Game 68: Mentor vs. Protege, kind of

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Game 68 Spillover Thread

Chances are that by the time you read this you’ll already have learned of the connection between A.J. Burnett and Josh Johnson. Burnett ripped Marlins management on his way out the door in 2005, and the team suspended him. A.J.’s final start of the season went to Josh Johnson, who picked up steam as a big-time pitcher for the Marlins.

Then there’s the Girardi-Johnson connection. Joe Girardi took over as manager of the Marlins in 2006, and Johnson was one of his best pitchers. The then-22-year-old was showing signs of tiring late in the season: he had allowed four runs over six innings on September 2 and five runs over 4.2 innings on September 7. During his September 12 start there was an 82-minute rain delay. He lasted five innings total and pitched well, but left the game with forearm tightness and missed the rest of the season.

Elbow troubles plagued his 2007 season, until he finally had Tommy John surgery that August. He returned in early July of 2008 and pitched 87 innings through the end of the season. It seems he’s regained his form this year, throwing 98 innings with a 2.7 ERA.

Burnett has struggled at times this year, but was great against the Mets last Sunday, striking out eight and allowing no runs over seven innings. He worked in and, more importantly, out of trouble, as will usually happen when you walk four guys. The Marlins don’t appear to have the most patient lineup, so perhaps A.J.’s style will work on them.

Notes: Angel Berroa gets another start in place of Alex Rodriguez today. With Cody Ransom and Xavier Nady ready for return, it would appear this is his parting gift…Speaking of Nady, he played the outfield today, and could start a rehab assignment next week…Question on this article: Why wasn’t Girardi in the meeting? Seems like something he should be privy to.

Lineup:

1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Johnny Damon, LF
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Jorge Posada, C
5. Robinson Cano, 2B
6. Nick Swisher, RF
7. Melky Cabrera, CF
8. Angel Berroa, 3B
9. A.J. Burnett, P

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Game 68 Spillover Thread
  • dkidd

    this should be a great game.

    i’ll also be keeping an eye on weaver versus weaver in anaheim

    • Accent Shallow

      Remember when Jered replaced Jeff in the Angels’ rotation?

      Ouch.

      • Dela G

        haha yeah that was quite funny

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        That was a real Michael v. Freddy situation, huh?

        • dkidd

          AVP

  • Joe M.

    Can someone please explain the Girardi/A-Rod/Cashman off day discussions? Why are the GM and the execs making off day decisions over the head of the mananger? (Heyman said Girardi wasn’t in on the conference call). What is going on exactly? Are they all pissed at Girardi?

    • dkidd

      the strangest thing to me was a-rod asking for a day off and girardi not giving it to him (requiring cashman to step in)

      • Henry

        For some reason I feel like were only getting
        $latex \frac{1}{2}$ of the story

        • Henry

          Formatting=Fail 1/2 of the story*

      • Joe M.

        Yeah I didn’t understand that at all. In fact, I don’t believe it. I can’t believe that A-Rod would ask for a day off and Girardi would refuse him one. And why would A-Rod ask for a day off in Miami, when he has so many friends and family there to see him? I’m inclined to give Girardi the benefit of the doubt there, no matter what A-Rod said.

        My concern is why Cashman and Steinbrenner are involved in any of these manager decisions, without involving the manager. Are they trying to undercut Girardi?

        • SouthernYankeeFan

          To me it the meeting seems like it was done to try and gauge how alex was feeling. If he asked for day off and said he was tired to me maybe they wanted to make sure he wasn’t hiding anything like bruney was with his injury.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      I love Mark Fiensand as a writer, but I dont know where he got this from. Everyone denied this, including Alex. He was on Seth Everett’s show today, and was back tracking somewhat on the story.

      I don’t doubt MF’s credibility for one second, but I think there was a misunderstanding of some sort here.

  • John

    Apparently, the Yanks signed to a $2.5 million contract with Gary Sanchez according to the NY Post.

  • Sean p

    http://mvn.com/pendingpinstripes/

    Get the report on Sanchez here

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      That stuff about him being a primadonna is overblown. There are times when top players have workouts for teams they know they’re not going to sign with, as a courtesy to the team. The player will visit many teams in a short time, and the agent doesn’t want to burn him out for those teams in advance of showing him to the big market types.

