Game 125: A long-awaited return and an audition

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In a few minutes, the Yankees and the Blue Jays were square off in a key three-game set north of the border. For the Blue Jays, just two games behind the Yankees, this is their opportunity to make a move or play spoiler. The Yankees, as we know, just need to keep winning.

Tonight, though, the Yankees will have to earn it. They’re tossing Darrell Rasner, 5-9 with a 5.18 ERA, against A.J. Burnett. Now, Burnett’s start tonight is something of an audition. On the season, he’s a very respectable 15-9, but his ERA stands at 4.67, a full 0.79 higher than his career line. But against the Yanks this year, he’s 2-0 with a 1.88 ERA in 14.1 innings.

This start is an audition because A.J. Burnett has one of those opt-out clauses in his contract, and nearly everyone watching thinks he’s going to exercise that clause. When Burnett records the first out of the third inning today, he will have reached a three-year innings pitched high, and potential suitors will look at his health and success against the AL’s perennial contenders as they determine whether or not to offer the flame-throwing right-hander a contract.

Today’s game also marks the return of Hideki Matsui. The injured Yankee has been out since the end of June with knee problems. While Matsui will need knee surgery at some point in the near future, he will attempt to play for as long as he can. Matsui was hitting .323/.404/.458 through 69 games prior to his injury. The Yanks sent Justin Christian down to make move for Matsui.

Johnny Damon CF
Derek Jeter SS
Bobby Abreu RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Jason Giambi 1B
Xavier Nady LF
Hideki Matsui DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Ivan Rodriguez C

Darrell Rasner P (5-9, 5.18)

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  • phil26687

    “2-0 with a 1.88 ERA in 14.1 innings” – He’s nowhere near that good, so hopefully tonight’s the night for a little regression toward the mean for AJ…

    • Steve

      Horses for courses . . . . .

  • zzzzz

    look at that line up. lets pound them out and chew ’em up from here on out. go go go.

    • Steve

      I can’t fathom what Giambi is still doing in the 5 hole. Batting .208 with RISP this year.

  • Steve

    “A long-awaited return”

    Yeah, I’ve missed Carl Pavano too. Can’t wait to see that big ol teddy bear pitch some baseball for us Yankee fans.

    • Joey H

      yea and pitching for another contract, should be real intersting to see the fire lit under his ass.

      • Steve

        If he goes 6-0 down the stretch, you’re going to complain?

  • E-ROC

    Rasner vs Burnett; a mismatch for the ages. Hopefully the underdog wins.

  • Joey H

    In due time i look foward to matsui manning the 5th hole. his numbers with RISP are superb compared to his fellow teammates. his avg with RISP overall is .338 this season and with two outs, .294, on the contrary, our current 5 man is hitting .208 and .209 with risp and with risp and two outs. for a man who is supposed to be one of our main run producing sources, thats digraceful, i do understand he isnt a hitter for average lile matsui, but still, he should be one of our best RBI men.

    • Steve

      Yep.

  • cult of basebaal

    anyone registered for the paper that shall not be mentioned?

    according to sidebar link over at nomaas, there’s a story up about american idle skipping his scheduled bullpen session … just wondering what the details are on that and not wanting to register just to see it …

    • Steve

      ESPN is now reporting that Victor Zambrano is in the mix for the Sat start.

      I hope not. I’d rather see Carl or Phil. Zambrano sucked when he was healthy, much less coming off TJ.

  • Wally Pipp

    And to think, last year I subscribed to MLB TV. RAB saving a college kid 15 bucks a month, a case of Miller High Life’s worth, as Mel would say…How About thattt. Tonight is the night, we turn it around.

  • Ben C

    please please please dont ground into a double play

  • Wally Pipp

    Send Damon, ASAP avoid the DP.

  • Batty

    I’m listening to the game on the radio – but also have Brahms Requiem playing on iTunes at the same time. Gives the game a whole different feel…

  • http://deleted Randy

    great job.

  • Batty

    Tell me if anyone else has this fear: Pavano gets the start, he does great down the stretch, we miss the playoffs, and now he gets a big fat contract for someone where he pitches great.

    I’d rather keep him buried in the minors – the odds of making the playoffs are so small anyway why give him a chance to be showcased?

    • Steve

      Sorry, you lost me there.

      • LiveFromNewYork

        me too. what?

        • Stephen

          his name is Batty…

  • Wally Pipp

    el como duce.

  • http://deleted Randy

    is it me or is burnett throwing right down the middle to every batter first pitch? i know its coming hard as shit, but he’s “laying” it in there.

  • E-ROC

    1-0 Yanks

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    You gotta love those RBI-slap doubles to the opposite field that score the runner from first. The foundation of a successful offense.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Can someone help me out a bit on why the helium is so high right now on Alcides Escobar? I understand he’s a legit prospect, but Baseball America calling him a “star in the making” in their most recent Hot Sheet just reinforces the point that I’ve been wondering about, why is he so highly regarded? I love the defense, speed, and the gap power, but why is he talked about as a future star?

