May
30

Game 50: What’s the opposite of a lefty killer?

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The Yankees need a win today. It’s not a season-defining game by any stretch, but the best cure for yesterday’s meltdown is a decisive win. If they do that, we can forget yesterday and look to tomorrow. If they don’t, the harping over yesterday’s loss will only amplify.

In part one, A.J. Burnett needs to be more like Phil Hughes than CC Sabathia. He was rolling along in Minnesota last time out before the sky opened up. He was at a good pace pitch-wise, and had struck out five Twins in five innings. The biggest thing from him was the adjustment on the curveball. The big, looping, power curveball wasn’t working, so he went with a more subtle one. It acted as an off-speed pitch, which was all he needed it to do. If he does have that power curve today, watch out.

On the hill for the Indians is the former Red Sock Justin Masterson. The Indians acquired him in the Victor Martinez deal, and have had him in the rotation ever since. This year hasn’t gone too well for him, as he has allowed 37 runs, 32 earned, in 47 innings. The book on him says that lefties hit him hard. This year that has been his biggest weakness. Teams have stacked lefties against him — 122 of the 229 batters he has faced have been left-handed. They have hit a collective .386/.483/.545 against him, striking out just 14 times to 18 walks.

Masterson actually gets a bit lucky here. Normally the Yankees would have the switch-hitting Jorge Posada behind the plate, which would leave the lineup with just two righties, Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter. Instead they’ll have a third righty, Chad Moeller. That still means six left-handed hitters, with two of the righties representing two of the best hitters on the team.

In Chad Jennings’s pregame notes he notes that Joe Girardi will stick with Joba Chamberlain in the eighth inning. He’s had a rough stretch lately, but all relievers will. If this is the worst of it, Joba will be fine. But he has to continue pitching if they’re going to find out.

Lineup:

1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Curtis Granderson, CF
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez. 3B
5. Robinson Cano, 2B
6. Nick Swisher, RF
7. Juan Miranda, DH
8. Brett Gardner, CF
9. Chad Moeller, C

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

Categories : Game Threads
  • Carlosologist

    At least the worst is over with. The Yanks will crush the Indians today. I’m predicting a 13-2 victory.

  • V

    So, how awful does Joba have to pitch to stop being THE EIGHT INNING GUY ZOMG?!

    He got the job without deserving it. Looks like he’ll keep it, again, without deserving it.

    • RollingWave

      on a rational level, his FIP is below 2.4 even after yesterday’s disastor. component wise he’s been quiet strong this year.

      On a non-rational level though, please tarr and feather him and every damn journalist who ever wrote aobut those 8th inning bullshit .

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

        FIP is below 2.4 and his BABIP is .392

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUvg7Empjfg Captain Jack

          Ehhh…he’s been giving up hard contact and lots of XBH. Both of those doubles just missed going out last night. Besides, any reliever that blows multiple four run leads in two weeks has a problem. Whether or not it is a long term problem that can’t be corrected is a different question, but something is definitely up.

  • RollingWave

    .386/.483/.545 ??? wow, that pretty much means any lefty that step up against him instantly turns into early 00s Barry Bonds with a bit less power.

    should be a good day for Grandy and Mirandy I guess

  • Derek Jeter

    I’ve got an edge

    • Carlosologist

      with a cool panoramic vista roof

  • Carlosologist

    Wow, Russell Branyan really loves the new house. He’ll be traded at the deadline for sure.

  • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

    (Kind of) Fun fact: I was at the game where he hit the black of the Mohegan Sun restaurant and the game where Raul Ibanez put one deep into the right field bleachers.

    Point of my story: I am bad luck at Yankee games

    • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

      Reply fail. Meant to reply to Carlosologist.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      I was at the restaurant shot too–that was when I left

      • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

        Yeah, that’s when I left as well. I was so salty when Griffey didn’t play. But that Ichiro error kind of made up for it.

  • Michael Kay but not THE

    geez, I thought both Gammons & Bill Simmons SWORE “Scout’s Honor” that Masterson was a much better return for Victor than Buchholz? They must have meant for The Red Sox.

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    Masterson has a .405 BABIP. Yikes

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

      If you suck, your BABIP should be high.

    • RollingWave

      his tERA is 4.61 , so it’s not like he’s getting THAT unlucky

  • baby carlos

    good luck today Yankees. try not to blow this one, seems to be more common since detroit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

    I wish Russell Brand was playing 1st for Cleveland instead.

  • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

    Let’s go Good AJ!!!!

  • ecksodia

    Looks like good AJ so far. Keep those first pitch strikes coming!

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

    Nice job by Swish there.

  • ecksodia

    I jinxed him. No-no’s been broken up.

  • lb

    why the hell is Moeller in the line up….does the 24 YR OLD Cervelli need a day off!!!!!

    • Accent Shallow

      Yes, he does, he’s a catcher.

    • JMK

      Right you are. Here’s what I suggest:

      Cervelli is 24 (as you mentioned), so he’s young enough where he’s invincible. We should really push him. I mean, you don’t get better unless you’re really challenged, right? By the logic, I think we should have him play every game AND before or after all games, we should force him to participate in Iron Man competitions.

      I mean, fuck it, he’s 24. He can handle it.

