Game 27: Forget the last two


The best thing the Yankees can do tonight is forget the past two games and just play. Sounds easy when it’s typed out like that, but it’s probably a bit tougher when you’re trying to get over losing two winnable games. The Yanks simply have to start stringing together hits. All these LOBs are bad for our collective blood pressure.

The Yanks get a second chance tonight against Andy Sonnanstine. In his start on April 15, Sonnanstine allowed just two runs over five innings. He’s been roughed up quite a few times this season, and his start against the Yankees stands out as one of the better ones. The Yanks will trot out A.J. Burnett. I think we all remember his performance last time against the Rays, back on April 14.

Before we get into the lineups, some updates:

  • A-Rod went 1 for 5 with a walk today. He didn’t play the field, but he did successfully slide into second. He’s going to play again tomorrow, presumably in the field. Friday can’t get here quick enough.
  • According to Ken Davidoff’s Twitter feed, Brian Bruney has experienced a setback. He posted this just an hour ago, so it seems different than the news we got yesterday. Hopefully this is nothing too serious. We’ll try to update, but I’m sure if there’s news the YES crew will have it.
  • Finally, we bid farewell to Newsday beat writer Kat O’Brien. She covered her final game last night. She’s moving onto some school I’ve never heard of — University of Pennsylvania or something like that — to pursue an MBA/MA in International Affairs. Best of luck to Kat; she’s an RAB fave.


1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Johnny Damon, LF
3. Mark Teixeira, 3B
4. Hideki Matsui, DH
5. Robinson Cano, 2B
6. Nick Swisher, RF
7. Melky Cabrera, CF
8. Ramiro Pena, 3B
9. Jose Molina, C

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

Categories : Game Threads


  1. SJ44 says:

    New poster here. Always enjoyed the site. Looking for a sane game thread!

    All you can do is forget the last two and move on. That’s baseball.

  2. ARod: “He didn’t play the field, but he did successfully slide into second.”

    (fighting the urge to say something snarky)

  3. Good luck to Kat!

    Meanwhile I’d like to see Carl Crawford try to swipe six on Molina. Just try it.

    • some call me...tim says:

      Good luck to Kat!

      Meanwhile I’d like to see Carl Crawford try to swipe six on Molina Cervelli. Just try it.

  4. Finally, we bid farewell to Newsday beat writer Kat O’Brien. She covered her final game last night. She’s moving onto some school I’ve never heard of — University of Pennsylvania or something like that — to pursue an MBA/MA in International Affairs. Best of luck to Kat; she’s an RAB fave.

    The Jets blog I read says that Newsday’s Erik Boland is moving off his Jets beat and beginning a Yankees beat. I’ve always liked EBola, seems pretty sharp and even handed.

  5. Drew says:

    It’s easy for me to forget the last two days now. However, if in the first we have 1st and 3rd with less than two outs and we do what we’ve been doing, yesterday will be all to fresh in my mind.

  6. Drew says:

    So I guess we’ll just wait until we have a 3rd baseman that can hit to bring up a late inning pinch hitter. I really don’t know what we are doing.

  7. A lineup with Arod, and Melky+ Molina/Cervellia 8 and 9 doesnt look too bad for a few weeks.

  8. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    I noticed last night that Melky finally received his hyperlink. It’s so exciting. Kind of like watching your kid graduate or something.

  9. Jake K says:

    I’m a little worried we’re starting to see the bad Robbie. Only 1 walk in his last 13 games.

    • He’s gone ice-cold. Maybe a few reps with Kevin Long couldn’t hurt.

      • Jake K says:

        Yeah, that’s the problem when your OBP is totally dependent on batting average–sometimes the ball won’t be dropping in for hits.

    • Eric says:

      I emailed Ben earlier about this…I heard some commentators say he’s opened his stance again. I forget who it was, but they said they spoke with Kevin Long, who said that he is ok with Cano opening it up again because it is not as exaggerated.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      It’s not just walks. He’s noticeably more selective (ie not swining at shit over his head or 55′ curves).

