ALCS Game Five: Yankees at Angels

Locker Blogger interviews Kevin Long
ALCS Game Five Spillover Thread

We were lucky that the ALCS off-day didn’t come between Games 3 and 4. Otherwise there would have been almost two days of everyone questioning Joe Girardi‘s in-game management. Instead, they played Game 4 a day later and won decisively, making us forget about bullpen moves. We can thank CC Sabathia for that, who made moot any pitcher change issues. That’s what happens when you go eight innings and leave with a 10-1 lead.

As a Yanks fan, it’s hard to be more excited than I am right now. The team is on the brink of its first World Series since 2003, and the way the team is making it easy to feel confident. The pitching has been superb to this point, and maybe, just maybe, the offense is coming around after a slow start to the postseason. In fact, that could be one of the stories of tonight.

Only Hideki Matsui and Nick Swisher went hitless in the Game 4 assault. If they get in on the action tonight, man, I can’t imagine what the Yankees can do. They’re both starting tonight, though you could make a case for either or both of them sitting. WIth Jose Molina in the lineup, the Yanks could use Jorge Posada as the DH, and with a righty on the mound for the Angels (and with the flyballing A.J. Burnett pitching for the Yanks), they could have gone with Brett Gardner in center and Melky in right.

But Girardi doesn’t want to mess with the script that has gotten them to this point. The Yanks will certainly be looking to Swisher for a breakout game. As for Matsui, even with his 0 for 5 on Tuesday he’s still hitting .286/.412/.357 in the ALCS, so there aren’t many worries on that end.

We went over John Lackey earlier today, so for a quick take on him in elimination games, plus his performances against the Yankees in the playoffs, check out that. The Yanks fared well enough against him in Game 1, and will look for production similar to their nine hits and three walks off Lackey.

I have to cut myself off here. I’m just so damn excited.

Lineups:

Yankees

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

Pitching: Number thirty-four, Allan James Burnett

Angels

1. Chone Figgins, 3B
2. Bobby Abreu, RF
3. Torii Hunter, CF
4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH
5. Kendry Morales, 1B
6. Maicer Izturis, 2B
7. Juan Rivera, LF
8. Jeff Mathis, C
9. Erick Aybar, SS

Pitching: John Lackey

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Locker Blogger interviews Kevin Long
ALCS Game Five Spillover Thread
  • marc resnick

    i cant even doubt this team… every time i have they come up huge.

    • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

      So… maybe you should doubt them?

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm61weFrK4c JobaWockeeZ

      Alright sorry but something is weird at RAB. The comments are gradually getting smaller and smaller to the point where the comments disappear as if it were in a non ending comment chain.
      Is this happening to anyone else?

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm61weFrK4c JobaWockeeZ

        Alright fixed! It was just my browser.

  • Tank the Frank

    I want to see at least 6 strikeouts from AJ, and at least 2 hits with RISP. If that happens, I think you can pop the champagne!

  • andrew

    Do Kendrick or Izturis get split righty/lefty? or does Scioscia just use his incredible gifted baseball mind to pick out the best matchups?

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

      I think they get platooned.

    • vin

      Luckily they get platooned… because any other 2b in his right mind would’ve thrown to first in Game 2.

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

    Tim Salmon’s on MLBN’s pre-game show. Looking back on his numbers, he was a much better than I remember him being.

    • Mike Pop

      I always loved him in Slugfest.

  • JGS

    why is Kendrick not in the lineup? he has no significant platoon split and he murders the Yankees

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

      Well, Posada ain’t in it either, so I guess it’s some sort of odd Hamurabi’s code in effect.

      • TheLastClown

        Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, 2b for a C…doesn’t have that ring to it, does it?

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

    Play today. Win today. Das’ it.

    • Camilo Gerardo – your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense

      das it n das all, rebecca

  • ansky

    We play today…

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

      WE WIN TODAY

      • thurdonpaul

        DAS IT

  • Mike Pop

    Why do I watch the FOX pregame?

    • Sleepy Carl

      I was just thinking that to myself.

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

      What was said now?

      • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

        Wait for AJ to throw strikes. AJ is wild. etc etc

        Once again, Angels pitchers are no worry, the Yank’s pitchers are trouble.

      • Stadium Garlic Fries

        Hearing them you would think Yankees were facing elimination.

    • Stadium Garlic Fries

      Seriously..hate drips literally from the Karros and grace every word they speak..

    • vin

      “Why do I watch the FOX pregame?”

      To stare at Karros’ hair? It’s getting higher by the minute.

      • http://twitter.com/mikepop1027 Mike Pop

        IETC

  • crapulent aka I said good day sir

    I am so nervous!

  • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

    Here’s the plan:

    Get Eric Karros off my tv screen.

    Watch DJ lead off with a hit.

    The rest will take care of itself.

    Go Al and Melk! And the rest of the Yanks too! woot woot. Fall classic here we come.

  • Camilo Gerardo – your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense

    If Lackey puts up a 2.0 whip again, ballgame. it seems like we are just getting over the post-alds layover… which could mean that the angels are as well, but that is on burnett.

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

    So fucking pumped.

    • vin

      I’m starting to get that little knot in my stomach, and my breathing is getting shallower.

      Man, did I miss playoff baseball.

  • Camilo Gerardo – your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense

    Q: is fox’s gun a little slow or are lackey,cc,ervin,aj holding back a little bit?

  • dkidd

    i feel like aj often has a bad 4th or 5th inning. is there a way to check his era per inning this year? i looked at fangraphs but couldn’t find it

    kruk just predicted angels win the game 5-2, so we’re good

    • slappy white

      who did Steve Phillips pick ?

      • slappy white

        oh yeah, that fat hairy chick

      • JSquared

        Definitely not his wife.

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        The ugly brunette, if memory serves.

        • JMK aka The Overshare

          You guys are quick. I thought I had that shit.

      • ansky

        Steve just yelled out “69!” …not sure if thats a score or not.

      • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew
    • vin
      • vin

        He’s been abysmal in the 2nd inning. .906 OPS against.

        Best inning? 6th. .598 OPS against.

        Splits are for this year only.

        • dkidd

          thanks! stupid statistics, refuting my anecdotal impressions…

          second inning. what a strange inning to have be your worse

    • TheLastClown

      Career splits re: innings

      Innings 1-3: 2.38 K/BB .226/.311/.337/.648

      Innings 4-6: 2.03 K/BB .248/.330/.393/.723

      Innings 7-9: 2.24 K/BB .235/.312/.390/.702

      • TheLastClown

        But this year…it looks like the 2nd is actually his worst inning.

  • Camilo Gerardo – your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense

    the mind is an amazing thing, and cocaine is a hell of a drug

  • thurdonpaul

    how many red sox are crying now ?
    hehehehe

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      Who cares? I’ve never understood why some Yankee fans are as obsessed with the Sox as they are with us. There’s a reason for them to obsess over us, but no reason for us to obsess over them.

      But whatever makes you happy.

      • thurdonpaul

        it was just 1 comment, not exactly obsessing :)
        lets go Yankeesssssss

      • TheLastClown

        Sucks to your ass-mar.

  • yankw

    lets win this shit for halos heaven

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    I’ve bought some very nice steaks and a fantastic bottle of scotch in preemptive celebration of the win. It’s over. In lieu of having booty, I may call an escort service to complete the trifecta.

    • thurdonpaul

      awesome

    • ansky

      just keep fucking the chicken buddy!

  • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

    I love how everyone is on Al’s dick now.

    Okay, seven good games and now people realize how special this dude really is.

    You’d think that 2100+ games would give people this idea, not 7.

    • Stadium Garlic Fries

      I know it will never happen but when Yankees win tonight and Rosenthal tries to find him, I want him to tell him F..U..see u later hater..

      • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

        Woot woot! RAB may not work but go Yanks!

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      You know how powerful narrative is. Like you didn’t see this coming; you’re better than that, Drew.

  • Camilo Gerardo – your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense

    dios mio, alex has had 0 swings and misses

    • Camilo Gerardo – your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense

      …in the OC

  • thurdonpaul

    start spreading the news…..

