Aug
27

Game 128: The rest of the season starts now

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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
  • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

    Quite the early game thread, no?

  • Mike Nitabach

    Why is Gardy leading off and not Jeter?

    • DallasGreen

      so gardy can work a six-pitch walk and jeter can hit into a 1 pitch DP…

      • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        In the rare occasion Pena gets on base, we wouldn’t want to erase it with a GIDP. Instead Gardner can steal and can stop the inevitable ground ball.

      • larryf

        so Jeter is FORCED to take a strike and/or a hit and run happens early in the count….

  • Pat D

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

  • 28 this year

    How many at bats does Kotsay have against LHP?

    • bryan w

      Kotsay is 0-for-23 with 2K 2BB vs LHP

    • Carlosologist

      He’s got 25 PA this season against lefties.

  • Carlosologist

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

    • Jerome S

      well, that’s a given.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Does any Yankee fan hope he pitches badly?

      • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

        lots.

      • Carlosologist

        Probably the psychos at NYYFans.

  • pat

    Poor Strasburg, poor Nats.

    • Jerome S

      tragedy.

  • Carlosologist

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

    • Pat D

      Really? Interesting, being that they had also traded for Capps.

      • Carlosologist

        Ron Gardenhire said he’s going to use Fuentes as a setup guy.

        http://twitter.com/LaVelleNeal/status/22307832800

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          Fuentes is actually really good vs. LHB this year, .132/.209/.158/.367. Only 44 PA though.

        • Cy Pettitte

          what about Rauch?

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Playoff implications? Really?

    • Kit

      “Playoff implications” is a new one. I’m impressed.

    • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

      ::shakes head::

  • Brooklyn Ed

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

  • Cy Pettitte

    Ozzy already out of the dugout, lol

  • Kit

    Ozzie the game just started. Sit your ass down.

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

    Ozzie? Already?

  • Carlosologist

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

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Ozzie being Ozzie apparently? What happened?

    • Carlosologist

      Pierzynski was arguing the location of the first pitch and Ozzie immediately ran out.

  • Fred Lemond

    Speed baby

  • Carlosologist

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

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

  • Cy Pettitte

    BG triple, awesome

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

    Speed kills.

    • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

      /grit’d

  • Kit

    Woo! Brett the Jet!

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

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

  • Brooklyn Ed

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

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

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

  • Cy Pettitte

    ground ball to short worked this time

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

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

  • Carlosologist

    Look, Jeter’s ground ball was actually helpful.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

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

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      True tough I have no doubts regardless of the situation that would have happened.

  • Carlosologist

    Ew, Garcia is already covered in sweat.

  • Marcus

    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?

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      If there’s any error, it’s unearned.

  • Carlosologist

    LOL, that fan is an idiot.

    • Alex S

      what happened?

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Haha stupid fan.

  • Cy Pettitte

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

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Fan fail.

    (C’mon, AJ.)

  • larryf

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

  • Kit

    C’mon, AJ. You can do this.

  • Cy Pettitte

    nice of AJ to return the favor…

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    This is gonna be a long game.

    • Cy Pettitte

      that’s an understatement

  • larryf

    And Vizquel at 58 can still pull AJ!

  • larryf

    Cervelli=torture!!!!!

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Honestly, that’s more on AJ than Cervelli. But yeah, it’s not that fun to watch him.

    • Cy Pettitte

      I heard Cashman is in negotiations with sports authority and modells to try to acquire one of these

      http://i34.tinypic.com/30szifl.jpg

  • Carlosologist

    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.

    • DallasGreen

      vizquel = cooperstown. no doubt

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        I don’t think so. Vlad, yes, definitely.

    • Pat D

      Vizquel would be a terrible HOF’er.

  • Fred Lemond

    Come on DP please

  • cjc

    Burnett starts are becoming down right unwatchable

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

    Wait for obligatory Tony Pena cutaway shot..

  • Kit

    Quentin fail.

  • larryf

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

    • Chris

      Thankfully we have Mr Binder.

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

    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.

  • DallasGreen

    bad aj.. shit

    • cjc

      is there another AJ this season?

    • Chris

      Actually, it seems like he’s pitching pretty well. I mean, he can’t aim their groundballs.

  • cjc

    soooooooooo painful this fucking guy

  • bonestock94

    Bad AJ nights suck, seem to be often.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Oh AJ.

