Oct
09

ALDS Game Two: Twins @ Yankees

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2009 American League Division SeriesSo here we are, the day everyone’s been talking about. The day Jorge Posada will sit in favor of Jose Molina. This move has been debated more than enough in the last week, so instead of rehashing it, I’m just going to focus on tonight’s starting pitchers.

You see, AJ Burnett and Nick Blackburn as essentially polar opposites. Among pitchers that threw at least 200 innings this year, Burnett posted the seventh highest K/9 at 8.48. Blackburn? The second lowest at 4.29. What about walks? Burnett’s 4.22 BB/9 was second worst in that group, Blackburn the fifth best at 1.79. The one thing the two guys have in common is nearly identical FIP‘s (Burnett checks in at 4.33, Blackburn 4.37) and tRA’s (4.74 for Burnett, 4.68 for Blackburn). Despite residing on completely opposite ends of the spectrum in how they get it done, Burnett and Blackburn have pretty much been each other’s equal in terms of production. Of course one guy is making $16M, the other close to the league minimum.

The weather isn’t looking great, but there seems to be enough of a window to get the game in. Here’s each club’s starting nine:

Minnesota
Denard Span, RF
Orlando Cabrera, SS
Joe Mauer, C
Jason Kubel, DH
Michael Cuddyer, 1B
Delmon Young, LF
Carlos Gomez, CF
Matt Tolbert, 3B
Nick Punto, 2B

Nick Blackburn, SP (11-11. 4.03)

Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS
Johnny Damon, LF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Hideki Matsui, DH
Nick Swisher, RF
Robinson Cano, 2B
Melky Cabrera, CF
Jose Molina, C

AJ Burnett, SP (13-9, 4.04)

TBS and Chip Caray have the broadcast, with first pitch set for 6:07pm ET. Enjoy the game.

Update: We disabled the “show unread comments” feature, so you won’t get that little interlocking NY telling you which comments are new. Sorry, but they slow down the site too much with all the extra traffic during the game. It’ll be back once the game’s over.

Categories : Game Threads, Playoffs
  • Hi, I’m Jerry, this is my associate Cornelius

    How many more times are we gonna hear Francesa call Burnett the “Little Girl with the Curl”. He says it like the put the patent on it.

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

      enlighten me, what is the intent with such a ridiculous tag? I clearly missed the show.

      • Hi, I’m Jerry, this is my associate Cornelius

        it’s a line from the highly-underated movie “Bottle Rocket”..

  • Mister Delaware

    With that OF, we should probably just aim for the seats.

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

      We always do, buddy… we always do.

      http://www.hiyoooo.com

    • Salty Buggah

      If not the seats, just aim for LF. Delmon sucks there. -19.6 UZR

  • dkidd

    are there numbers to back up my sense that our “grind out long at-bats” line-up matches up worse against control guys versus power guys?

    doesn’t matter, we’re winning tonight

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

    Despite residing on completely opposite ends of the spectrum in how they get it done, Burnett and Blackburn have pretty much been each other’s equal in terms of production. Of course one guy is making $16M, the other close to the league minimum.

    That extra 16M?

    It’s for all the pies.

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOM, THAT JUST HAPPENED. IS YOUR MIND BLOWN?

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

    I don’t care about their FIPs tRAs or WORPies or whatever the hell your crazy stats are called.

    AJ Burnett is 13-9. Nick Blackburn is only 11-11. AJ is clearly a much better pitcher.

    /ghostofalexgonzalez’d

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

      It’s all about the team rallying.

    • alex gonzalez

      If I was making a team which could include anyone, it would include Scott Feldman.

      /ghostofalexgonzalez’d

      • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

        ietc

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

        That’s still my favorite.

  • Mode:Theif and Lair

    Carlos Gomez in Jose Morales out is pretty much the same defensive upgrade and offensive downgrade as Molina and Posada

    /do I need too?

    • Mode:Theif and Lair

      “too”? yikes reverse grammar fail.

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

      It wouldn’t have been Morales at DH, though, would it? Morales has a pedestrian line against righties (.294/.365/.324), is he really the righty side of their DH platoon in the absence of Morneau?

      Yech.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

    AJ is going to kill it.

