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

Saying goodbye to DotF
Game 148 Spillover Thread

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.

Lineup:

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.

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Saying goodbye to DotF
Game 148 Spillover Thread
  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    allowing just 14 homers all season.

    Bulletin Board Material.

    • FL Yank

      IETC

  • Johnnyboy

    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?

    • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

      Consider the Yankees’ magic number to clinch a playoff spot is 3 and their magic number to clinch the division is 10 with 17 games to go, no, I don’t think any game is a “must-win” until October.

      • Johnnyboy

        There is actually 15 games to go(counting today’s) but yes. I guess you are right.

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siYKRL4I3UA JobaWockeeZ

          Sox have to near perfect to tie if the Yanks play .500 ball.
          I don’t see either happening so I don’t think it’s a must win. But Burnett must show signs of improvement IMO.

        • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

          Oops. Yeah, I guess I can’t count. At least my magic numbers were right. Haha.

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

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

    Stupid West Coast.

    • Bob Stone

      I hate these West Coast night games, especially during the work day eves.

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

    In other news … the Twins are winning. Awesome.

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

      Amazing.

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

      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.

      http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....yerId=6341

      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.

  • Nels

    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.

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

      Lazy?

    • Rich

      On his show this afternoon Kay said he will be in Anaheim.

      • http://www.teamnerdrage.com leokitty

        Noooooo :(

    • TurnTwo

      he said on his radio show just today or the day before that he just hates traveling via airplane for 5-6 hours to the west coast from NY. not much more complicated than that.

  • JSquared

    Anyone else think Burnett has to throw more sliders?

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

      I think he needs to throw more pies.

      • JSquared

        You wonder if all the pie throwing is messing up his mechanics….

        /Steve Phillips’d

    • scooter

      To me it’s all about fastball command. He’s got to stay on top of it, keep it on a downward plane, and everything else will fall into place

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

        Yep. For everyone, literally everyone, fastball command is the most important thing to have.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          Tim Wakefield says hi.

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

    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.

    • JSquared

      Greinke… I Wonder what the Royals could get for him, might actually be able to put together a great team by trading him…

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siYKRL4I3UA JobaWockeeZ

        Would you do Jesus, AJax, Hughes and/or Joba?

        • JSquared

          As the Yankees… no. But if there’s a team who is stuck in the middle, needs a great Ace and has minor league depth, yes. We can win without him.

          • JSquared

            nonetheless, i’d rather have King Felix or Lincecum.

            • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siYKRL4I3UA JobaWockeeZ

              Yeah. But Greinke’s pretty good too. I’d rather trade those 4 for him than Doc though.

              But it likely won’t happen.

              • JSquared

                Yeah, i wouldnt trade those 4 for Doc, have to realize, Hughes and Joba and Montero were all top 3 prospects in the minors… and A-Jax is a legitimate Top 25, i don’t know if anyone will trade that much talent for 1 player.

                • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siYKRL4I3UA JobaWockeeZ

                  Yeah probably not. Riccardi was definitely overplaying his hand there.

                • JSquared

                  Yeah, i think they will fire him before he can make that trade…

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

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

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

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

      His Spanish is hilarious.

    • scooter

      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

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

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

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

      He’ll be thinking about it, that’s for sure–so he definitely will not be standing up in the booth at all.

  • Dela G

    boy did i miss ken singleton

    Jeterian single

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

    Derek Jeter and Johnny Damon are unimpressed by Felix Hernandez.

  • Dela G

    We’re in biznass!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siYKRL4I3UA JobaWockeeZ

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

  • JSquared

    Great start off of Felix.

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

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

  • Dela G

    1-0 yankees!

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

    That gets the job done; good job, Alex.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Nice job by Alex.

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

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

    • JSquared

      Serious? He must think it will help…

      • Brazilian Yankee

        Let’s hope it does. It can’t get much worse..

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

      Weak.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      #99? That’s been done (Charlie Keller, 1952). Old hat.

      I would have been impressed with #00.

      • Jack

        #69!

        /Puts up hand for high-five.
        //Eventually has to high-five self.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Alan Mills, 1990.

      • V
        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Yup.

          If I was a Yankee, I’d ask for #0. They’d never give it to me, though.

          • V

            Man, I’m getting some memories looking over that roster (2003 Cardinals).

            Joe Girardi – 16 games, 26 plate appearances (he had really bad back problems, and called it a career).

            Dan Haren – I HATE YOU WALT JOCKETTY – Haren for Mulder = EPIC FAIL

            Brett Tomko – HAHAHAHAHAHA

            Bo Hart – SMALL SAMPLE SIZE ALERT

            Tino Martinez – wow, he sucked as a Cardinal

            J.D. Drew – Hahahahahaha Atlanta traded Wainwright for him Hahahahhahaha Epic fail.