  • Sleepy Carl

    Ah Karros with the jokes…

  • ShuutoHeat

    So did anyone see the Philadelphia riot videos? Specifically the one where the dumb ass is standing on top of a car that drives away?

    http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/spo.....of_control

    Fast forward to 0:10 if you want to skip to the guy falling off the car.

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    Anyone care to explain the “das it and das all” meme (as it appears to be, at least)?

    • thurdonpaul

      mariano duncan use to say: we play today, we win today, das it

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        Gotcha. Thanks.

      • Jackson

        He said it before game 6 of the ’98 World Series I believe.

        • vin

          Not sure which game he started it in, but it was during the ’96 series.

        • ZDW

          98 didn’t have a WS game 6

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Who has a bigger head, Don Zimmer or John Kruk?

    • Camilo Gerardo – your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense

      bald heads somehow always look bigger than they are in actuality; kruk.

    • ansky

      Chris Berman…by far!

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

    That’s how Jeter rolls.

    Did anyone else just have serious issues with the comments section?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      Yeah, we fixed it.

      • Mike Pop

        You da man, Paw!

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

      My bad, I got a little delete happy when I was shutting the show unread comments plugin off.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Base hit for Derek Jeter.

  • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew
  • Dela G

    jeterian

    LETS GO YANKEES

  • southernyankeefan

    got to love that start

  • Mike Pop

    Here. We. Go.

  • JGS

    Yankees >>>> Angels

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

    That’s the kind of start I’m talking about.

  • southernyankeefan

    I like it i like it ALOT

  • Stadium Garlic Fries

    There you go guys..lets get it started..

  • http://www.stonerh1@aol.com Bob Stone

    I predict a 4-3 Yankees win. In the last game I predicted 11-0 Yankees. I had the right number of runs. I was just too stingy in LA’s runs. Hopefully I’m right again, although I wouldn’t be unhappy with a 15-0 blow out.

  • JackC

    I’ll gladly be shouted down here — but am I the only one questioning the second half of the Yanks; lineup a bit? No Posada – still Swisher?

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm61weFrK4c JobaWockeeZ

      Swisher is good…
      But we all agree on Posada.

  • ShuutoHeat

    I’m lovin’ this, those were both hard shots. Com’on Tex let’s heat this shiet up!

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    An Angel runner would have scored from first on that.

    -MSM’d

  • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

    Mike, we know you said RAB had some problems. You cannot hide.

  • Stadium Garlic Fries

    lets pull one outa here Tex.. we are set..

  • Camilo Gerardo – your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense

    let’s go baby

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

    Don’t send the runners.

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    Halo Blog discussing the Mariano non-spitball: http://www.halosheaven.com/200.....l#comments

    • ShuutoHeat

      ugh, I’m scared my IQ will decrease by 50% upon clicking that link…

      Hasn’t that issue been discussed to death already?

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        A) Your IQ will drop to squishy-face levels.
        B) Yes, it has been discussed ad-nauseum, but this is a video where Rev Halo talks about his paranoia with some guy from a slightly-above-basic-cable sports show.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Lackey is like a bulldog. Look at the jowels on his neck.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm61weFrK4c JobaWockeeZ

    Yay shitty umpiring.

  • southernyankeefan

    And TEX is rung up on ball 4

  • Stadium Garlic Fries

    oh Tex..u and ur curve balls..

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    Not a strike, but whatever.

  • Jackson

    To close to take.

  • http://www.stonerh1@aol.com Bob Stone

    That pitch was away but too close to take.

  • Mike Pop

    Alex.

  • Camilo Gerardo – your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense

    think small, alex

  • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

    Ugh. I hate umpires. That pitch was never in the strike zone.

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

    Well that was not what I expected. Come on, Hidek.

  • http://www.stonerh1@aol.com Bob Stone

    Ouch

  • Stadium Garlic Fries

    Come on Hideki..don’t disappoint us..at least a single..

  • Tony

    They better call that shit (Tex) for Burnett

  • http://www.stonerh1@aol.com Bob Stone

    HitDeki – Hit one out!

