Game 162: Return of the B-Jobber


Today, for the first time in over a year, Joba Chamberlain will pitch out of the bullpen. You might think this saddens us at RAB, who firmly believe Joba should get every chance as a starter — and that every chance extends beyond his first full season with the gig. This move, however, makes all the sense in the world. The Yanks could need a fourth starter* in the ALCS and World Series, so it’s better to keep Joba working, rather than sitting him for a whole series.

* They might not even need a fourth starter in the ALCS, if they’re willing to pitch CC once on three days’ rest. There’s an off-day after that, so they could then pitch Pettitte, Burnett, and CC on regular rest in Games 5, 6, and 7.

A.J. Burnett will try to pitch better in his final tune-up than Sabathia and Pettitte, but it really doesn’t matter. He’ll have Jose Molina behind the dish, and unless Girardi is setting up one enormous smoke screen, it appears that this will also be the Game 2 or 3 battery.

The A-lineup, minus Posada, gets a look today, though they’ll probably only get two to three at bats each. The team is still tied with the 04 squad for most home runs by a Yankee team, and Mark Teixeira is still tied with Carlos Pena for the AL lead in home runs. C’mon, Mark. Just get it done.


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

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

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Dela G says:

    I’m shocked Jorge didn’t put himself in as catcher to prove he could catch AJ….

    Anyways, go J-E-T-S JETS! JETS!! JETS!!! BEAT N.O.!!!!

  2. Jose says:

    I am hopeful that Posada is managing this game. Have Pettitte as the pitching coach.

  3. Zack says:

    wow, danks is in trouble early. bases loaded, 1 out

  4. Dela G says:

    cmon danks, gain some effing composure

  5. Dela G says:

    thank you for getting outta that one mr danks

  6. Jose says:

    Verlander throwing 96 MPH fastballs. How many days rest is he on?

  7. Dela G says:

    jeter on base in the first? in other news, the sun rises on the east…

  8. Dela G says:

    damn, wade davis has a wicked pickoff move

  9. Drew says:

    Haha Zaun’s chest protector says Z-Man. I guess he’s got the hookup.

  10. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Listening to the Rays announcers, it seems if there were two or three breaks this year, the Rays would have won it all. Don’t worry that they are 18 games out.

  11. Dela G says:

    attaboy alex

  12. Mike Axisa says:

    Nice little emergency hack by A-Rod.

  13. Dela G says:

    that’s the second catcher’s interference for matsui in 2 weeks!

    i’ll take it… haha

  14. Jose says:

    Zaun is getting beat up today. Falling into the dugout, now his glove hit with the bat.

  15. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Now they ar harping on Carlos Pena getting hit…..ON A FUCKING SWING!!! They conveniently leave that part out.

  16. Dela G says:

    cmon swish, keep a good eye here

  17. Dela G says:

    damn that sucked :(

    at least they made him work

  18. Dela G says:

    boy that had me skurred

  19. Dela G says:

    steep decline

  20. Mike Axisa says:

    Oh yeah, Jose Molina really helped AJ Burnett there…

    • Jose says:

      Posada is the manager, he called that pitch selection from the dugout against Molina’s wishes.

  21. Dela G says:

    and evan almighty killed that ball

    why does he always murder the yankees

  22. Mike Axisa says:

    Third ball hit to the track (or beyond) off Burnett. By all means, start Molina. He’s such a help.

    • Mike bk says:

      if AJ cant hit the inside corner to lefties/outside to righties with the fastball he gets smacked.

  23. Dela G says:

    cmon AJ

  24. Dela G says:

    hmm maybe we need more of the curveball or change up please?

  25. pete says:

    cano hr right here

  26. ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

    Matt Cassel: 3 for 7, 9 yards. A mighty 1.286 yards per attempt. McDaniels was right, this guy would have been way better then Cutler.

  27. Nels says:

    I know I shouldn’t worry about this, but after watching CC and Andy pitch poorly, and now Burnett get hit hard in the first inning, I can’t help but worry that we’ll get 2002 playoff style pitching performances this postseason. I doubt it, but I’m not as confident as I was before this weekend.

