Game 128: The rest of the season starts now


Shut up Ozzie. (AP Photo/Dino Vournas)

With the Yankees and Rays tied atop the AL East, the two clubs are essentially looking at a 35 game season right now. Whichever club plays better during that time will win the division, the other will be damned to the depths of the Wild Card.

The Yanks start the rest of their season tonight in Chicago, against the same White Sox team that claimed Manny Ramirez off waivers earlier today. Don’t worry, he’s not in the lineup tonight, and in fact, he’s still on the Dodgers. The two sides have until Tuesday to work out a deal, and hopefully they’ll need all that time so the Yanks won’t have face Manny this weekend.

In addition to not having Manny, the ChiSox are also without Matt Thornton and J.J. Putz, their top two setup guys. Both are on the disabled list for whatever reason. Hopefully the Yanks pound the junkballer former known as Freddy Garcia and then go to work on Ozzie Guillen’s depleted bullpen.

Fun Fact: Mark Kotsay is hitting .000/.080/.000 vs. LHP this season. And I thought Curtis Granderson was helpless against southpaws. Here’s the lineup…

Gardner, LF
Jeter, SS
Teixeira, 1B
Cano, 2B
Swisher, RF
Posada, DH
Granderson, CF
Cervelli, C
Pena, 3B

And on the bump, it’s A.J. Burnett.

First pitch is scheduled for a little after 8pm ET (stupid Midwestern states) and can be seen on YES locally or the MLB Network nationally. Enjoy the game.

Categories : Game Stories


  1. Dirty Pena says:

    Quite the early game thread, no?

  2. Mike Nitabach says:

    Why is Gardy leading off and not Jeter?

  3. Pat D says:

    Fun fact: Mark Kotsay is hitting .000/.080/.000 vs. LHP in the Major Leagues this season.

  4. 28 this year says:

    How many at bats does Kotsay have against LHP?

  5. Carlosologist says:

    I hope AJ pitches well tonight (and for the rest of the season).

  6. pat says:

    Poor Strasburg, poor Nats.

  7. Carlosologist says:

    The Twins got Brian Fuentes earlier today. In other news, A-Rod was pumped to hear the news.

  8. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Playoff implications? Really?

  9. Brooklyn Ed says:

    Is anyone getting audio on the YES feed on MLB tv?

  10. Cy Pettitte says:

    Ozzy already out of the dugout, lol

  11. Kit says:

    Ozzie the game just started. Sit your ass down.

  12. Carlosologist says:

    Damn, we’ve got sparks on the first pitch? That has to be a record or something.

  13. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Ozzie being Ozzie apparently? What happened?

  14. Fred Lemond says:

    Speed baby

  15. Carlosologist says:


  16. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Ha that’s what you get for trying to get a webgem.

  17. Cy Pettitte says:

    BG triple, awesome

  18. Kit says:

    Woo! Brett the Jet!

  19. JobaWockeeZ says:

    If he held on to the ball Jeter would have erased him anyways…Not a smart move.

  20. Brooklyn Ed says:

    I’m not going to lie, I actually like the White Sox’s black jersey. Better than the other Sox’s alternate color jersey.

  21. JobaWockeeZ says:

    See if they held on that’s a GIDP. Thanks Freddy.

  22. Cy Pettitte says:

    ground ball to short worked this time

  23. How many run-scoring groundouts does Jeter have this season?

  24. Carlosologist says:

    Look, Jeter’s ground ball was actually helpful.

  25. bexarama says:

    Heh, and Jeter would’ve GIDPed if they just HELD ON TO THE BALL.
    /fallacy of the PDOC’d

  26. Carlosologist says:

    Ew, Garcia is already covered in sweat.

  27. Marcus says:

    So, I’ve always been unclear on this: if a pitcher commits an error that leads to a run, is the run earned? In this case, I see the run was earned, but is that because the error did not occur on the run scoring play, but rather the play prior to it?

  28. Carlosologist says:

    LOL, that fan is an idiot.

  29. Cy Pettitte says:

    nice one by the fan, at least keep the ball if you’re gonna do that

  30. bexarama says:

    Fan fail.

    (C’mon, AJ.)

  31. larryf says:

    Gardner could never steal second and third with Jeter batting behind him….best way to maximize the Jeter grounder to short

  32. Kit says:

    C’mon, AJ. You can do this.

  33. Cy Pettitte says:

    nice of AJ to return the favor…

  34. JobaWockeeZ says:

    This is gonna be a long game.

  35. larryf says:

    And Vizquel at 58 can still pull AJ!

  36. larryf says:


  37. Carlosologist says:

    Kay sort of pisses me off when he says that some obvious locks for the HOF are on the bubble. He said it before with Vlad and now with Vizquel.

  38. Fred Lemond says:

    Come on DP please

  39. cjc says:

    Burnett starts are becoming down right unwatchable

  40. Wait for obligatory Tony Pena cutaway shot..

  41. Kit says:

    Quentin fail.

  42. larryf says:

    Ozzie G vs Joe G: Mr. Emotion vs Mr. Binder

  43. AJ looks like he’s getting a little more command of the hook. First few were all over the place. Too bad for #pastadiving, though.

  44. DallasGreen says:

    bad aj.. shit

  45. cjc says:

    soooooooooo painful this fucking guy

  46. bonestock94 says:

    Bad AJ nights suck, seem to be often.

  47. larryf says:


  48. Ready for a radical idea that will never happen? What if Jeter played third until A-Rod came back?

  49. Carlosologist says:

    smh AJ.