  • larryf

    PastastationaryJeter!!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

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

    • larryf

      good idea. He has NO RANGE!!!!!

      /sacrelig’d

  • Carlosologist

    smh AJ.

  • It’sATarp

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

  • cjc

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

    awesome just awesome

  • larryf

    Hey-they show batting practice now?

  • Cy Pettitte

    *speechless*

  • Fred Lemond

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

    • Chris

      Can you please also not comment? I hate going through all the gloom and doom comments to find the well thought out ones.

      • Fred Lemond

        Not gonna sit here and post and not watch the game lol. peace.

  • Hughesus Christo

    Swish Melky’d that throw

  • bonestock94

    Settle down leave it a 3 run deficit.

  • Ross in Jersey

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

  • Ken M

    WTF AJ!! C’mon man.

  • Pat D

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

  • larryf

    Inexcusable throw by Swish. Kangaroo court time.

  • C

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

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      AJ…because he’s getting paid $16 million.

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        Let me correct myself, $23 mil for this year.

        • RalphieD

          23?

          • Chris

            Apparently $16.5M = $23M?

            • RalphieD

              makes sense

  • tut

    Is the Burnett signing officially “bad yet?

    • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

      Signing him wasn’t bad. The contract, on the other hand..

      • tut

        Three more years of this (at 17 mil per)? Not good good.

  • Ross in Jersey

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

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      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

        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

          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.

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

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

    • Evan in NYC

      Agreed.

    • Chris

      Really? You too?

      He’s gotten 4 ground balls and 2 line drives and only one was turned into an out.

      • Evan in NYC

        Fuck…

        • Evan in NYC

          Sorry, wasn’t supposed to reply to that. Just a general “F*ck”, not directed at anyone, sorry.

    • Cy Pettitte

      You think Cash is starting to think abou Kuroda yet?

    • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

      In fairness, a shortstop with range has that groundball that Jeter couldn’t nab.

  • Cy Pettitte

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

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

  • tut

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

  • Ross in Jersey

    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”

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      When AJs pitching, shots come before the game.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Heh, that was me too.

  • Wolf.Williams

    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

      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

      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

        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

          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.

  • larryf

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

  • FIPster Doofus

    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.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Pierre was the only occurrence of “bad BABIP luck.”

      • FIPster Doofus

        Not really. There were a couple of grounders that weren’t exactly scorched but found holes.

        • Humdinger

          Well, Pena stole an out with the play he made, so the BABIP goes both ways. AJ sucks.

          • FIPster Doofus

            Legit point there. That was a hell of a play.

            • Humdinger

              I don’t think A-rod makes that play.

          • Chris

            Three plays that should be outs but end up as hits + one play that should be a hit but ends up as an out = .750 BABIP and bad luck.

      • Chris

        You’re right. AJ should be better at ranging to his right to field ground balls.

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

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

  • Carlosologist

    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.

  • stuart

    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……

    • rek4gehrig

      I guess u mean the good aj occurs infrequently

  • stuart

    meant very infrequently the good aj occurs..

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Good AJ occurs in contract years only.

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

    JoPo putting together a good at bat.

    • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

      Hit hard. Pray for a bounce-back inning from AJ, and we’ll have a shot.

  • Chris

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

    • Humdinger

      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

        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.

        • Humdinger

          Lazy fly balls and popups are nice too.

  • larryf

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

    • It’sATarp

      probably last year when his defense wasn’t below average

    • cjc

      1996

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      I think this year…but Bengie Molina was the batter.

      • larryf

        not Jose?

  • China Joe

    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?

    • bonestock94

      That’s exactly what a head case needs, to be publicly berated.

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

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

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

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

    • larryf

      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

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

  • Ross in Jersey

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

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Note to Cervelli: quit baseball.

      • Chris

        The average AL catcher is hitting .243/.312/.374/.686. Cervelli is at .239/.314/.296/.610.

        He’s the backup catcher, so it shouldn’t be a shock that he’s worse than league average. In fact, if he could hit any better, he’d probably be a starter somewhere.

        • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

          Statistics don’t make me dislike Cervelli any less. Nor do statistics defend Cervelli’s stupidity in the field.

    • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

      That was probably a hit-and-run.

    • FIPster Doofus

      He’d be better off going to the plate without a bat and just hoping for a walk.

