Game 132: No, not that David Hernandez


The Yankees will face Orioles rookie RHP David Hernandez for the second time tonight. The first time around I mentioned that he “looks like the prototype of the kind of pitcher the Yanks struggle with.” Wordiness aside, that proved true. Hernandez pitched six innings of one-run ball. Andy Pettitte pitched even better, though, allowing just one run over 7.1 innings. Hideki Matsui ended the affair with a one-out walk-off home run.

Hernandez pitched even better his next time out against Boston, pitching seven innings of one-run ball. He picked up a win this time, though he struck out just two during the game. That closed out his July, and it was a memorable one for the rookie. He threw at least six innings in each of his four starts, adn allowed no more than three runs in a single start. His ERA went from 4.19 entering the month to 3.20 exiting it. Orioles fans had a reason to be excited.

August, though, has not been as kind. He’s tossed 29.1 innings and has allowed 19 runs for a 5.83 ERA. His 20:17 K/BB ratio is nothing special, and his 10 home runs allowed has really hurt the team. Unsurprisingly, the Orioles were 1-5 in his August starts, and he reached six innings only twice. Worst of all, opponents had a 1.048 OPS against him. He essentially turned all the hitters he faced into Joe Mauer.

In case you were wondering, no, it’s not that David Hernandez.

A.J. Burnett takes the bump for the Bombers. Minus an Ian Kinsler three-run bomb, Burnett was pretty damn good last time out. It all came apart when he walked a guy, which is disheartening, but I have faith that A.J. can pick it up tonight against the Orioles.

We know that the Yankees called up four players today. Jon Alabaladejo should follow soon. He was hit in the eye (ouch) and is day to day. We could see more call-ups once Scranton finishes its playoff run. Also, Chad Gaudin will start on Thursday in place of Sergio Mitre.

Note to A.J.: Keep the ball on the ground tonight. Please.


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

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

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Wow. So, Joe… Pretty big American Idol fan, huh. I mean, I’m sure tons of people were like ‘hold on, the guy who came in 12th place in the seventh season of American Idol is pitching against the Yankees tonight!?!?’ Way to set ‘em straight.

  2. Worst of all, opponents had a 1.048 OPS against him. He essentially turned all the hitters he faced into Joe Mauer.

    Mauer’s actually OPSing ABOVE 1.048 right now. 1.051.

    If the Triple Crown was based on BA/OBP/SLG, he’d be winning it.

    :: head explodes ::

  3. Salty Buggah says:

    Damn, just thinking about getting hit by a baseball hurts.

    What would hurt more: A baseball to the crotch or to the eye?

    I’d say to the crotch.

  4. Lanny says:

    Would have thought we’d see Hairston tonight at some position to get back on the horse and get over last night.

  5. Mike Pop says:

    I’ll take 7 innings of 2 run ball tonight from A.J.

  6. Bugsy says:

    30 more games…I’m getting pretty sick of the regular season for filling me with way too much hope. As a diehard Knicks fan, I’ve learned to distrust hope.

  7. We know that the Yankees called up four players today. Jon Alabaladejo should follow soon.

    I thought it was five? Cervelli, Peña, Melancon, Edwar, and Dunn?

  8. Here’s hoping AJ throws a good one tonight.

  9. Little Bill says:

    AJ is guaranteed to throw a good one tonight. He’s been a workhorse all season long when many thought he would break down after 10 starts. AJ was the Yankees best FA addition ever and I knew it all along.

    /Little Bill’d

  10. Salty Buggah says:

    How many walks do we see tonight with AJ and Hernandez going?

  11. Salty Buggah says:

    Oh no, he has a perfect going…

    I say A-rod breaks it

  12. pat says:

    Walking Tex to face A-rod.. delightful

  13. Worse division: AL Central or NL East?

  14. pat says:

    Motherfuck this bullshit.

  15. Salty Buggah says:

    Damn, Pie has been on fuckin fire lately

  16. Mike Pop says:

    Only the Yankees home park is a bandbox.

  17. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Felix Pie really likes to screw around with the Yankees and Sox…

  18. The Artist says:

    There’s some Felix ‘Pie’ in AJ’s face.

  19. pat says:

    HAHAHAHA did Burnett mouth “This Motherfucker?”

  20. VO says:

    Was it me or did it look like he said “That motherf*****”

  21. Brazilian Yankee says:

    AJ looking great so far.

