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Wayward pitches aside, Burnett happy with sim performance

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 13, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

When the Yankees setup a simulated game, they try to make everything as real as possible. It doesn’t more real than this: A.J. Burnett plunked two batters today. He got Greg Golson early, then he hit Austin Kearns late.

“It’s different when it’s our guys,” Burnett said. “They know I didn’t mean to do it. It’s not a good feeling, but at the same time, you see how it works every for our guys. From then on out no body wanted to step in.”

Both hit batters came on two-seam fastballs that got away, and Burnett laughed about them afterward. So did Kearns, who was grazed in the upper arm. Those two pitches aside, Burnett was happy with his outing. His past few bullpen sessions had been no more than 20 pitches, and the biggest test seemed to be working with a long pitch count deep into a (simulated) game.

“Better than I thought,” Burnett said. “I ended up throwing 80-plus pitches and felt good the whole way through it. That was a big step forward I think… Curveball was great I thought today, and I threw some great changeups too. The only two that got away were the only two that hit our guys.”

Burnett said he felt strong throughout. He’s never lacked confidence he said, but to have so much time off and still feel sharp this afternoon was a sense of relief.

“(His stuff) is always good,” Kearns said. “I think it’s just a matter of feel as far as control or command, whatever you want to say. But his stuff is good.”

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131 Responses to “Wayward pitches aside, Burnett happy with sim performance”

  1. Carl October 13th, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    wooo hes ready to go.

  2. m October 13th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Kearns being a good teammate. :)

  3. Cashman needs to go October 13th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    #1 – great AJ – now if we can get the rangers to put austin kearns, ramiro pena, cervelli and greg golson in their lineup we should be good to go!!!!

    #2 – “His past few bullpen sessions had been no more than 20 pitches” – I’ll sign up right now for AJ to pitch game #4 if the yankees promise it’ll be for only 20 pitches…

  4. Bronx Jeers October 13th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    m,

    The adderall would be for AJ.

    Although I have said in the past that Cliff Lee pitches like he’s on Xanax.

    Or at least he did during WS game 1 last year.

  5. m October 13th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    For the life of me I can’t recall what AJ stands for Alan James?

  6. m October 13th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Lee has that medicated look.

  7. Erica in NY October 13th, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    2 Days, 3 Hours, and 50 Minutes until Game 1 of the ALCS :grin:

  8. Jacob Ruppert October 13th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    stuckey99
    Fairness isn’t the problem, giving a crap either way is the shortcoming here.

    ————————————

    I hesitate to get involved in the online cold war you and CR9 have going on but I just wanted to honestly ask you a question. Referencing that quote about giving a crap, I wonder what is the point for you of being a fan of the Yankees.

    I have been a fan of the team since I was ten years old. Partially it was fun for me to have something in common to cheer for with my dad and brothers but as I got older, I started to wonder to what was the point.

    I found that part of the enjoyment of having a favorite team was realizing that, although we as fans would never get to celebrate on the field with the players or get a World Series ring to commemorate that event, the most fun part was celebrating the team’s success in my own way.

    Sharing the bliss with family and friends was part of it but another part was getting to enjoy seeing your favorite players and team adulated by the fans and media, rewatching old games and coverage to relive those feeling of bliss and seeing the team (just as all champions of their respective sports) held up as the standard for excellence in their sport that season.

    For me, I guess that means giving a crap. And when the media or the coverage of the team is biased or slanted, denying the Yankees or a Yankee player his earned and rightful praise, it takes away a good deal of the enjoyment that I (and I am sure many others) experience.

    So I guess I just wonder, if giving a crap is a shortcoming, then why bother even being a fan?

  9. Laura - I Bleed Blue October 13th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Sorry, but I can’t get too excited about AJ pitching in a simulated game. How many times has he had outstanding stuff in the bullpen only to throw crap during the real game? And the fact that he’s hitting batters in a game that counts for Jack Squat is a sad statement about his command.

  10. Erin October 13th, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    m October 13th, 2010 at 4:07 pm
    For the life of me I can?t recall what AJ stands for Alan James?

    *********************************
    You’re right-Alan James.

  11. Laura - I Bleed Blue October 13th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    “For the life of me I can?t recall what AJ stands for Alan James?”