  50. It'sATarp says:

    AJ is making it easy for us to pick up cliff lee this offseason

  51. cjc says:

    well I really didn’t want to watch baseball tonight anyway

    awesome just awesome

  52. larryf says:

    Hey-they show batting practice now?

  53. Cy Pettitte says:


  54. Fred Lemond says:

    Way to go AJ you scrub. Not gonna waste my time watching this team tonight.

  55. Hughesus Christo says:

    Swish Melky’d that throw

  56. bonestock94 says:

    Settle down leave it a 3 run deficit.

  57. Ross in Jersey says:

    Why is AJ still in this game? Seriously, I have more confidence in Sergio Mitre at this point. Burnett is an unmitigated DISASTER.

  58. Ken M says:

    WTF AJ!! C’mon man.

  59. Pat D says:

    I’m, uh…kind of glad I’m not watching this?

  60. larryf says:

    Inexcusable throw by Swish. Kangaroo court time.

  61. C says:

    Which is more painful to watch, an AJ start or a Javy start? I can’t decide.

  62. tut says:

    Is the Burnett signing officially “bad yet?

  63. Ross in Jersey says:

    Also, its fucking September. Let Posada play every god damn day. These games are too important to have Cervelli behind the plate.

    • bexarama says:

      Posada’s DHing. At least his bat is in the lineup. Do you want to wear Posada out right before the playoffs?

      • Ross in Jersey says:

        I hate to say it, but yes. What are we resting him for? There are more off days in the playoffs than at any point during the season. If we miss the playoffs partly because he’s not catching, what then?

        • Little Bill says:

          6 games up with 35 to play. It would take a major collapse for this team to miss the playoffs. I’d rather have Posada fresh and healthy for the playoffs.

  64. Mike Axisa says:

    Just take him the fuck out. There’s no wiggle room this late in the year.

  65. Cy Pettitte says:

    4 runs, 33 pitches in 2/3 of an inning

    I wish Eiland would walk out there and literally smack some sense into him

  66. tut says:

    This “bad” A.J. vs. “good” A.J. designation is starting to become one sided.

  67. Ross in Jersey says:

    How this inning has gone:

    “The Pierre double was just bad BABIP”

    “Well, good thing we scored in the first. It’s only tied now”

    “Just keep it at one run AJ”

    “We can still come back from two down…”

    “…fuck it. Time for shots”

  68. Wolf.Williams says:

    Is there a single Yankees fan left who wants to see Burnett ever pitch another game? One good outing for every five starts is as good a definition of worthless as I can think of. He’s more disappointing than Pavano was, because at least Pavano didn’t kill us on the field….

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      Titles that Burnett helped the Yankees win – 1
      Titles that Pavano helped the Yankees win – 0

      Burnett’s tenure as a Yankee is way more successful than Pavano’s was, and it’s not close.

    • Chris says:

      In his last 5 starts before tonight, he had 3 good starts and 2 bad ones. In his last 9 starts he has 6 good ones and 3 bad ones and an ERA of 4.02

      • Wolf.Williams says:

        You want to trot out ERA? Please….. There are 40 American League pitchers with better ERA numbers this season than Burnett. Is he the 41st-best paid pitcher in the AL? Hardly.

        This jerk is paid to have nine good starts out of 10, and three to four outstanding starts out of those nine.

        • Chris says:

          Obviously, your expectations are way off. He has a career ERA of 3.92. Why would you expect anything different from him?

          He’s had a disappointing year, but he’s been pretty solid for the last 2 months.

  69. larryf says:

    Time to check on who else is starting in Scranton these days….

  70. FIPster Doofus says:

    There was some bad BABIP luck that inning for sure, but AJ didn’t look particularly good either. Nevertheless, Freddy Garcia sucks and there is plenty of time to come back.

  71. If Kay wasn’t eating pizza and drinking JD, he might have been on time for those ads.

  72. Carlosologist says:

    At least the guys are swinging the bats well as of late. The old adage of we’re going to outhit our pitching is going to happen tonight.

  73. stuart says:

    the good aj occurs very frequently.

    he is a mess, a joke, and a cement head.

    he does nothing well. cannot hold a runner, is wild, walks to many guys, leads the league in hit batters, etc.

    he simply sucks and no metric will say anything else……

  74. stuart says:

    meant very infrequently the good aj occurs..

  75. JoPo putting together a good at bat.

  76. Chris says:

    Perhaps AJ should learn from Garcia how to get the hitters to aim their hits at the defense instead of around it.

    • Humdinger says:

      AJ needs to learn how to keep the ball away from the middle of the plate. He has decent velocity and movement, but his location through the hitting zone sucks.

      • Chris says:

        I agree, but there’s not much more you can ask of a pitcher than to give up ground balls and strike outs. At some point the ball has to be hit close enough to a defender to make an out.

  77. larryf says:

    When was the last time Jeter dove for a grounder/got to his feet/and threw a runner out? At any base?

  78. China Joe says:

    I’m no fan of Ozzie Guillen as a manager, but wouldn’t it be fun to hire him for one day to completely shit on AJ Burnett in front of the press?

  79. I’d pray for a Cervelli walk, if Noodle Bat wasn’t up next.

  80. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Cervelli should only be allowed to swing the bat if there are 2 strikes.

    • larryf says:

      agree. It has come to that and when you have a player you don’t want swinging at a 3-1 89mph fastball down the middle it is time for Jesus.