    Aren’t we really looking at a possible Edgar Renteria offensive producer? Renteria was never a huge star at Short Stop outside of those dynamic 2003 (St. Louis) and 2007 (Detr…err Atlanta) seasons. Escobar has a great vital line as a 21-year-old in Double-A (.346/.381/.456), but his IsoD is just 0.35. So if he really doesn’t maintain a high Batting Average, he has not shown any good OBP skills.

    I don’t know, maybe I’m being a bit too hard on a 21-year-old in Double-A and not leaving enough room for projection in my take, but this “star” stuff is not what I see in the Brewers’ young Short Stop.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      He’s “that guy.” He was rumored to be involved in the CC deal, but the Brewers wouldn’t give him up, so immediately he gets hyped up. He’s “the guy the Brewers wouldn’t trade for CC Sabathia,” just like what happened to Hughes & Kennedy.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

        Yeah, but at least Phil Hughes is deserving of the hype. I really don’t see it with Escobar.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          But what’s so wrong with being the next Edgar Renteria? I’d take that kind of ceiling in a second.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

            Oh, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying Escobar is something to sneeze at. I’m just saying the hype is a bit much.

        • r.w.g.

          You hope Phil Hughes is deserving of the hype.

    • r.w.g.

      It’s funny.. all the big time prospects the Brewers have been drafting the last several years have been working out.

      JJ Hardy, Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, etc. Pitchers have been good to decent as well.

      I’d be more apt to lean towards maybe he’s coming out of a really good development program and has a nice chance to produce. There’s plenty of guys who need to maintain high batting averages to keep their OBPs respectable. It only matters if they can’t play defense at premium positions.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Jack Zduriencik is one of the best Scouting Director’s in the game, he knows what he’s going.

  • Joey H

    there is absolutely no excuse for damon dropping that ball and dont give me some oh he hasnt played center too much. there is NO excuse.

  • Batty

    I wonder if Damon in center will cost us the season game.

    • Batty

      season or game.

      • Joey H

        either way is quite dramatic to think one fielder will cost a team 39 games.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I doubt it. It’s more likely that having Melky or Gardner’s bat in the lineup every day will.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

        Also, Damon had the best range, statistically, of any Left Fielder in the A.L. not named Carl Crawford. I don’t think we will lose much, if anything noteworthy with Damon in CF. Seriously, how much time does one OF’ers’ arm come into play over the course of 40-games?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Nasty hammer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Bullet. Dodged.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Can Marco Scutaro leave the fucking A.L. already?

  • Joey H

    im sorry maybe its just me, but the lineup aside from wells and rios isnt all that intimidating to me, rasner shouldnt have a tough time tonight.

  • Joey H

    and is it me or is kay a jynx, everytime someone has a slump like an 0 fer 20 or 30+ they always end up getting a double in the gap against us

    • LiveFromNewYork

      I’m done listening to Michael Kay and would like to not listen to John Sterling who the other day did about 20 X marks the spot on the HR by Ransome. Suzyn had to tell him after he was frothing all over himself that Nady was on deck and could not have possibly hit an HR from the on-deck circle. Okay, maybe he COULD but he didn’t.

      How can you be a broadcaster and not even know who is batting?

      Oh Scooter we miss you.

      • Nady Nation

        Actually no, Suzyn said that Ransom pinch hit for Nady, even though Nady was on deck. I hate Suzyn more than Sterling, if that’s even possible

        • LiveFromNewYork

          She knows more about baseball than he does…but Sterling should know who the hell is batting. I thought she said, correctly, that he was pinch hitting for Giambi.

          • Nady Nation

            What evidence do you have that she knows more about baseball than Sterling? All she does is point out blatantly obvious observations or repeat what Sterling says in different words. But she definitely said Nady. They played the clip on the FAN like 3 times this morning. It was just funny to hear that both of our radio announcers literally have no idea what’s going on at any given point in the game.

            • Stephen

              Suzyn Waldman’s trademark line: “Hmmmph”

              As in
              Sterling: “Boy did he hit that!”
              Waldman: “Hmmph”

              or

              Sterling: “That was a bad error”
              Waldman: “Hmmmph”

              or

              Sterling: “What a play”
              Waldman: “Hmmph”

              It’s an all purpose remark, that she uses in every situation. It is the extent of her baseball knowledge.

            • LiveFromNewYork

              I didn’t remember her saying Nady but he’s always asking her to explain rules to him.

      • Steve

        I loved Scooter, but he was even more clueless than Sterling, which was part of his charm. He was busy reading birthday greetings and eating cannolis while guys were scoring runs. He once thought a pop fly that the 2B caught on the outfield grass was a HR when it left the bat.

        Maybe it works better on TV where you really don’t need a competent announcer. Sterling-YES in 2009?