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    The homeplate umpire is who?

    • JGS

      Fieldin Henry Culbreth III

  • BigBlueAL

    Maybe Tex should be benched for Cecil Fielder.

    • vin

      Maybe Prince Fielder?

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

    A-Rod lost his clutch. Just great.

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

    Burnett better get that same call on the backdoor curve to lefties.

  • YankeeScribe

    He’s living off his curveball

    • Mister Delaware

      8 of 17 pitches, all to Teix and Matsui.

  • YankeeScribe

    Why isn’t Posada DHing?

    • Mike Pop

      So he can hit for Molina later.

    • JSquared

      Probably so he can pinch hit later…

    • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

      We picked up this guy Hideki Matsoo from Japan. Wanted to give him a shot.

  • ShuutoHeat

    Fucking crowd is stupid. Do they expect every pitch to be a strike/strikeout?

  • JSquared

    The fastball is off the plate to matsui, but a curveball that didn’t touch the zone once… was a strike? nice.

  • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

    I’m surprised Culbreth didn’t call that a strike. Douche.

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

    Good eye, Hidek. Now find a gap.

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

      Or find Morales.

    • hal

      between guzman and hinske

  • A.D.

    /waste

  • TJ

    Goddammit all over again

  • Jackson

    Well that was a tease.

  • southernyankeefan

    well that de-escalated quickly.

  • trueblue

    AWFUL

  • Dela G

    that strikeout to tex was bullshit by the way

  • yankw

    arg Tex is killing the flow

    • hal

      gee I’m glad he’s a good fielder

      • yankw

        he’s great but this slump creating a black hole in the middle of the lineup

  • Brazilian Yankee

    That was textbook Yankees’ offense: get two men on than go 0 for 3 with RISP.

    • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

      This comment was textbook Brazilian Yankee: say something negative about the Yankees.

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

        IETC

    • Mike Pop

      Really?

      I thought textbook Yankees offense was being the best offense in the league.

  • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

    It’s funny how one pitch can change an inning.

    Thanks flashy Fieldin Culbreth.

  • trueblue

    I don not get it, nor do I agrewe with Matsui starting.. His bat looks as slow as he is

    • Mike Pop

      It’s the right decision. Posada will need to pinch hit later.

  • ShuutoHeat

    People are complaining already? Amazing.

    • slappy white

      im not….WE GOT THIS

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

    Settle down, A.J.

    • Yankee1010

      It’s Posada’s fault.

  • Dela G

    cmon aj, you got this

  • ansky

    that sucked a little bit.

  • Stadium Garlic Fries

    Please don’t put this midget on base AJ..

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

      When did the Angels pick up Pedroia?

  • Brazilian Yankee

    AJ is not even close. Just great.

    • Mike Pop

      Really?

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      I thought Brazilians were a happy-go-lucky people?

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        Most beautiful victims of armed robbery, assault and rape in the world. Of course they’re cheery!

      • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

        Heh, maybe not happy go lucky, but an extremely confident people. It is the conundrum that is “Brazilian Yankee.”

  • Henry Triana

    If you didn’t start Burnett for this game, who would you start? Chamberlain or Gaudin?

    • Dela G

      why wouldnt i start burnett?

    • Mike Pop

      Burnett.

  • BigBlueAL

    Nice.

  • Dela G

    well a leadoff walk isnt what you want to see…

  • southernyankeefan

    Alright Aj throw some strikes.

  • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

    Ahhh! Get JoMo in there! AJ is wild.

    ..Oh crap!

  • Hugh Jassman

    Leadoff walk from AJ = Yankees win ALCS at home?

    • Jackson

      I know that Abreu goes the other way often, but why does Melky shade that far to left. That was crazy.

      • Jackson

        reply fail.

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

      No.

      • Hugh Jassman

        Riight

  • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

    It’s crazy how much I loved when Bobby would smile during an AB while he was a Yank. Now I hate it pisses me off like no other.

    • Marcus

      I’m with you on that.

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    Not how you want to start the game.