      Amiriteorwut?

  • Carlosologist

    aaaahhhh bunt

    But a very good bunt.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      bunting for a hit =/= sacrifice bunting

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

      I have no problem bunting for a base hit. It’s the sacrifices that drive me crazy.

  • lb

    lets sit a 323 hitter for some scrub who cant run

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Cerv needs a day off.

      • mike c

        yes, and CC had problems with his pitch calling yesterday for sure. give the kid a break for once

        • smurfy

          yeah, his hot streak calling them went cold th last week or so. Needs to adjust.

  • Accent Shallow

    Masterson is trash. Of course, this now means 7 shutout innings.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      They’ll get him, he has been terrible all year.

      • baby carlos

        not unless he is Joba terrible.

        • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

          How is a 2.41 FIP terrible?

          • baby carlos

            your right… I need to reference more stats before making comments, because numbers, large sample size, small sample size, never lie.

            I am still new at this blog and all the “only speak if you are authorize baseball guru” rules. But I am learning.

            • whozat

              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straw_man

              No one said that statistics never lie. However, presented in context, they allow you to provide evidentiary support for your opinions — and provide a basis for others to understand your thought process and agree or disagree with your assumptions or conclusions.

              • baby carlos

                dude, let it go.. said I was learning the rules of the blog. Fuck, be patient for christ sake.

  • lb

    yanks will make this guy look like an all star today.

    • Carlosologist

      Did someone on the Yanks run over your dog?

  • baby carlos

    wow… can we please see the pitcher get hit one more time, maybe in between innings, beginning of new innings… maybe if you keep showing it, blood will spew

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    You suck Kendry, way to make my injury filled team even worse. How the hell does that happen?

  • Accent Shallow

    Was that criticism of Jeter? From the media? Blasphemy!

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    So basically Kendry hasn’t been that special yet Kay.

  • Accent Shallow

    No, it’s not a sharp-looking cap. It looks like horseshit. It’s an embarrassment that they’re wearing it.

  • baby carlos

    good news for today’s game, Joba is not available…. so that is a plus.

    • whozat

      Look, we all know that Joba has pitched like crap in several of his recent outings, but your ceaseless harping on the issue is boring and contributes nothing to the blog. Stop.

      • baby carlos

        my continuous harping… wow, I did not realize I was the only one. totally my mistake, my apologies.

        • Accent Shallow

          Sarcasm is a rapier, not a sledgehammer.

  • RollingWave

    well, masterson seems like the perfect guy for Miranda to pad up his stats a bit

  • Accent Shallow

    Masterson might be my most-disliked major leaguer. Good thing he’s not a member of the Red Sox anymore, I might spontaneously combust.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Why? To me, he was probably one of the more likable ones, now that he is on the Indians he is much more likable imo.

      • Accent Shallow

        Goofy looking guy who throws a sinker, former Red Sox reliever, just not that good.

    • JMK

      Really? Of all the unlikeable characters out there you choose…Justin Masterson? Just seems weird.

  • RollingWave

    good god

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    And no Jesus mention…

  • Accent Shallow

    10 more outs? Was that a Harvey Haddix ref?

    (I don’t think it was)

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    Of course their bunts work…

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    Damn, lucky blooper.

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    That could have been very bad.

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    That was almost very embarrassing. Heads up by Moeller

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    Cano for the next Dereck Jeter, but with power…and defense.

    • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

      *Derek

    • JMK

      Can you rephrase that?

      • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

        Cano is going to be the next Derek Jeter, but with more power and better defense.

        • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

          and to be fair, less speed.

          • whozat

            20-30 points lower OBP as well. So, it’s not really a great comparison.

        • JMK

          He has some very good defensive qualities, the most notable being his arm. I’m not sold that he’ll ever have very good range. That said, they’re very different types of players. Jeter is a hitter that sprays balls to right and is generally a very patient hitter. Cano is a guy that swings at tons of stuff and looks to drive liners all over the field. Not much patience at the plate.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      But Cano doesn’t have an edge…

      • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

        IETCVM

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    AJ unraveled slightly that inning compared to the first two, no biggie.

    • JMK

      Meh, not really. Box score looks worse than he was. Still, I think he should have been the one covering 1st on the pickoff.

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

        I’d rather see catcher cover. He’s got all the gear on, no need to put your pitcher at unnecessary risk for injury.

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    These guys look terrible

  • Pat D

    Some hits would be nice.

    Yea, hits.

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    Seriously, the guy hasn’t won a game since August, you have a lineup of6 lefties. What is this? It’s so frusturating when we are not hitting bad nobody pitchers.

    /Rant over

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUvg7Empjfg Captain Jack

      Yeah, my friend Matt is an Indians fan and without a doubt the most annoying person on the planet. He’ll typically sit around at home all day and play videogames all day (his Xbox live gamerscore is over 90,000 and he’ll shater 100K by the end of the summer), and he sends me about 30 texts a day. So, point being, these assholes better start crushing this ROOGY or I’ll be pissed.

      ****SHAKES FIST****

      • Pat D

        I’m terribly offended by your obvious anti-Asian leanings!