      • larryf

        Nick Johnson style!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

    Text poll fail. How about none?

    • Kit

      Seriously. Wins though? Are they high?

  • Kit

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

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Kay, that makes no sense.

    • Pat D

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

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

  • Pasqua

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

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

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

    • Ross in Jersey

      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.

  • Pat D

    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

      here*

      fail

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      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

        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.

  • FIPster Doofus

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

    • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

      Wait for Michael Kay to make some comment about making a good defensive play, and then being up the next inning.

      • Cy Pettitte

        singleton’d

  • Carlosologist

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

    • Pat D

      Nothing phenomenal about it.

    • Chris

      Or maybe tied to a little bit of improved luck.

    • C

      Burnett’s 1st inning ERA this season: 6.48
      2nd inning: 3.24
      3rd inning: 7.50

      Hope the trend doesn’t continue.

      • Chris

        That’s probably tied to seeing the top of the order in the first, the bottom in the second and then the top again in the third.

  • Reggie C.

    Just got home.

    BOLD Prediction: AJ WONT GIVE UP ANOTHER RUN TONIGHT.

    /didntsee1stinning’d

    • larryf

      you are healthier than the rest of us…

  • larryf

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

    bummer for us

    • larryf

      I am humbled happily. Come on Brett!

  • Wolf.Williams

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

    • PaulF

      No, he doesn’t have enough wins. Wins are where pitchers make their money.

      /YES booth’d

  • Reggie C.

    ted lilly on waivers. is cashman going to bite?

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      With his 4.60 FIP? I’d rather not.

      • Chris

        I haven’t looked at his stats, but it may be worth it as a flier to get another lefty out of the pen.

        • Pat D

          Ted Lilly is a starting pitchaaaaa!!!!

          /Francesa’d

        • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

          Meh it’s 4.30 now, but Boone is doing a good job and we’ll have Marte back eventually. I’d rather have Kuroda tough the odds of that happening are slim.

          • Chris

            Boone is pitching well, and I’d rather have Kuroda, but until Marte actually pitches in the playoffs, I wouldn’t feel too confident that he’ll be back. Basically, you’d pick up Lilly as insurance against Marte not coming back. Only one of them would make the post season roster.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Hopefully he bites on Kuroda. Lilly, meh.

  • Howie

    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?

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Yes.

      • Howie

        You think he’s available for my next six month review?

    • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

      Isn’t that the communist way?

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

    teh noodle!!

  • Carlosologist

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

    • FIPster Doofus

      He’s also playing a slick third. The kid’s faring very well tonight.

      • FIPster Doofus

        And he just stole a base.

    • PaulF

      Remember when Pena had the only hit against Halladay last year? That game sucked.

  • Reggie C.

    Jets dont look good at all. Rather watch AJ.

    • Howie

      If it makes Rexy mad on next week’s Hard Knocks, I’m okay with them sucking until Week 1

  • Sean C

    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.

    • Pat D

      I feel your pain.

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

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

  • Reggie C.

    BG = spark-plug

    • Reggie C.

      Good job Ramiro on the aggressive base stealing!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Ramiro the Hero; MVP

  • Kit

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

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      The Club 2

      please

      • Kit

        As long as there’s closed-captioning I’m all for it.

  • larryf

    Pena-star of the game so far.

    wow

  • larryf

    Yeah baby. The Great Brettsky steal now!!!

  • rek4gehrig

    Your turn to run, Gardy

  • RalphieD

    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

    • RalphieD

      opps..i meant gardner

  • Ross in Jersey

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

  • Brad Toughy

    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

      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

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

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

    Aw crap. Run, Brett. Please run.

  • Ross in Jersey

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

    Get used to it, bub.

  • Reggie C.

    RUNNING WILD!

    BG should think of stealing 3rd base.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Saved the GIDP.

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

    Ya know what? Take third, too.

    /fantasy baseball’d

    • rek4gehrig

      Heck, why not?

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

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

  • larryf

    Steal 3rd Brett.

  • rek4gehrig

    Timmons loves the Yanks

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

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

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Remember Ozzie drooling over Jeter and Mo during the 2006 ASG? Heh.

      • Kit

        He thinks Derek is God. Hey Ozzie, wrong Yankee.

  • rek4gehrig

    O Jeet

  • Reggie C.

