Apr
14

Game 8: Coming back in a big way

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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
  • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

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

    • Tom Zig

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

      • Tom Zig

        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.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

    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?

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      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

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

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime…Swisher for MVP

    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.

    • mko

      I hope his mother gets well soon, even it that’s not the issue! ;-)

  • pat

    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.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime…Swisher for MVP

      I get to see Wang on Saturday…

      • http://statspeak.net dan

        That’s what she said.

      • timrandle

        um…decency guidelines!

        oh wait, nm…

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime…Swisher for MVP

        Oh fuck.

        That, uh, didn’t come out right.

        • Jacob

          That’s what HE said.

      • pat

        Just saturday? I figured it was an every night occurrence for you Rebecca….. I keed I keed.

        Lets hope and CMW gets his ish together and it’s a good game.

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime…Swisher for MVP

          Alas, I’m not really the popular sort =(

  • yankee in vegas

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

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

    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.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime…Swisher for MVP

      Troll harder =D

      • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Huh?

        • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.
          • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            Yeah I saw that thread today, I guess I just don’t get what “troll harder” means in this context. Over my head I guess.

        • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

          What have you done for me lately, Jeter?

  • timrandle

    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….

  • http://forums.projectcovo.com/images/smilies/e6omir.gif Expired Milk

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

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

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

    • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      ietc

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Pat Burrell is probably laughing at their rings.

  • Alex

    Woah channel 9

    • mko

      What you say?

      • Alex

        the game’s not on yes today, really threw me off.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      Heh, all I read this morning was that the Rays have a penchant for making the Yankees look “old” (whatever the fuck that means). So, what do I find when I check out ESPN’s MLB roster analysis page? Oh, nothing but the fact that the average age of the 40-man roster for the Rays and Yankees are 27.9 and 28.1, respectively.

      http://tinyurl.com/cma3as

  • Jasper

    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.

  • Alex

    Ramiro Pena looks like he’s 16.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    awesome, Pena is reading Garza’s scouting report.

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

    Hey look, Gardner just hit a quality fastball.

    • Jasper

      It was the grit and determination.

      • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Gritgasm.

    • Ayer

      He just smoked it to center!

  • AJ

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

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

      Your school doesn’t have Channel 9?!?!?

      • AJ

        I’m in Scranton, Pa. They only have ABC, NBC, Fox and the CW.

        • Jasper

          I live in pittsburgh, pa and its the same thing. I have comcast though and MLB extra innings has a free preview going for the first two weeks, I believe.

          • UWS

            The free preview is over, sadly.

            • Jasper

              It is? I’m watching the game right now with the free preview… Maybe my area hasn’t taken it off yet.

              • UWS

                Actually, I just remembered I have RCN. Maybe they ended theirs earlier.

          • AJ

            My school’s cheap and has the basic cable. We don’t get the sports packages and, to be quite honest, I don’t feel like paying the $20 bucks to hear Susan Waldman and John Sterling.

      • Klemy

        Apparnelty Verizon FiOS isn’t carrying the game on My9 either, because the damned Simpsons are on.

      • AndrewYF

        It’s not necessarily My9. TWC has it has My4.

    • http://www.thefowlballs.com Jimmy Dugan

      iPhone

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

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

  • http://www.thefowlballs.com Jimmy Dugan

    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…

  • Alex

    Gardner is so frikin’ fast!

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

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

  • Tampa Yankee

    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

      “You can’t buy a championship Duane”

      That’s great stuff by Kennedy.

      • Tampa Yankee

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

        WHAT!?!?!?!

        Kennedy = Douche

  • Jasper

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

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

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

    • Alex

      and then he’ll pitch innings 2-8 to bridge the gap to Mo, shutting up all the B-Jobbers.

  • Sam

    Any doubt Swisher hits a 5 run homer here?

  • Brooklyn Ed

    Payback for Wang!!!

    c’mon Swish, do your thing!!! :D

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

    Swish with the bases juiced.

  • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

    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?

  • CP3

    Nick Swisher once hit a grandslam with his eyes closed.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    This was meant as a standalone comment: http://riveraveblues.com/2009/.....ent-331333

    • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

      Same thing happened to me.

  • Tampa Yankee

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

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

      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.

  • pat

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

  • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    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.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime…Swisher for MVP

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

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Cano’s not that type of hitter, but that’s OK. He just needs to swing at better pitches, which he’s doing.

  • CP3

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

  • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

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

    • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

      Or not.

      • Tampa Yankee

        or vice versa

  • Ahinds

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

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

      It was a jam shot, blooper over the second baseman’s head.

      • Ahinds

        thanks

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

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

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

  • UWS

    Awww Swish :(

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

    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.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    That pitch was filthy.

  • pat

    Bench him.

  • SF Yanks

    That was a tough pitch.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Swisher is human!