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUvg7Empjfg Captain Jack

          Asian, because of the videogames thing? Nahh…not Asian, just a worthless. He’s pretty much the human equivalent of the AIDS virus.

          • Pat D

            No, it was because of ROOGY. I was just being silly. :P

            • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUvg7Empjfg Captain Jack

              Ahhh…I guess I’m not as up on my racial slurs/stereotypes. Silliness is A+ in my book, so keep on keepin on.

              My friend IS worthless though.

              • Pat D

                I have a friend who’s like 34 or 35 whose life still revolves around what video games come out.

                At least he has a job and also cares about sports, but he’s one of the reasons I haven’t purchased a new video game in like…5 years. It’s also why I didn’t buy any of the current systems, though I feel I’ll break down and buy a Wii at some point.

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    Nice play by AJ.

  • Pat D

    Trivia answer: Yankees, Indians, White Sox, A’s

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Attention all douchebags that still wear the tags and stickers on your hats. We get it that you are trying to perpetrate that you stole the hat, but we know you didn’t, so stop. Take the crap off.

    • Tank the Frank

      Is that why they do that?

      • Pat D

        I have several co-workers who do that. I asked all of them why they do it, and they didn’t know.

        So that means it’s just some sort of stupid trend that someone started, that other people thought was cool for some stupid reason, and now it is what it is.

        • Tank the Frank

          Makes sense. That’s the dumbest thing about trends… you ask someone why they do it and they have no idea. They just saw someone else doing it. No individuality.

          /end rant

          • Pat D

            I agree. I don’t know why, but I just know that I do.

            /irony can be pretty ironic sometimes’d

    • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

      I thought they did that so the hat looked “fresh”.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      It’s not really that they want to look like they stole the hat. They think it makes them look ‘fresh’ like the hat is brand new; similarly to why they don’t like getting their white Nikes scuffed a little.

      • Pat D

        That might make sense, actually. It would also explain why they don’t bend the brims of the hats like they’re supposed to so that it actually looks like a hat.

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    That was weird.

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    Kendry Morales just sunk my team’s offense. He was my 2nd best player next to Kemp.

  • Tank the Frank

    Good Lord. THE BANDBOX! Just put the ball in the air today fellas…

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

    Second time in what, four games that Swish forgot how many outs there were?

    • Pat D

      Yea, that was either Thursday or yesterday, I can’t remember when.

    • Tank the Frank

      I’m not sure if it’s a matter of forgetting how many outs there are as it is just having an instantaneous reaction to get that ball in quickly after a great play. The last thing on his mind as he’s crashing into the wall is how many outs there are.

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    I love Nick Swisher.

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    Anybody feel like comparing the stats of Cano’s career offensively and defensively to the beginning of Jeter’s Career in the same number of pa’s.

    • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

      *?

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    I don’t think that’s a cheap hit, more like negating the amazing fielding of the ball.

  • Tank the Frank

    Masterson’s going to have an easy afternoon if he’s getting strike calls at the shins.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUvg7Empjfg Captain Jack

      I know WTF?

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    Uhg, right on top of that.

  • Tank the Frank

    Yeah he looks real close…to a league average ballplayer.

    • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

      He’s playing well recently.

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    That was crushed!!! No Kenny, I don’t get sick and tired of talking about how good he is.

    • whozat

      Kenny? Paul O’Neil.

      • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

        Oops, whatever. The point still holds.

  • Frittoman626

    Lets go Swish

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    pa fucking thetic

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    How come Tex can’t score on that?

    • Pat D

      Didn’t get far away enough.

    • Tank the Frank

      He’s a bad baserunner plain and simple. He didn’t get a good read on that ball. I think a good baserunner (Jeter, A-Rod) knows that ball is going to hit off the wall, doesn’t hold up, and scores.

      • rek4gehrig

        I was thinking the same thing. The OF was no where near that ball..he could have scored easily. Cant hit, cant run Tex

        • Pat D

          Oh, I thought he meant on the dropped third strike. Oops.

          • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

            I did.

            • whozat

              Ah. Then, yeah. Didn’t actually get that far away :-/

        • whozat

          After watching Trevor Crowe make a couple of absurd catches this weekend, you really can’t understand why a guy who’s only actual weakness is footspeed would hold up on that ball?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUvg7Empjfg Captain Jack

    Lamers.

  • Frittoman626

    Wow the Yankees never had success against Masterson :(

    • Pat D

      Cano’s double was the first extra base hit any current Yankee ever got off him.

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

    So that was terrible.

  • BigBlueAL

    Clutch.

  • baby carlos

    I thought someone said earlier Masterson sucks….

    • Frittoman626

      He does, just not against the Yankees

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    Grrr!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUvg7Empjfg Captain Jack

    Well that was unfortunate.

  • Pat D

    I’m starting to feel like I shouldn’t watch this game. Since I work Monday-Friday until 10:30, I can only watch on weekends. So they lost yesterday, they lost last Sunday, they lost on Thursday when I came home from work early. I really don’t remember the last time I saw them win!

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    Yay!!!!!!!!!

  • Pat D

    Wow, watching Rios’ home run, it’s a good thing it went out because it looked like Upton had no idea where that ball was going.

    Am I the only one who thinks he looks lost out there a great deal of the time?