        • BigBlueAL

          Agreed totally. Much different with the TV announcers, on radio you have to actually rely on the broadcasters to give you a visual picture of what is going on, and Sterling/Waldmann are the worse duo I have ever heard on radio by a country mile.

          • LiveFromNewYork

            Yeah Scooter was hilarious.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Oh Jamal, check this out: if you go to the forums on operationsports.com, you can download the NCAA Football 09 draft classes (’09-’12) for PS3 and use them in Madden. They’ve been edited so that all the players have the correct names too.

    My buddy sent me the link:

    http://www.operationsports.com/forums/madden-nfl-football-rosters/

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      Nice. I’ve always wanted to do that.

      • BigBlueAL

        I read where in NBA 2K9 people will be able to share created players/rosters online so other people can save them for themselves. Im praying there are some Knicks fans who re-create the 94 and 99 Knicks properly, let alone the millions who hopefully will recreate the 80’s Lakers and Celtics and of course MJ’s Bulls….

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      So how do you get this on the PS3?

    • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

      yo do you know it for the 360?

  • Smitt Dog

    Jeter looks sometimes like he’s just flat out guessing up there. Its out of character…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Yeesh, Alexa Cora really sucks.

  • D.B.

    rasner is horrible call up zambrano

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Uh, they’re winning.

      • LiveFromNewYork

        sarcasm?

    • LiveFromNewYork

      how did Zambarano get into the mix?

  • Nady Nation

    Anyone do any fantasy fball drafts yet? I drafted Ocho Cinco in both my leagues, and I’m now extremely concerned

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      That’s why I try to avoid drafts that are three weeks or more away from the season opener.

      • Nady Nation

        Of course. Unfortunately, in each of my 2 leagues, I have friends that just started their first years of either med school or law school so the only time where they weren’t completely swamped was this past weekend

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          If I start an RAB Fantasy Football League, how many would be interested? I’d like to have a deep league, like 20 teams.

          • Nady Nation

            Wow 20 teams, that would be sick

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

            Just put up a little side thread to gauge the interest.

          • kunaldo

            i dont mean to rain on your parade…but i did a 16 team league last year, with 4 divisions and what not…and it was not fun at all…half your team is a bunch of scrubs, so at some point you’re just throwing a bunch of shit on the wall and seeing what sticks…

            just an fyi

          • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

            I’d join.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Oh come on, easy trivia. Leiter and Brown.

    • BigBlueAL

      what was trivia question??? package has freakin Toronto broadcast…

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        AJ Burnett threw the third no-no in Marlins’ history, who threw the first two?

        • BigBlueAL

          Yeah Leiter and Brown. Saw all 3 of them on TV since I live down here…

  • BigBlueAL

    What are the odds Abreu will be stranded on base after his lead-off double…

    • CJ

      Quite good.

    • Steve

      There’s a man in scoring position, and the guy at the plate (Giambi) is batting .208 in these spots.

      You tell me.

      • CJ

        …and we’re all shocked.

  • Steve

    Establishing a mind link with the mighty Kreskin. . .. .

    Hmmmmmm . . . . . .

    hmmmmmmmm . . . . . . .

    Giambi strikes out here.

  • Ben C

    if we dont score this run….

    • Steve

      I know you think Jason Giambi is at the plate, but when there are men on base he turns into Tim Teufel.

      • Steve

        Did I mention he’s batting 5th?

        • Steve

          Tim Teufel, that is.

    • Nady Nation

      …it would be the least surprising thing ever

  • Yankee1010

    Hey, I’m a leadoff double with the middle of the lineup coming up. I’m wasted an alarmingly large amount of the time. I’m a 2008 Yankee.

    • Steve

      You’re more useless than Vida Guerra butt naked in gay bar.

  • Steve

    Lead off double, 1-0 game, we don’t score the run.

    This in a nutshell, will be why we didn’t make the playoffs.

  • BigBlueAL

    Burnett has an ERA of 4.69 coming into tonight’s game, how the fuck!!!! Watching him vs the Yankees, and seeing him back in the day when he was with the Marlins, I dunno why he doesnt toy with the entire league like he toys with the Yankees with the stuff he has….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    The O’s have had two base-runners in every inning thus far (currently in the 3rd), let’s see if they can finally push one across.

    • Nady Nation

      There’s 1, start chippin away

  • BigBlueAL

    Ha Ha Ha!!!! I know someone else I think mentioned this, but now Pete Abe also mentioned that Pavano skipped his bullpen session today cause of a stiff neck. What a shocker….

    • Batty

      Beat me to it – woot!

    • Steve

      Once he gets close, something hurts. Classic signs of neurosis.

      He needs a psychiatrist.

  • D.B.

    kontos is killing them. he should be in AAA

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      The Mexican Gangster is killing them softlier.

      • Steve

        I love it on WFAN when Jerome from Manhattan spells out his name, because it seems he can’t pronounce it. Hilarious.

  • http://deleted Randy

    pudge has got to be on third. that’s terrible.

