Game 79: Starting a new streak


Yesterday’s game was just one of those losses. The team didn’t beat themselves with errors or boneheaded plays, their ace just didn’t have it. It happens. Thankfully, the Yanks are sending a molten hot AJ Burnett out to the mound today to stop the bleeding. Over his last eight starts (48.2 IP) he’s struck out 56 and held opponents to a .222-.336-.356 line, translating to a 2.59 ERA. And that includes his 2.2 IP, 5 ER disaster in Fenway. Yeah, he’s been crazy good.

On the mound for the Blue Jays is lefty Brian Tallet, who held the Yanks to just two runs over six innings back on May 14th. He’s been solid but not spectacular for a Toronto team dealing with more pitching injuries than any team should. Hopefully the Yanks pull this one out, because Doc’s waiting on Saturday.

Here’s the starting nine:

Jeter, SS
Damon, LF
Teixeira, 1B
A-Rod, 3B
Cano, 2B
Swisher, RF
Matsui, DH
Cervelli, C – Posada’s thumb is still bothering him
Gardner, CF

And on the mound, the lightning rod from Little Rock, AJ Burnett.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Jake H says:

    Hopefully Tex can start to get going.

  2. Accent Shallow says:

    A bit of an odd lineup from the Jays, with Wells/Rios as the 6/7 hitters.

    Hopefully they can hit Tallet hard, he’s not an extreme groundballer, and he doesn’t have great velocity.

  3. Ellis says:

    Fun fact: jeter is hitting .451 against lefties this year. Woah.

    • Accent Shallow says:

      Jeter has some really interesting splits this year: OPSing >1.100 against lefties (yes, you read that correctly), and >.850 at home (.869 at YSIII, .789 on the road).

      Most of the difference in home/away splits is due to slugging, (7 HR at YSIII, 2 on the road), but the platoon splits concern me a bit: he’s at .262/.337/.384 against RPH. Yikes.

  4. Little Bill says:

    Brian Tallet is going to get destroyed today.

  5. jim p says:

    Doc on Saturday? Isn’t it Wang’s turn also?

    • Accent Shallow says:

      Yeah, we get Halladay/Wang later in the series. In ’06-’08 that’d fill me with confidence that the Yankees at least have a chance, but now I’m pretty terrified.

      • jim p says:

        I’m just depressed for Wang. I’m expecting CMW to be even a little more improved, but it looks like he gets a loss even if he allows 2 runs in 6 innings.

        Maybe we can pull a Santana on Doc (said I in my dreams.)

  6. So I went to the library to try to print tickets for tomorrow’s game.

    Library’s closed today. $@#$@# holiday weekends!

  7. Dela G says:

    Is anyone else sad that Wang has to face Halladay Tomorrow?

    Man I expect halladay to strike out 9 and give up 1 run

    • Little Bill says:

      Probably useless regardless of who pitches. That guy has just owned us and probably won’t give up more than 1 run.

      • Dela G says:

        i wish the yankees had got him back in 2003 when he was going to be a free agent

        At least the yankees got burnett, who would shut them down consistently

  8. Accent Shallow says:

    Marco Scutaro looks like Mike Myers in his Gameday picture (not Michael Myers, which would be far more interesting)

  9. Ivan says:

    Ok guys, u think Montero is gonna hit another Homerun today?

  10. Dorian says:

    Oh God. Robby Cano and his Top 5 2B OPS, Hits, Slugging, and Batting Average are batting 5th again.

  11. Mike Axisa says:

    Red hats again? Sigh.

    • yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

      probably gives us luck we did win when we wore em against texas.

      • Dela G says:

        yeah we murdered texas with those hats

        i was at that game, it was awesome . I am pretty sure alex went 5-5 in that game

    • Ivan says:

      Weren’t they suppose to be blue, with the American flag covering the insignia.

  12. Accent Shallow says:

    These godawful red hats again. Maybe Hughes should have started this game.