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

      He’s a pie-fucker.

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

        pie fucker, do you need assistance? because java-molina will help you, theoretically.

      • AndrewYF

        Is that a close relative of the fruit fucker?

  • Nathan

    Are the little NY boxes on the side of the comments staying up tonight?

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

      I’ll give it 3 innings before it has to go.

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

        I win.

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

      No, thanks for reminding me to turn it off.

  • BigBlueAL

    Chip Caray makes me look forward to Joe Buck come ALCS time.

  • Jersey

    ESPN radio has Jon Miller and Steve Phillips. Do I choose them over Jon and Suzyn…? In both cases, you have one great voice with questionable brains attached and obnoxious sidekicks in tow. Hmmm…

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

    Sadly, that’s the most muted and understated suit I’ve ever seen Craig Sager wear.

    • baravelli

      Fair enough, but his tie was practically an optical illusion.

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

        No doubt.

        In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

        • baravelli

          In the land of the blind, they can still see that tie.

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

          sager is a smart dude, funny, too

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Aight fellas here we go! Here’s to another win!! Let’s do this!

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

    HIP HIP!!! JOSE

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

    Based on those first two pitches, Burnett’s throwing a perfect game tonight.

  • Salty Buggah

    Woohoo 1st pitch strike = Awesome

  • Accent Shallow

    We’re two pitches in, and I’m liking what I see so far.

    Slider? It’s a curve, you dopes!

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

    One up, one down! PIE PIE PIE

  • BigBlueAL

    I thought Cuddyer was batting 4th and Kubel 5th??

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

    OH SHIT JOSE IS HURT LETS PUT POSADA IN NOW

    • BigBlueAL

      Im surprised Posada didnt go Tonya Harding on Molina last night.

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

        Well, he peed all over him, but it had the reverse effect of what Jorge anticipated.

    • Brazilian Yankee

      That would be kinda funny

    • Eirias

      Ah, you see… Girardi predicted that, and put Jose in to take the hit for Posada. Always five chess moves ahead.

  • Ivan

    “We Play Today, We Win Today” Lets go Yanks.

    • Vader

      Das it!

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

    Those looked like strikes.

  • Accent Shallow

    Mauer: what an eye.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Nasty!!

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

    OHHHHH Shit!

  • Jacksoneem

    That was dirty

  • Ivan

    Filthy.

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

    Nasty.

  • Yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Nasty Pitch

  • Accent Shallow

    AJ Burnett is fucking filthy.

    Also, Ray Romano has another sitcom? Scott Bakula? Some black guy I don’t recognize? Fuck.

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

      Boy, you did not just put down Andre Braugher.

      • Accent Shallow

        I’ll give him a pass, since he was in Homicide: Life on the Street.

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

          Yeah, but Andre Braugher’s acting chops put both Bakula and Romano to shame. Braugher’s the one you should recognize, and it should be “Who are those other two white guys from old shows I vaguely remember?”

    • Hi, I’m Jerry, this is my associate Cornelius

      it’s cassiel from City of Angels.

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

      Fuck you, TBS, putting “Under Pressure” in the ad for your show will not get me to watch it.

  • The Three Amigos

    WE GOT OURSELVES A BASEBALL PLAYER!

  • Jersey

    “You’re never too old to be dirty.” ~AJ Burnett

  • Salty Buggah

    Nice AJ…I have a feeling Molina gets a hit today. Then, many will say that we need to resign Molina for AJ next year.

    • Souter Fell

      how big of a hit does he need to shut the whinners up?

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

        This player hater says: a 5-run home run.

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

      We don’t need production from the catcher, not with this offense.

      Jorge for backup catcher, Molina to start!!1!

  • TheZack

    Doesn’t AJ throw a curve, not a slider? Shouldn’t the announcers know that?

  • Mister Delaware

    Pitch trax is definitely off-center tonight.

  • Accent Shallow

    Nick Blackburn is the sort of pitcher they should absolutely obliterate, to the point it’s almost a reverse lock.

  • Salty Buggah

    Damn, this guy is a big fan, huh?
    http://s3.amazonaws.com/twitpi.....AidE6To%3D

    • Accent Shallow

      I hope that’s not your uncle or something, because that just looks awful and amateurish.

