Aug
04

Yankees pound ChiSox, win sixth straight

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The Yankees are hot hot hot right now, and the White Sox pitching staff felt their wrath on Wednesday night. This one got out of hand early.

The look.

First Inning Fun

You know what my new favorite thing is? Seeing the look on the other team’s manager’s face when the Yankees are pounding away on offense. Especially when you have two unlikable guys like Buck Showalter (last series) and Ozzie Guillen (this series), that makes it even better. After Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter led off the game with bunt singles, Ozzie had that look on his face in the dugout, and it was pure awesome. Following Curtis Granderson‘s bloop single to load the bases with none it, that look turned into thaaat look. You know what I mean.

Mark Teixeira drove a first pitch Gavin Floyd fastball into deep center for a sacrifice fly, and Robinson Cano followed that up with a three-run homer on a cutter that caught too much of the plate. The Yankees had a 4-0 lead with one out in the first, and the one out came on a well struck ball hit to the wrong part of the park. We were all pretty happy with the early lead, but they didn’t stop there.

The Cycle

See ya.

Almost two years ago to the day (August 2nd, 2009), Melky Cabrera hit for the cycle against the White Sox in this same park. No one on the Yankees hit for the cycle in this game, but they combined to do it as a team in the third inning.

The inning started with a single from Cano and then Eric Chavez‘s first homerun as a Yankee. It was 8-1 at that point, but then Jorge Posada doubled, Russell Martin walked, Gardner singled, and Jeter singled. It was now 9-1 with two men on base for Teixeira, who lined what looked like a solid single to center. Alex Rios, who is having a season every bit as bad as Adam Dunn, leaned down to make the catch, but he simply whiffed. The ball got by him and rolled to the wall, scoring both Gardner and Jeter and sending Tex to third. It was his first triple since 2009, and it completed the team cycle in the inning. It also pushed the Yankees lead to 12-1, and by the end of the inning, it was 13-1.

OMG A.J. WTF

You know, I try to write something nice about A.J. Burnett, then he goes and does this. He allowed a run in the first on a sacrifice fly before pitching around two singles in the second and one single in the third, but then he completely collapsed under the weight of that 12 run lead.  The ChiSox scored five runs in the fourth, three on a Carlos Quentin homer, then another run in the fifth before Joe Girardi mercifully pulled his starter from the game.

Eight of the last 12 men Burnett faced reached base, three on extra base hits. All told, the White Sox touched him up for 13 hits in just 4.1 IP, scoring seven runs. This is the same White Sox team that picked up a total of 13 hits in their last two games combined. They got that in less than five innings against Burnett. It’s the first time A.J. failed to complete five innings this season, and he’s now given up 25 runs and 57 baserunners in his last six starts (35.1 IP). It’s too bad he makes so much money, otherwise he’d be the one looking over shoulder in this six-man rotation business.

I guess being down seven runs is a time to shoot some fireworks in Chicago.

Leftovers

Although things got kinda sorta interesting in the middle innings, but the Yankees offense restored order and blew the game open in the seventh inning. Everyone in the starting lineup had at least one hit and one run scored, though most guys had multiples of each. The top three hitters in the lineup combined to go 12-for-17 with eight runs scored and seven driven in. Jeter had his fourth career five-hit game and his second in the last month. He’s hitting .333/.380/.495 in 109 plate appearances since coming off the disabled list, which is pretty damn good.

Gardner (three), Granderson (four), Cano (three), and Chavez (three) all had multiple hits. Grandy hit his league-leading ninth triple, and he’s got an outside chance at being the first player since Jim Rice in 1978 to lead the AL in triples and homers. There’s way, way too much offense to recap, so I suggest clicking the box score link below and reading through it. I do want to mention that Chavez is growing a mustache now, and between that and his swing, he’s totally got a Don Mattingly thing going on. It’s pretty uncanny.

Another nice job by Cory Wade, who cleaned up Burnett’s mess in the fifth without allowing an inherited runner to score before tacking on a scoreless sixth. I liked the move to sign him, but he’s exceeded even my expectations. Luis Ayala chucked two scoreless frames, and Rafael Soriano sat down all three guys he faced in the ninth. Yankees pitchers haven’t walked a batter in 30 innings now, not since Freddy Garcia walked Nick Markakis in the third inning of Sunday’s game. That’s pretty amazing.