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

  • Carlosologist

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

  • larryf

    Yanks win despite Jeter.

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

    Get this run in, Tex.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Hawk Harrelson: “YES! YES! YOU CAN PUT IT ON THE BOOOAAARRRRDDDD!! YES! SHE GONE! GOOD GUYS 4, BAD GUYS 2. YES! YES!”

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Not a real quote.

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Heh not enough yes’s.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    What a crime Kay. What a fucking crime.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    That’s nice, Kay

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      I must have missed it. What did he say?

      • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        Cano’s average has been going down month by month.

    • Carlosologist

      I’m absentmindedly watching, what did he say?

  • Reggie C.

    I’m really missing Arod right now.

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Berkman too.

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

    FUCKING camera.

  • Ross in Jersey

    God dammit.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Damn you, Rios.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Deceitful camera work and now I’m fucking pissed.

  • Cy Pettitte

    damn, thought that was gone from Robbie’s reaction

    • Reggie C.

      Robbie must’ve forgotten that he’s not in YS.

  • Chris

    Come on Sterling.

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

    • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

      Seriously?

      • GRGOYLDEF@

        oh yeah…it was that bad

      • Chris

        I paraphrased, but yes.

        • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

          And then Suzyn Waldman said, “Roger Clemens is in Geroge’s box right now. OMG! CLEMENS IS IN GEORGE’S BOX! I’m masturbating right now!!!”

          Sterling: “Well thank you, Suzyn.”

          • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

            +1

          • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

            that’s funny.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Carlos Quent’in.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

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

    • Kit

      Only reason I’m smiling right now.

  • rek4gehrig

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

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      I’ll sacrifice listening to her for the few moments she’s on camera.

  • larryf

    The obligatory wp/pb AJ/Cervelli show

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Bravo! Encore! Encore!

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        (I hope there’s no encore)

        • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

          Jinxed it.

          • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

            FUCK!!!!!

  • larryf

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

    priceless

  • FIPster Doofus

    Come the fuck on.

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

    Just retire, Frankie.

  • Carlosologist

    Fuck you Cervelli.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Really?

  • Reggie C.

    Damn Aj. Why do you this to yourself?

    • larryf

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

  • larryf

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

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

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

  • Ivan

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

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

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

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      It’s Cervelli. Nuff said.

    • larryf

      I actually think Cervelli was afraid his glove was going to hit the batter. Wimp.

  • Cy Pettitte

    thank god tomorrow’s game is CC and Jorge

  • tut

    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

      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.

      • Pat D

        He was also a trusted aide of Sen. Joe McCarthy.

        And he invented New Coke and Crystal Pepsi.

  • It’sATarp

    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″

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Nate Berkus inspires me.

    And he’s hot!

  • Reggie C.

    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.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

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

    • Kit

      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.

  • Reggie C.

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

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

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

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      great movie.

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        Probably in my top 10. If not, top 15.

  • Ross in Jersey

    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.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      I’m 100% with you, my friend.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Singleton <3 Jack Nicholson

  • larryf

    Cervelli on deck!

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      I’d prefer Cervelli on steroids.

      • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        Then maybe he can hit a ball to the outfield…nah that’s still wishful thinking.

  • larryf

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

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      We’re without A-Rod and Jeter.

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        …and Wil Nieves :(

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      You do realize it’s generally the really good pitching that’s keeping them in the game there and not necessarily the offense? I mean, when we win games 3-1, people complain about how our offense isn’t good.

    • JohnnyC

      Well, if we had Lester pitching instead of A.J….

  • larryf

    Cmon AJ. Bend it to Beckham :-)

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Yes, 4 pitch walk to Beckham…makes sense.

  • Kit

    Why does Juan Pierre look like he’s twelve?

    • larryf

      33 and no wrinkles.

  • larryf

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

    /ARod’d 2018

  • Cy Pettitte

    don’t you put that on Mike Harkey, Kay

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

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

    • Carlosologist

      2006 Cards are in that mix too.

      • Ivan

        And Twins too.

        • Carlosologist

          87 or 91?

    • tom

      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.

      • tom

        wow, typos galore there. the final DAY standings…the TEAM as it appeared in real time

    • Pat D

      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.

  • Brian in NH

    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

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

      Patience, young padawan.