      I’ll guarantee if the Yanks are handing him 2.5 mil, they got to look at him however they wanted to, including game situations.

      • Anyone

        “they got to look at him however they wanted to”

        anyway they wanted to huh?

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

          Yes, they even took shots of him bent over in a speedo wearing a dog collar.

  • Drew

    Sounds like Teix got hit with a ball in the cajones. Hope he’s recovered.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Got to admit, if the Steinbrenners did something stupid, like sell the Yankees to James Dolan, I think I could be a Marlins fan. The Rays, of course, are dead to me. But the Marlins? When they get their new stadium? Not so bad.
    I just pray that the Steinbrenners hold on for a long, long, long time. At least until James Dolan dies or goes broke.

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      That’s…like a nightmare scenario. I couldn’t even begin to attempt to imagine that.

      …I would like to think that, after the money invested in the new Yankee Stadium, the Steinbrenners aren’t going anywhere for a goodl, long time.

  • SF Yanks

    What happened to Pena? He get sent down??

    • John

      Probably saving him for a double switch and defense for the late-innings if needed

      • chriskeo

        that would be my guess

  • Dave

    Man, whats with the yankees getting so many catchers, trying to stock up so much…at some point isn’t there going to be a logjam somewhere?

    • Accent Shallow

      Kid is 16-17. Who knows what position he’ll be playing by the time he gets higher up the ladder.

    • RunnerS122

      Thats not necessarily a bad thing considering one or two may have to switch positions and they can be valuable in a trade.

  • Accent Shallow

    Better stuff: Josh Johnson or Joba?

    • dkidd

      i say johnson

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Right now, Josh in a landslide.

      • Accent Shallow

        Absolutely. I meant “good” Joba.

    • Tank the Frank

      Now that Joba’s sitting at 91-93mph… definitely Johnson.

      He’ll throw 96-98mph all game, good cut fastball too really keeps lefties off balance. Although I think Joba’s slider is 2nd to none.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    Dice-K out of the Sox rotation, Smoltz in:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4274806

    Bad year for Asian pitchers in the AL East.

    • Tank the Frank

      Ouch.

      Uehara’s holding his own, no?

    • Dave

      Jeez, If smoltz comes in a does well…watch out. That could be a real bad situation for us.

      • Tank the Frank

        I’ve read he’s sitting at 85-88mph.

        • Zach

          “But he’s changing speed and location well”

          he’s 10x smartert then the guys in the minors. he faces Washington on Thursday, so we’ll see

          • Tank the Frank

            Yeah, I put ZERO stock into his minor league rehab numbers.

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

          Exactly. He’s 42, coming off shoulder surgery, and switching leagues. Don’t expect much.

    • Accent Shallow

      Here comes the phantom DL stint! At least Wang had a legitimate injury in the past.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        *ahem*

        Yeah, those hip injuries are spreadin’ like wildfire, aint they?

    • Bob Stone

      Will the performances of Matsuzaka this year and Igawa every year take the bloom off the rose for paying big posting fees for Japanese free agents? Those two players cost the BoSox and Yanks about $58 million just in posting fees alone. The risk/reward factor may be shifting.

      • Bob Stone

        Correction – $78 million

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

          I dunno about that, but I bet Theo would like a do-over on the Dice-K deal. $100 mil for 2 OK seasons, he could have signed Ted Lilly for less than half that and been better off.

          But then again, we could have signed Lilly for the same money we gave Igawa.

  • John

    those strike one and two to Tex were outside on gameday, as was strike 1 to Johnny

    Let’s see if AJ gets those calls too

    • Tank the Frank

      Yeah it seems the ump is giving the outside corner. Good news for AJ.

  • John

    Aw man, I wanted a run there

  • Jose

    Random Question: If Pujols retired at the end of the season, would he be in the hall of fame?

    • cjc

      no

      • Jose

        Why don’t you think he could get in? He compares favorably to guys with short careers who are in the hall of fame. People like Roy Campanella and Ralph Kiner.

      • Dela G

        you must be on drugs

        yes he is a HOF

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Yes.

    • John

      nope because he still has not reached the high milestones

      • John

        I change that, he gets in because Koufax got in too.