    • Tank the Frank

      I remember an ESPN poll – sometime after BJ was criticized for not hustling or something – that asked: Who would you rather have on your team, BJ or Justin Upton.

      It was about 60/40 for BJ. I laughed.

      • Pat D

        ESPN polls are as useful as Fox News polls.

        • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

          “If only we could just draw the ovals.”

          • Pat D

            Ummmm…over my head. Explanation?

            • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)
              • Pat D

                Wow, only 5 minutes into it and I’m reminded of why I don’t watch The Daily Show anymore.

                Because I can’t stand the clips of that joke of a network, and that clown Beck in particular.

      • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

        Just, just wow.

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    So, when does JOPO actually come back? I’m thinking Wednesday.

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    These my friends, are outs. All you need are 27. 13 runs, uhg.

  • Pat D

    OK, if Girardi’s reason for playing musical relievers was because they pinch hit Branyan, maybe he just should have put in Marte when Robertson left so that they wouldn’t want to use Branyan?

    Oh, that’s right. They would have used Branyan the next inning when Marte was out of the game. But that tells me you have no confidence in Joba to get lefties out, either.

    /aggravated’d

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    This is not Joe’s fault, Joba messed up, it happens. Don’t blame Joe. Blame Joba, although every earthly reliever has a bad outing once in a while.

    • Pat D

      I know it’s Joba’s fault. I’m just so sick of Girardi’s bullpen overmanaging. Mitre’s been pretty decent, and he throws 3 pitches. The whole thing was just aggravating, from Sabathia seemingly being affected by the long delays in between his innings, and just the general collapse. This is at least the 3rd game they’ve lost that they had no business losing.

      And now I’m getting more aggravated because they’re making Masterson look like Roy Halladay!!!!

      I’m think I’m going to order a pizza so I have to leave to pick it up, and maybe then they’ll start hitting.

    • Tank the Frank

      I blame Joe for sitting around and watching Joba give up four runs and the lead. If he doesn’t have it, take him out. Oh that’s right he couldn’t because he had no one left in the bullpen because he was mixing and matching in a 5 run game.

  • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

    Yanks take the lead this inning. Who’s with me?

    • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

      Maybe not.

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    Uhg.

  • Tank the Frank

    Boy, both the Yankees and the umps are helping out Masterson on these strikeouts.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    So when the pitching is working the offense isn’t and when the offense is working the pitching ins’t.

  • Tank the Frank

    I remember when this team didn’t swing at pitches out of the strikezone. That was a fun April.

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

    This is ridiculous. Grow a pair of balls and play like you want to defend the championship.

  • whozat

    Is the zone really big today? It’s looked like both guys are getting some stuff low and away that may not really be in the zone.

  • Frittoman626

    Can someone tell the Yankee they arent facing Halladay, i think they have Masterson mixed up with Halladay >:(

  • BigBlueAL

    It would be fitting that after yesterday’s disastrous game to lose today to a pitcher who has lost his last 11 decisions. While being shutout through 5 innings no less.

  • Will in NJ

    Justin Masterson is a complete hack who gets raped by lefties, and yet the yankees cant do anything against him through 5 innings. ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

    /rant

    • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

      Are you new here? Don’t think I’ve seen you before.

      • Will in NJ

        ive been frequenting this site for a while now, but i rarely comment. usually when im frustrated as hell lol.

  • NC Yankee Fan

    How does Masterson have 7 strikeouts?

    • whozat

      sinkerballer + a generous interpretation of the bottom of the strike zone = today

      • Tank the Frank

        + Yankees hitters swinging at WAY too many pitches out of the zone.

        • whozat

          If the ump is calling low pitches strikes, you have to start swinging at them.

  • BigBlueAL

    Not exactly Gardner’s best game so far.

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

      I think the sun got him. It happens.

      • BigBlueAL

        Plus it was more of a line drive than a flyball so alot harder to judge but still it seems like he misreads more balls playing LF than CF.

    • MikeD

      I don’t know if it shows up in the defensive stats, but Gardner does not seem to track the ball as well in LF as he does in CF. I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise since he hasn’t played much in left, so hopefully he’ll get more comfortable out there.

      • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

        It’ll probably show up in his range rating.

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    Man, the ball is carrying everywhere today.

  • Tank the Frank

    And a perfect time for AJ to just straight lose any command he had. Funny how things work…

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    Big k.

  • Frittoman626

    Sad when a midiocre team is beating the Yankees with a pitcher who hasn’t won a Game since last year, good job Yankees

    • pat

      SO true man, shitty teams NEVER beat good teams. Ever.

  • pat

    AJ with the filthh

  • BigBlueAL

    AJ has been great today.

  • Tank the Frank

    I thought the height of frustration this season – the low point – would be when they blew the game against the Red Sox, followed by a spanking by the Rays and losing two of three to the Mets.

    After taking two of three in Minnesota and getting CG back, I didn’t expect it to carry over into this part of the season. The Yankees need to get it going.

    They need to win this game and this series.

  • Tank the Frank

    DO. SOMETHING!!!

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    This is ridiculous.

  • BigBlueAL

    Yankee hitters must have early dinner reservations.

    • Pat D

      NYY Steak, open year round.