            Albert.Fucking.Pujols.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              PINCH HITTING FOR PEDRO BORBON, MANNY MOTA! mota! ota! ta!

              • V

                IETC!

  • Dela G

    great start off the king

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

  • Reggie C.

    Not an auspicious start.

  • http://www.repairmycomputer.com Marc

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

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

    Thanks for the free out, Seattle.

  • Reggie C.

    walking a .217 hitter … nice job Aj.

  • BigBlueAL

    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.

  • Jersey

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

    • scooter

      Hit better spots with the fastball so far, too

      Let’s see if he can stay consistent through the game

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

    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.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Matt ACTY/BBD: Hey, where is tommiesmithjohncarlos?

    (door flies open)

    TSJC: HOW THE FUCK YOU GUYS DOIN?!

    (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’?!

    • Jersey

      (farts)

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

      Your Poster Rallying Ability is uncanny.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Matt, from now on your name is Pussymangler.

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

          Why do they call you Cock-Knocker?

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            You know, there’s a funny story behind that. You’re gonna love this, true story!

            (PUNCHES MATT IN THE JUNK)

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

              Matt looks at Mike Pop and says in a high pitched voice:

              Avenge me….Hemp Knight….

        • Jack

          STEAKS AND BLOWJOBS!

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      haha!!!

      what are you doing here on a friday?!?!

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        West Coast Game = 10pm start = wife is asleep

        • V

          I so fucking thought I was going to get some tonight, but the wife passed out. Three martinis = too much for her, :rofl:

          • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

            there’s a fine line between freaky-deaky and she’s-asleepy…

            :( on your behalf :(

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            I so fucking thought I was going to get some tonight, but the wife passed out. Three martinis = too much for her, :rofl:

            A-freaking-men. I keep my wife on a strict one-drink maximum as much as possible. She’s 5’2″, 110. Anything more than one beer/wine/shot and she’s gonna be out like a light.

            All the women who can maintain the requisite alertness for some hot monkey-lovin after drinking more than one drink are probably big girls you wouldn’t want to hit anyway.

            Unless you’re JMK and you’re into the whole tire-salesman thing.

            • V

              Damn, 110? I haven’t done a chick that tiny since high school.

              Eh, 1 beer ain’t shit, but gin martinis are something else. We had a solid dinner (shrimp/scallops/lobster tail), but apparently that wasn’t enough.

            • Jack
              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                That’s so wrong.

        • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

          tjsc, tell me if you get this comment:

          this debate

          ____________

          my head

          but i’m going to contribute anyway, multiple choice style:

          should you:

          a) take the time to find some stats out
          b) walk right over, Yankee’s pound ‘em
          c) tell CC you want his love

          well the answer is d [D] all of the above.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            I got nothing. Did I miss this convo from earlier?

            • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

              nope. digital underground lyrics.

              stretched too far :(

    • Manimal

      Whos this guy and why is he wearing two jerseys?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
        • Manimal

          well aren’t you lucky.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            You see that shit? Bitches love me, yo.

  • Manimal

    What I did waiting for the game to start…
    http://i24.photobucket.com/alb.....529/aj.jpg

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

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      he should turn that lame hand tatoo into an interlocking NY…

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

      Mind if we use that at some point in the future?

      • Manimal

        haha If you want to use it then sure, go crazy.

      • Manimal

        I could fix it up and make it better with some time. Let me know when you want it by and Ill make it look better

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

    Dammit Melk.

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

    Bye bye, Billy.

  • JSquared

    There’s the Location.

    • scooter

      Hit Molina’s glove on the Hall K. Nasty curve to Hannahan.

      Location IS there… a good sign

  • Jersey

    Badunka dunk

    • Jersey

      x2

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    My AL Manager of the Year ballot:

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

    • Zack

      I find it funny that the people who say Yankees spend a lot so they should win, are the same people who had Torre fired in May and the Yankees finishing 3rd in the division.

      • Zack

        meant had Girardi fired

        wow hate west coast starts

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

      My AL ROTY Ballot:

      1. Nolan Reimold
      2. Edinson Volquez
      3. Gordon Beckham

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        I love your #2.

        (TWSS)

        • Steve H

          She is a freaky bitch.

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

    Bill Hall is Vernon Wells Lite.

    • V

      Sucks a little worse, gets paid a lot less?

      • V

        Oh, but at least Hall can play multiple positions poorly, instead of just one poorly.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Exactly. He sucks, but you can spread the suck around a little more, which is nice.

