May
17

Game 37: Win today, win the series

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It’s tough to beat the rush of the last two games, but a win today would be enough excitement in itself. The Yankees are looking to take the third of this four-game set, giving them a third-straight series victory. It seems the team has responded to a recent bout of ugliness with a winning streak of sorts, and there’s nothing better than a series win to keep that moving.

Taking the mound will be A.J. Burnett, who gave the Yanks length in his last appearance, though his performance wasn’t exactly what the team needed. He gave up five runs through 7.2 IP, though he didn’t give up the final two until the eighth. Seven innings, three runs would be just fine today, but with Cano out of the lineup and Swisher mired in a serious slump, they could use a good one out of A.J. to seal the series.

The Twins will send out 25-year-old Kevin Slowey to stanch the bleeding. His holds a 5-1 record, mainly because the Twins were able to overcome two outings in which he allowed five runs. He’s had three such appearances this year, the other resulting in a no-decision. He pitched well his last time out against Detroit, allowing just one run over six innings. Not your typical strikeout pitcher, Slowey compensates with impeccable control. He’s walked just four in 40.1 innings this year and allowed just 1.35 per nine innings in 2008. The Yanks might not be able to wait him out as they do many other pitchers.

Lineup:

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

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

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340 Comments

  1. Joe R says:

    Hope to keep the streak going. Kinda sucks we only gained like 1 game on Toronto in it tho.

    • steve (different one) says:

      how many did they gain on Boston? i have to think that’s gotta be more important. as solid as Toronto may be, i don’t see them hanging around much past the all-star break.

      • V says:

        Not to mention, the wild card will be coming from the East, so you want to be one of the top two in the division.

  2. V says:

    Slowey is the type of pitcher that can give the Yankees fits. Have to stay patient when he pitches out of the strike zone, but he will NOT walk you, so you have to swing at SOMETHING.

  3. Mike Pop says:

    Let’s go A.J.!

    Hey, anyone going to the game vs Baltimore on Thursday?

  4. Capital T says:

    Anything wrong with Cano or just a day off?

  5. Alex S says:

    watching Fever Pitch…….have no idea why

  6. Mike Axisa says:

    ZOMG teh empty seats!1!111!!!

  7. MelkmanforMVP says:

    Nice start for AJ.

  8. Matt-Pitt says:

    Really AJ? Just walk Tolbert infront of Mauer and Morneau?

  9. MelkmanforMVP says:

    And there he walks Tolbert. Ugh.

  10. Mike Pop says:

    Ugh, come on Burnett, strike this guy out. Get out of the inning.

  11. Matt-Pitt says:

    That looked like a strike to me.

  12. Mike Axisa says:

    I’m perfectly okay with that walk to Morneau.

  13. cjc says:

    walk machine

  14. Matt-Pitt says:

    AJ walking everyone again… He needs to pound the zone (don’t give me a thats what she said).

  15. Reggie C. says:

    Ump doesn’t believe in corner pitch strikes …

  16. cjc says:

    so the YES gun is awesome

  17. cjc says:

    NICE

  18. Matt-Pitt says:

    Nice play, Pena. AJ needs to have some quick innings and start throwing strikes.

  19. gxpanos says:

    Ha. Remember when Wilson Betemit was the utility guy?

    • Jamal G. says:

      Yeah, it was when the Yankees arguably had the most prolific utility infielder in the AL. ;)

      • Jamal G. says:

        Yeah, it was when the Yankees arguably had the most prolific offensive utility infielder in the AL. ;)

        • gxpanos says:

          I’d much rather have Pena’s glove than Betemit’s K’s and occasional HR’s.

          Do you remember how bad Betemit was when he played ANY infield position?

          • gxpanos says:

            And .289 OBP.

          • Jamal G. says:

            No, I think you’re selective memory is just choosing to point out that horrid game in Detroit and a couple others.

            He wasn’t great with the glove, but he damn sure wasn’t as bad as perceived.

            • gxpanos says:

              Would you seriously take Betemit over Pena? I really don’t think Betemit’s pop makes up for the disparity in defense between the two.

              Betemit K’d in almost 30% of his PA’s last year. Again: OBP’d 289. Pena could probably beat that over the same number of PA’s. And Betemit’s strength, pop, is not the most important thing I want in a utility infielder.

              • Jamal G. says:

                Honestly, that’s a good question. If you’re taking everything into account (contracts; service time; option years) then yes, Pena > Betemit; however, I’m not sold on Pena’s bat in any sense of the phrase, so I’d probably take Betemit’s power and acceptable defense in the infield over Pena’s speed and superb defense, but unproven stick.