    That was a nice pitch by Garza, though.

  • Sam

    Trade him

  • Tampa Yankee

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

  • Trish

    Crap.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime…Swisher for MVP

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

  • Jasper

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

  • Sam

    That curveball is filthy

  • Trish

    Stop with the cowbells, bandwagoners.

    • JobaWockeeZ

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

      • Trish

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

        • Tampa Yankee

          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.

  • pat

    ROBBIE KILL

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

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

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime…Swisher for MVP

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

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

    one run > none

  • UWS

    Well, this is disappointing.

    • pat

      THATS WHAT SHE SAID!!!!

      • pat

        wait… I mean… shit.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    OK AJ, there’s your run.

  • CP3

    No hitter for Burrent?

  • Trish

    I hate how MLB TV lags.

    Garza lucked out.

    • southernyankeefan

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

  • Ayer

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

  • Jasper

    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.

  • http://www.thefowlballs.com Jimmy Dugan

    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.

  • Alex S

    take a seat boy!

  • Eirias

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

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

      Didn’t Boston do it last year? Maybe it was ’07, but I remember Lowell was involved.

      • Sweet Dick Willie

        That was Gene Michael’s specialty.

      • andrew

        Pure grit.

  • Trish

    Nice work, AJ.

  • Ayer

    That’s not filthy, that’s nasty!

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

    AJ Burnett just showed Bossman his gas face.

  • Jasper

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

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    LOVE the curveball.

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

    Filthy breaking ball.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime…Swisher for MVP

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

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Let’s be honest, though. Even if Wang has a good game there’s a chance AJ has more Ks in an inning than Wang’d have in a game.

    • Jasper

      More than Wanger has had all season, hah.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    That was nasty.

  • Trish

    SIT DOWN EVA!!

  • Alex

    very few pitchers can throw an 83 mph curveball.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime…Swisher for MVP

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

    • Alex

      eh, curveball is a type of breaking ball, which just refers to sliders, curves, slurves etc.. They’re just thrown differently and move differently.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime…Swisher for MVP

        Danke

        • pat

          palabra

          • pat

            oops wrong spot.

    • pat

      Curveball is a type of breakingball.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime…Swisher for MVP

        Gracias

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

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

    • whozat

      I guess Ransom could have injured himself. That’s have been worse…

      • Alex

        that might even be better at this point.

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          Hey, don’t sell Pena short. That’s our future Shortstop right there. I read that in George King’s column a few weeks ago.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      If he catches the ball, it will be an improvement.

  • Sal

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

    • whozat

      Um…I don’t think anyone said that signing AJ Burnett was a bad move for April 2009.

    • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

      As much as I love A.J., and trust me I do….it’s only been 2 game and 1 inning. Calm down, big fella. I still believe it was the right signing though – after all, he has learned how to pitch ;)

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        I would have preferred 3-4 years, as I’m sure Cashman would have. But the Braves fucked that part up for me.

    • pat

      Liking the player and liking the contract are two very different things bucko.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime…Swisher for MVP

        IETC

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      There are some legitimate questions about signing him, but no one ever questioned his abilities.

      Also, don’t you think its a little silly to call him a success or a bust after 2 starts of a 5 year deal? It’s kind of like calling a horse race after the first few steps out of the gate.

      • Lanny

        Doesnt every starting pitcher come with risks?

        why not risk it on the most talented guy with the best stuff who dominated the toughest div in baseball which also happens to be your own?

        burnett was a slam dunk

        • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

          i wouldn’t go that far as a slam dunk. Legitamate health concerns, and he can be horrible if he isn’t on. I’m still happy with him over Lowe but I’m a little homer.

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          Yes, but not all risks are equal. His health history was spotty, whereas CC was a proven workhorse. Also AJ had an microscopic ERA vs the Yanks and in the mid 4’s vs the rest of the league. ‘

          CC was the slam dunk, AJ was one where you go in with your eyes open.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime…Swisher for MVP

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

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime…Swisher for MVP

      Nevermind

      • Lanny

        Do you post on every pitch of every at bat?? relax there champ

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          The people who monitor the posts around are named Mike, Ben and Joe. Not Lanny.

        • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

          This is probably my favorite Lanny comment.

  • Jasper

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

  • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

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

  • Alex S

    that was a loud sounding pop up

  • Rich

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

    • Jasper

      Or his pitch selection

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        Yep. Dude chases A LOT. It was really apparent towards the end of last year. He started expanding the zone and was swinging at eeeeverything.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          He had a career high O-Swing% last year at 31.3%.

    • Alex

      i agree, he’s all over the place.. doesn’t let the ball travel deep in the zone.

  • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

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

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Just doesn’t feel right.

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        Hell, you guys should check out Garret Anderson in a Braves uniform – now that is weird.

        • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

          How’s Smoltz look in a Sox uni?

