Game 109: Beckett – Burnett, take 3

What home run drought?
Game 109 Spillover Thread

The night after a 13-6 thumping of the Red Sox, the Yankees will see a familiar matchup: Josh Beckett vs. A.J. Burnett. The two former Marlins have faced off twice this year, with Burnett bearing the brunt of the beating both times. Beckett disposed of the Yankees handily in the latter of those encounters, striking out eight and allowing just one hit over six innings. The earlier one was a slugfest which saw Beckett surrendering eight runs over five innings. Beckett also recorded a quality start, six innings and three runs, in a start against Joba Chamberlain, sandwiched between the two Burnett battles.

We all know who Josh Beckett is by now and how the got to this point. So let’s catch up from when we last saw him. After that eight strikeout appearance, Beckett was 7-2 with a 3.77 ERA, 76 strikeouts to 32 walks in 76.1 innings. Since then he’s been even better, going 6-2 with a 2.70 ERA, striking out 56 and walking just seven in 66.2 IP. This includes two complete game shutouts, one against the Braves and the other against the Royals. Opponents have hit just .237 against him in that span with a .262 OBP and .343 SLG.

Burnett’s been no slouch since his last duel with Beckett, in which he lasted just two and two-thirds innings, allowing five runs, three earned, and walking five. He’s pitched 58.1 innings in that span, going 6-2 with a 2.62 ERA, 51 strikeouts to 28 walks. Opponents are hitting Burnett even worse than Beckett, to the tune of a .218 BAA and .296 SLG, though his OBP is a bit higher because, well, Burnett walks dudes.

The hope in round three is that it looks like a reversal of round two. Since Beckett is pitch so well, a pitchers’ duel is the more likely scenario. After last night, I could use one of those.

Just in case you missed it, both teams made a few moves today. The Yankees swapped Anthony Claggett for Ramiro Pena, giving them another pinch running threat in addition to Hairston. The Red Sox predictably DFA’d Billy Traber, and then surprisingly DFA’d John Smoltz. It’s bittersweet to see his career end on a night like last. The Red Sox promoted RHP Junichi Tazawa to take Smoltz’s place, and claimed Chris Woodward off waivers in Traber’s. That’s because Jed Lowrie was hurt last night, though as of now he hasn’t been placed on the DL.

Lineup:

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

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

What home run drought?
Game 109 Spillover Thread
  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Just hope Burnett’s better than last week…

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Let’s go AJ! Let’s go Yankees!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

    Give me an O! Give an R! Give me a G! Give me a Y!

    What’s spell? OFFENSE!

    • Tank the Frank

      That’s Michael Kay’s world. Balls and bats having a go at eachother in a disgusting display of pre-Christianity hedonism with no regard for the younger viewers in the audience.

      • Riddering

        JUST GOT THE HUSTLING ORTIZ!

        • Riddering

          …my comments must be cursed. They never end up where I want them to!

  • Tank the Frank

    We could really do without the walks from Burnett tonight. Seven innings would be so clutch.

    • Drew

      Eh, it is what it is, he’s probably gonna walk some guys, it’s nothing new.

      • Tank the Frank

        Well we really need some length from him. The bottom 4 of their order are pretty bad tonight.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      I swear if I see a single walk in the first inning, shit’s going down.

      • The Fallen Phoenix

        How’s two?

  • Drew

    Any time Melk is at 9 in the lineup you know we’ll score some runs. With Mo and Phil available, maybe Ace too, we should get the W. I’m not expecting Burnett to be spectacular, just to pitch well and keep us in it for 6ish innings, if he is spectacular it’s gravy.

  • Pasqua

    To the Yankees (who, I have no doubt, will read this comment in the next 13 minutes), especially AJ Burnett:

    Do not take the Red Sox bait! Do not fall prey to an inside fastball or a brushback pitch and start a war!

    It is the Sox who are trying to make something out of the Pedroia / Melancon non-event. Like a good P.R. rep, they are trying to create a distraction.

    Do not – I repeat – DO NOT give them a reason to get cocky.

    Thank you. That is all.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Don’t walk batters. Throw strikes. Throw decent strikes.

    Make it work.

    /project runway’d

  • Souter Fell

    Alright, beer’s cold, threads up, let’s do this thing.

    • Tank the Frank

      I don’t need alcohol to have a good time.