      • Jake K says:

        Right, but it’s also a matter of finding other ways to get on base when you’re not getting hits (like Tex has been doing).

    • vin says:

      Agreed… and he seems to be making pretty poor contact lately. Earlier in the year, he was hitting almost everything squarly – not nearly as much lately. I’m having flashbacks to Bad Cano.

      btw – I too am here looking for a sane game thread.

    • Most likely, the league is adjusting to things he’s been doing. Time for Robbie to adjust back and take advantage of the openings that presents. If he’s opened his stance (I haven’t noticed that) then they’re probably busting him inside a lot.

  10. kSturnz says:

    Jim Rome said the Redsocks own new york, and I got upset.

  11. AJKCC says:

    Two 3B eh?

    Teixeira AND Pena.

  12. Soundtrack to Garden State: Best soundtrack ever, y/y?

  13. SJ44 says:

    Yes. Rebecca suggested I give the game threads a whirl here.

    Love LoHud and Pete is great people.

    Game threads are just too manic for me.

  14. Matt-Pitt says:

    Gotta feel good about this game. AJ is due for a solid outing and I can see our offense breaking out against a guy who has been struggling all season.

    Was at the game last night, first time in the stadium. Extremely nice place, all my issues with the stadium are the same as everybody else’s so no reason to beat a dead horse. Just wish the crowd as into things. Even the ones who were there didn’t say much. I was the drunk guy in the main section trying to get shit going, failed miserably.

  15. Doreen Gallotti says:

    Well, based on Rebecca’s recommendation, I’m going to follow the game here. Another Lohuder who cannot tolerate the game threads there any longer.

  16. Mike Axisa says:

    Kat O’Brien left Newsday?

    This front office is an embarrassment. And that’s a shot at Jeter.

  17. The Evil Empire says:

    Hey there are two people with Matt, which one is the old Matt that I always enjoyed having a consultation with?

  18. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Alright boys, lets go. I want the Yankees to beat the Rays like Pacquiao beat Hatton.

  19. How you guys like my new acronym?

    Sleek, stylish, no fuss, no muss!

  20. pc69 says:

    Look for Burnett to have a strong game tonight. Unless he is hurt or just off(unlikely) he will bounce back from the meltdown in Boston and against the Angels.

  21. Drew says:

    I’m ready for some baseball! Damnit, Kay is still here! Eh, I’ll take what I can get.

  22. Ivan says:

    Well I am not worried. My Yankees will bounce back.

    Besides, they will the bloody sawx lata.

  23. Jamie says:

    I am a ‘sporadic’ regular but I’m here to stay at RAB as of yesterday. Had my last final ever at Villanova yesterday and now finally have some free time.

    SJ44, good to see you’ve finally made the transition. Always enjoyed your thoughts during the early days of Lohud.. I stopped reading game threads over a year ago because I started bleeding out of my eyes.

  24. donttradecano says:

    i knew the inital joke was coming

  25. Drew says:

    Umpire got all samurai with that punch out.

  26. Doreen Gallotti says:

    This feels like a continuation of Joba’s outing so far. Good start.

  27. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    It’s a whole lot harder to steal when you strike out.

  28. Mike Axisa says:

    And so the era of overmatched Ramiro Pena begins.

  29. daneptizl says:

    Ramiro is struggles… just today and tomorrow though…

  30. Yankee1010 says:

    Burnett has some filthy stuff right now.

    Good God, Ramiro. What’s with the glove yesterday and today?

  31. Nady Nation says:

    Defensive Wiz FTL

  32. donttradecano says:

    ahhhh ramiro.

  33. Jackson says:

    Um…what’s the deal Ramiro?

  34. Drew says:

    Man, this Ramiro kid is no Melvin Croussette.

  35. Jeremy says:

    It’s ok, Ransom would have turned that ball into an inside the park home run.

