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Postgame notes: “Five days to be better, and I will be better”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes, Podcast on Aug 04, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post


A.J. Burnett should have won tonight. Shoot, anyone should have won tonight. He had a 13-1 lead before he walked to the mound in the third inning, but he still couldn’t last long enough to get a decision. Was there anything positive to take from tonight?

“I get to go in five days,” Burnett said. “That’s about it. It was one of them days, man.”

Burnett will, in fact, make his next start. Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova have been sweating their rotation spots, but Burnett is safe.

“He’s starting on Wednesday,” Joe Girardi said. “His numbers aren’t that bad. If you look at the numbers of Hughes, I mean, Hughesy made one good start. We look at the whole year, and A.J.’s been decent for us.”

That’s true. Burnett’s been decent. He’s had three truly terrible starts, but all the rest have been four earned runs or less. He hasn’t been great, but he’s been better than last season, and the Yankees will stick with him even with Hughes and Nova seemingly pitching better lately.

“I believe I’m a big part of this team and I’m going to be a big part,” Burnett said. “I’m going to get on a roll and it’s just a matter of time… I got five days to be better, and I will be better.”

Tonight’s problem, Burnett said, was a combination of a flat curveball and a high fastball. He didn’t have the hook, so he needed to spot the heater. He couldn’t, and the White Sox took advantage of hitters counts and hittable pitches.

Girardi talked before the game about wanting to see Burnett finally get a win. He pitched well enough to win a few games last month and never did it. Tonight was a prime opportunity to get it done, but Girardi said he felt he had to make a change in the fifth — “I see that he’s struggling and we’ve got to win,” Girardi said — and whatever frustration Burnett showed was fine with Girardi. Burnett insisted that the frustration walking off the mound and into the dugout was directed at himself, not as his manager.

“I was a little upset,” he said. “But then again, he’s got to look at how I’m pitching too. I wasn’t exactly doing anything out there. I had one good quick inning but then you got to stop the bleeding somehow… Joe’s got to do what’s best for the team, keep us ahead in that game. The way I was throwing the ball, it didn’t seem like I could do it.”

Here’s Burnett.

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• In the big picture, it’s impossible to ignore Burnett. But here and now, this was a big night for the Yankees, who have won six straight and 10 of their past 13. They have 33 extra-base hits in the past eight games. “It’s not too often during the course of the season where it seems like everyone is swinging the bat well at the same time,” Derek Jeter said. “But it’s been the case for us the last few days.”

• Jeter had the fourth five-hit game of his career, and his second of the season (I’m sure you remember the other one). He passed Lou Brock for 23rd on baseball’s all-time hits list with 3,026.

• Don’t look now, but Jeter’s hitting .280, the same as Brett Gardner. “I’m having good at-bats, trying to swing at good pitches,” Jeter said. “I feel as though since I’ve been back, I’ve been swinging the bat a lot better. I just want it to continue.”

• Eric Chavez homered for the first time since May 11, 2010 with Oakland. He had four RBI for the first time since May 10, 2007 at Kansas City.

• Other offensive notes: Gardner scored a career-high four runs and recorded his 19th consecutive successful steal… Robinson Cano has a hit in 39 of his past 50 games and had four RBI for the fourth time this season… Curtis Granderson is hitting .538 with three doubles, a triple and six RBI this series. He was a home run short of the cycle tonight.

• The Yankees bullpen pitched 4.2 scoreless innings allowing just one hit. Cory Wade got the win in relief of Burnett. The bullpen has a 1.93 ERA in the past 18 games.

• Burnett usually speaks glowingly of Russell Martin and their ability to work together, but tonight Burnett said some of the pitch sequences were predictable. “You know, you try to attack but I just felt like we got in sequences here and there: heater, hook, heater, hook, heater, hook,” Burnett said. “Me and Russ will watch tomorrow and we’ll figure it out.”

• Martin on the pitch sequences: “It’s a possibility, but he’s a three-pitch guy. His best pitch, his strikeout pitch, is his curve. I’ve been trying to talk to him, get him to elevate a little bit and use his fastball when he’s got a couple strikes to change the eye level. At this point, I think it would be a good idea to make some adjustments and change a couple things.”

• Martin said he thought falling behind in counts was a key to the White Sox getting their offense going in that fourth inning. He seemed to take Burnett’s struggles personally. “I’m just disappointed in myself that I couldn’t get him through five innings with that lead,” Martin said. “He’s going to say that he’s the one throwing the ball, but that’s why I’m not smiling much right now. I felt if there was any game to get him a win and get him back on track, this was it. There’s a whole lot of season left. As long as we can get him going in the right direction from here on out, I want him to start taking steps forward and not backward.”

