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.

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443 Comments»

  1. Carlosologist says:

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

  2. V says:

    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 says:

      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 .

      • JGS says:

        FIP is below 2.4 and his BABIP is .392

        • Captain Jack says:

          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.

  3. RollingWave says:

    .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

  4. Derek Jeter says:

    I’ve got an edge

  5. Carlosologist says:

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

  6. Andy_C_23 says:

    (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

  7. Michael Kay but not THE says:

    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.

  8. JGS says:

    Masterson has a .405 BABIP. Yikes

  9. baby carlos says:

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

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

  11. Andy_C_23 says:

    Let’s go Good AJ!!!!

  12. ecksodia says:

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

  13. Mike Axisa says:

    Nice job by Swish there.

  14. ecksodia says:

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

  15. lb says:

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

    • Accent Shallow says:

      Yes, he does, he’s a catcher.

    • JMK says:

      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?

  16. Carlosologist says:

    aaaahhhh bunt

    But a very good bunt.

  17. lb says:

    lets sit a 323 hitter for some scrub who cant run

  18. Accent Shallow says:

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

  19. lb says:

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

  20. baby carlos says:

    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

  21. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  22. Accent Shallow says:

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

  23. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  24. Accent Shallow says:

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

  25. baby carlos says:

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

    • whozat says:

      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.

  26. RollingWave says:

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

  27. Accent Shallow says:

    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 says:

      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.

    • JMK says:

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

  28. RollingWave says:

    good god

  29. JobaWockeeZ says:

    And no Jesus mention…

  30. Accent Shallow says:

    10 more outs? Was that a Harvey Haddix ref?

    (I don’t think it was)

  31. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Of course their bunts work…

  32. JGS says:

    That was almost very embarrassing. Heads up by Moeller

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

  34. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

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

  35. JGS says:

    These guys look terrible

  36. Pat D says:

    Some hits would be nice.

    Yea, hits.

  37. 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

    • Captain Jack says:

      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 says:

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

        • Captain Jack says:

          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 says:

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

            • Captain Jack says:

              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 says:

                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.

  38. Pat D says:

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

  39. 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 says:

      Is that why they do that?

      • Pat D says:

        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 says:

          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

    • Andy_C_23 says:

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

    • Johan Iz My Brohan says:

      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 says:

        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.

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

  41. Tank the Frank says:

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

  42. Mike Axisa says:

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

    • Pat D says:

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

    • Tank the Frank says:

      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.

  43. 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.

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

  45. Tank the Frank says:

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

  46. Tank the Frank says:

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

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

  48. Frittoman626 says:

    Lets go Swish

  49. JGS says:

    pa fucking thetic

  50. Frittoman626 says:

    Wow the Yankees never had success against Masterson :(

  51. Mike Axisa says:

    So that was terrible.

  52. BigBlueAL says:

    Clutch.

  53. baby carlos says:

    I thought someone said earlier Masterson sucks….

  54. Captain Jack says:

    Well that was unfortunate.

  55. Pat D says:

    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!

  56. Pat D says:

    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?

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

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

  59. Pat D says:

    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

  60. 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 says:

      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 says:

      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.

  61. Andy_C_23 says:

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

  62. Tank the Frank says:

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

  63. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  64. Tank the Frank says:

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

  65. Mike Axisa says:

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

  66. whozat says:

    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.

  67. Frittoman626 says:

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

  68. BigBlueAL says:

    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.

  69. Will in NJ says:

    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

  70. NC Yankee Fan says:

    How does Masterson have 7 strikeouts?

  71. BigBlueAL says:

    Not exactly Gardner’s best game so far.

  72. Tank the Frank says:

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

  73. Frittoman626 says:

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

  74. pat says:

    AJ with the filthh

  75. BigBlueAL says:

    AJ has been great today.

  76. Tank the Frank says:

    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.

  77. Tank the Frank says:

    DO. SOMETHING!!!

