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Can A.J. Burnett save the Yankees?

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Imagine, the Yankees’ entire year hanging on A.J. Burnett?

Ten days ago, Burnett walked off the mound at Yankee Stadium to cheers.

He’d held Boston to a pair of runs in 7.2 innings, striking out six, and severely injuring the Red Sox’ fading playoff chances. More important, Burnett shed just a little bit of hope that he might actually be able to help the Yankees in the postseason.

Well, tonight he gets his chance to not only help, but to save the Yankees … or help the Tigers finish them off.

Burnett — who had a handful of decent starts down the stretch, and who was sent to the bullpen and retired the one batter he faced as a reliever in the final game of the season — starts Game 4 of the ALDS with the Yankees facing early elimination.

It took some special circumstances, the rainout of Game 1 that wasted CC Sabathia after two innings, and moved him up from the Game 4 starter to last night’s Game 3.

So Burnett, who has had some moments in the postseason with the Yankees, gets a shot to make something of this season, and to extend it or end it.

“I look at it as a chance to get my team a win … a very big one,” Burnett said. “I had good games, bad games during the season. You can say the ame thing about the postseason, but you can’t count me out. I’m going to bring everything I’ve got, and just let A.J. loose out there.

“Like I said, it’s an important game. It’s going to be more important depending on the outcome (of Game 3), but I can’t do anything to change the season. But I can help my team to win. I’m going to do that the best I can.”

Confidence has never been the issue with Burnett, and he said as much.

“Believe it or not, I have pretty good confidence every start,” he said. “I try to go out and believe I can throw a no-hitter. Even last year when I couldn’t get out of the first inning, I took the mound the next start with belief. And I did so this year. If I don’t do that, then I don’t make it where I am now. I don’t have the few good starts towards the end (of the season) if I don’t stay that way.”

His history includes Game 2 of the 2009 World Series in which he held Philadelphia to one run on four hits in seven innings.

He said he would probably watch the video of that outing last night.

“More than likely,” Burnett said. “I do have it on the computer. I haven’t watched in a while, probably not since last year. I watch a lot of video. That would definitely be a good one to watch, for sure.”

Said Derek Jeter:

“A.J.’s capable or shutting guys down. Hopefully tomorrow he’s ready to go, as we know he will be, and gives us an opportunity.

“AJ.’s pitched in big games for us. He’s come through when we needed him.”

Tonight, the whole season relies on his inconsistent, inexplicable, tattooed right arm.

Here’s Burnett, speaking before last night’s game.

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232 Responses to “Can A.J. Burnett save the Yankees?”

  1. Mike in Harrisburg October 4th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    What a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad question.

  2. MTU October 4th, 2011 at 9:04 am

    ” I’m going to bring everything I’ve got, and just let A.J. loose out there.”

    Now that’s a scary thought.

    :)

  3. Shame Spencer October 4th, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Heading should be: Can the Yankees save the Yankees?

    Because so far its the Yankees that are beating themselves.

  4. Erin October 4th, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Shame-exactly

  5. daver October 4th, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Question: Can A.J. Burnett save the Yankees?

    Answer: Yes, if he pinch hits for Tex.

  6. joeman October 4th, 2011 at 9:06 am

    shot tonight is to score early & not let DT SP get into a grove

  7. Triple Short of a Cycle October 4th, 2011 at 9:06 am

    repost

    Better not bring up Mark?s post season?s numbers in the afternoon when MG and ID are on. They will bring up other players who have hit poorly in the post season and then yell at you and say you know nothing about baseball

  8. The Genius Maker October 4th, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Girardi has really done a poor job. I outline a lot in my blog http://www.stevewigdor.blogspot.com/
    But the Yanks should win with 4 runs in that spot and CC and Soriano blew it. First pitch fastball should have been a breaking ball just like he did for the other batters after Young. Allowing Jeter to hit into a DP in the 3rd inning with Gardner on 1st base is inexcusable; you must get Gardner moving or at the worst bunt him to 2nd up 2-0 with your ace on the mound. We probably should consider Chavez starting tonight with Porcello being so much better against righties and ARod struggling, but I could understand keeping him in the lineup. More importantly, how is it possible that Montero has not been used to pinch hit for Martin or even Jeter (I know it is heresy, but the guy is not very good against righties). Either way, your high OPS guy must be brought in to try and take one deep.

  9. MTU October 4th, 2011 at 9:08 am

    When AJ says, “I’m just going to let AJ loose out there” what exactly does that mean ?

    Is that like Cisco when he says, “that’s Cervelli”, or are we talkin’ somethin’ different ?

    I hope he means that’s AJ when he’s lights out.

    ;)

  10. Yankee Trader October 4th, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Can A.J. Burnett save the Yankees?

    Yes and No!

    Yes if the offense wakes up.
    Yes if he doesn’t get frustrated.
    Yes if he can maintain his release point.

    No if Porcello holds the Yankees.
    No if we have to go to the bullpen by the 4th inning

    What a tough question to ask when dealing with the most overpaid Yankee starter.

  11. JM October 4th, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Porcello has actually pitched well of late. The bats have to show up tonight or it will be time to make golf reservations.

    I don’t like Sherman but he has reason to get on Tex. I love Tex, his attitude and his defense but…he disappears in the postseason and it’s very frustrating. They need his bat because Alex is rusty and unfortunately they can’t expect much from him. If they get to the ALCS, maybe. But he’s basically just coming out of spring training with all the time off.

  12. Yankee Trader October 4th, 2011 at 9:10 am

    When AJ says, “I’m just going to let AJ loose out there” what exactly does that mean ?
    ————————————–
    MTU-

    That might mean he’s subliminally warning the Tigers not to get too comfortable at the plate because he might let loose some wild inside pitches? :)

  13. MTU October 4th, 2011 at 9:11 am

    YT-

    For better or worse he’s all we’ve got tonight.

    I’m hoping for better. What choice do we have ?

    ;)

  14. JobaTipsHisCap October 4th, 2011 at 9:12 am

    no

    Yankee’s only hope to hit their way out of stinky and broken Detroit.
    score 3-4 runs in first 2 innings might do the job.

    but, can they? most likely not.
    tex……

  15. JobaTipsHisCap October 4th, 2011 at 9:14 am

    and, don’t expect too much from our captain, just because he hit a single last night.
    Verlander: yeah, I know Jeter will swing at first pitch, I just made a mistake.

  16. JM October 4th, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Girardi is a great manager for the long haul of the regular season, but not a very good postseason manager, IMO. He doesn’t shift into the sense of urgency you need in do or die playoff situations. Case in point, the way he managed Sunday’s game.

  17. LGY October 4th, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Nick Swisher makes me believe clutch exists.

  18. LGY October 4th, 2011 at 9:16 am

    The biggest question every Yankee fan should have tonight is whether Girardi will leave AJ out there just long enough to lose the game.

  19. MTU October 4th, 2011 at 9:17 am

    YT-

    Girardi got the Yankees to the playoffs.

    My hope is that he gets that stick out of his rear and starts being more flexible in his thinking. All freakin’ hands on deck tonight. Worry about tomorrow if it comes.

    He was trained as an Engineer but baseball isn’t only engineering with it’s formulas and predictable outcomes.

    There’s a heart inside of that particular Machine.

    ;)

  20. Triple Short of a Cycle October 4th, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Joe put Montero on the roster as his back up catcher
    Joe doesn’t think Montero is ready to catch games
    Detroit has all righty starters so he won’t start Montero
    He won’t pinch hit with Montero because he is the back up catcher and doesn’t want to risk losing the DH
    So why was Montero put on the roster?
    If he just wanted a back up catcher why didn’t he put Romine on the roster?

  21. Yankee Trader October 4th, 2011 at 9:17 am

    The Yankees put themselves in this hole by not beating Scherzer in Game 2 in YS. He had terrible splits away from home and bad splits against lefties in a stadium suited for lefties.

  22. JobaTipsHisCap October 4th, 2011 at 9:18 am

    don’t expect tex give us any nice surprise tonight.
    He is done

  23. upstate kate October 4th, 2011 at 9:18 am

    AJ has had a much shorter leash lately, and there is a fully rested Phil Hughes in the pen.

  24. JobaTipsHisCap October 4th, 2011 at 9:19 am

    fire jooe, bring francoma

  25. Wang IS Taiwan October 4th, 2011 at 9:19 am

    AJ says he’s going to try and help the team win, but is Girardi??

  26. Melkmanisinhotlanta October 4th, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Verlander needs a major drug test imo. He is dealing 100 mph heat into the 8th inning???????????????????????????? Does anybody else wonder about how that guy, who’s not huge, is dealing like that?? Ridiculous.

  27. Erin October 4th, 2011 at 9:20 am

    LGY-I swear I saw something yesterday where Girardi said that AJ will have a “very short leash”. I’ll try to find it

  28. daver October 4th, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Bench Tex. Posada at first. Montero at DH. Bench Swish-a-choker. Put in Smiley Jones.

  29. MTU October 4th, 2011 at 9:21 am

    YT-

    Second-guessing the outcome of a series is easy.

    Everybody has a theory as to why things have gone wrong so far.

    And I’d bet every one of them has some truth and a lot wrong.

    The bottom line is that it all doesn’t matter.

    We need to win tonight or that’s all she rode.

    That ain’t theory it’s fact.

    ;)

  30. Erin October 4th, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Here’s the link:

    http://tiny.cc/6web7

  31. daver October 4th, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Scary thought but I am more worried about this offense than AJ.

  32. Yankee Trader October 4th, 2011 at 9:22 am

    My hope is that he gets that stick out of his rear and starts being more flexible in his thinking. All freakin’ hands on deck tonight. Worry about tomorrow if it comes.
    ———————————————
    Couldn’t agree more. Does that mean we might see DRob earlier in the game if the Yankees need to get out of a jam with the heart of their order coming up?

    Will Girardi get more animated and yell at the umps when he believe the call is wrong. Maybe get tossed?

  33. Melkmanisinhotlanta October 4th, 2011 at 9:23 am

    This series has highlighted what we all know to be true: we don’t have superstar Andy Pettitte. It’s that simple. Andy starts yesterdays game, or tonight and gets a W for the NYY. Perhaps CC’s needs to work on his core big time. He is obese plain and simple. Along with being on the wrong side of 30 it’s only a matter of time before that gut kills him. Lose the gut CC.

  34. MTU October 4th, 2011 at 9:23 am

    YT-

    I means whatever it takes to get the W. Period. No rules just right.