  13. I think the hats last year were much more awesome.

    • Dela G says:

      yeah but they looked like regular blue hats. These ones are at least red

    • Accent Shallow says:

      Disagree. I hated the hats last year, they’re even worse this year. I can’t enjoy messing with the Yankees’ uniform.

  14. Bruno says:

    So Jorge is mos def our DH next year huh?

    • Accent Shallow says:

      No. I’m sure he gets some time at DH, but who’s the primary catcher otherwise? Cervelli’s been better than expected, but he’s not a realistic option. Neither is Montero at this point.

  15. yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    strike 3

  16. Accent Shallow says:

    Thanks A.J. No need to walk Scutaro.

  17. Dela G says:

    and AJ starts em with tha KAY!

  18. yankeegirl49 says:

    I cannot stomach the red hats..Im gonna be sick.

  19. dkidd says:

    aj pitching with a purpose today

    i like it

  20. Dear Kay: this season Canó has not been better than Hill or Kinsler.

    • Accent Shallow says:

      I dunno, it’s been damn close. Robbie’s weakness is drawing walks, and hence having a solid OBP, but those guys have both provided similar OBPs to Robbie with similar slugging.

      Although I’m sure they’re hitting with runners on base.

      • Accent Shallow says:

        To elaborate:

        Hill: .301/.341/.504
        Kinsler: .263/.339/.513
        Cano: .307/.340/.489

        They’ve both been better than Cano with the bat, but it’s close enough that defense could put them even.

    • Ivan says:

      Isin’t Kinsler splits Home/Road quite Stark?

    • Dorian says:

      He ain’t far off

    • Hill has been eh since the end of May.

  21. pat says:

    Hill’s stance looks like a righty brett gardner.

  22. Longo says:

    that is an absolutely disgusting pitch

  23. Accent Shallow says:

    0-2 and then 4 straight balls? Ugh.

  24. Dela G says:

    well at least we didn’t let hill hurt us with the bat

  25. yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    burnett trowin hard.

  26. dkidd says:

    gaston is a hugely underrated manager

  27. Accent Shallow says:

    Wow, Lind was so late on that one. Jesus.

  28. Dela G says:

    i hope that fastball never leaves him while he’s here in nyc

    let’s hope he’s like brett tomko at the age of 35/36 with the hard throwing fastball

  29. Dela G says:

    boy when rolen hit that, i thought it was a homerun…

  30. yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    Who’s Gonna trow the first no hitter in yankee stadium?

    ill say burnett

    • Accent Shallow says:

      No point in trying to guess, it’ll probably be someone we’d never think of.

      I’ll throw out Neftali Feliz. Wild card.

  31. dkidd says:

    sweet stache, tallet

  32. yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    i just notcie that those fake umpires are at the game they were in toronto and in a game like 2 weeks ago in washinton.

  33. Charlie says:

    phew, the no no is still intact

  34. Mike Axisa says:

    Those fake umpires need to be beaten about the head and neck with a rubber hose. It was cute at first, but now it’s just retarded.

  35. Dela G says:

    by the way guys, the phillies broadcast last weekend said that the YES NETWORK paid for those umpire guys to be at the stadium…

  36. Charlie says:


    • Dela G says:

      they are basically the same pitcher

      • Accent Shallow says:

        I’m going to disagree. Beckett has better control/command (career 2.8 BB/9, as opposed to Burnett’s 3.8 BB/9), and while they have similar career rates of hits yielded, HRs, and Ks, that 1.0 BB/9 is a pretty significant difference. Not to mention Burnett has never hard a year as good as Beckett’s 2007, or as good rate-wise as Beckett’s 2003.

        Additionally, per pitch types, Burnett is a more groundball oriented pitcher (45-50%), and Beckett has more separation in speed between his fastball/curve than Burnett. (Beckett’s fastball is faster, and his curve is 4 mph slower)

        • Dela G says:

          well i was saying in the terms of how they can both be dominant at times and then have huge stinkers.

