Game 148: It would be nice to see Good A.J.


With 15 games left in the regular season, each starter should get another three turns in the rotation. For A.J. Burnett, these three could tell a lot. He hasn’t been pitching well lately, and the Yanks will need him in a couple of weeks. He’d make all of us a bit less concerned if he turns in a quality performance tonight.

It won’t be easy goings for the Yanks, as they run into Felix Hernandez for the first time this season. The 23-year-old has tossed 207.1 innings this season, striking out 193 to 63 walks, an excellent ratio. Felix has also done a good job of keeping the ball in the park, allowing just 14 homers all season. All this, plus the lowest hits per mine of any qualified pitcher, has made for an excellent season, easily his best so far.

Seattle has scored the fewest runs in the American League this season and will be without their best power hitter, Russ Branyan. That’s good for A.J. He should be able to get though this lineup. Then again, when Bad A.J. shows up, it seems like a lineup full of John McDonalds could lick him.


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

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

Categories : Game Threads


  1. allowing just 14 homers all season.

    Bulletin Board Material.

  2. Johnnyboy says:

    I was thinking A-Rod would get the day off to put more lefties in the lineup, but I guess that’s why I’m not a manager…..and the fact that I’m only 17 years old ;).

    and the O’s are just bending over for the Sox again…as usual, so I guess this game is a must win, right?

  3. Time is d r a g g i n g . . .

    Stupid West Coast.

  4. Mike Axisa says:

    In other news … the Twins are winning. Awesome.

    • The Artist says:

      The Tigers aren’t a great team, but they have two big pieces that scare you. Verlander and Cabrera. You can pitch around Cabrera, but you can’t avoid Verlander. In a short series, Verlander could easily put the Yanks in a position where they have to win all 3 of the other games. His last two outings this year against the Yanks were 7 IP 2ER and 7 IP 0 ER. Threw 109/110 pitches in each, so he could have even went another inning.

      That’s the main reason why I want the short schedule and Joba to start, I don’t want to face him in Game 4. I want to push him to Game 5, hoping it never happens.

  5. Nels says:

    Singleton and Cone is definitely my favorite YES combo. Though I don’t really understand why Kay gets to skip all the west coast trips.

  6. JSquared says:

    Anyone else think Burnett has to throw more sliders?

  7. Well, Kenny, no, it’s not that hard of a choice. The voters are going to make it a hard choice, but it really shouldn’t be that hard.

  8. I cannot wait for election season to be over so I can stop seeing Bloomberg, Corzine, and Christie ads.

    • The Artist says:

      If you want a good laugh, check out the Bloomberg ads en Espanol.

      His Spanish is hilarious.

    • scooter says:

      From afar, Corzine seems about as popular as Brendan Byrne and Jim Florio were before voters kicked them to the curb

      As long as Christie hasn’t kicked any puppies, it seems like he’ll win

  9. The Artist says:

    I wonder is Sterling is going to kiss Kim Jones again live on the air tonight.

  10. Dela G says:

    boy did i miss ken singleton

    Jeterian single

  11. Mike Axisa says:

    Derek Jeter and Johnny Damon are unimpressed by Felix Hernandez.

  12. Dela G says:

    We’re in biznass!

  13. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Fucking A Damon. Why couldn’t you do that before I dropped you?

  14. JSquared says:

    Great start off of Felix.

  15. Damn, bad luck there. Let’s go, A-Rod. Shut ‘em up.

  16. Dela G says:

    1-0 yankees!

  17. That gets the job done; good job, Alex.

  18. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Nice job by Alex.

  19. Mike Axisa says:

    Brian Bruney has changed his number to #99. Lame.

  20. Dela G says:

    great start off the king

    i’m off to the clubs for the night, so i predict a 5-3 yankee win

  21. Reggie C. says:

    Not an auspicious start.

  22. Marc says:

    Heeeeey AJ….Heeeeeey AJ……Heyyyyy AJ….DONT SUCK!

  23. Thanks for the free out, Seattle.

  24. Reggie C. says:

    walking a .217 hitter … nice job Aj.

  25. BigBlueAL says:

    Did they have to show that highlight!!! Still to this day believe it or not for me the loss that hurts the most was Game 5 of the 1995 ALDS.

  26. Jersey says:

    AJ sitting 95-96 on the fastball. Better than his last start (based on the stadium gun).

  27. Okay, I understand getting A-Rod back probably helped Tex but I love how everyone ignores the fact that Tex is a slow starter who turns <cite.very hot in May.

