Game 63: Salvaging a series

Joba, Posada acknowledge communication issues
Game 63 Spillover Thread

As lethargic as the team looked yesterday, it’s kinda hard to believe they’re coming into today’s game with a chance to win this edition of the Subway Series. If they’re going to win today, they’re going to have to earn, because the Metsies are sending Johan Santana to the bump. After his amazingly great start that had him sitting pretty with a 0.78 ERA on May 16th, teh Johan’s been rather pedestrian in his last five starts, pitching to a 4.64 ERA and a .848 OPS against.

The Yanks are sending former Mets’ farmhand AJ Burnett to mound, and we all know what happened in his last time out. His last five starts have been very similar to Santana’s – 4.13 ERA, .839 OPSA – but that and ten bucks will get you a cup of  “coffee” at Starbucks. Burnett needs to execute, and needs to avoid the ridiculous walk issues that have plagued Yankee pitchers in the first two games of the series.

Meanwhile, Brian Bruney and Francisco Rodriguez almost came to blows and had to be separated in the outfield before the game according to Newsday’s David Lennon. The YES pregame said K-Rod instigated the incident and actually shoved Bruney before cooler heads prevailed. I’m sure MLB will look into that. In a way, K-Rod validated Bruney’s comments by showing that he is kind of a dick.

Here’s the lineup:

Jeter, SS
Damon, LF
Teixeira, 1B
A-Rod, 3B
Cano, 2B – why is his still batting fifth?
Swisher, RF
Matsui, DH
Cabrera, CF
Cervelli, C

And on the mound, Allen James Burnett.

Update 1:04 p.m.: Mark Feinsand has more on the Bruney/K-Rod flap: “Bruney and K-Rod have confrontation during batting practice. Bruney went to apologize and K-Rod didn’t want to hear it. More to come.”

It sounds more and more as though K-Rod just proved Bruney’s point. Way to take the high road there, Francisco.

Joba, Posada acknowledge communication issues
Game 63 Spillover Thread
  • Jack

    Cano is batting 5th because he has good numbers against Santana.

    • Jack

      And it looks like Girardi and I were right. Shows how much you know. Cano had good numbers vs. Santana coming in and he started the 4 run inning with a good at bat and a double.

  • Zach

    I love how KRod lets a guy like Bruney get in his head

    • Whitey14

      He probably walked over to ask Bruney if he had shot off his fat mouth about Joba’s rediculous mound antics yet, or if he was just being a hypocrite by shooting his mouth off about somebody who isn’t on his own team.

      You cannot logically argue for, or against, Rodriguez, Papelbon or Chamberlain without having the same opinion of the others.

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        Chamberlain doesn’t pump his fist in walkoff losses?

        • Whitey14

          He does pump his fist in games where he posts an “L” though.

      • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        “You cannot logically argue for, or against, Rodriguez, Papelbon or Chamberlain without having the same opinion of the others.”

        Zach didn’t make that argument, you’ve set up a straw-man. I think the prevailing opinion here is that Bruney is in the wrong for making his K-Rod statements yesterday.

        “He probably walked over to ask Bruney if he had shot off his fat mouth about Joba’s rediculous mound antics yet, or if he was just being a hypocrite by shooting his mouth off about somebody who isn’t on his own team.”

        Well, you know, Whitey… Someone asked him about it. If they didn’t want to know the answer, they shouldn’t have asked the question, right? He’s just being honest!

        (I’m just messing with you. But you might want to be careful about running your mouth about Bruney when you defend other guys for doing what Bruney did.)

        • Whitey14

          I didn’t really mean Zach in particular, very poor choice of words for what was intended as a general statement.

          And it is okay for Bruney to say what he did, but then to try and apologize like a sissy is wrong. Make your comments and have some conviction about them don’t backpedal later because you pissed someone off. My point about his comments was purely the hypocritical piece because I doubt he’s made such comments about Chamberlain’s antics.

          I really am okay with him opening his trap, it’s good to call people out when you think they need it (ALWAYS better in person though), but when you’ve got a guy on your team that does similar things on the mound, it’s best not to throw stones.

          I have not seen the interview with Bruney so I have no idea how these comments originated or if he was taken out of context.

          • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            “And it is okay for Bruney to say what he did, but then to try and apologize like a sissy is wrong. Make your comments and have some conviction about them don’t backpedal later because you pissed someone off.”

            I agree in a certain sense, but I think you’re making an assumption here that might not be true. If Bruney had gone out there to say something like “what I said was wrong and I think what you do on the mound is just swell,” then I’d think that was pretty weak of him. But if he went out there to say “hey, my bad, I shouldn’t have taken a shot at you in the media,” I think that’s pretty solid.

