

    Look at the Arizona game. We were down 1 vs. Heilman, so it worked out well. Pressure was all on him, and we were patient because we knew a walk was the go-ahead run. If we were down 3, it is a different story.

  137. pat June 27th, 2010 at 12:38 am

    jonmorosi #Mariners announce that they have acquired Russell Branyan from the #Indians for Juan Diaz and Ezequiel Carrera.

  138. GreenBeret7 June 27th, 2010 at 12:38 am

    There are only 3 sets of numbers that I care about….run production, run prevention and wins.

  139. Nick in SF in Lake Tahoe June 27th, 2010 at 12:40 am

    “You don’t like what I say, but that doesn’t give you the right to question my fandom.”

    Know your rights!

  140. the gay Yankee fan June 27th, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Tampa Bay alone is responsible for two of the no-hitters/perfect games.

  141. pat June 27th, 2010 at 12:41 am

    When it became increasingly apparent that the Yankees weren’t going to take back Johnny Damon last January, the outfielder-designated hitter – trying to find a home as a free agent – heard from a most interesting suitor:

    The Red Sox.

    Boston , Damon’s employer from 2002 through 2005, wanted to make sure that if Damon came dirt cheap – for, say, a $3-million salary – the Sawx would be in the mix, a person familiar with the situation confirmed.

    But Damon, having infuriated Red Sox Nation when he left Boston for the Yankees after ’05, didn’t want to create a similar situation in the Bronx .

    “I wasn’t ready to get into that,” Damon told Newsday on Thursday as his Tigers closed out a series with the Mets at Citi Field . “Sure, if something happened and they were to trade for me, that would be one thing. But I wasn’t going to go on my own.”

    He described the Red Sox’s inquiry as “a quick ‘would he consider it?’ type of thing.”

    Looking back to Damon’s free agency after ’05, he realized he’d be heavily damaging his bond with Red Sox fans by going to the hated Yankees . But that “turncoat” decision occurred only after a near-agreement between Damon and the Dodgers blew up. Imagine if Damon had never become a Yankee?

    “I was in the car on the way to the [Orlando] airport to fly to L.A.,” Damon said. “I got the phone call, and they said they’re thinking about what they could possibly do, because they just gave [Rafael] Furcal three years and $39 million. They knew they would have to pay me that type of money and for more years. They were like, ‘Uh, we’ll hold off.’ ”

    http://mobile.newsday.com/inf/.....nopaging=1

  142. Alex June 27th, 2010 at 12:42 am

    Damon and Matsui obviously played big roles in the offense last year.

    Granderson isin’t even close to replacing Damon’s production. Not only that, he is a liability vs. lefties.

    Matsui is currently being replaced by nobody.

  143. pat June 27th, 2010 at 12:42 am

    Nice way to treat an old friend :sad:

    Ledger_Yankees Torre on Jeter striking out three times on his birthday. “Well , it was my present to him.” Boom, roasted!

  144. LLIME June 27th, 2010 at 12:44 am

    This team needs Mike Mussina back. He is the missing spark for the team

  145. Tyler June 27th, 2010 at 12:48 am

    LLIME June 27th, 2010 at 12:44 am
    This team needs Mike Mussina back. He is the missing spark for the team
    ————————-

    You can’t be serious. Maybe if the teams sudoku production is down or something…. but for baseball? come on.

  146. Dev June 27th, 2010 at 12:49 am

    Wow, it is almost 1 AM?

    This did not feel like a 7 PM game.

  147. GreenBeret7 June 27th, 2010 at 12:49 am

    The Red Sox continue to corner the market on all of the great outfield talent in baseball. They’ve acquired Eric Patterson.

  148. the gay Yankee fan June 27th, 2010 at 12:49 am

    AIR JORDAN, I totally agree.

    They play for the big inning, i.e. 3-run homer but rarely get it.

    Notice that Gardner shuts down his running game once they’re down by more than two runs?

    They’ve even got him changing his game to play for the big inning. They swing hard and go after everything when there’s men on base. Looking to hit the proverbial 5-run homerun each time.

    If they come up short (and they usually do, they get no runs, instead of getting at least one or two runs back to get closer.)

    Other teams keep on running (watch Tampa for example, they run pretty much at any situation.)

  149. yankee fan June 27th, 2010 at 1:15 am

    you got to watch the face of this young Yankee fan… yankee vs. diamondback game alst wednesday… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-92KLYtLuk

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