        • John

          yea a career OPS+ of 171 = HOF

  • Accent Shallow

    Remember the beginning of the year where people were wondering if Good Face was Honus Wagner Jr.?

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

    What a play by Berroa. Pena who?

  • dkidd

    yes

    koufax style

    • dkidd

      re pujols

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Wow, great play, Angel!

    • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

      Angel Berroa wins games.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        He’s a gamer.

  • Accent Shallow

    Missed the ball more — Hanley on the first pitch there, or Teagarden against Hughes in Tejas?

  • Dela G

    angel berroa is amazing

  • Accent Shallow

    Thought that was the third out off the bat.

  • Drew

    I’ve been of the camp that Berroa is not nearly as bad as many of you have proposed. Who knows what he may do in the rest of the game and season but I think he may have a spot on this team. That’s if we want Ramiro down in the Minors working on things.

    • J

      !!!1!1!!!!

      right?

      • Drew

        nope.

        • J

          lol i can see berroa being worthwhile if tony pena can get something through to him again. he seems to be really enjoying his time on the yankees getting free money… but who knows. he’s shown a steady glove and a rocket arm but little else.

          • Drew

            IMO, it’s him or Ransom. I think we want Ramiro working on hitting/stealing/bunting/blahblah down in the minors. We know what Ransom is (who I like BTW), Berroa has shown that he’s a good player (in the past), I’m really confused as to who I’d prefer, the one thing is, we know Ransom can play ANYWHERE, I’m not sure where Berroa could legitimately play.

            • J

              I honestly don’t believe Ramiro needs to be sent down. He’s provided better defense than anyone I can remember in the past few years and has done all the little things well. He’s even gotten some good clutch hits for the team and provides speed.

              If it became a choice between Berroa or Ransom, I’d take Ransom. He has average tools everywhere except for the ability to hit a breaking pitch. Maybe Nelson Cruz could teach him something.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    PEACE Hanley.

  • Tank the Frank

    Did Jorge Posada just throw out Hanley Ramirez? I love it.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      That was Cervelli. We all know AJ Burnett refuses to throw to Posada.

    • Jose

      We all know Ramirez was only on base because of Posada’s terrible game calling anyways.

    • Tank the Frank

      Cervelli must have taught him something since he’s been up.

  • J

    Posada getting Hanley out.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    Dear Hanley Ramirez,

    Get the F**k out of here

    Sincerly,
    Jorge

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    NICE PLAY BY CERVELLI!!!!!!!

    • dkidd

      ietc

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      ICWUDT

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        I’m going to call him Cervelli all night.

  • John

    Run on Jorge and thats what you get

  • Dela G

    GREAT JOB JORGE!

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Oof, ugly AB, Swish.

    • J

      definitely needs to be traded

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        ;)

  • John

    That’s the 4th time in the past 3 games I think Cano has hit the 1st pitch. (twice yesterday)

    • Dela G

      he never walks, but he also never strikes out. So you win and lose some

    • John

      nope make that 5 times. He did it twice on Thursday too.

    • Jose

      That is because Robinson Cano is most effective as a hitter by swinging at the first pitch. Sometimes it can be annoying, but that is where he gets his success from.

      • John

        I dont think so (he was 1-5 in the past three days, I know, way way way too SSS). He doesn’t get a lot of hits when swinging on the 1st pitch to me.

        • Accent Shallow

          Robbie Cano is hitting .366 for his career when he puts the first pitch in play.

          • Zach

            misleading stat- he fails 63.4% of the time of first pitch

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    that was a fast inning.

  • Ivan

    AJ is gonna have to be brilliant, if the yanks want to win this game. Looks like Josh Johnson is on his game.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    That was a cock shot.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      I’d rather have a cock shot than a shot cock.

      • John

        IETC

      • Bob Stone

        Very clever and funny!

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    that got out quick.

  • Ivan

    Charles Johnson, the first and only black catcher I,ve ever saw.

    • John

      Hey I remember him. I liked watching him with the Rockies.

  • Henry

    From PeteAbe
    UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: The Journal News has learned that Francisco Cervelli is wearing a Mission Impossible-style Jorge Posada mask and has caught these last two games. What else could explain why the Yankees have allowed one run over the last 10 innings and Hanley Ramirez getting thrown out at second. After all, Posada is finished.