      • Zack

        sometimes with AJ’s control, you do

      • Souter Fell

        Why? You plan a pretty nice little Saturday, going to go to Home Depot. Yeah, buy some wallpaper, maybe get some flooring, stuff like that. Maybe Bed, Bath, & Beyond, do you know, do you think you’ll have enough time?

  • Drew

    haha
    yesmichaelkay
    Hey fans! I like to follow a “ball hit DEEP to left field” with a “caught by Jeter in shallow left.” OH I CAN’T READ THE BALL OF THE BAT!!!!

  • Souter Fell

    “I just want to tell you good luck. We’re all counting on you.”

    • Jeremy

      . . .

      . . .

      “I just want to tell you good luck. We’re all counting on you.”

    • dkidd

      the hospital? what is it?

      it’s a big building with lots of patients, but that’s not important right now

    • VO

      “I just want to tell you good luck. We’re all counting on you.”

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      Shirley you can’t be serious

      • VO

        Don’t call me Shirley.

  • dkidd

    any chance it was the yankees who claimed rios?

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      nope

  • Drew

    Ugh, nothing like alternate jerseys in a yanks sox series. Save that shit for when you play b-more.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Good try Swish

  • Tank the Frank

    I’m surprised Dustin was able to wipe the tears from his eyes in time to play this game.

  • JGS

    well, this is not the way AJ wanted to start off

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Don’t tell me we’re getting squeezed again.

    • http://www.twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan

      checking now

      • http://www.twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan

        Only first pitch of game was called wrong, everything else wasn’t close.

  • Souter Fell

    I’d be coo with that. What is it. 6 more years, about 60 mil? Not a great season this year but should be 20/20 with almost .300. And he’s what 28?

  • Russell NY

    Lets pick up John Smoltz. I hear he is pretty good.

  • Salty Buggah

    cmon AJ, get out of this man

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    THEY ARE CALLED STRIKES

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    DP!!!

  • Drew

    haha, uno maas

  • Tank the Frank

    Jeez I never would have believed throwing strikes would be so beneficial.

    • Tank the Frank

      Forget this comment.

  • Brendan

    Pedroia setting himself up to be beaned again.

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

    Lovely DP!

  • Salty Buggah

    woot woot! one mo!

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

    I don’t mind walk Puke to get to Pop-up.

  • Hova

    This dude is supposed to own the Red Sox right? Well then freaking pitch like it man.

    • Drew

      J Henry hasn’t pitched in years

      • Hova

        Haha. Hasn’t tweeted in a while either. What a pansy.

        • Tank the Frank

          All he does is complain when the Yankees sign someone. His crybaby nature rubs off on his team.

  • http://www.twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan

    My heart skipped.

    • Tank the Frank

      Yeah, after Posada’s non slide last night, I don’t think I could’ve handled booting that ball…even though it did take a…ahem a WICKED HAWP!

  • Tank the Frank

    Oh. My. Goodness.

  • VO

    Good save Cano.

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

    Holy shit. Good thing Papi runs like a cheetah. A dead cheetah.

    • NYQ

      haha…

    • Riddering

      You, sir, are a gentleman and a scholar!

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Red Sox FAIL

  • Souter Fell

    Ugh. Nice recovery though Robbie.

  • JGS

    wow that was close

  • Ivan

    Good thing Ortiz is slow as fuck.

  • Salty Buggah

    Whoo…2 walks and only 15 pitches?!!!!!!!

  • Drew

    first inning is usually the best time to get to beckett. let’s get it

  • E-ROC

    Nice recovery by Cano

  • charlespoet

    Cano has a very strong arm.

  • Hova

    Missed the pregame guys. No warnings were handed out before the game right?

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Go Offensive Orgy

    DESTROY this fucker.

  • manimal

    NOT a good inning for Burnett. His fastball isnt even close to where he wants to throw it.

    • Tank the Frank

      He usually struggles his first time in the stretch.

  • Tank the Frank

    So Beckett sure does get calls off the plate…

  • ashish

    i might have missed this, but who did the Yankees give away for Chad Gaudin?

    • Dela G

      player to be named later

  • Dela G

    damn damon

    • Tank the Frank

      That almost hit the chalk in the other batting box.

      • Dela G

        i agree

        ubelievable

  • Salty Buggah

    Better pure stuff: AJ or Beckett?

    • Tank the Frank

      Beckett. Better two-seamer, movement, and throws a tad harder.