  • larryf

    Cervelli tells AJ “Throw the 57 foot curveball”

  • Kit

    Well, that was a hilarious throw.

    • Cy Pettitte

      Swisher’s aiming for Ozzy

  • It’sATarp

    please put AJ out of his misery

  • larryf

    Swish showing the fundamentals of outfield play

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Tom Emanski

      • Brian in NH

        its endorsed by fred mcgriff

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

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

  • Mark from Chicago

    Calling Ted Lilly….Ted Lilly

  • Ross in Jersey

    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?

  • Ross in Jersey

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

    • Kit

      I’m guessing it’s the fifth inning if the game is already over.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Weren’t you slamming people for being negative a few Game Threads ago?

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        Yeah but Ross is right about this one…

        • Kit

          It’s not over until it’s over. Claiming the game is over right now isn’t helping anyone.

  • Kit

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

  • Cy Pettitte

    FINALLY, Joe with the slow hook tonight

    • mbonzo

      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.

  • larryf

    and here comes Joe and there goes 23 million dollars

    • Cy Pettitte

      23 mil would have been better spent trying to clone CC

    • Reggie C.

      Where are you getting this 23 mm dollar figure?

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        AJ is getting $23 mil this year, and each year until his contract runs out…which can’t come sooner.

  • Carlosologist

    I can has Hiroki Kuroda?

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      l0lz orly?

      • Carlosologist

        Kuroda has a 3.56 ERA/3.50 FIP/3.75 xFIP on the season. Sounds pretty good to me.

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      I’d like him too. Doubtful he comes here tough.

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

    Bad AJ.

  • Stratman9652

    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

      Way ahead of you.

      “Base hit left field” – 1 shot

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

      “The bullpen gets busy” – 3 shots

  • tut

    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

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

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    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.

    • Ivan

      Meh I still think the Sox are dead.

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

        This.

      • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

        Bristol Command Center would like to have a chat with you.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          they have a love affair with them though

    • FIPster Doofus

      I’m glad the Red Sox are beating Tampa. Making the playoffs is a mere formality for the Yankees IMO. They need to win the division and get home field. Thus, the more Tampa loses, even if it’s to Boston, the better.

  • Ivan

    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!!!

  • FIPster Doofus

    Danks and Floyd the next two days. Fuck.

    • Carlosologist

      Doesn’t help that Manny could possibly be in the lineup Sunday.

  • Joe West’s Music Career

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

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    Time for Joe to move to Chicago.

  • JohnnyC

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

  • S.King

    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

      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.

  • Wolf.Williams

    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

      He has defenders?

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

    • S.King

      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

      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.

      • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

        Neither did an over paid 85million dollar contract.

        Burnett +100, Yankees -5

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

          ?

      • Humdinger

        AJ will tell you he stunk tonight. He knows it and that could be part of his problem.

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

          I agree. That has nothing to do with my post though.

  • Ross in Jersey

    WHY THE FUCK IS CERVELLI STILL ON THIS TEAM?! WHYYYYYYYYYYYYY

    • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

      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

        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)

          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.

          • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

            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

            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

      BUT THE NINJA!!!!!

  • larryf

    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.

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

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

  • It’sATarp

    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

  • Cy Pettitte

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

    • Cy Pettitte

      2 in a row, nice, what a fucktard

  • Justin R.

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

  • Brian in NH

    Looks like its time for the Mitre Experience.

    Are you Experienced?

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Have you ever been experienced…I have.

      • Betty Lizard

        Hee. I always whistle the theme from “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” when Sergio takes the mound.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Yeah, this is a clunker.

  • Ross in Jersey

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

    • JohnnyC

      Send him down to Single A and bring up Chad Moeller already.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

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

  • DallasGreen

    yup, im done for the night

  • Brian in NH

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

    • rek4gehrig

      I have. Time to watch CSI Miami reruns

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        *Roger Daltrey scream*

        • Pat D

          Roger Daltrey: Knock, knock.

          David Caruso: Who’s there?

          RD: The.

          DC: The who?

          RD: YYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ross in Jersey

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

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      You hate him

      We get it

      • Ross in Jersey

        You like Andy Pettitte. We get it. Doesn’t mean you should stop posting about him ;)

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          touche’

  • mike c

    good thing this is only a preseason game

  • Reggie C.