• We’ll end this night on a positive note, with Girardi talking about the recent surge from the Yankees offense: “It’s just good at-bats is what it is, and guys getting their pitches and not missing them. Sometimes we’ve been missing them, and sometimes pitchers are going to make pitches on you, but their at-bats have been tremendous. It seems like we’ve jumped on teams early, and that’s important too.”

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102 Responses to “Postgame notes: “Five days to be better, and I will be better””

  1. RC August 4th, 2011 at 1:18 am

    sweep!

  2. Pat M. August 4th, 2011 at 1:23 am

    AJ was pitching above the navel all night…..The Chi-Sox were hitting ropes for outs at the start of the game and you just kind of knew it was going to catch up with him sooner or later…….His bad outings are so bad that his good to decent starts get lost …..If he could get on a good roll in a few weeks he’ll start to feel better about his role on the club……

  3. UnKnown August 4th, 2011 at 1:27 am

    Not sure if we want AJ mentoring Nova and taking him under his wing…

  4. Wang IS Taiwan August 4th, 2011 at 1:41 am

    AJ believes he’s a “big part of this team” — maybe a big part of the losses, but that’s it.

  5. SCX August 4th, 2011 at 1:42 am

    Can we dump AJ and have Nova take his spot in the rotation? Easy solution to the rotation issue.

    Oh, and I wonder if we can void A-Rod’s contract if he gets caught up in this gambling thing. He’s a good player, but that $200M over the next 10 years (or whatever it is) would be MUCH better spent elsewhere.

    Finally, John Flaherty sucks on commentary. No fun at all.

    Aside from that, the rest of the team is awesome. :-)

  6. West Coast Yankee Fan August 4th, 2011 at 2:03 am

    “Don’t look now, but Jeter’s hitting .280, the same as Brett Gardner.”

    Oh the joy at seeing so many LoHudolts eat crow. Does anyone have video?

  7. kd August 4th, 2011 at 2:03 am

    aj seems to have lost movement on his 2 seamer. it’s flat and hittable. mechanical issue?

  8. Pat M. August 4th, 2011 at 2:06 am

    WCYF…….So much for Derek’s demise

  9. waka flocka August 4th, 2011 at 2:15 am

    Jeter has turned it around lately. I will admit that I was wrong about him being useless. I still think he’s going to be a detriment in the years to come though and he has extreme splits. I think his OPS is over 1.000 against lefties?

  10. Wang IS Taiwan August 4th, 2011 at 2:18 am

    WCYF,

    Wasn’t able to post earlier, and I’m running out the door now, but had to say I agreed with your Alex take earlier tonight.

  11. Wang IS Taiwan August 4th, 2011 at 2:20 am

    Bottom line for me: Alex asks for this when he ignored warnings from the MLB 6 years ago. He just has bad judgement and we’ve seen it again and again.

  12. West Coast Yankee Fan August 4th, 2011 at 2:20 am

    Yes it does appear Mark Twain was on to something.

  13. jacksquat August 4th, 2011 at 2:22 am

    Burnett usually speaks glowingly of Russell Martin and their ability to work together, but tonight Burnett said some of the pitch sequences were predictable. “You know, you try to attack but I just felt like we got in sequences here and there: heater, hook, heater, hook, heater, hook,” Burnett said. “Me and Russ will watch tomorrow and we’ll figure it out.”

    What does he expect when he only throws 2 pitches?

  14. West Coast Yankee Fan August 4th, 2011 at 2:26 am

    Thanks Wang.

    He has shown really poor judgment over the years; all his faux pas have been self inflicted and needless. Steroids, gambling, his less than reputable cousin and oddball doctors under investigation.

    Someone in his position should understand the additional responsibility that comes with being an icon and a superstar that makes $30 million a year. Not to mention being someone that kids idolize and his teammates depend upon.

    Jeter gets that. I wish A-Rod would.

  15. scuzzles August 4th, 2011 at 2:29 am

    Burnett is a joke. This thread is a joke. This guy has done nothing significant since pitching one World Series game against the Phillies in 2009. Go away. Please leave the Yankees Burnett.

  16. Pat M. August 4th, 2011 at 2:32 am

    WCYF…….I think this poker game inquiry is bs…..There’s a piece on this in tomorrow’s NY Times….Good read on the subject…….

  17. stuart a August 4th, 2011 at 2:43 am

    what a vote of confidence. he has been decent…….

    that is the best yo ucan say about him. and compare him to last year wehn he was HORRIBLE.

    the guy makes $15 mill and is a joke.. the yanks rather ptich a 35 year old guy throwing 86 and a 398 year old 50 pound overweight pitcher then there #2 starter.

    what a charade… really this guy is a joke.. Did not have my hook tonight. GUys has not won in August as a yank………..THINK ABOUT THAT.