    ;)

  35. LGY October 4th, 2011 at 9:25 am

    “He is hitless in 28 career postseason at-bats with runners in scoring position, which includes his time as a White Sox. The only other players to even get near that futility are Dan Wilson (0-for-21) and Pat Sheridan (0-for-20). The inadequacy with men on base explains how Swisher could have four playoff home runs — including one to lead off the ninth Sunday — and just five RBIs.

    The Yankees keep hoping for the ultra-hyper, attention-starved Swisher to settle down at this time of year and perform. But this is the third straight postseason that he is tanking.”

    -From the Sherman article Benny linked.

  36. MTU October 4th, 2011 at 9:26 am

    edit: It. sorry.

  37. Melkmanisinhotlanta October 4th, 2011 at 9:26 am

    What in the living Hades has happened to TEX????????? His average is pitiful, and he is doing his usual fall asleep in the playoffs routine once again. He needs Kevin Long for the entire winter and he needs to bring that average up. Tex has picked up the Giambi hex and lost his average. Perhaps a long winter working out with Jeter or somebody that can help him???????

  38. Wang IS Taiwan October 4th, 2011 at 9:27 am

    I hate to say it, but based on how the Yanks made Scherzer look like a Cy Young winner, I don’t have great hopes that they’ll jump on Porcello. He did make them look bad already this season.

    Unless the bats liven up, this will be a very boring post-season after tonight. I have about a 30% interest in watching if the Yanks aren’t in them and I don’t have the Sux to root against.

    I have to remember that most of us never thought they’d do much in the post-season earlier this year, but once you get in, you can’t help but have your hopes up that sthg magical will happen.

  39. Yankee Trader October 4th, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Erin-

    Thanks for the link. However this quote from Girardi doesn’t make me feel any better.

    “I expect him to go out and pitch well, I do,” Girardi said. “He hadn’t started in a while and he pitched pretty decent against Texas last year (in Game 4 of the ALCS, in which he allowed 5 runs in 6 innings and took the loss.) I think he’s going to relish the opportunity to change the script a little bit here.”

  40. MTU October 4th, 2011 at 9:28 am

    You all can concentrate on pointin’ fingers of blame all you like.

    Me. I’m gonna focus on extending our season.

    Go AJ !

    ;)

  41. LGY October 4th, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Don’t insult Giambi by comparing Tex to him.

    The Giambino is a .290/.425/.486 career postseason hitter.

  42. GoldGlove9486 October 4th, 2011 at 9:29 am

    The number one point everyone is making is about the Game 2 loss…that’s what did them in. The Nova-Fister match-up was in our favor, so was Garcia-Scherzer. The Yankees blew it. ANYONE versus Verlander in Detroit favors Verlander, and typically ANYONE versus Burnett favors ANYONE. I would have felt great up 2-0, knowing that no matter what, we’re back to NY with Ivan Nova on the mound. Game 2 was a failure.

  43. Erin October 4th, 2011 at 9:30 am

    AJ just needs to channel his inner Bungalow Bill and go Tiger hunting. :)

  44. upstate kate October 4th, 2011 at 9:31 am

    I was listening to whatever mlb xm show was on during my trip home yesterday. They said that even if the Yankees lost game 3, they still had a good chance. They felt AJ/Porcello was a push, and Nova would have an advantage over Fister.

  45. Ys Guy October 4th, 2011 at 9:32 am

    repost: we’re not going to see bad aj
    we’re not going to see good aj
    we’re going to see lights-out, couldn’t-hit-it-with-a-paddle, what-was-that-he-just-threw, scratching-your-head-on-the-way-back-to-the-dugout aj.

  46. JM October 4th, 2011 at 9:32 am

    I actually think AJ will pitch well enough for them to win the game. But will the bats do anything against Porcello? That’s the big question in my eyes.

  47. Melkmanisinhotlanta October 4th, 2011 at 9:32 am

    The playoffs always reveal weakness. The starting pitching has been a strength during the regular season, but playing the best teams during the playoffs, indicates that the regular season recipe for success is a disaster. Having a ham and egg pitcher like Garcia is fine during the regular season, but we learned that didn’t work the other night. The Phillies, unfortunately are built to kill the NYY or anybody that opposes them. CC looks mortal, Nova is great but still wet behind the ears, Garcia..we already know, Hughes…injury prone/unreliable, AJ…gambling at its finest but no choice, he has to pitch…..that’s the state of the starting pitching and it’s not built to win.

  48. Shame Spencer October 4th, 2011 at 9:33 am

    A friend of mine actually played against Porcello when he was in high school.. went 4 for 5 against him in that game. Of course, it was about 8 years ago, but still…

    Meanwhile, I don’t know a ton about swinging mechanics, but it seems like Tex just can’t stop dropping his shoulder which is causing all those pop ups. I’ve been pleasantly surprised to see Gardner doing just the opposite in this series with big results, but it makes you scratch your head. I know its easier to talk about how you have to sit back on pitches, but Tex the lack of adjustments from Tex are tough to watch. I still don’t think its fair to say he can’t perform in the playoffs though, but only because he’s always been a streaky hitter and probably always will be. Maybe it just so happens he doesn’t get hot in October.

  49. MTU October 4th, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Erin-

    If AJ pulls this off I might even have to reconsider calling for him to be traded next season.

    And I’ll even throw in a case of his favorite beer.

    :)

  50. Kelvin October 4th, 2011 at 9:33 am

    I will guarantee a yankee win tonight Burnett 7 innings of 2 run ball and 8 K’s 3 walks.

    Bank on it!

  51. GoldGlove9486 October 4th, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Yanks need what they did in Game 5 against Oakland in 2000 ALDS….Six runs in the first inning. I remember thinking they would lose that series after Clemens was clobbered in Game 4.

  52. Wang IS Taiwan October 4th, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Stats against Porcello (who is a mere 22 years old…)

    Hope you can read this. If not, it’s here: http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/.....k-porcello.

    AB/H AVG/OBP/SLG/OPS

    Robinson Cano 11 5 .455 .455 .545 1.000
    Eric Chavez 2 1 .500 .500 1.500 2.000
    Brett Gardner 9 1 .111 .200 .111 .311
    Curtis Granderson 5 2 .400 .400 .400 .800
    Derek Jeter 9 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
    Andruw Jones 2 1 .500 .750 .500 1.250
    Russell Martin 4 1 .250 .500 .250 .750
    Eduardo Nunez 3 2 .667 .667 .667 1.333
    Ramiro Pena 7 1 0 .143 .143 .143 .286
    Jorge Posada 9 3 .333 .455 .444 .899
    Alex Rodriguez 4 1 .250 .250 .250 .500
    Nick Swisher 10 3 .300 .417 .600 1.017
    Mark Teixeira 10 1 .100 .182 .100 .282
    Totals 85 22 .259 .337 .341 .678

  53. Shame Spencer October 4th, 2011 at 9:34 am

    “If AJ pulls this off I might even have to reconsider calling for him to be traded next season.”

    Don’t think this isn’t lost on AJ, I think he knows this win could go a long way.

    Also, not sure if anyone heard, but Suzyn actually made a good point last night – if AJ wins this game, they might turn it into a TV movie!!

  54. randy l. October 4th, 2011 at 9:34 am

    blake-

    hard to believe that montero hasn’t had even one bat so far to get his first post season at bat .

    jorge has shown why he is on this team.

    veteran players like posada should be used during the regular season with an eye on the postseason. use them to keep them fresh for when it really counts.

    that said, a guy like montero should have been used in a way to use him as a weapon in the playoffs.
    this whole platoon thing for montero makes little sense because it takes him right out of a series like this.

    alex and teixeira should have been pinch hit for in the season when they are in their down streaks which are obvious to anyone watching them nightly. then there would be a plan for when one of these guys comes up with men n base in a key late situation.

    alex and teixeira are basically defensive players when they are slumping. they need to be pinch hit for.

    at least alex walked last night which is really about all you can hope for at this point.

    the yankees really are unprepared for postseason play against the tigers. the parts don’t fit . but it is what it is , so the yankees need to win with what they have.

    the yankees need aj to come up big tonight which is kind of scary, but it’s all we have so you go with it.

    the hitters who can hit need to hit. teixeira and alex need to finagle some walks out of their offensive reputations to keep the line moving.

    … and of course the bullpen needs to shut down the tigers and get mariano the ball with a lead.

    if that happens i like the yankees chances.

  55. Yankee Trader October 4th, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Game 2 was a failure. Scherzer ERA 5.23 away from home with 18 of his 29 homers allowed against lefties.

    When does everyone start drinking tonight??

  56. Melkmanisinhotlanta October 4th, 2011 at 9:37 am

    It will be interesting to see if CC decides to opt out. Imagine if the Phillies decide to pick him up for 3 years? How could he resist? If he opts in, then he’s a true Yankee…opting out and he shows mercenary colors!!!

  57. GoldGlove9486 October 4th, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Yankee Trader, I start at 5 when I get home. I live in PA, Phillies country. If the Phils could lose before the Yanks come on at 8:30, I’d feel pretty good about things.

  58. MTU October 4th, 2011 at 9:42 am

    With AJ on the mound tonight the Yankees need to pull the inside straight with their last draw.

    It does happen sometimes.

    ;)

  59. randy l. October 4th, 2011 at 9:42 am

    “Nick Swisher makes me believe clutch exists.”

    how about posada?

    you might have noticed some very professional at bats where jorge slows down the game even against a guy like verlander.

    clutch isn’t necessarily doing better than normal. it’s doing normal in unusual pressure situations.

    posada does this. jeter does this.

  60. Wang IS Taiwan October 4th, 2011 at 9:43 am

    we’re going to see lights-out, couldn’t-hit-it-with-a-paddle, what-was-that-he-just-threw, scratching-your-head-on-the-way-back-to-the-dugout aj.

    ~~~~~~~~~

    Y’s Guy, this made me laugh. Thanks. Wouldn’t it be sthg if that actually happens…stranger things have happened. There’s going to be a ton of pressure on the kid. First playoff game, I believe.

  61. Yankee Trader October 4th, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Wang-

    Look at Porcello’s splits.

    Looking at the small sample size of Porcello vs the Yankee batters will make you think he’ll shut down almost everyone except Cano tonight.

    Yankees- 85 ab’s 1 homer BAA .259 with Slugging % .341 against Porcello.

  62. Shame Spencer October 4th, 2011 at 9:45 am

    After two days in close succession of gorging on chocolate chip cookies.. I’m taking tonight off. Never again.

  63. Wang IS Taiwan October 4th, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Melkmanisinhotlanta October 4th, 2011 at 9:37 am
    It will be interesting to see if CC decides to opt out.