  • http://deleted Randy

    uhhhhhhh….anybody dare take a guess what that was?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    RLYW was talking about how Brady Anderson had one of the flukiest seasons ever that they can remember in Major League history, can the same be said of Daisuke Matsuzaka?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Maybe, but it’s not Brady Anderson fluky. That was ridiculous, even if it was “aided.”

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

        Yeah, I was wondering why RLYW made no mention of the potential steroid impact in their analysis of fluke seasons.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

          I mean, obviously you can’t know who did this or that, but I thought a disclaimer would have been used. Maybe they felt since there was no way to prove either side 100%, it was better to just not mention it.

      • cult of basebaal

        he was so good while taking steroids. he decided to quit taking them and go back to be average.

        the logic is irrefuteable.

        • Stephen

          ^ what I was gonna say, but in a much wittier way.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    That Sidney Ponson-Roy Halladay matchup on Thursday is so one-sided on paper that it has reverse lock written all over it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Jason Bartlett breaks up Ervin Santana’s no-no with an one out double.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Is Adam Lind an out-of-position First Basemen or is he tolerable in the outfield?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      He’s an outfielder, adequate in left.

  • CJ

    Here’s our $25+ million dollar man…

    • CJ

      Wow, I’m so not shocked. Why is it that the top paid player in the sport is someone who we all expect to fail when it counts? (And not just regularly, b/c that’s the percentages in baseball, but more or less every single time.)

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

        Your remarks are so refreshing.

        • mustang

          And true.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Why do you care how much he makes?

        • mustang

          Because at the end day he making that money for a reason.

          • mustang

            And it’s not for a .220 RISP.

        • CJ

          It doesn’t bother or offend me that he makes that much money. That’s what the market has allowed, and that’s how capitalism works. I’m all for it. More power to him.

          I mention the money as merely a rough measurement of his expected/reputed worth to the team. And since that figure implies he is the best player in baseball–or at least very close to it–it’s stunning that he’s generally so completely inept with runners on base and in late innings. (And yes, I realize that last year was a glaring exception, and I give–and gave–him madprops for that.)

          • mustang

            Well fucking done.
            True THAT.

        • mustang

          And if I remember correctly I still have to pay to watch the Yankees.

    • Steve

      Get your facts straight.

      30 mil!

      • CJ

        I said $25+ mil b/c I couldn’t recall the exact figure. :)

  • BigBlueAL

    ARod with the Hat-Trick. Well they are playing in Canada….

    • BigBlueAL

      Ditto Giambi, and this is getting a bit ridiculous now….

      • Steve

        One stiff in the lineup is bad enough, but putting them back to back in the #4 and #5 holes is pretty much why we SUCK with RISP.

        • BigBlueAL

          Ugh, I wouldnt call ARod and Giambi stiffs….

          • Steve

            Look up the RISP stats. Our two worst guys hit back to back in the run generating #4 and #5 spots.

            Thats the funny thing about it. Jeter, Damon, Nady, Abreu, and now Matsui all have good numbers with RISP. But the outs in between them keep catching up with us.

            Nobody can argue our lineup has worked well this year.

          • mustang

            The sad part is as bad as A-Rod has been with RISP Giambi is worst.
            Steve has a point it’s like the black hole for avg. with RISP.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    On the bright side, Burnett’s at 95 pitches.

    • Steve

      Thats our plan. Strikeouts get the pitch count up in a hurry.

      We have him right where we want him.

      • CJ

        Lol.

  • Yankee1010

    Giambi, you’re 0-3 with 3Ks. You have an entire half of the field in which to bunt the ball. By all means, keep swinging away ridiculously.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      Advocating a bunt with a man who has an OPS higher than .900 coming into tonight?

      *Fucking Matsuzaka, he just keeps getting out of this shit.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      He’s not going to bunt. When’s the last time he tried to bunt, 15 years ago? He’d probably end up getting hit in the face.

      • LiveFromNewYork

        okay the visual is funny

        • Steve

          I can just see the stache fly off, and Giambi is red faced.

      • Steve

        Yep, telling your #5 hitter to bunt is absurd on many levels.

        But who on this team WILL lay down a bunt? Anyone? How about a ball to the 2B to advance a runner? Or GOD FORBID a sac fly?

        Thats why I don’t blame Girardi for this season. He doesn’t have a roster with his players yet.

        • LiveFromNewYork

          That is SO true. So true.

          • Steve

            Run scoring is WAY down this year. Managers and GM’s have to go back to building teams that can score runs in different ways, even if every guy on the roster isn’t an All Star.

            I think Cashman understands this, it just won’t happen overnight.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

              I think the drop in offense (not just the Yanks, in all of baseball) snuck up on everyone.

              • Steve

                It did, but Cash has been trying to get away from the aging all-star at every position model for the past few years. The youth movement has been designed to give him more roster flexibility and more options for filling the teams needs via call ups or trades.

                Also, if you believe Hank, he said Cash was worried about this team scoring runs before the season started, when barely anybody else was.