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

        Yup.

    • Jack

      Vernon Wells Lite

      Is that even possible?

  • JSquared

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

  • Reggie C.

    Aj Burnett = ???

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

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

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    OH NOOOOES WILSON

  • scooter

    “Wilson couldn’t pick it”

    Very funny, Kenny

  • bonestock94

    Ugh, so close.

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

    Pwn.

  • JSquared

    Pick’d OFF!!

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

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

    Nice Melk, real nice. Juan Rivera-esque.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

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

      http://img268.imageshack.us/im.....azytex.jpg

      • Jack

        That’s been my background for the past month.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Killer, KILL, YO!

  • bonestock94

    Ichiro is such a badass

    • bonestock94

      lol, nevermind, mlb.tv is slow tonight

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Beauty by AJ. Too bad Melky sucks.

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

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

    • scooter

      Gritty, gutty Brett makes that play

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

    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.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

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

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

        Or drafting a closer in the first round.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          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

            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

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

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                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

                  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

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

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Thanks to Melky we lost the lead.

  • Reggie C.

    AJ knows that Griffey is 40 yrs old right ?

  • Jersey

    Gah. Throw STRIKES, nerfherder.

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

    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.”

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I give because I love.

    • Jack

      PUSSY TUBING!

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Why not throw fastballs by Junior?

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

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

  • bonestock94

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

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

      Of course.

      • bonestock94

        Wow, that’s embarrassing.

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

        One out, bottom of the ninth, tying run on third, 0-2 count, deep foul ball but in play down the LF line. You’re the LF–do you let it drop?

        • Steve H

          If you’re Johnny Damon you better.

        • bonestock94

          Oh man, now that I’ve had this revelation that’s harder to answer. How’s your pitcher doing? Is it a fluke base hit off of a top notch closer or a mess of an inning where you take your out and settle for extra innings?

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

          Yes, and I’ve seen that very situation cost a team the game. SDSU and I think Loyola Marymount, kid caught the ball in foul territory in LF, runner tagged up and scored pretty easily, game over.

          • Steve H

            Loyola Marymount. Only thing I think of is Hank Gathers and Bo Kimble.

          • bonestock94

            wtf, I can’t believe you can tag on a pop foul. It’s like a whole new world for me now.

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

              It’s no different than a regular fly ball.

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

              If the ball is in play, advance at your own risk, always.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Nice throw Tex. Right on the money…

  • Jersey

    FINISH HIM

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

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

  • Reggie C.

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

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

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

    • Reggie C.

      Matsui is going to be a full time Nintendo beta tester??

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

    Dickey, Gehrig, Gordon, DiMaggio.

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

    Wow.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Fuck you Gutierrez.

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

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

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

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

    • scooter

      But Omar is TEH GENIOUS!?!?!!!1111

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Well, in fairness to Omar, it was a three-way deal and he wasn’t giving up Gutierrez; Shapiro was.

        Omar actually came out fairly okay in that deal; didn’t give up anything he’d miss and got Putz. He was subsequently injured; shit happens.

        • Steve H

          Too bad he didn’t stick with to his hispanic players only policy and get Guiterrez instead of Putz.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Touché.

  • V

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

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

    Someone go sacrifice a whole chicken to the BABIP god.

    • Steve H

      Bucket of KFC work?

  • bonestock94

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

  • Brazilian Yankee

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

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      This is why Jarrod Washburn appeared to actually be a good pitcher for a split second.

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

        Frankie G and Ichiro have a lot to do with that too.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          +7, 8, and 9

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

    Yay, A.J.

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

    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.

    • Steve H

      Do they need to get better at DH, or do they need to sell tickets?

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

        Well, wouldn’t getting better at DH make them a better team and thus make them sell more tickets?

        This does make me wonder: if Derek Jeter were hitting like Griffey right now in his contract year, would the Yankees bring him back?

        • Jack

          If Derek Jeter were hitting like Griffey right now, would he want to come back?

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

            Touche.

        • Steve H

          Would it? I honestly don’t know. You’d like to think so, but winning hasn’t exactly sold seats in Tampa.

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

            True; but the M’s don’t really have the transplants to deal with, do they?

            • Steve H

              I don’t think so, but when Tampa isn’t playing the Sox or Yankees, the Rays fans aren’t exactly busting down the door, nor were they last year for a lot of the season.

              All of that said, I hope they resign Griffey, they’ll have no room for Matsui.

          • Zack

            Tampa has no history though, their problem is bringing fans to the stadium for the first time. Seattle is trying to bring fans back to the stadium.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Seattle is trying to bring fans back to the stadium.