  • MikeD

    We’re beings shut out by a piece of crap.

  • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

    What the hell was that swing, A-Rod?

  • Tank the Frank

    See now Robbie’s gotta pick up the pieces.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    Thank you Kay. Thank YOU.

  • Teix is the Man

    Mother Fucker

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    Sooooooooooooo close.

  • MikeD

    Seems like the only balls traveling are hit by the Indians.

  • Tank the Frank

    Serenity now Serenity now Serenity now Serenity now Serenity now Serenity now Serenity now Serenity now Serenity now…

  • Frittoman626

    >XO

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Max Scherzer 5.2 Innings / 14 K

    buh bye Dontrelle!

  • JMV

    back to back shitty games to a last place team
    good job yanks

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

    Holy shit, Max Scherzer struck out 14 today. In 5.2 IP!

    • Accent Shallow

      Incredible.

      • Accent Shallow

        Actually, this is one of the issues with Scherzer — pitch counts are so high that even when he’s on, he’s getting yanked early.

  • Frittoman626

    Well Masterson was do for a win, Its just bad that it might come against the Yankees

  • DreDog

    Relax everyone, it’s one run. The odds it remains one to nothing isn’t 100% or close to it. Plenty of baseball left.

  • JMV

    can the yankees EVER have pitching and hitting clicking on the SAME day???

    i seriously think it’s becoming impossible

    • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

      You know, we’ve won 3 out of 5 games we’v played, so it happens quite a lot.

      • Pat D

        Two of those games were 1-0 and 3-2, so his point is somewhat valid.

        • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

          I was reffering to the whole season.

          • Pat D

            Oh, ok.

            /somewhat disbelieving’d

  • Frittoman626

    Do you think Joba, Zmac, Melancon, and other Minor League player get us Lee this summer if Javy keeps struggling

    • Teix is the Man

      WAAAAY too much for a summer rental

    • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

      Uh, why would we do that? We’ll get him in FA anyway.

    • Tank the Frank

      Heh.

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

      Why, can Lee hit?

      • DreDog

        Yeah, that’s way too much for Carlos Lee!

        • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

          ICWUDT

      • Frittoman626

        The only person with an upside is Joba, but no telling how long that will take, Melancon has looked midiocre at best, Zmac wont be a starter with the Yankees, so he has no use, and a minor leager the Yankees wont ever need in the majors. Yankees get Lee, sign him to extension, and have the best rotation in the majors when CC starts pitching well, besides its just a thought

    • Trevor

      First off who’s trading for Vazquez? I believe he has a no trade clause so it’s limited the amount of teams he can go to.

      Second, supposedly the Mariners are looking for a catching prospect. So unless you’re willing to give up Romine or Montero, the deal likely isn’t happening.

      • DreDog

        You’re right. Let’s consult Steve Phillips and see what he thinks about trading Montero & Romine in a package deal for Oswalt or Lee.

      • Frittoman626

        We have a minor league full of catching prospects, give them Sanchez or Murphy

        • Accent Shallow

          Two guys who are so deep in the minors to have little value.

    • Frittoman626

      CLIFF LEE!!!

  • bonestock94

    Lou Marson sounds like someone that should have been playing in the 1920’s

    • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

      Heh, that’s true.

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    Shit.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    That is probably all they need…

  • bonestock94

    Noooooooooooooooooo

  • yankXfan

    There is an ‘I’ in quit, you know.

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    Shoot, I hate unearned runs.

  • BigBlueAL

    2 outs, 2 strikes om the hitter with nobody on base. Indians still score runs this inning.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    And if we lose Swish that’s basically our offense lost as well.

  • Pat D

    That groundball is a pretty good sign this is not their day.

  • JMV

    well game over guys

    • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

      It’s 3 fucking runs.

      • Pat D

        They’ve hit exactly how many balls out of the infield today?

        • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

          teehee!

    • Alex S

      No

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    Thanks for the out, makes up for the error.

  • Tank the Frank

    The bottom of that order has been fucking killing the Yankees.

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    Uch, unearned runs are a bitch.

  • Troll-bot

    If Yanks lose this one, I’m calling it: Gardner’s fault

    • ultimate913

      If Yanks lose this one, I’m calling it: Yankees fault.

      This is a team game. Don’t point at one player. No one has scored and their defense is getting sloppy. Blame the team.

  • BigBlueAL

    If the Yankees lose today, they will have less wins than the Blue Jays and probably have same amount of wins as Boston. Yankees will be closer to 4th place than 1st in the division.

    The month of May sucks!!!!

    • Pat D

      It is much too early to worry about that. 110+ games to go.

      • BigBlueAL

        Just pointing out how horrible this month has been considering how good April was.

  • smurfy

    Oh, good, she’s singing. We got three at bats to make it up.

  • Alex S

    Man Bautista is raking for the Blue Jays. Is this real or Chris Sheltonian?

    • Pat D

      The latter.

  • Frittoman626

    Looking more like a Yankees loss, not an Indians win, the offense better respond this inning or im done watching the game :(

    • CNight_UP

      It would be better if you were done posting here…

    • rek4gehrig

      Dont be done..Yanks arent done

  • Pat D

    Well, I’m going to get my pizza now. If they come back, we can all attribute it to that. (see my earlier post)

    • BigBlueAL

      Pizza from where??