                • gxpanos says:

                  Then we’ll agree to disagree.

                  I still think Betemit means “a whale’s vagina.”

    • MelkmanforMVP says:

      Don’t forget the super-utility player Miguel Cairo..

  20. Mike Pop says:

    Nice play by the glove.

  21. handtius says:

    that was nice.

  22. gxpanos says:

    Wow. 337 BAA and only 4 walks? Yanks better swing away.

  23. Jamal G. says:

    What was that? Slowey shook off every pitch in his arsenal.

  24. Mike Pop says:

    Heh. Awesome inning.

  25. Matt-Pitt says:

    That was weak. Come on AJ, hold em’ down. You are due for a solid outing.

  26. Eirias says:

    At least it wasn’t an Immaculate Inning.

  27. Matt-Pitt says:

    Very nice inning, AJ.

  28. Mike Pop says:

    Woot woot!

  29. gxpanos says:

    Coney keeps saying AJ’s a two-pitch pitcher; that seems to me to be really disingenuous. I’ve seen at least two different FB’s and and two different curves.

    • Jamal G. says:

      Nah, Burnett’s predominantly a two-pitch guy. He throws the occasional changeup (6% over the course of his career he throws a changeup over the course of a game), but he’s mainly a fastball-curveball guy.

  30. steve (different one) says:

    nice inning for AJ there.

  31. Mike Pop says:

    Kay is ridonkulous with this bunting.

  32. Matt-Pitt says:

    If some of you don’t know, this game is on TBS also, at least in Pitt it is. So if you don’t feel like listening to the YES feed, I would switch over.

  33. steve (different one) says:

    was Kay a b-jobber?

  34. LiveFromNY says:

    I like to turn off the sound and just follow along here. If Kay calls Mourneau and Mauer the M&M boys one more time I will reach through the television and strangle him. There were only one M&M boys and there will only be one M&M boys.

  35. V says:

    Slowey. Throws. Strikes.

    Why are you guys staring at pitches?

  36. cjc says:

    do you think maybe swish could get a day off

    • Matt-Pitt says:

      I think they said he will on tuesday. He really looks like he could use one.

    • steve (different one) says:

      he was given a day off a few days ago but Matsui had to come out of the game.

  37. Matt-Pitt says:

    Man, Swish is just struggling. Hope he turns it on soon. Come on AJ, just like last inning.

  38. Mike Axisa says:

    Yanks have to start swinging earlier in the count. Slowey’s strike one, strike two on everyone.

  39. John says:

    how fast does slowey throw?

  40. cjc says:

    boy Johnny can make it interesting

  41. Matt-Pitt says:

    Nice catch, Johnny.

    Punto had a really nice at bat there, nice to see AJ win that battle to leadoff the inning.

  42. John says:

    i wonder if aceves will be unavailable today?

    • Matt-Pitt says:

      Why? He is a guy who can be stretched out and only threw 10 pitches yesterday.

    • cjc says:

      still not sure how they are going to use him so far he has shown to be one of the more reliable guys you would think they need to strongly consider using him in a short relief role and having Tomko as the long guy

  43. Matt-Pitt says:

    Another nice inning, AJ.

  44. steve (different one) says:

    filthy

  45. Mike Pop says:

    That’s my boy.

  46. AJ looks like a man on a mission.

  47. steve (different one) says:

    O’Neill dissing Cone right now…

  48. Mike Pop says:

    Heh. Wells is so chill.

  49. EvoLuTioN says:

    Can’t watch the game but from gameday it seems like Wang is dealing

  50. Matt-Pitt says:

    Slowey has 30 pitches through 3… Awesomeness. Seems like the only way we can make him work is if we get hits. 2nd time through the order should accomplish that.

  51. ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

    30 pitches in 3 innings? Wow, we really are gonna see the middle relief today. A baserunner would be nice.

  52. Jamal G. says:

    No mo’ no-no.

  53. kSturnz says:

    nice, a changeup registered as a fastball at 88 with 8″ break

  54. Matt-Pitt says:

    Come on DP ball.

  55. cjc says:

    bad job by melky dang

  56. V says:

    1) Latroy Hawkins

    2) Derek Jeter

    3) Posada (I guess DL = ‘active’).

  57. steve (different one) says:

    damn that ball ate Melky up

  58. Matt-Pitt says:

    You gotta charge that ball Melky, not sit back. Morneau read Melky perfectly and he just fell asleep. Really need a DP ball now.