  36. BJ says:

    Even after that AB I still want Crawford in pinstripes next season.

  37. Jamie says:

    Hey there are actually people sitting behind home plate tonight! Must be the bear market rally giving the ‘fat cats’ some confidence.

    I just love the term fat cats

  38. Drew says:

    Man where was that one?

  39. Jackson says:

    I don’t like that Evan Longoria is so good

  40. vin says:

    Did anyone catch the stat on YES yesterday – something to the affect of no Yankee pitcher striking out 12 in the last 6 or 7 years? That’s an embarassingly long time.

  41. Ivan says:

    God lil kim looks horrible.

  42. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    That old man had some hops.

  43. Mike Axisa says:

    11 extra pitches he had to throw. That basically means the bullpen will have to throw one inning they shouldn’t have this game because of Pena’s error.

  44. UWS says:

    Presented without comment:

    Pavano pitching against Boston tonight.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

      In a perfect world, Pavano gives up 10 but Cleveland wins 11-10.

  45. Ivan says:

    If Arod does come back,

    would you set ya lineup like this


  46. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    To anyone wondering, Andy Sonnastine is neither related to me, or as far as I know, Drew.

  47. BJ says:

    Sonnanstines gonna get the gold glove tonight

  48. So if my Spanish is up to scratch, the announcers just said that NY has the worst weather in the AL in the month of April.

  49. Mike Axisa says:

    Way to make Sonnanstine work Tex.

  50. Joey H says:

    OH NO! They’re shifting on Tex. I thought that stopped when we got rid of ol’ whats his face.

  51. donttradecano says:

    Ex Giant, now Tampa WR Anthony Mix arrested on felony charges of having relations with a 15 yr old.

  52. Jose says:

    Why does Texeira get a shift? I never remember one in the past.

  53. Mike Pop says:

    Lol @ Bengals for signing Roy Williams. Have fun wit that coverage. Hmm, maybe make him a backer. Would be better for the team.

  54. Joey H says:

    Why do people continue to bash Joba for his fist pumps? I mean the guy was pitching against Boston, Making their lineup look entirely stupid after the first. I think people need to shut their traps and let the kid ball by all and any means necessary.

  55. That was a beautiful thing to watch.

  56. Accent Shallow says:

    That was practically in the RH batters box. I can live with it, though.

    • Joey H says:

      After the horrible umpiring the Yankees have had so far this year I think they are due for their share of breaks.

  57. Mike Axisa says:

    Unhittable fastballs from Burnett. The only thing the batter could possibly do with them is foul ‘em off.

  58. I love the way Swisher gives up his whole body to the play.

  59. Oh man. This is beautiful.

    • Mike Pop says:

      Are you kidding me? The Yankees just lost 2 in a row to the Red Sox. The front office is embarrassing.

      It’s plays like that they make me think about wanting Johnny back. Yes, I know it was hard but he looks real sluggish out there sometimes.

  60. Mike Axisa says:

    AJ’s got it all working tonight. Enjoy it.

  61. Accent Shallow says:

    Love how Molina was popping up to throw that to third before the ump reacted. He knew it was strike 3.

  62. daneptizl says:

    Hitting them with the Jelly Leg.

  63. Drew says:

    Damn, JD almost had that, it was smoked though.

  64. Mike Axisa says:

    Heh, I couldn’t help but laugh at Damon stumbling after hitting the wall.

  65. The Spanish announcers just said that Johnny Damon was running towards the wall like Bobby Abreu…

  66. Lance says:

    Dioner Navarro is the Melky Cabrera of Catchers.

  67. daneptizl says:

    Burnett should use the two seamer that starts inside on the lefties more.

    • Matt-Pitt says:

      Gotta wait for the 2nd or 3rd time through the order for that one. Can’t unleash the whole arsenal the first time around.

  68. Matt-Pitt says:

    Nice inning, AJ. Lets go offense, work the count, put some on the board early.

  69. donttradecano says:

    what does $2 get you at dunkin donuts?