    Wiki says Allan James.

  12. Rich in NJ October 13th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    I don’t think I would put Kearns on the roster.

  13. West Coast Yankee Fan October 13th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Shut up AJ. No one cares that “you” thought you threw well. Just pitch and don’t suck.

  14. Yanksgal07 October 13th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    I’m going to give AJ the benefit of the doubt till he proves me wrong. I’m hoping for a good if not great game from AJ especially since I’ll be there. I’ve never been to a playoff loss so I’m hoping my track record carries on … (oops ..forget that …I was at the game when Cleveland clinched at YS in 2007.. :( ).

    Anyway …all I can say is …Go AJ !!!! You are on the team I root for ..so .. I’m rooting big time for you…

    Go Yankees 2010 !!!

  15. Laura - I Bleed Blue October 13th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    “I don?t think I would put Kearns on the roster.”

    I KNOW I wouldn’t put Kearns on the roster.

  16. CountryClub October 13th, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Kearns was on the ALDS roster; he’ll be on this one too. Especially since they have 2 LH starters.

  17. Rich in NJ October 13th, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Then we basically agree, Laura.

  18. Rich in NJ October 13th, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Kearns can’t hit anything right now, so I’m not sure why handedness matters.

  19. BIG AL October 13th, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Jacob Ruppert October 13th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

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

    Great post, I too believe that’s how it should be.

  20. m October 13th, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Erin,

    Thanks. He doesn’t look like an Alan. Maybe an Adam. Or Atom.

    Media goes with the highest common denominator of the viewing audience which is anti-Yankee, anti-Lakers, etc.

    You just have to accept it as a fact of life, and enjoy it when they make the talking heads have to eat their words and sing your team’s praises.

    Even TBS and MLB tried to make this not about the Yankees and their fading stars, using newer faces in their promos. But who’s still standing while Longoria & Mauer are at home?

    It’s always about the Yankees.

  21. BIG AL October 13th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    stuckey & CR9 -

    You might consider taking that show on the road – Far, Far away.

    It’s time to stop acting like spoiled kids.

  22. jwolfsthal October 13th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    He hit 2 batters!!! IN A SIM GAME!!! This is not a reason to be confident. He might as well have hit the bull. AJ is a mess, but he’s our mess. By now we all know it’s not his arm, but his head so the manager and the team have to build him up. Girardi is putting him out in Game 4 because he has to. If he doesn’t, then he’s basically being given up for dead with three years remaining. I only hope we are up 2-1 by game 4. Down 0-3, I bet CC starts on short rest. Down 1-2, I bet Girardi thinks about it long and hard.

  23. Cashmoney October 13th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    It’s officially feeling like Autumn outside today…

    If AJ can pitch to 27 Kearns in a game that would be ideal. Other than that , I hope he does well. Hope is the objective word here.

  24. Rich in NJ October 13th, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    “Media goes with the highest common denominator of the viewing audience which is anti-Yankee, anti-Lakers, etc.”

    I would call that the lowest common denominator, m.

  25. m October 13th, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    I had LCM! But chose to take the high road. :)

  26. Cashman needs to go October 13th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    i know michael kay is not a favorite on this blog – but he just said (CR9 take note) that he would take halladay, lee or lincecum over sabathia as well…i gotta say that i can’t disagree with him on that one…

    AJ stands for “Another Joke” – as in the sentences:

    Another joke of a signing by cashman
    Another joke of an outing by burnett
    Burnett plays another joke on the yankees with his lastest pitching performance
    And yet another joke of a pitch with the bases loaded by burnett
    Does burnett have another joke of an excuse for what he did last night at yankee stadium?

  27. yanks 27 October 13th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    The ESPN mediot predictions before the playoffs started

    Only 2 of 28 experts picked the Yanks to win the WS. A lot of them had us losing to the Twins.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=5651702

    For this series, only 4 guys have submitted predictions so far. Law and some other guy thinks we win. Neyer and Nelson think we lose.

  28. Laura - I Bleed Blue October 13th, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Seth Everett called Cliff Lee a whimp because Lee doesn’t want to pitch on 3 days rest.