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

    I really don’t get why Melky plays in left-center for Abreu.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Great start, at least he has his personal catcher. It’s not like we could have used Posada’s bat.

  • PsiFighter37

    Well, this isn’t good.

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

    Where the hell do they have Melky playing against Bobby?

    • Dela G

      compton?

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      He’s on the rocks in left-center. He loves fountains, you know.

  • Mike Pop

    Not what I wanted to see. But it’s alright.

  • ansky

    damnit!

  • trueblue

    Awesome start.. Offense shits the bed then AJ does teh same. fucking great, get the asshole fans in teh game. Brilliant.

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

    Well, that started poorly.

  • ShuutoHeat

    Ugh, not to be a sore loser/winner. But I hate the way the Angels grins/smirk, all of them. They look like a bunch of pedos at the candy shop.

  • TJ

    Well this sucks

  • Yankee1010

    Bad AJ usually waits a little longer to show up.

    Oh well, looks like the offense will have to win one.

  • Stadium Garlic Fries

    Fuck this shit..come on AJ

  • YankeeScribe

    Well this might get ugly early

  • JackC

    Well, at least Posada will be in to hit soon

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Hits with runners in scoring position, didn’t know you could do that.

  • trueblue

    Good.. Boston AJ showed up tonight.

  • dkidd

    i just killed a man with a trident

  • Dela G

    fuck, this isn’t the start anyone wanted to see

  • southernyankeefan

    Man AJ needs to find his stuff.

  • Mister Delaware

    [presses restart button]

  • David A

    Ya AJ was overdue for a blowup game…

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

      It’s still early.

      • Brazilian Yankee

        Yeah, it’s only 3-0 now with no outs and a runner on second. It’ll get a lot worse.

        • Mike Pop

          It’s going to get worse and worse from you too.

          Tired of your act.

  • PsiFighter37

    Looks like we have bad AJ tonight.

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

    Yikes. Burnett’s lucky that didn’t go farther.

  • Henry Triana

    Great. Yankees don’t do shit with men on 1st and 2nd with no outs. Yet the angels drive em both in. This won’t be good.

  • BigBlueAL

    The only positive that can come out of Burnett pitching like crap tonight is hopefully it ends the stupid Molina catching Burnett experiment and leads to Posada catching every game in the WS.

  • Camilo Gerardo – your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense

    err, melk missed cut-off on abreu’s ‘double’

  • charlespoet

    So what time is game 6?

    • Camilo Gerardo – your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense

      i lol’d. long game

    • BigBlueAL

      Thankfully it was moved to 8 pm.

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

      There won’t be a Game 6.

      • charlespoet

        I hope not but with exception to ARod, Tex and Matsui are hitting worse than AJ is pitching and now 4 runs to Lackey, afraid it might be good night sweetheart.

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

          We scored 10 runs yesterday.

  • Stadium Garlic Fries

    alright AJ..settle down now..still no big deal..

  • Jackson

    That really should only be one run. The defensive alignment turned Abreu’s single into a double. Who shades that far over?

  • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

    Jose put the 2 run single sign down. Dammit.

  • trueblue

    Gaddamn Burnett is a frustrating SOB

  • Yankee1010

    Jorge, get your gear on.

  • southernyankeefan

    well this fucking sucks.

  • JackC

    I’m trying to think of the wins Burnett’s gutted out when his stuff hasn’t been there…coming up empty

  • JGS

    well, this sucks

  • ansky

    So…this is what CC inspired?

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    Thank God Molina is catching him.

    • mustang

      second that maybe this put a end to that shit

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        Silver lining?

    • Camilo Gerardo – your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense

      methinks girardi was just looking for a reason to rationalize not using jomo for aj. this may be it

  • TJ

    Jesus this is terrible

  • http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/riddering/Baseball/reachforthestaaaaars.jpg Riddering

    I am amazed and know not what to say.

  • Mister Delaware

    Bright side: More ticket and concession revenue

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

      Haha.

      Perspective, ftw!

    • mustang

      Got tickets to game 6 trade them in a minute for a win tonight

  • Henry Triana

    I wonder if he can get an out?