    I guess that was written specifically for The Artist

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Bastard. Ripping me off. We all know he reads this blog.

      CALL MY AGENT!!! I WANT A PERCENTAGE!!!!

  • J

    down the middle fastball to bam bam dan uggla = hrs

  • John

    Damn, it cannot get more right down the middle than that.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Did Dan Uggla and Jeremy Hermida just do the McGwire/Canseco Bash-Brothers arm thing?

  • Dela G

    damn it, i didnt think they’d score this quickly

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    So that HR was totally Jorge’s fault, right guys?

    • Zach

      either Jorge or AJ’s effected by pitching in a bandbox

    • VO

      Yes

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

      I blame QuesTec.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        I blame the schools.

        • Dave

          I blame violent videogames

          • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

            I blame Marilyn Manson.

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

      No, A-Rod tipped the pitch.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        IETC.

  • Tank the Frank

    I suddenly want A-Rod in this game….

    • J

      no way. berroa is gonna be a future all-star.

      • Tank the Frank

        Future? Didn’t he start the first ever All-Star Game?

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Think of how different baseball would be w/o TJS.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      “I’ve seen guys pitch with NO ligaments!”-Omar Minaya

    • Jose

      I can’t, that would mean imagining an ineffective Mariano Rivera.

      • Accent Shallow

        You mean never hearing of Mariano Rivera.

    • Tank the Frank

      Hell it seems half – or more – of our pitching prospects have had TJS.

    • Dela G

      i def agree

  • Eirias

    Five More Years! Five More Years!

  • Dave

    So what is Josh Johnson’s deal? Looking at his stats, only one season over 150ip…seems like a budding Carl Pavano.

    • John

      Girardi

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

        Yep. Girardi ran him back out there after like, a two hour rain delay, then he blew out his elbow and needed TJ.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    That surgery-themed anti-smoking ad is gross enough, let alone when I’m actually trying to eat.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Someone text a vote for Pavano just so Kay can be wrong.

    • VO

      I am proud to say, I already made all of my friends and family vote for Pavano. I hope he wins, just for a good laugh.

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

    What kind of questions are these text polls? That’s not an opinion question, it’s a fact that Kevin Brown was the best pitcher to pitch for the Yanks and Marlins.

    • Jose

      I like to think of them as surveys to discover the percentages of insane fans.

    • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

      It seems like another excuse to kiss up to a YES colleague (nothing against Leiter).

    • whozat

      Well, yes…but if you ignore the time spent in non-marlins-and-yanks uniforms, is the answer the same? That’s how I read the question.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    How the hell did he hit that?

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

    Two hits in two days by Yankee pitchers. I like it.

  • Tank the Frank

    Our pitchers are RAKING!

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Way to go, A.J. Uggla clearly needs to take diving lessons from Joba and Frankie C.

  • Accent Shallow

    So how many more hits do the Yankees get off Johnson?

    I’m hoping for 8+

    • John

      dont care about the hits, I want 8+ runs

      • Dela G

        what johnny boy said

  • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

    Burnett with the Tony Clark special (re: bat flying away).

  • John

    Yankees Pitcher>>>>>>>>Yankees Hitters

    And CC goes tomorrow!

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    vintage jeter there.

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

    Jeter’s in midseason form with the GIDP balls.

  • Dela G

    AJ burnett gets a hit!

    hey thats awesome!

  • John

    Thank god he’s batting leadoff or this might’ve happened a bit too much

    • Jose

      He had 24 GIDP last year and only 6 this year so far. I love him batting leadoff.

      • Tank the Frank

        + 1,000

  • Jake H

    The pitcher breaks up the no hitter. That has to suck.

  • VO

    Whose bat did Burnett just throw into the stands? I think it looked like Teix’s.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    I feel so bad for Rebecca. She must have got stuck in that rainstorm over at Citifield. They suspended play an hour ago in the 8th, and now they resumed play and are in the middle of the 9th. Hope she left early, or hung out in one of the bars or something.

    • dkidd

      that’s a good stadium to weather a rain delay. awesome food

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        True. Any stadium with a Shake Shack is worth going to.