            “I have not seen the interview with Bruney so I have no idea how these comments originated or if he was taken out of context.”

            His statements weren’t taken out of context or anything, he definitely took a shot at K-Rod and he meant it to come off the way it did. I think he was in the wrong and shouldn’t have run his mouth like that. I have no problem with him holding whatever opinion of K-Rod he wants to hold, I have a problem with him shooting his mouth off to the media about it for no reason.

          • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            “I didn’t really mean Zach in particular, very poor choice of words for what was intended as a general statement.”

            I get the general sentiment, but I still think it’s a bit misplaced here. From reading this thread I get the impression most people here would say that Bruney shouldn’t have made those statements about K-Rod to the media yesterday.

    • Pedro Martinez

      I’m having a Karim Garcia flashback

  • Tank the Frank

    Something tells me Bruney would own K-Rod.

    But, yeah, that’s hilarious. “If it were someone big then I would care, but I’ve never heard of him.” B

    Blows it off in the media… then can’t control himself as soon as he sees him. That’s too funny.

  • The new Yankee Stadium sucks

    I hate to back K-rod on this, but Bruney is in the wrong on this one. I’m sure plenty of guys don’t like K-rod’s antics, but at some point you have to act like a professional. Bruney should worry about getting his ass in shape so he can stay healthy, rather than worry about K-rod.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      at some point you have to act like a professional.

      And that doesn’t apply to K-Rod’s physically confronting Bruney how?

      • The new Yankee Stadium sucks

        All we know is that they nearly had a fight on the field. Nobody knows what was said or done today yet, although I’m sure we’ll hear about that later in the afternoon. Somehow I think this whole thing would have been avoided if Bruney worried about himself, and not running his mouth.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

          So Bruney runs mouth. K-Rod responds. Then, K-Rod goes after Bruney in the outfield. Yeah, that really sounds like a calm and measured response from someone with a reputation like K-Rod’s.

          Don’t get me wrong. Bruney should really STFU and just pitch. But K-Rod’s just proving Bruney’s point right now.

          • Anthony

            Agreed, Bruney should only worry about getting back on the field but two wrongs don’t make a right.

          • The new Yankee Stadium sucks

            Bruney and Coke went into the outfield where the Mets were stretching…he didn’t have any business being there. This whole thing was his fault, and girardi or one of the vets needs to step in and put him in his place.

            • Zach

              He didnt have any business being on his own home field, great point

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

              And how do you know Bruney didn’t go out there to apologize? You’re making assumptions without knowing anything about the situation other than the outcome.

              • The new Yankee Stadium sucks

                Apologize after the game…

                • Zach

                  How does he apologize after the game? Go into the Mets locker room and say whats up?

                • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

                  That’s grasping at straws. If he went out to apologize, there’s no such thing as bad timing. But in the end, I think we’re going to have to wait until after the game to hear the full story.

                • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

                  Or we don’t. Feindand reports:

                  Bruney and K-Rod have confrontation during batting practice. Bruney went to apologize and K-Rod didn’t want to hear it. More to come.

                  So yeah. There goes the anti-Bruney argument.

                • The new Yankee Stadium sucks

                  Has Bruney even been activated yet??? What is he doing there?

                • Zach

                  He’s working out with the team before being activated Tuesday, just like how Posada was on the bench last year during various parts of the season after surgery

        • Tank the Frank

          Bruney has a history of having a bad attittude. I remember under Joe Torre, when he couldn’t throw strikes, he said some things in the media about not wanting to put it on a tee for the hitters… or something like that. Sounded very snarky. Anyone remember that?

          • Zach

            Whats the point?

  • http://161stStreet.wordpress.com Chris A

    The Mets (except for Sheff) have bad numbers against Burnett. I know, small sample size, but still.

    • OmgZombies

      With the recent Yankees luck I wont be surprised if they turn into murderers row. But then again I wont be surprised if Burnett goes out and throws a gem.

  • Doug

    Bruney and KRod just had a confrontation on the field. Krod supposedly tried to get at Bruney and had to be held back

    • Doug

      sorry, didn’t realize that was part of the story….my bad

  • http://don'tworrythenatsarecomingtotown.... Jason Joker

    why is Cano still batting in the 5th spot, I don’t understand it.

    • Charlie

      don’t know, but it doesn’t really seem like a big deal to me. Girardi is just confident Cano will get out of his slump.