  22. BigBlueAL says:

    Burnett getting ripped this inning. Must be Posada’s fault….

  23. Salty Buggah says:

    On 2nd look, that Pie HR didn’t look like a HR at all.

    Camden Yards = Bandbox!!!!

  24. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Are his curveballs hanging too much?

  25. Bugsy says:

    goddamnit, get a fucking out, asshole.

  26. Salty Buggah says:

    Here’s hoping AJ settles down from here on.

  27. acb says:

    i cant wait to see burnett face pie again.

  28. JGS says:

    that could have been worse. John Sterling certainly scared me there a couple of times–I guess I deserve it for taking him seriously

  29. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    AJ will come around don’t worry.

  30. baravelli says:

    Was “So easy a caveman could do it” actually Geico’s slogan for any amount of time before they introduced the cavemen-who-are-offended-by-it campaign? Or did they both show up at the same time?

  31. JGS says:

    Dont cha know!

  32. Mike Axisa says:

    A lazy jack by Cano.

  33. Salty Buggah says:

    I heart Robbie Cano! FIRE!

  34. Brazilian Yankee says:


  35. Johan Iz My Brohan says:


  36. Bugsy says:

    ho ho, robinson. its like he just discovered how fun RBIs can be.

  37. VO says:


  38. pat says:

    They just showed robbie goin down to the lockerroom, most likely for a siesta or something

  39. JGS says:

    Carlos Pena comes through

    1-0 Tampa

  40. Mike Pop says:

    Yankees, best infield in all of baseball?

  41. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Carlos Pena puts the Rays on board

    1-0 Rays

  42. pat says:

    WTF? why didn’t he wanna sit next to Burnett?

  43. Joey says:

    Random thought: anyone heard any updates on Mr. Sheppard lately? Hope he’s doing alright, haven’t read anything since the beginning of the season

    • JGS says:

      I haven’t heard anything either, and he will be 99 in a month

      I would be surprised if he ever came back at this point

  44. Mike Pop says:

    That was your pitch Johnny.

  45. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Terrible AB by Damon.

  46. Bugsy says:

    45 pitches already for this schmohawk.

  47. Salty Buggah says:

    OK AJ, the offense got you a lead again so now settle down and cruise.

  48. Little Bill says:

    My only complaint so far- these commercials has started showing. I preferred the silence in between innings.

    • baravelli says:

      Oh man, I totally agree. The silence is so nice. Also, it’s the same commercials after every half inning, which I’m convinced should actually be undesirable to advertisers, because it gets the audience annoyed about them.

  49. Johan Iz My Brohan says:


  50. A.J., you’re making Pop get upset. Shape up!

  51. Jackson says:

    The second base umpires name is Barksdale? In Baltimore? That sounds like trouble.

  52. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    (Lance) Barksdale in Baltimore. I wonder if he is still slinging?

  53. pat says:

    What the fuck AJ

  54. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    AJ is having a lot of trouble locating his curve today…

  55. A.J. is lucky that Izturis isn’t a power hitter.

    And are they seriously playing Poison right now? Wow.

  56. Salty Buggah says:

    Can I get a DP?

  57. Earl Weaver would slap Joe Girardi in his face if Weaver saw how much Girardi was bunting this year.

  58. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    There we go AJ!

  59. Salty Buggah says:

    Tex wishes this was YSIII

  60. That moronic employee will soon feel the wrath of the Ken Singleton.

  61. JGS says:

    Jorge juiced one!

  62. Take that, David!


  63. pat says:


  64. Johan Iz My Brohan says:


  65. Salty Buggah says:


    Jorge to haters: How you like me now bitches?

  66. Mike Pop says:

    Nice Jorge, two more till 20.

  67. Salty Buggah says:

    Cano = LAZY!

    First he jogs around the bases and now he walks to 1st.

  68. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Close one swish

  69. JGS says:

    Boston ties it up and Sonnanstine already has 3 walks in 2 innings

  70. Mike Pop says:

    Let’s see some of those vintage outs via the K, Allan.

  71. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Melky Cabrera would be the leading home run hitter on the Mets. hahahhahahahahahaaha hahahahahahaha hahahahahaha

  72. EB says:

    Dusty Pedroia has an OPS+122 last year in his MVP season, Robbie had an OPS+123 entering this game…

  73. JGS says:

    way to go Suzyn Waldman: while mentioning Adam Jones being in a slump, adding in that it was Jones who broke up Pettitte’s perfect game last night

  74. pat says:

    Jones had the ol jelly body on that K.