          But they are both power pitchers who will pound you with the fastball until you are blue in the face.

  37. Accent Shallow says:

    Two solidly struck balls right at fielders. Ergh.

    • Little Bill says:

      They’re not Robbie Cano so they won’t get criticized for hitting the ball hard right at a fielder. I don’t understand the hate for Cano in the 5th spot, especially with Posada not playing. The argument is “Well he doesn’t protect A-Rod.” Who does? Are teams all of a sudden going to start pitching to A-Rod with a base open late in the game if they see Posada in the on deck circle? That’s ridiculous.

      • Accent Shallow says:

        I love Robbie, but he’s been horseshit this year with men on. Whether that’s a repeatable skill, or indicative of him getting himself out, I have no idea. But the splits are pretty stark:

        Overall: .307/.340/.489 (damn good for a 2B, no? Additionally, he’s got a significant reverse platoon split. Gotta love it. As I type this, he jacks one out off a lefty)
        RISP: .213/.248/.340 (Yikes)
        Men on: .259/.294/.427

        Again, not sure how indicative that is of future performance, but Robbie’s been much worse with runners in RISP for his career.

  38. Ivan says:

    Man what a bunch losers.

  39. Mike bk says:

    oh i agree that is too much hype but not nearly what sano is getting. i do think it is a great sign of what the yanks really think they see in him that they think he can play gcl at 16.

  40. Man, that pitching matchup for tomorrow looks ugly…

    Yay for choosing my games well!

  41. yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    heres a pic of those two at the nationals game the follow the blue jays around.


  42. e mills says:

    watch Wang shut down the Blue Jays tomorrow b/c everyone is talking ish about him ;)

  43. Dela G says:

    HAHAHA HE THOUGHT HE GOT HIT and tried to walk away…

  44. Charlie says:


  45. Dela G says:

    nice hitting there by wells

    let’s hope he then goes 0-8/9 for the rest of the series

  46. Charlie says:

    oh FUCK. there goes the no hittaaaa

  47. whozat says:

    I hate when there’s a hitter who’s struggling and Burnett starts out by trying to pick off the outside corner.

  48. Dela G says:

    damn 97mph there

  49. yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    dats a damm strike

  50. Salty Buggah says:

    I just woke up and am thinking about another hour or 2 of sleep. Cmon Yanks please wake me up by scoring a couple of runs

  51. Dela G says:

    wow burnett you have to control that curveball

  52. whozat says:

    for chrissake.

  53. Charlie says:


  54. Charlie says:

    effectively wild

    • whozat says:


      wild and getting by is more like it. He’s still thrown a lot of pitches, and he’s not doing so hot at putting hitters away.

  55. Mike Axisa says:

    Cano can’t bat fifth.

  56. yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    canoooooooo wow that was crushed.

  57. Dela G says:



  58. The Fallen Phoenix says:

    Lazy Dominican. Doesn’t wait until men are on base.

  59. Doesn’t Robbie always kill the league in July?

    I’m not surprised.

  60. Little Bill says:


    • whozat says:

      He should’ve popped out so that he could accelerate the process of getting back around the order so he could come to the plate with a man on 2nd and try to poke a single through the right side.

  61. Charlie says:

    Robbie absolutely abuses bad pitchers. Lets crush em today please

  62. Salty Buggah says:

    finally RBI time for Robbie!!!!!!!!!!!!

  63. Accent Shallow says:

    If I were Scott Rolen, my at-bat music would be “Ridin’ Dirty”.

    “They see me Rolen . . .”

  64. dkidd says:

    i’m going to try and remember that home run the next time cano makes an out on the first pitch

  65. Dela G says:

    nice job godzilla!

  66. yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    Matsui has great numbers against tallet.

  67. Accent Shallow says:

    Matsui is a professional hitter. Hopefully they can get him a ring this year.

  68. whozat says:

    That was like…slow motion. I feel like, if I tried to swing like that the bat would get knocked out of my hands.