  28. Matt ACTY/BBD: Hey, where is tommiesmithjohncarlos?

    (door flies open)


    (swipes DelaG’s PowerBar, takes bite, throws rest in the trash)

    Everyone: Hey, Tommie.

    TSJC: Oh, I’m sorry. Didn’t know I stumbled into THE PUSSY CONVENTION! I asked you all HOW THE FUCK YOU’RE DOIN’?!

  29. Manimal says:

    What I did waiting for the game to start…

    First time using photo shop in 2 years. What do you guys think?

  30. JSquared says:

    There’s the Location.

  31. Jersey says:

    Badunka dunk

  32. My AL Manager of the Year ballot:

    1.) Girardi
    2.) Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness
    3.) Ron Washington
    4.) Wakamatsu
    5.) Leyland

  33. Bill Hall is Vernon Wells Lite.

  34. JSquared says:

    Uh Oh, here we go, we need to put shelley duncan up at bat if we’re gonna charge the mound.

  35. Reggie C. says:

    Aj Burnett = ???

  36. King Felix does not care about Cone’s critiques of his mechanics.

  37. scooter says:

    “Wilson couldn’t pick it”

    Very funny, Kenny

  38. bonestock94 says:

    Ugh, so close.

  39. JSquared says:

    Pick’d OFF!!

  40. Mike Axisa says:

    Tex ran down Ichiro like a cheetah running down a gazelle.

    Nice Melk, real nice. Juan Rivera-esque.

  41. bonestock94 says:

    Ichiro is such a badass

  42. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Beauty by AJ. Too bad Melky sucks.

  43. Melky, you have a glove. The ball won’t hurt you. Don’t back up.

  44. You know why I love being a fan of the Yankees? I know my team will never be shitty enough to have Jose Lopez batting third.

    • Or Jose Vidro putting up a .234/.274/.338. AT DESIGNATED HITTER.

      • Or drafting a closer in the first round.

        • Meh, we’ll probably do that at some point or another.

          Seriously, picking at the bottom of the first + Mariano having to retire at some point = If someone we think we can potentially fast-track into becoming the next Nathan or Soria falls to us, hells to the yeah we’d do it.

          • Steve H says:

            But of course those guys, like 99% of closers were failed starters. I’d still rather go a high upside starter and if he fails throw him in the pen.

            • Steve H says:

              Eh, scratch that on Soria. But they actually should give him a shot at starting.

              • No, I’m with you, I’m all about taking BPA, just saying this could be the one situation where it may make sense. Our team is stacked, we’re still stocking up on quality starters in the pipeline, we’re in on top IFA’s like Aroldis Chapman, etc… it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world to use one high pick on an elite reliever one year.

                Think of it this way: Imagine that Scott Bittle’s medicals checked out. Bittle could have been a closer of the future, no?

                • Steve H says:

                  I see where your coming from, but I think it would have to be an extreme case of, holy shit this guy is a guaranteed future closer and everyone else available is a huge project. Closers can be found on the market pretty easily, and with the way Cash has focused on pitching, we have a few potential closers in the minors now, either guys already in the pen, or guys who won’t end up cutting it as starters for whatever reason.

      • Steve H says:

        Or sign Kenji Johjima to a 3 year extension worth $24 million during a 64 ops+ season.

  45. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Thanks to Melky we lost the lead.

  46. Reggie C. says:

    AJ knows that Griffey is 40 yrs old right ?

  47. Jersey says:

    Gah. Throw STRIKES, nerfherder.

  48. Griffey has a .320 OBP and a .398 SLG. Why the fuck are you pussyfooting* with him, A.J?

    *From here on out, pussyfooting will now be known as “pulling a Schilling.”

  49. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Why not throw fastballs by Junior?

  50. Mike Axisa says:

    Wow, what a throw by Tex. I thought that was going into the stands.

  51. bonestock94 says:

    Woah, little league moment. You can tag on a pop foul!?

  52. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Nice throw Tex. Right on the money…

  53. Jersey says:


  54. Alex, come on. You’ve gotta take a pitch.

  55. Reggie C. says:

    1 pitch outs not a good idea with Felix on the mound … Arod’s got to be smarter than that.

  56. Nice move, HazMat. Impress both of your potential 2010 employers.

  57. Dickey, Gehrig, Gordon, DiMaggio.

  58. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Fuck you Gutierrez.

  59. Mike Axisa says:

    Damn, nice catch. At least they’re hitting some balls hard off Felix.