  78. JobaWockeeZ says:

    This is ridiculous.

  79. BigBlueAL says:

    Yankee hitters must have early dinner reservations.

  80. MikeD says:

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

  81. Andy_C_23 says:

    What the hell was that swing, A-Rod?

  82. Tank the Frank says:

    See now Robbie’s gotta pick up the pieces.

  83. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Thank you Kay. Thank YOU.

  84. Teix is the Man says:

    Mother Fucker

  85. MikeD says:

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

  86. Tank the Frank says:

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

  87. Frittoman626 says:

    >XO

  88. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Max Scherzer 5.2 Innings / 14 K

    buh bye Dontrelle!

  89. JMV says:

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

  90. Mike Axisa says:

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

  91. Frittoman626 says:

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

  92. DreDog says:

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

  93. JMV says:

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

    i seriously think it’s becoming impossible

  94. Frittoman626 says:

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

  95. bonestock94 says:

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

  96. JobaWockeeZ says:

    That is probably all they need…

  97. bonestock94 says:

    Noooooooooooooooooo

  98. yankXfan says:

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

  99. BigBlueAL says:

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

  100. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  101. Pat D says:

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

  102. JMV says:

    well game over guys

  103. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Thanks for the out, makes up for the error.

  104. Tank the Frank says:

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

  105. Troll-bot says:

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

    • ultimate913 says:

      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.

  106. BigBlueAL says:

    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!!!!

  107. smurfy says:

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

  108. Alex S says:

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

  109. Frittoman626 says:

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

  110. Pat D says:

    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 says:

      Pizza from where??

      • Pat D says:

        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.

  111. Alex S says:

    here comes the comeback

  112. BigBlueAL says:

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

  113. BigBlueAL says:

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

  114. bonestock94 says:

    I’m calling upon the grit gods here

  115. Alex S says:

    please steal Gardy

  116. BigBlueAL says:

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

  117. BigBlueAL says:

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

  118. Accent Shallow says:

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

  119. Andy_C_23 says:

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

  120. Accent Shallow says:

    At least Jeter can’t GIDP.

  121. BigBlueAL says:

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

  122. smurfy says:

    bunt, Jete

  123. BigBlueAL says:

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

  124. Tank the Frank says:

    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!!

  125. bonestock94 says:

    OMG ITS OVER

  126. MikeD says:

    AJ should be leading 2-0 nothing now.

  127. Alex S says:

    YEA!!!!! love the speed by Gardy

  128. BigBlueAL says:

    Cap’n Clutch!!!!

  129. Accent Shallow says:

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

  130. Carlosologist says:

    Jeter did something!

  131. Frittoman626 says:

    Good job Jeet, lets go Granderson

  132. BigBlueAL says:

    Crowe has a good arm apparently shit.

  133. Alex S says:

    Swish was on his knees yelling for Gardner to slide

  134. smurfy says:

    wahoo, halfway there!

  135. Alex S says:

    CAN the Grandy man?

  136. bonestock94 says:

    Ok ok, it’s tex time

  137. Mike Axisa says:

    Curtis Granderson can’t hit lefties.

    • Accent Shallow says:

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

  138. rek4gehrig says:

    Positive vibes all around for Tex…enough is enough

  139. Carlosologist says:

    Grandy!

  140. BigBlueAL says:

    Granderson owns this guy.

  141. smurfy says:

    well, alright, so we’ve been foolish

  142. bonestock94 says:

    ad nauseum is accurate

  143. Frittoman626 says:

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

  144. JMV says:

    can tex come through? i hope so

  145. MikeD says:

    No, Mike. “We” haven’t. You have.

  146. smurfy says:

    Tex is gonna hit it to Texas

  147. Accent Shallow says:

    Woo!

  148. Tank the Frank says:

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

  149. Carlosologist says:

    TEX!!!

  150. MikeD says:

    Eat that, Kay.

