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Pitching matchups in Boston

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 01, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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LHP Andy Pettitte (11-3, 3.17)
vs.
RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (9-6, 4.72)
7:10 p.m., MY9

Saturday
RHP A.J. Burnett (10-15, 5.33)
vs.
RHP Clay Buchholz (17-7, 2.33)
4:10 p.m., FOX

Sunday
TBA
vs.
RHP John Lackey (13-11, 4.47)
1:35 p.m., YES Network / TBS

Associated Press photo of Pettitte

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68 Responses to “Pitching matchups in Boston”

  1. Wave Your Hat October 1st, 2010 at 11:47 am

    AJ vs Buchholtz…Can’t wait for that one.

  2. Erin October 1st, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Ugh…My9. This means I’m definitely stuck watching the NESN feed. :(

  3. Quiggy October 1st, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Brackman debut on Sunday maybe?

  4. CR9 October 1st, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Dallas Braden on MLBN? UGH!!!! Guess MLBNet is out the window for me. I refuse to listen to a steaming pile of ….. bash the Yankees and notably, A God!

  5. West Coast Yankee Fan October 1st, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Would love to see Brackman – if the game doesn’t mean anything. The curiosity factor.

  6. West Coast Yankee Fan October 1st, 2010 at 11:50 am

    You can always listen to the audio of Sterling and Waldman.

  7. blake October 1st, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Sundays starter will probably depend on what is on the line…if Tampa has wrapped up the division then it would be cool to see Brackman. If the division is still a possibility then they could throw Hughes and still have him on regular rest for Game 3 of the ALDS. Again it just depends on where they are and how much value they put on HFA…

  8. Erin October 1st, 2010 at 11:54 am

    West Coast Yankee Fan October 1st, 2010 at 11:50 am
    You can always listen to the audio of Sterling and Waldman.

    *****************************
    That won’t work either. I’m don’t live in New York, so my XM radio would only carry the Boston radio guys.

  9. West Coast Yankee Fan October 1st, 2010 at 11:56 am

    You can listen to them on your home computer Erin.

  10. Don Vito A. Bellamo October 1st, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Hughes wins the last game of the season to give us AL East and HFA and him some nice MO for his playoff start…..Priceless…. :-)

  11. jackamir October 1st, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    How about the weather? I hear its pouring in Beantown.

  12. West Coast Yankee Fan October 1st, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Will be have to endure a Fenway sendoff for Mike Lowell Sunday?

  13. Erin October 1st, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan October 1st, 2010 at 11:56 am
    You can listen to them on your home computer Erin.

    ******************************
    Thanks for the suggestion, but I don’t really like watching/listening to games over the computer. I’ll just suffer through NESN. lol

  14. CR9 October 1st, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Listening to NESN isn’t suffering. You’ll hear them whine about injuries making them miss the postseason and wax poetic Tito and all of their guys! Now that they’re out of it, I intend on watching the NESN broadcast, given the choice of either YES or NESN!

    Teddy Losegame! 0 rings, 1 frozen head, 2 world series hits!!

    AJ Burnett: 2 rings!

  15. blake October 1st, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    I think you play out these 3 games to win…rest guys if they really need it but they are getting Monday and Tuesday off anyway so you want to build some momentum and stave off rust…baseball players are creatures of habit and too much rest can actually be a bad thing….line things up for the playoffs but play to win, doing anything else could be problematic IMO.

  16. comet October 1st, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Erin isn’t that something with XM? You’d think they could carry both feeds. Next year I’m canning XM and signing up for the audio feed via my computer for MLB.com. it’s only $15.00 a year. That way I can listen to WCBS 880 for the games rather than the feed from the home team for away games.

    Comet

  17. ericns1 October 1st, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    AJ on Saturday – that should be fun!

  18. Erica in NY October 1st, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Comet-

    I used to have the gameday audio package to listen to games online while I was at work. I LOVED it.

    (I only discontinued it when they cracked down on radio streaming here)

  19. Erin October 1st, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    comet-I know. It’s very annoying. I agree, you would think you’d be able to pick which feed you want to listen to. That’s the only thing I don’t like about XM.

  20. comet October 1st, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Erica that’s my plan for next year. It’s cheap and I don’t have to listen to the locals in Tampa and every where else whine about the Yankees. I rather like Sterling and can tolerate Susynn Waldman.

    How’s life Erica?

    C

  21. YankFanCA October 1st, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    I realize Boston wants to play spoiler in some way/shape/form, but I thought they’d at least offer one of the weekend starts to a AAA pitcher. I mean, do they really need to see the mediocre Lackey one last time?