      • http://don'tworrythenatsarecomingtotown.... Jason Joker

        I hear that. are you confident Charlie?

  • Charlie

    I think Bruney and Krod are both wrong here. Stupid and unnecessary of Bruney for saying the things he said in the first place, and immature of K-Rod to confront him like he did. I would have liked K-rod a lot more if he didn’t yell in Bruney’s face. And also, i don’t think there’s really anything wrong with celebrating on the mound.

  • http://don'tworrythenatsarecomingtotown.... Jason Joker

    does Karl Ravech have a tupee? if it is ,it’s a pretty good rug.

  • Zach

    Peter Gammons and his new closer of the future- daniel bard

    • Tank the Frank

      I’d take him in our pen….

      • Zach

        12 career innings and no secondary pitches, so just wait, just like craig hansen

        • http://don'tworrythenatsarecomingtotown.... Jason Joker

          craig hansen , Holy $hit . Remember that guy? the worst!

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

          Or, you know, Mariano Rivera if you want to go that route.

          Bard’s got a nice slider and has some secondary pitches that he doesn’t really use much out of the pen. On a stuff basis, he’s fairly comparable to Papelbon.

          • Accent Shallow

            Correct me if I’m wrong, but Papelbon appears to have a fairly unique “stuff” profile, in that all he really has is a big, rising fastball that generates tons of swings and misses. Doesn’t seem like a garden variety skillset that will have many similar players.

            • Zach

              He has that splitter that drops straight down at about the same velocity as his fastball

          • Zach

            Yeah he could turn into Mo, could not.
            It was more about Gammons and his love Ramirez, Bard, Hansen, Delcarmen as future closers and everything

            • Accent Shallow

              It wouldn’t surprise me to see one of these guys have a run of success as a closer, somewhere. (Ok, maybe Hansen would surprise me)

          • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

            Mo’s one pitch>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>\seven lines\>>>>>>>>>>any body else’s one pitch

  • http://don'tworrythenatsarecomingtotown.... Jason Joker

    let’s go AJ , cut down on the walks

  • Zach

    Wow the swish

  • donttradecano

    Francisco Rodriguez tried to confront Brian Bruney during batting practice today and was held back by Jose Veras.

    see Veras is good for something.

  • http://don'tworrythenatsarecomingtotown.... Jason Joker

    you know what’s nice? it will be nice finally getting back to back starts by AJ and CC. I don’t think that has happend all year.

  • Accent Shallow

    Sit down, Loltran

    • http://don'tworrythenatsarecomingtotown.... Jason Joker

      beltran might be a lil tired. he was sitting 5th row at the Cotto fight last night

  • Eric

    Got a good feeling about Burnett after that first inning. He showed nasty stuff and good command. Lets hope he can keep it up.

  • Accent Shallow

    Good start for El Capitan

  • Accent Shallow

    That Al Leiter demonstration seemed relatively informative. Too bad I was unable to take it off mute in time.

    • Zach

      ha, talking about the change v slider

  • Accent Shallow

    Wow, that looked like a fastball popped out a drag chute. Jesus.

  • Jobamania

    watch the game on Wpix 11

    YES is slightly behind, for me at least

    • Zach

      YES is usually a few seconds behind NESN as well

  • Gil L

    dear RAB staff,

    can you put up some numbers compairing posada vs. the other catchers as far as pitching is concerned?
    i did my own unprofessional analysis and found that the yanks average more than a full walk more when posada is catching and 1 k less per game.

    you could see yesterday and the day before, he doesn’t even try to framce pitches.

    • Eric

      According to Bill James, the catcher has no affect on the pitchers.

    • Stormrider6

      I didn’t watch the game yesterday, but I doubt if framing really mattered that much. Once Joba showed that he couldn’t hit the strike zone, the ump was probably not going to give him many borderline calls. Especially with the two HBPs.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    If we scored a run on Halladay then we can score one on Johan. Hopefully.

  • http://don'tworrythenatsarecomingtotown.... Jason Joker

    nasty pitch

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

    AJ Burnett brought Uncle Charlie, and he’s staying for dinner.

  • Accent Shallow

    Good positioning from Jeter. As soon as I saw the ball get by Burnett, I thought for sure it’d be a hit.

  • Accent Shallow

    This Burnett fellow is pretty good.

  • Eric

    Best 2 IP by a Yankee starting pitcher this year.

  • Jobamania

    don’t jinx it you dicks

    lets all still go under the thought that he sucks

  • http://goldenrule.mlblogs.com/ Bryan V

    Yesterday wasn’t a total loss. The Yanks didn’t commit an error.