  151. Alex S says:

    zOMG its ovah!

  152. bonestock94 says:

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    THE DROUGHT IS OVER

  153. rek4gehrig says:

    whoooooooooooooooooooooo…tex to texas

  154. BigBlueAL says:

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

  155. smurfy says:

    ha, ha , haa!

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

  157. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    I came.

    • Tank the Frank says:

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

      Ejaculated.

  158. Frittoman626 says:

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

    • Frittoman626 says:

      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

  159. JMV says:

    clutch tex!!!!!! woooooo

  160. claybeez says:

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

  161. Ana says:

    TEIX MESSAGE!!!

  162. Tank the Frank says:

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

  163. CNight_UP says:

    FUCK THIS TEAM…IM DONE WITH THEM…

    /Fritoman’d

  164. DreDog says:

    F*ck yo couch Masterson!!!

  165. rek4gehrig says:

    Positive vibes all around for the bullpen

  166. JMV says:

    this sipp guy SUCKS against us

  167. NC Yankee Fan says:

    How far was the Tex Message sent!

  168. bonestock94 says:

    I want AJ back, showed no signs of fatigue

  169. JMV says:

    who do you think comes in for relief now?

  170. Pat D says:

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

  171. BigBlueAL says:

    AJ to the 8th!!!!

  172. Frittoman626 says:

    PLEASE NO JOBA!!!!!

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

  174. JMV says:

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

  175. MikeD says:

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

    • Tank the Frank says:

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

      • rek4gehrig says:

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

      • MikeD says:

        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.

  176. rek4gehrig says:

    Acupuncture

  177. BigBlueAL says:

    Oh boy, Joba is warming up.

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

  179. 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.

  180. Tank the Frank says:

    That is a HELL of a game by AJ.

  181. Accent Shallow says:

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

  182. Frittoman626 says:

    AJ his own set-up man, good game AJ

  183. CNight_UP says:

    AJ fucking Burnett ladies and gentlemen…

  184. smurfy says:

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

  185. Mike Axisa says:

    Well done, Allen. Well done indeed.

  186. Andy_C_23 says:

    Big game Allan James…

  187. rek4gehrig says:

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

  188. Ana says:

    .360+? I’m aiight with that Robbie

    • rek4gehrig says:

      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

  189. bonestock94 says:

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

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

  191. Frittoman626 says:

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

  192. JMV says:

    blow it open miranda!

  193. Tank the Frank says:

    Oh Swish…don’t be hurt.

  194. bonestock94 says:

    I’m liking this DH a lot.

  195. smurfy says:

    Miranda earns his stripes. oh, yeah.

  196. BigBlueAL says:

    Mo is going to lose his Save opportunity.

  197. JMV says:

    good job miranda!

  198. SF Yanks says:

    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.

  199. Mike Axisa says:

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

    • Ana says:

      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 says:

      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.

  200. bonestock94 says:

    What a rocket

  201. JMV says:

    what happened to swish?

  202. Frittoman626 says:

    Can we see a AJ CG, probably not

  203. 26 runs scored in the 2+ games since Grandy came back. That’s a nice change.

  204. smurfy says:

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

  205. Hector says:

    swisher ok?? i heard he was injured!

    • Frittoman626 says:

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

  206. bonestock94 says:

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

  207. Carlosologist says:

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

  208. smurfy says:

    Man, Mo has to skip the bat he smashed!

  209. Ana says:

    Holy crap Mo. I love you. LOL!

  210. Frittoman626 says:

    Game, set, done

  211. MikeD says:

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

  212. smurfy says:

    Wa- the fuck -hoooo!

  213. Mike Axisa says:

    That was awesome to end the game.

  214. Alex S says:

    Mo’s got hops

  215. 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!

  216. BigBlueAL says:

    Pretty spry for a 40 yo.

  217. ahind says:

    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?

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

  219. Across the pond says:

    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

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