    • Pasqua says:

      This weekend has no bearing. All three guys could have pitched beautifully this weekend and ended up getting lit up in the ALDS, just as easily as they could have gone from crappy to lights-out.

      If you’re going to rationalize, try this old theater adage: “Bad dress rehearsal means a great opening night.”

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Nah, it’ll be fine. These guys are just getting there work in, trying not to get hurt.

    • Zack says:

      Have you watched Edwin Jackson post ASB? Verlander has given up 4 or more runs in 3 of his last 4 starts (not counting today).

  28. Hello says:

    This is horrible, but a part of me wants AJ to continue to pitch mediocre today, just so this whole Molina nonsense is put to rest and his name is nowhere near a lineup card in the playoffs

  29. pete says:

    see? molina even strikes out to get the ball back in AJ’s hand so that he can keep his rhythm!

  30. Don says:

    I never worry about the last series of the season…see Detroit in 2006, but I would like end the season with a win.

  31. Riddering says:

    It’s good to see Molina getting his rhythm back at the plate.

  32. Dela G says:

    did anyone else’s mlb.tv go out for this game?

    i missed the entire bottom of the 2nd

  33. Dela G says:

    there we go jeter

    *got the MLB.tv back online*

  34. dkidd says:

    my favorite jeter season ever

    cant wait to see him leading off in the post-season

  35. Dela G says:

    what the hell??

    that wasn’t even close?

  36. dkidd says:

    any theories on cabrera’s bruised face?

  37. Dela G says:

    tex why would you swing at those??

  38. Mike Axisa says:

    Jason Kubel FTW!!!

  39. Jose says:

    Jose Molina has the second lowest SLG (.261) of any player this year with 150 PA. The only player lower is Alexi Casilla (.256).

  40. Dela G says:


    4-0 twins!!

  41. Mike bk says:

    so what is the matchup tuesday…porcello vs baker?

  42. Drew says:

    One game playoff plz.

  43. Dela G says:

    buchholz just allowed a bases loaded 2 run single

    4-4 indians top 3rd, 1 out i believe

  44. Dela G says:

    damn, AJ did some wicked ass houdini shit there

  45. pete says:

    attaboy aj
    i’m assuming melky’s arm had something to do w/ the lack of scoring in that inning? (gameday)

    • Dela G says:

      no, the ball hit by evan almighty barely escaped cano’s glove and went into shallow center field, which is why no runners could score and bases were instead loaded

    • Mike bk says:

      no, runners had to hold to see if the ball would get threw the middle or be caught by cano so they couldnt score.

  46. Jose says:

    Pavano starting to get into trouble.

  47. Dela G says:

    god i hate carl pavano

    get outta this plz?

  48. Ivan says:

    That Trivia question is easy, it’s the Cardnals.

  49. Dela G says:

    wow, pavano got out of the jam

    very lucky man

  50. Nels says:

    Buchholz has given up 6 runs.

  51. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    Michael Kay: Why of course I’ll aid in committing a felony. Here’s my autograph! Say, what are you doing for dinner? Who but?!

  52. ansky says:

    Verlander is throwing straight filth right now!…i’m starting to buy into the hype about not wanting to face him in a short series.

  53. Dela G says:

    that would be an epic looking stadium

  54. ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

    European soccer team with 27 titles? You mean Juventus, Kay?


    Or Real Madrid, who have 31?


    Or are you talking about these two clubs from Scotland?



    At least you did a little bit of research.

  55. AndrewYF says:

    So if Minneosta wins a probable playoff game on Tuesday, who would their Game 1 starter be? Assuming Baker, their best pitcher, gets the ball on Tuesday, and Blackburn doesn’t start on 3-days rest, would it be Liriano?

    I can’t imagine any Yankees fan rooting for Detroit in Tuesday’s hypothetical game.

  56. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    Jose Molina at the plate= dividing by zero.

    • JMK aka The Overshare says:

      I must be a prophet…STRIKEOUT

    • Dela G says:

      he looks like trash at the plate

    • AndrewYF says:

      But for all RAB’s mocking, AJ is pitching well and not melting down when guys get on base. Girardi and Cone mentioned how some guys need a catcher to guide them through a game when they don’t have their best stuff, and apparently Posada can’t do that with Burnett. I usually hate when people say things like this, but I’ll trust a former MLB catcher and former MLB pitcher over some commentators.