    ~~~~~~~~

    Hard to think he wouldn’t do it for his family’s future generations. I bet if the choice were today, he wouldn’t opt out because he’d be feeling so bad. Hated seeing him look so down.

  64. Erin October 4th, 2011 at 9:46 am

    baldvinny being a fan means supporting your team. you stand by them, good or bad. when chips are down, you rely on them to rise to the occasion

  65. Yankee Trader October 4th, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Yankee Trader, I start at 5 when I get home. I live in PA, Phillies country. If the Phils could lose before the Yanks come on at 8:30, I’d feel pretty good about things.
    ——————————————
    Where in eastern PA? If the Phillies don’t advance, and I think there’s now a chance for the Cardinals, I believe whatever team the AL sends to the WS will win it all.

  66. Wang IS Taiwan October 4th, 2011 at 9:49 am

    YT — it’s only two games we’re looking at, but still…not very inspiring. He isn’t Verlander, so I don’t want to hear any “tip your caps” after the game.

    Sometimes the Yanks make mediocre look untouchable.

  67. blake October 4th, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Randy,

    You were right about Jorge…..he’s shown that even with a diminished skill set that he still has the grit and knowledge that helped the Yanks win all those playoff games. He’s overmatched physically but still is for the most part outsmarting the pitchers and getting either a pitch he can handle or walking……he’s been awesome.

    The problem with Montero is what was the problem 2 months ago……they didn’t bring him up early enough and didn’t give him any chance at all to catch…..they were fine throwing away games in September with the bullpen usage but heaven forbid they give Montero a chance to catch because he may screw up……now he can’t catch because he doesn’t know the staff……he s not going to hit for Posada because he’s been the most consistent hitter on the team…..and they wont pinch hit him for struggling veterans because they are afraid of the fallout next year.

    Apparently they put Montero on the ALDS roster for a pinch hit AB against Phil Coke that may never happen……

  68. GoldGlove9486 October 4th, 2011 at 9:49 am

    I’m near Hershey, but everyone, including my wife’s family, is a Philly fan, or at least they have been since ’08. 2009 was amazing for me, but stressful. Watching Lee give up 12 hits was SO much fun on Sunday. A Phillies Game 3 loss and a Burnett win would be an incredible day.

  69. Yankee Trader October 4th, 2011 at 9:51 am

    baldvinny being a fan means supporting your team. you stand by them, good or bad. when chips are down, you rely on them to rise to the occasion
    —————————–
    Erin-

    Might add- Then when the season is over you start by getting ready for next year by deciding who stays and who goes!! :)

  70. JM October 4th, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Nice analysis from RAB about Porcello:

    http://riveraveblues.com/2011/.....llo-57255/

  71. blake October 4th, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Say what you want about Alex but at least he’s going ip there with a plan…..he’s trying to work the AB to get something he can handle……same with Jeter……they at least have a clue what they are trying to do.

  72. MTU October 4th, 2011 at 9:53 am

    YT-

    You can always take solace in knowing that the Sux imploded and didn’t even make the post-season.

    Whatever happens at least we were there.

    ;)

  73. randy l. October 4th, 2011 at 9:54 am

    no one ever says that the yankees are made for the playoffs.

    that might be a clue on how to plan next years team.

    scrambling three weeks before the regular season ends trying to work guys in isn’t really a plan.

    aj won’t choke tonight.

    if he stinks it’s just because stinking is normal for him.

    he does have that 1 in 10 chance in him that he’ll be good.

    it could happen.

    and even if aj sucks, the yankees could still win.

    so i’d say the yankees have about a 25% chance of winning this game.

    for some strange reason , i think they are going to do it.

  74. Erin October 4th, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Bald Vinny getting deep this AM ;)

    baldvinny that is why victory is just as sweet for us as it is for them. we live through them. and in a way, they live though our energy as fans

  75. bruceb October 4th, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Nick Swisher is one of my favorite players but how can the Yankees justify re-signing him for next season when the guy never does a lick in the play-offs? He’s great during the regular season but with the Yankees credo being World Championship or bust, we need another Mr October, not a Mr April or May.

  76. Yankee Trader October 4th, 2011 at 9:56 am

    GoldGlove-

    Garcia pitches well at home and is tough on lefties.

    If the Yankees score early and often , you and I, and all Yankee fans, might get that wish!! :)

  77. LockDown October 4th, 2011 at 9:59 am

    I woke up & the first thing I thought of was the game tonight.

    When CC lost in game 1, AJ followed him & had to pitch against Pedro “Our Daddy” Martinez. That was probably the biggest game of the series, not wanting to go 0-2 in Phillies.0

    Once again he follows CC in a loss with one of the biggest games of the series on the line. Lose, you go home & play golf. Win, you have momentum & home field advantage where they’ve beaten Fister.

    He pitched better in September than he had the previous 2 months. 2 QS and helped the yankees beat boston on september 1st, when Boston was playing great baseball. That might have been the biggest game of the season because Boston was on fire & the yanks had not won a series against them to that point.

    So this can be done. Gotta send him & the team positive thoughts.

    It’s so odd. If you told me the yankees would score 4 runs off Verlander with CC on the mound, it would seem to be a win for us.

  78. Bronx Jeers October 4th, 2011 at 10:00 am

    baldvinny that is why victory is just as sweet for us as it is for them. we live through them. and in a way, they live though our energy as fans

    ——————————-

    Whatever you say Confucius. :wink:

  79. Wang IS Taiwan October 4th, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Swisher’s great during the regular season…

    ~~~~~
    Bruce, umm…not this season, remember? He was ice cold for months. I would be a bit surprised if he’s re-signed. We can’t have him cold for half the regular season AND be a non-producer in the post-season. I posted his post-season avg after his HR and it was still below .200…

    And then there’s Tex…

  80. Wang IS Taiwan October 4th, 2011 at 10:02 am

    I’m just going to say it: the Yanks need some LUCK tonight. Period.

  81. JM October 4th, 2011 at 10:02 am

    They will exercise Swisher’s option, IMO. They aren’t really any better alternatives out there, not this year anyway.

  82. Erin October 4th, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Yankees Derek Jeter has collected at least 2 hits and scored at least 1 run in 17 career Division Series games. #postseason

  83. Jerkface October 4th, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I would be a bit surprised if he’s re-signed.

    Prepare to be surprised. No way the Yankees decline his 10 mil option. They might pick it up and trade him, but they aren’t letting him walk.

  84. bruceb October 4th, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Nothing we can do about Tex, A-Rod or Jeter. We’re stuck with them for better or for worse.

  85. Erin October 4th, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Swisher will be back next year

  86. Yankee Trader October 4th, 2011 at 10:05 am

    JM

    I read the RAB’s article.

    “Porcello’s changeup is his worst pitch, and that’s why he struggles against lefties. He has to get them out with his fastball, the changeup just isn’t good enough to consistently rely on.”

    That’s comforting to know, because any pitcher with a good changeup has been extremely tough on all of the Yankees batting from the left side.

  87. LockDown October 4th, 2011 at 10:05 am

    blake October 4th, 2011 at 9:51 am
    Say what you want about Alex but at least he’s going ip there with a plan…..he’s trying to work the AB to get something he can handle……same with Jeter……they at least have a clue what they are trying to do.
    —-

    I agree. Plus, he’s coming off injuries. He hit the ball well in game 1 but at people. Game 2 he looked bad. But game 3 it looked like he was seeing the ball better, working the counts. He could have key hits tonight.

    Teix needs to get it together & Swisher seems to only get hits when the game seems out of hand. I gave Teix a pass last year because of his broken toe, but he needs to step up tonight.

  88. Triple Short of a Cycle October 4th, 2011 at 10:05 am

    no one ever says that the yankees are made for the playoffs.

    that might be a clue on how to plan next years team.

    —————————————————-

    On the offensive side nothing much can be done to make them more of a playoff team
    The infield and outfield is going to be the same. If Montero is still here next year then he becomes the DH. That?s the only change you will see with the offense

  89. Jerkface October 4th, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Before last night’s game Swisher was OPSing 1 for the series. He also helped stomp Minn in the ALDS last year with a great series. RISP might be an issue for him, or it could just be noise.

    Jeter has been very good at starting rallies this postseason, less good about continuing them. No RBIs. Lots of chances. Has only got on base 1 more time than Swisher.

  90. Erin October 4th, 2011 at 10:07 am

    eboland11 Three possible elimination games in baseball tonight and ESPN First Take leads with a Tony Romo discussion.

  91. Erin October 4th, 2011 at 10:09 am

    This article gets an A from me for starting with a Back to the Future reference. ;)

    http://www.myyesnetwork.com/12.....ave_us_a.j.!

  92. HipHipHorHay October 4th, 2011 at 10:09 am

    What I love about this blog is that you all express the entire spectrum of emotions that I am feeling (except maybe not the Verlander drug test thing).

    I too am terrified of the season hanging on AJ. But let’s not lose hope – we are very close to having swept this series with the winning run at the plate and on base in back to back games. In that regard, Detroit’s been playing with fire. Hopefully tonight is the night the bats wake up!

  93. Ys Guy October 4th, 2011 at 10:10 am

    anybody who wants to jump off the bandwagon…by all means, go ahead, the Met’s are looking for fans!

    …just don’t come back here friday morning crowing about YOUR TEAM!

    Let’s Go Yankees!!!!!

  94. ConcernedCitizen October 4th, 2011 at 10:10 am

    AJ could pitch a gem, it won’t matter if the offense doesn’t show up. All AJ can do is give the team a chance to win. Seriously, it’d be easy to make AJ the goat, but the offense needs to back him up early.

  95. Erin October 4th, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Working link would be good: http://bit.ly/qJzvdd

  96. JT October 4th, 2011 at 10:11 am

    They will grind it out against Porcello tonight. AJ will be OK. Mo and DRob for 12 outs if necessary.

    Chill. We’re going back to the Stadium.

  97. Jerkface October 4th, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Elimination game with AJ Burnett on the mound is basically a horrible nightmare. Objectively, the Yankees look like they are in a deep hole, simply based on AJ’s performances shifting from mediocre to terrible so fast that often times there is nothing that can be done except say ‘He got through 4, better pull him because my hairs are on end.’

    I will be watching tonights game hoping that this is one of those playoff games where everyone thinks Burnett will implode and he will simply throw an ironic shutout or something.

  98. Yankee Trader October 4th, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Everyone have a great day, despite the worries about tonight’s game.

    Go Yankees, and for once AJ earn your keep!! :)

  99. Jdiddyshownopitty October 4th, 2011 at 10:12 am

    espn is a free nfl network that fills in its summers with baseball highlights

  100. backbench October 4th, 2011 at 10:13 am

    MLB will let the home plate ump know that a Detroit-St. Louis WS is not in the best interest of the sport.