  59. Jamal G. says:

    Fucking awesome.

  60. Mike Axisa says:

    Nice turn by Pena.

  61. Mike Pop says:

    Uuuge.

  62. V says:

    Ramiro Pena is awesome.

  63. steve (different one) says:

    wow, i forgot there was 1 out already. nice DP there.

  64. steve (different one) says:

    why is the cabbie in this commercial driving with his eyes closed?

  65. cjc says:

    alright second time throught the order lets go boys

  66. Nady Nation says:

    Wang through 4 innings: 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7-4 GB-FB ratio on just 38 pitches. Seems like he could be here for the Phils series.

  67. Matt-Pitt says:

    Way to hustle, Cap’n.

  68. Jamal G. says:

    Heh, no one likes a Busch.

  69. cjc says:

    he’s no crede

  70. That was obviously his gritty half that got him that hit.

  71. steve (different one) says:

    he was out. i’ll take it though.

  72. cjc says:

    ha hit and run and he throws his worst pitch of the game I think we may have causght a break with that call

  73. Nady Nation says:

    Ugh.

  74. Matt-Pitt says:

    Alright, Teix. Just a sac fly, but I’ll take more.

  75. Mike Pop says:

    Ugh, I hate the bunting.

    • steve (different one) says:

      i’m ok with trying to bunt for a hit. that wasn’t a straight sacrifice.

    • Moshe Mandel says:

      Usually I do too, but that was not a sacrifice. He was bunting for a hit. I think he would have been served pushing it toward third, however.

  76. Girardi just punched Joba. LMAO

  77. gxpanos says:

    OH MY GOD JOHNNY. Really? You’re the best hitter on the team right now!

  78. Mike Axisa says:

    Here you go, free out. Don’t mention it, it’s my pleasure.

    Sincerely,
    Joe G.

  79. Stryker says:

    so what’s everyone’s thoughts on ramiro pena and francisco cervelli now that they’ve been up for a while? i personally like the guy and think he should stick around. slick defensive player who has shown he can keep up in the majors. from what i say he AND cervelli haven’t looked over matched, which is nice.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Let’s wait to see what happens the second time through the league. Cervelli’s been up what, two weeks? That’s not a while.

    • steve (different one) says:

      i think Pena is here to stay.

      seems like the yankees are set at UTI for a while.

      • V says:

        Agreed. Perfect skill set for a UTI guy – solid to spectacular defense at SS/2B/3B, and decent contact skills. As long as he can stay > .250/.300, I’ll be happy.

  80. Matt-Pitt says:

    Ahhh, c’mon Teix… Thats too close to take man, especially in that situation. You gotta at least foul that off.

    • V says:

      Agreed.

      I hate this ‘patience’, especially with a guy like Slowey pitching. He ain’t walking you, so you have to swing the fucking bat.

      I’d love to have Cano in the lineup against this guy.

  81. Jamal G. says:

    That fourth pitch was not a strike, but that Strike Three was a damn good pitch.

  82. V says:

    Way to go Teixeira.

    Did their scouting reports NOT say that THIS GUY THROWS STRIKES?

  83. cjc says:

    hey a pop up for old times sake

  84. Matt-Pitt says:

    What a waste. Alright, AJ. Keep doing what you do.

  85. kSturnz says:

    They are straight up getting cheated out there. swing the bats. we are missing robi, jaja

  86. LiveFromNY says:

    I thought the Steins made a complaint about the officiating. Perhaps that just pissed off the umps even more.

  87. Jamal G. says:

    Come on, Gomez, bunt; you know you wanna.

  88. thisisthedavid says:

    Just because the ump doesnt call the middle of the plate curve that touches the bottom of the zone, doesnt mean you should throw another curve middle of the plate thigh high. SMH we need more pitching minds on the team.

  89. Nady Nation says:

    Just caught this on Rotoworld. Pretty funny stuff:

    The Rays listed two third basemen on their lineup card on Sunday, causing them to lose their designated hitter.
    The plan was for Evan Longoria to DH and bat third on Sunday, but he was listed at third, along with Ben Zobrist. Since he didn’t take a position in the top of the first, the Rays have now had to go to starting pitcher Andy Sonnanstine as their No. 3 hitter.

  90. Moshe Mandel says:

    This ump has a very wide zone, both ways. It is amazing the amount of impact a particular umpire can have on a game.

  91. steve (different one) says:

    bad AJ!

  92. Mike Pop says:

    Come on, A.J. 0-2 and you walk him, ugh.