  • YankeeScribe

    Burnett looks good today and Cervelli is catching. Coincidence?

    • Spaceman.Spiff

      Burnett looks bad this inning and Posada is not catching. Coincidence?

  • Jobamania

    AJ is not afraid that sheff is slugging over .600 against him in his career

  • Jobamania

    hell yeah robbie cano dont you know

  • Accent Shallow

    Hey, Good Robbie has made an appearance!

  • mko

    I think Cano would be a good No. 2 hitter. He seems to like getting on base more than driving people in…

    • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Cano’s OBP coming into today was .325 and on his career is .334, and he is allergic to taking pitches.

      • Zach

        and BA against Santana’s first pitch of an AB is .319

        • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          I was responding to mko’s assertion that Cano would be a good #2 hitter because he “seems to like getting on base.”

  • Stryker

    is this just burnett establishing his secondary stuff? i’d like to see him throw more fastballs as the game goes on.

    • mko

      Why? If you can get your breaking ball over regularly, throwing it in fastball counts seems pretty effective to me…

  • Zach

    I think Swish needs more eye block on his face

  • Accent Shallow

    What the hell are you doing, Swish?!

  • Eric

    wtf is swisher doing trying to bunt

  • Jobamania

    robbie wants to play today boys

    look for a good game from him

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Good baserunning by Cano. I don’t like the decision to try bunting with Swisher though, trust the guy to hit it the other way and move the runner over (though obviously a deep fly worked also.)

    Leiter is right, by the way. The Mets should be playing back in the 2nd inning.

  • John

    cmon guys bring robbie home

  • Jobamania

    can the melkman deliver?

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

    Check out Melky with the Swisheresque at bat.

    • Jobamania

      swisheresque strikeout? :lol:

    • John

      that ends with a K

  • Accent Shallow

    Santana seems very concerned with Matsui, which is odd. Unless they’re trying to deke Robbie.

    • Zach

      They showed Matsui has a career BA of .330 (somewhere around there) against Santana. Plus Melky/Cervelli were up next why wouldnt you go after those 2 guys?

      • Accent Shallow

        I meant “Matsui as baserunner”, not “Matsui as hitter”.

        • Zach

          Oh my bad, who knows

  • claybeez

    Not hitting in June, but this AB shows the difference btw Melky ’08 and ’09 – despite the result.

    • Jersey

      Agreed. Loving the showing even if it ends up disappointing.

  • Jobamania

    CERVELLIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

    w00t!

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Cervelli is so fucking clutch.

  • claybeez

    Way to go Frankie!

  • Accent Shallow

    That was the pretty much the optimal result of that at-bat. Within reasonable expectation, anyway.

  • Jersey

    Sterling’s nickname for Cervelli is “Cisco the Kid”? I don’t get it.

    • IvanS

      FranCISCO

    • Zach

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cisco_Kid

      “I don’t get it.” no one gets 80% of the things Sterling says

      • Jersey

        Ah, that links explains it. Thx. He must be a fan of westerns.

    • Manimal

      Cervelli…Francisco…”Cisco”

      • Jersey

        Yes, geniuses, I get where he gets “Cisco.” My question was, WTF is “Cisco the Kid.”

  • Stryker

    i’m really liking what cervelli’s been doing. awesome to see him respond nicely to that push to the majors. do we see him as the backup catcher next year? i think so.

  • John

    Franny!!!

  • IvanS

    Frankie C. gets the job done. You can call that a lucky hit if you want, but it took something special to get to that pitch and bloop it over the infield.

  • Jake

    IETC
    I enjoyed this cervelli

  • Jobamania

    i have santana starting in fantasy :(
    I hope the yankees don’t spank him too bad, but if they do, oh well :lol:

    • John

      you CANNOT hope for that!

      • Jobamania

        hey as long as i dont see a 36 ERA next to johan’s name i’ll be fine

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Santana is struggling. He’ll hopefully get an early exit.

  • claybeez

    What a changeup there.

  • Jobamania

    jeter!

    OH SNAP

    i have jeter and cano in fantasy also :D

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Captain clutch!

  • claybeez

    Great AB by the Cap’n

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

    Welcome back to AL, Johan.

    • Zach

      But Johan with no Hughes/Kennedy whoelse is so much better then CC and Hughes/Etc

      Francesa’d

  • Jamal G.

    Uh, why would Fernando Martinez throw home there?

    • Zach

      Matsui was ‘running’ home, plus he’s only 20, they make mistakes

  • Accent Shallow

    Not bad by the Captain there. Wonder if Cervelli could have scored?