  29. Cashmoney October 13th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Maybe be Lee can approach 3 days rest with undaunted steadfastness as Seth approaches a hamburger.

  30. m October 13th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Does making snide comments about certain Yankees make you feel good? Or do fingers just take over?

  31. blake October 13th, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Halladay or Lee maybe but no way I’m taking Lincecum over Sabathia. Not for the postseason or for the next 5 years……

  32. Laura - I Bleed Blue October 13th, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    “Maybe be Lee can approach 3 days rest with undaunted steadfastness as Seth approaches a hamburger.”

    I hate Everett for many reasons, but mainly because he’s an A-Rod hater. As for Lee, he knows what he’s capable of better than Everett does. He must believe that he’ll be garbage on short rest. In the end, I think that we need to win this in 6 games so that we don’t have to face him twice.

  33. m October 13th, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    ESPN predictions are another mystery. Do they truly believe that the Yankees can’t win? Or are they being contrarian or biased?

    I’d put some thought into my prognostications. As an analyst, it’s the least I could do. At least take some pride in that part of it.

  34. Erin October 13th, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Cashmoney October 13th, 2010 at 4:29 pm
    Maybe be Lee can approach 3 days rest with undaunted steadfastness as Seth approaches a hamburger.

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

    :lol:

  35. m October 13th, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Halladay, yes. Cliff Lee, maybe. No way to the long haired fairy child.

  36. Cashmoney October 13th, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Laura, I don’t really listen to any of rambling mediots. It’s just a lot noise most of time. I know it’s frustrating when you hear moronic comments. I say the best way is not even give them the pleasure of an audience.

  37. Laura - I Bleed Blue October 13th, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    I’d really like us to take both Games in Texas. That would nullify Lee’s Game 3 start.

  38. Cashman needs to go October 13th, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    blake October 13th, 2010 at 4:31 pm
    Halladay or Lee maybe but no way I’m taking Lincecum over Sabathia. Not for the postseason or for the next 5 years……

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

    One of the reasons I would love to see a Yankees/Giants world series (other than i think the giants are a bad offensive team and the yankees could probably win in 4 or 5 games – or conversely the phillies starting pitching is a bit better than the yankees and their offense is one of the best) is i’d like to see what lincecum can do against an american league east team in a pressure filled game…

  39. West Coast Yankee Fan October 13th, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Long haired fairy child?

    4 – Years
    3 – All Star games
    2 – Cy Young awards
    56-27
    3.04

    NL pitcher. OK.

  40. CR9 October 13th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    m October 13th, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    I love this post of yours; I have a question for you.

    The Lakers only have 17 titles, the Celtics have 18.

    Why is the majority of the sentiment not anti-Celtics?

    It’s not right, it’s not fair, and as a Lakers fan yourself, you should agree with me.

  41. Erin October 13th, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    KenDavidoff Most guys who have good career #s against C. Lee, those came before ’08. But Derek Jeter is 11 for his last 24. #Yankees #Rangers

  42. Betsy October 13th, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Poor CC is constantly getting disrespected. Lincecum has pitched all of 1 post-season game and I doubt he could ever do what CC does – carry his team on 3 days rest over and over.

  43. Rich in NJ October 13th, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Seth Everett is a moron.

  44. CR9 October 13th, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    m October 13th, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    To answer your question: Some do it to be a contrarian, while others do it because they are biased (they pick what they hope will happen).

    There are a few that actually make picks based on logic.

  45. Betsy October 13th, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Halladay yes – Lee is a push, IMO.

  46. stuckey99 October 13th, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    “So I guess I just wonder, if giving a crap is a shortcoming, then why bother even being a fan?”

    Fair question.

    I , really REALLY like baseball. I like to watch it played on the field (most of all) and to think about and anaylize the implications about the next game, series, season, etc. It’s entertaining diversion.

    And I too enjoy the shared experience of having a common interest, with friends, family, with fellow Yankees lovers AT the Stadium, and (in October), people you meet in the street, and at bars, at the train station, etc.

    The other day, on the way home from the city on a train, I shared my ESPN Gamecast of the Thursday 6pm game on my laptop with a bunch of guys who were all trying to get updates on their Blackberries. That was cool.