  69. Dela G says:


  70. Come on Coney, give Montero some love!!!

    Ahh there it is!

  71. The Fallen Phoenix says:

    David Cone knows Yankee prospects. Montero reference!

  72. Dela G says:

    sanchez gettin some love too!

  73. dkidd says:

    good young talent showing its head

    only cone could make that sound so dirty

    • The Fallen Phoenix says:

      “Jerking him off in the bullpen…”

      • whozat says:

        Pitchers hate dryhumps.

        Also, look at Hughes dropping a deuce on him. Nice.

        I just can’t WAIT for Romulo or Humberto to show up in September and hear what Cone does with that.

        • Accent Shallow says:

          Hughes’ deucing was from Kay, actually.

          Cone does seem to work sexual references into all the broadcasts. It practically has to be intentional, but I find him to be a very knowledgeable and enjoyable broadcaster.

  74. Salty Buggah says:

    a Cervi HR would be so nice today

  75. Charlie says:

    Stop bunting!!!!! Why the fuck would you bunt there????????/ FFFFFFFFFFUUUCCCKKKKKKKK SMALL BALL11!!!!!!111!!!

    • whozat says:

      He’s the backup catcher. It’s not like he’s a good hitter. He could have been going on his own, or maybe Joe thought he could catch Rolen sleeping. Cervelli has good speed for a catcher, which Rolen might not know.

  76. Manimal says:

    They HAD to mention Montero after his recent streak

  77. Jake H says:

    Love how much info the broadcasters know about the Yankee minor league teams.

  78. Salty Buggah says:

    WTF? My computer keeps blocking this site saying, Malware detected and this message:

    “The website at riveraveblues.com contains elements from the site cdn1.eyewonder.com, which appears to host malware – software that can hurt your computer or otherwise operate without your consent. Just visiting a site that contains malware can infect your computer.”

    Anyone know what’s up?

    • whozat says:

      Probably that eyewonder.com is some ad site that either got tricked into hosting (or knowingly hosted) some malware recently, and their ads are getting served to RAB as a part of whatever ad network they partner with.

      • Salty Buggah says:

        Should I let Mike, Ben, or Joe know about this?

        • radnom says:


          It seems to be a digital advertising company, but my browser won’t even let me go to their site without bypassing a malware warning.

  79. Accent Shallow says:

    I know Gardner has two out of the park homers, but I almost think he should be fined for all flyballs.

    (Kidding, but his best weapon is obviously his speed, which isn’t going to help on flyballs, unless someone *coughDenardSpancough* misplays them into inside the parkers)

  80. The Fallen Phoenix says:

    Man, Burnett has already made this a 6 inning game. Now, if only we had six shut-down relievers to shorten this game to 0 innings…

  81. whozat says:

    Burnett having some trouble putting guys away.

  82. Salty Buggah says:

    damnit scutaro, stop fouling them off and wasting his pitches…just K

  83. whozat says:


    • whozat says:

      I am rapidly losing my willingness to sign Damon to a 1+1 deal this offseason.

      • Accent Shallow says:

        Seriously. So much of his value is based on him playing an above average LF. If he’s below average, then why not get someone with a better/more consistent bat?

  84. yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    dammit damon

  85. The Fallen Phoenix says:

    And…that’s a ball that ought to be caught. That’ll bring down the UZR.

  86. pat says:

    hahaha damn Johnny wtf

  87. V says:

    Johnny Damon is playing himself out of a 1 year contract offer after the season.

  88. Salty Buggah says:

    fuckin Marco

  89. Steve O. says:

    Leadoff doubles grinds my gears.

    • whozat says:

      Leadoff doubles two-base errors that aren’t scored as such because the fielder screwed up so badly that he didn’t even touch the ball grinds my gears.


  90. whozat says:

    So if AJ gets out of this without giving up a run, he’s still probably at 60 pitches, right?

  91. CP3 says:

    Hey I was wondering what player could best compare to what gary sanchez might be?

  92. donttradecano says:

    why are those two umps here?