  • http://don'tworrythenatsarecomingtotown.... Jason Joker

    mets are lucky that ball didn’t wind up in the stands on the throw

  • dkidd

    the good yankees are back. hopefully to stay

  • Jersey

    Johan is approaching 50 pitches too in the 2nd inning. That’s awesome.

  • Jamal G.

    I love baseball. Only in this sport can one of the best offenses in the Major Leagues struggle against a guy with 11 career starts and a Spring Training cut, yet is hitting doubles and hard-liners against the best pitcher in the game not named Doc Halladay.

    • Accent Shallow

      Yeah. Someone was crying in the game thread yesterday “If they can’t hit this scrub, how can they hit Santana?”

      Love it.

  • claybeez

    If Santana can struggle this much in an inning hard to understand those who are so impatient with Joba

    • Eric

      People are idiots.

  • Jobamania

    what the hell was that?

    • Zach

      he was making sure Jeter scored

    • JobaWockeeZ

      It’s called a run down. You’d think someone would be happy we scored 4 on teh Johan. How naive I am.

      • Jobamania

        uh no, i was referring to the whole play where i thought damon actually ended up being safe

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Oh I thought you were mad that Damon would try going to second.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Damon!!! Nice!

  • Jobamania

    damon pulling an arod :lol:

    • claybeez

      No girly slap…just a “damon”

  • Jobamania

    johan has been getting shelled in his past 3-4 starts

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Dellin Betances was activated today. Time for him to get back to being dominant.

  • Manimal

    Why is the clutch hitting happening now?

    • Eric

      It’s called getting lucky.

      • http://don'tworrythenatsarecomingtotown.... Jason Joker

        so everytime they hit with RISP , it’s getting lucky?

    • claybeez

      Who knows? Patience helps. Haven’t counted, but don’t see lots of 1st pitch swinging

    • Stryker

      when would you rather it happen? i’d rather see santana (one of the elite pitchers in the majors) get shelled now and get him out of the game.

  • Jamal G.

    I know everyone talks about the ARod play, but I remember this gem in the 2007 ALCS as well: http://tinyurl.com/2ps3k3

    • John

      so much grit

    • dkidd

      pedroia’s nickname should be “tiny url”

    • Zach

      thats a gritty play

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Whn Arod loses his hair, he will be allowed to do that without criticism.

      • John

        has to lose about a foot of height too

    • Jersey

      I have Boston friends who will knock ARod for the slap, and after I duly call them out on Pedroia’s own slap, they pout and look sheepish / ashamed. They’re not the brightest people, mind.

  • John

    that was some nice 2-out hitting

  • John Duci

    AJ looks good so I’ll take the 4 runs.

  • dkidd

    come on aj. time to show the killer instinct

    • Jamal G.

      … In the third inning?

      • dkidd

        i meant that after scoring 4 off their ace, a 1-2-3 inning would have been nice and demoralizing for the mets

  • Jobamania

    burnett and his walks

    i hate.

    • http://don'tworrythenatsarecomingtotown.... Jason Joker

      can’t walk murphy there. Especially start him out 3-0,now he’s on 3rd

  • Accent Shallow

    Murphy’s basically a free out, come on now. Luckily, Schneider/Castillo/Cora/Martinez follow.

  • Jobamania

    Burnett goes from godlike to having no idea where the strikezone is

  • Jobamania

    uh oh.

    Lets just hope Burnett settles down, give up the 1 run but thats it.

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

    Bah, just out of his reach.

    C’mon AJ, squash this shit.

  • Andy Stankiewicz

    Amazing. Is he honestly going to let this crap lineup back in this game?

  • John

    dont implode…

  • arlok789

    Fuck lets get some outs now AJ and bury these douchenozzles early.

  • Double T

    C’mon AJ settle down and get some outs!

  • Hova

    AJ hates run support. That has to be it. As soon as we give him some runs, he tries to give them back by walking guys. Inexplicable.

  • http://don'tworrythenatsarecomingtotown.... Jason Joker

    here we go again, now he’s throwing over to watch Schneider, I repeat schneider

  • Jobamania

    ugh.

  • John Duci

    Strike Cora out please.

    • John Duci

      He heard me.

  • Stryker

    come ON burnett. find the strikezone please.

  • AJ

    Anybody else surprised Burnett can cough up this four run lead? I’m not. He’s been absolutely miserable lately.

  • BigBlueAL

    I feel like shooting AJ right about now.