                In any case, if Cash didn’t understand it, he does now.

      • Yankee1010

        My point is he couldn’t have looked worse toight. That .900 OPS is built on soft-tossers. Giambi isn’t hitting heat and he certainly isn’t hitting Burnett tonight. Why try to put a ball in play though?

  • BigBlueAL

    Dice-K working his magic again.

    • mustang

      He is done that shit all year.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        His FIP coming into tonight was 4.12, almost 1.50 runs higher than his actual ERA. He’s one lucky mofo.

        • mustang

          14 wins he is more then lucky.

          • Chris

            Yeah, it’s 8 legit wins and 6 lucky ones.

  • Mike Pop

    i hazte seeing yanks k like that but i have to appreciate burnetts stuff/// the dude has great greeat stuff

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Now that’s a Yankee Classic that I will definitely be watching.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Oooo I can’t wait Joba’s Fenway game on Yankee Classics.

    • Steve

      Baseball games (for me) have the shelf life of McDonalds french fries. A half hour later they’re impossible for me to consume. I can’t sit through a game when I know how it ends.

      I would however, like to see some reeeaaaal old timey games from the 50’s and 60’s. Not sure if much exists from before that, but any old WS games would be great.

  • Mike Pop

    D Ras making a comeback

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Ten base-runners for the O’s over four innings and they score two runs. Ten base-runners for the Red Sox over 4.1-IP and they score five runs. Not only does Daniel Cabrera have better stuff than Daisuke Matsuzaka, but their control is about the fucking same. Ugh.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Dice-K’s got a plus plus luck tool.

      • Steve

        All of a sudden, he sounds like a porn star.

        • Whitey14

          There’s a huge difference between their control. Cabrera doesn’t have any and Dice K’s a goddamned nibbler….drives me nuts watching him pitch!

      • Steve

        God forbid Rasner gives up one run. Winds up with a no decision.

  • Mike Pop

    burnett really is nasty

    • CJ

      Yeah, he’s flat-out dealing.

  • Mike Pop

    aj in a yank uni nex year if CC fails ?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I’d go after Sheets first, his stuff is just as nasty, and he’s actually proven himself in big games.

      • BigBlueAL

        Ask Fidel Castro..

      • Mike Pop

        Did Burnett pitch in the W.S or was he injured ? cause im saying thats a bigger game than anything sheets has done

        • BigBlueAL

          He was injured.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Injured, he was on his way back from TJ.

  • Mike Pop

    How long can Ras keep it up

    • Batty

      Not long – just ask his wife.

      Buh-dum-ching!

  • Batty

    Being a team means playing like a team. It means that someone like Giambi and A-Rod should learn to bunt to get a run instead of playing the odds – we’re talking between 2 or 3 times out of ten they’ll get a hit. Which means 7 or 8 times they walk back to the dugout shaking their head.

    Even if he hits 50 homeruns a year that’s still one out of every three games. For all the sabermatric rattling that happens the odds that something actually goes RIGHT is always against the batter.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      Simply put, bunting with Alex Rodriguez, Jason Giambi, or any other middle-of-the-order bat is not a wise decision.

      • Yankee1010

        Not simply put. Absolutism will get you nowhere.

        Giambi has no shot against Burnett tonight. There wasn’t a defender on that side of the field. A crappy bunt would have done the job.

        • Steve

          Actually, absolutism is just fine.

          Its having a #5 hitter who’s batting .206 with RISP that will get you nowhere.

    • steve (different one)

      and this applies to bunting how?

      you do realize that if you give away an out, it’s even harder to score, right?

      • Yankee1010

        Giambi swinging away against Burnett is giving away an out at this point. The Jays are giving him an easy base.

        • steve (different one)

          what does that have to do with A-Rod?

          if you were just talking about bunting against the shift, ok, but that wasn’t at all clear.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Shit.

  • A.D.

    knew rasner could only hold it for so long

  • Mike Pop

    fwtyerwtgwhiegh hkg;qsdwefjgl;sgkoporekjfg

  • BigBlueAL

    I guess Marte was warming up for the fun of it….

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      He might only face 1 batter tonight, gotta make sure he gets to that 41 pitch mark.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      Darrell Rasner was cruising, be fair.

      • BigBlueAL

        No Im not saying they shouldve taken him out prior to the Lind at-bat, its just that he was warming up for the part of the order with 3 lefties up in a row I assume, Rasner gives up a HR to the first one, gets out the 2nd one, then you bring in Veras to face the 3rd lefty??? Like I said, what was the point of having Marte up then thats all Im saying….

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

          Oh, my bad.

        • steve (different one)

          to be fair, had Girardi brought in Marte for Stairs, Gaston would have PH with Mench.

          could just be that he liked Veras/Stairs better than Marte/Mench.

          • BigBlueAL

            When the Toronto broadcast showed the bullpen at the beginning of the inning they only showed Marte warming, I was surprised when Veras came in cause I didnt know he was warming up. I have no problem with Veras coming in obviously cause he has been very good….