      • Salty Buggah

        Heh, no way. I dont think anyone I know in my family has a tattoo, at least not a big one.

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

      I’m all for hats, T-shirts, jerseys, hell… even pins. That shit is just wrong.

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

    I didn’t know Derek was allowed to make outs in the postseason.

    • AndrewYF

      In postseason games where Jeter does not make an out, the Yankees have a winning percentage of 100%.

      So this is not a good sign.

  • AndrewYF

    Are they calling Burnett’s curveball a slider because he throws two differently-breaking curveballs?

    • Yankeefan91 Arod fan

      I think he does have a slider and a Knuckecurve.

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

        Don’t forget about the pieball.

      • Salty Buggah

        No, I think he does throw 2 curves. I’ve heard about a slider from him. He does throw a changeup once in a while though.

        • Salty Buggah

          *I’ve never heard

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

    Carlos Gomez looks high as hell in his picture.

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

    There goes Jeter’s OBP.

    Weak.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

    Damon is getting around on the fastball. He’s going to have a good game.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

    Teix, 6 for 7 vs Blackburn.
    Al, 3 for nine.

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

    It’s official, Tex is a bust.

    • Salty Buggah

      No, he’s a team player. He’s just looking for Alex or Jeter or anyone else, just in case they 0-fer today

  • pat

    Ajax is also from Denton.

  • Souter Fell

    Somebody fix the pitchtrax or take it off

  • Salty Buggah

    Jose must have let Jorge call that 0-2 pitch

    • BigBlueAL

      LMAO

  • Yankeefan91 Arod fan

    I wish i had that game to bad Xbox 360 doesnt have it :(

    • Joey

      It’s pretty awesome

      • Yankeefan91 Arod fan

        Im stuck wit that 2k9 Game ugghhhhhh.

  • BigBlueAL

    I was reading today that while NYS was the most homer prone stadium in baseball it yielded the 2nd fewest doubles behind only Petco and triples werent much easier to come by either.

    • Tony

      Uhhhh… because of all the “doubles” that became homers.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

    PIE!

  • Accent Shallow

    Delmon Young: allergic to breaking balls

  • http://www.repairmycomputer.com Marc

    Uggghh these announcers suck.

  • cjc

    that “slider” is a curve no?

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

      Yepp.

  • Ivan

    Young got raped by Burnett’s Curveball rite there.

  • Chip

    Seriously, if I have to listen to these idiots refer to Burnett’s great slider anymore I’m watching this game on mute

  • Yankeefan91 Arod fan

    That was nasty.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

    Yeah they need to move the pitch trax zone to the right a little.

  • Accent Shallow

    Gomez can fly.

  • AndrewYF

    I think Burnett’s ‘faster’ curveball is being called a slider by the announcers. Maybe it does look like a slider. Who cares what it’s called.

    • Accent Shallow

      I dunno, the old-timers would call a good 12-6 curve a “drop ball” for obvious reasons. AJ’s curve sure looks like that.

  • Salty Buggah

    Damn, he’s gotten to 2 strikes on a lot of guys. Only 2 K’s though. I want K’s Damnit!!!!

    /greedy

  • dkidd

    molina is pitching a great game so far

    • Yankeefan91 Arod fan

      Molina on the mound :P

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

      Too bad his presence is causing all the bats to go cold.

  • dkidd

    crowd seems more into it tonight

  • Mister Delaware

    I know its an inning late, but Darling’s comparison of Mauer to Olerud is spot on.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Time to crush Mr. Blackburn. We’ll score at least 3 this inning.

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

    Dayum, 29 pitches, 21 strikes for AJ.

    • Ivan

      Thats the key. Quality K’s.

  • Ivan

    There’s gaames when u watch Burnett, and you say to your self, “how do people hit this guy” and then there’s other games you say to your self “How the hell people hit this guy” That’s Burnett.

  • http://www.repairmycomputer.com Marc

    Postseason.tv’s mid-home-plate camera is funny to watch during the half innings. It keeps going to hot chicks and staying on them for awhile lol. Saweet!

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

    Damn Alex, that was your pitch. Hanger and a half.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Freaking popups are annoying.