      Yo Quiero Montero……….

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

        It’s embarrassing the lack of pop Cervelli has. Even with an aluminum bat the guy couldn’t do damage.

  81. Ross in Jersey says:

    Note to Cervelli: If you get a 3 ball count, just don’t goddamn swing.

  82. Text poll fail. How about none?

  83. Kit says:

    C’mon AJ. I know you can do this. Don’t upset me. Bounce back inning.

  84. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Kay, that makes no sense.

    • Pat D says:

      Neither does pretending to be Sean Connery on a tech support call.

      But I just may do it before my work night ends.

  85. Pasqua says:

    Qualify the quesiton then, boys. Which stat determines a pitcher’s FINANCIAL success? Sure…wins, I guess. But stop feeding me this shit.

  86. bexarama says:

    This conversation about wins, ERA, and what have you is more painful than AJ’s pitching today.

    • Ross in Jersey says:

      They’re both equally as bad. I wonder if Michael Kay would rather have AJ Burnett or Johan Santana. By his measure, AJ is the better pitcher.

  87. Pat D says:

    Why does everyone hear act indignant when casual fans regard wins as important?

    That’s why we’re fanatics and they’re casual fans. Jeez, let them adapt and evolve on their own time.

    • Pat D says:



    • bexarama says:

      It’s not so much casual fans because like you said, they’re casual. But when journalists are voting for awards on the basis of wins, RBIs, etc… yeah, that’s bad.

      • Pat D says:

        And as we all know, baseball journalists are notoriously old school and slow to adapt to the changes in the game.

        Last year’s awards voting showed either a fluke or a trend to these tired, old opinions changing. We’ll know in another two months which.

  88. FIPster Doofus says:

    Ramiro’s doing work at 3rd. Good inning.

  89. Carlosologist says:

    Good AJ/Bad AJ is an inning-to-inning phenomenon now.

  90. Reggie C. says:

    Just got home.



  91. larryf says:

    And as so often happens, the guy making the great play to end an inning leads off.

    bummer for us

  92. Wolf.Williams says:

    WOW! A.J.’s WHIP is down to 3.00 for this game…. He might actually be worth his salary.

  93. Reggie C. says:

    ted lilly on waivers. is cashman going to bite?

  94. Howie says:

    According to Michael Kay, if I fall asleep on the job and make constant mistakes, but my coworkers make up for my mistakes, I deserve a raise?

  95. Carlosologist says:

    We are winning this game because Pena has a hit. Book it.

  96. Reggie C. says:

    Jets dont look good at all. Rather watch AJ.

  97. Sean C says:

    I am so pissed off that my MLB.TV is blacked out (I live in Illinois) and am stuck watching the game on Comcast. I am honestly considering muting the tv and listening to music instead of the game audio. The worst part is I have friends that are White Sox fans that love these “broadcasters.” And I should add that those friends are complete idiots.

  98. Not that I’m complaining. But how was that not a strike / how did Brett not protect on that?

  99. Reggie C. says:

    BG = spark-plug

  100. Cy Pettitte says:

    Ramiro the Hero; MVP

  101. Kit says:

    Oh, Ozzie. I really want you and Manny to be BFF’s, because that will be hilarious and messy at some point in time.

  102. larryf says:

    Pena-star of the game so far.


  103. larryf says:

    Yeah baby. The Great Brettsky steal now!!!

  104. rek4gehrig says:

    Your turn to run, Gardy

  105. RalphieD says:

    pretty nice ab by garder…down 0-2 quick, foul, foul, on some tough pitches then takes a close one and lines an rbi single up the middle..gotta like that

  106. Ross in Jersey says:

    Without looking, I’m pretty sure Pena has a higher OPS post-ASB than Cervelli.

  107. Brad Toughy says:

    I don’t get the whole “Good AJ, Bad AJ” thing.

    Can’t we just accept that AJ Burnett is an inconsistent pitcher who struggles with his command? That’s who he is, not two different pitchers.

    • Ross in Jersey says:

      It’s more the fact that when he’s good, he’s very good (13 starts where he’s given up less than 3 runs) but when he’s bad he’s very bad (9 starts where he’s given up >6 runs) so it’s only natural to make a Jeckell/Hyde comparison.

    • Kit says:

      Yes, we all agree with that. I happen to like the Good AJ, Bad AJ thing. It captures that inconsistency well.

  108. Aw crap. Run, Brett. Please run.

  109. Ross in Jersey says:

    “So weird to see Jeter’s average at .274″

    Get used to it, bub.

  110. Reggie C. says:


    BG should think of stealing 3rd base.

  111. Ya know what? Take third, too.

    /fantasy baseball’d

  112. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    “Yankees answer to Juan Pierre”? Since when do the Yankees answer to the White Sox?

  113. larryf says:

    Steal 3rd Brett.

  114. rek4gehrig says:

    Timmons loves the Yanks

  115. Love how they have one camera on Ozzie at all times.

  116. rek4gehrig says:

    O Jeet

  117. Reggie C. says:

    The friendly call didnt help DJ … waaaaaaaaay late on that one.

  118. Carlosologist says:

    I want the White Sox to acquire Manny just for the drama that will occur between him and Ozzie.

  119. larryf says:

    Yanks win despite Jeter.

  120. Mike Axisa says:

    Get this run in, Tex.

  121. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:


  122. JobaWockeeZ says:

    What a crime Kay. What a fucking crime.

