Game 8: Coming back in a big way


The best part about baseball is that no matter how bad you team loses one night, they always have a chance for quick redemption. The Yanks will seek that tonight in Game 2 of their series in Tampa. A.J. Burnett takes the mound against Matt Garza, so we’re in for a battle of flame throwers.

Matt Garza hasn’t been the greatest against the Yankees during his young career. He’s 1-2 with a 4.56 ERA over 23.2 innings. His 11/9 K/BB ratio doesn’t help his case, either. He did fare a bit better last year, allowing 7 ER in 17 IP over 3 starts, though his strikeouts are still down (8). A.J. has a bit more significant sample against the Rays, posting a 2.98 ERA in 117.2 innings over 16 starts. His K/BB is absolutely devastating: 123/39. In 20 innings last year A.J. surrendered 7 earned runs while striking out 26 and walking just 8.

It looks like Girardi really doesn’t want to mess with Robinson Cano. He’s in the sixth spot yet again tonight while Brett Gardner, who hasn’t been a bright spot in the Yanks’ offense, hits leadoff. Yes, Gardner’s fast, but he also hasn’t hit much this season. While I’d rather have the better hitters atop the order (Jeter-Cano-Tex-Swish-Jorge-Nady-Pena-Molina-Gardner), Girardi is obviously closer to Cano than I am and is using his judgment on this call.

There were no roster moves made today, which is a bit strange considering the bullpen workload yesterday. But Bruney, Marte, Veras, and Mo had the day off, so they could be primed for action tonight. Hopefully A.J. make it a nonissue. Also, Damon is out with the flu. I don’t know if this is something that just happened, but he’s definitely looked sluggish recently. Hoch notes that he hasn’t been sleeping lately due to an issue involving his mother.

The lineup:

1. Brett Gardner, CF
2. Derek Jeter, SS
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Nick Swisher, LF
5. Jorge Posada, DH
6. Robinson Cano, 2B
7. Xavier Nady, RF
8. Ramiro Pena, 3B
9. Jose Molina, C

And on the mound, number thirty-four, A.J. Burnett.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Come on now, let’s Trot Nixon these guys tonight.

    • Tom Zig says:

      AJ just muttered “fuck” under his breath on TV…

      • Tom Zig says:

        I really hate when I forget that I hit the reply button and the text box is all the way at the bottom. I do that all the time. This wasn’t supposed to be a reply.

  2. I’m rocking two Yanks garments I haven’t worn yet this season — and no, neither is a thong. That’s gotta do something, right?

    • Matt says:

      You know what I’ve noticed? Unless at games, Yankee fans tend not to wear more than one piece of Yankee at a time. Meanwhile, Sox fans tend to wear more than one piece in non-game situations.

      • AndrewYF says:

        Sox head and wrist bands, Sox shirts, Sox hat, Sox socks (hur hur), Sox undies, Sox pajamas…

  3. Whatever’s going on with Damon, I hope he feels better soon and that his mother also gets well soon, if that’s the issue.

  4. pat says:

    I woke up this morning pissed because I thought I was gonna have to watch another CMW stinker while at the new stadium sunday. Over-f*cking-joyed when I found out it’s actually Burnett vs Pavano.

  5. yankee in vegas says:

    just put 1k on siwsher to homer today!!!!!

  6. Mike Axisa says:

    I swear to Mo, I better not see one stupid smile on Swisher’s face tonight. This is baseball, it’s serious stuff. No enjoyment, treat it like work.

  7. timrandle says:

    hey, y’all smart fans help me out…i’ve got the dumbs…

    can somebody explain this:

    While I’d rather have the better hitters atop the order (Jeter-Cano-Tex-Swish-Jorge-Nady-Pena-Molina-Gardner),

    one of this hitters just doesnt belong here, one of these hitters just isnt the same….

  8. Expired Milk says:

    Come on Burnett We need atleast 7 innings. I am so freakin glad to see Tex back in the lineup.

  9. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    The Rays just received their 2nd place rings. I hear Jeter is constantly seen in his 2003 ALC ring.

  10. Alex says:

    Woah channel 9

  11. Jasper says:

    First time ever really posting on here. Have to say, you guys do some great work and I really enjoy reading whatever entries you fellas have up. Looking foward to the game tonight, have a good feeling about AJ.