  70. Jose says:

    AJ is showing everyone how a dominant starter gets everything going right from the first inning instead of settling in during the second. Where is the defense though? He should just strikeout more people out to avoid them having to mak plays.

  71. Alex S says:

    i love the way matsui scorches breaking balss

  72. Drew says:

    Matsui is the man. He’s been on fiya since getting that knee drained.

  73. dkidd says:

    i just looked up red ruffing. 335 career complete games!

  74. Ayayay Robbie. He looks like he’s pressing.

  75. Drew says:

    What have you done with Robbie!!!??

  76. pat says:

    Fucking fatman scoop needs to slow his roll a little bit. His job is to report the news not talk shit about the Yankees every chance he gets.

      • pat says:

        Yeah, I freaking hate that guy.

        • Joey H says:

          It’s his job. He can get carried away at times though. It’s not like he has had a lot of positive stuff to talk about, right?

          • pat says:

            Look at the last thing he wrote.. he mocked a reader that sent him an email. Who the hell does he think he is? Thats ridiculous.. He keeps talking shit about how empty the seats are but he fails to mention that attendance is down EVERYWHERE. The Yankees are leading mlb in attendance so far this year.

    • Actually… That’s his job in the newspaper. The blog? It’s kinda his prerogative what he writes there. (Now, the quality of his analysis/criticism could certainly improve, but that’s a different point.)

  77. Mike Pop says:

    Cano, what’s happening with ya man!

  78. Matt-Pitt says:

    Can at least take one, Robby…

  79. Joe from Long Island says:

    I guess this is the adult site. It’s a shame what’s happened to Pete’s site, but one has to adapt.

  80. daneptizl says:

    I always get confused… is Cano just mad slow or does he not go hard.

  81. Matt-Pitt says:

    That error by Pena hurts AJ’s pitch count pretty hard. Didn’t know he is 41 through 2. Hold em’ here this inning. Our offense will eventually start working the count on a mediocre pitcher.

    Pena, gotta let it roll man. Weren’t gonna get him anyway.

    • Doreen Gallotti says:

      Do we worry so much about AJ’s pitch count, though?

      • Mike Axisa says:

        It is what it is. No sense in worrying about it. Not like we can change anything.

      • Matt-Pitt says:

        I guess not since he has the stuff of an ace but with a pitcher of his injury history, its always something I would pay a little attention too.

  82. Mike Axisa says:

    Damn Longoria kid. Shoulda stuck with Desperate Housewives.

  83. dkidd says:

    johan santana vs chan ho park

    if the mets lose, they should contract the franchise

  84. Matt-Pitt says:

    AJ is getting squeezed on that breaking ball. Come on, bear down man.

  85. Mike Pop says:

    Keep it at 1 A.J. come on.

  86. Doreen Gallotti says:

    Ha! I’m so proud. My daughter is still at school (til Friday) and she just called me – she’s watching the game on Gameday! I didn’t even know she knew it existed! :)

  87. Joe from Long Island says:

    Didn’t get squeezed there.

  88. Spaceman.Spiff says:

    Hmm, next year’s lineup?

    Derek Jeter
    Carl Crawford
    Mark Teixeira
    Alex Rodriguez
    Robinson Cano
    Jorge Posada
    Nick Swisher
    Johnny Damon
    Melky Cabrera/Austin Jackson

    • Joey H says:

      Sounds good to me. It’s not a foregone conclusion though. Who knows what can happen with the Crawford situation since there is a variety of things that can.

    • donttradecano says:

      why wouldnt crawford lead off?

  89. Mike Pop says:

    Got some help from the Ump there.

  90. Where the F does Carlos Pena get off not swinging at that 2-2 pitch? Doesn’t he realize he’s Carlos Pena?

    (That was a nasty pitch to get the K, though.)

  91. Matt-Pitt says:

    Burrell has some towering fly balls. C’mon offense, get it back.

  92. Drew says:

    Alright men lets get one back.