  • Salty Buggah

    Damn, what’s up with these high flies/pops. 3/4 outs.

    We’ll get to him soon enough.

  • dkidd

    really want matsui to get a ring before he heads home

    • Ivan

      Yeah, dude needs some hardware.

    • Accent Shallow

      +1

  • AndrewYF

    Pinch-run for Matsui, we’re only going to need 1.

  • Salty Buggah

    Swisha HR or DP here, calling it.

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

      Should have predicted K or BB.

    • Salty Buggah

      never mind…he would have with a good ump though

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

    Matsui just made Blackburn walk him. Glorious Nippon 1, Twins 0.

  • Accent Shallow

    Perfect game over!

  • Chip

    Can someone define part-time everyday player for me?

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

      Darling just said twice a week in the field, DH rest of the time.

  • Accent Shallow

    Matsui still considers himself an outfielder? Oh, Hideki . . . then again, if his knees don’t blow up, he couldn’t be as bad as Bobby last year.

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

      Eh, it’s hard to say he “can’t” play the outfield. I’m sure he can, the issue is if his knees can hold up or not.

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

    Did Ron Darling say Matsui struggles against lefthanders? Way to do some research.

    • Yankeefan91 Arod fan

      He said in 2008 he really struggled.

  • Salty Buggah

    Hmm, Blackburn keeps gettting that outside call.

  • Salty Buggah

    Ugh, that was kinda high

  • Brazilian Yankee

    AJ doesn’t get the high strike but blackbum gets it? That makes no sense

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

    BULLSHIT STRIKE THREE

  • Mister Delaware

    Bad call but I won’t complain about a big zone when Burnett is on the mound.

    • Brazilian Yankee

      You should, AJ is not getting the same calls.

      • Mister Delaware

        2 innings. Not worried; its not like he got squeezed.

  • Arod the Great

    Yea, this ump and the pitchtrax just do not equal eachother

  • Reggie C.

    This is the season for the Twins .. Blackburn’s up to task.

  • Accent Shallow

    8-9-1 coming up? Ugh.

  • Salty Buggah

    Can Kay just pop-up in the TBS booth just to say Blackburn has a No-no?

  • BigBlueAL

    No problem, Yankees have Melky and Molina to lead off the 3rd inning.

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

      My boy Melky will get the first hit. Watch.

  • PaulF

    Yankees will hit him hard second time through the order

  • http://www.repairmycomputer.com Marc

    Time for the hot chick camera! Mid-Home-Plate on postseason.tv

    • http://www.repairmycomputer.com Marc

      Someone tell me they saw that girls knockers!

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

    Want to own a piece of New York Yankees history?

    POWERTHIRST!

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

    Dammit, I wish I had Teen Nick so I could watch Degrassi.

    • Yankeefan91 Arod fan

      lol

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Fucking ump, comon!

  • dkidd

    why do we pitch punto like he’s babe ruth?

  • Salty Buggah

    Blackburn got that outside call everytime! Fuckin ump

  • Mister Delaware

    That cannot happen.

  • Mouch “Half Man Half Couch”

    Walking Punto? Really?

  • E-ROC

    Hell has frozen over when Nick Punto walks

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

    Girardi doesn’t want A.J. to pitch to Punto.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

    Nick Punto is the second best Athlete on the Twins?

    Uh, I’ll take Gomez and Span any day before Punto.

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

      Whenever they talk about a white being one of the best athletes on the team, I just assume they’re not taking all the black guys on the team into consideration to make ti fair.

  • BigBlueAL

    Walking Nick Punto. Not good.

  • Stadium Garlic Fries

    wtf? that was clearly out..

  • Souter Fell

    Either way, span is fast

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

    He was out.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Umps screwing the Yankees yet again.

  • Yankeefan91 Arod fan

    That was A close play.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Good play Johnny!

  • Stadium Garlic Fries

    Request to Twins, you can hit to all other eight Yankee fielders whichever way you want. Don’t hit these whacky line drives to Johnny Damon. It makes us nervous.

  • charlespoet

    Greeting fellow Yankee fans. it has been a while. Nice to finally watch the game live at a normal time rather than at 2 am from Greece.