  18. stuart a August 4th, 2011 at 2:44 am

    before you convict alex of bad judgement at least know the facts……..

    bud selig a baffoon has nothing better to worry about….

    give me a break……

  19. Pat M. August 4th, 2011 at 2:54 am

    stuart a….Well let me ask you this, what should they do about Burnett ???? I always said that by 2011 he’ll be 5th starter and if you can get a .500 pitcher throwing in the 5th spot then that’s not too bad…….He’ll be the best 5 th starter in the game…Also the most expensive 5th starter in the game…….

  20. jacksquat August 4th, 2011 at 2:56 am

    This whole thing is Bud wanting to get A-Rod on something because he couldn’t get him for the steroids. As you may recall, Bud is very defensive of Hank Aaron’s home run record, as seen during the whole Barry Bonds affair. I’m sure the likelihood of A-Rod also passing Aaron’s mark just eats Bud up.

    A-Rod is sure as hell not the only player gambling, especially just poker. This is a farce.

  21. West Coast Yankee Fan August 4th, 2011 at 3:02 am

    Pat M. August 4th, 2011 at 2:32 am

    WCYF…….I think this poker game inquiry is bs…..There’s a piece on this in tomorrow’s NY Times….Good read on the subject…….

    ***********

    That may be the case, there is an MLB investigation that’s all it may be absolutely nothing. I don’t know how to say it any better than I did above though, it’s the accumulated behavior that is the issue. The appearance of impropriety. Specifically, that A-Rod was warned previously against associating with gamblers, back in 2005 I believe. There is no witch hunt IMO, A-Rod is not being singled out, he brings this unwanted attention upon himself. You don’t see other players on the Yankees being investigated; Jeter, Mo, Posada, Granderson and Teixeira are model citizens that respect the integrity of the more than A-Rod appears to.

    Why does he does these things? His judgment is piss poor.

  22. West Coast Yankee Fan August 4th, 2011 at 3:03 am

    …of the game.

  23. West Coast Yankee Fan August 4th, 2011 at 3:07 am

    Pat M. If you are talking about the August 3rd Michael S. Schmidt article in the NYT I just read it. It was basically a standard reporting piece; perhaps there is another article coming out tomorrow.

  24. Pat M. August 4th, 2011 at 3:14 am

    WCYF…..That’s the article …Alex is very high profile and he’s not squeaky clean , however when did the Star Magazine become reputable ???? It’s a gossip rag tabloid with an agenda………Witch Hunt on many fronts in my opinion

  25. West Coast Yankee Fan August 4th, 2011 at 3:59 am

    Could be, maybe it’s all a bunch of lies. We’ll see what happens when the facts come out which they will.

  26. m August 4th, 2011 at 4:08 am

    So, what’s new Yankee people?

    Personally, I don’t care if Alex was playing poker.

    As far as MLB taking this seriously? I’m in the middle. He’s obviously not throwing games (unless he stuck a steak knife in his knee). But MLB can’t just turn a blind eye to what is, if not a habit, is certainly a tendency.

    I don’t believe Alex will be suspended. It might feel like a witch hunt, but this is a second “offense” so to speak, so MLB does need to go through the dog and pony show.

    People feel that Alex is being targeted, but he brings a lot of this on himself. But I don’t think he’s going to change, nor should we expect him to. He’s not going to bail on his cousin and he’s not going to stop playing poker.

    Nor should he have to. But maybe he shouldn’t sit in on Hollywood games.

  27. m August 4th, 2011 at 4:12 am

    Pat M,

    Should you be getting some rest for tomorrow? Isn’t it pool cleaning day? :P

    Are you saying Alex wasn’t there? I didn’t read the magazine, but the cover picture had a picture of a celebrity (Tobey M?), not Alex. If he was there, he was there. If he wasn’t, then that’s another story.

  28. LGY August 4th, 2011 at 4:28 am

    Derek Jeter

    1996-2009: .318/.388/.459 121 OPS+

    2010: .270/.340/.370 90 OPS+
    2011: .280/.339/.371 89 OPS+

    Do you guys not remember how good he used to be?

  29. m August 4th, 2011 at 4:35 am

    So, the Angels and Rangers are neck and neck.

    Adams bombed last night. Uyehara tonight. I’m sure they’ll be fine, though.

    Anyway, I’d rather face the Angels than the Rangers in any potential postseason series.