  • trueblue

    You fucking chump Burnett…

    • Marcus

      They should sub in Jorge right now. See if his approach works better.

      • Marcus

        Sorry, reply fail.

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

    Everything has been absolutely SMOKED.

  • Dela G

    man this sucks

  • charlespoet

    Wow. Blew a chance in the top of the first and now, the only person AJ is fooling is himself and Girardi. Looks like the route is on.

  • southernyankeefan

    These are’nt exactly bloopers either.

    • trueblue

      This is an Ike Turner beat down

  • Tony

    Molina better never catch again.

  • Dela G

    good thing is that his pitch count is low!

  • trueblue

    This is exactly why game 4 was a must win. AJ has no constitution

  • charlespoet

    Could have sworn this was 2009 not 2004.

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

      It’s the first inning.

      • charlespoet

        Yes it is but we are already down 4 and 0-3 with RISP… And AJ is throwing BP… so I would love to be wrong but, confidence level just dropped to 4.

  • Stadium Garlic Fries

    can Girardi get Gaudin started

  • ShuutoHeat

    Burnett is shot, no control. That pitch to Vlad had nothing.

    Let’s stop the bleeding Burnett, don’t let the dumb ass crowd get to you.

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

    It’s okay guys, Molina’s catching. No worries.

  • Jake K.

    Wow. He’s got nothing.

  • nathan

    I thought BP was at 5 EST

  • Henry Triana

    He needs to walk Morales.

  • danny

    wth, this is unraveling to fast.

  • Lanny

    How’s Molina’s catching doing??

    • Mike Pop

      Showing up ! Nice !

  • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

    It’s aight. Our catcher is a HOF’er

  • Yankee1010

    Look at the bright side – if and when the Yanks get to the World Series, we will not be subjected to another damn Molina at-bat.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Do something girardi, enough of this fucking loser.

    • Mike Pop

      I’ve had quite enough of you.

      • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

        +1

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

      NO U

      • Lanny

        Don’t you know if you’re not 100% positive the Positive Posse gangs up on you and +1’s you to death????

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

      Absolutely not.

      We’re not pulling our #2 starter in the first inning of Game 5 with a 3-1 series lead and our offense, no matter how bad he looked initially. Calm down.

  • Dela G

    wow

    this is incredible

    can this please end?

  • Mike Pop

    Eww man.

  • Josh K

    Come on AJ!!!!! Damnit!!

  • TJ

    This isn’t happening…this isn’t happening

  • danny

    crapp.

  • Stadium Garlic Fries

    come on..stop this shit..can some one visit the mound at least?

    • Will

      Eiland already did.

  • Will

    Alright, getting to sleep early tonight.

  • PsiFighter37

    Well, I guess we’ll have to win it back home.

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

    Oh good, so now Girardi doesn’t have the quick hook.

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

      Girardi would be a fool to pull Burnett now. He absolutely gets to keep pitching.

  • dkidd

    wow. like batting practice

    take a breath, aj. yanks will score more than 4 tonight

  • slappy white

    way to shit the bed AJ

  • C

    Gaudin and Posada, come on down!

  • nathan

    Check the CF camera… they know exactly whats being thrown

  • JackC

    Um…NOW you can bring in Aceves…

  • Dela G

    will someone make an out for the angels?

    that is the 64000 dollar question

  • Lanny

    Isn’t over managing Girardi going to replace Burnett now and try to salvage this?

  • ansky

    I didnt know we were starting game 7 Kevin Brown today.

  • Mouch “Half Man Half Couch”

    Smoke them last night get smoked tonight.
    I just hope they wrap it up on Saturday so CC can pitch game 1 in the World Series

    • slappy white

      at this point I just hope they wrap it up

    • Stadium Garlic Fries

      they still need to play 8 more innings..lets keep some faith..

  • Stadium Garlic Fries

    what a downer to start with…i will stil watch all nine innings..

  • trueblue

    The O will totally shut it down I’m sure

  • Jim

    Isn’t this what Gaudin is on the roster for?

  • Jake K.

    Get Swisher warmed up.