    • Accent Shallow

      Yeah. Comes out looking great, Yanks score 4 runs, he walks the leadoff man (who’s a lousy hitter), then walks the third hitter (who’s also a lousy hitter).

      It’s enough to give me agita.

    • AJ

      I feel like taking him to the Kangaroo Court and having Mo rule he must forfeit his game check whenever he blows a lead of more than 2 runs.

  • Accent Shallow

    Guess that long layoff did not agree with AJ.

  • Dave

    Wow, is AJ really this easily shaken? A slightly long rest in between innings and suddenly he goes from no-hit type stuff to Victor Zambrano?

  • Jobamania

    cervelli doing a great job framing shit

  • claybeez

    Ump helped him out with strike 2

  • Dela G

    cmon AJ, let’s salvage this damn thing

  • Eric

    They should start fining him every time he walks somebody.

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

    Uge K.

  • Zach

    Huge K

  • Jobamania

    HUGE strike out.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Nice K.

  • Jamal G.

    UUUUUUUUge.

  • Stryker

    holyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy shit what a GIFT that was!!

  • Dave

    Wow. Really really got a nice gift there from the ump.

  • claybeez

    …and strike 3

  • http://don'tworrythenatsarecomingtotown.... Jason Joker

    why is he going away from his curve?

  • Jobamania

    Curve for a strike is always a good sign with AJ

  • Jobamania

    Fmart lol

    LETS GO AJ

  • Jobamania

    HOLY SHEIT, ANOTHER HUGE K

  • http://don'tworrythenatsarecomingtotown.... Jason Joker

    on the batters he lost , he didn’t use the curve.. THE CURVE

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

    There you go AJ, pwn these bitches.

  • Jamal G.

    Fuckin’ aye, A.J. Let’s finish this up.

  • BigBlueAL

    Burnett’s stuff is so freakin nasty if he can just throw 1st pitch strikes consistently he would be impossible to hit every freakin game.

  • Dela G

    LETS GO AJ!

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

    Okay, still not out of it. One more batter.

  • John Duci

    Beltrans going to hit a homer now… man, would that suck

    • John Duci

      or not.. good shit AJ

  • Double T

    He is fooling hitters with that slider it is nasty.

  • http://don'tworrythenatsarecomingtotown.... Jason Joker

    Use the Curve Allen James!

  • Jamal G.

    A.J. Burnett = Nails.

  • Jobamania

    AMAZING job to get out of the jam by AJ!

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Nice AJ! People were calling for your head already.

  • Reggie C.

    I’m shocked the Mets didn’t. Aj gifted with that first out call did do what he had to do.

  • mko

    Alright, let’s hope that was the toughest inning for AJ. YEAH BABY. Let’s go and get TEH JOHAN1!!!! out of this game…

  • John

    nice

  • Andy Stankiewicz

    Has the worm turned? That was a great magic act by A.J.

  • Accent Shallow

    Mr. Burnett,

    As I’m sure you are aware, if you’d retired just one (1) of the lousy hitters currently clogging up the sacks, you wouldn’t have to face Carlos Beltran with the bases loaded. Please keep this in mind for the future.

    (And as I write this, Beltran lines out to Jeter. Snark has to be quicker, apparently)

    • claybeez

      Hey, at least Beltran won’t be leading off the next inning.

  • claybeez

    Yes! Good to see AJ fight thru it w/o giving up the big inning.

    • http://don'tworrythenatsarecomingtotown.... Jason Joker

      yes it is clay, yes it is.

  • Dela G

    damn burnett’s stuff is unhittable sometimes

  • AJ

    Wow. AJ somehow found a way to get out of that one. I thought he’d give up at least one. Maybe those last three batters means he’s back on track.

  • Dave

    At least with AJ’s usual highwire act, he has the ability to get out of it since his stuff is so ridiculous. Andy Pettite….not so much.

    • Jobamania

      pettitte would get to 2 outs and then give a bases clearing double

  • Dela G

    AJ IS FUCKING AWESOME!

  • Ivan

    Great job AJ.

  • arlok789

    That made me sweat and I’m not happy with how many pitches he just had to throw but knowing that the Met fans are crying right now makes it totally worth it. Lets hit Johan hard now.

  • dkidd

    doug strange

    awesome

  • BigBlueAL

    Ball 4 to Doug Strange. Still cant believe Coney threw a 3-2 splitter that pitch.

    • dkidd

      pitch #146

    • Accent Shallow

      147 pitches!

      • dkidd

        leiter threw 142 in the sojo game

  • Jobamania

    meanwhile, the marlins are laying the SMACKDOWN on the bluejays

  • John

    Texys hits arent landing lately

    • JobaWockeeZ

      The only logical conclusion is that it is the Curse of the MT which makes no sense whatsoever John Henry.