  101. Jerkface October 4th, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Ayala, Wade, Logan, and Soriano have pitched far more than Robertson and Mo. Terrible. Girardi should be managing each game as if it was elimination. Unless the lead is so huge, like Saturday, that he can get away with pitching Ayala (and of course he couldn’t be trusted with a 6 run lead once a few batters got on but he can be trusted to hold down a 3 run lead?) he needs to be going to his biggest guns in the situations that matter. Bases loaded in the 6th inning? Probably should bring in D-Rob, since thats the game right there. Yankees cut the lead to 3 in the late innings? Bring in Soriano/Robertson because the idea is to hold it there. In the regular season you pitch guys like Ayala in that situation because you figure they are mostly going to be able to get through it and you need to save your bullets for the postseason/big series. Well…its the postseason now. SHOOT THE BULLETS. If anything Wade should be in since he is the highest leverage garbage time reliever we have.

  102. Erin October 4th, 2011 at 10:15 am

    bw51official Gearing up for my show in NYC, Staten Island on 10/15, tickets going quick. Go to http://www.bernie51.com for show details and tickets!

  103. Don Vito A. Bellamo October 4th, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Our offense can put up a big number and AJ can pitch a good game, indeed. HE won’t save the Yankees, he just won’t KILL their season tonight. Then I REALLY like Nova to start game 5, with all hands on deck to win the ALDS at home to advance. GO YANKEES ! There WILL be a game 5!!! :-)

  104. Triple Short of a Cycle October 4th, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Elimination game with AJ Burnett on the mound is basically a horrible nightmare.

    ———————————————————————-

    Which is why I couldn’t understand why people said the rainout favored the Yankees. Pitching Burnett was a result of the rainout and the reason why I felt Detroit gained from that

  105. bruceb October 4th, 2011 at 10:16 am

    You can’t possibly “expect” to win with AJ on the mound. You can only “hope” to win. And as many have already pointed out here this morning, even if AJ does surprise us we still have to hit. That’s an even bigger concern to me as half the lineup seems to be out of form. Who would have thought Posada and Gardner would have been our best hitters so far?

  106. Jdiddyshownopitty October 4th, 2011 at 10:17 am

    MLB will let the home plate ump know that a Detroit-St. Louis WS is not in the best interest of the sport.

    ———————————–

    you can also lets last nights know how you feel too at safe@gerrydavis.com

  107. Yankees_Fan October 4th, 2011 at 10:18 am

    really, really understand why they all say what they say.

    Soriano: “It was a good location, and he hit it out. So we just got to come back tomorrow.”

    A-Rod: “I think we can win no matter what. You’ve got to throw statistics out the window in the playoffs. The only statistic that matters is winning games. And I think both Tex and I are prepared for big at-bats. The playoffs come down to a few key at bats, and when those at-bats come, we’ll be there.”

    Still, to me as a fan, those are the kind of empty words that drive me crazy. You’d want them to throw themselves under the bus for failing miserably and show as much disgust as you feel when you see them fail. Yet they can’t do it, right? They’ve got another game today, so they have to keep trying.

    Yet again…

    Sabathia: “It’s tough. I put us in a bad spot.”

    I like and identify with this kind of sincerity.

  108. Ys Guy October 4th, 2011 at 10:21 am

    “backbench October 4th, 2011 at 10:13 am
    MLB will let the home plate ump know that a Detroit-St. Louis WS is not in the best interest of the sport.”
    ———————————————————–

    are we now rooting for the umps to cheat? that’s not baseball and that’s not america

    BEAT THE TIGERS!!!!

  109. Bronx Jeers October 4th, 2011 at 10:22 am

    AJ can throw 2 seasons of poor pitching out the window if he comes up big tonight.

    Whatever happens, it’s been a fun season.

  110. BD (Boston Dave) October 4th, 2011 at 10:23 am

    The world expects AJ to get slaughtered and the Yanks to lose.

    The world also expected the Red Sox to win the pennant.

    The world also expected the Yanks to miss the playoffs.

    After tonight:

    AJ Burnett – 1
    Yankees – 1
    World – 0
    Red Sox – 0

  111. Triple Short of a Cycle October 4th, 2011 at 10:25 am

    It sounds crazy but I’m more worried about the offense showing up tonight then AJ pitching a decent game

  112. DSJ October 4th, 2011 at 10:27 am

    ARod is just another average player, Teixeira is a joke, Girardi again exposed as a poor in game manager, Burnett to save the season. Sad.

  113. DSJ October 4th, 2011 at 10:29 am

    So sad.

  114. Jdiddyshownopitty October 4th, 2011 at 10:31 am

    WE had a chance to win in every game. Its not over yet guys!

  115. Mgumpher October 4th, 2011 at 10:32 am

    All I want to see is that the umpires call the strike zone for BOTH teams. When Verlander gets 15 balls called strikes compared to something like 4 for CC, then there is a problem. A big problem.

    The information is out there for anyone to see. Where is the MEDIA showing this? Where is the media doing their job on this issue? The Yankees can’t say anything, as that comes back to get them even worse, but the media should see that the strike zone last night was grossly unfair, and that should be the biggest story of the day.

    Where is MLB on issues like that? Silent. How can an umpire be allowed to do that, where he helped influence a game’s outcome, and not have it be a national story?

    PitchFX shows the disparity. It is time for the media to grow a pair and call Davis on this. If MLB doesn’t want him talking, then MLB should be questioned relentlessly on how they can allow a umpire to call a game that is so unbalanced.

    How do we know Davis didn’t have money on the game?

    I’m losing all respect for the whole game with how that strike zone went last night. If the Yankees got beat, which they could have, with an honest umpire behind the plate, then they got beat. To have a disparity of more than 10 pitches called strikes that are clearly balls, it smells and should be investigated.

    This isn’t the only game that this has happened either. These umpires could very well be making a nice additional salary by having money on the outcome of games, and they do influence the outcome when they have that kind of disparity.

  116. Jdiddyshownopitty October 4th, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Even Jack on the Yes network said he influenced the game

  117. DSJ October 4th, 2011 at 10:36 am

    How classless for fans to blame the umpires when you just plain got beat. Whining reminiscent of the Red Sox. Sad.

  118. LGY October 4th, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Girardi has been horrific this series.

    The only thing positive I can say is that he learned from his mistake of pinch hitting the corpse of Eric Chavez for Gritner.

  119. Wang IS Taiwan October 4th, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Jerkface,

    Re: The Yanks resigning Swish. I said I would be a bit surprised if that happened, and that’s not a great amount. But from what I’ve read, he’s the best option for the money at that position.

    You never know with Cashman.

  120. Wang IS Taiwan October 4th, 2011 at 10:40 am

    BD (Boston Dave) October 4th, 2011 at 10:23 am

    V. nice!!

  121. GoldGlove9486 October 4th, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Just sent Gerry Davis an email. Thanks guys.

  122. Mgumpher October 4th, 2011 at 10:44 am

    DSJ October 4th, 2011 at 10:36 am
    How classless for fans to blame the umpires when you just plain got beat. Whining reminiscent of the Red Sox. Sad.

    ++++++++++++
    How classless of a moron to not look at the data that is available and not say there is a big problem with it. 15 pitches outside the strike zone being called for the Tigers vs. 4 for the Yankees is a huge disparity. A couple is one thing, it happens, but not a 3-1 disparity. When you have an error rate that high all benefiting one side there is a problem.

    It should not be something that any real baseball fan would want to see allowed. It is cheating when something like that happens.

  123. Jerkface October 4th, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I dont think Girardi is going to change up the lineup, so the fact that the Yankees might be eliminated before Montero even gets a PA is a disgrace.

  124. LGY October 4th, 2011 at 10:45 am

    I love how the media is white knighting Verlander after he coughed up the lead last night.

    The only reason Verlander is a “hero” is because Soriano blows.

  125. GoldGlove9486 October 4th, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Please give Brackman, Banuelos, and Betances a fair shot at making the Yanks next season.

  126. Jdiddyshownopitty October 4th, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Just sent Gerry Davis an email. Thanks guys.

    ——————————————-

    Nice! Its not all his fault, just let him know he could have been more consistent @ safe@gerrydavis.com

    ;)

  127. djsunyc October 4th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    now that everyone’s slept on it, i’ll as a question i asked last night:

    philosophically, should managers match up their respective aces during the postseason?

  128. Erin October 4th, 2011 at 10:47 am

    I wonder how much hate mail Gerry Davis is going to get today. LOL

  129. blake October 4th, 2011 at 10:48 am

    The Yankees need more batting average in their lineup……it’s not overated. Batting average plays against good pitching…….the walk and homer formula doesn’t work as well in October as it does in the regular season.

    I think Girardi is a great regular season manager…..he prepares a team well for the marathon……but he needs to learn to switch gears when the leaves turn brown and management without more urgency…..worry about tomorrow tomorrow in October…..win today at all costs.

  130. GoldGlove9486 October 4th, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Yes blake, batting average is a problem, because when your average is low, you make more outs. Make more outs, you get to 27 outs a little quicker than usual. Even Grandy ddin’t hit for average.

  131. LGY October 4th, 2011 at 10:50 am

    I can’t wait until next season when Joba is back and Soriano is relegated to the Luis Ayala role.

  132. Jerkface October 4th, 2011 at 10:51 am

    philosophically, should managers match up their respective aces during the postseason?

    You should pitch your best pitchers as often as possible. If it is possible to do this while also getting more favorable match ups (pitching a lesser pitcher against their ace to try and steal a game, etc) than yes. But generally you want the Ace to pitch games 1,4,7 or 1,4 or 1,5 in the ALDS.

  133. Melk Man October 4th, 2011 at 10:52 am

    “philosophically, should managers match up their respective aces during the postseason?”

    Theoretically, matching up CC with Porcello and Verlander with Burnett gives the Yanks the best chance at a split.

    However, CC’s postseason ERA is around 4.8 so perhaps he wouldn’t have out-dueled Porcello.

    Managers won’t do it though because they don’t want to offend their ace. Now is the alternative scenario – Burnett starting an elimination game. Porcello is not great shakes either, but I’d trust the Tigers offense more than NYs

  134. Jdiddyshownopitty October 4th, 2011 at 10:52 am

    how did he call games during other Yank games? no matter what. I feel confident that we will win the next 2 games. We had a chance to win till the last out in both losses, that counts allot imo

    safe@gerrydavis.com

  135. blake October 4th, 2011 at 10:52 am

    The Yanks badly need Montero to grow into a prominent role for next season. I still think the Yankees can win this series……but going forward they need another guy that can hit good pitching in October. Arod and Jeter are aging and Posada wont be back…….