      • Don says:

        Greg Maddux demanded Eddie Perez catch him over the formidable bat of Javy Lopez – how many titles did that get the Braves?

        • AndrewYF says:

          Really? This is your counterpoint?

          I’m sure the fact that Eddie Perez instead of Javy Lopez was in the lineup was a significant reason why the Braves only won one title (it’s not).

          • Don says:

            The point is it certainly didnt help when Eddie Perez’s triple slash numbers in 5 WS games were .111/.200/.111.

            • AndrewYF says:

              You know what completely overshadows that? Maddux’s 2.09 ERA in 5 WS starts.

              • Don says:

                Perhaps it was the lack of run support that didnt get him a win in any of Perez’ starts?

                I do see that Maddux did beat the Yanks in Game 2 of the 96 series with Javy Lopez behind the plate.


                • AndrewYF says:

                  Except Lopez was 1-4 with no runs and no RBI in that victory. You mean there are other batters in the lineup?

                  Again, I think I’ll trust one of the greatest (and most intelligent) pitchers in baseball history over commentators who never played the game at a professional level.

                • Don says:

                  I agree that Cone is very good at what he does and I trust Girardi and Cash 99% of the time.

                  However, I part ways like the Red Sea, with them, on Molina.

      • JMK aka The Overshare says:

        I only made mention of his hitting.

      • Joe D. says:

        I wouldn’t ball eight baserunners and 84 pitches in five innings “pitching well”, particularly against a Rays lineup minus Bartlett and Crawford.

        This doesn’t mean I support a one-game sample as anything decisive, but is not pitching well. Decently, or adequately, perhaps.

        • Joe D. says:

          The Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins will play a one-game playoff — game 163 — to determine who earns the right to be slaughtered by the best team in baseball…the Boston Red Sox, in the ALCS.


  57. Don says:

    Somewhere Enrique Wilson is looking on with envy.

    • JMK aka The Overshare says:

      Torre still asleep at the wheel?

      • Don says:

        At this point Id rather see Enrique Wilson start against Brian Duensing than Jose Molina catch AJ Burnett.

        • JMK aka The Overshare says:

          I wouldn’t go that far. It’s like saying, “Ya know, I’d rather have full-blown AIDS than Ebola.” Sure, maybe it’s a bit better, but the result is still the same.

          • Don says:

            Excellent point. Lets agree to disagree that neither player belong/ed on their respective playoff rosters.

  58. Dela G says:


    2 3run homers today!

    7-0 twins

  59. Dela G says:

    5-3 detroit

    verlander tiring and choking

  60. Mike Axisa says:

    Oh snap, Verlander’s giving it back.

  61. Dela G says:

    how does verlander consistently throw 96-100 with that hammer curve through an entire game? He reminds me of nolan ryan

  62. Dela G says:

    boy they cannot get longoria out

  63. Dela G says:

    hooray! verlander is out. 2 outs, 2 men on base top 8.

    great game for him

  64. Dela G says:

    one more out AJ

  65. JMK aka The Overshare says:


  66. Dela G says:

    ugh that sucked

  67. Drew says:

    Wow, C-Grand with the sickness.

  68. Dela G says:

    wow granderson with the super clutch catch

    meanwhile, pavano is starting to wear down


  69. 27 this year says:

    one game palyoff means tigers will have to use jackson and so the yanks have CC facing porcello in game 1 right.similar situation for the twins

  70. Dela G says:

    hey johnny damon got on base via a hit!


  71. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    Hakeem Nicks FTW. Eli Manning looks hurt, though. Possibly his achilles.

  72. Drew says:

    Yo Al, handle this shit real quick.

  73. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    A-Bomb! New record to boot!

  74. Dela G says:



  75. Riddering says:

    Stat padding even in the last game of the season.

    /shakes head

  76. Drew says:

    Jason Campbell is not a starting pitcher…

  77. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    Guzman—that shit isn’t going to cut it in the playoffs.

  78. Mike bk says:

    6th – K-Rob
    7th – Joba
    8th – Phil
    9th – Mo

  79. Jersey says:

    I can’t believe the Tigers didn’t score there. Still, two-run lead should hold up, right…?