  30. LGY August 4th, 2011 at 4:39 am

    KenDavidoff
    There’s a better chance of A-Rod winning the #WSOP than of #MLB suspending him for this. #Yankees

    KenDavidoff
    Just looked through the #MLB CBA. Surprisingly, nothing in there about “Not heeding the commissioner’s warnings.” #Yankees

  31. Gary August 4th, 2011 at 5:58 am

    Morning, Well bats were alive last night, it is what carried the day. The rotation is still a big question. The consistency of and effectivity of Hughes and AJ, and the age factor of Colon and Garcia as the innings mount. Nova is in the wings but that is still only one answer. The Yanks aren’t going to score runs like this everygame and when they get to the playoffs some tough pitchers await. CC can’t do it by himself.

    The Yanks need to have three reliable good pitchers for the short series round one and four for the remainder of the playoffs. Hope no one gets injured.

  32. Gary August 4th, 2011 at 6:01 am

    m August 4th, 2011 at 4:35 am
    So, the Angels and Rangers are neck and neck.

    Adams bombed last night. Uyehara tonight. I’m sure they’ll be fine, though.

    Anyway, I’d rather face the Angels than the Rangers in any potential postseason series.

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    Yanks need to take care of business and win the division, that is the key right now. Don’t want to go to any of these places or Detroit and play the short series. To me Detroit is the worst matchup if it happens. Verlander is almost unhittable right now.

  33. Gary August 4th, 2011 at 6:03 am

    LGY August 4th, 2011 at 4:28 am
    Derek Jeter

    1996-2009: .318/.388/.459 121 OPS+

    2010: .270/.340/.370 90 OPS+
    2011: .280/.339/.371 89 OPS+

    Do you guys not remember how good he used to be?

    ________________________________________________________________________

    Jeter is fine, Martin, Swisher and Posada are worst outs in the lineup right now.

  34. joeman August 4th, 2011 at 6:13 am

    today…mind on task

  35. Tar August 4th, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Big stretch coming up. 9 games against the Sox, Angels, and Rays. Teams right in front or right behind. I will take 5-4 over that stretch. 6-3 would be great!

    Have a nice day everyone.

  36. blake August 4th, 2011 at 7:19 am

    AJ is right ……the sequences we’re predictable …..ball, ball, 92 mph fastball down the middle …..not sure that’s really Martin’s fault.

  37. blake August 4th, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Those tweets from Davioff last night are funny….if it turns out that the poker game he played in wasn’t actually illegal then Im not sure how they could do anyting to him……I really couldn’t care less about this story…..its about as much nonsense as the whole thing with Jeter faking getting hit by a pitch last year.

    Yanks are on a roll…..let’s get the brooms out tonight

  38. upstate kate August 4th, 2011 at 7:28 am

    a Joeman safety message…haven’t seen one of those in awhile!

    Yankee bats are getting hot at just the right time.

    The BP did a great job, Soriano looked good, I am guessing he resumes his role as EIG.

    Gary, I agree about winning the division. I don’t like to root for specific opponents, but the Tigers look tough.

  39. 108 stitches August 4th, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Burnett is where he is in the rotation mainly because of his contract. By next year he’ll be a No. 5 starter. He’s too unpredictable. Rothschild changed his mechanics but he’s still a 2-pitch pitcher. Of all the starters, he needs the most run cushion with his penchant to fall apart at any given inning. Last night was one of many examples.

  40. blake August 4th, 2011 at 7:37 am

    I think for Karma reasons you have to try and win the division. The Tigers could be really tough when you think about facing Verlander twice in a 5 game series…..and that the Yankees have no idea what to do with Cabrera……that said, they have and can beat Verlander and Texas does have a really good lineup and a better than it seems rotation and pen. I never like to say Id rather play anybody…….just win as many as you can and beat whoever you play.

    This stretch without Alex has been impressive and really shows the depth this team has……Nunez and now Chavez as well have to be given a lot of credit for helping them through this stretch where they’ve basically been without either Arod or Jeter for so long.

  41. MaineYankee August 4th, 2011 at 7:39 am

    I find it interesting how in the past Posada was made out to be AJ’s problem.

    Now he seems to be hinting that Martin is the problem.

    Time to own it.

    Maybe some here should admit maybe they gave Posada to much blame.

  42. blake August 4th, 2011 at 7:42 am

    AJ probably is still in the rotation now because of his contract or at least his spot isn’t questioned because of it……I think that’ll start to change next year if he doesn’t perform well enough to earn it. His contract will have only 2 years remaining at that point.

  43. blake August 4th, 2011 at 7:44 am

    “Me and Russ will watch tomorrow and we’ll figure it out.”

    I can figure it out……AJ you threw too many balls, too many pitches up, and too many balls down the middle. Next time throw less balls, keep it down and out of the middle of the plate……fixed.