  12. Alex says:

    Ramiro Pena looks like he’s 16.

  13. Brooklyn Ed says:

    awesome, Pena is reading Garza’s scouting report.

  14. Mike Axisa says:

    Hey look, Gardner just hit a quality fastball.

  15. AJ says:

    Hey, anybody know where I can listen/watch the game? My school doesn’t carry My 9.

  16. Mike Axisa says:

    That can not possibly be true. Garza threw over to first one time all of last year? I’m calling bullshit.

  17. Jimmy Dugan says:

    I am listening to the radio, and John Sterling just said that he “gets the feeling that Brett Gardner will succeed”, and Suzy Kknow-it-All concurred. My brain is rotting…

  18. Alex says:

    Gardner is so frikin’ fast!

  19. Matt says:

    So how many people will call for Jeter to return to the two hole if he has a good game?

  20. Tampa Yankee says:

    As much as I dislike Kay, I certainly miss the YES network living here in Tampa and would rather listen to him than Kevin Kennedy who the Rays brought in to call their games on TV after one of the local guys went over to the MLB network I believe. Kennedy is horrible!

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

      “You can’t buy a championship Duane”

      That’s great stuff by Kennedy.

      • Tampa Yankee says:

        “You have to score one to win anyways, that’s not going to hurt.”


        Kennedy = Douche

  21. Jasper says:

    Way to work the count, Tex. Nice to see that man back in the lineup.

  22. Matt says:

    Nick Swisher is about to hit an eight run home run.

  23. Sam says:

    Any doubt Swisher hits a 5 run homer here?

  24. Brooklyn Ed says:

    Payback for Wang!!!

    c’mon Swish, do your thing!!! :D

  25. Mike Axisa says:

    Swish with the bases juiced.

  26. Kevin G. says:

    How come when I wrote “What have you done for me lately, Jeter?” as an original post, it put it as a reply to Mondesi’s post?

  27. CP3 says:

    Nick Swisher once hit a grandslam with his eyes closed.

  28. Tampa Yankee says:

    Anyone else notice that Swish looks up as he’s getting set in the box? I’ve never seen that.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      I assume he’s got someone up on the roof who’s watching on TV and relaying the sign. It’s the only explanation for his hot streak.

  29. pat says:

    Matt gArza doesnt even throw very fast why is he an mlb pitcher.

  30. Omg, Michael Kay. I hope Swisher hits a granny then somehow gets the ball back and shoves it in Michael Kay’s stupid m’f’ing mouth.

  31. I love the way Swisher works the count. If only Robbie and Melky did that last year…

  32. CP3 says:

    Everytime swisher scores they put two runs on the board one for him another one for his awesome ness

  33. Kevin G. says:

    Swisher will hit a grand slam and strike out the side nexty inning, I’m calling it.

  34. Ahinds says:

    did gardner get a “solid” hit or was it a dinker/jam-shot sorta thing??

  35. Jamal G. says:

    Good matchup down in Atlanta: Javier Vazquez vs. Chris Volstad.

    Also, Chris Carpenter and Max Scherzer are at each other later tonight.

  36. UWS says:

    Awww Swish :(

  37. Mike Axisa says:

    The thing that’s cool is that Swish takes so many pitches, plus he fouls a ton off as well.

    OMG teh bust. I hate him.

  38. pat says:

    Bench him.

  39. SF Yanks says:

    That was a tough pitch.

  40. Matt says:

    Swisher is human!

    That was a nice pitch by Garza, though.

  41. Sam says:

    Trade him

  42. Tampa Yankee says:

    1st change up Garza throws is on 3-2 with the bases loaded… pure grit.

  43. Trish says:


  44. Did you see the shot in the dugout of X combing his hair before putting the helmet on?

  45. Jasper says:

    That was a nasty change, nothing Swish could do about that one.

  46. Sam says:

    That curveball is filthy

  47. Trish says:

    Stop with the cowbells, bandwagoners.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      And Michael Kay wondered why there were so many people attending?

      • Trish says:

        Ten bucks says this time last year 75% of the crowd was cheering for the Yankees.

        • Tampa Yankee says:

          It wasn’t that much more like 60-65% Yanks then my the AS break 50/50 and by the end out the year 60-65% Rays.

          Tampa is a huge bandwagon team from the Bucs to the Lightning and now the Rays.