          • whozat

            We won’t know until June, if then.

  • pat

    Oh Mel Gibson you are soooo fucked.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime…Swisher for MVP

      What’d he do now?

      • pat

        Getting divorced. In Cali. No Prenup. Half his shit goes bye bye.

        • Joey

          Divorce- Latin for ripping a man’s genitals out through his wallet

          (believe thats Robin Williams, not 100% sure)

        • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

          Heh, he’s still worth like 400 million after it. He’s not too worried.

  • Tom Zig

    AJ’s curve is working well today I see.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

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

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

    That pitch didn’t touch him. Oh well.

    • Tom Zig

      It’ll be his only way to get on base against AJ tonight.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Goodbye, Benny.

    /(name that movie).

    • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

      Kiss Toledo Goodbye

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        Maybe, but that’s not what I was thinking.

  • Jasper

    Sit down, kiddo.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

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

  • JobaWockeeZ

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

  • Christopher

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

    • Jasper

      Haha, same. They are so pissed about it. Build a bridge fellas, get over it.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Bunt.

  • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

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

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      CC for CY

    • Chuck Norris Ain’t Got Nothin on Swisher

      Correction: Nick Swisher will win the Cy Young, AJ will finish 2nd, and CC will finish 3rd

  • Mike

    attaboy jeter, way to work that already high pitch count

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Those first pitch outs are really annoying.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      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.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime…Swisher for MVP

    Garza wants no piece of Teixeira.

    • whozat

      He got a piece of him there, no?

    • Joey

      would you like to revise this statement?

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

    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?

    • A.D.

      and he would have to push it past the pitcher expertly, not a small feat.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      I love how everyone advocates for guys to do this, ignoring the fat that the guys who get the shift put on them are generally guys who can, for lack of a better term, knock the fuck out of the ball, which is more valuable than a damn bunt single.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Kay is also pissed off about a traffic jam he was in from 1985.

      Some guys just can’t let go of these things.

      • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

        but he LOOOVVVEEESSS Fordham!

  • pat

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

  • Brazilian Yankee

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

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Ooh, I love me some Citizen Cope.

  • Ayer

    Garza has some nasty stuff too.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Aki doing his best Jeter impression.

  • Cor Shep

    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?

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime…Swisher for MVP

      ?

    • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

      John Kruk will say tonight how he is undoubtedly the best pickup of the offseason and how the Yankees messed up buy not keeping him.

      Go A.J.!!!!

      • Cor Shep

        no letting i-rod go was teh worst!!1!!11

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    James Shields for Cy Young, anyone?

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

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

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

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

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      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.

  • Mike

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

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

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

  • Trish

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

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

    Trivia answer has to be Guidry, right?

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Did Clemens ever do it?

    • Chuck Norris Ain’t Got Nothin on Swisher

      what’s the question? I missed it..

  • southernyankeefan

    wish they would have capitalized on that first inning opportunity.

  • Chuck Norris Ain’t Got Nothin on Swisher

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

    STFU Michael Kay

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

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

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Matt Garza will regret that, accidental or not.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      :)

      • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

        WHO NEEDS ADAM DUNN!

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          Hahahaha.

          I picked up Swish in my fantasy league a few days ago. My team name? Swisher’s Biggest Fan.

          • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

            Haha, awesome.

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

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

  • Jasper

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

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

    Nick Swisher is a pimp.

  • Christopher

    I love Nick Swisher.

  • cult of basebaal

    NICK THE STICK!!!

  • CP3

    MVP

  • Alex S

    swisher is the fucking man

  • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

    Swish-gasm!!!!!!

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime…Swisher for MVP

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

  • Joey

    Nick fuckin’ Swisher. Bravo.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    THE SWISHER PICKER UPPER!!!!!

  • Jasper

    and a big F U from Swish… Goin’ yahtzz

  • pat

    WHERE WAS THAT IN THE FIRST INNING JERK??????

    not impressed

  • LC

    BUT .219!!

  • Chuck Norris Ain’t Got Nothin on Swisher

    Swisha!

  • JobaWockeeZ

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

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Nick Swisher eats thunder and craps lightning.

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      2nd time today you stole what I was gonna say! At least this time I saw you post it before I did!

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

      Nick Swisher is so cool he never has to flip the pillow.

  • Alex

    HAHA def. regrets that brushback now

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

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

  • VO

    SWISHEERRRRR

  • KelvzPhp

    Swished!

  • Rich

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

    SWISH!

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      It started getting a little weird how interested he was in Swisher’s “hip rotation”.

  • Trish

    Someone just won a grand!

    BITCHES LOVE SWISH!!!

    /fan since his Oakland days, no bandwagoner I

  • John

    WOW!

  • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

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

  • southernyankeefan

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

    • Alex

      Vegas Yankee? i think

  • mvg

    I.
    Love.
    Nick.
    Swisher.

  • Wally Pipp

    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.