Floyd gave up a career-high ten earned runs, and he became just the second White Sox pitcher in the live ball era to give up ten runs in less than three innings. It’s the second time in his last five starts he allowed seven or more runs, and the third time in his last eight starts that he allowed six or more runs. The Yankees have won six games in a row now, outscoring their opponents 56-35. Like I said, hot hot hot.

Box Score, WPA Graph & Standings

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some other stuff, and ESPN the updated standings.

Up Next

The Yankees will go for the rare sweep of a four-game series on Thursday night, when Ivan Nova makes his latest case to stay in the rotation against Phil Humber. That’s another night game because apparently every team but the Yankees is entitled to a getaway day. Lame.

Categories : Game Stories

126 Comments»

  1. Avi Atkin says:

    Great win. Despite Michael Kay asserting that Burnett is the Yankees’ “#2″ I think we learned who the real weak link in the rotation is. The only question now is how many days until that contract is up?

  2. Winston Smith says:

    I don’t care how much money AJ Burnett is making, if Nova goes out there and throws a gem then AJ’s in danger of losing his spot in the rotation. When A-Rod returns this 6 man rotation will have to come to an end and AJ will have to keep earning another start like Phil did last night.

  3. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Who would’ve ever thought at the beginning of the year that the rotation we wanted to going down the stretch is:

    CC
    Bartolo
    Freddy
    Nova
    Hughes

    Amazing.

    • Avi Atkin says:

      Not only are those guys in the mix, they’re in that order.

      Of course he’ll never get it, but the little moves that Cashman has made reinforce how savvy of a GM he really is. I fully trust him and the MLB and amateur scouting team.

      • Avi says:

        “the little moves that Cashman has made reinforce how savvy of a GM he really is.”

        Signing Colon and Garcia makes Cashman savvy? Really?

        • The Fallen Phoenix says:

          It’s not like teams were lining up to sign either of them…

          I’m not saying that Cashman should get all the credit for Colon and Garcia, since they’ve clearly exceeded even his expectations, but you have to give him some credit, no?

        • johnnybk says:

          Yeah it does. Finding 2/5(or in our 2/6) of rotation on the scrap heap for a team one game off the best in the league is pretty savvy. And both around the league minimum.

          • Avi Atkin says:

            And he did something right to land Martin away from Boston. It reportedly didn’t come down to money but the Yankee reputation Cashman helped him buy into. There are a lot of people that helped orchestrate these moves and sure some luck was involved, but Cashman has done a wonderful job.

            • Kiko Jones says:

              Martin supposedly rejected a better money offer from Boston to play in the Bronx. But you’ll never hear about that on ESPN, et al.

        • Sayid J. says:

          Yup.

        • Sayid J. says:

          I don’t really get it. When people say Cashman makes good moves, other people say “anyone could sign that guy just by throwing money at them.” So then you’d think that when Cashman makes under the radar, cheap signings that turned out really well that he would get some credit for that at least. But no, still no credit. If you can’t give Cashman credit for Martin/Garcia/Colon, what can you credit him for?

          • BK2ATL says:

            Yeah, I don’t get it either. Some people will never give Cashman credit, even though our rotation has turned into one of the better rotations in MLB.

            He did pick up Colon and Garcia from the scrap heap, after Lee decided to go to Philly. Can’t blame Cashman for trying, as if he could make Lee and his family change their minds. Hell, then blame CC and Jeter as well.

            If I recall correctly, Colon had a great spring, but Garcia was going to start no matter what. Colon excelled in that bullpen role. Cashman agreed and there was never a plan for Garcia to go down to AAA or even become our long reliever. Both have pitched to expectations of the brass, in providing quality innings. They have only exceeded the expectations of “fans.”

            If we stay with the 6 man rotation, we’d certainly not let it affect CC’s starts. He’d pitch on regular rest. I’d have no problem dropping AJ altogether from the rotation, until a spot start is needed, especially if Nova and Hughes continues to perform better. The 6 man rotation would allow sufficient rest to Colon and Garcia for October. I also like that Nova is in competition mode and his confidence level is soaring. Let’s see how that goes.

            I just never got the AJ thing, even before the signing. Reminded me of what a Ricky Nolasco or one of those “potential” pitchers are. All potential, shoddy results.

      • Delaware - Ralph says:

        + 1 I agree completely and wish everybody could understand that!

        Don’t leave Cash but if you can find a way to strand Levine on an island it would be much appreciated.

    • Cuso says:

      meh, until next time thru the rotation.