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

  • tut

    Kay just called Cervelli’s play of late–

  • larryf

    9th inning 3-1 red sox

    • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

      Bottom of 4th and Yankees of 2008 have returned – Hawk

      • Pat D

        Like he knows anything.

  • Howie

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

  • Little Bill

    At least Sabathia’s pitching tomorrow.

    • Reggie C.

      and who’s catching Sabathia?

      • Little Bill

        Posada catches Sabathia, Pettitte, Moseley, and Hughes. Cervelli catches Burnett, Vasquez, and Nova.

    • Kit

      Isn’t it Nova? The whole rotation scrambled up has me confused.

      • FIPster Doofus

        Nova goes Sunday vs. Floyd.

        • Kit

          Thanks.

      • Cy Pettitte

        Nova is sunday

        • larryf

          best with bagels…

      • Carlosologist

        Nova is pitching Sunday against Floyd.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Unfortunately, Danks is pretty awesome too. It would’ve been nice to beat this scrub Garcia before having to deal with Danks and Floyd.

  • JohnnyC

    Cervelli the incredible shrinking major leaguer.

  • larryf

    alot of Cervelli’s wild pitches are passed balls…

  • Cy Pettitte

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

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

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

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

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

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Kay said that he chose to get nipple rings because they are truly the elite form of the New York fashion scene.

    • larryf

      He said…..ah- there were no words of wisdom from the neurotic one….

    • JohnnyC

      Chicago-home of champions? ESPN begs to differ.

  • damn yanks

    why pena… nunez please…

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

      Pena has been the player on the team tonight. Nunez sucks.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    AJ should have his own HOPE week.

    • Betty Lizard

      Sigh. AJ was awesome during HOPE week. Those photos of him squatting (showing a young girl how to catch?) were the only time I’ve seen him look relaxed on the field.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      This made me laugh.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Pippen with the Stanley Cup….?

  • Frigidevil

    Wow, that was quite the Chicago sports clusterfuck

  • Carlosologist

    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

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

      See: Yankees, 2008

    • Sick Nwisher

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

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        Mike Scioscia because he’s brilliant and magical. All the time.

      • Poopy Pants

        Is the season over?

        • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

          Heh are you legit a Red Sox fan?

          • Poopy Pants

            I hate the Sox, but the season isn’t over yet. If they win tonight, they’re 4.5 games behind the two best teams in all of baseball. I wish that wasn’t the case. Just trying to be fair.

            • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

              Oh gotcha. I saw a comment that you were one and I thought it was literal. But yes they do have a chance albeit slim. With their top hitters down and their pitching staff playing like the Yankees, it’ll be a tough 35 games or so for them to overtake the Rays or Yanks.

              • Poopy Pants

                I agree. It’s not likely.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        Yeah, if teams really overperform their expectations. Didn’t Girardi win when the Marlins were below .500?

        • Pat D

          Yes, but like you said they outperformed their expectations.

          They were supposed to lose 100.

      • bryan w

        Girardi won NL MOY for a 78-84 4th place finish with the Marlins

    • FIPster Doofus

      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

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

    • CapitalT

      Manager of the Year, sponsored by Coke.

      • Carlosologist

        :: golf clap ::

        Well played good sir.

    • Kit

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

      /kidding’d.

      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.

  • JohnnyC

    Help? Maybe stop being friends with Red Sox fans?

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

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

    That’s hard to do.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Kay can’t be worse than Hawk.

      • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

        …Hawk is hard to surpass in terms of crappiness.

        • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

          YES! YES! YES! YOU CAN PUT IN ON THE BOOOOAAAAARRRRDDDDD!!!!! YES!!!

          • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

            Good guy blah blah blah blah bad guys blah blah…

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

            Buehrle perfect game call:

            YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!

            (Brief Pause)

            HISTORY!

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        He’s not on a regular basis, but he’s awful tonight.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

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

  • JohnnyC

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

  • larryf

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

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

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

  • FIPster Doofus

    Boston wins. Good.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    What’s the magic number at now?

  • It’sATarp

    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.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Start Javy and make AJ our closer.

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Hiroki Kuroda.

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        If it’s against the Rays, you start Nick Swisher. He has a 0.00 ERA against the Rays.

        • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

          Silly you, ERA means nothing.