  123. bexarama says:

    That’s nice, Kay

  124. Reggie C. says:

    I’m really missing Arod right now.

  125. Ross in Jersey says:

    God dammit.

  126. FIPster Doofus says:

    Damn you, Rios.

  127. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Deceitful camera work and now I’m fucking pissed.

  128. Cy Pettitte says:

    damn, thought that was gone from Robbie’s reaction

  129. Chris says:

    Come on Sterling.

    “… and he… can’t make the catch, it’s gone!…. He caught the ball…”

  130. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Carlos Quent’in.

  131. bexarama says:

    They knew I was aggravated watching this game so they had a Pettittestravaganza. I appreciate it.

  132. rek4gehrig says:

    Kim, please shut-up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  133. larryf says:

    The obligatory wp/pb AJ/Cervelli show

  134. larryf says:

    It’s expensive to go to the games but the chance to NOT hear Kay or Sterling…


  135. FIPster Doofus says:

    Come the fuck on.

  136. Mike Axisa says:

    Just retire, Frankie.

  137. Carlosologist says:

    Fuck you Cervelli.

  138. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:


  139. Reggie C. says:

    Damn Aj. Why do you this to yourself?

    • larryf says:

      If that was Bautista-there could have been a brawl. Same type of pitch not caught by our great defensive catchers

  140. larryf says:

    Cervelli had better not be on the team next year. JOKE!!!!!

  141. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Bring back Jose Molina. Call up Chad Moeller. Sign back Kevin Cash. Anything.

  142. Ivan says:

    Wow AJ has become really hard to watch pitch..not to mention Frankie has become really hard to watch play period.

  143. j_Yankees says:

    How was that ball not caught? i’m being serious.

  144. Cy Pettitte says:

    thank god tomorrow’s game is CC and Jorge

  145. tut says:

    Fun Fact” Cervelli’s slugging pct. is actually lower than his O.B.P. (.296 vs. .314). Oh, and he is a horrible catcher.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

      It gets worse…Cervelli was a large financial contributor to the Nazi Party during the late 1930s and 1940s. Can’t win with the guy.

  146. It'sATarp says:

    Well I am willing to contribute money to bring cliff lee to NY this off season…i’m sick of seeing AJ as our “number 2″

  147. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Nate Berkus inspires me.

    And he’s hot!

  148. Reggie C. says:

    AJ sucks. … but the Jets are suddenly watchable.

    Sanchez just threw a TD to Keller. I’m gonna draft Keller on fantasy ‘ball this weekend. Keller’s clearly the security blanket.

  149. JobaWockeeZ says:

    In other depressing news apparently Aceves hasn’t been pitching well.

    • Kit says:

      That is depressing. On the other hand, can’t expect a guy who’s been injured most of the season to be phenomenal, not to mention his injury isn’t anything to be taken lightly.

  150. Reggie C. says:

    Can’t believe i’m saying this … HOLD ON BOSTON!

  151. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Kay has never seen One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest? Are you f’kidding me?

  152. Ross in Jersey says:

    How can Moeller be any worse than Cervelli? He simply can’t. Cervelli should never be in any game, ever, after Sept. 1 unless it goes 20 innings.

  153. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Singleton <3 Jack Nicholson

  154. larryf says:

    Cervelli on deck!

  155. larryf says:

    Red Sox 3-1 going to the eighth. Without Pedroia and Youk. Hard to imagine us without Tex and Cano but…

  156. larryf says:

    Cmon AJ. Bend it to Beckham :-)

  157. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Yes, 4 pitch walk to Beckham…makes sense.

  158. Kit says:

    Why does Juan Pierre look like he’s twelve?

  159. larryf says:

    So far, the only positive is that the White Sox are winning with a 43 year old 3rd baseman.

    /ARod’d 2018

  160. Cy Pettitte says:

    don’t you put that on Mike Harkey, Kay

  161. bexarama says:

    Were the 2000 Yankees one of the worst teams to win the WS? Gotta be.

    • Carlosologist says:

      2006 Cards are in that mix too.

    • tom says:

      Do you mean just by record, or internal stats? Because the record was totally distorted by that weird final-week swan dive. The team had essentially put the division away with about two weeks to go, and clinched a tie by, like, Monday of the final week, but then bizarrely failed to win a single game after that (and losing by wide margins, which screwed up the Pythagorean thing). I’ve always had a hard time rating that team — was it the one that had wrapped things up early, or the one that never did win that win one last game it needed to? (They didn’t have to, because the Red Sox finally lost for them) If you just look at it by final dyau record/standings, you may not be seeing the time as it appeared in real time.

    • Pat D says:

      If you just wanna base it on regular season win total, well, yea.

      The ’06 Cardinals, ’87 Twins, ’81 Dodgers, ’45 Tigers (pinnacle of war years), 1919 Reds, 1914 Braves and 1906 White Sox (major upsets for the last 3) come to mind.

  162. Brian in NH says:

    man this is depressing. spend 4.5 hours driving to CT and i find out we’re losing 5-2 to the spiraling out of control white sox? wtf

  163. larryf says:

    Cervelli tells AJ “Throw the 57 foot curveball”

  164. Kit says:

    Well, that was a hilarious throw.

  165. It'sATarp says:

    please put AJ out of his misery

  166. larryf says:

    Swish showing the fundamentals of outfield play

  167. bexarama says:

    This game is hardly over but between Really Bad AJ, the weird plays, and Kay being unbearable, I’m ready to start drinking. Heavily.