    This umpire sucks tonight.

    • Souter Fell

      glad to have you, yes he does

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

      Hey, where you been! Missed ya, bro.

      • charlespoet

        Have been in Greece for three weeks checking out the sites. Watching 2 am feeds on my iPod.

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

          Wonderful. Yay, democracy!

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

    Take a seat Mauer, bitch.

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

    A.J. Burnett >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Joe Mauer.

    PWNAGE, BITCHES.

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

    When AJ is on, dude it’s just not fair.

  • BigBlueAL

    Pure filth.

  • Souter Fell

    nice, burnie looking sexy tonight

  • Mister Delaware

    Hooray!

  • Stadium Garlic Fries

    Burn baby Burn !!!

  • claybeez

    That strike call helped balance things out.

  • Yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Aj Has Great stuff tonight.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Nasty AJ, nasty.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

    The Melkster will get on base.

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

      Dang. It’s aight Melk.

  • Accent Shallow

    Two walks in three innings? Posada might as well be catching!

    /not serious

  • Stadium Garlic Fries

    It will be only poetic if Jose hits one out this inning.

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

    Your Yankee replica CC Sabathia jersey had his name on the back, Majestic.

    Hence, it’s not a replica and I won’t be buying it. Get bent.

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

    We win this game 8-0. All 8 RBI’s are from Melky and Molina.

    HERE WE GO BABY

    • Ben

      If that ends up right this blog should fold asap n head to Vegas

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

        Heh.

  • dkidd

    was looking up mauer’s stats and came across larry walker’s insane 3-year stretch in colorado:

    .366
    .363
    .379

    crazy

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

      Forget the batting averages, look at the OBP’s.

      One of my all time favorite players. Before the injuries started to take their toll, he was unbe-fucking-leviable.

      • Salty Buggah

        True story: When I started to switch hit, I made my lefty stance like his. It didnt work out all that well at 1st. But its really different and normal now.

      • Mister Delaware

        I was sold Jay Bruce as Larry Walker II. Not quite, atleast not yet. Nowhere near the same discipline.

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

        He swung a mean stick… as a righty.

        http://www.enquirer.com/editio.....50x407.jpg

        • dkidd

          all-star game?

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

            Yup. Against Big Unit.

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

      Just listing BA doesn’t even do him justice.

      .366/.452/.720 178+
      .363/.445/.630 158+
      .379/.458/.710 163+

      I know there’s a Coors effect, but that’s still just sick.

  • dkidd

    let’s go jose!

  • Salty Buggah

    OK, after Molina here, the 2nd time thru the order starts, so does the mashing.

  • Ben

    Melky sucks. 2 auto outs

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

      Every other team in the playoffs starts at least one hitter worse than Melky every single night. Remember that.

  • Yankeefan91 Arod fan

    wow i thought that was gone.

  • Accent Shallow

    Derek Jeter: mortal, after all

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

      Nope. Study is inconclusive. SSS.

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

    Jeter sends one to the track the second time he faces Blackburn. And so it begins…

  • cjc

    very wrong part of the park to hit that one damn next time around this scrub gets his mark my words

  • Reggie C.

    Dj just missed it … if he only had Arod strength..

  • Arod the Great

    Oh man Center is DEEEP.

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

      TWSS

  • Salty Buggah

    See that, Jete hit it hard. We’re bout to pounce

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

    That commercial had nothing at all to do with Blackberries.

  • Dela G

    a-rod hits a home-run in this game

    book it

  • Stadium Garlic Fries

    I hate TV networks raising volume automatically during commericals

    • Mister Delaware

      Samesies.

  • charlespoet

    Freakin wicked pitching. LIke this AJ. Now get that man some runs…

    Think AJ is benefiting from the stripes on the sides of his hair cut.

  • Salty Buggah

    Kubel is getting OWNED

  • BigBlueAL

    I think Mauer made the right choice.

  • Souter Fell

    Last two pitches flying, slow it down slooooow it down

  • Salty Buggah

    I’m sure that was best feeling 92 mph fastball for Young as he got on base.

  • Accent Shallow

    AJ, you gotta throw strikes to guys like that.

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

    I really despise Gomez.