  136. blake October 4th, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Yes they miss Joba badly……..

  137. Mgumpher October 4th, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Erin October 4th, 2011 at 10:47 am
    I wonder how much hate mail Gerry Davis is going to get today. LOL

    +++++++++
    MLB should be the party taking the big heat for this.

    What I want to know is where is the media on this? They asked the questions after the game last night, but this should be talked about by all the media. I don’t care if it embarresses Davis. He should be. There is no logical explaination for the disparity.

    If it was more even, then it wouldn’t be a story. 3-1 ratios are something that should have everyone, except for Tiger fans, asking what is wrong with this picture.

  138. blake October 4th, 2011 at 10:55 am

    We can only hope that this time next year the Yankees at least have an option of catching Montero a game if Martin can’t hit…….they never gave themselves that option this year.

  139. randy l. October 4th, 2011 at 10:55 am

    “I dont think Girardi is going to change up the lineup, so the fact that the Yankees might be eliminated before Montero even gets a PA is a disgrace.”

    since posada is doing so well( as i expected) would you pinch hit montero for teixeira or arod late in a game with men in scoring position.

    i would.

  140. Jerkface October 4th, 2011 at 10:56 am

    .the walk and homer formula doesn’t work as well in October as it does in the regular season.

    I disagree blake. I don’t think you’ll find much correlation between batting average and success in the postseason. Now if you mean someone who hits for average and has patience/plate discipline, well where are all those players? The tigers top 4 hitters in the ALDS have a combined regular season batting average of .250. Cano was not a good postseason hitter until he started working on pitch selection. Vlad Guerrero was a terrible postseason hitter.

    I don’t think anything makes sense in the postseason, just get into it with the best players possible.

  141. Mgumpher October 4th, 2011 at 10:57 am

    philosophically, should managers match up their respective aces during the postseason?

    ++++++++++++
    I think there can be some cases made where it might be best to alter the match ups. I think a lot depends on how good the number 2 starter is. The point should be to maximize the wins, one way would be to throw the best starter you have against their second best, especially when their number one is a true stud, like a Halladay or a Verlander.

  142. Jerkface October 4th, 2011 at 10:58 am

    since posada is doing so well( as i expected) would you pinch hit montero for teixeira or arod late in a game with men in scoring position.

    i would.

    I’d pinch hit Montero in a RISP situation for: Posada (No RBIs), Martin, Tex

    I’d start Posada at 1st tonight with Montero at DH.

  143. randy l. October 4th, 2011 at 10:59 am

    for the record , i wouldn’t put montero in to catch to replace martin simply because the yankees didn’t use montero in this role during august or september when they should have been doing it.

    what i’d tell martin if i was the hitting coach is that as a catcher he should know that pitch count matters. try and stay up there for more than one pitch.

  144. blake October 4th, 2011 at 10:59 am

    The Yanks would never PH for Arod or Tex……they just wouldn’t. They stick with guys through thick and thin…..Torre was torched 5 years ago for batting Arod 8th and when he couldn’t hit…….and “lost him forever” because of it. They just wont di thatvfor read of the fall out. I wouldn’t hit for Alex anyway……he still is having competitive ABs and has a plan at the plate. Tex and Swisher are just up there swinging and hoping the ball hits their bat. …..swing hard in case you hit it boys.

  145. CalYank October 4th, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Best thing to hope for tonight is that the NYY win a slugfest 10 – 8.

  146. Yank 97 October 4th, 2011 at 11:00 am

    If Girardi drastically changes the line-up now, it will look like he is panicking. Do you really want him to convey that to his players?

    This is not benching Swisher in game of the WS, it is an elimination game.

    Tex and Swisher are both setting records for postseason futility with guys who have the required amount of ABs.

  147. randy l. October 4th, 2011 at 11:00 am

    ” Posada (No RBIs)”

    rbis don’t matter .
    they are like wins :)

  148. LGY October 4th, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Wasn’t Swisher benched in the 2009 ALDS for Jerry Hairston Jr?

  149. CalYank October 4th, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Why change the lineup vs. Porcello ? ? No need.

  150. TheStraw October 4th, 2011 at 11:03 am

    If Girardi had any guts, he’d let Gardner lead off tonight and move everyone else down one slot. But he doesn’t and he won’t.

  151. Erin October 4th, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Gossip Break:

    http://www.businessinsider.com.....es-2011-10

  152. blake October 4th, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Jerfkace,

    Basically what I mean is that holes on players swings are found more frequently in the postseason because the pitchers are better.

    Randy,

    Yea they can’t catch Montero now…..my point was that that’s the Yankees own fault for making it that way.

  153. GoldGlove9486 October 4th, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Tex cites his 4th inning “lineout” to Delmon Young as a turning poing in the game……This guy is losing his mind.

  154. Jerkface October 4th, 2011 at 11:05 am

    rbis don’t matter .
    they are like wins

    Yup, RBIs in the regular season are just like pitcher wins, irrelevant when comparing players. In the postseason though I’d pinch hit a talent based hitter with great batspeed for players that have shown they can be overmatched in RISP situations. Posada, Jeter, Martin, Tex.

  155. LGY October 4th, 2011 at 11:05 am

    GoldGlove

    Link?

  156. CalYank October 4th, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I’d start Posada at 1st tonight with Montero at DH.

    Girardi won’t. Tex on the bench with the season on the line………….sure thing.

  157. LockDown October 4th, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Jerkface October 4th, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I’d pinch hit Montero in a RISP situation for: Posada (No RBIs), Martin, Tex

    I’d start Posada at 1st tonight with Montero at DH.

    —–

    That might not be such a bad idea. If Martin gets hurt, Posada would move to catcher & Teix steps in at 1B.

    Teix is batting .091 :(

    But Girardi wouldn’t dare do this.

  158. Triple Short of a Cycle October 4th, 2011 at 11:06 am

    I?d start Posada at 1st tonight with Montero at DH.

    —————————————————–

    Is your crush on Mark over?

  159. blake October 4th, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Montero is the Yankees next 1B.

  160. randy l. October 4th, 2011 at 11:07 am

    blake-

    alex and tex slump badly at times.

    it’s easy to know when they are in one.

    the problem is they hit back to back.

    either separate them or pinch hit for them or don’t play them.

    i agree the yankees don’t do things like bench guys like alex and tex.

    that’s the problem. they should.

    when they become defensive specialists only they need to think about it if they want to build an offense around them.

    in alex’s defense he walked twice last night which is smart baseball. pitchers will be careful pitching to him because he can hit one out at any time. so walks are low hanging fruit if he decides to go that direction. teixeira too.

  161. GoldGlove9486 October 4th, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Just heard it on WFAN’s 20-20 sports update.

  162. TheStraw October 4th, 2011 at 11:10 am

    I post this in honor of Jorgie, but it applies to the whole team:

    “Do not go gentle into that good night,
    Old age should burn and rage at close of day;
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
    Because their words had forked no lightning they
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
    Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
    And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
    Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    And you, my father, there on the sad height,
    Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
    Do not go gentle into that good night.
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light. ”

    Bring it back to NY, boys.

  163. blake October 4th, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Randy,

    I agree….they have to separate them. Id consider hitting Alex 2nd tonight….

    Jeter
    Arod
    Cano
    Granderson
    Posada
    Teixera
    Swisher
    Martin
    Gardner.

  164. Mgumpher October 4th, 2011 at 11:10 am

    GoldGlove9486 October 4th, 2011 at 11:08 am
    Just heard it on WFAN?s 20-20 sports update.

    ++++++++

    Just heard what?

  165. Erin October 4th, 2011 at 11:11 am

    KMart_LI Burnett ready to “let A.J. loose out there” tonight…whatever that means: http://bit.ly/nxfzTC #nyy #ALDS

    :lol:

    Let me just say-I love “that’s Cervelli”, but “Let AJ loose out there” might be my new favorite. Classic.

  166. Jerkface October 4th, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Basically what I mean is that holes on players swings are found more frequently in the postseason because the pitchers are better.

    So what you mean is, you want players with fewer weaknesses. Doesn’t necessarily mean they hit for a high average, or that high average hitters don’t have holes/can’t be pitched to. You could get Vlad out, even if he hit .320. Did you mean guys who don’t strike out a lot? Even then…

    I just don’t think you’re going to find one strategy that definitely works in the postseason. What you’d hope for is a team of guys that match up well against your opponents, which is going to be a crapshoot every time.

  167. blackaccord October 4th, 2011 at 11:12 am

    I’m not the kind of person who would usually write something like this, but right now its so frustrating…
    This team is getting hurt by one person and that’s Teixeira… The guy is a clear hole in the no.5 spot… He doesn’t
    get on base for Swisher to move him or the red-hot posada to drive him in… A-rod is atleast working out walks and his AB’s
    were much better yday but what has Tex done in this series?? He looks totally lost and is more or less having guess swings..
    35-40 hrs and 100+ RBIs are good but I would gladly take 25 hrs and 90 rbis, if he can hit a few in the post season.. It clearly
    looks like he can hit a ton against the opponent’s weak pitchers but cannot do anything against the best in the game.. I know
    people are going to jump on me for saying this.. but playing posada at first base and putting Montero at DH might be a better
    option with the way Tex has been hitting… Both him and manager will come out and say ‘he had some pretty good ABs there and had a
    few good swings’ blah blah blah…. They will also so we didn’t lose because of his hitting but it was the pitching that let us down…. But when
    you have Brett Gardner (your 9 hitter) contributing in 2 games in a big manner against tough pitchers and
    you can’t even get a hit?? Its really pathetic…

    His BA with the yanks in the postseason..

    2009 ALDS – .167 1 hr, 1 rbi
    2009 ALCS – .222 0 hr, 4 rbi
    2009 WS – .136 1 hr, 3 rbi

    2010 ALDS – .308 1 hr, 3 rbi
    2010 ALCS – .000 0 , 0

    2011 ALDS – .091 0 , 0

  168. blake October 4th, 2011 at 11:12 am

    With that lineup you at least have the 5 guys that have a plan at the plate in a row and 6the straight when Gardner comes around. Let Alex walk in front of Cano if he’s going to walk and let Granderson protect Cano.

  169. Jerkface October 4th, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Is your crush on Mark over?

    Don’t skew it. I defended Tex when he was OPSing .900 and people were crapping on him when he was having his best start to a season ever as a Yankee. He was very good in 09 and played through a lot of injuries in 2010. Unfortunately he has gotten progressively worse from the left side in 2011. He isn’t going anywhere, so I suggest you develop a crush on him or you’re going to have a woeful next 6 years.