  168. Mark from Chicago says:

    Calling Ted Lilly….Ted Lilly

  169. Ross in Jersey says:

    Why is he still in this game? Why? So he can give up 8 runs and we lose 8-7?

    Christ Joe, come on. What more do you need to see?

  170. Ross in Jersey says:

    Aaaaand game over. Thanks Joe. It’s okay, these games aren’t important.

  171. Kit says:

    Just take him out, Joe. I’m not one to say this, but just get him out.

  172. Cy Pettitte says:

    FINALLY, Joe with the slow hook tonight

    • mbonzo says:

      I don’t think he’s trying to win this game as much as figure AJ out. Yanks still have 5.5 game lead on Boston.

  173. larryf says:

    and here comes Joe and there goes 23 million dollars

  174. Carlosologist says:

    I can has Hiroki Kuroda?

  175. Stratman9652 says:

    New drinking game when Burnett pitches: Drink everytime Micheal Kay says “Hot shot base hit!”. You, like AJ, wont make it past the 4th.

    • Ross in Jersey says:

      Way ahead of you.

      “Base hit left field” – 1 shot

      “But he has such great stuff!” – 2 shots

      “The bullpen gets busy” – 3 shots

  176. tut says:

    If they can’t straighten out both Burnett and Vazquez–early exit from the playoffs. This starting staff is in shambles right now!

    • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag says:

      Nah, if CC and Pettitte do good and Hughes is above average we’ll be A-OK.

  177. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    The worse part about the Yankees not playing well is that now we all get extra coverage on ESPN about how the Red Sox are still in it.

    Thank you Tampa and NY Yankees for fucking up the remainder of the season by allowing ESPN to jizz all over itself with its love affair with the Sox.

    Yanks pitching is in serious trouble right now – except for CC and brief stint by Nova. Not good.

  178. Ivan says:

    You know I gotta say, AJ is really just pissin me off with the way he has been pitching. I mean he’s not even giving his team at least a chance to win these games…AJ Burnett you Suck!!!

  179. FIPster Doofus says:

    Danks and Floyd the next two days. Fuck.

  180. Joe West's Music Career says:

    Ugggggghhhh. I got an idea: AJ for Zito. Who blinks?

  181. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    Time for Joe to move to Chicago.

  182. JohnnyC says:

    Maybe A.J. needs a B-12 shot.

  183. S.King says:

    AJ is like the drunk friend at a party. he breaks stuff everytime he comes over, and everyone always ends up saying, “why did they invite him?”….and then next weekend it happens all over again.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

      AJ is like the pitcher who gets a shitload of money but produces nothing positive on the field and can’t beat the Red Sox.

  184. Wolf.Williams says:

    Let’s hear it from the AJ defenders. What, were the 5 or 6 good pitches he threw enough to get him off the hook for this overall performance? Is his being “a good teammate” and a “stand-up guy” all that matters?

    He’s an immature, adolescent head case who has no business in this uniform.

    And no one cares about the post-game interview. Words are worthless. The guy stinks.

    • Howie says:

      He has defenders?

      The only defense I can think of is that he was good in the 2009 postseason.

    • S.King says:

      prediction on post game interview: “i had good stuff, just trouble locating the fastball. they put good swings on the few mistakes i made.”

    • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag says:

      I’m not an A.J. defender, but he doesn’t stink. He’s having a bad season. So is Jeter. Does Jeter stink?

      In his career, when he hasn’t been injured, A.J.’s been solid. Not great, but solid. He’s having an off year, happens.

      I don’t understand why people need to blame everybody else in their posts. We don’t like A.J. sucking either, but being a dick won’t make him pitch better.

  185. Ross in Jersey says:


    • iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

      Once again…. Cash and Girardi have no faith in their AAA players. They would rather live and die with underperforming 35+ year olds or under age AA players.

      But bright side, they did pick up Berkman, Kearns – hear Kearns has a mean ass change up.

      • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag says:

        No, they probably have a lot of faith in their triple A players to perform at least better than Cervelli. But they realize that letting them develop IN triple A instead of ruining their development will help them more in the long run.

        • iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

          You could be right. Explains Joba.

          But, then that would only apply to the Yankees. Doesn’t seem to hamper other teams. Maybe I am just generalizing out of frustration with the entire month of August and the shit ass performance of this team.

          • bexarama says:

            Maybe I am just generalizing out of frustration with the entire month of August and the shit ass performance of this team.

            Well at least you recognize it?

          • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag says:

            I don’t think that’s true. We don’t follow other teams, but they have plenty of issues, and I’m sure you’ll hear their fans complaining about the same shit we do. That’s baseball.

    • Sick Nwisher says:

      BUT THE NINJA!!!!!

  186. larryf says:

    The other good thing about this game other than showing you CAN win with a 43 year old 3rd baseman is that we have finally seen that Sergio Gaudin (3 innings each) is/are a better starter than AJ. Doubt Joe feels that way however.

  187. Mike Axisa says:

    This is fucking retarded. Get your God damn heads out of your asses.

  188. It'sATarp says:

    Well i’ll say this again, I’m willing to donate money to bring Cliff Lee to NY …oh yea i’ll also give money to get a real back up catcher

  189. Cy Pettitte says:

    excuse me Cervelli, kindly explain what the fuck you are doing

  190. Justin R. says:

    Real quote from tonight “Omar [Vizquel] certainly deserves an MVP vote or two”

  191. Brian in NH says:

    Looks like its time for the Mitre Experience.

    Are you Experienced?