  22. ConcernedCitizen October 1st, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    I use the MLB app on my iPod Touch to get radio broadcasts. You can pick what stream you listen to no matter what. It’s only 15 bucks a year for the app, not a bad deal when you think about all the other stuff it offers. (Videos, stats, etc.)

  23. Bret The Hitman October 1st, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Cashman needs to go October 1st, 2010 at 11:42 am
    Bret The Hitman October 1st, 2010 at 11:07 am
    jacksquat,

    The camera hides all the physical contact initiated by the other guy prior to my friend elbowing him in the face. The other guy was charged with criminal provocation. My friend was charged with battery and spent 3 days in jail held on $10,000 bond.

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

    And yet if the 3 bouncers actually had a brain they be able to stop that altercation WAY before your friend’s elbow KO’d the douche (heck they were like what 8 feet away when the loser started instigating)…..but then again if bouncers actually had a brain they be doing something else instead of picking their noses at 4am in the morning at the local dive….

    also with that long spiral staircase people have to navigate to get to the bar, it looks like a lawsuit waiting to happen..wow 3 days in jail for basically a punch to the face – and here i thought wyoming was part of the wild west and not some stuck up snooty state like massachusetts where Boston resides….

    *********

    I agree. The bouncers had plenty of time to see the conflict escalating and because of their inaction, the fight broke out.

    My friend is down 5 k and lost 3 days in jail for a punch to the face.

    But there was also a pool of blood around the dude’s head after my friend stomped on it.

  24. CR9 October 1st, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Bret – You didnt really think that Boston bouncers were going to stop Boston fans from starting crap with a fan with a Yankees hat on, did you???

    :lol:

  25. CR9 October 1st, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Honestly, Im surprised that the Boston fan even got arrested and charged with anything. We all know that Boston Police will ignore law and side with fellow Bostonians, especially against Yanks fans!

  26. Bret The Hitman October 1st, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    CR9,

    The beating took place in Wyoming.

    My friend said the guy was actually a Twins fan.

  27. West Coast Yankee Fan October 1st, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Our wonderful number 2 and 4 starters combined. Wow.

    20 wins -25 losses

    5.33 ERA

    337 IP

    353 Hits

    200 Earned Runs

    261 Strikeouts

    56 Home Runs

  28. Patrick October 1st, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Wouldn’t it be nice to sweep Boston this weekend?

  29. CR9 October 1st, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Bret – Oh. Not sure why a Twins fan would start crap. Good luck to your friend.

  30. UnKnown October 1st, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    AJ said after his last start that all he hears is winning in the postseason is the most important thing. And he did that last year.
    Well AJ beating the Sux is the second most important thing. Please do that tomorrow. You will be challenged Sir. Win or do the honorable thing and excuse yourself from all postseason play.

  31. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 1st, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Boston is a nice, challenging, tune up series before the playoffs. I guess the East is still within our grasp, but we’ll need to sweep Boston and hope TB has a rough time with KC, which is doubtful.

  32. jacksquat October 1st, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    They should consider Pettitte – Hughes – Burnett, so either Pettitte or Hughes could go in game two. But they don’t really seem to want to start Hughes again, even though that would keep him pitching regularly and 5 more innings isn’t going to make any difference.

  33. YankFanCA October 1st, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Unknown — Burnett doesn’t get it. Maybe it’s an ego thing, but he thinks he’s a top-tier pitcher. You’d think that all of the beatings inflicted upon him might make him a tad self-aware and contrite. No such luck. We’re not talking about a highly evolved person here.

  34. Don Vito A. Bellamo October 1st, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    # Patrick October 1st, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Wouldn’t it be nice to sweep Boston this weekend?
    .
    Yes it WILL be !
    .
    :-)

  35. UnKnown October 1st, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Secretly it may be best for AJ to get slammed again tomorrow. Thus almost definitely insuring that he won’t pitch in the first round at the very least. However, that will probably mean the Yankees lose the division.

  36. PacoDooley October 1st, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    With AJ on the mound against someone that will finish in the top 3 of the Cy Young voting, a sweep doesn’t appear to be in the cards…

  37. tk October 1st, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    “Our wonderful number 2 and 4 starters combined. Wow.”

    The flip side of that though is that the rest of the team has posted a 3.62 ERA in 1,077 innings. If 200+ of their innings are replaced by Cliff Lee next year, the Yankee staff has the potential to dominate.

  38. ac1 October 1st, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    CC/Lee/Pettitte/Hughes will be a sweet 1-4.