  80. Dela G says:

    damn, guzy barely got in there

  81. Dela G says:


    leave it to cano to get the first out without moving runners

  82. Dela G says:

    melky cabrera SPEEEEEEED!

  83. Riddering says:

    Tigers win.

    Twins need to hold on.

  84. Drew says:

    Melkman, bitches!

  85. JM says:

    And… Thats that for Chicago. ONE GAME PLAYOFF

  86. Nels says:

    If I were Jorge, I would have myself pinch hit right now.

  87. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    Prediction: Molina will GiDP.

  88. Dela G says:

    andy sonnanstine FTL!


  89. AndrewYF says:

    I wonder if this is the situation in the playoffs, will Girardi pinch-hit for Molina?

    If not, hopefully something like that will happen.

  90. BigBlueAL says:

    Molina should start every game in the postseason. Proving it today.

  91. Dela G says:

    damn jetes, that was right down the middle

  92. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Don’t strike out/get an out Johnny!

  93. Dela G says:

    wow molina is slow as hell

    6-2 yanks!

    johnny damon gettin out of teh funk

  94. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    Damon getting out of his slump. We needed to see this.

  95. Dela G says:


    they want to pitch to a-rod?

    lol this should be good

  96. JM says:

    Why are they intentionally walking Tex to get to A-Rod who homered………….

  97. Jersey says:

    Johnny Dizzle!!

  98. Dela G says:

    that’s BS that they don’t want Tex to get the league lead

    maddon, someone should slap you in the face

  99. Mike bk says:

    A-rod hits number 30 knocks in 100 after this.

  100. Manimal says:

    Classy Rays. Walking Tex so he doesnt get a chance to pass Pena.

  101. Don says:

    Molina not scoring on that play is a prime example of what could happen in a big playoff game.

  102. Ivan says:

    Wow TB is a bunch of pricks.

  103. JM says:

    That first pitch was right down the middle. Shoulda shadomped it.

  104. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    100 Grand. You’ve just won 100 Grand!!!!

  105. Jersey says:

    A grand slam here gets him to 30/100.

  106. JM says:


  107. Riddering says:

    That’s what you get for taking stats away from Tex.

    I LOVE IT.

  108. Dela G says:

    oh holy shit


  109. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    It would be awesome if A-Rod goes 30/100 right here

  110. AndrewYF says:

    Fuck you, TB, you worthless bunch of cowards.

    Fuck. You.

  111. Frankie says:

    PWNED motherfuckers!!!!

  112. Drew says:


    oh man Guzman almost got that one too!

  113. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    Did he just get 7 rbi in one inning? What’s the record?

  114. Manimal says:

    Wait till next week when we are begging for his beheading.

  115. pete says:

    i love a-rod. a lot

  116. Randy A. says:

    Okay I can understand them walking tex so he cant pass pena, but saying that hitting him the other day was retaliation for pena getting hit is ridiculous. he swung at an inside pitch therefore swinging his hands into the pitch. It is pena’s fault that he is injured and no one elses.

    • Pasqua says:

      May not have been intentional. They had 3 games in YS to retaliate (including a start by Price) and they didn’t do it. I’m thinking poorly timed accident.

  117. Mike Pop says:

    that was amazing.

  118. JSquared says:


  119. baravelli says:

    Cone has shown himself through this broadcast and others, I would say, to be a pretty smart guy. WHY DOES HE KEEP SAYING HEIGHTH?

  120. dkidd says:

    30/100 for the 12th (?) straight season

    amazing inning!!!

  121. Pasqua says:

    That. Was. Awesome.

  122. JM says:

    He… Is… So… Amazing… Coming into that at-bat 29 HR 96 RBI and hits a GRAND SLAM. Missing a month and a half, he’s still got the 30/100 streak going. Definitely breaking the record.

  123. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    His name is Alex, and he is a Man!

  124. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    Mosannah in the highest. You will find me in my place of worship with my Mosary beads and my Phible.

    Praise be to A-Rod.

  125. JM says:

    Two Homeruns in one inning…

  126. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    The whole key to that inning, was Miranda pinch running.