  48. pat says:


  49. Matt says:

    And of course Cano swings at the first pitch. Come on, Robbie!

  50. That inning could have been so much better…but one is still better than nothing.

  51. UWS says:

    Well, this is disappointing.

  52. CP3 says:

    No hitter for Burrent?

  53. Trish says:

    I hate how MLB TV lags.

    Garza lucked out.

    • southernyankeefan says:

      yeah me too can’t read the comments until after an inning or the surprise will be spoiled.

  54. Ayer says:

    Has Robbie Cano given up on the patience concept already? It seemed to be very effective last week.

  55. Jasper says:

    Should have had more, didn’t capitalize. Least we got on the board, made him work hard in the first and basically saw his aresenal in the first 5 batters.

  56. Jimmy Dugan says:

    I don’t know what it is about Burnett, but I get excited when he starts. It’s been a while since the rotation had a pitcher with that ‘no-hit’ type of stuff.

  57. Alex S says:

    take a seat boy!

  58. Eirias says:

    When was the last time a team successfully pulled off the hidden ball trick?

  59. Trish says:

    Nice work, AJ.

  60. Ayer says:

    That’s not filthy, that’s nasty!

  61. Mike Axisa says:

    AJ Burnett just showed Bossman his gas face.

  62. Jasper says:

    Boy, you gotta love Burnett’s stuff. Dude is a beast when healthy.

  63. Matt says:

    LOVE the curveball.

  64. Mike Axisa says:

    Filthy breaking ball.

  65. AJ Burnett had more Ks in that inning than Wang had all night last night

  66. Brazilian Yankee says:

    That was nasty.

  67. Trish says:


  68. Alex says:

    very few pitchers can throw an 83 mph curveball.

  69. Ok, what IS the difference between a curveball and a breaking ball?

  70. Mike Axisa says:

    Somehow Pena still had a better at-bat than Ransom would have.

  71. Sal says:

    The 3 authors here are eating crow bout ripping the Burnett signing all winter. Almost as bad as the big 3

  72. Uh, why would Jose Molina bunt with two outs? Gardner bunting, sure, but, uh, Molina’s not exactly fast…

  73. Jasper says:

    Garza has some pretty nasty stuff tonight too. Least we got him 40 through 2. Just gotta keep making him work.

  74. Mike Pop says:

    A “replica ring”, kinda gay. I would expect that from Red Sox Nation.

  75. Alex S says:

    that was a loud sounding pop up

  76. Rich says:

    I think part of the reason that Nady doesn’t walk is his hitting mechanics.

  77. Mike Pop says:

    Pat the Bat looks just weird to me in a Rays uni.

  78. pat says:

    Oh Mel Gibson you are soooo fucked.

  79. Tom Zig says:

    AJ’s curve is working well today I see.

  80. Matt says:

    Get the fuck back to first base you little bitch, that didn’t hit you.

  81. Mike Axisa says:

    That pitch didn’t touch him. Oh well.

  82. Matt says:

    Goodbye, Benny.

    /(name that movie).

  83. Jasper says:

    Sit down, kiddo.

  84. Jamal G. says:

    I understand, Zobrist, you had no chance whether you would’ve swung anyway.

  85. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Yeah nice try Rays. That ball hit the dirt. Take that K in place.

  86. Christopher says:

    It looked like it hit him on the foot to me, the Rays announcers (I’m watching on MLB.tv) are incensed lol.

  87. Mike Pop says:

    A.J. will win the Cy Young and CC will finish a close 2nd.

  88. Mike says:

    attaboy jeter, way to work that already high pitch count

  89. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Those first pitch outs are really annoying.

    • Fans get too crazy over that stuff. When a pitcher is on top of his game (as Garza is tonight) then usually that’s the best pitch you’ll see that AB. Also, if you see him trying to get ahead early, coming over the plate, then try to make him pay for that.

      Its not a bad idea.

  90. Mike Axisa says:

    Jason Giambi’s not even on the team anymore, and they’re still talking about him “stubbornly refusing to lay down a bunt to 3B with the shift.” When’s the last time Giambi squared around to bunt, 1998?

  91. pat says:

    Garza hasn’t thrown an actual strike in a 3 ball count yet.

  92. Brazilian Yankee says:

    I think we’ll get another hit in the 6th inning… if everything goes right.