    • whozat says:

      The guys in the stands? They’re Jays fans that seem to follow them around and do that umping gag.

      They’re committed to the bit, I’ll give them that.

  93. Accent Shallow says:

    Damon suddenly decides it’s no longer Free Doubles Day?

  94. Jamal G. says:

    Nice job by A.J. to pick up Johnny D.

  95. Salty Buggah says:

    phew, no runs. I guess I can live with a high pitchcount if there are no runs.

  96. pat says:

    he really only threw 1 extra pitch that inning.

    • Shdwrptr says:

      True, if you assume that everything would have gone the same. Thank Rolen for swinging at pitch #1.

  97. The Fallen Phoenix says:

    AJ Burnett just keeps shortening that game.

  98. Jake H says:

    Mike, do you think that Gary S is goin to start in GCL this year or will they just get him a little game action here or there?

  99. Accent Shallow says:

    Like someone mentioned earlier in the broadcast: Tallet wouldn’t look out of place in 1974.

  100. Accent Shallow says:

    Gameday is not loving that call.

  101. Dela G says:

    that strikeout call was bs

  102. Steve O. says:

    Let’s not get irrational here, yes Damon hasn’t been himself in the field, and yes he’s been atrociously bad in the field at times, but Damon on a 1 year deal with an option >>> Jason Bay or Matt Holliday on whatever they will demand.

    But I’d think Bay >>>>> Holliday. Due to contract, of course.

    • whozat says:

      That’s a false dichotomy. There will be other options, perhaps not in free agency, but in trade.

  103. Salty Buggah says:

    WHoa, in no way was that strike 3!!!

  104. Shdwrptr says:

    What was that? Burnett has not gotten a few called strikes IN THE ZONE and Tallet gets that call?

  105. Salty Buggah says:

    Tex should go lefty against tallet. Lefty are hitting better against him.

    • For lack of a more creative name.. Alex says:

      meh but he never hits lefty on lefty or righty on righty, probably would be uncomfortable.

  106. Dela G says:

    wow 2 straight balls called for strike 3


  107. Salty Buggah says:

    that was borderline but mostly inside…damon’s was in another universe. Damn you Hirschbeck!!!!!!!!

  108. Dela G says:

    aight cano make em pay!

  109. Shdwrptr says:

    Whoa!!!! That was not ball 4 for Arod if that called strike 3 was a strike for Damon…

  110. Salty Buggah says:

    oh another walk to pass the baton…though this one moves Jete up to scoring position

  111. Manimal says:

    That was kind of funny haha

  112. Dela G says:

    nice job by hill there, i thought it would go through his legs

  113. Accent Shallow says:

    Solidly struck, but right at Hill. Ugh.

  114. Dorian says:

    Cano is so unclutch. That HR meant absoluetly nothing.


  115. Slugger27 says:

    anyone know the all star results? did tex overtake youk?

  116. donttradecano says:

    So the yanks gave those umps free seats… why not give two fans free seats instead? or members of the military.

  117. Accent Shallow says:

    Nice hook.

  118. yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    we need a k burneet

  119. Dela G says:

    well tie game…

  120. V says:

    They need to take all MLB umpires, and stick them on a bus to umpire Little League games. Fucking morons.

  121. Accent Shallow says:

    I wouldn’t mind Rios if the Jays are trying to dump salary. Wells though? No thanks.

  122. Dela G says:

    cmon burnett, keep it down

  123. pat says:


  124. Accent Shallow says:

    Peace out Rios! Getting thrown out by 5 feet on a breaking ball? Wow.

  125. Shdwrptr says:

    Don’t you love it when pitchers decide it’s the best idea to ignore the hitter and attempt to keep the base runner on for basically no reason? Throw it there once or twice, throw strikes, and let your defense do the rest.

  126. Dela G says:

    wow i’m shocked the ump didn’t get that call this time…

  127. Dela G says:

    why matsui swung at ball 4 is beyond me

  128. dkidd says:

    less o’neill and flaherty, more cone and singleton please

  129. Jake H says:

    toronto announcer was a wussy.