  127. Dela G says:

    wow AL record 7RBI in one inning

    holy shit

  128. Alex S says:

    will Ian Kennedy be on the postseason roster?

  129. ansky says:

    30/100 and he missed a month! Simply awesome!

  130. pete says:

    guys you don’t fuck with:

  131. Dela G says:

    why the hell is pavano still in there

    take him out and prevent injury

  132. Evan says:

    That inning made me smile.

  133. Jersey says:

    DRob FTK

  134. ansky says:

    Cleveland really does suck!

  135. Riddering says:

    Highlight of Posada’s managing day = calling for Joba to warm up in the pen.

  136. YankeeScribe says:

    A-Rod is just a washed up stat-padder

  137. Al Sal says:

    This has got to be ARod’s most impressive 30-100 season yet… He’s soo gonna bLow it up this month!!!

  138. Mike bk says:

    bruney also gets an inning with this blowout…its a last day contest for spots.

  139. Dela G says:

    8-4 twins

    this is why i take pavano out

    he is terrible

  140. AndrewYF says:

    Aaaand Pavano chokes.

    Don’t throw this away, Minny.

  141. ansky says:

    You just know if the Yanks draw the Twins, Pavano will hurt himself on the cab ride to the stadium.

  142. Manimal says:

    uhm… who took a shit on Joba’s hat…

  143. Riddering says:

    Joba pitching in relief makes me sad.

    2010 ftw?

  144. Dela G says:

    someone give joba a new hat plz?

    something george sherrill-esqe please?

  145. Mike Axisa says:

    I can’t wait for Kay to microanalyze the shit out of Joba’s one inning relief appearance.

  146. Frankie says:

    Is that salt all over Jobber’s hat?

  147. ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

    Questions we don’t want to know the answer to:

    What is this filth on Joba’s cap?

  148. Dela G says:

    96!! there is teh speed!

  149. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    The Minnesota/KC game on Extra Innings looks like its being broadcast over the internet circa 1995.

  150. Mike bk says:

    nice to see him aggressive.

  151. ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

    If A-Rod gets less then 100 percent in this poll, the voters are on crack.

  152. Drew says:

    Joba to teh postseason!

  153. Dela G says:


  154. AndrewYF says:

    So, he still doesn’t have his best stuff.

    I’m guessing, health permitting, we’ll see much better stuff next year.

    But I hope Joba doesn’t supplant Robertson as the ’7th-inning guy’.

  155. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    Did Joba have his hat mailed to him from Staten Island? Is that seagull shit?

  156. Pasqua says:

    I am happy, but I am also sad.

  157. Drew says:

    gameday still isn’t updating and I want to see JOber’s velocity and ish.

  158. pete says:

    gameday no work

  159. Manimal says:

    Thanks Joba. Now all the B-Jobbers will have something to talk about again.

  160. Riddering says:

    Joba is still my boo.

    I’ll be happy to see him in the postseason doing more than towel folding. Would have been much better to see him start but it just wasn’t meant to be this year.

  161. Dela G says:

    wow molina with a double and an error gift from god via sonnanstine

    it’s his lucky day

  162. crapulent aka I said good day sir says:

    Ho-zay can you see…

  163. Mike bk says:

    since it will now be the talk for the next week…do we start gaudin in a game 4 and leave the power 4 of k-rob, joba, phil and mo out there with the 2 lefties to make it a 5-6 inning game?

  164. Dela G says:

    i’m loving hairston more and more every day

  165. Jersey says:

    That was good to see. Still don’t want him throwing postseason innings out of the pen unless Mo, Phil, Ace, DRob, and Coke are unavailable.

  166. Dela G says:

    twins are trying hard to blow the game

    bases loaded 2 outs 8-4 twins

  167. Drew says:

    Who the hell blew the foghorn while the pitch was coming in, that’s fucked up.

    • JMK aka The Overshare says:

      Have you ever been to Tampa/St. Pete’s area? It’s proof that Darwin was wrong. No offense to Andy.

  168. Riddering says:

    Of course Coney likes it marathon style.

  169. Drew says:

    lol I can see Coney getting wasted watching a 10 hour marathon of Entourage.

  170. Tank the Frank says:

    Another 120 pitches for Verlander. I love what’s happening in the AL Central.