  93. Jamal G. says:

    Ooh, I love me some Citizen Cope.

  94. Ayer says:

    Garza has some nasty stuff too.

  95. Jamal G. says:

    Aki doing his best Jeter impression.

  96. Cor Shep says:

    holy crap did anyone see that homerun saving catch Abreu just made in LF??? Why couldn’t he do that with us?? Why didn’t he pee his pants when hitting the warning track like usual?

  97. Jamal G. says:

    James Shields for Cy Young, anyone?

    • Mattingly's Love Child says:

      Though I picked CC, I wonder if the battlefield that is the AL East will eliminate most of the pitchers from that division…

  98. Jamal G. says:

    Jason Bartlett: 2008 Rays MVP (voted by the Tampa faction of the BBWAA).

    • Matt says:

      I still do not get that. I understand he’s a great fielder but Evan Longoria can freakin’ pick it at third and has an 84.5 times better bat than JB.

  99. Mike says:

    TEH AY JAY!!!!1!1!11

  100. Matt says:

    A.J. Burnett really is an Ichabod Crane looking mother fucker, isn’t he?

  101. Trish says:

    I love multitasking–listening to the game and checking out the NFL schedule.

  102. Mike Axisa says:

    Trivia answer has to be Guidry, right?

  103. southernyankeefan says:

    wish they would have capitalized on that first inning opportunity.

  104. Chuck Norris Ain't Got Nothin on Swisher says:

    DICKIE V!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    STFU Michael Kay

  105. Jamal G. says:

    Jesus, Michael Kay couldn’t keep his one-more-chin-a-year mouth shut about the no-no?

  106. Matt says:

    Matt Garza will regret that, accidental or not.

  107. Mike Axisa says:

    Yeah, that pitch up and in to Swish wasn’t an accident. Not at the head Matt.

  108. Jasper says:

    Don’t like these borden line strikes that Garza is getting but AJ isn’t.

  109. Mike Axisa says:

    Nick Swisher is a pimp.

  110. Christopher says:

    I love Nick Swisher.

  111. cult of basebaal says:


  112. Alex S says:

    swisher is the fucking man

  113. Mike Pop says:


  114. So who put 1,000 k on a Swisher HR again?

  115. Joey says:

    Nick fuckin’ Swisher. Bravo.

  116. Jasper says:

    and a big F U from Swish… Goin’ yahtzz

  117. pat says:


    not impressed

  118. LC says:

    BUT .219!!

  119. Chuck Norris Ain't Got Nothin on Swisher says:


  120. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Picking up Swisher in fantasy makes me laugh at the person who dropped him.

  121. Nick Swisher eats thunder and craps lightning.

  122. Alex says:

    HAHA def. regrets that brushback now

  123. Jamal G. says:

    Nick Swisher to Matt Garza: “Unzip my zipper, bitch.”

  124. VO says:


  125. KelvzPhp says:


  126. Rich says:

    Cone’s comments were so spot on I’d have his child.


  127. Trish says:

    Someone just won a grand!


    /fan since his Oakland days, no bandwagoner I

  128. Mike Pop says:

    Good Mo, Swish can laugh his way to the MVP.

  129. southernyankeefan says:

    haha swish. who was it said they had a bet on him homering.

  130. mvg says:


  131. Wally Pipp says:

    What is Sterling’s Swisher home run call? I’m in DC watching the Tampa Bay feed. Listening to Dewayne Stats reminds me of bad childhood memories featuring Jesse Barfield and Roberto Kelly.

  132. Alex S says:

    damn swisher loves the red bull

  133. Mike Axisa says:

    Why am I not shocked to see Swish drinking Red Bull in the dugout?

  134. Rey22 says:

    Swisher doesn’t come back to Earth after a hot streak, the Earth just comes closer to Swisher. Insane.

  135. Mattingly's Love Child says:

    Nick Swisher drinks red bull during games? God that shit is awful, he must have a stomach of steel!

  136. Alex says:

    I hate Nady’s at-bats.

  137. Trish says:

    Good God, do NOT let Swisher drink Red Bull. The guy’s hyper enough as it is.