          /Kay’d

      • JohnnyC

        Cashman practically yawned at the mention of Kuroda by beat reporters the other day. It could be a smokescreen or…it might not.

      • larryf

        It’s our combo game. Everybody except AJ gets 2 innings and Mo gets 1.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Alright, boys, we need a touchdown.

  • Kit

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

    • Kit

      And of course, my sentences sound really dumb. I meant Swish looked like he was grabbing it after he ran there unless he does that all the time and I missed it.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Looks like he was running alright. I wonder if Joe will pull him in the 8th.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      It’s probably okay if he’s playing.

  • turtle

    bring up montero!

  • larryf

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

    dad?

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      lmao

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

    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.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      No, he’s a pile of shit.

      • Zooboy

        No shit.

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

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

    • Pat D

      No control and command of secondary pitches.

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      It’s his location.

      • JohnnyC

        Yeah he should be moved out of New York.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Harold Reynolds is that you!? Show yourself, douche bag!

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        hey hey hey Jake H >>>>> Harold Reynolds

    • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

      location. location. location.

      When it’s ‘bad AJ’ he just can’t command his FB. 2 things happen. He can’t throw it for strikes and/or it rides right back over the middle of the plate and gets hammered.

  • Cy Pettitte

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

  • larryf

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

    Is he crazy?

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

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

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Definitely, it’s pretty freaking awful.

      • Kit

        I’m still thinking about one of those KC games where they were playing pinball, making throwing errors left and right. I had to leave my house, but I laughed on my way through the door.

    • ultimate913

      I’m tired of hearing that after every loss. Not from just you, but from every Yankee fan.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        It is a horribly played game. I wouldn’t say WORST LOSS EVER type loss, because those losses are more the kind where you blow huge leads/the ones that are heartbreakers. But it’s a really sloppily played game.

        Thankfully it’s just one game.

        • Dr. Reality

          Funny but i been hearing a lot of “its only one game”

          • Kit

            Maybe because it is only one game, and this doesn’t carry over into tomorrow.

        • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

          They just played sloppy, AJ couldn’t get guys out.

      • Poopy Pants

        EVERY Yankees fan? Wow. That’s a lot of people you’re in constant contact with!
        You must be the mayor of the Bronx or sumfin…tsst….tsst…

        • ultimate913

          Yup…

  • larryf

    That’s why Ozzie Guillen is a genius!

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Not as genius as Mike Scioscia.

  • Dr. Reality

    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)

      No passion!!!

    • FIPster Doofus

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

      • Poopy Pants

        I think he got it from the school of hard knocks!

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

      Being up in the division is > heart.

    • Kit

      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

        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

          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.

          • Dr. Reality

            ok I hear you but your argument for “its only one game” is only good for 4 more games.

            • Kit

              My one game argument is good for as many games as there are in the season. Scores don’t carry over. Teams don’t play horribly ever day. You get a clean slate every day. It’s not over until it’s over also applies to the season.

              • Kit

                *every

    • Poopy Pants

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

    • ultimate913

      ietc. That made me laugh.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      This is not something a Doctor of Reality would say

      • Poopy Pants

        I bet it’s a fake doctorate like Bono and Bill Cobsy get.

        • Dr. Reality

          Nah I bought mine from Canal Street

          • Poopy Pants

            Next to the baby turtles?

    • Carlosologist

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

  • James A

    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

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Don’t worry, this isn’t hating nor trolling. It’s called stating the facts.

    • larryf

      I am going to a scranton game next Friday and the Yankee game the next day. I will bring Jesus with me….

  • JohnnyC

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

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      No, he’s a better pitcher because he’s a better pitcher.

    • Dr. Reality

      So you arguing aj is as good as lester? I think aj sucks, forget emotion

    • Dr. Reality

      AJ been bitch slapped so much this year he has trouble finding his way to the mound. He is going to make Cliff Lee a 200 million dollar pitcher

  • Dr. Reality

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

    • ultimate913

      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)

      • http://www.bigsportsballs.com Nick

        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.

        • Poopy Pants

          2008′d

        • ultimate913

          It’s funny how every fan of every team doesn’t like the media and thinks the media is always against their team. After visiting so many other blogs, I can REALLY tell no one likes the media. At. All.

    • larryf

      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…

  • Poopy Pants

    holy shit.