            • steve (different one)

              word, i misunderstood your point originally.

    • steve (different one)

      seriously, i can’t believe Girardi didn’t pull a guy throwing a 2 hitter after 78 pitches.

      has everyone just decided to throw ALL objectivity out the window and become Fat Abe disciples?

      give me a break.

      • steve (different one)

        my bad too.

  • Mike Pop

    i hate matt stairs

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Did that broken bat hit Matt Stairs?

  • NYFan50

    I think before the game if we were told Rasner would go 6.2 innings and only give up 1 run we’d be more than happy to take it. Offense, again, has to step it up.

    How many times can mediocre pitchers give us serviceable starts only to see the offense disappear?

    • Ivan

      To be fair Burnett has been filthy. Can’t fault the O right now.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Burnett is usually good for one awful inning…

  • Mike Pop

    Brett Gardner needs to go in lol

  • http://www.thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

    Let’s get Burnett out of this game, please God.

  • Mike Pop

    jesus man

  • kunaldo

    i know burnett has filthy stuff…but he had close to a 5 ERA coming into the game…why is he our kryptonite? is anyone else super freakin annoyed?? arod and giambi need to stop playing around and take off their blindfolds

    • Steve

      Have you been watching this team all year?

    • Mike Pop

      burnett is great he jus gets beat up bad in a few starts and whne i say bad i mean BAD. Thats why his era is so high

  • Ivan

    How does Dice-K do this?

    • NYFan50

      Magic. Pact with Satan. Gotta be one or the other.

  • Mike Pop

    bj ryan now ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Exhibit ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUZWXYZ why LoHud’s posters are dummies:

    “the youk homer wasnt the story there, the story was papi moving pedroia over with nobody out by lifting an easy fly ball. thier big bat does what needs to be done, ours cant ever be asked to that.”

    Yes, the “big story” is that David Ortiz hit a ball in the air that resulted in an out, not the fact that Kevin Youkilis hit a ball in the air that resulted in actual points. Jesus.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      That guy is a reatrd.

      • Steve

        The guy calling someone else a ‘retard’ misspells the word.

        Ouch.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

          It’s a running joke.

          • Steve

            Oh, gotcha.

            In that case, clever.

    • BigBlueAL

      C’mon, Im sure Papi wasnt trying to hit a HR but instead was playing for the team and hitting a fly-ball that even though resulted in an out was placed properly enough to allow Pedroia to advance a base. I mean why bother hitting it into the stands to allow himself to score as well….

    • Ben C

      the espn play-by-play says ortiz lined out to left… perfectly placed to move the runner to third (?)

      • Whitey14

        OK, even us Red Sox fans think that guy’s post was absurd. Papi was certainly not trying to “just” move the runner over, although he has bunted against the shift successfully more than once and I love it when he does it. Giambi could do it on occasion to help keep defenses honest and it wouldn’t hurt.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Oh that’s so gay. Did the other 4 Jays’ starters really form a line in the dugout to hug and congratulate Burnett? Wow.

  • Mike Pop

    When does Harden become a FA if he makes it anyone kn oow ?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      After next year I believe.

  • Ivan

    How did the yanks got Jose Veras?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Minor league free agent. Texas released him after 2005.

      • Steve

        They’ve done pretty well in that area. Veras, Giese and Edwar were all MLFAs.

  • Mike Pop

    DAMON OMFG

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Fahk.

  • Smitt Dog

    WHAT THE FUCK IS DAMON DOING?!??!?

  • Mike Pop

    melky woulda had that

  • Batty

    Butter Damon. What did I say before about him causing the loss?

    Meanwhile Melky just threw his glove through the TV.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Screw Melky. Brett Gardner would have had that too, and he wouldn’t have flailed at the plate doing it either.

      • Chris

        Because we haven’t seen Brett flail at every pitch so far this year.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    This is why I was advocating for Brett Gardner to remain in the lineup in my post about Matsui this morning. Damon’s terrible out there. He’s going to cost the Yanks this game.

    • Mike Pop

      idc melky or brett this is ridic that was an easy play for an mlb OF

    • Steve

      What are you saying, play defense up the middle? THAT WILL NEVER WORK!!!!!

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

        Sarcasm.

  • A.D.

    Pathetic

  • Mike Pop

    so clueless out there

  • Smitt Dog

    That enfuriating. Just not Major League Baseball, forget about Yankee baseball

  • Ivan

    I don’t know what to say.

  • BigBlueAL

    I dont blame Girardi at all for today’s lineup cause this is exactly the lineup I wouldve put out (meaning putting Damon at CF), but man every move he makes backfires for that ass….

    • http://www.thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

      I agree. I figured Damon would cost us a run here and there, but I didn’t think it would happen today.

  • CJ

    How many games like this do we have to suffer through this year? I know we’re spoiled, but man. They find a new way every day.