  170. Erin October 4th, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Also-all Yankees should start referring to themselves in the third person. :P

  171. blake October 4th, 2011 at 11:14 am

    JF,

    Vlad is a rare case and an outlier…..he doesn’t count. Generally guys that hit for high averages have fewer holes in their swings

  172. LockDown October 4th, 2011 at 11:16 am

    blackaccord October 4th, 2011 at 11:12 am

    —-

    Sad but true :(

  173. hardwired7 October 4th, 2011 at 11:18 am

    It’s all in God’s hands now.

    /AGon’d

  174. djsunyc October 4th, 2011 at 11:19 am

    what drove me nuts last night was swisher’s 0-2 swing and martin’s first pitch swinging in the 9th. plate discipline is what we need.

    torre had no problem pulling tino + boggs in 96…but that was before the yankee winning legacy took place….

  175. Stultus Magnus October 4th, 2011 at 11:19 am

    If Tex, Swish, and A-Rod show up, AJ might be able to save the Yanks.

  176. blake October 4th, 2011 at 11:20 am

    The schedule screwed us

    Agon’d

  177. Mgumpher October 4th, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Stultus Magnus October 4th, 2011 at 11:19 am
    If Tex, Swish, and A-Rod show up, AJ might be able to save the Yanks.

    +++++++++
    If they show up it will be a first for this series. (Although Swish did hit that HR off the dancing jerk).

  178. Jerkface October 4th, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Generally guys that hit for high averages have fewer holes in their swings

    Fewer holes, but I don’t think more success in the postseason. Cano, in a year he hit .320, had a ~.180 postseason batting average. The Year he hit .340 he hit .133. You’ll have to find me a large sample of similar hitters producing similar results before I’d believe that. Give me guys who put up good ABs.

  179. Yank 97 October 4th, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Tigers were just a bad matchup for this current group with all of their RH arms.

    Texas would have been much better with this group. Andreuw in the OF, Swish/Tex better from the right side, Montero at DH. Plus ARod/Jeter/Martin better against LHP.

  180. LockDown October 4th, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Jeter – SS
    Granderson – CF
    Cano – 2B
    Arod – 3B
    Posada – 1B
    Swisher – RF
    Montero – DH
    Martin – C
    Gardner – LF

    I know it won’t happen though. Hopefully Teix proves me wrong & has a big night

  181. Jerkface October 4th, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Texas would have been much better with this group. Andreuw in the OF, Swish/Tex better from the right side, Montero at DH. Plus ARod/Jeter/Martin better against LHP.

    Yes, which is why I think the Yankees would have a reaaaaal good shot of going far if they advance. Please advance.

  182. J. Alfred Prufrock October 4th, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Wang IS Taiwan October 4th, 2011 at 9:46 am
    Melkmanisinhotlanta October 4th, 2011 at 9:37 am
    It will be interesting to see if CC decides to opt out.

    ~~~~~~~~

    Hard to think he wouldn’t do it for his family’s future generations. I bet if the choice were today, he wouldn’t opt out because he’d be feeling so bad. Hated seeing him look so down.
    ///

    How fn’ ridiculous to think that C wouldn’t opt out. Of course he should opt out – our job is to reel him back in, and we’re more than capable of doing that; no one else is getting near CC.

    Posada, whenever this ends, is being told ‘thanks for the memories, we can’t use you any more.’ Jeter was told he is ‘just a ballplayer’ during negotiatons, but it seems like the ‘Legend’ Derek Jeter and No. 3,000 is helping the Yanks ring up the merch sales… these players need to get what they can, when they can, and anyone who holds that against them is pretty naive. CC will get what he can from the Yanks, and I think both will end those negotiations with a healthy handshake.

    As for seeing C looking so down, I have an ache in my heart from that, too. I hope AJ can deliver us to Thursday, and then we take care of business, giving ourselves a new life in the ALCS and C a chance to pitch another game.

    The big guy has an even bigger heart. He’s just been messed up with the crazy schedule that f***ed with his routine, and he was screwed by that early strike zone crap, and suddenly stopped finishing his pitches. He didn’t pitch like he can, but it happens. Anyone down on C is a little misguided, I think. The rain stole what was going to be a beast start from him on Friday, I swear that is so. & lots of luck getting to the WS in 2009 without him.
    ///

    AJ, it’s time for some redemption. Anyone who wants us to win should use their energy in a focused, positive manner. I know most didn’t get the memo, because they’re hiding it from y’all, but the Newtonian Universe is dead – it’s a bill of goods we were all sold. Energy does affect events and people; welcome to non-locality and the reality of consciousness. Believe it; think good thoughts, see AJ succeeding, SEE it, and don’t let anything fear-based sneak into that mental picture.

    AJ must be feeling the pressure, but let’s not forget Game 2 in 2009, when he had to be feeling a ton. This is a ballpark that forgives mistakes, so he’s got that going for him. People say some us harp on that Game 2 from two years ago, well it would actually be a good thing to harp on right now. I’m going to run that game on my DVR today…that’s what I’m going to do….

    And I’m going to stay the hell out of here tonight….

    GO AJ
    GO YANKS

  183. randy l. October 4th, 2011 at 11:26 am

    blake-

    we agree alex and teixeira should be separated, but i wonder as good a hitting coach that long is on the mechanics of the swing, is he actually good at coming up with an offensive plan against a certain pitcher ?

    does he say things like “tex, you suck lately and have no chance getting a hit tonight. how about trying to walk?”

    now i’m being a little sarcastic, but seriously seeing the ball well is the first step in hitting. if a player can’t watch pitches and see them well he’s certainly not going to hit them.

    martin needs to learn that the yankees have been about going deep into counts for a long time.

    alex like i said got his walks last night. if he does that i’ll be happy with him.

    i think the yankees are going to win this game for some inexplicable reason.

    i think nova is going to win his game and the yankees will be meeting texas.

    i’ll actually be surprised if the yankees lose tonight.

  184. djsunyc October 4th, 2011 at 11:27 am

    yanks should’ve built a retractable dome :)

  185. blake October 4th, 2011 at 11:28 am

    JF,

    I don’t have any data…….just a hypothesis that hitters with better BA and fewer holes stand a better chances against good postseason pitching.pitching

  186. G. Love October 4th, 2011 at 11:28 am

    What pains me about Girardi is he doesn’t look to Yankee history to know when to shake up the lineup and play a hot hand. Guys like Boggs and Tino were benched for Charlie Hayes and Cecil Fielder in the playoffs in the past.

    At this point relying on Swisher and Texeira to do anything is foolish. If this team fails and loses this round I don’t care what kind of numbers he puts up in the regular season, it’s time for Swisher to go. Pick up the option and trade him immediately. Or just let him walk for draft picks if there’s a free agent RF out there who the Yankees like.

    I’m glad Sherman put the bullseye on Tex and Swisher. I actually hope it somehow gets to them to know their hometown paper and fans are losing their patience with this futility.

    I can’t get mad at Arod because he’s injured and his timing is off. He hasn’t been healthy most of this season.

    Swisher & Tex are healthy and in their primes. There’s no excuse for this level of futility. It’s clear they are mentally weak and can’t handle the pressure.

    If Girardi wants to show us something, put Jorge at 1b and DH Montero tonight. Put Jones in RF. Admit that Tex and Swisher are empty at bats and try to win this game for the fans who pay top dollar.

    If you lose Tex for the next 5 years because of a benching, so be it. Maybe he’ll waive his no trade.

    At this point, keeping Tex looks like he’ll be a platoon 1b shortly in his contract and they’ll need someone who can hit RHP to split the position with him. The failure from the left side is staggering. Most teams would not trot out someone that handicapped day after day.

    Is there a chance those 2 run into one tonight? Sure. if the pressure is off and Cano, Grandy, Jeter get some runs in first.

    I love this team and you have to love the good and bad about it. That said, there are major problems on this team offensively. Whoever said they are less concerned about AJ than they are about the offense was correct.

    If someone in the organization can get into cement head Girardi’s ear tonight and plant the idea to start Jorge at 1b and Montero at DH, I think we have a better shot. It’d be nice to have guys go up to the plate who have a statistical chance at doing something.

    If we get this game back to NY and Nova we win this series. The Yankees just have to do something unconventional tonight to get it there. The script with Tex & Swisher doesn’t work. Hasn’t worked in a long time. The Yankees need to rewrite the lineup tonight with guys who aren’t geeked out of their minds when they walk to plate.

  187. J. Alfred Prufrock October 4th, 2011 at 11:29 am

    WANG IS TAIWAN – I know you meant that CC is such a good guy & feels such responsibility, that if he had to deal with the opt-out thing today he’d pass… I meant in general. I know you were just saying he’s a pitcher with a conscience, and influenced by not coming through for us, not speaking about opt-outs in general. & yes, his family is his REAL family that he must look out for…

  188. blake October 4th, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Randy,

    Its a fair point and a good question……

  189. Gary October 4th, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Someone said it in a earlier post about Cash not having options for Swishers option. I hope that in all of baseball there is some option that could be looked at instead of just picking up a player option for 10.5M on a guy that never delivers in the post season. I just would not give it to him based on performance.

  190. blake October 4th, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Jeter for example…..sabermetricians like to say that he’s not clutch…..that he just does what he does in the regular season so its sample size……..but to me the fact that his career numbers are on par with his regular season numbers suggests to me that he hits good pitching and has for his career…..high BA guy historically.

  191. Gary October 4th, 2011 at 11:33 am

    If someone in the organization can get into cement head Girardi’s ear tonight and plant the idea to start Jorge at 1b and Montero at DH, I think we have a better shot. It’d be nice to have guys go up to the plate who have a statistical chance at doing something.

    ____________________________________________________________________________

    G love,

    sorry guy but Jorge is not a 1st baseman. Playing there late in the season filling in is one thing. Out there for a playoff elimination game is way different. Girardi would be stupid to make a move like that.

  192. blake October 4th, 2011 at 11:36 am

    G . LOVE,

    Torre would have hit Tex 9th ;)

  193. willwill October 4th, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Wow..

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/bl.....lb-wp22262

    Really aceves is a douche. Did he report this Guy?