    • zs190

      probably AJ but Beckett commands his stuff much better, so Beckett is the better pitcher.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    WTF

  • Riddering

    Beckett’s due for a loss and some homers.

    /rubs hands together in optimistic & prognostic glee

  • http://www.twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan

    Second and third strike to Damon were balls according to Gameday. SWEET.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Beckett is the only pitcher on the Sox I can’t stand. Seems like his head is up his ass too often, that cocky motherfucker.

      • zs190

        Say what? Nobody is more of a douchebag than Paps. I don’t like Beckett but he’s not even in Paps’ league.

  • Salty Buggah

    So, Beckett is getting the outside call to lefties, lets hope AJ does too.

  • Drew

    God that guy looks like a fuckin douche.

    • Tank the Frank

      Where there’s smoke there’s fire bro.

    • Riddering

      That’s something the Boston scouts look for in all their signings.

      • Drew

        ietc

      • Salty Buggah

        Im sure they are angry we got Gaudin and his squirrel and they didnt

        • Riddering

          We worked out a deal with the Sox. Gaudin’s shavings for Smoltz.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Just work the count and get Beckett out of there before 7/8/9.

  • Souter Fell

    Becks is getting borderline calls but it looks like he’s puttin them there. Umps reward control.

  • Tank the Frank

    Yeeeaaaah AJ is missing badly. Let’s hope he can correct it early.

  • Bob Stone

    What is the problem with AJ’s control? If he doesn’t find it fast, this could be a long night.

  • Drew

    AJ’s just a little too pumped, i think he’ll get it together soon.

  • Salty Buggah

    cmon AJ, today is the not day to not have control

  • Accent Shallow

    So, AJ, how about throwing some strikes?

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    AJ getting his control back!

  • Drew

    best pitch of the night right there

  • Accent Shallow

    Glad to see Varitek is still toasty.

  • Souter Fell

    Alright, tell me youre locked in now.

  • Bob Stone

    Awright AJ – Nice K.

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

    There we go, AJ settling down.

  • charlespoet

    I think ONLY Cody Ransom looks worse at the plate than Varitek…. Maybe Pat Burrell.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

      God, Pat Burrell has been nothing but dead weight for my fantasy team.

      • charlespoet

        Think he has been dead weight his entire career. Never understood signing him. Just personal preference.

    • Drew

      the dude’s got 13 hr’s.

      • charlespoet

        Who Burrell?

        • Drew

          tek

          • charlespoet

            Pesky Pole.

            Like Varitek for his defense but he is just not a good hitter.

            • Drew

              heh, no one said he was a good hitter. He’s also not Cody Ransom.

              • charlespoet

                agree.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

    YEAH AJ DROPS THE HAMMER

    Take that curve and love it, Captain C.

  • Salty Buggah

    sit ya ass down supercaptain

  • Riddering

    AJ, remember when you gritted blood to get outs in Minnesota?

    Can you do that again please?

  • Tank the Frank

    That’s an All-Star calibur at bat by Jason Varitek.

  • charlespoet

    AJ calmed back down.

  • Accent Shallow

    And with the flyout to Reddick, AJ has now thrown more strikes than balls.

  • Zack

    IETHI (i enjoyed this half inning)

  • Tank the Frank

    Could we…COULD WE have a pitcher’s duel here? I’d like to see it and then have Beckett lose it on a grounder that makes it through a shifted infield ala Giambi last year.

  • manimal
  • Salty Buggah

    gimme 5 more of those innings AJ

  • Drew

    When Derek is in a garage full of Ford’s, he thinks, “get me out of Youkilis’s fuckin garage!!”

    • JMK

      IETC.

  • Accent Shallow

    Way to swing at ball four there, Alex.

    • Salty Buggah

      that’s been called a strike so far so its OK

  • Dela G

    man backs is getting every corner

  • Salty Buggah

    a lot of looking K’s lately for A-rod

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Hideki swings at horrible pitches…

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Beckett looks filthy today… unfortunately.

    • Tank the Frank

      Agreed. Gotta try and wear him down. Get him out in 6.

  • Accent Shallow

    I love Jorge, but he still can’t hit breaking balls.

    I hate Josh Beckett with the fire of a thousand suns.

    • Brazilian Yankee

      It’s hard to hit a 77mph curve after a bunch of 96mph fastballs with movement.

      • Accent Shallow

        Well, yeah. That goes without saying.