  • http://www.thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

    FUCK

  • Wally Pipp

    devestating.

  • Mike Pop

    A-bomb from A-rod

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Oh wow, it was Marc Scutaro who hit that ball? That fucking guy…

  • BigBlueAL

    Meanwhile the “healthy” Red Sox and Rays are both winning again, if only they would have injuries like the Yankees. I have a bad feeling that by Thursday night the Yankees could be in 4th place in the AL East….

  • Smitt Dog

    A little leaguer makes that catch…. Hell my fat ass makes that catch

  • Flynn

    Seriously, how does Kevin Long sleep at night knowing he is stealing a paycheck?

    • Steve H

      The lineup is full of guys with long track records and huge paychecks, don’t know how it’s Long’s fault

  • Steve

    After the “I don’t bunt” bullshit on Friday and this fiasco, I suspect Damon has earned his ticket out of town this off season.

  • Mike Pop

    WTF

  • Smitt Dog

    Fuck this team…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Ouch, that hurt.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Sigh.

  • BigBlueAL

    Honest to GOD, watching the Little League World Series you see better baseball than watching these Yankees….

  • Smitt Dog

    Fuck them right in their asses…

  • Mike Pop

    jesus man this sucks

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Actually, he looked safe. Oh well.

  • Ivan

    Great.

  • Mike Pop

    Damon killed us hes such a girl out there

  • BigBlueAL

    Your soon to be 4th place NY Yankees….

  • r.w.g.

    Are you kidding me?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    This one kinda sucked ass.

  • Ben C

    DOES ALEX RODRIGUEZ KNOW HOW TO RUN THE BASES? YOU SPRINT AND THEN YOU ROUND FIRST BASE, NOT ADMIRE YOUR HIT FOR THREE SECONDS THEN TROT TO FIRST THEN START SPRINTING FROM FIRST

  • Yankee1010

    You have to laugh at this team. They find a new way every night. Nice 0-4, 4 K night, Giambi.

    2008 Yankee Baseball.

  • Steve

    Disgusting, pathetic effort by these bunch of losers. As usual.

    Another great pitching performance wasted.

  • A.D.

    another shitty loss, hope the bad breaks this year turn around next year

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Well, at least it only took 2.5 hours.

    • A.D.

      manageable

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Heh.

  • Wally Pipp

    crippling loss.

  • Flynn

    A larger collective of cunts has never been assembled. Fuck each and every one of them in the ear. Assholes.

    • BigBlueAL

      WOW maybe a bit much with that comment.

      • Smitt Dog

        Not enough

      • Flynn

        Damn it felt good though

  • Mike Pop

    4th place meansbetter pick

    • BigBlueAL

      Please this isnt the NBA or NFL stop with all this draft-picks crap.

  • Smitt Dog

    And that does it. I’m done with this shit. Call me a fair-weather fan, call me overreacting, say whatever you want. I’m actively only rooting for Boston to not make this playoffs this year. I feel this way to the point that I would like to see the Yanks mail it in against anyone contending for their spot. Fuck the Yankees, this shit is unacceptable. I’ve been a Yanks fan since the mid 80’s and even in those days when they were losing more games they weren’t this infuriating. Feel free to call me out on this if they pull a rabbit out of their ass and make the playoffs but I say fuck it to this year, and as always, I hope Boston’s team plane goes down in a fiery wreck.

    • http://www.mvn.com/mlb-yankees Jim Johnson

    • r.w.g.

      Don’t wish for a plane crash.

      • Smitt Dog

        You don’t have to, but I will

  • Steve

    “The definition of insanity. doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result”

    Or in this case, expecting the Yankees to turn this season around.

    • steve (different one)

      in all fairness, they are actually finding new and creative ways to lose.

  • BigBlueAL

    Its to a point where you cant even get mad/angry anymore, all you could do is laugh and watch the 1996-2001 Fall Classic Collector’s Edition DVD and remember the good times (at least thats what I do)….

    • bill

      Or Yankees Classics. Like Hankenstein said, we’ll get em next year.

  • r.w.g.

    Have any of our guys passed through waivers?

  • bill

    Theyre done, stick a fork in em. I cant stand Giambi. The whole left side is open but hes so selfish he has to try to hit a homerun every time at bat. Hey idiot, maybe they wouldnt shift on you if you actually got some hits the other way. Even a bunt. Now Damon cant even catch the ball.

    • Ivan

      Gee Bill, you can say that to almost every Power Hitter from the Left side.

  • stuart

    classic loss, a team that is just not that good.

    giambi and arod terrible tonight..
    arod cannot get thrown out at 2nd, here comes the excuses about the offense… give me a break.. another game with less the n3 runs scored…

    Damon looked good in CF tonight, they called that a hit, that is laughable.. I may have been able to catch that…

  • Steve

    You know, I have pinned my hopes on turning this season around on the returns of Kennedy (strike 1) Hughes, and eventually Joba.