    And now that extends to online.

    But EXCHANGE, communication , shared experience is part of that equation. The ability to discuss and yes, even disagree (which I’m clearly not adverse to).

    And yes, I’ll even watch Baseball Tonight and the YES postgame to see the observations of others. But that’s a passive, captive activity. It’s even dictatorial to a certain degree.

    Getting personally affected (to whatever degree you like) that someone who happens to be on TV, or has a newspaper column or Blog has a different opinion than you is entirely lost on me.

    MOST of what you described is fulfilling enough, I guess is my best, most succinct answer.

    Voluntarily subjecting yourself to that what you KNOW has a decent change of affecting you negatively, and that you have no control over or can even receive the satisfaction of being able to voice a response is, n a word, masochism, if you want my honest opinion.

    It’s knowingly subjecting yourself to frustration in the search for satisfaction. Seems like a no net gain proposition to me.

    “then why bother even being a fan?”

    Ha, CR9 would have a field day with this one if he didn’t just pledge to ignore me.

    As I said before, I love baseball and I love the Yankees. And that’s not even a conscious, voluntary choice. It’s written into me. I tried to be Jets fan one year when i was 12 or so, but I got sucked back to the Giants.

    But I suppose I’m not a “fan” when that term is used as a proper noun. I don’t self-identity as being part of a group that’s supposed to act and dress and think in a particular way.

    All of which I’m fine with, btw, until it’s used by self-described “fans” as an excuse to create a cast system, elevating themselves to be “true”, superior, better “fans”.

    I don’t mind saying, that’s a symptom of a major character flaw.

    Hope this answers your question because it was a thoughtful one and deserved an honest answer.

  47. CR9 October 13th, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Betsy October 13th, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    CC doesn’t get the respect or credit he deserves, and it’s an indictment on the unprofessional media.

  48. m October 13th, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    No way. I take CC over Seabiscuit or the Freak, if that’s what you prefer.

    CR9,

    In that case, I think it’s an east coast bias. There are more such examples, but I don’t want to go on about it.

  49. youngyankeefan October 13th, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Cashman should so trade Burnett. We might be able to get a nice prospect for him or a #5 starter.

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  50. JobaTipsHisCap October 13th, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    m October 13th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Kearns being a good teammate.

    LOL

  51. JobaTipsHisCap October 13th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Let Lincecum pitch the entire season in AL East, see what happens.

  52. m October 13th, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Is everyone else waiting around to see what color smoke emerges from the clubhouse?

  53. stuckey99 October 13th, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    “It’s time to stop acting like spoiled kids.”

    BIG AL,

    Fixated, mastubatory drive-by posts are tolerated here every day, particularly in game threads. Disturbing, repetitive agendas are apparently accepted as part of the landscape.

    But two people arguing, now THAT just spoils everything…

    That confuses me.

    Can you explain please?

  54. stuckey99 October 13th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    If EVERYONE on ESPN is picking the same way, isn’t that the opposite of “contrarian”, or was I sick the day they taught that in English class?

  55. JM October 13th, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    AP story on AJ’s outing:

    By RONALD BLUM
    AP Sports Writer

    NEW YORK (AP) … A.J. Burnett got on the mound and plunked Greg Golson on
    an arm. Then he whacked Austin Kearns.

    Burnett’s simulated game was a hit … twice … on Wednesday as he prepared
    for his start against Texas in the AL championship series.

    “”It’s different when they’re our guys. They know I didn’t mean to do
    it. But it’s still not a good feeling,” the struggling starting pitcher
    said.

    Burnett was dropped from the New York Yankees’ rotation for the AL
    division series against Minnesota. But manager Joe Girardi doesn’t want to
    bring back CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes on short rest for the
    latter part of the best-of-seven series against the Rangers, which starts
    Friday in Texas.

    So Burnett will start Game 4, his first game action since Oct. 2. He
    threw 80 pitches in the simulated game, with Girardi and pitching coach
    Dave Eiland watching part of it from behind the mound.

    Thwack!

    Not exactly how Burnett wanted to start.