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      Don’t forget Mel Hall!

      • Wally Pipp

        I call your Mel Hall, and raise you a Hensely “Bam Bam” Muelens.

        • cult of basebaal

          wayne tolleson.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      “It is high, it is far, it is gone! A Home run from Jolly old Saint Nick”

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        Not as bad as “Hideki . . upper deck-ee” but close.

  • Alex S

    damn swisher loves the red bull

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

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

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      He was pushing it on Tex, too.

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      I wouldn’t be surprised if he had jaeger with that red bull…

      • pat

        Fucking AJ i love you.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      Hah, that guy replaces Jason Giambi in so many fucking ways.

    • mvg

      The real question is, who would be surprised?

  • Rey22

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

  • Mattingly’s Love Child

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

  • Alex

    I hate Nady’s at-bats.

    • Chuck Norris Ain’t Got Nothin on Swisher

      His batting stance pisses me off….so goddamn jumpy.

  • Trish

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

  • Ahinds

    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’

  • Brett

    SWISHERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRrrr
    peteabes been right along
    best yankee of all time

  • Ahinds

    web jem

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

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

    “Glorified game of wiffleball”

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Al Downing? Damn.

  • Chuck Norris Ain’t Got Nothin on Swisher

    just dropped francoeur added swisher on my fantasy team….

    AJ yawns like a cat

  • bodylanguage

    push him off AJ!

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

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

    • Joey

      IT’S BUSH LEAGUE I TELL YOU!11!1!!!1!! BUSH LEAGUE!!!!!1!1!!!!!11!

  • Ahinds

    as the world turns…

  • LC

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

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

    Check out AJ sticking up for his peeps.

    • Raf

      thats how you do it. up, not in. and then you strike out the batter.

  • VO

    Thats it AJ

  • Mike

    And the Oscar goes to…….

  • Christopher

    Take a seat Eva, actually take two seats.

  • VO

    HE DROPPED HIS BAT! loser

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Fucking Red Sox are just signing EVERYONE!

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....enker.html

    And they call the Yanks the Evil Empire?!?

    • Joey

      sorry, I need Mikes opinion to know if it was a good move or not :-D

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        Travis Denker? Why don’t we just HAND THEM the pennant right now?

  • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

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

  • pat

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

  • Wally Pipp

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

    • bodylanguage

      95

    • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

      Gameday had it at 94.

  • cult of basebaal

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

    me likey this Burnett

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    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.

    • Wally Pipp

      Livan Hernandez??

      • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

        Lowe, Livan, and ….. Javier Vazquez?

        • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

          Yep. B-Ref or you got that on your own?

          • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

            I did get it on my own to be completely honest. Lowe and Livan were givens to me and Javi hit me at the last minute.

            • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

              I don’t know why I said “completely”, it’s not like this is a fucking graded test.

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        Now name the other two.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Livan…?

    • Alex

      Barry Zito

  • JobaWockeeZ

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

  • Ahinds

    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

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime…Swisher for MVP

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

  • Rey22

    AJ is just mowing them down today.

  • southernyankeefan

    shut up michael kay

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      I can’t believe he said that either!

      Not that I’m superstitious or anything….

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime…Swisher for MVP

        Kay is obssessive about it.

  • Chuck Norris Ain’t Got Nothin on Swisher

    fuck….i hope swish doesnt pull a chris shelton

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Swish has a .901 career OPS in April, his highest split. It falls a little to .829 in May, but that’s still a good number. I’m sure he’ll be fine.

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

      Doubt Swish, has a track record of being … you know … good.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    That’s how you do it, Smalls!

    • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

      I lol’d at this.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime…Swisher for MVP

    …And he walks Peña

  • Wally Pipp

    BUNT!

    please.

  • pat

    Pena intimidated his way on base right there.

  • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

    BALLS!!!

  • Jasper

    That was unfortunate…

  • Mike

    damn it!

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Why let Molina hit? Horrible.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    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.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      IETC

      and

      IATC.

      Wow, Gardner. That was fugly…

  • Alex

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

  • Christopher

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

  • southernyankeefan

    ouch

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Nice hustle Brett.

  • Brazilian Yankee

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

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

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

  • Christopher

    Does Ransom make that play?

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime…Swisher for MVP

    Ransom doesn’t make that play.

  • Frank

    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.”

  • Alex

    yea Penaa!

  • Wally Pipp

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

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime…Swisher for MVP

      Already has. You must not be reading the blogs.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      When he gets his cup of coffee in September.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    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.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    See ya, Dioner.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    I’m calling it, No hitter for Burnett.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime…Swisher for MVP

      F—er, some of us are superstitious!

  • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

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

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

    I heart watching AJ Burnett pitch.

    • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

      You and me both!