    But with the way this team can’t scratch out runs, whats the point? They have had a bunch of terrific pitched games and still managed to lose every FUCKING one of them. What difference will it makes if Hughes AND Joba come back and pitch like Kofax and FUCKING Drysdale? THE FUCKING PROBLEM this entire season is this LINEUP DOESN’T WORK and this team DOESN’T SCORE RUNS. Despite zillions of opportunities to do so.

    Girardi wants to keep doing the same thing, we can all expect the same results. He has a LOT to learn about being a YANKEE manager.

  • Anthony M

    that was brutal…this team makes me want to pull out my pubic hair.

    I’m going to the game on august 27th. I bought the tickets off the website when they first went on sale and assumed the Yanks and Red Sox would be entwined in a battle for the AL east lead. Can’t believe what is going. Just think about the fact that the DEVIL Rays are leading the division. The freaking DEVIL Rays.

    I have only seen the yankees play like 4 or 5 times, and only twice in the stadium, but they have always won. It’s gonna be real shame to see the red sox kick the crap out of them in the soon to be closed Yankee stadium.

  • Nady Nation

    Jamal, just wondering, do you think we’re making the playoffs still? I’ve been so positive, like you, for so long, but I gotta admit, it really is looking bleak.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      It’s looking bleak as all hell, but no, I still haven’t given up. To be fair, that might speak more to my personality than it does my analysis of the 2008 Yankees.

      • Nady Nation

        Yea I couldn’t agree more. I just don’t see any reason to give up, no reason to pack up the season before football even begins. Plus, maybe we can get a little hope as my next post explains…

      • Ivan

        Right now your right. It is looking bleeker and bleeker. Right now if ya ask me right now it might not happen. Mainly because of the players underperforming and also bad luck.

        But I will say this, the yanks shall make every team pay two times over in 09. Just watch. Yea were feeling it but will Joy WILL come. Just maybe not this year.

  • Nady Nation

    OK folks, here’s the last bit of hope to hold on to for this season. Per Rotoworld:

    Josh Beckett’s scheduled start on Saturday has been pushed back to Tuesday due to “tingling” in his hand.

    Beckett was hammered for eight runs in 2 1/3 innings by the Blue Jays on Sunday, so it’s not a huge surprise that he was hurting. He slept awkwardly on his shoulder, according to manager Terry Francona, which is the cause of the tingling. Beckett wouldn’t attribute it solely to the way he slept, though, saying he’s felt the tingling all season. He also said starting on Tuesday wasn’t a certainty.

    • Steve

      If Beckett dropped dead tomorrow what fucking difference would that make?

      Would that make Giambi strike out and hit into the shift less? Would that make A-Rod hit in the clutch? Would that make Damon 10 years younger?

      • Nady Nation

        So Damon misplayed a couple of balls. He’s been the team’s best hitter, all while not being “10 years younger.” I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that not having your staff ace would make a “fucking difference”. Remember Chien-Ming Wang? Or Joba? You sound like a bitter baby. Relax, it’s one down year, which isn’t even over yet

        • Ivan

          Yea while my confidence on this team is running low, baseball is a crazy game and unpredictable stuff can happen.

          Besides we made the playoffs every year since 95. Shit they certainly deserve the benefit of a doubt.

  • UNION YES.

    I don’t think I can ever look at Damon the same again.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Yeah, cause we all know Bernie never made a bad pay out there…

      • UNION YES.

        Damon ain’t Bernie.

      • Old Ranger

        Absolutely not, Burn Bernie Burn! How dare you speak evil of Bernie! Hay, shit happens, so he messed up and cost us a game (maybe) so what…the sun will come up tomarrow, at lest around here, and we take the next two games. Set and match! 27/09?

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    On the postgame, Girardi said he didn’t use Marte against Lind because he hits lefties better.

    vs. LHP: .296-.324-.533
    vs RHP: .314-.368-.529

    Hmmm…

    • Ivan

      Hey at least he use Veras the right reliever.

    • steve (different one)

      actually, YOU have those backwards.

      Girardi was right, you were wrong.

      it’s cool, he accepts your apology.

      i know it’s easy to be snarky when we’re frustrated, but let’s try to get the basic facts right.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Yes, I do have those backwards, my bad. The point I was trying to make still stands though – is there really THAT much of a different in the splits?

        • http://www.thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

          Well, a few weeks ago Girardi brought out Marte to face Markakis with men on base, and Markakis is absolutely crushing lefties this year (although he himself is a lefty). Then Markakis promptly hit and loaded the bases. That’s our manager for ya.

  • Charlie

    Go Twins and White Sox! I’m now routing for the red sox to miss the playoffs on the last day of the year!

  • http://www.TheBronxStop.com Mark M.

    1 run????

    melky was a scap goat

  • http://www.TheBronxStop.com Mark M.

    scape*

  • http://www.thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

    Anyone notice how bad Abreu has been trying to steal this year? He has 1 SB this month and 3 CS. His jumps have been awful.