ALDS Game Two: Twins @ Yankees


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:

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)

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


  1. Hi, I'm Jerry, this is my associate Cornelius says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

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

  2. Mister Delaware says:

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

  3. dkidd says:

    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

  4. 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.


  5. 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.


  6. Mode:Theif and Lair says:

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

    /do I need too?

  7. Drew says:

    AJ is going to kill it.

  8. Nathan says:

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

  9. BigBlueAL says:

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

  10. Jersey says:

    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…

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

  12. Brazilian Yankee says:

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

  13. Drew says:


  14. Mike Axisa says:

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

  15. Salty Buggah says:

    Woohoo 1st pitch strike = Awesome

  16. Accent Shallow says:

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

    Slider? It’s a curve, you dopes!

  17. Drew says:

    One up, one down! PIE PIE PIE

  18. BigBlueAL says:

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


  20. Ivan says:

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

  21. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Those looked like strikes.

  22. Accent Shallow says:

    Mauer: what an eye.

  23. Brazilian Yankee says:


  24. Drew says:

    OHHHHH Shit!

  25. Jacksoneem says:

    That was dirty

  26. Ivan says:


  27. Yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    Nasty Pitch

  28. Accent Shallow says:

    AJ Burnett is fucking filthy.

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

  29. The Three Amigos says:


  30. Jersey says:

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

  31. Salty Buggah says:

    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.

  32. TheZack says:

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

  33. Mister Delaware says:

    Pitch trax is definitely off-center tonight.

  34. Accent Shallow says:

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

  35. Salty Buggah says:

    Damn, this guy is a big fan, huh?

  36. Mike Axisa says:

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

    • AndrewYF says:

      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.

  37. AndrewYF says:

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

  38. Drew says:

    Carlos Gomez looks high as hell in his picture.

  39. Riddering says:

    There goes Jeter’s OBP.


  40. Drew says:

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

  41. Drew says:

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

  42. Mike Axisa says:

    It’s official, Tex is a bust.

    • Salty Buggah says:

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

  43. pat says:

    Ajax is also from Denton.

  44. Souter Fell says:

    Somebody fix the pitchtrax or take it off

  45. Salty Buggah says:

    Jose must have let Jorge call that 0-2 pitch

  46. Yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

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

  47. BigBlueAL says:

    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.

  48. Accent Shallow says:

    Delmon Young: allergic to breaking balls

  49. Marc says:

    Uggghh these announcers suck.

  50. cjc says:

    that “slider” is a curve no?

  51. Ivan says:

    Young got raped by Burnett’s Curveball rite there.

  52. Chip says:

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

  53. Yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    That was nasty.

  54. Drew says:

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

  55. Accent Shallow says:

    Gomez can fly.

  56. AndrewYF says:

    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 says:

      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.

  57. Salty Buggah says:

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


  58. dkidd says:

    molina is pitching a great game so far

  59. dkidd says:

    crowd seems more into it tonight

  60. Mister Delaware says:

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

  61. Brazilian Yankee says:

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

  62. Mike Axisa says:

    Dayum, 29 pitches, 21 strikes for AJ.

  63. Ivan says:

    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.

  64. Marc says:

    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!

  65. Mike Axisa says:

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

  66. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Freaking popups are annoying.

  67. Salty Buggah says:

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

    We’ll get to him soon enough.

  68. dkidd says:

    really want matsui to get a ring before he heads home

  69. AndrewYF says:

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

  70. Salty Buggah says:

    Swisha HR or DP here, calling it.

  71. Doug says:

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

  72. Accent Shallow says:

    Perfect game over!

  73. Chip says:

    Can someone define part-time everyday player for me?

  74. Accent Shallow says:

    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.

    • Drew says:

      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.

  75. Mike Axisa says:

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

  76. Salty Buggah says:

    Hmm, Blackburn keeps gettting that outside call.

  77. Salty Buggah says:

    Ugh, that was kinda high

  78. Brazilian Yankee says:

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

  79. Doug says:


  80. Mister Delaware says:

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

  81. Arod the Great says:

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

  82. Reggie C. says:

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

  83. Accent Shallow says:

    8-9-1 coming up? Ugh.

  84. Salty Buggah says:

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

  85. BigBlueAL says:

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

  86. PaulF says:

    Yankees will hit him hard second time through the order

  87. Marc says:

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

  88. Doug says:

    Want to own a piece of New York Yankees history?


  89. Riddering says:

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

  90. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Fucking ump, comon!

  91. dkidd says:

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

  92. Salty Buggah says:

    Blackburn got that outside call everytime! Fuckin ump

  93. Mister Delaware says:

    That cannot happen.

  94. Mouch "Half Man Half Couch" says:

    Walking Punto? Really?

  95. E-ROC says:

    Hell has frozen over when Nick Punto walks

  96. Riddering says:

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

  97. Drew says:

    Nick Punto is the second best Athlete on the Twins?

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

    • Mike Axisa says:

      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.

  98. BigBlueAL says:

    Walking Nick Punto. Not good.

  99. Stadium Garlic Fries says:

    wtf? that was clearly out..

  100. Souter Fell says:

    Either way, span is fast

  101. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Umps screwing the Yankees yet again.

  102. Yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    That was A close play.

  103. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Good play Johnny!

  104. Stadium Garlic Fries says:

    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.

  105. charlespoet says:

    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.

  106. Drew says:

    Take a seat Mauer, bitch.

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


  108. Mike Axisa says:

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

  109. BigBlueAL says:

    Pure filth.

  110. Souter Fell says:

    nice, burnie looking sexy tonight

  111. Mister Delaware says:


  112. Stadium Garlic Fries says:

    Burn baby Burn !!!