  192. bexarama says:

    Yeah, this is a clunker.

  193. Ross in Jersey says:

    Are you kidding me? This is inexcusable! Bench Cervelli right now, make a fucking statement.

  194. JobaWockeeZ says:

    What did Cervelli do? Drake getting married rumor is making me miss the game.

  195. DallasGreen says:

    yup, im done for the night

  196. Brian in NH says:

    safe to say they’ve thrown in the towel on this game?

  197. Ross in Jersey says:

    Thank you Michael. It’s about time Cervelli caught some god damn flack.

  198. mike c says:

    good thing this is only a preseason game

  199. Reggie C. says:

    Finally … Kay is speaking TRUTH. Cervelli’s drop in play can no longer be supported.

  200. tut says:

    Kay just called Cervelli’s play of late–

  201. larryf says:

    9th inning 3-1 red sox

  202. Howie says:

    Well, at least Kay realizes Cervelli sucks. It only took a few errors and passed balls.

  203. Little Bill says:

    At least Sabathia’s pitching tomorrow.

  204. JohnnyC says:

    Cervelli the incredible shrinking major leaguer.

  205. larryf says:

    alot of Cervelli’s wild pitches are passed balls…

  206. Cy Pettitte says:

    Cervelli and Pena get base hits tonight, we should win this one

  207. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Shit, I have to take my TV in to get repaired. It just showed Cervelli getting a hit.

  208. JobaWockeeZ says:

    What did Kay say? What few words of wisdom did he say?

  209. damn yanks says:

    why pena… nunez please…

  210. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    AJ should have his own HOPE week.

  211. Cy Pettitte says:

    Pippen with the Stanley Cup….?

  212. Frigidevil says:

    Wow, that was quite the Chicago sports clusterfuck

  213. Carlosologist says:

    I’m in the midst of a debate with my friend (a Red Sox fan) of who should be Manager of the Year. He said Francona (predictably) and I said Ron Washington. Help please.

    • Pat D says:

      Teams that have a lot of injuries and remain merely competitive do not have their manager win MOTY.

      See: Yankees, 2008

    • Sick Nwisher says:

      Has a manager won the award while his team finished in 3rd place?

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      I really couldn’t care less about managers, but isn’t Washington a moron? I’d rather a non-moron (Francona) get the award.

    • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag says:

      If the Red Sox make the playoffs, then he can talk.

    • CapitalT says:

      Manager of the Year, sponsored by Coke.

    • Kit says:

      Your friend is insane. Ron Washington likes coke. You both lose.


      I expressed my feelings about this sometime last week. I don’t think Francona deserves it because the reason for him being manager of the year is that he’s managed through injuries, which is what any manager, when faced with injuries to his team, should do. If you’re unable to, you are inept, and should therefore, be fired. Not to mention that the Red Sox would have been a bigger threat to catch the Yanks/Tampa Bay if they had a better April/May, which wasn’t Francona’s fault, but adds to them not being that big of a threat. At this point, I think Ron Washington is the better choice. I couldn’t watch baseball at the beginning of the season because I was in school, but from what I remember, the Rangers weren’t great initially, and have become the expected winners of their division, but at the same time, they’re in a relatively weak division with less competition.

  214. JohnnyC says:

    Help? Maybe stop being friends with Red Sox fans?

  215. bexarama says:

    My God, the YES booth is worse than this game.

    That’s hard to do.

  216. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Well only 30 percent of Yankee fans that voted made me shed a tear.

  217. JohnnyC says:

    Too bad TSJC isn’t around. Michael Kay just said IP/S is an important stat in evaluating starters…

  218. larryf says:

    Red Sox win. We are still tied for first place with Frankie Cervelli catching the most innings for us. A truly amazing stat…

  219. JobaWockeeZ says:

    CC is the only one in the rotation that we can actually depend on a solid performance. Sigh.

  220. FIPster Doofus says:

    Boston wins. Good.

  221. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    What’s the magic number at now?

  222. It'sATarp says:

    so who gets the 4th spot if when the postseasons starts? Javy or AJ? or we just screw forget that game and hope we can back to CC.

  223. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Alright, boys, we need a touchdown.

  224. Kit says:

    How’s Swish’s knee? Does anyone know? I forgot to check earlier in the day.

  225. turtle says:

    bring up montero!

  226. larryf says:

    Open up your stance Jorge-they’re jammin you inside!


  227. j_Yankees says:

    Interesting little tidbit. You know how many games CC has had this season of 2ERs or less? 14. You know how many AJ Burnett has had? 12.

    AJ Burnett is not useless or a “pile of shit” or everything else that is showing up in my twitter timeline.

    He is… INCONSISTENT. That’s what he is. And the level of his inconsistency is not something we have seen before.

    The “Good AJ/Bad AJ” is not some corny little saying. It is the god’s honest truth.

  228. Jake H says:

    I don’t understand how a guy with AJ’s stuff gets destroyed so much.

  229. Cy Pettitte says:

    ‘he might want to start mixing and matching with Cervelli due up” – really Kay?

  230. larryf says:

    He’s gonna leave him in in a 9-2 game with 2 outs to face Cervelli?

    Is he crazy?

  231. Jake H says:

    This had to be one of the worst played games the Yankees have played.

  232. larryf says:

    That’s why Ozzie Guillen is a genius!

  233. Dr. Reality says:

    I root for the Yankees but its hard to not to see the heart that the Red Sox is playing with. If the Yanks do not start playing with some emotion, then the end of the season is nearer then most think.

    • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all) says:

      No passion!!!

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      Did you get your doctorate of reality from a correspondence school?

    • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag says:

      Being up in the division is > heart.

    • Kit says:

      I laughed a little. No offense, but that’s ridiculous. It’s the same as the “the Yankees have no passion” claim. I’m not trying to start anything, but that argument is really ridiculous. It’s a sloppy game, the defense hasn’t been at it’s best, the starting pitching wasn’t great, but these are once in a blue moon games. Just because the Red Sox win a game does not mean they play with more passion or heart than the Yankees.

      • Dr. Reality says:

        look at the sox disabled list, if the yanks lost cano and tex, we be thinking who we gonna sign in the winter. Sox are in it, how many times the last week, you guys are saying its only one game

        • Kit says:

          Because it is one game. And please don’t use the phrase “we be thinking”. It sounds stupid and it makes your argument even more ridiculous. And I’ve looked at the Sox disabled list, and all that tells me is that they’ve lost players. It says nothing about them as a whole other than they’ll have a difficult time playing difficult teams. Look at how they played in April, with all their players. Did that make them the better team because they played with heart? No, it did not. It made them the third place team, where they’ve been essentially all season. So your Yankees have no heart argument is still ridiculous. They play the game with the same passion, the same desire as everyone else. They want to win just as badly as everyone else does, probably even more since they have the added incentive of being the defending champs and being the Yankees.

    • Poopy Pants says:

      The Sox would be in first place if only JD Drew would do a first pump after hitting a double!

    • ultimate913 says:

      ietc. That made me laugh.

    • bexarama says:

      This is not something a Doctor of Reality would say

    • Carlosologist says:

      Thanks for the comedic relief. It’s really livened the place up.

  234. James A says:

    I dont want to be a hater or a troll, but I think we can all agree that Cervelli is not a MLB level catcher, even as a backup, and considering he plays almost every other day this is a problem
    I understand the logic that Montero is young and should be playing everyday, but considering he has accumulated 450+ plate appearances at AAA and the season is almost over, is there a reason he cant come up before September 1st so he can be the backup/occasional DH/pinch hitter down the stretch and into the playoffs? He’ll still get close to 500 a-b’s, and his status can be re-assessed for next year
    MLB stretch run >>> AAA stretch run

  235. JohnnyC says:

    So, you’re saying Jon Lester is a better pitcher than A.J. Burnett because he has more heart and shows more emotion?

  236. Dr. Reality says:

    Is it me, or does it seem that just about every AL pitcher know Gardner going to take the first 4 pitches

    • ultimate913 says:

      It’s cause Gardner doesn’t play with heart and doesn’t use his grit(which is 3rd to Casey Kelly and Pedroia) to try to get hits. He just lets the balls come.(TWSS)

      • Nick says:

        As ridiculous and funny as this argument about passion is, this is the type of stuff writers who are so called experts talk about all the time. Jeter is great because he just knows how to win. A-rod can’t win the big one, he just doesn’t have it. C.C. Sabathia can’t win in the postseason, just doesn’t have it. How about Jeter wins because he’s good and plays on a good team. How about A-Rod never won before because he didn’t play on a team that had any type of starting rotation. How about Sabathia didn’t pitch well in the postseason in the past because he was worn down from a heavy pitch load at the end of each season (something that finally didn’t happen last year). Dang media. I can’t wait until Dustin Pedroia wins the MVP this year because the Red Sox struggled all year with him out of the lineup and therefore he showed how he was the most valuable player to his team. Sports media – what a joke.

    • larryf says:

      if that was true he’d have a ton more strikeouts looking. Most of the time he hits with a 2-2 or 3-2 count. I like it…

  237. Poopy Pants says:

    holy shit.

  238. Carlosologist says:

    Jeter: #nopassion

  239. Poopy Pants says:

    At least Jeter has been consistent this year.

    • Stratman9652 says:

      Yeah I just made 10 bucks betting he would GIDP. It’d be easy money if I could find anyone to bet against me anymore. I love Jeet but this is just too much.

  240. larryf says:

    So Gardner has to steal in a 9-2 game to avoid the gidp. An unorthodox strategy but necessary with the Captain…

  241. YankeesJunkie says:

    Good news is this is the end of another terrible month for Burnett so he should have a good September. However, this Good AJ/Awful AJ act is getting old when goes on stretches with are just unbearable when a third of his games he gives the Yankees barely a shot to win the game. AJ is going to change something significant next year because this year won’t cut it. His K rates dropped by 25% and his xFIP is well about 4.5 which has not happened to him the last 9 years. The change up he was working on was just a joke because his CH% are the same they have been the last five years. AJ is going to learn how to pitch more because what he has done this season has been unacceptable for someone of his caliber and pay-grade.

  242. Jake H says:

    It’s hard to remember how good Jeter was just last year when you see him have a game like this.

  243. Cy Pettitte says:

    OT but “Aroldis Chapman just days away from being called up — and tonight he was clocked at 105 mph while striking out 3 in 9th in Class AAA.” via @buster_espn

    this blows my mind, how does his arm not explode

  244. James A says:

    kudos to mitre for giving the rest of the pen another night off and pitching really well

  245. China Joe says:

    This has gotten so bad I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a groundswell of support to call up Brackman…from freakin AA! Shades of Sean Henn in 2005.

  246. Nick says:

    They need to trade to get Ian Kennedy back. You can guarantee a 28th title if they find a way to get him in the rotation.