    “”At the same time, you see how it works even for our guys. From them on
    out, nobody wanted to stand up there,” Burnett said. “”I can use that for
    my advantage.”

    Both hit batters came on sliders away, a pitch Burnett said he doesn’t
    use very often during games.

    “”It kind of grazed,” Kearns said. “”It wasn’t anything.”

    Burnett was 10-15 with a 5.26 ERA during the regular season, but just
    4-13 with a 6.48 ERA over the final four months and 1-7 from Aug. 1 on.

    He threw his simulated game to Francisco Cervelli. Last year, Jose
    Molina caught Burnett’s five postseason starts instead of Jorge Posada, and
    Cervelli could wind up behind the plate for Burnett’s start against the
    Rangers. Burnett had a 4.66 ERA in the 129 1-3 innings Cervelli caught
    during the 2010 season, down from a 7.28 ERA in the 38 1-3 innings he threw
    to Posada, according to STATS LLC.

    Given his season, Burnett will be fortunate to pitching to anyone at
    this time of year.

    “”My past couple of bullpens have been 20 pitches at the max. So it was
    good to be out there and get fatigued toward the end and work through it,”
    he said. “”The curveball was great, I thought, today. and I threw some
    great changeups, too. I felt a little off on the stretch in the beginning,
    but a couple innings later I threw a whole inning ouf of the stretch, so it
    caught up with me.”

    NOTES: Girardi wouldn’t say whether he’ll stick with the first-round
    order, when Pettitte pitched Game 2, followed by Hughes. Speaking before
    Wednesday’s workout, Girardi said he wanted to talk with his scouts late in
    the day before making a decision. One factor was whether to pitch his two
    left-handed starters, Sabathia and Pettitte, in consecutive games. “”We’ll
    look at numbers. We’ll look at a lot of different things,” Girardi said.

    AP-WF-10-13-10 2056GMT

  56. Cashmoney October 13th, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    contrarian : A person who played and mastered the game Contra on the original NES.

    If I may add, one of the toughest game ever created on any platforms. Though, there is a cheat you can get 48 lives?

  57. upstate kate October 13th, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Everyone on espn isn’t picking the same way, there is some variety. I like watching/listening to some of them reverse their thoughts, now that the Yankees swept the Twins.

  58. West Coast Yankee Fan October 13th, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Burnett a 4.66 ERA in the 129 1-3 innings Cervelli caught him.

    A 7.28 ERA in the 38 1-3 innings Posada caught him.

    Why wouldn’t Cervelli catch him?

  59. Wave Your Hat October 13th, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    WCYF-

    If Catcher ERA meant anything you’d have a talking point, but since it doesn’t, you don’t.

  60. West Coast Yankee Fan October 13th, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Sure it means something. Those are the numbers – prove it doesn’t mean anything.

  61. Doreen October 13th, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    WYH -

    Seems to me that conversation’s been had on here before…….

    :(

  62. m October 13th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    That writer’s old professor must be smacking his head right now.

  63. stuckey99 October 13th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    FYI, I’m pretty certain the AP’s Ronald Blum is assuming the 4th starter will start game 4, unless Girardi outwardly announced the game rotation and I missed it?

  64. West Coast Yankee Fan October 13th, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    In most professions there are people you like working with more than others and subsequently, people you are more productive working with. Call it personality, chemistry, confidence, whatever. Pitchers and catchers are no different.

  65. ConcernedCitizen October 13th, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    “Is everyone else waiting around to see what color smoke emerges from the clubhouse?”

    That made my day, and yes.

  66. CR9 October 13th, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Catchers’ ERA. LOL! Like that means anything.

    Best part is, with all the signs that are given in a baseball game, a manager could just call the game from the dugout. “Game-calling” doesnt even have to be left to the catcher.

  67. West Coast Yankee Fan October 13th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Doreen. Then I can assume by that logic there will be no more talk about Cliff Lee coming to New York or AJ Burnett?

  68. m October 13th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    I think games 1&4 are set. Seems like they’re still running the simulations on games 2&3.

  69. stuckey99 October 13th, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    “Is everyone else waiting around to see what color smoke emerges from the clubhouse?”