      • Spaceman.Spiff

        Yeah, it’s not like we sold our best player to our fiercest rivals.

  • BigBlueAL

    It was 3-2 when they pulled Neagle. C’mon Leiter you shouldve remembered that.

  • Dave

    Well, hopefully this quick inning will be good for AJ’s rhythm

  • Eric

    Johan at 60 pitches through three. They need to keep making him work, that inning was too quick. The sooner they get him out of there, the better.

  • Jobamania

    I wonder how much credit should go to Cervelli. he saw the fastball was causing trouble for AJ(much like it did for him during his last start at boston), but instead of keep on going with the fastball hoping it settles, cervelli went to the breaking stuff.

    Genius.

    • Spaceman.Spiff

      I imagine more credit may be due to the pitching coach and Girardi. But we’ll never really know.

  • BigBlueAL

    Boy Murphy and Tatis look so shaky playing 1B. Even routine grounders like that it looked like Murphy was going to trip over himself. Thats with both of them actually making good plays this series but still Mets D at 1B, even with Delgado healthy, might be worse than having Giambi playing 1B everyday.

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

    I know the trivia – Pettitte vs Dan Mlicki. Mlicki threw a CG SO.

    • BigBlueAL

      I knew Mlicki cause of the CG he threw, but didnt remember who pitched for the Yankees.

  • BigBlueAL

    Looks like Boston will be sweeping the Phillies.

    • Hova

      Because they know how to beat good teams. Don’t know what it is. Bill James maybe?

      • Accent Shallow

        *makes jerking off motion*

        • Accent Shallow

          To clarify, there’s a big difference between “The Red Sox are a good baseball team,” and “The Red Sox have some sort of magical powers that enable them to beat good teams.”

          If they beat good teams, it’s the same reason everyone else does: skill, preparation, and luck.

  • Dela G

    that was a very lucky hit for wright

  • dkidd

    can’t wait for church to get traded to he can blast the entire mets organization

  • Ivan

    Burnett has one of the top 3-5 pure stuff in baseball, and it seem that he loses concentration, but right now he seem like he got it back.

  • Stryker

    mlicki and pettitte are the answers to trivia. thank you retrosheet!

    • Stryker

      bah mike – you beat me to it!

  • Accent Shallow

    Sheff worries me. Hopefully he an actually retire the bottom of the lineup, post-Sheff.

  • Nick Baratta

    bit of a side note and off topic, but i’m doing a bio on Derek Jeter for school.

    Most of the stuff i’m finding on the internet is High School on up. Does anyone know where I can find some info on his earlier childhood and how it was growing up with biracial parents.

    Go BURNETT!!

  • AJ

    Good AJ: Striking out guys and pounding the strike zone.

    Bad AJ: Being too picky and trying to nitpick, then walking the yard.

  • John

    DOUBLE PLAY please..

    • BigBlueAL

      Just for you!!

      • John

        thanks AJ

  • Accent Shallow

    Nice job of Jeter to turn that.

  • Ivan

    Didn’t know the Dodgers lead the majors in BB. Usually it’s by a sucky team.

  • Jobamania

    thats my captain

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

    Nice turn.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    You aren’t Teix, Sheff.

  • Stryker

    wow sheff isn’t bitter or anything…

    • Zach

      hes mad that Jeter aint all the way black

      • mko

        LOL! ;-)

      • claybeez

        nothing wrong with cafe au lait

      • John

        IETC

  • Dela G

    man Aj is proving to be worth the money today

    • Zach

      Especially when you look at Lowe facing an AL East team

      • Accent Shallow

        I think the bigger problem with Lowe is his age. It’s not a great idea to give a 5 year deal to a 32 year old pitcher, but giving a 4 year deal to a 36 year old? Yikes.

        • Zach

          The argument is that strikeout pitchers lose their stuff (velocity) quicker then a sinkerball loses his stuff, plus AJ’s injuries v Lowe’s lack of injuries.
          But then you take into account AL V NL West, age, etc. To be honest we wont know for 4 years, but hey if they win the WS then it was a good signing in my eyes

      • Dela G

        i def agree. I am very very happy they decided to sign AJ instead of Lowe ,who will break down by next year

  • Jobamania

    for all you derek lowe lovers, baltimore is doing WORK right now.

    5 runs sofar, bottom of the 3rd and the orioles have the bases loaded no outs again

  • Ivan

    Swisher sure loves his walks.