  93. Mike Axisa says:

    C’mn AJ, put him away.

  94. Matt-Pitt says:

    This is Tolbert, AJ. Just throw the fastball and get the at bat over with.

  95. handtius says:

    I like this AJ. (minus the walks)

  96. Moshe Mandel says:

    Fearless prediction- Nick Swisher will do something other than strikeout. I know, I know, taking a huge leap there.

  97. Jamal G. says:

    Unless CMW is using his four-seamer more, he still seems to be throwing a fair share of pitches across the letters.

  98. steve (different one) says:

    so the super-duper fundamentally perfectly well-managed Twins bat their worst hitter 2nd?

    it’s crap like that that reminds me that people are waaaaay too hard on Girardi.

  99. ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

    Wang is at 59 pitches after 6. Too bad it’s a DH so they only play 7 per game. Would be fun if they would let him start the second game but he will probably pitch some more in the pen.

  100. V says:

    Man, the Nationals rival the Yankees when it comes to being STUPID with injuries. Elijah Dukes has been battling a hamstring strain, so he plays today and reaggravates it on a double.

    S-M-R-T! S-M-R-T!

  101. Matt-Pitt says:

    We know this guy pounds the zone, why are we watching strike 3? Granted, it was a great pitch but Teix got the same one thrown to him. Gotta make the adjustment.

  102. cjc says:

    fuck can we swing please god damn this guy throws strikes and is obviously getting that called 3rd strike on the 2 seamer in to lefties jesus christ make a god damn adjutment

    (sorry had to rant)

  103. handtius says:

    Slowey is owning that inside pitch.

  104. Mike Axisa says:

    Bad hack, Melk.

  105. Matt-Pitt says:

    Melky couldn’t do much about that. Great sequence and first time I think he has thrown that changeup all game.

  106. John says:

    at least Melky swung at every pitch in that AB

  107. Mike Pop says:

    That just made leche look silly.

  108. handtius says:

    my brain hurts watching slowey pitch.

  109. steve (different one) says:

    matsui’s hair is a little long for the yankees…

  110. cjc says:

    this is painful

  111. Mike Pop says:

    This Slowey kid is pretty good.

  112. Mike Axisa says:

    This M&M Boys crap has really run it’s course already.

    • handtius says:

      but it fits, so they won’t let it go. pain will just be a part of life now.

      • Mike Axisa says:

        No one can come up with an original nickname anymore. Everything is just a recreation of an old nickname. At least change it to the M&M Twins, since they, you know, play for the Twins.

        • Jose says:

          No modern 3 and 4 should ever be compared to that 1961 combo. I’m just gonna start calling CC the “Chairman of the Board”.

        • handtius says:

          I agree. As they say in the art world, everything’s already been done, nothing is original, it’s about putting a twist on it. Same could be said here. I rather them call them the “twin killers”.

    • cjc says:

      he feels clever so its far from over

    • Mike Pop says:

      Often duplicated, never replicated.

  113. cjc says:

    the bottom looks awful swinging at junk and the top looks awful watching strikes

    they have to get him eventually his stuff just isn’t good enough for this

  114. Moshe Mandel says:

    So close. Damn.

  115. V says:

    Nice try Ramiro.

  116. Matt-Pitt says:

    I hate facing these 2 guys. C’mon, AJ.

  117. EvoLuTioN says:

    Wang:

    6 IP sofar
    2 hits
    0 runs
    0BB
    1K

    59 pitches-41 strikes
    11 ground outs/6 fly outs

    • Capital T says:

      only 1 K? How is his velocity?

      • EvoLuTioN says:

        not sure, milb gameday doesn’t show it. But wang isn’t really a strikeout pitcher. The main thing is no walks and getting those grounders

  118. cjc says:

    in the park nice

  119. Jamal G. says:

    Eat it, you Canuck.

  120. Matt-Pitt says:

    Big out. DP ball and get outta this inning quickly.

  121. Moshe Mandel says:

    Seriously? An M & M boys montage? So YES is playing along with Kay. Ugh.

  122. Moshe Mandel says:

    Yes, Coney, I saw AJ exhale. Then he inhaled. It’s called breathing.

  123. Matt-Pitt says:

    There you go, AJ. Put some on the boardd offense.

  124. cjc says:

    at this rate Wang is going to have to throw in the BP after his start

  125. ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

    Come on, Angelini, botch a groundball so we can win this game!

  126. Capital T says:

    One more inning for AJ and then trouble. Who is available today: Tomko, Alb, Veras.