  194. hairy lucchino October 4th, 2011 at 11:36 am

    testing

  195. Hassey October 4th, 2011 at 11:37 am

    As some of you may know from chuckling at my posts this season, I don;t think there are any signs that suggest the Yanks will turn things around tonite. I’m sorry, I just don’t. The bats are just not there this season – worse than that, from an outsiders’ point of view, the approach at the plate by some guys is head scratching and mind numbing. It just hasn’t improved the whole year. Even Verlander, Koufax and Cy Young himself would have a problem after 10 days rest, so the dream that AJ will ride in on a white horse to save the season is just a dream. Our only hope is to score early and win 9-7. Problem is, I think most of us, except for maybe Trisha, expect the Yankees to muster their typical 3 hits by the 6th inning. It’s just not there. There have been World series where the Yanks are mastered (63, 76, 03) and some where they just came up short (57, 64, 81, 01) but this is one of the only playoff series I can recall where they were severely outmanaged. An outsider cannot question the decision to consistently go by the book vs. a feel for the moment (what Maddon is suddenly getting credit for) but Girardi has plain done some weird things this week. Not one thing he has done in the past 3 months has seemed to work. Is 6 days rest the reason CC became mediocre? We’ll never know, but I can tell you one thing – it hasn;t helped himt he past 2 years that he is 50 pounds overweight. It can’t be a coincidence that the last 2 years have fizzled for him.

  196. G. Love October 4th, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I actually think AJ can do well tonight. I think Jeter will be at the mound at the first sign of trouble to calm him down and pump him up the right way.

    I wish Jorge was at 1b tonight so we had another veteran coach on the field to go to the mound and get AJ right if he starts to slip.

    From a story perspective, it would be the ultimate comeback for AJ to go out there and pitch his team into game 5. He has a chance to turn a nightmare season into something special with one start. I’m pulling for him.

    The Tigers will be loosey goosey early and playing with house money so AJ must be focused and sharp. I really feel like as much as it’s up to AJ, it’s also up to Martin/Jeter to keep this guy in the right headspace.

    I wish we had more guys in the lineup hitting tonight who weren’t pumped up emotional wrecks. A guy like Andruw Jones who has been there and done that won’t walk up to the plate with the weight of the world on his shoulders. I also think Montero might be young enough to do the same.

    That said, we probably have to win this one in spite of Girardi’s moves or lack thereof.

  197. hairy lucchino October 4th, 2011 at 11:40 am

    im really tired of the umpires. if not for the umpires, we would have won last night’s game. they’re the reason Soriano was even in the game at that point. if things had been fairly called, CC wouldnt have been at 100 pitches by the 6th inning.

    “Without missing a beat, Aceves grabbed his crotch and shot back, “I got your ID right here.” What a sick criminal Aceves is. What kind of inhumane sicko does that?

  198. J. Alfred Prufrock October 4th, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Sorry, the irony isn’t lost on me that people are screaming that Jorge and Montero both need to be in the lineup.

    Where were you folks when I was stressing this in every other post a couple of months ago??

    That we needed to KEEP Jorge’s bat fresh, AND get Montero into the mix?

    That we needed them BOTH in the lineup?

    Oh, right – everyone was playing taps for Posada. Now, he MUST be in there.

    Sorry, I’ve earned my chuckle. No one but Yankeefem was on board for that. Too busy shoving Jorge out the door.

    Like I’ve said, too bad some have so missed Posada’s entire career, they thought he would just shrivel up and die. The guy has overcome a lot, including getting benched just enough to have his bat grow cold, and then getting no real time to fire it up again.

    Now, having said that, you cannot take Tex’s glove out of the infield. Swisher, they can replace with Andruw as far as I’m concerned. Tex has also has taken in that he needs to change his swing mechanics. Doesn’t anyone remember him beating the shift in Game 1? Tex is not a player who is mentally weak, that’s just unfair and not at all perceptive. Tex has serious technical issues that can’t be waved away by determination – they need to be addressed in the offseason; he’s doing his best to make some minor tweaks, but expecting a complete overhaul overnight is just not realistic. I wouldn’t count him out entirely at the plate, though, but even if he comes up empty, can’t take the glove out of the infield.

  199. Bring in the Goose October 4th, 2011 at 11:40 am

    How is it possible that Soriano does not know about Young’s first pitch tendencies?

    His numbers in that situation are obscene.

    Inexcusable, from top down, that he was allowed to throw that pitch.

  200. blake October 4th, 2011 at 11:40 am

    I hope the Yankees win tonight and then walk off Valverde at the stadium……that would be perfect.

  201. Triple Short of a Cycle October 4th, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Don?t skew it. I defended Tex when he was OPSing .900 and people were crapping on him when he was having his best start to a season ever as a Yankee.

    —————————————————–

    Whenever I or anyone else brought up Mark’s post season’s numbers you were very quick to bring up his Min home run and his double he hit as a way to counter his poor post season numbers yet now you are willing to bench him?

  202. Darrin October 4th, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Guys, I’d love to be optimistic about tonight, but we have all seen this show before:

    Performing the role of Jaret Wright tonight will be Mr. AJ Burnett.
    Standing in for Jeremy Bonderman will be Rick Porcello.
    And playing the part of the starting line up will be 9 tight snare drums.

    I will be positively SHOCKED if the Yankees pull off a win tonight; in fact, I’d be surprised if it’s even competitive.

  203. G. Love October 4th, 2011 at 11:43 am

    I just can’t agree with turning 1b into a defense over offense position in an elimination game where your 1b has proven he cannot hit RHP. I would start Jorge there, get the lead and then bring in Tex for defense. Doing nothing is almost as damning as trying something for Girardi.

    Basically to beat the Yankees you just have to keep Jeter/Gardner off the bases and deal with Grandy and Cano. After that, it’s smooth sailing for the pitcher. You could even walk Cano and pitch around him and not have it come back to bite you. I wouldn’t be stunned to see Cano get nothing to hit tonight. Jorge doing well in the middle of all the stiffs makes his contributions muted.

    At the very least I’d bat Jorge cleanup tonight. It might be his last game ever as a Yankee. Let him go out knowing the team not only believes in him but is relying on him. That kind of respect doesn’t seem to help the other one’s in the lineup.

  204. EA October 4th, 2011 at 11:44 am

    How many long term FA contracts for hitters actually turn out well for the team?

    Wells – bust
    Soriano – not good
    Dunn – bust so far
    Tex – mixed
    Crawford – bust so far
    Werth – not good
    Hunter – decent
    A-Rod – from the looks of it, not going to end well at all (different circumstances though)
    J. Bay – bust
    Beltran – decent played pretty well when healthy
    Drew – not good
    Howard – probably not going to be good
    Giambi – not terrible all things considered, but not what we paid him for
    Beltre (in SEA) – not good overall
    Mauer – if he’s the guy we’ve seen that is going to be a huge albatross
    Rios – bust
    Rowand – bust

    etc.

    Most of them turn out to be albatrosses for the team.

  205. Jerkface October 4th, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Whenever I or anyone else brought up Mark’s post season’s numbers you were very quick to bring up his Min home run and his double he hit as a way to counter his poor post season numbers yet now you are willing to bench him?

    Double he hit?? He OPS’d 1 last ALDS. I’d kill for that now.

  206. Joe from Long Island October 4th, 2011 at 11:44 am

    G.Love – I get it that you don’t care for either Tex or Swish. And, yes, Sherman has a point, they’ve been MIA for too many games now.

    But, do you really think it’s due to “mental weakness”? To me, Tex’ swing is not a good one, and we’ve seen that for most of the year. (I really hope he fixes it this offseason, but, that doesn’t change the here and now.) Swish, I think, just gets pull happy when batting lefthanded.

    Again, I don’t think mental weakness is at play here, and you do a disservice to both men to the discussion to call it that.

    As far as shaking up the lineup, I don’t think anyone has a problem with that, as long as it’s not something equivalent to the Torre panic move. To say that backfired, and not just for that game, is putting it mildly.

  207. Jerkface October 4th, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Tex would be fine if we were facing a lefty heavy team. Detroit huge bad matchup for Swish/Tex/Jeter.

  208. Gary October 4th, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Standing in for Jeremy Bonderman will be Rick Porcello.

    ____________________________________________________________________________

    Darrin, Bonderman threw rockets so it’s not the same type of pitcher. Porcello is a guy that doesn’t strike guys out and doesn’t walk many. Just around the plate all the time. ERA is in the high 4′s. He’s probably alot more comfortable in that big park than away from it so that at least is a plus for him.

    Looks like a guy the Yanks should handle. In that respect I feel positive about tonight.

  209. HipHipHorHay October 4th, 2011 at 11:47 am

    djsunyc October 4th, 2011 at 10:46 am
    now that everyone’s slept on it, i’ll as a question i asked last night:

    philosophically, should managers match up their respective aces during the postseason?

    —————
    I understand the philosophical question…but from a practical standpoint imagine if Girardi had pitched Burnett last night and the Yanks still lost the game? CC would be going tonight with an extra day of rest, so more of a normal schedule…I’d be feeling better right now in that situation.

    In this case, Girardi could have thought “I’m not going to match up my best guy against Verlander” but just told CC he wanted him to go Tuesday to be in normal rest, thus avoiding the offend-your-ace situation.

  210. ConcernedCitizen October 4th, 2011 at 11:48 am

    @Randy — It’s up to your batting coach to say, “Tex, your swing sucks.” As for going for the walk, those walks will come naturally when you’re patient. You don’t go up batting for a walk, but you don’t swing at pitches outside the zone, which Tex has been doing in spades. Like you said, he hasn’t been seeing the ball — but usually when you fix your batting mechanic, the patience goes along with it. A day off today would have really helped the lineup, I think.

  211. Stultus Magnus October 4th, 2011 at 11:48 am

    It’s tempting to say that Tex and A-Rod should be benched, but they have been playing a solid defense. I wouldn’t be confident at all with Jorge manning first base, you can’t have a statue out there (think Giambi). Not sure what the Yanks should do with the lineup.

  212. Bring in the Goose October 4th, 2011 at 11:48 am

    1) Gardner has to steal that bag early in the game – was it a hit and run that jeter fouled off a pitch? Just let the kid swipe a bag already.

    2) Swisher and Martin need to take a few pitches there in the ninth. Swish had a 2-0 count on a guy who was all over the place the previous night.

    3) CC should’ve been pulled earlier. His location was awful – the pitches to Santiago and Inge could’ve resurrected anyone’s careers. Terrible execution.

  213. blake October 4th, 2011 at 11:50 am

    “Tex would be fine if we were facing a lefty heavy team. Detroit huge bad matchup for Swish/Tex/Jeter.”

    Yes …..its a much better lineup vs LH pitching because those 3 players in particular transformation into about twice as good.