    Ryan Pope pitched yesterday in the Arizona Fall League. Maybe he can be added to the roster.

  70. Wave Your Hat October 13th, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    “Those are the numbers – prove it doesn’t mean anything.”

    I don’t have to. Catcher’s ERA has been debunked by just about everyone – do a quick google search and see for yourself.

    But think about it. Not only is there a small sample size problem, but there are all kinds of biases built into it. A couple of quick examples – – were the teams faced random, or was there a bias in the teams faced? Was the timing of the games caught random, or was there a bias in what point of the season the games were caught?

  71. West Coast Yankee Fan October 13th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    WYH – If that is the case. Why was Cervelli chosen to catch Burnett instead of Posada 129 – 29 innings?

  72. Wave Your Hat October 13th, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Doreen-

    Shades of Jose Molina, right?

  73. m October 13th, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    One thing that would interest me re: cERA is do they include inherited runners allowed to score?

  74. Doreen October 13th, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    WCYF -

    If you were here for the first round of conversations, you would understand my statement. :? (In fact it might amuse you to know which poster here would be on your side of the conversation. )

    Anyway, to answer your question – I’d give anything to not read another word about Cliff Lee coming to NY – at least until after the post-season. As for AJ Burnett? Sigh.

    It doesn’t have to do with the repetitiveness of it, but the contentious nature of it, WCYF.

  75. Wave Your Hat October 13th, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    WCYF-

    I don’t know, ask Joe. But I’m pretty sure it wasn’t CERA.

  76. BoJo October 13th, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    If Cervelli is going to catch AJ, then Kearns’ spot on roster should go to a third catcher. That way, Posada comes in when AJ leaves the game. Who Girardi announces as roster may tip his hand regarding who is catching AJ.

  77. West Coast Yankee Fan October 13th, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Gotcha’ Doreen. Thanks.

  78. West Coast Yankee Fan October 13th, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    WYH is a pitcher’s ERA not an indication of how well he is pitching? Yes or no?

  79. Doreen October 13th, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    WYH -

    I don’t want to relive it. :)

    I’m already doing my best to “scroll past” way too much these days.

  80. upstate kate October 13th, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    WCYF
    that topic was beaten to death last post season when Molina caught AJ…and hey, guess what, he had one good game and one bad game despite having his favorite catcher.
    Maybe it has less to do w/ what AJ wants and more to do w/ Girardi not wanting his veteran catcher to have to deal w/ AJ.

  81. m October 13th, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Lol, Doreen. At first blush I thought you meant me. But you mean someone else, right?

    Anyway WCYF, I will ‘fess up and say I was a supporter of Molina catching AJ in the postseason.

  82. Wave Your Hat October 13th, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    “WYH is a pitcher’s ERA not an indication of how well he is pitching? Yes or no?”

    Subject to significant reservations, yes.

  83. Niblick October 13th, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    If Cervelli is catching AJ, the Yanks can just kiss that game goodbye. Might as well let A-rod, Jeter, Posada and Mo stay home that day and let them rest.

  84. Wave Your Hat October 13th, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Cervelli has been productive offensively from the beginning of August on. If he catches AJ it’s just not that huge a problem.

  85. West Coast Yankee Fan October 13th, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Well, ok, call it Girardi’s preference, AJ’s preference, ERA, whatever you want. It seems obvious to me that the results for AJ are better when Cervelli catches him. It defies logic IMO to think Girardi would have Cervelli catch Burnett so often if that were not the case. He’s going to do what gives the team the best chance to win – I at least believe that about Girardi.

  86. Tom in N.J. October 13th, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Que CERA CERA

  87. CR9 October 13th, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    In hindsight, I dont believe I was okay with Molina catching AJ, but I accepted it and embraced it.

    Same with this postseason. I am not okay with AJ being caught by Cervelli, but if it happens, Ill accept it, embrace it, and hope for the best.

  88. G. Love October 13th, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    If AJ can’t pitch us to a win, at the very least he can all “Josh Beckett” on the Rangers and try to take a few out with some wayward fastballs.

    In all seriousness though, I hope he pitches good. It will erase a lot of what went wrong this season and will actually help rebuild some modicum of trade value in the player. Right now he could only be traded for the likes of Oliver Perez.