        Jorge just has issues with breaking balls, from my recollection. Fastballs and changeups, however . . .

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

    Heh, through two innings:

    Beckett: 28 pitches
    Burnett: 27 pitches

    • Salty Buggah

      yep, and Beckett is perfect so far

    • Dela G

      some of the yanks hitters are actually working the count, which is good. I expect to see some contact through the second time through

    • Riddering

      I would not have guessed that.

      But A-Rod is responsible for 6 of Beckett’s! Clutch out there.

  • Salty Buggah

    Beckett perfect through 2…

  • Dela G

    wow beckett looks NAZZZTY

  • charlespoet

    Jeter will drop a bunt down his next AB, if Melk doesn’t do it first. Here is where Gardner would be good because of his speed. Just to get someone on base.

  • Accent Shallow

    Michael Kay is commenting on the lack of hits so far. We’re through two innings, Michael!

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    AJ looks a lot better than that first inning.

  • Dela G

    attaboy swish

  • Ivan

    Struggling? He’s being Nick Green.

  • Riddering

    Nick Green? Struggling?

    Surely not!

    • Accent Shallow

      Remember how he started the season hot and people were pining for him over Ransom?

      • Riddering

        Yes, and that makes his return to the norm all the sweeter.

  • Riddering

    I love Nick “4th OF” Swisher.

  • Souter Fell

    Damn. the ump is like a foot taller than him.

  • http://www.twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan

    Wouldn’t it be nice if Yankees pitches got their strikes called? I can understand a mistake here and there in a game. But not here and there in an inning. Last night was a travesty, but come on. It’s happening again.

    • http://www.twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan

      4 out of 5 of those pitches to Pedroia were strikes. You can guess which one wasn’t.

  • Dela G

    his strike zone is ridiculous since he’s so small

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      When I played baseball that was one of my advantages. I walked a lot, never ever got caught stealing until the last game I ever played. I was basically a mix of Pedroia and Gardner

      • Dela G

        haha i’m jealous. When i played i was 6’2

        never got that call :(

        • Randy A.

          Yeah…same here. Its the one disadvantage of being tall in baseball.

          • Accent Shallow

            Chris Davis is 6’8″. No wonder he strikes out all the time.

  • J Squared

    How is a fastball at Pedroias belt not a strike, that’s the second one this at bat called a ball…

  • Brazilian Yankee

    If you hit the strike zone, it should be a strike regardless of where the catcher’s glove is before the pitch.

  • Randy A.

    God that felt good…thank you Jorge

  • Souter Fell

    Got em.Hell yeah!

  • Accent Shallow

    Can’t grit your way to second.

  • Dela G

    PEDROIA SUCKS!

  • J Squared

    Get Thrown out… GET SOME MIDGET BOY!!!

  • Ivan

    Got em.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Take that midget!

  • Yankees_Universe

    O’Neil is trying so badly to be politically correct while talking about Midget…he is probably laughing inside..

  • Drew

    haha. they thought they were running on tek

  • Ivan

    Not enough grit there.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      For such a gritty team, their manager is a pretty boy.

      • Johan Iz My Brohan

        gm… Theo

      • Riddering

        You mean their GM?

        I’m not saying Francona is an unattractive man but…

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

    Thank you Dusty!

  • Riddering

    Pedroia owned by his WBC buddy and that buddy’s BFF.

    BETRAYAL FIVE!

  • J Squared

    YEAH BABY!!!!

  • Dela G

    CANO!

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    CANO!

  • Souter Fell

    Nice. Robbie!

  • Accent Shallow

    Robbie is a good hitter.

  • Drew

    sick. ha and damn, sometimes I wish Canobie was a little faster.

    • Yankees_Universe

      seriously..for all the doubles he hits.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    AHH OMFG HOLY SHIT I MIGHT GET TO MEET TEH JESUS TOMORROW!!!

    • Randy A.

      How so?

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        Cos I know special peeps

        • Randy A.

          LUCKY! Im gonna have to wait until next year when the Scranton Yankees come to where I live…assuming he will make it to AAA at some point during the year.

    • Riddering

      WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOA.

      Rebecca…I don’t know what to say. I feel like I’m watching you go to find the Holy Grail while I’m held up by Nazis.

    • Salty Buggah

      seems like when the Yanks hit around a lot….

      orgasmic

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        I don’t even know if I should talk to him in Spanish or English!

        • Salty Buggah

          Spanglish?