  127. John says:

    How has Cash lasted so long, although for short stints at a time, so long?

  128. Moshe Mandel says:

    That was a great pitch.

  129. Matt-Pitt says:

    Cash, word? Dude is pounding the zone and you just stand there with the bat on your shoulder? Least foul it off or something.

  130. Jamal G. says:

    Ah, look at those three aces right there.

  131. BigBlueAL says:

    YES with a Phil Hughes to the bullpen debate.

  132. cjc says:

    hey when you swing at a ball in the mddle of the plate you get a hit crazy just crazy who would expect that

    • Jamal G. says:

      Hey, when you are up against a major-league caliber pitcher with impeccable command and moving fastballs, you don’t always get the results you want. It’s crazy, but sometimes the Yankees aren’t the ones who should be blamed, but the good performance of their opposition. ;)

  133. Tony says:

    The whole “put stud SP prospects into the bullpen” thing isn’t any more intelligent when it’s Hughes. Fire Kay.

  134. kSturnz says:

    has tex went the other way with a pitch this season?

    • Matt-Pitt says:

      I can recall two times. His first homerun of the season, against the O’s where he went left center. His double off Sherill where he put one in the right center gap.

  135. BigBlueAL says:

    This is a pitcher who coming into the game opponents were hitting .337, yet he looks like Greg Maddux so far today. Cant say I didnt see this coming!! At least AJ has matched him so far.

  136. Moshe Mandel says:

    I hate when fast guys reach. The game just slows down- looking over, throwing over, etc.

  137. daveg says:

    I’ve only got GameDay. Did Gomez run into Tex as he was rounding first?

  138. another steve says:

    leaving work now, should make it home just in time for the walk off.

  139. Moshe Mandel says:

    Just focus on the hitter, please.

  140. Jamal G. says:

    A.J., I know Gomez represents the go-ahead run, but you have one down with Punto, Span and Tolbert coming up next; focus on the at-bat, please.

  141. dkidd says:

    is wang pitching yet?

  142. BigBlueAL says:

    How the fuck do you walk Nick freakin Punto.

  143. Moshe Mandel says:

    That was awful. AJ totally was focused on Gomez. Walked freaking Nick Punto.

  144. Matt-Pitt says:

    Just walked Punto? Walking all the wrong people today, except Morneau’s. Come on AJ, work out of this.

  145. Mike Pop says:

    Why are you walking Punto, stop being so silly.

  146. Mike Axisa says:

    Great pitch by AJ.

  147. Moshe Mandel says:

    Wow, that was some pitch.

  148. Matt-Pitt says:

    Great pitch, AJ.

  149. Jamal G. says:

    Sit down, puta.

  150. Nady Nation says:

    Disgusting 2-seamer.

  151. Alex S says:

    WOW that pitch to span was nasty!

  152. handtius says:

    That inside fastball is ridiculous. fuck…

  153. Matt-Pitt says:

    Damnit… Of all people… Tolbert gets the big hit.

  154. Alex S says:

    shit….yanks better score now

  155. Mike Pop says:

    Fuck.

  156. BigBlueAL says:

    Matt Tolbert is clutch.

  157. Reggie C. says:

    AJ stayed toooo long in that inside corner. 3 pitches in a row? predictable result.

  158. Mike Axisa says:

    Fucking Melky, stupid throw home with Gomez running. Now the runner is in scoring position with Mauer up.

  159. John says:

    .162 Tolbert?

  160. cjc says:

    Cash sucks

  161. cjc says:

    seriously wtf

  162. Matt-Pitt says:

    You gotta be freakin’ kidding me… Trying to backhand it. You can’t do that with a man on third, Cash.

  163. Reggie C. says:

    Warm up Veras …

    Sit Alba…

  164. Tony says:

    Why is Cash catching today, again?

  165. Charlie says:

    It’s the same fuckin story with A.J. every time out there. He starts out absolutely dominating hitters but then falls apart in the 6th or 7th

    • handtius says:

      2 runs! 2 fucking runs is bad! they can’t just throw shut outs all the fucking time. if he had some run support, this wouldn’t be an issue.

      • Charlie says:

        I know that this game is the offense’s fault and he got no run support. But i’ve seen this same show from him quite a few times now.

    • Matt-Pitt says:

      The walk to Punto was the back breaker. You just can’t walk a number 9 hitter who really can’t hit much anyway.

    • Mike Pop says:

      Dude, Cash killed him this inning.

  166. Mike Axisa says:

    That walk to Morneau isn’t inexcusable.