  113. claybeez says:

    That strike call helped balance things out.

  114. Yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    Aj Has Great stuff tonight.

  115. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Nasty AJ, nasty.

  116. Drew says:

    The Melkster will get on base.

  117. Accent Shallow says:

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

    /not serious

  118. Stadium Garlic Fries says:

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

  119. 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.

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


  121. dkidd says:

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



  122. dkidd says:

    let’s go jose!

  123. Salty Buggah says:

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

  124. Ben says:

    Melky sucks. 2 auto outs

  125. Yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    wow i thought that was gone.

  126. Accent Shallow says:

    Derek Jeter: mortal, after all

  127. Mike Axisa says:

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

  128. cjc says:

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

  129. Reggie C. says:

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

  130. Arod the Great says:

    Oh man Center is DEEEP.

  131. Salty Buggah says:

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

  132. That commercial had nothing at all to do with Blackberries.

  133. Dela G says:

    a-rod hits a home-run in this game

    book it

  134. Stadium Garlic Fries says:

    I hate TV networks raising volume automatically during commericals

  135. charlespoet says:

    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.

  136. Salty Buggah says:

    Kubel is getting OWNED

  137. BigBlueAL says:

    I think Mauer made the right choice.

  138. Souter Fell says:

    Last two pitches flying, slow it down slooooow it down

  139. Salty Buggah says:

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

  140. Accent Shallow says:

    AJ, you gotta throw strikes to guys like that.

  141. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I really despise Gomez.

  142. Souter Fell says:

    um, whats goin on?

  143. Brazilian Yankee says:

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

  144. Mister Delaware says:

    Son of a dammit, AJ.

  145. Drew says:

    That’s right! We hittin everybody!

  146. Mike Axisa says:

    Settle down AJ, everything flyin’ on ya.

  147. Salty Buggah says:

    Someone tell Jose to stop letting Jorge call those HBPs

  148. Brazilian Yankee says:

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

  149. Yankeefan91 Arod fan says:


  150. dkidd says:

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

  151. Brazilian Yankee says:

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

  152. Accent Shallow says:

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

  153. Drew says:


  154. Mouch "Half Man Half Couch" says:

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

  155. Mike Axisa says:

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

  156. Souter Fell says:

    yes, motherfucker yes!

  157. Riddering says:


  158. Salty Buggah says:

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


  159. Mister Delaware says:

    $1,000,000 that Young was coasting.

  160. Doug says:



  162. charlespoet says:


  163. Joe D. says:


  164. Jacksoneem says:

    Now thats heads up

  165. BigBlueAL says:

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

  166. Reggie C. says:

    Playoff luck !!!

  167. Ivan says:

    Swisher is bad OF


  168. Yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    Great play Swish.

  169. Dela G says:

    derek jeter is a fucking man

  170. Stadium Garlic Fries says:

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

  171. Nick Swisher >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> the haters

  172. Accent Shallow says:

    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.

  173. Stryker says:

    huuuuuuuuuge play by swisher.

  174. whozat says:

    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 says:

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

  175. 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.

  176. dkidd says:

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

  177. Brooklyn Ed says:

    Damon needs to get out of his slump!!

  178. Andrew says:

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

  179. Brazilian Yankee says:

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

  180. Mister Delaware says:

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

  181. Drew says:

    Actually Ron, Both Gomez and Span COULD get there.

  182. BigBlueAL says:

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

  183. Yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

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

  184. Reggie C. says:

    No hitter intact.

    Blackburn = Gamer

  185. cjc says:

    hmm we’re getting friggin no hit

  186. Accent Shallow says:

    Blackburn pitching well is infuriating.

  187. JobaWockeeZ says:

    A hit anytime soon would be nice.

  188. Mouch "Half Man Half Couch" says:

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

  189. dkidd says:

    nick blackburn is pitching a no-hitter


  190. ansky says:

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

  191. Jersey says:

    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.

  192. trueblue says:

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

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

  193. Chef says:

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

    Great pitching beats great hitting in the playoffs.

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

    Yeah, she can get it.

  195. SF Yanks says:

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

  196. Yankeefan91 Arod fan says:


  197. cjc says:

    nice very nice

  198. ansky says:

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

  199. BigBlueAL says:

    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.

  200. Riddering says:

    Is this the most economical Burnett has been all year?

  201. Brazilian Yankee says:

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

  202. ansky says:

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

  203. Yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    In the 7th inning were not even there.

  204. charlespoet says:

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

  205. dkidd says:

    drop a deuce on him, aj

  206. Mister Delaware says:

    C’mon Molina.

  207. Brazilian Yankee says:

    3-2 Curve? Posada could have called that

  208. Patrick T says:

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

  209. Reggie C. says:

    I’m concerned.

    Mauer up.

  210. Tony says:

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

  211. AJ says:

    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.

  212. Reggie C. says:

    Aj is scared.

    He’s forgotten the strike zone.

  213. Souter Fell says:

    C’mon aj, so want you to succeed

  214. Brazilian Yankee says:

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

  215. ansky says:

    C’mon AJ!!!

  216. Yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

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

  217. Salty Buggah says:

    AJ has let 8 guys reach base today

  218. Mister Delaware says:

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

  219. cjc says:

    2 out base runners are eventually going to kill him

  220. Souter Fell says:

    show me shaolin strikeout

  221. AJ says:

    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?

  222. ansky says:

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

  223. pete says:

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

  224. dkidd says:

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

  225. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Nice job AJ.

  226. jay says:

    thata boy..

    lets bust this open

  227. Accent Shallow says:

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

  228. Yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    Good job getting out of the inning.

  229. ansky says:

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