  • J Squared

    Did Drew think he was gonna get that? come on.

  • Salty Buggah

    Robbie!

  • Dela G

    how the hell is he getting these calls?

  • Souter Fell

    This strike zone is nebulous at best.

  • charlespoet

    Ok, this is why pitchers hate umpires. Lose consistency.

  • Dela G

    the yanks are finally effing making this man work

  • Riddering

    When Robbie leads off an inning, he is a beast!

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    I’m loving this crowd the past two days.

  • Drew

    sick AB by Swish, come on man, just get em over

  • Dela G

    swisher is making him work

  • Drew

    way to go Swish.

  • Dela G

    what an awesome walk by the swishahouse

  • J Squared

    BALL FOUR!!!

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

    What a fucking at-bat by Swisher. Took an inning off Beckett’s night right there.

  • Accent Shallow

    Swisher is lucky that the 1-2 pitch was called a ball. Pretty clearly should have been strike 3.

  • Ivan

    Gotta love Swisher. Just a terrific AB there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

    attaboy swish

  • Marcus

    Nice 10-pitch walk by Swish!

  • Eirias

    No Sacrifices! No false idols!

  • Salty Buggah

    wow! Nice walk/AB Swisha

    no DP Melk

  • Souter Fell

    Hey fans! This might be hyperbole but Melky’s better than Jesus.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    …Michael Kay just made a BR mention. Late and Close is a total BR stat. And I talk about it all the time.

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

      I’ll be impressed when he mentions Leverage situations.

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

    That PA by Swish totally pumped me up.

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

      And that from Melky totally deflated me. Goddammit.

  • Drew

    come on melkster u got this shit.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    crap

  • Accent Shallow

    Oy vey. Hopefully the Captain can drive in Robbie.

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

    Dammit Melky, just pretend it’s the ninth inning.

  • Tank the Frank

    Really need to bunt in that situation. In that situation in this kind of game it’s the right thing to do.

  • Drew

    shit, hell of a pitch there. c’mon jetes, get em in.

  • Salty Buggah

    ah fuck

  • Hova

    Don’t want Beckett to get out of this inning unscathed. Time for the captain.

    • Hova

      FML

    • NYQ

      “Time for the captain”…..to ground out.

    • Tank the Frank

      Oh well….really made Beckett work that inning at least.

  • Eirias

    How wrong is it that I booted up MLB 09: The Show just so I could plunk Youk?

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Not wrong at all. I’ve done Yankee-Sox games where I use Joba and I throw at everybody’s head until every single Yankee pitcher gets ejected.

    • Randy A.

      There is nothing wrong with that…as long as you hit pedroia too

  • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

    So close.

  • J Squared

    wow, i wish beckett was good, i wouldn’t be as frustrated…

    • Accent Shallow

      He’s not good?

      While he might be the most overrated pitcher in baseball, he isn’t exactly a slouch.

  • http://www.twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan

    Beckett not-so-secretly loved the Jeter touching.

    • Accent Shallow

      Looked like he was cursing on my broadcast.

      • http://www.twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan

        That’s the way people from Boston moan.

        • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

          FACK! I LIKE IT WHEN YOU TOUCH ME THAY-UH! OH GAWD!

  • Dela G

    damn

  • Ivan

    Looks like AJ and pitching Co. is gonna have to win this game tonight.

  • Riddering

    Well, fuck.

    But that’s going to make for interesting picture in the game write-ups.

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

    Well that sucked.

  • Salty Buggah

    ah damn, get em next time guys

  • http://www.twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan

    On the bright side, Beckett’s up to 51 pitches.

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

    Per Kenny’s B-R page, the answer is Eck.

  • Salty Buggah

    oh snap, AJ pulled out the changeup

  • Drew

    Not one of those rich people in those seats behind the plate to the left were watching the first pitch of this AB.

    • Randy A.

      Yeah it’s obnoxious. I feel like if you sit in that area of the stadium you should be required to check your cellphone to prevent the morons who are constantly talking on their cell phone and waving to the camera.

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

    I was there when Pedro struck out 17. That was incredible.

  • J Squared

    Ofcourse burnett doesnt get the inside call on youkilis…

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

    Could there be just one game that Paul O’Neill calls in which they don’t discuss food?

    And where the hell did that pitch miss?!

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      I could have sworn I heard the word “boner” somewhere in there…

  • Souter Fell

    Can we get a fuckin’ call tonight?