              They should have another “Turn Forward The Clock” day.

              http://seattletimes.nwsource.c.....974893.jpg

        • Zack

          I agree. They have 60m coming off of their payroll, need to fill holes first and worry about giving Griffey 2m for bench player for sentimental reasons last

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Give Griffey a front office advisory position.

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

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

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

      Pretty much anything hit from LCF to foul territory in RF.

  • Reggie C.

    we’re not even trying to take pitches ..

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    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.

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

      I’d have to go with 67. No good reason.

      • bonestock94

        96, that was a good year.

      • Steve H

        ehhhh, 67 makes me think of the Sox impossible dream team. Of course, being the Sox, they did come up short.

    • Bob Stone

      I like #77 as well. #61 is a good symbolic number. How about #123?

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

      87–birth year.

    • Steve H

      35 for Reggie Lewis or 77 for Ray Bourque.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        I was debating whether or not to make #35 off limits. We haven’t given it out all year. Is Moose included in that Torre/Paulie/Bernie group? Would people be offended if someone takes his number? I say no.

        However, does the equation change if he goes into the Hall and wears a Yankee cap? Hmm…

        • Steve H

          Good question on the Hall cap. I think it’s more of a when he goes in the Hall, not if, and it will be interesting to see what cap he is forced to wear. If Jim Rice gets in, Mussina should get 117% of the vote.

          And fine, remove 35, I’ll take 77 for Bourque (or just to copy you?)

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Yeah, that cap thing will be really interesting. If I’m the Hall Curator who makes the call on who wears what cap, it’s Orioles. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that Moose asks for Yankees, though.

            If it’s Yankees, I bet there’s a movement to put his number on the wall. A movement that fails, because how can you put Moose on the wall and not Gomez or Ruffing?

            • Steve H

              He certainly should go in as an Oriole. He was better there and pitched there longer so the counting stats(which the old farts care about) are in the Orioles’ favor. Probably more well known as a Yankee, but that’s not what it should come down to, though I’d like to see it. In a case like this though, they really should let the player decide, it ain’t exactly Boggs the Devil Ray.

    • Manimal

      21 isn’t off limits, its frowned upon.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        I know. I made it off limits specifically for that reason, because it’s frowned upon. Ditto 6 and 51.

      • YankCrank20

        I was thinking, maybe we should give #21 to A-Jax when he comes up.

        Only because I feel Yankee fans wouldn’t cause such a stink if it was a homegrown kid with incredible hype.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          I’m good with that.

          Of course, I was good with Latroy Hawkins and Morgan Ensberg rocking it too. Because it’s not retired. Until it’s retired, people should shut the $%&# up about it already.

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

    Derek…wtf?

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

    Jeter had no shot at that.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Was that a 5-pitch inning? Oh boy.

  • bonestock94

    Great defense on both teams today.

    • Bob Stone

      Except for Melky’s misplay in right center that Grit Gardner would have made.

    • scooter

      Biggest story is that Burnett has been solid so far

      As far as King Felix goes, Singleton and Cone had an interesting stat – batters are hitting .321 off Felix’s first pitches, and a LOT less after that

      We’re getting a lot of good swings, and that’s all you want off a Cy Young winner

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

      A-Rod’s lack of range is somewhat made up for by his arm strength.

      • Steve H

        Too bad a 1B doesn’t need a strong arm.

        Olney’d

  • charlespoet

    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!

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

    6th inning already? Holy crap moly.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    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”.

    • Bob Stone

      ietcvm

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

    David Cone busting out the FanGraphs reference. Awesome.

    • Zack

      Seems like the only guy who does his own research up there and doesnt just rely on what they hand him

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      “FanGraphs dot com”, no less.

      It’s on teh interwebs, in case that wasn’t clear.

      • Steve H

        Did he mention http://www as well? It’s funny seeing something older on tv or youtube and that’s how websites were stated, with the full address.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          I love Mel Kiper Jr’s radio ad for Sports Management Worldwide. I’m not making this up, this is how he says it.

          Kiper: “Log on to Dubya-Dubya-Dubya dot S-M-Dubya-Dubya dot COM. That’s Dubya-Dubya-Dubya dot S-M-Dubya-Dubya dot COM.”

    • Mike bk

      he consistently mentions them and baseball reference.

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

      He mentioned them with pitch velo. data one time, too.

  • scooter

    Fister? I don’t even know her…

    Big run there – AJ has to make it stand up

  • bonestock94

    Fangraphs mention

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    My 2009 AL MVP: Jacory Harris.

  • Mike bk

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

    • Bob Stone

      Thye have a good chance with six more head to head matches with Detroit. Their fate is in their own hands.