    I’m still not totally convinced he’s getting the game 4 start. I’ll believe it when it happens. I have a strange feeling CC is starting that game possibly to clinch our sweep or to save our season.

    In any event, Andy should pitch game 3 vs. Lee. That kind of challenge brings out the best in Andy and I love Phil pitching in Texas.

    Plus if there’s a game 7 I want Andy slotted for it if CC can’t.

  89. West Coast Yankee Fan October 13th, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    I’m not even that passionate about it either way to tell you the truth. I started thinking about the catching situation after watching Vlade Guerrerro imitate Maury Wills last night.

  90. CR9 October 13th, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    I really miss seeing Mitre pitch for us.

  91. upstate kate October 13th, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    another way to look at it is perhaps CC, Andy and Phil prefer Posada, and since they are the better pitchers, and Posada needs to rest, they get the better catcher. All 3 of those pitchers always praise Posada after the games.

  92. Cashmoney October 13th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Since this is my first year on this blog , does this blog shut down after the WS?

  93. Captain Clutch October 13th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    If AJ pitches game 4 he would be pitching against Hunter and he isn’t good. As bad as AJ is he should definitely out pitch Hunter and that would be a good match up for the Yanks. I would much rather see AJ in that game instead of having him pitch against Wilson. Also I would rather lose Posada’s bat against a lesser pitcher like Hunter instead of Wilson who could be tough.

  94. West Coast Yankee Fan October 13th, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Sure they do – they aren’t going to publicly knock a teammate. It’s more a matter of different people feeling more comfortable and effective working with one person rather than another. That’s human nature. A manager would be nuts not to take that into account no?

  95. Niblick October 13th, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Another way to look at it is that Joe Girardi doesn’t have what it takes to stand up to a spoiled, immature, and very unproductive pitcher.

  96. upstate kate October 13th, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    no there is lots of trade talk, sometimes crazy trade talk :)

  97. m October 13th, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    It goes round and round year after year. Hot Stove. Winter leagues. Spring Training.

    The guys do a good job, just like their predecessor.

  98. Doreen October 13th, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    m -

    No, no. Not you. :lol: :lol:

    Hey, I just want AJ to do well. I think the Yankees won the WS last year without Posada catching AJ. If they play well, it’s not going to matter who catches AJ in one game.

  99. West Coast Yankee Fan October 13th, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Niblick – if that was the case and I don’t know that it is. What good would that accomplish to have an unhappy and “more” unproductive Burnett? He’s enough of a head case as it is, and, we are stuck with him for three more years no matter what.

  100. m October 13th, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Another way to look at it is that Giradi doesn’t care what mean things spoiled fans say about him when they don’t get their way.

  101. stuckey99 October 13th, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    “Another way to look at it is that Joe Girardi doesn’t have what it takes to stand up to a spoiled, immature, and very unproductive pitcher.”

    That is “another” way, for sure.

    Ridiculous way.

  102. Doreen October 13th, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Cashmoney -

    Not at all. But there will be days when you wish it did! ;)

  103. Niblick October 13th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    WCYF – who’s running this asylum, the inmates?

    When Girardi was hired, the talk was how tough he would be (compared with good guy Donnie Baseball). He’s about as tough as a marshmallow. A marshmallow with a “book”.

  104. Wave Your Hat October 13th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Molina 2009 OPS: .560

    Cervelli 2010 OPS: .694, and since August 1st, .824.

    Having Cervelli catch AJ is just not that big of a problem, offensively.

  105. m October 13th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Or that others can’t even bother to spell his name correctly. :oops:

  106. Doreen October 13th, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Seriously though, Cashmoney, some of the best conversations on this blog have taken place during the post-season.

  107. West Coast Yankee Fan October 13th, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    LOL Marshmallow with a book. Funny.

  108. stuckey99 October 13th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Cash,

    Most of last winter was spent debating the virtues of acquiring Matt Holiday to play left field, given Brett Gardner was destined to be perhaps the worst leftfielder in the game of baseball.

    Fun times.