  • Carlosologist

    Jeter: #nopassion

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      #blamejeter

      • Kit

        #competedammit
        (I just really like this, it’s completely uncalled for and I’m sorry, but it makes my day).

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          As the inventor of #competedammit I fully support any and all use of #competedammit. No need to apologize :D

          /building the brand’d

  • Poopy Pants

    At least Jeter has been consistent this year.

    • Stratman9652

      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.

      • Poopy Pants

        I wonder if Jeter ever says to himself “this is like groundhog day!”

  • larryf

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

  • YankeesJunkie

    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.

    • mike c

      it’s hard to make K’s when you can’t throw strikes

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

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

    • mike c

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

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

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

        • Kit

          This. Times a million.

    • Kit

      It kind of bugs me ’cause I know it’s decline and it’s really, really sad at this point.

  • Cy Pettitte

    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

    • Carlosologist

      105? HOLY SHIT

    • ultimate913

      Give it time. It took Strasburg some time.

  • James A

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

  • China Joe

    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.

  • http://www.bigsportsballs.com Nick

    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.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Not sure if serious?

      • http://www.bigsportsballs.com Nick

        Very very very much not serious. I would have traded Ian Kennedy for a bat bag.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          Gotcha. Well then you forgot to mention Melky. ;)

          • http://www.bigsportsballs.com Nick

            Just checked out your blog, very good. Glad you mentioned Kennedy and Randy Winn.

    • Carlosologist

      /notsureifserious

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

        Hahahahahahaha!

    • ultimate913

      I see your “get IPK back” card and I raise you a “get Melky back” card.

      • Carlosologist

        That way we can go and get Felix for Melky+IPK.

  • Ross in Jersey

    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.

  • Cy Pettitte

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

    • Ross in Jersey

      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

        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

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

  • Carlosologist

    Swish just told Ozzie to suck it.

  • jfh

    cc, andy, hughes, and a.j.

    • ultimate913

      Whats an a.j.?

      You mean Pierzynski? He pitches? How will the Yanks trade for him?

    • jfh

      sorry. reply to cy pettitte

  • Cy Pettitte

    5 more to go guys

  • Kit

    We need five more of those, guys.

  • Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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

  • Dr. Reality

    So do Yanks replace AJ with Javy??

    • ultimate913

      Does it matter? Neither play with the heart the Red Sox have.

      • Poopy Pants

        Sadly, true.

      • Dr. Reality

        last i checked they beat tampa 3-1

        like it or not yanks could be odd team out

        • Kit

          Right. Because a team with crippling injuries and a pretty bad bullpen beating two more obviously superior teams happens all the time.

        • ultimate913

          Sadly, I think missing the playoffs is the only wake up call this team can receive.

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

            ?????

            This comment so utterly fails I don’t even know where to begin…

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          Last I checked, the odd team out if the season ended today is… the Red Sox.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    That convo looks… serious

    • Kit

      It does. I was like “Ooohhh…you guys are in trouble…”

  • Poopy Pants

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

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      I laughed.

  • larryf

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

    • Poopy Pants

      LOL!

  • Ross in Jersey

    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.

  • Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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

    • Kit

      Indeed. Hopefully that’s one of the last “rough ones”.

      • Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

        From your lips to God’s ears. I just want August to be over, I’m almost happy that I missed the early part of this game.

  • Dr. Reality

    ok lets see how Joe spins AJ’s night

    • Ross in Jersey

      He’s the manager. It’s his job to spin it. You don’t throw your players under a bus, no matter how bad they were.

      • Carlosologist

        Makes you wonder how Ozzie still has work.

      • Poopy Pants

        If it were Mitre, It’d be a ‘meatspin’.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          ICWUDT

  • Guest

    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

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

    • Poopy Pants

      Thanks. I feel much better about it.

      • Guest

        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.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      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

        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

          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?

    • http://www.bigsportsballs.com Nick

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

      • Kit

        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

      I agree with all of this.

  • Wicked Red Sox Fan

    Time to Panic Yankee Universe

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

    • Kit

      Should we rent some cahhhs for the trip?

      • JohnnyC

        Cold. Wicked cold.

  • Dr. Reality

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

  • Poopy Pants

    In the balls?

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

      ???

    • JohnnyC

      At least DJ’s one up on Beltre.

  • Kit

    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.

  • JohnnyC

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

  • Jerome S

    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)!