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    The silver lining is that there’s no way Molina catches Burnett again, right? Right?

  • Josh K

    Nice check swing…give me a break…

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

    Well, the nice thing about this (bear with me here) is that it’s the first inning. If A.J. can hold it to 4 (probably not?) the Yankees can erase that. If there’s one offense that can make up a 4 run deficit in the first, it’s the Yankees.

    • Marcus

      I share your thinking.

    • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

      Broski. We can erase a 9 run first inning. We got this.

  • Dela G

    thank god

    an out!!

    there is a god!

  • TJ

    I thought that was gone

  • http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/riddering/Baseball/reachforthestaaaaars.jpg Riddering

    Thank you, Swisher. Thank you.

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

    Joy. ONE out.

  • E-ROC

    One out!

  • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

    Not to say this game is over. It isn’t. The positive I take from this early blow up is that Molina may not catch AJ in the WS.

  • JGS

    hey, an out!

  • Henry Triana

    Well, atleast no one’s hit a home run yet? Right guys? RIGHT!??!?

  • Yankee1010

    One, Izturis definitely went. Two, Molina, any time you want to pull your magical pitch whispering, that’s cool.

  • Marcus

    You’ve got to be kidding me. They are just smoking everything. Can we get a BABIP correction plz?

  • YankeeScribe

    Finally! 1 out!

  • Eirias

    I can just SENSE the Lanny/Brazilian Yankee here, even before I post!

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

      Brazilian Lanny! THIS TIME, HE’S ON VACATION.

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

    If AJ would have left without recording an out, would his ERA for the game have been infinity?

    • Eirias

      Nope. Division by zero doesn’t equal infinity.

  • Yankee1010

    There’s no way Molina is allowed to bat, right?

  • ShuutoHeat

    All pitches hit were at the bottom of the zone, that’s going to happen. His stuff isn’t as sharp as it was last time around, so it’s much easier to tee off on it.

  • Hugh Jassman

    Burnett’s got nothing.

  • Lanny

    It’s a good thing we only got 8 real hitters in the lineup down by 4 in the 1st.

    • Marcus

      Lanny has entered the building!

      What’d you think of the double play?

  • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

    Nomaas is going to have a field day with this first inning.

    Luckily AJ will get the W anyway.

  • Camilo Gerardo – your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense

    lesson one: don’t walk a cold Figgins

    • Russell NY

      on 5 pitches

  • Russell NY

    You’re going to pull AJ with 16 pitches? Lets get real. They are swinging at first pitches. AJ walked the leadoff speed man. That has disaster written all over it. He far from “sucks” though.

  • Randy A.

    Remember earlier in the year when the Yankees blew two 4-run leads in a row to the Angels? I think thats enough proof to say that 4-runs over 8 more innings is not really that much. Hopefully Burnett turns it around but please…back away from the ledge

  • Mister Delaware

    Oh fuck yeah GIDP!!!

  • mustang

    Wow damn we get down really fast around here you would think they haven’t come back all year.

  • SmittDogg

    Thank god.

  • dkidd

    we’re winning this game

    das it

  • JGS

    ok, now lets get those back

  • ashish

    games over. why am i even wasting my time?

  • Dela G

    hallelujah

    AJ wont allow another run

    i guarantee it

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Down 4 with an offense that doesn’t know how to hit with runners in scoring position. This game is going to be challenging.

  • Mouch “Half Man Half Couch”

    Posada has to bat for Molina. AJ lost any pull that he had by pitching batting practice in the first.

  • YankeeScribe

    The bats are going to have to win this one

  • ansky

    finally!

  • charlespoet

    What the inning is over? Angels are chokers only scoring 4 runs. Too bad McCarver.

  • ShuutoHeat

    Com’on boys, let’s do this shiet. Let’s quiet those mofos in the stands. Make them shut their big ass yaps.

  • http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/riddering/Baseball/reachforthestaaaaars.jpg Riddering

    A.J. is going to go O’Neill on some coolers in the dugout: y/y?

  • Will

    Remember how we used to say “WHEN” AJ retries a batter, like it was a sure thing?