  109. West Coast Yankee Fan October 13th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Well, since Doreen said you all have talked this to death I’ll leave it alone. Girardi will announce his decision on the rotation and who catches who soon enough.

  110. Niblick October 13th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    m – I certainly hope Girardi doesn’t care what “mean” things fans say about him

    And your insuation that I am “spoiled” because I’m not getting my way is ridiculous and insulting. None of us here (with one exception, of course) are in a position to influence what Girardi does or doesn’t do. It’s not a matter of getting one’s way. This blog allows fans to express their opinions. If you don’t like mine, fine. Don’t waste your time insulting me, however.

  111. Nick in SF October 13th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    “If we lose a game it’s because someone on the Rangers is pitching out of his mind.”

    AJ imploding before Girardi gets him out of the game isn’t a real possibility?

  112. Bronx Jeers October 13th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Anybody remember ” Al from BK ”

    I think he went crazy waiting for CC to sign.

    Hot Stove season can be exciting but with the new rules in place it could cut into our fun.

  113. Wave Your Hat October 13th, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    WCYF-

    For a good time go back to the LoHud October 2009 archives.

  114. Rishi October 13th, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    I’m guessing no roster updates so far? not that it makes that much of a difference, but it would be nice to start thinking about match ups etc

  115. Bronx Jeers October 13th, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Tomorrow AJ will be playing MLB -The Show on Sony PS3.

    We’ll just have to wait and see how he does.

  116. Rich in NJ October 13th, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    “Another way to look at it is that Giradi doesn’t care what mean things spoiled fans say about him when they don’t get their way.”

    In a way, that makes Girardi more mean and spoiled than the so called fans.

  117. Cashmoney October 13th, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Thanks guys for answering my question. :mrgreen: I like this site much better than RAB which I also ‘discovered’ this year.

  118. Rishi October 13th, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    KenDavidoff Since the start of ’09, C. Lee has faced the #Yankees 7 times, wearing 4 different uniforms: 5-0, 2.98 ERA, 51.1 IP, 40 K, 12 BB
    1 minute ago via web

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

    Yuck

  119. Nick in SF October 13th, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Poor Al from Burger King completely swallowed the propoganda (some of it coming from a faraway land :( ) that CC was desperate to sign with a west coast team.

  120. West Coast Yankee Fan October 13th, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    WYH – I’m sure it was wild. I’ve lived in a few other baseball markets and its exactly the same thing in their local baseball blogs of choice. Passionate fans, arguments, feuds. It’s no different aside from it being the Yankees.

  121. m October 13th, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Oh my goodness, Niblick. I’m sorry I insulted you. I feel really bad about that.

    I will apologize to each and every person who lets me know that they, too, were insulted by that post.

  122. BoJo October 13th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    CR9 October 13th, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    I really miss seeing Mitre pitch for us.
    ++++++++++++
    Then you should love AJ’s start

  123. Nick in SF October 13th, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    “Oh my goodness, Niblick. I’m sorry I insulted you. I feel really bad about that.”

    Fixed! :grin:

  124. m October 13th, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Yes, Nick. Sincere apologies. As always. ;)

  125. Cashmoney October 13th, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    I hope the Lee pursuit won’t turn into a saga. If SJ and few others are correct , it should be a blitzkrieg operation .

  126. Doreen October 13th, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    WYH -

    WCYF should read the ENTIRE archives of 2009. :lol:

  127. Rich in NJ October 13th, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    I’m not sure why so many people care so much about acquiring an opposing player on the precipice of the sports equivalent of doing battle.

  128. Cashmoney October 13th, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    I’m not sure why so many people care so much about acquiring an opposing player on the precipice of the sports equivalent of doing battle.
    —————-
    too much time on my hand and no baseball!

  129. Rich in NJ October 13th, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    I don’t see at as an obsession with you, Cash.

  130. The Genius Maker October 13th, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    People are really down on starting Cervelli when Burnett catches, but if a lefty starts then you could start Cervelli as Cervelli hit lefties fairly well this year at an OPS of .846 compared to Posada’s .833. The huge hitting difference was against righties where Posada almost had .200 points of OPS of Cervelli.

  131. BoJo October 13th, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Genius–
    Another good reason to start AJ against Lee

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