      This thing changes week-to-week. Next time thru Hughes will get lit up and AJ will have 13 Ks after 120 pitches in 6.1 innings.

      Right now AJigga is a complete f**kface. But we’ll probably be pissed at someone else after Fenway.

    • radnom says:

      I would have believed it in a second.

      Of course, I would have assumed that Burnett was injured and not bumped from the rotation.

    • SodaPopinski says:

      baseball is cool.

    • Elmgrovegnome says:

      Me. I hated the Burnett signing and still do. Sure he pitched well for a year but the wheels slowly worked themselves off.

      Too much money. I wish he was on the Red Sox.

    • David, Jr. says:

      The title for Burnett from yesterday might end up being right on: The Forgotten Starter

  4. Cuso says:

    When I saw the mustache, I thought the exact same thing.

    I felt like I was 12 years old watching WPIX with Scooter/Bill White callin the game.

    He looks like young Donnie!

  5. Bob Michaels says:

    Yankees will Sweep behind Nova.Then on to Boston.

  6. Kiko Jones says:

    I have been repeatedly defending Burnett and bitching about the team not hitting for him lately. So what does he do when the bats come alive for him in a vicious manner? He shits the bed. Ugh.

  7. Brian S. says:

    Can homer in the first inning: prettiest swing all season?

  8. mbonzo says:

    Player A: avg- .280, ops- .710, so-49

    Player B: avg- .280, ops- .756, so-67

    Player C: avg- .243, ops- .712, so-66

    C= Hanley Ramirez

    B= Brett Gardner

    A= Derek Jeter

    • These are really weird stats to use. Why use avg or so’s? They aren’t very useful.

      • mbonzo says:

        Was trying to find updated stats, this is pretty much all gameday offers us.

        • Cris Pengiuci says:

          While you may have chosen better stats, it’s great to see Gardner providing so much value (offensively and defensively) at such a low cost. Happy with his production this year. And while Jeter may never be a .300+ hitter for an entire season again in his career, at least he isn’t a .250 hitter. He’s had a good return from his injury. Maybe the time off has done him some good. He also had an off day Tuesday and a great offensive output yesterday. Maybe regular rest is the key for him now. Can’t wait for ARod to get back so Nunez & Chavez can stay in the lineup by giving Jeter and ARod regualr breaks (assuming ARod will need them too).

  9. CP says:

    Especially when you have two unlikable guys like Buck Showalter (last series) and Ozzie Guillen (this series),

    I get Ozzie being unlikable, but why do you consider Buck unlikable?

      • CP says:

        So he’s an asshole because he accurately talks about Jeter?

        • mbonzo says:

          Its the cockiness in his statements, despite them sucking. He’s also notorious for having his pitchers hit hitters for dumb reasons.

          “Our guys are thinking, ‘Wow, he’s screaming at Derek Jeter.”

          “You got Carl Crawford ’cause you paid more than anyone else, and that’s what makes you smarter? That’s why I like whipping their butt. It’s great, knowing those guys with the $205 million payroll are saying, ‘How the hell are they beating us?’”

      • Winston Smith says:

        I don’t like Buck but I don’t see how that article makes him an asshole. The quote about Jeter he’s trying to advocate for his ballclub. The quote about Epstein is true, big markets have a huge advantage in signing free agents.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Because he ran his mouth earlier in the year, and you’d think he’s the greatest manager in history the way people talk about him, but he’s under .500 for his career and has never won a damn thing. The MSM’s perception of him made me hate him.

    • Jerome S. says:

      All we need is to beat the shit out of TLR and the douche-trinity is complete.

      • Elmgrovegnome says:

        Buck isn’t all that bad. He is just frustrated. Think how you all would be if you managed the Orioles…….bwahahahahahaha

    • Anchen says:

      I actually like both Buck and Ozzie. I find Ozzie to be rather randomly entertaining, and he even makes sense some of the time. As for Buck I still sorta have fond memories of him with the Yankees and while he sometimes runs his mouth (like Ozzie but not as much) I overall don’t have any issues with most of his comments since they are reasonably accurate and just him expressing his opinion. I could do without some of the random beanings though.

      • marty says:

        i like ozzie, he’s irreverant and has a personality. has fun with his job. buck is a “d–k! and with ZERO personality. OVERRATED. go back to espn. or mlb. whats he ever done for the yankees besides blowing game 5 to seattle in ’95 by letting cone throw what..678 pitches? a DUD!

        ps- aj, given the money he’s mking sucks worse then ed whitson. at least whitson beat the s–t of martin.