    • Accent Shallow

      Yup. Almost breaking Tex’s wrist and then getting salty? Fuck him.

  • Souter Fell

    um, whats goin on?

  • Brazilian Yankee

    As good as AJ has been, he can’t hit the outside corner to righties.

  • Mister Delaware

    Son of a dammit, AJ.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

    That’s right! We hittin everybody!

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

    Settle down AJ, everything flyin’ on ya.

  • Salty Buggah

    Someone tell Jose to stop letting Jorge call those HBPs

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Please don’t allow 2-out runs. Pretty please.

    • Mouch “Half Man Half Couch”

      Well you said “pretty please” lol

  • Yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  • dkidd

    feel like burnett often has a bad 4th or 5th inning and then rights himself

  • Brazilian Yankee

    GREAT PLAY SWISHA!!!!!!!!!

  • Accent Shallow

    Holy shit, what a boneheaded play by Gomez. Wild.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

    UN FUCKING BELIEVABLE!!! SWISHMASTER!

  • Mouch “Half Man Half Couch”

    Wow, just wow !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    No run! No run! What a play by Swish!

  • Souter Fell

    yes, motherfucker yes!

    • Souter Fell

      sorry

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

    SWISHER IS FUCKING MONEY.

  • Salty Buggah

    I think AJ is angry and is telling the offense to hit the Twins.

    SWISHER BITCHES!

  • Mister Delaware

    $1,000,000 that Young was coasting.

    • Mister Delaware

      Ok. I’m down $1,000,000. Double or nothing we score here.

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

    SWISHAHOOOOUSE!

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

    OH SHIT NICK SWISHER AND DEREK JETER ARE SUPERGENIUSES!!!!!!!!

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

      They are a buddy cop movie waiting to be filmed!

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

    SWISHER IS GOD!!

  • charlespoet

    SWIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIISHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!

  • Joe D.

    SWISHALICIOUS!!!

  • Jacksoneem

    Now thats heads up

  • BigBlueAL

    Posada better start getting ready to pinch-hit for Molina’s next at-bat.

  • Reggie C.

    Playoff luck !!!

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

      Playoff luck SKILL !!!

  • Ivan

    Swisher is bad OF

    /Detractors’d

  • Yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Great play Swish.

  • Dela G

    derek jeter is a fucking man

  • Stadium Garlic Fries

    u speedy son of a bitch..don’t get too excited running behind a bum…

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

    Nick Swisher >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> the haters

  • Accent Shallow

    Gameday’s explanation: “Carlos Gomez out at third, right fielder Nick Swisher to second baseman Robinson Cano.”

    I’m glad I have the TV on, otherwise I wouldn’t know what to make of that.

    • BigBlueAL

      Jeter made the tag no Cano!! Gameday fail!!!!

    • Salty Buggah

      really? It didnt say that for me. It was right.

  • Stryker

    huuuuuuuuuge play by swisher.

  • whozat

    So, we’ve got 2 BB, 2 HBP, and 4 Ks? Boy, thank goodness Jorge’s on the bench. I don’t know if he could have coaxed burnett pitch so “great”

    • whozat

      At least the Yanks are really hitting the ball well off Blackburn. Totally don’t need the extra bat.

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

    That play by Gomez was just all kinds of stupid. Even if he doesn’t fall, he’s gonna be out at third by a mile. Falling just made it worse in that the run didn’t score.

  • dkidd

    you can take the player out of the mets, but you can’t take the mets out of the player

    • Joey

      IETC

    • e mills

      ietcvm

  • Brooklyn Ed

    Damon needs to get out of his slump!!

  • Andrew

    Can we get some freakin hits please?~!!!!??!!?

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Yankees’ offense a no-show so far. We can’t afford that during the playoffs, especially against mediocre pitchers.

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

      Patience, young padawan.

      • Brazilian Yankee

        I’m trying, Master.

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

        The Yankees aren’t in the dark side for patience. It’s full power now or GTFO.

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

          The Emperor has sent me here to put you all back on schedule.

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

            But they need more men…on base!

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

      Wow. Just wow.

  • Mister Delaware

    Darling keeps going through that Fearless Punto explanation despite replay showing that Span was camped under it.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

    Actually Ron, Both Gomez and Span COULD get there.