  75. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    K! now AJ goes on a tear here!

  76. Salty Buggah says:

    Why is Camden Yards so empty? If I was an O’s fan (thank Mo Im not), I’d still go to the game if I could just to see Tillman, Matusz, Wieters, Markakis, Reimold, and Adam Jones and because the park is beautiful.

  77. Salty Buggah says:

    K him AJ

  78. Mike Pop says:

    Nice stop Swish.

  79. acb says:

    wtf just happened

  80. Salty Buggah says:

    They put rocks in there. Thats why it took such an odd hop.

  81. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    The ump for the sox-rays game has a terrible strike zone

  82. I made a play like that in softball this year, only I threw the runner out at second while falling down. Me = Swisher.

  83. Brazilian Yankee says:

    AJ is garbage tonight.

  84. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    AJ has no control tonight…

  85. Salty Buggah says:

    He was out. I guess it makes up for the Robbie bobble.

  86. Salty Buggah says:

    cmon AJ

  87. Mike Pop says:

    Alright A.J. let’s calm down. Get these outs.

  88. Dela G says:

    jesus christ! i come back from class to see the bases loaded!

  89. Bugsy says:

    i want to puke

  90. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Damn it JD Drew

  91. Salty Buggah says:

    I can has a DP?

  92. cjc says:

    great just great

  93. danny says:

    burnett can be annoying as hell, but dont worry only 4 more years!

  94. Johan Iz My Brohan says:


  95. Dela G says:

    man this aint good :(

  96. Salty Buggah says:

    Swisha cannon

  97. Good throw, Swish.

    And, A-Rod was playing crazy shallow on that GB.

  98. Bugsy says:

    playoff rotation:

    1. CC
    2. Andy
    3. Mitre

  99. Dela G says:

    alright, it looks like we are going to need a boatload of offense for AJ

    Thanks for getting out of it AJ!

    ON TO TEH 4th!

  100. Salty Buggah says:

    I’ll take only 2 runs considering he was imploding.

  101. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Fuck AJ. Time to go to the ‘pen.

  102. Joba or Hughes to the pen says:

    Hey Joba’s older self is on the mound AJ>

  103. Accent Shallow says:

    More bombs, please.

  104. Dela G says:

    i just noticed that hinske is playing today. How come?

  105. Accent Shallow says:

    Jesus Christ, Melky. Swing and miss at the same pitch three times?

  106. High fastball > Melky.

  107. Mike Axisa says:

    Three fucking times in a row Melky swings at a pitch at his eyes. Three times in a row.

  108. Bugsy says:

    o Gardy, Gardy, wherefore art thou Gardy?

  109. Dela G says:

    man hernandez looks crazy silly with his pitching at times

  110. Dela G says:

    good eye el capitain

  111. I don’t think Hernandez has threw one ball in the strike zone to Jeter or Melky.

  112. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    C’mon AJ shut’em down nowww!

  113. Mike Pop says:

    Buchholz is filthy.

  114. Dela G says:

    how the hell did felix pie hit a homerun???

    yikes that must’ve sucked

  115. Accent Shallow says:

    Felix Pie: takes Burnett out of the park, promptly tries to bunt later in the game. Right.

  116. LivefromNewYork says:

    Pie gets revenge on Burnett.

  117. Mike Pop says:

    Nice work A.J. I’ll take 2 more like that, please?

  118. Accent Shallow says:

    Jones grounds out to Cano — it’s the circle of laziness

  119. Salty Buggah says:

    1-2-3 for AJ, woohoo

  120. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Sweet inning AJ!

  121. baravelli says:

    “Rated M for Matcheuwah.”

  122. Tank the Frank says:

    I totally forgot I had this bookmarked.

    AJ Burnett, RHP
    Projection: 14-11, 3.62 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 32 GS, 224 IP, 199 H, 88 BB, 218 K, 21 HR

    I always thought this one was hilarious, simply because I never thought there was any way AJ would make 32 starts based on his injury history. But I also thought it was very generous. I know projections are just for fun…so it’s also fun to look back at them. He actually may have a chance to get close to the W-L and ERA mark if gets on a little hot streak after this. You never know…

  123. Salty Buggah says:

    no DP A-rod

  124. Dela G says:

    great eye by tex tonight

  125. Dela G says:

    damn a-rod, lets look at some pitches please?