  247. Ross in Jersey says:

    Look at that, Mitre was good.

    So glad we waited until it was 7-2 instead of taking AJ out as soon as he got into trouble after the first inning.

  248. Cy Pettitte says:

    better shot at being in the playoff rotation: AJ, Moseley, or Ivanova?

    • Ross in Jersey says:

      AJ will be there whether you like it or not, as long as he’s healthy. They don’t have any alternatives. Moseley and Nova is a toss up, really don’t know what Nova is after just one start.

      • Kit says:

        All hands on deck means AJ will be there as well, so I agree with Ross in Jersey on that, but Nova and Moseley will probably be in the pen.

    • ultimate913 says:

      Even though it’s a very very SSS, I’d say it’s in this order : SuperNova, Moses and then the other dude.

  249. Carlosologist says:

    Swish just told Ozzie to suck it.

  250. jfh says:

    cc, andy, hughes, and a.j.

  251. Cy Pettitte says:

    5 more to go guys

  252. Kit says:

    We need five more of those, guys.

  253. Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. says:

    Here’s hoping we can get about 3 more of those this inning.

  254. Dr. Reality says:

    So do Yanks replace AJ with Javy??

  255. bexarama says:

    That convo looks… serious

  256. Poopy Pants says:

    Joe G to Jeter: “Seriously? A GIDP every fucking time, dude”?

  257. larryf says:

    Joe G sayin to Derek “Why can’t everybody step it up like you have?”

  258. Ross in Jersey says:

    Seriously, how many times have we seen this script?

    Score early, opposing pitcher throws ~40 pitches in 2 innings. Put guys on base later, let the opposing pitcher off the hook who ends up going 7 strong. Rally late, lose anyway.

    So frustrating.

  259. Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. says:

    Another rough one. We’ve had a few too many of those this month.

  260. Dr. Reality says:

    ok lets see how Joe spins AJ’s night

  261. Guest says:

    You know, everybody says AJ’s inconsistency stems from the fact that he’s a headcase.

    Look, Ron Artest is a headcase.

    By all non-pitching results related measures, AJ Burnett is not a headcase (good rep amonst teammates, no off-field stuff, seemingly stable family life). Yeah, there were some rumors about his attitude from his FLA years. But has anyone heard anything about that since he became best buds with Halladay in Toronto?

    Maybe instead of psycho-analyzing, we should just go with the more realistic conclusion:

    Rather than being a headcase, AJ is a “mechanics case” or an “unable to consistently repeat his motion thereby leading to inconsistent results case.” It’s less sexy. Not really the stuff sports columns are made of? Sure. But likely accurate? Yes.

    Repeating a motion consistently is the most difficult thing for any pitcher to do. That’s why its so rare to see people like Mo and Halladay who seem to do it in there sleep. And frankly, AJ seems to struggle with it more than others amongst the .001% of the human population who throw baseballs well enough to make a living at it.

    But just because he struggles with repeating his motion doesn’t mean he has mental or emotional issues. It just means its hard, and AJ Burnett has never been able to master that skill. That’s it and that’s all.

    • Guest says:

      Well not everybody thinks he’s a headcase. But a lot of sports media/type peoples.

    • Poopy Pants says:

      Thanks. I feel much better about it.

      • Guest says:

        Not saying it makes the results easier to take. I just don’t like it when people attack someone’s character and personality just because they struggle with doing something none of us could possibly hope to even dream about attempting to do.

    • bexarama says:

      I agree with all of this. It is VERY frustrating to see AJ pitch this way but by all accounts (including someone I know who met him, and not in a situation where he would have been forced to be polite or whatever) he’s a really good guy. Maybe he’s a headcase on the mound but he’s no Kevin Brown, who was hated by pretty much everyone.

      • Dr. Reality says:

        AJ needs a figure he can look up to, sort of how Roy Hallaway was with him, Eiland is a little like that, but he seems to need a player type then a coach, but what the hell do i know, i bought my degree from Canal Street for 5 bucks

        • bryan w says:

          The Yankees have Pettitte, CC, and Mo. Who the hell does he hang out with then if they can’t influence him? Halladay’s nickname must not be Doc for nothing huh?

    • Nick says:

      I agree with every single thing you said about his mechanics etc…But I also think he’s a headcase. He fights doors.

      • Kit says:

        Yup. I also agree with you, Guest, but a man who punches doors and then lies about it has an issue. I don’t know if it’s a confidence issue, frustration, or something else, but AJ has a problem.

    • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag says:

      I agree with all of this.

  262. Wicked Red Sox Fan says:

    Time to Panic Yankee Universe

    Hanks got a big mouth and we gonna stuff it with some Lobsta

  263. Dr. Reality says:

    If Jeter does not bat first or second, where should yanks bat him?

  264. Poopy Pants says:

    In the balls?

  265. Kit says:

    I was actually bummed that the Yankees weren’t playing yesterday, but after today, I see I needed that emotional break. There’s always tomorrow. Good night everyone.

  266. JohnnyC says:

    Drive home safely. Unless you’re driving a caahhhh.

  267. Jerome S says:

    What’s the Yankees record this August? You know what’s weird? the trade-deadline pickups did better than the people that they replaced, but the team still lost. I miss Andy. And A-Rod. And fuck you, Nick Johnson. At least there’s tomorrow… which I am not looking forward too.
    Turns out, the August record is 12-13. YIKES. Last year’s was 21-7 (holy shit)!

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