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

      Exactly. If Span couldn’t have gotten there, Punto wouldn’t have needed to reach over him and Span wouldn’t have needed to bail out at the last minute to avoid the collision.

      Announcing FAIL.

      • Mister Delaware

        I like the exclammation point of Span looking at Punto and clearly saying “That was my ball, man”.

  • BigBlueAL

    Apparently Molina is hitting in all 9 spots of the lineup.

  • Yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Did he just say 6up 6down he can count for shyt.

  • Reggie C.

    No hitter intact.

    Blackburn = Gamer

  • cjc

    hmm we’re getting friggin no hit

  • Accent Shallow

    Blackburn pitching well is infuriating.

    • cjc

      + 100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

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

    A hit anytime soon would be nice.

  • Mouch “Half Man Half Couch”

    Wow, a no hitter for Blackburn so far. Very interesting.

  • dkidd

    nick blackburn is pitching a no-hitter

    kay’d/

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

      Too late. He would have said that in the 1st inning.
      Anyways a jinx from him would be great since he probably jinxed AJ early on.

  • ansky

    I hate that we’re making Blackburn look like Nolan Ryan. Hits please?

  • Jersey

    So do they pinch hit for Molina next time he’s up? It’ll have been at least five innings for Burnett by then, maybe six.

    • Chef

      Nope. Not while Burnett is still out there.

      • whozat

        Yeah, because Molina has made him AWESOME.

        it turns out that AJ is AJ, no matter what. Shocking.

  • trueblue

    Nick Fucking Blackburn- no hits thru 4!!!! Not even a hard hit ball.

    This fucking guy led the AL in hits allowed. Classic.

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

      Yup, yup, Yanks should give up.

    • Brazilian Yankee

      No kidding, it’s the last guy you’d expect to no-hit someone.

  • Chef

    Blackburn is pitching great. He’s been lights out for a month.

    Great pitching beats great hitting in the playoffs.

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

    That girl in the tight black pants in the Taco Bell commercial?

    Yeah, she can get it.

    • charlespoet

      Dude, she is nice and has a fine fine fine back side…

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

        Cornbread…

        … ain’t nothing wrong with that!

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

    I find everybody’s lack of faith… disturbing.

    http://images1.wikia.nocookie......ABitch.jpg

    • Salty Buggah

      Hey, dont include me in that everybody

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

        Okay, you’re good.

        (stops Sith-choking Salty Buggah)

    • SF Yanks

      Agreed.

      Give it time folks.

    • Chef

      Hey, some of us are ready to slit our throats over meaningless games in June…

    • BigBlueAL

      I actually follow Darth Vader on Twitter….

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

        That’s awesome. What’s his @ sign?

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

      Wait, you mean this shit isn’t over after 4 innings?

      ::restores faith::

  • SF Yanks

    Is it just me or does the time in between innings seem extra long tonight?

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

      THERE’S ONLY ONE OCTOBER!!!

      /DaneCook’d

      • Mister Delaware

        Ass.

    • charlespoet

      Need extra time to give Darling time to come up with every comment after every pitch… Friggin annoying.

    • Yankeefan91 Arod fan

      I also agree it takes forever

  • Yankeefan91 Arod fan

    nastyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  • cjc

    nice very nice

  • ansky

    AJ is dealing!!!! Lets get this guy some runs!! I think the racing stripes are good luck.

  • BigBlueAL

    I feared facing Verlander in Game 2 of the ALDS not Blackburn damnit!! BTW that TBS pitch track’s strike zone looks like a strike zone for a kid in T-Ball.

    • AJ

      That TBS strike-zone tracker is freaking annoying.

    • Chef

      Why? Blackburn has been way better than Verlander the last 3 weeks…

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

        Chef’s right.

      • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

        IMO, because Verlander is better and has done it before. If Verlander was pitching, I’d be thinking, shit, he’s going to keep pitching like this through 120 pitches.

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

    Is this the most economical Burnett has been all year?

  • Brazilian Yankee

    2 outs, AJ. Finish the inning, no messing around.

  • ansky

    Is that Jim Joyce or Goose Gossage over there at 3rd?