  60. Franklin Gutierrez >>>>>>> J.J. Putz, Sean Green, Jeremy Reed, and Luis Valbuena.

  61. V says:

    This ballpark fucking sucks. I’ll take my bandbox any day.

  62. Someone go sacrifice a whole chicken to the BABIP god.

  63. bonestock94 says:

    I’m jaded by NYS I thought both were gone.

  64. Brazilian Yankee says:

    We are definately hitting Felix. Too bad that place is freaking huge.

  65. If the Mariners sign Ken Griffey, Jr. again, they’re just dumb. I know it’s the sentimental pick, but they need to get better at DH.

  66. I’m not even going to bother getting excited about any balls hit towards CF/LCF/RCF this weekend.

  67. Reggie C. says:

    we’re not even trying to take pitches ..

  68. Question: If the Yankees signed you today, what uniform number would you ask for? You can’t have any of the retireds (or near-retireds, so no Torre/Paulie/Bernie), or any number currently in use, so the following numbers are off limits:

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 37, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 62, 63, 65, 91, 99

    I’d ask for #77.

  69. Jeter had no shot at that.

  70. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Was that a 5-pitch inning? Oh boy.

  71. bonestock94 says:

    Great defense on both teams today.

  72. charlespoet says:

    This guy pitching for the Yankees is pretty good. Nice signing by the Yanks.

    ps. I just love posting the count down numbers to all my friends who are Yankee haters or Red Sux fans. Bwaaahhhhhhhhh!

  73. Mike Axisa says:

    6th inning already? Holy crap moly.

  74. If the hard liner through the 2B hole is a “Jeterian” hit, is that slap down the RF line a “Damonic” hit?

    I like the way that sounds. “A Damonic hit”.

  75. Mike Axisa says:

    David Cone busting out the FanGraphs reference. Awesome.

  76. scooter says:

    Fister? I don’t even know her…

    Big run there – AJ has to make it stand up

  77. bonestock94 says:

    Fangraphs mention

  78. Mike bk says:

    anyone think the twins will actually catch and pass detroit because i would rather play them than the tigers especially with no morneau?

  79. Mike Axisa says:

    Don’t want to jinx it, but AJ looks very good. That run was on Melky just as much as it was on AJ.

  80. If any other manager said half the shit Ozzie says, would the owner/GM/fans/media put up with it?

  81. Bob Stone says:

    David Cone is very good at baseball announcing. He is also one of my all-time favorite Yankee pitchers along with Ron Guidry, Jimmy Key, Mo and Goose (Wells gets honorable mention). Anyone else have a top five all-time favorite Yankee pitcher list?

  82. Way to go, A.J. Let’s try to tack on some runs.

    I’m feeling a Swisher shot.

  83. Jake H says:

    AJ looking good. Should probably have given up no runs if melky can field.

  84. Bob Stone says:

    Swisher looks like he’s swinging for the fence.

  85. Bob Stone says:

    Go Swish!

  86. Zack says:

    So with 6 good innings from AJ do they take the ball and say good job? Or send him back out with 88pitches with a 7game lead?

  87. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Wow, King Felix just has nasty nasty stuff.

  88. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Cano has to put that ball in play.

  89. Yo, Cone is LOVING FanGraphs tonight.

  90. Manimal says:

    fangraphs x 2

  91. MikeD says:

    Maybe it’s just tonight, but King Felix seems to give up quite a few fly balls. This is a very good pitcher’s park and the OF defense is exceptional. Gueteriz is the best defensive OF in the game. I wonder how Hernandez’s stats would translate to another park, say, oh, I don’t know, Yankee Stadium? I know he’d still be very good, but my guess is he gets a positive from his home field.

  92. The Jesus reference. Nice.

  93. Mike Axisa says:

    Ugh, why is Girardi not pinch hitting for Molina?

  94. zs190 says:

    Who had Melky as the first guy to draw a walk against Felix tonight? Totally unexpected there. Hopefully we get another insurance run here.

  95. Posada must be catching with all these passed balls.

  96. Jon says:

    Damn you posada.

  97. Brazilian Yankee says:

    That’s just one more reason why Molina should never swing his bat.

  98. Mike Axisa says:

    It’s okay, not like there’s two other catchers on the bench. Who needs that insurance run.

    Girardi pulling a LaRussa right there.

  99. Okay, what would you rather sit through: that smoking ad or GBA?

  100. Jersey says:

    Worst possible outcome on the first pitch. That takes real talent.