  44. MaineYankee August 4th, 2011 at 7:47 am

    blake

    This stretch without Alex has been impressive and really shows the depth this team has……Nunez and now Chavez as well have to be given a lot of credit for helping them through this stretch where they’ve basically been without either Arod or Jeter for so long.

    —————————————————————————————————–

    This is why when some were saying the Yankees needed another bat I didn’t agree.

    Looking at this team there’s enough talent to win.

    The problem had been to many players playing below their ability.

    Getting Chavez back has really helped solidify third.

  45. Yankee Trader August 4th, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Burnett Postgame notes: “Five days to be better, and I will be better”

    Haven’t we all heard this line over and over again!!

    Best thing for AJ and the team would be to get him to the NL somehow this month, thru waivers and if the Yankees had to-take on another similar contract.

    Last night he tried pitching from the right side of the rubber according to the announcers. He’s lost out on the mound.

  46. blake August 4th, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Maine,

    I still think they could have used another bat that coukd hit RHP consistently ……but the need didn’t warrant what the prices were. I wanted Beltran and think he would have made this lineup ridiculously deep…….but I wouldn’t have matched the Giants offer for him. I think Montero could be a help and he costs nothing.

    When Jeter hits the offense is noticeably better and the lineup much deeper…..he makes things go……

  47. MG August 4th, 2011 at 7:54 am

    I find is both amusing and pathetic that the two resident stat geeks continue to bash Derek Jeter on a daily basis because he’s older than he used to be and isn’t as good as he used to be.

    Meanwhile, he’s having an overall decent year and has been raking the ball for the past month.

    Whatever adjustments were made during his DL stint seem to have restored his ability to consistently drive the ball in a variety of directions-last night he had hits to all fields that were line drives.

    So keep pointing out his deficiencies, geeks, no true Yankees fan cares. Maybe you’d rather have a guy like Nunez (who I like, just not as an everyday infielder on a championship-level team) having to make a throw in a critical situation late in a game, I’ll take a 1st Ballot HOFer in that role now and until he decides to hang up his spikes.

  48. blake August 4th, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Hey the Cardinals coukd have claimed AJ and kept Rasmus…….he’s just as good as Edwin Jackson is. I don’t think there is any chance someone will claim AJ…

  49. Yankee Trader August 4th, 2011 at 7:56 am

    On a positive note, the Yankees scorched Danks and Floyd, two very good pitchers who had been pitching lights out their last 2-3 starts.

    Love the lineup against lefties. Where will A-Rod hit after he returns from his knee surgery and tongue lashing from the commissioner?

  50. blake August 4th, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Jeter is still one of the better SSs in the league and he’s the best one when a Lefty is on the hill.

  51. pat August 4th, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Yanks put CC Sabathia, Russell Martin, Mark Teixeira, Mariano Rivera and David Robertson on waivers yesterday.

    See. Not just AJ gets put up. Everyone does

  52. blake August 4th, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Loved how the tone was set early in that game last night with Gardner and Jeter dropping down bunts……love how thy are playing right now.

  53. Yankee Trader August 4th, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Blake-

    Waiver rules[Jason Stark] Part 1:

    There are all kinds of waivers for all different occasions. But essentially, here is how waiver deals can be made between Aug. 1 and the Aug. 31 deadline for setting potential playoff rosters:

    •Virtually every player in the major leagues will be placed on waivers this month, whether a team intends to trade that player or not. If nothing else, the sheer volume of names can at least disguise players whom clubs do want to sneak through so they can be dealt.

    •If a player isn’t claimed by any team in either league, he can be traded until the end of the month to anyone.

    That’s how a trade of pitchers with burdensome salaries might work. AJ for Zambrano? AJ for Lowe? etc.

  54. upstate kate August 4th, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Pat
    you need to repost that when Mick is around :)

  55. MaineYankee August 4th, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Yankee Trader August 4th, 2011 at 7:56 am
    On a positive note, the Yankees scorched Danks and Floyd, two very good pitchers who had been pitching lights out their last 2-3 starts.

    ————————————————————————————————-

    Be carefull what you say about Danks.

    MTU won’t like it. :lol:

  56. MG August 4th, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Burnett was really bad last night but all these personal attacks are totally unwarranted.

    He’s a professional athlete and was out there trying, it wasn’t like he was dogging it like Alex Rios did on the Teix single that he turned into a triple by first misplaying it and then jogging back to pick it up.

    Burnett obviously wears his emotions on his sleeve, when Paul O’Neill did that he was loved, I don’t get the hatred towards Burnett.