    I still advocate letting Burnett go if they cant find a taker and starting Nova as the #5. Since he wouldnt make more than a half mil, the money going to Burnett won’t hurt as bad as signing Lee AND another starter. Those other 4 should allow for the Nova growing pains.

    Mentally, it has to be draining to go out there when aj is starting now and know that there is more than a good chance the game will be put nearly out of reach by the 3rd inning. They are always waiting for the shoe to drop, and its mentally draining, which is probably why he gets less run support.

    And he doesnt really seem to understand just how bad he was this year.

  39. West Coast Yankee Fan October 1st, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    tk
    October 1st, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    “Our wonderful number 2 and 4 starters combined. Wow.”

    The flip side of that though is that the rest of the team has posted a 3.62 ERA in 1,077 innings. If 200+ of their innings are replaced by Cliff Lee next year, the Yankee staff has the potential to dominate.

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

    If Pettitte comes back, Sabathia, Lee, Hughes, Pettitte, Burnett would be a good rotation at the top, but an older Pettitte and Burnett are iffy.

  40. YankFanCA October 1st, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Yes, ac1, being put in an early hole is getting to be commonplace. Over the past 2+ weeks, I can point to only Hughes’ start vs. Boston and CC’s last start as games where the team wasn’t put in a deep, early hole.

    In the playoffs, the Yankees simply can’t be spotting the opposition numerous early runs. That means no Vazquez and no Burnett.

  41. Kelvin October 1st, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Bank on it, aj will pitch up to his capabilities tomorrow.

    Either sweep or 2 of 3.

  42. Ross October 1st, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    jackamir October 1st, 2010 at 12:00 pm
    How about the weather? I hear its pouring in Beantown.

    ……………………..

    Looking out of the window (in Metrowest), it is bucketing down up here! Chances of the Fenway turf being unplayable by about 5pm? 95% or better.

  43. CR9 October 1st, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Cant the rain just engulf Fenway Field so that atrocity of a stadium no longer exists!!!!!!! Mother Nature, please be of service!

    I just got GREAT news, and a giant weight has been lifted off my shoulders!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2010 World Series Champion New York Yankees here we come!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. West Coast Yankee Fan October 1st, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    The chances of the Yankees letting Burnett go are about 1% in my opinion.

  45. CR9 October 1st, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Singing to a picture of AJ

    Oh you look so beautiful tonight
    Oh you look so beautiful tonight
    Oh you look so beautiful tonight
    In the city of blinding lights

    :lol:

  46. ac1 October 1st, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    jackamir October 1st, 2010 at 12:00 pm
    How about the weather? I hear its pouring in Beantown
    __

    i live in boston, just started pouring, very windy..

  47. tk October 1st, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    “If Pettitte comes back, Sabathia, Lee, Hughes, Pettitte, Burnett would be a good rotation at the top, but an older Pettitte and Burnett are iffy.”

    WCYF,

    No guarantees they end up with that rotation, but if they do their question marks would be considerably less than any other rotation. Pettitte’s age does give some cause for concern, but he should still be an above average #4. Personally, I have zero expectations of Burnett providing any future value to the Yankees–so I’m with you there. However, that front three would probably provide 600+ innings of all-star caliber performance. That would be about 40% of the team’s total innings, and would cover up a lot of flaws on the back-end.

  48. SJ44 October 1st, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    The Yankees aren’t eating 49.5 million dollars(the amount remaining on Burnett’s contract), which they will have to do, if they let him go.

    That kind of dead money would prevent them from signing someone like Cliff Lee, or any other free agent.

    Absent one of the ten teams on AJ’s approved trade list taking on most, if not all the remaining money on his contract, he will be a Yankee in 2011.

  49. Erica in NY October 1st, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    comet October 1st, 2010 at 12:10 pm
    Erica that?s my plan for next year. It?s cheap and I don?t have to listen to the locals in Tampa and every where else whine about the Yankees. I rather like Sterling and can tolerate Susynn Waldman.

    How?s life Erica?
    ***************

    A little busy, but I have been okay.

    This week started out very rough (I brought a flat tire home with me Monday night). But the week got better as it went on :-)

  50. Betsy October 1st, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    You can not pitch Andy tonight, even if the rain stops. It’s going to be icky conditions and we hardly need to take any chances. Let Moseley start and go with Andy tomorrow – too bad about AJ. I would be very upset if the Yankees took chances tonight. IMO, Swisher should sit and so should Cano and maybe Tex. I’m not going to kill the team to win the division at this point.