  • Dela G

    anyone seeing the old lady in white with giant chesticles?

    • Tank the Frank

      Kim Jones?

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        He said “giant chesticles”.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    No mention of Yovani Gallardo tossing a CG SO this year and winning 1-0 on the strength of his own solo homer?

    • Dela G

      i watched that game. Gallardo was ILLY

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      How cool is that? I think CC did something similar last year for the Brewers.

  • Accent Shallow

    So, Burnett is still nasty.

  • J

    Bottom third and AJ’s getting command of his curve… just in time.

  • dkidd

    lol that torre is destroying more bullpen arms in los angeles

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Andrew McCutchen begs to differ with that statement, Kenny.

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

    AJ’s got the bender workin’ tonight.

    • whozat

      He is dropping deuces on these guys at will.

      • Accent Shallow

        Do we have a clip of Kay saying this? Apparently it was removed from youtube.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Love it, A.J.

    Bats…wake up. /Cerrano.

  • whozat

    That inning was FILTHY.

    9 pitches, 3 K’s. nice.

  • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

    Sweet, he struck out the side in nine pitches.

  • John

    AJ to the history books!!!!

    stuck out the side on 9 pitches

  • dkidd

    new hillside honda ad!!!!!

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Loooove it.

  • John

    1st Yankee to do that since Ron Guidry August 7, 1984 against the White Sox

    • Accent Shallow

      Out of the current pitchers on the staff, it wouldn’t surprise me to see CC, Joba, Hughes, Rivera, or Bruney do it.

      Ok, Joba and Bruney might surprise me, due to command issues. Robertson as well.

    • John

      BTW thank you Wikipedia

    • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

      I’m surprised Mo hasn’t done that at some point.

      • John

        yea I was too

  • Accent Shallow

    Trivia answer: the bad Matsui?

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

    Holy shit, Burnett just had an Immaculate Inning.

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

      Little late to the party I see.

    • whozat

      Is that the Official Name for that feat?

    • Jose

      Quick!! Update wikipedia!

    • Dave

      Ugh, of course. Typed Immaculate inning into The Google to check it out. Guess who is being heralded on http://www.immaculateinning.com/

  • whozat

    Dammit. Johnson is pretty nasty today.

    • J

      yeah but the yankees have again not been taking their pitches again. johnson has good control but he hasn’t shown great control today. what the fuck are the yankees doing?!

  • Accent Shallow

    Hope for a rain delay so Johnson gets pulled?

  • dkidd

    1-0 final would not be surprising

    might need a walk/brett gardner pinch runs/steals 2nd and 3rd/sac fly type of run…

  • Dave

    Cumon Offense, you’re makin him look like Cy Lannan out there

    • whozat

      ICWUDT, but John Johnson is actually really, really good.

  • dkidd

    aj not happy with melky

  • John

    Damn it POsada’s back in. It was all Cervelli last inning.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      It must’ve been Cervelli there ’cause he blocked it with his body.

  • Ivan

    Why does Hanley, look like Gucci Man to me.

    • Dela G

      haha my brother told em the same thing last week

  • John

    From Jayson stark:

    It’s time for the first updated leaderboard of the year in our own favorite personally invented run-support category: Criminally Unsupported Starts. This is kind of the run-support version of the quality start. Rather than figure that support on a per-nine-innings basis, this gives us a better feel for individual games in which a starter essentially gets no shot to win. To qualify, a pitcher needs to work at least six innings and have his team score no more than one run for him while he’s in the game. Got that? Cool. Now here are your 2009 leaders (* — record if pitcher won all his Criminally Unsupported Starts):

    AMERICAN LEAGUE
    PITCHER CUS
    (Starts) ADJ.
    W-L*
    Trevor Cahill 5 (in 14) 9-2
    A.J. Burnett 5 (in 14) 10-1
    Cliff Lee 5 (in 14) 9-2
    Dallas Braden 5 (in 14) 10-1
    Edwin Jackson 4 (in 14) 10-2

    • John

      that got messed up

      so AJ has 5 CUS starts in 14 total and so his adjusted win-loss should be 10-1 if he got enough run support

    • Accent Shallow

      Well, Burnett has had several matchups against opposing aces or quality pitchers. Could have something to do with it.

  • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

    D’oh, Berroa.

  • Jake

    I love the fact this clown is still on the team.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    nice very nice giving em more outs.

  • J

    damn. saw that as soon as it came out of berroa’s glove.

  • Dave

    That was bound to happen at some point.

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

    Eek, pick him up AJ.

  • dkidd

    pick him up, aj!

  • John

    Vintage Berroa

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    And Berroa gives the good play right back.

  • dkidd

    cody ross looks like rob coordry

  • J

    wow. 6ks in a row.

    • whozat

      See, Berroa just wanted to give him a chance to keep the streak alive.

      • J

        aj should throw a pie at him as thanks. berroas gotta be at least good for a laugh.

  • Tank the Frank

    BUSH League fist pump from AJ.

    • Accent Shallow

      That sort of emotion belongs in the ‘pen.

      (Not to get too meta, but what percentage of comments on here are such sarcastic cracks?)

      • whozat

        98.7%

        The rest are asinine bullshit from GraSaLannyBo and Axl.

        • John

          hmmm i was gonna say that same exact percentage until i decided to make it sarcastic

      • Tank the Frank

        I bet Bruney is embarrassed.

        (A lot, that’s why I love this board)

      • John

        100%!!!!

      • J

        0%

    • whozat

      For cosistency’s (sic) sake, I hope to see at least fourteen articles and blog posts fighting to be the first to chastise AJ for his behavior.

      • dkidd

        the yankees play under more pressure than other teams, so they’re allowed extra fist pumps

  • John

    Burn Baby Burn!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dave

    Derek Lowe is handling the Sox

    • John

      JINXED IT!

      • Dave

        Damn it. I paused halfway through typing that too, but then threw caution to the wind. My apologies.

    • whozat

      Nick Green? Where was THIS Nick Green a couple years ago when the Yankees had him?

      It’s easy to look like a genius when your third string UTIF plays out of his mind all season.

  • Dela G

    AJ burnett is obscene

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    Love me my pitching duels; this looks like a good one. I just hope the Yankees come on the right side of it.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      We just need to get to their bullpen.

  • dkidd

    nancy newman is grotesque

    • dkidd

      cano’s at-bat was grotesquer

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      +715

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Hey so, um, hits plz?

    • Dela G

      this johnson guy is a top 15 pitcher in the NL. Hits are going to be very very hard to come by

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        Top 15? He’s top 5 this season, no?

        • zs190

          Debatable, I think Cain, Lincecum, Carpenter, and Haren are better. He’s definitely in the conversation though.

          • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

            Mmmm, Dan Haren. I love him. He is quite possibly the most underrated pitcher in baseball.

            • whozat

              I miss his beard.

        • Dela G

          i would put him top 10, not yet in the top 5

          My Top 5?

          Santana
          cueto
          haren
          Matt cain
          Lincecum

        • Dela G

          i would put him top 10, not yet in the top 5

          My Top 5?

          Santana
          cueto
          haren
          Matt cain
          Lincecum

          • whozat

            Cueto? That’s a bold call.

            Cueto’s doing really well, but Johnson’s got better K/9, BB/9, and HR/9 pitching in a stronger division. He’s also thrown more 11 more innings in one more start.

            • Accent Shallow

              Semi on-topic:

              Did you know that post-strike, no one has thrown more than 10 innings in a game?

              I figured that someone, somewhere would have been very efficient going into extras, but that is not the case.

  • Dave

    At least they arent being no hit.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Swish has been chasing a bit lately.

  • whozat

    What was that? Maybe I’ll bunt, but maybe not, oh crap the pitch is by me?

  • Accent Shallow

    Michael Kay promoting the myth that Tommy John makes you throw harder.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      *facepalm*

      and pitchers get it done for fun, because 18 month rehabs are just peachy.

  • AJ

    Don’t worry Angel Berroa is on deck.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Great inning for Johnson; this dude is just filthy.

  • gxpanos

    Damn, Johnson is straight filth with that cutter/slider.

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

    Johnson’s dealin’. Hooray for my fantasy team.

    • John

      fuck the fantasy team. That sucks for my reality team!