  • J Squared

    SERIOUS????!!!11!1!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan

    MOTHERFUERfaqutahotgwjoer I HATE THESE UMPIRES.

  • putt

    Burnett got squeezed on 1-1 and 2-2…BULLSHIT

  • Drew

    horrible fuckin call. nothing new.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    strikezones are different for each pitcher.

  • Salty Buggah

    should be strike 3 there but instead its ball 4…but Swisha got it too so Im good

  • Tank the Frank

    Good effing Lord. Nice “walk” Youkilis. Such unbelievable horseshit.

  • J Squared

    Umpire worked a walk.

  • NYQ

    Curse you UMP!!! HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN K’ED UP!

  • Accent Shallow

    AJ, maybe you should relax on Battle Mode and just throw strikes?

  • Drew

    It’s so nice not having Manny behind Sloppi

  • charlespoet

    Cmon AJ… It PED hitting, strike his ass out.

  • Souter Fell

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSS!!!!!!

  • putt

    That was pretty.

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

    What a turn.

  • Dela G

    HOLY COW!

    DP!

  • Accent Shallow

    Jeter and Robbie are awesome. Ortiz is the slowest man on the planet.

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

    Wow, Ortiz’s OBP is down to .308? Holy crap.

    That was a fanfuckingtastic double play.

    • Accent Shallow

      He was awesome in June (.320/.409/.653), but other than a SLG-driven July during which he OPSed .845 (.539 SLG) he’s been terrible.

  • manimal

    I would like to have a word with this umpire.

    GREAT DP there.

    • Tank the Frank

      I’m not gonna beat around the bush…I’d like to punch him very hard somewhere in the face.

      But then again I am more violent than the average man.

  • J Squared

    GOLD GLOVES FOR EVERY YANKEE INFIELDER THIS YEAR… GET SOME!!!!

    • cor shep

      berroa gets one at 3b!!

  • dkidd

    cano is having an amazing season with the glove

  • charlespoet

    Cano, you can’t stop him, you can only hope to contain him.

  • Randy A.

    Wow…well turned DP

  • Tank the Frank

    I am loving Ortiz’s decline WAY too much! :-)

  • Ivan

    Awww Whats wrong Ortiz? Somebody took ur “eye drops”

    • Tank the Frank

      Wha happen to me protein shakes?

  • NYQ

    BE-A-U-TI-FUL double play there

  • Yankees_Universe

    Niceeeeeeeeeeee..Brandon Tierny style..

  • Salty Buggah

    Yay Papi! Thanks man!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

    Futile Big Papi is futile.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    I think at this time last night we were still in the third…

    • Tank the Frank

      I love the win and all…but last night was a BRUTAL game.

  • Drew

    Not too many people start the double play better than Robbie.

  • Riddering

    Now I understand what people mean when they call Ortiz lovable.

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

      He has girth. Girth = jolliness.

  • Souter Fell

    Universal healthcare could beat Papi in a race.

  • http://www.twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan

    So I just sent an e-mail to PeteAbe to complain about how the strikezone hasn’t been fair (citing Pitch f/x data) this series to EITHER team and I was wondering if there was any talk of it in the clubhouse, in the press box, etc.

    In response:

    Jordan: They won the game and this game is scoreless. You’re reaching. Just enjoy the game and stop searching for conspiracies that don’t exist.

    And I’ve read Pete Abraham since his beginning and tonight I am officially finished. I can get the lineup on Twitter and I can get his analysis from Mike Francesa.

    • manimal

      I realized this. A year ago.

  • Salty Buggah

    2nd time through the order…time to mash!

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD
    • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

      I just flat out guessed.

  • Ivan

    Ok who looks more finish? Ortiz or Smoltz?

    • Russell NY

      I still think we should pick up Smoltz. I hear he is good.

      • NYQ

        How did a comment from the 1990s get here?

  • Drew

    Either Al or Swish will be the difference in this game.

  • NYQ

    Hey, who thinks the Yanks should pick up Vicente Padilla?
    I don’t think so but what do you think.

    • Souter Fell

      Only as Tex’s personnal whipping boy.

      • Johan Iz My Brohan

        This

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    I would say that Mick Kelleher is one of the biggest offseason additions to this team.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Beckett gets every single call. No surprises there.

  • Salty Buggah

    A-rod normally hits Beckett well (.300+) so lets go!