      • Pat D

        Just Papa John’s. Wanted to try one of the types I haven’t had before.

        But I pulled back into my garage just as Teix’s HR went out. So, yea, I shouldn’t watch the rest of this game now.

  • Alex S

    here comes the comeback

  • BigBlueAL

    Do they pinch-hit for Moeller?? If so with who??

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

      Probably not. Unless it’s Posada, Girardi’s petrified of using his backup catcher.

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

        Aaaaaaaand I’ll shut up now.

      • Tank the Frank

        Joey G just burned you.

  • BigBlueAL

    Well that sucked considering he was ahead in the count 3-0.

  • bonestock94

    I’m calling upon the grit gods here

    • bonestock94

      IT WORKED, PURE FUCKING GRIT FOR GRIT GRITNER!!

  • Alex S

    please steal Gardy

    • Tank the Frank

      Seriously. He needs to be going. Masterson’s delivery is infinite.

      • Alex S

        Lately it seems whenever he’s gotten on base he hasn’t tried to steal

  • BigBlueAL

    LOL at Oneill saying that couldve been a DP to end the inning.

  • BigBlueAL

    Cervelli for Moeller, shows how weak the bench is at the moment.

  • Accent Shallow

    I was just thinking “who else is on the bench?” If it’s Cervelli or Thames against a righty sinkerballer, I might take Cervelli.

    • BigBlueAL

      This wouldve been a perfect spot for Winn to pinch-hit!! lol

  • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

    If they don’t score here I’m done with baseball

  • Accent Shallow

    At least Jeter can’t GIDP.

  • BigBlueAL

    Thats what happens when you pinch-hit for your 3rd string catcher with your 2nd string catcher.

  • smurfy

    bunt, Jete

  • BigBlueAL

    Kay does realize Jeff Nelson is not the first and only pitcher to ever use that move right??

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

      No.

    • MikeD

      Kay repeats himself over and over as if thinks a new set of Yankee fans show up for every game. At least he doesn’t mention the “fallacy of the predetermined outcome” over other inning. Now it’s just every other game.

  • Tank the Frank

    Man, I remember the good times. Opposing pitchers never made it past the 6th inning, Yankee batters swung at things called strikes, Brett Gardner used to steal ba…. HEEEEYYY!! Let the good times roll Gardy!!

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

    Yay.

  • bonestock94

    OMG ITS OVER

  • MikeD

    AJ should be leading 2-0 nothing now.

  • Alex S

    YEA!!!!! love the speed by Gardy

  • BigBlueAL

    Cap’n Clutch!!!!

  • Accent Shallow

    Hey, we have a game! Looks like my prediction of 7 shutout innings was off!

  • Carlosologist

    Jeter did something!

  • Frittoman626

    Good job Jeet, lets go Granderson

  • BigBlueAL

    Crowe has a good arm apparently shit.

    • Tank the Frank

      Yeah I’ve been impressed with Crowe all around. Legit player.

  • Alex S

    Swish was on his knees yelling for Gardner to slide

    • rek4gehrig

      Yeah baby…

    • BigBlueAL

      As long as that is all he was asking Gardner to do while on his knees…..

      • rek4gehrig

        Hey!!! LOL

  • smurfy

    wahoo, halfway there!

  • Alex S

    CAN the Grandy man?

    • Alex S

      yes he can!

      • rek4gehrig

        Grandy man can!!!

  • bonestock94

    Ok ok, it’s tex time

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

    Curtis Granderson can’t hit lefties.

    • Accent Shallow

      I was going to crack on Tony Sipp, but he was legit last year and has pretty stellar MiLB numbers.

  • rek4gehrig

    Positive vibes all around for Tex…enough is enough

  • Carlosologist

    Grandy!

  • BigBlueAL

    Granderson owns this guy.

  • smurfy

    well, alright, so we’ve been foolish

  • bonestock94

    ad nauseum is accurate

  • Frittoman626

    This what we missed from Granderson, COME ON TEX, BIG HIT!!!!

  • JMV

    can tex come through? i hope so

    • rek4gehrig

      Yes he can

  • MikeD

    No, Mike. “We” haven’t. You have.

  • smurfy

    Tex is gonna hit it to Texas

  • Accent Shallow

    Woo!

  • Tank the Frank

    POSITIVE VIBES FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • rek4gehrig

      Yeah positive vibes indeed

  • Carlosologist

    TEX!!!

  • MikeD

    Eat that, Kay.

  • Alex S

    zOMG its ovah!

  • bonestock94

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    THE DROUGHT IS OVER

  • rek4gehrig

    whoooooooooooooooooooooo…tex to texas

  • BigBlueAL

    We all had faith in you Tex!!!!!! (not really??)

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

    BOOM.

  • smurfy

    ha, ha , haa!

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    Tex and Jete more than redeem themselves for the bad play earlier. AJ gets the win!!

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    I came.

    • Tank the Frank

      I think Teix should check his pants too… big hit for him. I’m just sayin maybe he ejaculated.

      Ejaculated.