      • whozat

        Dude, whatever. This is a BLOG. No one here cares about REALITY baseball.

        Idiot.

        • John

          sarcasm right?

          • whozat

            Yes :-)

            I wouldn’t call you an idiot in seriousness.

            • John

              heh thought so but just wanna make sure

  • Accent Shallow

    Good at-bat by Melky, even if it did end in a K. 10 pitches is valuable as hell the way Johnson is throwing.

  • Dave

    Nice work by O’Neil to regulate on Singleton’s willy-nilly cutter comparison

  • John

    Nice AB Melky…working the count a lot lately

  • AJ

    I’d drag Arod’s tired corpse out there to strike out IN STYLE.

    • Accent Shallow

      Willing to bet we’ll see A-Rod in the late innings if it comes down to it.

  • Dela G

    the melk-man is fouling off everything

    good at bat

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Not a strikeout? A.J. what the fuck is wrong with you?

    • whozat

      I know. Tex should’ve booted that. He’s so selfish, taking that putout for himself.

      • Dela G

        hahaha you guys make me laugh

  • AJ

    Burnett is dealing tonight, this is a damn shame.

    • whozat

      I love the high heat. It’s probably my favorite pitch in baseball.

      • Accent Shallow

        Maybe if Papelbon’s shoulder explodes I can enjoy it again.

    • Dela G

      well you are acting like he is facing ian snell or something

      josh johnson is legit

  • John

    I have a question…If you hold your bat out there like in the middle of a swing and say you keep fouling off pitches, does it count as a bunting foul strikeout.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Every time Michael Kay makes a bad joke, Mo kills an angel.

  • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

    There’s the family reunion reference. Surprised he didn’t break that out sooner.

  • gxpanos

    It’s funny how one day I will just totally hate Burnett, like the irrational kind bordering on personal hatred (like in both Red Sox starts, especially the second), and then just friggin’ marvel at him the next day (Mets start, tonight). I can’t think of another Yankee starter that I’ve gone to such extremes with.

    • John

      he has like a 3.6 ERA against non-red sox teams

    • J

      Alex Rodriguez?

      • J

        sorry, saw you mentioned starter… but you get my point

      • gxpanos

        Psh, c’mon. I’ve loved A-Rod since day 1.

        Seriously, 2 MVP’s. But yeah, I did say starter.

  • pc69

    AJ better keep Florida to 2 runs or less to give the Yankees a chance. As it stands now, with the way they are swinging the bats, this is a loss.

    They can’t handle the phenom and are having horrible AB.

  • Josh

    can someone tell peteabe to chill on all on the berroa/age jokes? they’ve been played out from the start.

    • gxpanos

      The thing about those is that I don’t even think he looks particular old.

      • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

        Agreed. It’s not like he’s been around in baseball forever, either.

  • Tank the Frank

    God AJ looks like a rough character. His demeanor reminds me of Randy Johnson, minus the giant bag of douche.

  • John

    Pinch hit A-rod?

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Bitch-tit A-Rod?

  • Dave

    Sigh, looks like this might make AJ the league leader in criminally unsupported starts.

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

    CARL PAVANO GOT MORE VOTES THAN KEVIN BROWN?!?!?!?!?

    I’ve failed humanity.

    • Jose

      97% of people apparently have no clue what they are actually watching when someone is pitching. Brown got 3%, there is something wrong with that.

    • Accent Shallow

      But how many of those were “ironic”?

    • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

      That’s facepalm worthy.

  • Jose

    Carl Pavano better than Kevin Brown? Seriously?

    • Tank the Frank

      LOL. Weren’t you all saying you were the ones that were voting for Pavano as a joke? Those probably had some impact… how many people do you think take the time to vote in those things?

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    A.J. with the big cut. I like it.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Any looked like a beer-league softball player kneeling on second like that.

  • AJ

    Why isn’t Ramiro Peña playing anymore?

  • Accent Shallow

    Burnett makes Johnson use 6 pitches to retire him?

    I can support that.

  • Jefree

    AJ’s the only Yankee who can reach the outfield…except for one fly out by Cano.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    What the hell kinda swing was that, Derek?

  • dkidd

    national league baseball. nothing like a good 8-9-1 inning