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

      Well, they’ve gotta sweep the series to get it within one so…

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

        Don’t forget, the Twins and Tigers play four times in Detroit in the last week of the season.

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

      I hope so, just so we can have an actual race. All the other playoff spots are pretty much locked in.

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

        But Mike Lupica said to watch out for the Sox!11!!

        • Steve H

          Mike Lupica who grew up in NH and went to Boston U. warned us about (his favorite team) the Sox? Shocking.

        • Zack

          Ha so does Francesa. I mean the Sox locked up the WC with a 6 game lead, but Yankees lead is only 6.5 so watch out.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        I can’t wait for Game 1 of the ALCS in the Stadium:

        CC Sabathia v. Carl Pavano

        • Mike bk

          it would be the DS not CS

    • Zack

      Definately possible, they have 5 games left together, and Twins are only 3 games behind.

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

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

    • Bob Stone

      It was also lucky that he picked off Ichiro or it would have been two runs. Garnder would have made the play that Melky screwed up.

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

        Fallacy of the predetermined outcome.

        /Kay’d but true.

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

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

    • Bob Stone

      Very simple answer – NO WAY.

    • Steve H

      Just Ozzie being Ozzie.

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

      No, he’s a joke and I think they’re going to bag him in the offseason. His act has gotten tired.

      • Bob Stone

        VERY tired.

      • scooter

        In the words of the Hawk, “He gone”

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

        But teh smart ballz!

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      How long was the White Sox title drought? 88 years? That 2005 title probably bought Ozzie a 5 year grace period, meaning he’s got one year left.

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

        I remember when everyone said Theo got a 5 year grace period after 2004. Then 2006 happened.

  • Bob Stone

    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?

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      Mo, Goose, Hunter, Guidry, El Duque, Wells, Pettitte and definitely Clemens (yeah, i said it, fuck yo couch).

      This just in: i can’t count.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      1) Armando Benitez
      2) Scott Kamieniecki
      3) Rich Monteleone
      4) Anthony Claggett
      5) Chris Britton

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        No, wait. Revised list:

        1) Nick Swisher
        2) Nick Swisher
        3) Nick Swisher
        4) Nick Swisher
        5) Melvin Croussett

        • Bob Stone

          You forgot Jose Canseco

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            MODAMNIT!!!!

        • Jack

          Nick Swisher has to maintain a concealed weapon license in all 50 states in order to legally wear pants.

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        bat.shit.in.sane.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Oh, come on. You’ve gotta admit, reaching back for Benitez and Monteleone was creative.

          I almost went with Sam Militello.

          • Bob Stone

            It was very creative. I’m surprised no one picked Aaron Small and Shawn Chacon.

      • Bob Stone

        Very funny – but you forgot Kei Igawa.

    • Cy Farnsworth

      Mo Rivera, Mike Mussina, David Wells, Andy Pettitte, Roger Clemens (maybe seeing the Yanks play Seattle is making me nostalgic)

      • Bob Stone

        I forgot Moose – Definitely have to fit him into my list.

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

      Andy
      Mo
      Cone
      Moose

    • Jersey

      Mo, Moose, Coney, Duque, Clemens. I hate the rest of them.

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

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

    I’m feeling a Swisher shot.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hopjake Jake H

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

  • Bob Stone

    Swisher looks like he’s swinging for the fence.

  • Bob Stone

    Go Swish!

  • Zack

    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?

    • Jersey

      Nah, let him go at least one more.

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

      Send him back out. I don’t see any reason to take him out.

    • Bob Stone

      One more inning.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Wow, King Felix just has nasty nasty stuff.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Cano has to put that ball in play.

    • Zack

      how dare he K against this scrub pitcher

      • Steve H

        ietc.

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

    Yo, Cone is LOVING FanGraphs tonight.

    • Jon

      so awesome.

  • Manimal

    fangraphs x 2

  • MikeD

    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.

    • Zack

      http://www.baseball-reference......=&t=p

      His numbers are actually better on the road.
      H: 88.2IP 8hr
      A: 118.2IP 6HR

    • Bob Stone

      There were some fly balls hit pretty deep tonight that would probably be home runs in other parks.

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

    The Jesus reference. Nice.

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

    Ugh, why is Girardi not pinch hitting for Molina?

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      JoeG mailing it in :(

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      You’re not allowed to play Italian-Venezuelans in Seattle. It’s in the CBA and everything.

  • zs190

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

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

    Posada must be catching with all these passed balls.

  • Jon

    Damn you posada.

  • Brazilian Yankee

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

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

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

    Girardi pulling a LaRussa right there.

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

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

  • Jersey

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