    If Phil does start Sunday, I’d only let him throw a few innings; I don’t get why CC won’t be doing that – just to keep him sharp

  51. Betsy October 1st, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    I don’t want them to play tonight. Play a DH whenever and just rest the players; if the Yanks win, great. I hate getting in as the 2nd best team in the division, but the Yankees are a bit banged up and some of them need rest. I’d rather a DH played on good ground than a lousy game played in hideous conditions.

  52. SAS October 1st, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    JCPD,

    Just checked out the pix. They were awesome. Thanks so much for sharing.

  53. Betsy October 1st, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I don’t care if AJ throws a no-hitter, this time with less than 9 walks. I don’t want him anywhere in the ALDS rotation and I barely want him on the ALCS rotation. Cashman was quoted in Newsday as saying that CC and Phil have been fantastic, so I’m hoping that means that Phil is a lock and that this stuff about AJ is just to keep his spirits up

  54. Betsy October 1st, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Andy would be the #4 in that staff probably due to age and the likelihood of injury. I personally would not dump him yet and I would not (even if Andy retires) put Nova or another kid in the rotation.

  55. Betsy October 1st, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    I would give AJ another chance to be sure – he doesn’t have to be great, just good. If I’m the Yankees, however, I sit down and I tell him that he get his head out of his rear end and make some changes. AJ’s a good guy, but that doesn’t help the team on the mound. Throw some cold water on him -tell him that if he keeps pitching like this, he will be out of baseball in short order (which he would).

  56. West Coast Yankee Fan October 1st, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    tk October 1st, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    “If Pettitte comes back, Sabathia, Lee, Hughes, Pettitte, Burnett would be a good rotation at the top, but an older Pettitte and Burnett are iffy.”

    WCYF, No guarantees they end up with that rotation, but if they do their question marks would be considerably less than any other rotation. Pettitte’s age does give some cause for concern, but he should still be an above average #4. Personally, I have zero expectations of Burnett providing any future value to the Yankees–so I’m with you there. However, that front three would probably provide 600+ innings of all-star caliber performance. That would be about 40% of the team’s total innings, and would cover up a lot of flaws on the back-end.

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

    Absolutely, I would take Sabathia, Lee and Hughes in a heartbeat. We will need Lee, no question in order to stay competitive. Lester, Beckett, Buchholz, are going to be formidable if healthy.

  57. SAS October 1st, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Betsy,

    Is it still pouring in NY? I hope our house is OK. I haven’t heard from my son so I assume it is.

  58. blake October 1st, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    SJ,
    Just to play devil’s advocate….would there ever be a time where eating a significant portion of AJs contract would be better than paying all of it?….assuming someone would make the deal if they did..

  59. West Coast Yankee Fan October 1st, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Maybe in the last year of his contract. Not now, there is no chance at all.

  60. Betsy October 1st, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Beckett is not very good…….

  61. Betsy October 1st, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    SAS, yes -it’s pouring.

  62. Cashman needs to go October 1st, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    YankFanCA October 1st, 2010 at 12:39 pm
    Unknown — Burnett doesn’t get it. Maybe it’s an ego thing, but he thinks he’s a top-tier pitcher. You’d think that all of the beatings inflicted upon him might make him a tad self-aware and contrite. No such luck. We’re not talking about a highly evolved person here.

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

    As much as i don’t respect the man’s heart and/or wasted talent – he has numerous times mentioned in post game interviews that he is a .500 pitcher and that is why he struggles so much..it ain’t his fault cashman messed up the previous 8 years and pretty much had to overpay for a .500 pitcher starting on the downside of his career…

  63. upstate kate October 1st, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    and that is the whole problem…he hasn’t been a .500 pitcher this year

  64. SJ44 October 1st, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Blake,

    Last year of his deal. Even then, the Yankees would look for a team to take on some portion of his contract.

    They aren’t eating 49.5 million, that’s for sure.

    If they didn’t cut Carl Pavano loose, they aren’t cutting Burnett loose.

    They will look to get him back on track next year.

    It’s all they can do right now.

  65. West Coast Yankee Fan October 1st, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Betsy
    October 1st, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Beckett is not very good…….

    **********

    Beckett is an excellent pitcher – he’s been injured.

  66. Betsy October 1st, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    He was bad before he hurt his back……..he’s ok; I won’t say excellent.

  67. West Coast Yankee Fan October 1st, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Right. If he’s healthy he’s a premier pitcher. He’s only 30 years old and is 112 – 74 in his career with a 3.96 ERA

  68. West Coast Yankee Fan October 1st, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Heyman – Manuel and Minaya gone.

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