  138. Ahinds says:

    the other day i was walking down the street with bloomberg and he was telling me about swisher winning mvp this year and i was like ‘Duhh’

  139. Brett says:

    peteabes been right along
    best yankee of all time

  140. Ahinds says:

    web jem

  141. Phrase I’m already friggin ready for the YES booth to retire immediately:

    “Glorified game of wiffleball”

  142. Matt says:

    Al Downing? Damn.

  143. Chuck Norris Ain't Got Nothin on Swisher says:

    just dropped francoeur added swisher on my fantasy team….

    AJ yawns like a cat

  144. bodylanguage says:

    push him off AJ!

  145. Matt says:

    Oh get the fuck up it wasn’t that close to you, Evan.

  146. Ahinds says:

    as the world turns…

  147. LC says:

    stop faking longoria. Wasn’t that close…ok maybe it was.

  148. Mike Axisa says:

    Check out AJ sticking up for his peeps.

  149. VO says:

    Thats it AJ

  150. Mike says:

    And the Oscar goes to…….

  151. Christopher says:

    Take a seat Eva, actually take two seats.

  152. VO says:


  153. Fucking Red Sox are just signing EVERYONE!


    And they call the Yanks the Evil Empire?!?

  154. Mike Pop says:

    Heh, A.J. backs him off and then gives it to him right down the middle. Take that, biatch!

  155. pat says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAH on his ass one minute, walking to the dugout the next.

  156. Wally Pipp says:

    Radar Gun down here read 98? What did it say on YES?

  157. cult of basebaal says:

    that was a beautifully planned back to back pitches to set Longoria up.

    me likey this Burnett

  158. Jamal G. says:

    Here’s a good trivia question: Who are the three active MLB starting pitchers that have at least 10 years of experience but has never visited the DL?

    Hint #1: The Year That Shall Not Me Mentioned In Yankee Lore.
    Hint #2: A fat Cubano.

  159. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Perfectly done by Burnett. A pitch right down the middle and Longoria walks away. Longoria could learn a thing or two from SWISHER!

  160. Ahinds says:

    there is something scary about carlos pena, i always think hes gonna do damage, he’s no ortize, wtf, does anyone else feel like that about Pena? what is it? i might just be a pussy though

  161. I loved the K to Longoria. He didn’t even wait for the umpire to call it, he knew it right away.

  162. Rey22 says:

    AJ is just mowing them down today.

  163. southernyankeefan says:

    shut up michael kay

  164. Chuck Norris Ain't Got Nothin on Swisher says:

    fuck….i hope swish doesnt pull a chris shelton

  165. Matt says:

    That’s how you do it, Smalls!

  166. Wally Pipp says:



  167. pat says:

    Pena intimidated his way on base right there.

  168. Jasper says:

    That was unfortunate…

  169. Mike says:

    damn it!

  170. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Why let Molina hit? Horrible.

  171. Jamal G. says:

    Jose Molina, if you weren’t such an awesome defensive catcher I’d have more of a disdain for you than I currently have for Cody Ransom.

  172. Alex says:

    eh.. nothing you can do about that, Molina goes other way on the hit and run, just bad luck

  173. Christopher says:

    At least that half-inning got rid of the 8-9-1 part of the order

  174. southernyankeefan says:


  175. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Nice hustle Brett.

  176. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Nady-Pena-Molina-Gardner is about as easy as it gets for a pitcher.

  177. Jamal G. says:

    Cody Ransom would’ve fucked that up right then and there.

  178. Christopher says:

    Does Ransom make that play?

  179. Frank says:

    Does anyone else think that Gardner gets a larger strike zone from the umps than everyone else? Guccione has had a tight zone all night but really gives the corners when Garder is up. Not that he wouldn’t strike out anyway……

    Is it a rookie thing?

    I’ve seen Gardner chat with the umps at every close pitch. I think the umps are basically telling him, “STFU rookie.”

  180. Alex says:

    yea Penaa!

  181. Wally Pipp says:

    When does the Austin Jackson watch begin, and this coming from a BG fan?

  182. Jamal G. says:

    You know what’s amazing? If the ump wasn’t such a tight-ass with the outside corner, A.J. would be even more dominant.

  183. Matt says:

    See ya, Dioner.

  184. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I’m calling it, No hitter for Burnett.

  185. Mike Pop says:

    Keep it up A.J., do your thing!

  186. Mike Axisa says:

    I heart watching AJ Burnett pitch.