    • Mister Delaware

      Its Jim Joyce.

  • Yankeefan91 Arod fan

    In the 7th inning were not even there.

    • ansky

      TBS Broadcasters=FAIL

      • Yankeefan91 Arod fan

        That announcer sucks seriously.

  • charlespoet

    If ever a batter needed to be drilled just for the sake of drilling someone, it is this guy. Can’t stand this guy.

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

      I agree.

      Sincerely,
      Edgar Renteria

  • dkidd

    drop a deuce on him, aj

  • Mister Delaware

    C’mon Molina.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    3-2 Curve? Posada could have called that

  • Patrick T

    Obviously, Darling has never watched Burnett pitch before. :P

  • Reggie C.

    I’m concerned.

    Mauer up.

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

      Don’t worry. We got this. Twins aren’t scoring. Period.

  • Tony

    Excellent game calling, Jose. Good job at the plate, too.

  • AJ

    Joe Mauer scares me. He can go o-fer in this series and I’ll be scared every single time he steps into the box.

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

      Get back to pitching.

  • Reggie C.

    Aj is scared.

    He’s forgotten the strike zone.

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

      No, he hasn’t forgotten it, he’s just never been on good terms with the strike zone. It’s part of his charm.

      • Joey

        The strike zone killed his dog when he was younger, so it’s understandable

  • Souter Fell

    C’mon aj, so want you to succeed

  • Brazilian Yankee

    what’s the matter with AJ not getting outs with 2 outs.

  • ansky

    C’mon AJ!!!

  • Yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Who Would You rather Have Mauer,Hanley Ramirez or Albert Pujols?

    • SF Yanks

      I think Hanley should be removed from the question.

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

        I think Pujols should be removed from the question. All three are amongst the 10 best hitters in all of baseball.

        Two of them do it in defensive-intensive positions.

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

      Hmmm… In order;

      Mauer
      (atomically small gap)
      HanRam
      (gigantic gap)
      Pujols

      • Chef

        IMHO, I do the reverse…

        Catchers are so susceptible to injury. First basemen are safe investments.

        • Salty Buggah

          But good catchers are harder to find than good 1B. Mauer is more valuable and not 30 yet.

      • Salty Buggah

        That’s exactly how I would do it. I guess at times Hanley and Mauer can be switched for me.

      • Mister Delaware

        Depends on how long too. Hanley is the only one I trust to be at a high-spectrum (SS or maybe CF eventually) in 5 years.

      • SF Yanks

        HanRam over Pujols?? I haven’t looked up the numbers but I figured he be above and beyond HanRam, and that’s including the prime position he plays at…

    • Mister Delaware

      Trick question. I’d take Jacoby Ellsbury.

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

        You’re so wise. You’re like a miniature buddha, covered in hair.

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

      What TSJC said.

      Though, I’d probably have an even smaller gap between Mauer and Hanley, but the catcher would still trump the choice for me.

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

      All of them with A-Rod at third and Cano and second. Make it happen Cashman.

      But seriously Mauer. He’s unreal for a catcher.

  • Salty Buggah

    AJ has let 8 guys reach base today

    • Brazilian Yankee

      And that’s why we have an automatic out in the lineup. Joe G. is a genius.

  • Mister Delaware

    Fuck, man. 2 hits and 5 Ks but 6 freebies.

  • cjc

    2 out base runners are eventually going to kill him

  • Souter Fell

    show me shaolin strikeout

  • AJ

    Quick question – since PeteAbe was a Yankees writer who went to cover the Red Sox, is he now considered a traitor? Or would that only apply to players?

    • cjc

      he’s considerd a man taking care of whats best for him career wise

  • ansky

    Do these 2 ever shut up? ARe they getting paid by the word?

    • charlespoet

      No kidding

  • pete

    anybody else feel like AJ’s getting squeezed a tad?

  • dkidd

    molina: you know him better than i do, what do you think jorge would call?

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Nice job AJ.

  • jay

    thata boy..

    lets bust this open

  • Accent Shallow

    That works, but why couldn’t you have gotten O-Cab to do that?

  • Yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Good job getting out of the inning.

  • ansky

    Sweet!! Now lets string together some freakin hits here.