    At the same time, I doubt he’s going to be much better (and probably going to be worse) as he continues to get older and his stuff continues to diminish-he can’t command the strikezone the way Andy or Moose could (or Freddy does now) and work his way through a batting order a few times.

    The Yankees would not have won in 2009 without him, as fans we just have to live with that because of the lack of pitchers in the system and understand it’s very unlikely to happen again now that the prospects are beginning to contribute at a major league level.

  57. Yankee Trader August 4th, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Be carefull what you say about Danks.

    MTU won’t like it.
    ————————–
    MaineYankee-

    Where is that slacker so I can tell him to take a hike :)

  58. MaineYankee August 4th, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Yankee Trader August 4th, 2011 at 8:03 am
    Be carefull what you say about Danks.

    MTU won’t like it.
    ————————–
    MaineYankee-

    Where is that slacker so I can tell him to take a hike

    ——————————————————————————–

    He’d probably take you seriously.

  59. blake August 4th, 2011 at 8:14 am

    MG,

    I like AJ really….say what you want about him but he takes the ball every 5 days and he has been much more consistent this year.

    What I don’t want to see is for him to remain in the rotation when/if a time comes when he’s clearly not one of their 5 best starters. That may even be the case now, but to me
    there is a good chance he wont be next year.

    Basically I don’t want to see him block younger and better pitchers because of his contract.

    Trader,

    Yea him being on waivers is meaningless…….would you really want Zambrano more than him though? Im not sure I would.

  60. blake August 4th, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Danks was so bad that Williams should trade him cheaoly to the the Yankees :)

  61. hardwired7 August 4th, 2011 at 8:17 am

    What Burnett should have said:

    “You know, you try to attack but I just felt like we got in sequences here and there: meatball, pitch in the dirt, meatball, pitch in the dirt, meatball, pitch to the backstop.”

  62. blake August 4th, 2011 at 8:20 am

    AJ has zero wins in August as a Yankee.

  63. MaineYankee August 4th, 2011 at 8:23 am

    blake

    With 2 yrs left on AJ’s contract I’m glad I don’t have to decide how to deal with him.

  64. Yankee Trader August 4th, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Yea him being on waivers is meaningless…….would you really want Zambrano more than him though? Im not sure I would.
    ——————————–
    Not really. Plus AJ can block trades to 10 teams. His wife won’t fly. In fact in his Toronto deal they granted her 8 round trip limo trips per season to Toronto from their Maryland home.

  65. Niblick August 4th, 2011 at 8:24 am

    I don’t think it’s personal hate directed towards AJ so much as hate directed at his pitching. From all accounts he seems to be a nice guy and a good teammate. He’s just a crappy pitcher. But there’s no reason to even argue about him. The sun will rise, the sun will set and Binder Joe will send AJ out every five days, because he’s the #2 guy in the rotation.

  66. MTU August 4th, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Morning.

    Just what I’m planning on this AM.

    :)

  67. Erin August 4th, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I didn’t see much of the game last night (just the last couple of innings) Probably not the prettiest win, but they won! ;)

  68. MaineYankee August 4th, 2011 at 8:29 am

    MTU August 4th, 2011 at 8:25 am
    Morning.

    Just what I’m planning on this AM.

    ——————————————————————–

    I figured if we talked about you you’d show up. :D

  69. MG August 4th, 2011 at 8:30 am

    I’m not saying Burnett has been good, but some of this talk about not winning in August as a Yankee is way overblown. He sucked almost all of 2010 as well as last night, but in 2009 he made 6 starts in August and the Yankees scored a total of 10 runs for him the entire month.

    Included in his 2009 August starts was the 7 inning 1 hit shutout of the Sox, a complete game 3-0 loss to the A’s, and a 12 strikeout game against the Rangers with 2 hits and 3 runs. Even last August there were two good games, including a 1-0 loss to the Royals a 4-3 loss to the Rangers where he went 7 innings.

    He’s a mixed bag and when he’s bad, really bad, but his biggest problem this year is that he’s pitched well when the Yankees don’t score and pitched poorly when the Yankees do give him support.

  70. blake August 4th, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Maine,

    I mean I would handle it like …..AJ you’re going to compete with Nova, Hughes, Noesi, Garcia, Betances, Warren and whoever else for a spot in our 2012 rotation. If you’re one of the 5 best then you’ll be in there…..if not then we will take it from there. The Yankees ate Igawa’s entire contract because he wasn’t one of their 5 best starters……I would expect them to do the same with AJ when/if he no longer is.

    AJ is a good back end starter at this point…….and that’s fine if their isn’t a significantly younger guy with upside that can do just as good that coukd be pitching in his place. I don’t expect any chances this year though

  71. MaineYankee August 4th, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Erin August 4th, 2011 at 8:27 am
    I didn’t see much of the game last night (just the last couple of innings) Probably not the prettiest win, but they won!