  126. Tank the Frank says:

    Goodness I hate saying this but Alex looks totally overmatched by this kid’s fastball. I mean those are right down the middle.

    • putt says:

      I’m relegated to Gamecast tonight. What kind of stuff does this kid have?

      • Tank the Frank says:

        He’s “effectively wild” all over the place. He’s got good stuff but it’s not the kind of fastball he should be pumping past A-Rod. I think his delivery makes his fastball look harder than it is.

        • putt says:

          I think I remember seeing that delivery on one of the highlights from a previous game. Thanks for the info!

  127. Accent Shallow says:


  128. Bugsy says:

    on the plus side, his pitch count is up to 90

  129. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    So how did the Rays make the playoffs last year? Oh yeah, we had Ponson and Rasner on this team…

  130. pat says:

    Jorge wtf?

  131. Jackson says:

    Does Posada have a concussion or something? Why can’t he remember the count tonight.

  132. Salty Buggah says:

    ummm, WTF! That was strike 2 to Jorge fuckin outside

    Angel Hernandez stinks

  133. Dela G says:

    lol at posada

  134. Jorge goes oppo! Woo!

  135. Accent Shallow says:


  136. Dela G says:




  137. Salty Buggah says:



  138. pat says:

    Well u fuckin knew that was coming.

  139. baravelli says:

    I knew he was gonna hit a homerun after he came back up to bat after not knowing the count. Free swing!

  140. Bugsy says:

    smooth, indeed

  141. zs190 says:

    By all means, let’s play Jose Molina more.

    • Little Bill says:

      Yeah, Posada is no good to AJ. The runs Molina would prevent are so much more than the runs Posada produces. These were the arguments people were making last week!

  142. Dela G says:



  143. Accent Shallow says:

    Robbie Cano: good hitter
    David Hernandez: not a good pitcher
    Orioles pen: full of soft, delicious underbelly

  144. So is 30 HRs a legit possibility for Robbie? This year is making me think he could do it.

  145. Lanny says:

    Posada just kills the pitching staff when hes behind the dish huh??

  146. pat says:


  147. Salty Buggah says:

    WTF AJ? What was that

  148. Dela G says:

    damn, aj you gotta go and at least run over there

  149. Mike Pop says:

    I hate those hits!

  150. Jake H says:

    They are getting little dunk hits off AJ.

  151. A.J.’s curveball is not terribly effective tonight.

  152. zs190 says:

    With all those extra relievers that we added today, you have to think we pull AJ after this inning?

  153. Salty Buggah says:

    AJ, settle down man

  154. Mike Pop says:

    Strikes! Strikes!

  155. Bugsy says:

    burnett should get the old yeller treament after this game

  156. Dela G says:

    alright, lets calm down my brotha

  157. Wow. That pitch was destroyed.

  158. Dela G says:

    oh god

    that was a fair ball?????!!!???


    you’ve got to be kidding me

  159. Salty Buggah says:

    wow bad AJ today

  160. Tank the Frank says:

    Nothing bothers me more than a pitcher who can’t at least settle down once in a game and maintain a lead.

    Thanks for coming AJ.

  161. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Seriously, why not bring in Melancon now? AJ has nothing, Melancon can eat some innings and not embarrass himself (hopefully)

  162. Johan Iz My Brohan says:


  163. Jackson says:

    That was waaaaaay out onto Eutaw St.

  164. pat says:

    Melancon fuck yea.

  165. Mike Pop says:

    Can’t wait to hear how Yankees could blow the AL East lead now if they’re not careful because of their inconsistent pitching from some people.

  166. Dela G says:

    boy AJ does not have it today

  167. Salty Buggah says:

    AJ getting crushed

  168. Reggie C. says:

    Sideburns > Burnett

  169. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Girardi take him out please!

  170. Bugsy says:

    gotta be fucking….ugh….at least we have 4 innings of baltimore “relief” pitching to look forward to

  171. Jake H says:

    No control for AJ.

  172. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Somebody wake up Girardi.

  173. Dela G says:

    we HAVE to win this game today fellas

    boston is on fire

  174. Nels says:

    No 2 out runs allowed, please.