  • Frittoman626

    Thats what im talkin bout Tex, break out of this damn slump

    • Frittoman626

      better news, Posada might be back, lets face it Cervelli has really cooled down, and isnt throwing runners out anymore, but I still love that kid no homo, but I expect Posada to DH

      • Accent Shallow

        Dwayne Bowe approves.

  • JMV

    clutch tex!!!!!! woooooo

  • claybeez

    Boys, time to toss the life preservers over for all those who jumped ship.

  • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

    TEIX MESSAGE!!!

  • Tank the Frank

    Bring in Joba to SHUT EM DO….wait noooo!

    • rek4gehrig

      Um….positive vibes wont work for Joba

      • Tank the Frank

        Ne needs a Red Bull and a case of the winds.

  • CNight_UP

    FUCK THIS TEAM…IM DONE WITH THEM…

    /Fritoman’d

    • Frittoman626

      Shut up loser

  • DreDog

    F*ck yo couch Masterson!!!

    • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

      They never should’ve gave him money

  • rek4gehrig

    Positive vibes all around for the bullpen

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

    Please no Joba.

  • JMV

    this sipp guy SUCKS against us

  • NC Yankee Fan

    How far was the Tex Message sent!

    • rek4gehrig

      Texas and beyond

  • bonestock94

    I want AJ back, showed no signs of fatigue

  • JMV

    who do you think comes in for relief now?

  • Pat D

    And, yep, just got back from picking up pizza and now they’re winning. I don’t think I should watch this.

    • rek4gehrig

      U shouldnt

    • DreDog

      Get the f*ck out of the house NOW!

    • Accent Shallow

      Yeah, please turn your TV off for an hour or so.

      We’ll let you know when you can watch the post-game.

    • BigBlueAL

      Where is the Pizza from??

      • Pat D

        Papa John’s.

  • BigBlueAL

    AJ to the 8th!!!!

  • Frittoman626

    PLEASE NO JOBA!!!!!

    • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

      He’s not available.

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    Doesn’t Burnett get the win even if he doesn’t come out?

    • rek4gehrig

      He does but no-one in the BP except Mo

      • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

        That’s what I though, but Kay said something weird.

  • JMV

    this is how bad joe doesnt true our BP
    he brings burnett back in after his 100 pitch mark

    • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

      You know, maybe it’s because they used all of their relievers yesterday.

      • JMV

        and they hardly pitched..besides joba and gaudin

    • whozat

      And maybe it’s because Joe routinely has his veteran starters throw more than 100 pitches, especially if they’re dealing.

  • MikeD

    Remember when AJ signed with the Yankees the biggest concern was his durability. No one ever mentions that anymore.

    • Tank the Frank

      I’m honestly stunned, with all the players who have hit the DL, that he’s not one of them.

      • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

        How dare you question him?

      • rek4gehrig

        Acupuncture…seriously…read it somewhere…he asked Cashman if the Yanks could provide before he signed contract

      • MikeD

        Burnett’s had some legitimate injuries during his career, but I remember reading somewhere that he admitted he was always so concerned about his arm that he wouldn’t pitch if he didn’t feel 100% and at times opted for the DL. Halladay pretty much told him that his arm will never feel 100% if he pitches an entire season and he basically had to tough it out and get therapy for it. (Perhaps the acupunture is part of it.) Regardless, he changed his approach later in the 2007 season and he’s pretty much taken the mound for every start the past three years.

  • rek4gehrig

    Acupuncture

  • BigBlueAL

    Oh boy, Joba is warming up.

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    Jason Knix, the man with a 115 avg and no home runs just hit a GS off of Sheilds, CWS up 7-3!!!

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    This inning for Sheilds, walk-walk-HBP-almost hit by pitch, grand slammed instead- single. Still in the game. Started the inning tied at 3.

    • BigBlueAL

      Big Game James.

    • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

      -caught stealing-another single-still in teh game with 110 pitches. What the fuck is Maddon doing?

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    1 er, 8 ip. Fucking domination!

  • Tank the Frank

    That is a HELL of a game by AJ.

  • Accent Shallow

    Oh, so that’s where Burnett’s K-rate went.
    No walks today, either!

  • Frittoman626

    AJ his own set-up man, good game AJ

  • CNight_UP

    AJ fucking Burnett ladies and gentlemen…

  • smurfy

    Hey, Joba was right: night turned to day! Yankee Day!

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

    Well done, Allen. Well done indeed.

  • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

    Big game Allan James…

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    Fuck, Boston breaks open the game 7-1.

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

      Don’t worry about them. Look forward, not back.

      • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

        I’m doing both see comments above. Still, you’re right.

    • rek4gehrig

      Forget the RS….(for now)

  • rek4gehrig

    Darn it..I’m totally loving on AJ right now

  • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

    .360+? I’m aiight with that Robbie

    • rek4gehrig

      LOL. For me its that sexy move AJ makes after he strikes a batter out plus the hand flick and of course the tatts :-)
      ps. Robbie’s got a nice behind though

  • bonestock94

    What’s Cano batting this week, .800? What a beast, it hasn’t even been that long since his last tear.

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    Cano with another multi-hit game. And the outs have been absolutely smoked.

  • Frittoman626

    I really really hate Ortiz and the Red Cox, whatever Yankees are winning

  • JMV

    blow it open miranda!

    • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

      Yes sir!

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    Shit, is his arm injured?

  • Tank the Frank

    Oh Swish…don’t be hurt.

  • bonestock94

    I’m liking this DH a lot.

  • smurfy

    Miranda earns his stripes. oh, yeah.

  • BigBlueAL

    Mo is going to lose his Save opportunity.

  • JMV

    good job miranda!

  • SF Yanks

    About 20 minutes ago I was feeling as bad as you could about baseball and now I’m feeling as good as ever. All in 20 min. Weird how that works.

    • Michael

      This is why I love baseball

      • Zooboy

        This is why I hate baseball. This is why I love baseball.

    • rek4gehrig

      I like Jensen Lewis (the furniture store)….not the pitcher

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    Whoa, he’s strong.

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

    Miranda’s been a pleasant surprise. Hitting for lots of pop.

    • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

      It’s nice to see his power translating to a big-league level, even in SSS. He’s one of those guys who probably would have gotten his shot a lot sooner if he hadn’t been on the Yankees.

    • BigBlueAL

      Ive mentioned this before, sure getting a full-time real good DH at the trade deadline would be a good move but I have no problem with a Miranda-Thames DH platoon for the time being.

  • bonestock94

    What a rocket

  • JMV

    what happened to swish?

    • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

      RAn into the wall trying to catch an rbi double. Smashed his arm into the wall.

      • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

        *Ran

  • Frittoman626

    Can we see a AJ CG, probably not

    • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

      He’s nearing 120, so no.

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    What a rocket!

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    26 runs scored in the 2+ games since Grandy came back. That’s a nice change.

  • smurfy

    What happened to Swish’s right shoulder? He had a chance meeting with a concrete wall. Hi, how do you do?

  • Hector

    swisher ok?? i heard he was injured!

    • Frittoman626

      Oh crap, and just when we heard Posada is coming back and Granderson is back, hope nothing to serious

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    Squeezing Mariano Rivera?

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    ZOMG, bp outs.

  • bonestock94

    You know Mo is back when he’s dealing in a non-save situation.

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    God can do more than just pitch.

  • Carlosologist

    Game over. It got a bit jumpy at the end.

  • smurfy

    Man, Mo has to skip the bat he smashed!

  • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

    Holy crap Mo. I love you. LOL!

  • Frittoman626

    Game, set, done

  • MikeD

    That’s the best Mo looked. His velocity has been there, but control was off. Not today. Nice dance, too.

  • smurfy

    Wa- the fuck -hoooo!

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

    That was awesome to end the game.

    • SF Yanks

      Indeed.

  • Alex S

    Mo’s got hops

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    We have our next ss right here. When Jete retires, Mo can go Casey Kelly on us, and close and play ss. He can hit the best of ‘em (see Rodriguez, Fransciscio), and field. Perfection!

  • BigBlueAL

    Pretty spry for a 40 yo.

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    Matsui in left, no joke.

    • Pat D

      Eh, they’ve already done it.

  • ahind

    tex just said he had a great may. and that he would take 4 more monts like may…. who wants that? he’s hit 270 something with 5 hrs 22 rbi’s. we can do better cant we tex?

    • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

      This.

      • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

        Wow, that May really is a lot better then it seems. It’s only a slightly worse than normal month for him. 281, 6 hr’s, 22 rbi’s, and a near 500 slg.

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

      If he did that every month the rest of the way, he’d hit .270/28/122.

      • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

        I can’t say I wouldn’t take that. I mean, I’d prefer +.20 on the BA and 5-10 more HR, but that’s a decent season.

        • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

          That’s not exactly worth 22 mil. That’s a drop of more than 10 homers from last year.

          • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

            I mean, you’re right … let me modify that statement and say that I’d take that as a down year. If he kept up those numbers the rest of his contract, not quite good enough.

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    Wow, Tex over AJ as the player of the game. Wow. A 3-run homer versus 8 ip of 1 er. Hmmm.

    • Carlosologist

      Well Tex did have the better WPA. (.447 vs .128)

      • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

        True, but WPA is very flawed. For example, the Burnett could pitch 10 innings of shutout ball, and Tex could get a walk-off solo shit int he bottom of the 10th.He’d have the better wpa, but would anybody question the more impressive performance? No.

        • Carlosologist

          I’m not disagreeing with the fact that AJ had a monster of a game. It was his best start all year.

          • smurfy

            and he held temper when the defense fell short bing bang bong.

        • whozat

          WPA isn’t flawed, it just doesn’t tell you what you wanted to know. In fact, it’s really just intended to help tell the story of a game…this AB was really big, this play really hurt the team’s chances of winning, etc. It’s frequently misused.

          • JMK

            THIS.

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

      A.J.’s the unsung hero. Eight great innings with a taxed and generally unreliable bullpen? That’s straight up ace-like.

      • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

        Yup. With just 1 earned run.

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

    Wow, fail by MLB.com. Burnett pitched 8, not 7.

    • Angelo

      MLB.com is pretty terrible overall

  • Across the pond

    Any chance of a quick recap guys? It’s the OH’s birthday and she’s killing me for trying to get on the computer to check what happened