    I think Tex’s issues are mechanical……Swisher can hit when he just stays within himself. That last AB was a prime example of why he struggles…..he tried to hit a 2-0 pitch 500 feet…..got long and popped it up instead of just trying to get on base.

  214. Hassey October 4th, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Here’s an old post of mine from May 12. Man, was I wrong about certain things, but still interesting to get into a time machine and look back at the early season vibes:

    THIS IS A 90-72 TEAM. That is, with this specific group of guys. By 7/31, things may be slightly different. The culture of the current lineup is exactly the same as last year, except older. There are no signs of improvement from anyone with RISP. Swish and Tex are KILLING us again (let?s not bother talking about Jeter yet again) ? they may have their moments this year, they may even get hot for 4-8 games at a time, but in the long run, our offense really is what it looked like in Sept. last year and in the ALCS.
    is Gardner really the answer in left? What an awful basestealer-his speed is too often useless.
    Swisher is back to being a LEGITIMATE .225 hitter for the past 100 games
    Posada = done
    Texeira is not the hitter he used to be AND NOT WHAT WE PAID FOR. He?s been completely unreliable since August ?09 and shows no signs of ever getting back to that.
    A-Rod still a little productive but aging vets let their slumps last a little longer each time?his hto and cold streaks have killed us lately
    Martin ? nice surprise but we need Montero to get up here already

    If Larry Rothschild is getting credit this year, then obviously Eiland was nto a good pitchign coach last year. So coaches do mean at least something even at the MLB level. If that?s all true, then WHY DOES KEVIN LONG NEVER TAKE ANTY HEAT? Long may very well know more about the physics of hitting than anyoen that has ever lived. Great. Let him go teach a course at Fordham. The fact is that stats don?t lie and since Kevin Long came aboard, our situational and RISP hitting is INEXCUSABLE. Long needs to go and needs to be replaced with a Frank Howard type who calls these guys out, throws them a bat and says ?see the ball, hit the ball?. These guys are all thinking way too much and being too technical about how they go about each swing. AND WHEN DID WE BECOME A LINEUP FULL OF HACKERS? We take no pitches, especially from no names. Our pitchers walk 8 people a game and we take 2 for ourselves. HACKERS! SEND LONG TO FORDHAM. OUR LINEUP SUCKS ? STATS DON’T LIE AT THIS POINT INT HE SEASON AND WE REALLY ARE A .250 TEAM. RISP NIGHTMARE IS INEXCUSABLE AND WE?RE HAMSTRUNG TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT UNTIL SPOTS FREE UP TO INFUSE SOME YOUNG BLOOD. IT?S MAY, SO WAKE UP & START HITTING THE BALL ALREADY JERKOFFS!

  215. stuart a October 4th, 2011 at 11:51 am

    curtis granderson during the season last year made significant changes to his batting approach because the prevous results were poor.

    did mark texiera not see that? texiera is the culrpit big time… we were expecting 280 +, 30, 110. they got 244, 39, and 110.. but those #’s are misleading. on the yanks team if tex hits 280+ he drives in 130 + easy.

    he has made zero adjustments lefty and therefore with his ineptitude and swishers they stink against righties. lefties those 2 are much better and cano and grandy are the same therefor playing texas would have been better…

    anyone can have 4 bad games tx and swisher are way more then 4 bad post season games…

    they use the same aproach they use in the regular season in the playoffs. but the pitchers are better in the postseason. no middle relief drecks or 5th starters…..

    swishers AB in the 9th is the epitome of there stupidity………………….

  216. J. Alfred Prufrock October 4th, 2011 at 11:51 am

    G. Love October 4th, 2011 at 11:43 am
    I just can’t agree with turning 1b into a defense over offense position in an elimination game where your 1b has proven he cannot hit RHP. I would start Jorge there, get the lead and then bring in Tex for defense. Doing nothing is almost as damning as trying something for Girardi.
    ///

    Jorge’s a much better athlete than given credit for around here, on both sides of the ball, but putting him at 1B in a game that AJ is pitching isn’t wise or really fair. Tex is crucial to the infield, especially on pics. You cannot expect to get away with not having Tex there. You’re vastly under rating what he brings defensively, IMO.

    The fallout now is from Girardi’s neglect. There’s no turning back the clock. They had to get MOntero up earlier and have Jorge more involved. They could have had one of them behind the plate (although a Burnett start wouldn’t be the ideal time) in a game or two here, getting both bats in the lineup. They didn’t plan well. We’re stuck with those consequences.

  217. austinmac October 4th, 2011 at 11:51 am

    One of the reasons for Yankee success this year is depth. Depth, absent injuries, plays little role in the playoffs. Neither Girardi nor any other manager is going to insert Montero in place of AROD or Teixiera. Nunez and Chavez have little role. The starters must produce.

    They can win if they hit well and have no chance if they don’t. At best, Burnett will go six and give up three runs. People laughed at the comments about too many homers early in the year. The reality is in big ballparks a team needs to hit singles and doubles with RISP. I saw too many swings for the fences and too few swings for line drives up the middle.

    Porcello is a ground ball pitcher. They must go the other way and not try to pull every ball out of the park.

  218. Gary October 4th, 2011 at 11:51 am

    G. Love October 4th, 2011 at 11:43 am
    I just can’t agree with turning 1b into a defense over offense position in an elimination game where your 1b has proven he cannot hit RHP. I would start Jorge there, get the lead and then bring in Tex for defense. Doing nothing is almost as damning as trying something for Girardi.

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    That’s because your only looking at it from one side. Trying looking at it from the range, taking away the extra base hits and scoping up some of those wonderful throws. Good defense saves alot of runs, Balt made a living off it for years with Belanger and Johnson who couldn’t hit their way out of a paper bag. Tex saves too many baserunners over there.

  219. Darrin October 4th, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Gary – I didn’t mean to compare the two pitchers in terms of style. In my view the Tigers could throw Frank Tanana tonight and it wouldn’t matter. The Yankees have shown too many times in the last several years that when they face an elimination game on the road, the offense becomes tight and goes nighty-night.

    *Anyone remember the last time the Yankees won a playoff elimination game on the road? Here’s a hint: you have to go back 10 years.

  220. hairy lucchino October 4th, 2011 at 11:53 am

    The only thing that can be done is for Girardi to go out and take all of our players off the field and say if Gerry Davis is going to treat us unfairly, we’re not going to play. Obviously, he’d need the full the support of the Steinbrenner family. MLB needs the Yankees. MLB will lose out on its advertising revenue, will lose out on its TV/Radio revenue. And if you forfeit one playoff game, it’ll force people to take notice of what happened.

    The only way to attain change is hit MLB where it hurts, in the pocketbook.

  221. Triple Short of a Cycle October 4th, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Double he hit?? He OPS?d 1 last ALDS. I?d kill for that now.

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    I agree and I also agree with playing Posada at first. I also agree with resigning Swisher but that would be for the regular season. Come playoff time next year if they make it I don’t see how you can give Swisher regular at bats

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  223. G. Love October 4th, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Prufrock,

    First of all Montero wasn’t even on the team months ago so your screaming for him to be in the lineup looked ridiculous since the team didn’t even put him on the 25 man until they had no choice. No one was telling you Montero couldn’t hit. He wasn’t even on the team.

    And if this is directed at me, you can go back and look at my posts in July where I did not want Montero dealt for Jimenez. I was against that and thought it was an overpay. I would have dealt him for Lee last year because I believe that would have won another WS and we needed Lee in the rotation. And don’t give me Lee losing his playoff start the other day. He & CC fronting this rotation this year would have been dynamic. That said, I’m glad we have Montero. I hope the team doesn’t deal him even though I’m not 100% they won’t.

    As for Jorge, he was horrible for most of this season but somewhere in the past 6 weeks it started to click for him. His bat got faster. His approach was better. Maybe it was seeing the end coming up so soon, but he turned into a different kind of hitter and there was a story/report where he said he finally understood how to DH. He stopped fighting his role and embraced it and became the hitter he used to be.

    When he was horrible, and he was horrible parts of this season, it looked like he was toast. He’s proven people wrong and shown he has more to offer. The way Jorge’s been hitting I’d invite him back next year if the bench could somehow allow it.

    I’d bat him cleanup and put him at 1b tonight to get Montero’s stick in the lineup.

    Girardi won’t so it’s moot.

  224. J. Alfred Prufrock October 4th, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Jerkface October 4th, 2011 at 11:47 am
    Tex would be fine if we were facing a lefty heavy team. Detroit huge bad matchup for Swish/Tex/Jeter.
    ///

    Right. He’s just mentally “weak” and character flawed from the left side ;).

  225. Jerkface October 4th, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Come playoff time next year if they make it I don’t see how you can give Swisher regular at bats

    Swisher also had a great ALDS last year!

  226. J. Alfred Prufrock October 4th, 2011 at 11:59 am

    It’s only ridiculous because you didn’t think of it ;).

    Jorge was not “horrible”, he was not used enough. He had to adjust to a new role, and his kid was having friggin’ brain surgery. WIth his history, he should have gotten the benefit of the doubt, instead of their wishy washy and highly political use/non-use of him.

  227. Warning Track Power October 4th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    A.J. can and will get the job done tonight. Just when you think the pitcher can no longer do any good, he will prove all the doubters wrong when he takes the mound tonight.

  228. Triple Short of a Cycle October 4th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Swisher also had a great ALDS last year!

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    I know it is easy to say but I usually throw stats out against Minn. It’s like facing Glass Joe in Punch Out.

  229. J. Alfred Prufrock October 4th, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    WTP,

    AJ has been pitching rather well lately. And that’s got nothing to do with faith. I agree he’s going to throw a strong game. Girardi just has to be in tune with when to come and get him.

    Soriano, DRob and Mo are all available, and we have an off-day to boot.

    Just got to smack Porcello around and get this baby back to the Bronx to walk off in five.

  230. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 4th, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Can AJ Burnett save the Yankees? You betcha!

    Trying to make sense out of all that has happened with this series, and it is beyond frustrating if you don’t find some positive spin to put on it. From the first game, when CC looked like he was poised to kick ass and take numbers and then rain intervened – to CC having to pitch on short rest – to the umpire absolutely annihilating the calls behind the plate, mainly to CC’s detriment – it’s felt that the cards have been stacked against us.

    So this is what I’ve decided it’s all about. All of this had to happen to get it to today’s game being the dealbreaker. And the much maligned AJ steps in and saves the day for the Yankees, gets it back to the Stadium, where Nova remains superNova and brings the Yanks to the ALCS.

    Any other scenario and I am going to be mighty ticked off. The Tigers still have to atone for 2006 and Keny Rogers with his pine tarred ball!

    GO AJ!!!!!

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