    —————————————————————————

    You probably could’ve listened to Hawk last night.

    I put it on at times to see what he had to say.

    He was very tame.

  72. Erin August 4th, 2011 at 8:33 am

    MaineYankee-I did have him on but the TV was on mute (as it will be tonight). But I should have realized he’d be pretty quiet. LOL

  73. Yankee Trader August 4th, 2011 at 8:34 am

    MaineYankee August 4th, 2011 at 8:00 am
    Yankee Trader August 4th, 2011 at 7:56 am
    On a positive note, the Yankees scorched Danks and Floyd, two very good pitchers who had been pitching lights out their last 2-3 starts.

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    Be carefull what you say about Danks.

    MTU won’t like it.

    Where is that slacker so I can tell him to take a hike :)

    MTU-So are you gonna take a hike?

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  74. Benny Blanco August 4th, 2011 at 8:35 am

    How can you go 0- august in two years?

  75. Bronx Jeers August 4th, 2011 at 8:35 am

    I just saw Davidoff On Good Day NY give his take on Arod’s poker games.

    Nothing about poker in the CBA. Nothing about not heeding the commissioner’s warnings in the CBA. MLB has no recourse in this matter. Case closed

    Selig’s trying to be like Roger Goodell protecting the image of MLB but he should take a close look at his owners You want to see some real high-stakes gamblers? Look at the Wilpons.

  76. MTU August 4th, 2011 at 8:36 am

    YT-

    I need to get my Nova tribute ready, right ?

    :)

  77. Erin August 4th, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Benny Blanco August 4th, 2011 at 8:35 am
    How can you go 0- august in two years?

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

    Don’t write him off quite yet. There’s plenty of August left. ;)

  78. Erin August 4th, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Bronx Jeers-thanks for the Davidoff recap. This whole thing is so ridiculous.

  79. MaineYankee August 4th, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Erin

    You would’ve thought someone ran over his dog he was that quiet.

  80. Yankee Trader August 4th, 2011 at 8:39 am

    How can you go 0- august in two years?
    ——————————

    Especially with a .241 BAA this year!

  81. Yankee Trader August 4th, 2011 at 8:42 am

    YT-

    I need to get my Nova tribute ready, right ?
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    Definitely! Yankees scorch Danks, Floyd and Humber. Ozzie Fired.

  82. Wang IS Taiwan August 4th, 2011 at 8:42 am

    I’ve officially given up on AJ. He just gets worse as the seasons progress. No wins in Aug for 2 years straight is inexcusable.

    Girardi and Cashman have been handling AJ with kid gloves up to now. It’s not that sort of treatment works, either, so put him in the spot he has earned. That’s only fair.

    But to hear Girardi say that he’s been “decent” is laughable. What kind of statement is that anyway? Pretty damning and that’s from the “I shall not criticize my players in any way” Girardi.

    Hey, even “decent” pitchers win games when given a 12 run lead.

  83. Erin August 4th, 2011 at 8:43 am

    MaineYankee August 4th, 2011 at 8:38 am
    Erin

    You would?ve thought someone ran over his dog he was that quiet.

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

    :lol:

    I should have turned it up then-that would have amused me.

  84. upstate kate August 4th, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Wang
    Girardi never throws his players under the bus. I am sure what he says in private is quite different. And he did take AJ out before he qualified for a win.
    In Jeter’s post game, he also was supportive of AJ, saying sometimes it is tough to pitch w/ such a lead…of course the remainder of the BP had no such problem.

  85. Wang IS Taiwan August 4th, 2011 at 8:48 am

    MG,

    You’re right that the team hasn’t scored when he’s given up 4 runs, but what’s frustrating with AJ is that when the guys DO score in those tighter games, he immediately gives back the runs the following inning. And if they DON’T score, he usually has a clean inning.

    Yes, that’s an exaggeration, but he’s that absolute king of giving back runs. Who’d feel like tacking on more with him on the mound? (Though I have no doubt the guys try…)

    It’s futile to keep thinking this guy is going to change. He’s at best a 4 or 5. I’m just tired of watching him on the team. Whenever I see that he’s pitching, I chalk it up as a probable loss and change the channel. And I LOVE watching the Yankees play.

  86. Yankee Trader August 4th, 2011 at 8:50 am

    But to hear Girardi say that he’s been “decent” is laughable
    —————————————-
    Maybe he meant “descent” as in AJ is descending this year and not even the FAA can save him.