  130. Accent Shallow says:

    Woo, sit down.

  131. Accent Shallow says:

    Nice call, Kay: “Somebody caught it . . .”

    I thought that was gone off the bat. Bandbox?

  132. Dela G says:

    wow gardner is wicked fast ( i already knew this, but man he’s fast)

  133. Ivan says:

    Lets get some runs baby.

  134. Salty Buggah says:

    nice little 9 pitch inning

    now cmon top of the order

  135. pat says:

    Haha coney is the man… “I can smell friday night comin boy”. Awesome.

  136. dkidd says:

    good at-bat by brett

  137. Accent Shallow says:

    Can’t walk Gardner, Tallet.

  138. Salty Buggah says:

    nice gardy walks

  139. Salty Buggah says:

    no DP Jete

  140. pat says:

    Niice all thus pussyfooting around and jeter is 3-0

  141. Salty Buggah says:

    Gardner just drew 2 walks, though one was credited to Jeter

  142. dkidd says:

    lol tallet playing bocchi ball

  143. Accent Shallow says:

    And the drag bunt to load the bases! Now would be a nice time to remember you’re a power hitter, Tex.

  144. Dela G says:


  145. Mike Axisa says:

    There we go, damage time. Five runs or bust!

  146. Shdwrptr says:

    We need more than 1 run off of this…

  147. For lack of a more creative name.. Alex says:

    wow nice throw by Tallet.

  148. Dela G says:

    oh man damon was out…

  149. LiveFromNewYork says:

    If this season ends without Gritner stealing home I will be disappointed. Of course doing it in the World Series would be da bomb.

  150. Dela G says:

    did mariano blow the door open?

  151. For lack of a more creative name.. Alex says:

    lol 1.2 Bil dollars and we can’t keep a door closed

  152. dkidd says:

    they gave him an error? terrible call

  153. Mike Axisa says:

    It’s about time Wells earned his paycheck.

  154. Accent Shallow says:

    Sure, walk Tex to force in a run with A-Rod on deck. Anyone warming in Toronto’s pen?

  155. Dela G says:

    nice job walking in a run there tex

  156. DreDog says:

    4 straight balls wow. Cone is thinking something sexual to infer on that.

  157. Mike Axisa says:

    Tex passes the baton. What a bum.

  158. dkidd says:

    break it wide open

    i want to see tomko pitching the 9th

  159. Jamal G. says:

    Mark Teixeira was way too happy to take a walk there.

  160. Tom Zig says:

    Have we hit a grand slam this year?

  161. Accent Shallow says:

    Gardner scores a run without having to do much of anything. Bet that’s a welcome change for him.

  162. Dela G says:

    they changed damon’s play to a Hit!

  163. Dela G says:

    well a-rod barely escaped the DP

  164. Accent Shallow says:

    At least A-Rod was able to beat it out. Maybe Cano can make himself useful.

  165. Mike Axisa says:

    Nice, no chance for the DP now.

  166. Salty Buggah says:

    oh well, still bases loaded for Cano…get that avg. with RISP up Robbie

  167. dkidd says:

    good. robbie hate bases loaded

  168. Dela G says:

    damon scores!

  169. Accent Shallow says:

    And it removes the DP. Nice!

  170. Salty Buggah says:

    bust it open on Tallet Robbie

  171. That was close, but it looks like was out.

  172. Dela G says:


  173. Accent Shallow says:

    Sure looked like Tex beat the tag.

  174. dkidd says:

    damon and arod were out, tex was safe

  175. Salty Buggah says:

    Robbie hates RISP

  176. Dela G says:

    wow another BS call by this home plate ump

  177. Bob Stone says:

    There have been a lot of mistakes by the umpires that have gone both ways.

  178. Accent Shallow says:

    2 runs. Ugh.

  179. pat says:

    That makes me ill.