    • Eric

      Which is why he’s been the second most productive player on the team.

  • Dela G

    wow sheff is an ass..

  • Jobamania

    zilla bomb lol

  • Zach

    GODZILLAAAAA

  • Eric

    a thrilllla from godddddddzillllllla

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Godzilla!!!!

  • Accent Shallow

    Who wanted Matsui DFAed last week?

  • mko

    Matsui is HOOOOOOOOT, and he loves to face Santana ;)

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

    I’ll say it again, welcome back to the AL, Johan.

  • claybeez

    Santana Smackdown! Get some!

  • Ivan

    TEH JOHAN CAN BE TOUCH!!!!

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    DFA Hideki, he sucks.

    • Dela G

      hahahha

  • John

    HIDEKI!

  • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    Re: The Sheffield slide at second… You know… I know this will be an unpopular sentiment, but I’ve always hated the fact that baserunners are allowed to try to take out defenders at the bases. What possible justification is there for allowing a runner to slide 5 feet wide of a base to try to take out a defender who is attempting to make a play, or for allowing a baserunner to absolutely destroy a catcher (whose attention is diverted elsewhere, no less)? It just seems so out of place in the game, to me.

    • mko

      So you want a “For Sissies Only”-sign in every ballpark?

    • Stryker

      i used to feel this way for a while – i was a catcher for an american legion team and got bowled over with the mask off by a guy that was a good 2x bigger than i was at the time. needless to say i suffered a concussion and concussion-like symptoms for 2 weeks.

      • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Yeah, I was a catcher, too. I’m sure that’s why this issue first bothered me.

    • Zach

      Running over the catcher is different, if the catcher is blocking the plate the runner was the right to get to the plate.

      If you dont like the sliding into second okay, but then its time to do away completely with the infielders ‘touching’ second base on a DP.

  • AJ

    Wow. I know Santana has been “pedestrian” in his recent starts, but I never thought the Yankees would throw up six runs on the board against him. After being ineffective against Nieve yesterday, the Yankees offense has responded loudly today.

    But there’s now six runs on the board – can AJ handle that? Or will he lose the plate again?

  • Ivan

    Baseball, is truly bizzare. Yanks couldn’t hit Nieves, but are smacking the shit out of Santana.

    • Bill

      well, the yanks never do hit people they havent seen much. but u are right

  • Bill

    i feel bad about sayin we’d be better without matsui

  • Jobamania

    nice throw murphy :lol:

    what the hell was that

  • Eric

    Lol Mets defense

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

    Frankie Hustle!!!

  • Double T

    Cervelli impresses me more and more with his hustle.

  • Jamal G.

    Heh, what in God’s name was that, Murphy?

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    If you put some round glasses on Cervelli, I think that he would like Harry Potter.

    • dkidd

      if they mated:

      tom sizemore + lance bass = cervelli

  • Accent Shallow

    What an effort by Cervelli! (Or what horseshit defense by Murphy!)

    How great would it be to knock Santana out this inning? With the Mets’ pen, we could get a football-style score.

    • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Just thinking the same thing… Knocking Johan out in the 4th would be pretty awesome.

  • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    Man it’s easy to root for Cervelli, isn’t it? Love the hustle (Melky gets a shout-out for his hustle, too).

    • Zach

      who doesnt like gritty players?

      Johan is lucky Cervelli slid/fell and didnt run him over

    • Accent Shallow

      It’s so nice to have a catcher who can move! (Of course, certainly can’t get used to it.)

  • Ivan

    Murphy makes Giambi look like Teix defensively.

    • Yankees_Universe

      IETC

  • Jobamania

    Lowe went 2.1 IP
    6 runs
    bases still loaded, all his responsibility

    • Zach

      did they pull him?

  • Ivan

    Phil Hughes: “They were gonna trade my ass for this dude”

  • Dela G

    wow cervelli with the hustle play

    these young guys are doin WORK!

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

    Alex Cora wins games.

    • A

      So does Nate McClouth. Also, get me Porcello’s stats, I WANNA TEACH ALEX A lesson!

  • Jobamania

    man i feel like a idiot starting Johan in fantasy today, lol.

    • Dela G

      hahaha

  • ARX

    How do we get shut down by a scrub but chase Santana out of the Bronx…

    • Dela G

      no one has any idea.

      If the guy isn’t a red sox guy or a new guy, the yankees normally crush them

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Time to pound the Mets bullpen.

  • claybeez

    Certainly didn’t expect this offensive output, Johan’s recent struggles or not. Makes for a fun Sunday.