  87. Wang IS Taiwan August 4th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Kate,

    I think we saw Girardi’s frustration with AJ more in that game than we ever have before…to take him out with two outs to go for the win…ouch. But I’m not sure he does say a whole lot more to AJ in private. I think Girardi sees AJ as fragile (and so do I) and probably does his best to build him up rather than rip into him. I’m not sure telling it to him straight would work with AJ anyway. Hey — if any of that sort of talk is needed, Cashman’s always right there at the ready. He has no problem being harsh.

  88. Villa Nova-Ya August 4th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    AJ sure is frustrating to watch.

    But let’s not jump to “two Augusts in a row.” He has had only one start so far this August. August is so new, it’s barely August at all. And it’s a long month.

    MG has it spot on. This year, AJ’s problem is pitching well but getting no run support, or getting a ton of run support and squandering it.

    It’s maddening for sure.

  89. pat August 4th, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Jeers

    I saw Davidoff too this morning. He does seem to be one of the few writers in NY who is anti-senational. Cuts to the chase.

    Calcaterra with a similiar take.

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports......-business/

  90. Yankee Trader August 4th, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Later. Have a great day all!

  91. mick August 4th, 2011 at 8:55 am

    I love the way Joe pulled AJ.
    Heart of hearts, money on the line, no way AJ should pitch a playoff game.
    Not when you have a 6 man rotation.
    He gets paid either way, just release him, something is wrong upstairs.

  92. Wang IS Taiwan August 4th, 2011 at 8:55 am

    YT,

    Oh, right. That was a typo from Chad…Now that makes more sense. ;)

  93. Erin August 4th, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Personally, I love that Girardi never throws his players under the bus. It doesn’t mean they won’t hear something privately.

  94. disco stu August 4th, 2011 at 9:00 am

    “But let’s not jump to “two Augusts in a row.” He has had only one start so far this August. August is so new, it’s barely August at all. And it’s a long month. ”

    True … besides, one AJ’s best performances as a Yankee came in August of 2009 when he matched zeroes with Josh Beckett in that epic 2-0 extra inning game when Arod hit the walk off home run.

  95. Wang IS Taiwan August 4th, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Villa Nova-Ya August 4th, 2011 at 8:52 am
    AJ sure is frustrating to watch.

    But let’s not jump to “two Augusts in a row.” He has had only one start so far this August. August is so new, it’s barely August at all. And it’s a long month.

    _____________

    Hate to break it to you but those two Augusts were in 2009 and 2010. We’re not even counting Aug of 2011 yet…

    Yes, maddening, is the word.

    http://waswatching.com/2011/07.....hero-zero/

  96. 108 stitches August 4th, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Teams can’t live on yesterdays. What Burnett did in 2009 is only what he should have done for his annual contract of $16.5 M.
    His regular season record is 31-33 ……. not anything special.

  97. mick August 4th, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Imagine the pain having AJ to finish 5 innings on one of those exotic bets?
    Some loser probably lost that one…shame.

  98. Erin August 4th, 2011 at 9:02 am

    New Post- Nova: “I love too much this game to have pressure”

    :arrow:

  99. pat August 4th, 2011 at 9:04 am

    “In Jeter’s post game, he also was supportive of AJ,”

    Kim broke out the how frustrating is AJ question and how good is the team playing without Alex question with multiple people last night and no one bit. Good for them.

    You can make fun of Girardi’s binder use but he has fostered a clubhouse who have each others back probably because he has theirs.

  100. Wang IS Taiwan August 4th, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Disco Stu (do you really disco?)

    You’re right about Aug 2009 — I just double-checked the stats on MLB. AJ had two wins in Aug.

    One was the Boston game (2-0) and the other was against Toronto (4-3). Of course, there was also the mega flop 14-1 game we lost against Boston the very same month!

    How’s that for our consistently inconsistent and maddening AJ?

  101. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2011 at 9:08 am

    True … besides, one AJ’s best performances as a Yankee came in August of 2009 when he matched zeroes with Josh Beckett in that epic 2-0 extra inning game when Arod hit the walk off home run.
    //

    expertly caught by Jorge Posada ;)

  102. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Talk radio is the pits. I turn on ESPN yesterday while waiting outside at the post office & that clown sidekick of Kay’s makes it sound like there’s some imminent suspension of Alex Rodriguez. I’m freaking out, wondering, what the hell happened?? I flip on WFAN during ESPN commercial break & Sweeney’s talking in his usual milktoast tones about the Yankees, mentioning that they’ve done well without Alex but no mention of any sort of breaking news thing regarding him. I’m thinking “hmph..maybe just ESPN trying to cause trouble…”

    Got home & found out the deal & now it seems it won’t affect the season or playoffs, so I’m tuning the story out :D.

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