  10. mbonzo says:

    I really love this lineup. If Gardner can consistently steal in front of Jeter he’ll prevent the double play and open up the hole for his opposite field swing. When Arod comes back, I hope he bats right in between Tex and Cano. The bats are just so deep its gonna come down to Cano batting 6th, you gotta love that.

  11. Pat D says:

    Well in case anyone is curious, ESPNNY has had their other hack weigh in on ARod.

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/ml.....were-right

    Read at your own peril.

    • Rich in NJ says:

      I stopped reading at the byline.

    • Xstar7 says:

      I just stopped reading after they compared A-Rod to fucking Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears.

      Would it kill you to write something positive about the Yankees every once in a while, NESPN?

    • Kiko Jones says:

      This should those A-Rod obsessed fools’ theme song:
      http://youtu.be/kNYKxiRJ2LA

      Seriously.

    • steve s says:

      Some random thoughts on Arod:

      1) He should hire David Boies today and Boies should tell Bud to cut the shit.

      2) Would anyone be surprised if the “baseball executive” behind all the anonymous quotes is Joe Torre?

      3) If, by chance, Arod has done something that merits discipline/suspension then Yanks have a very decent argument that such fact-finding also serves as sufficient evidence that Arod has violated his Yankee contract “morals” clause giving the Yanks an “opt out” if they decide to pursue it.

      • Pat D says:

        I would hope that, if it is Torre being quoted, he’s doing this because it’s his “job” and not out of spite for some reason.

        The MLBPA will fight any kind of action that the league should try to take against ARod for this pretty hard. But you know what they would fight infinitely harder? An attempt to void his contract. There is absolutely no chance of that happening.

        • Kiko Jones says:

          After A-Rod’s name got leaked in the PED test I need to be convinced of the MLBPA’s lack of ineptitude in any matter.

  12. tabbert says:

    wow, i agree mbonzo… this is the perfect lineup. its amazing how much moving people around into the right spots can ignite and offense and everything clicks.

    Gardner
    Jeter
    Granderson
    Arod
    Tex
    cano
    Swish
    posada/ chavez
    maartin

    is the best lineup i believe we can roll out there.

    Jeter
    Granderson
    Tex
    Arod
    Cano
    swish
    posada/chavez
    martin
    gardy

    same 9 guys, and still a very solid lineup but having grandy in that 3 spot is key. Tex is the perfect 5 hole guy. You could even swap cano and grandy if you wanted. But i think having tex in the 5 hole for us makes us a much deeper lineup. Both cano and grandy are perfect for the three hole and neither should take batting sixth personal. Gardy-jeter is the ideal 1-2 punch to have in this game.. and i think most teams would love to have that combo leading off for them.

  13. tabbert says:

    well, i obviously agree with the montero addition.. but im just going off of what we have today + arod.

  14. Arodisagod says:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08.....ports.html

    wow………if alex is seriously suspended for this i think i might break something

    • Sayid J. says:

      Relax…

    • MannyGeee says:

      I just want this to go away….. BUT, I will say this:

      – This is completely old news. We have known about this for months. Why is it news in August??

      – If A-Rod was involved in another sort of gambling (like….. owning race horses) would it be a bg deal? Jerry Jones says no. How about about if he was playing in the WSOP, like countless other athletes, would we be over it?

      – Isn’t poker a sport now? ESPN thinks so

      In closing, call me when A-Rod is fixing games and betting on them.

      • Delaware - Ralph says:

        Agreed completely. Its a story now because Selig decided to allow one of his commanders reach out to the media and basically threaten Arod.

        Oh and in California (where the reports months ago stated the games occured) its not illegal to play a house game as long as the house doesn’t take a cut!

        Still Arod knock it off please and go play in the WSOP next year.

  15. Rich in NJ says:

    The MLBPA would fight it to the death and Selig knows it. I suspect that this is merely public relations bluster. I mean, this is based on a report in a tabloid. MLB shouldn’t even being commenting on it.

  16. Kevin says:

    Ron Washington did cocaine, there have been several players arrested in the past two years for DUI, K-Rod assulted his girlfriend’s father in full view of other families.
    None of them got more than a slap on the wrist. If A-Rod gets hit harder than any of them, that will show once and for all what is wrong with MLB’s system for punishing players.

    • ItsATarp says:

      PR move…it’s all it is. ARod is 20 times more famous than them, Selig doesn’t want to seem like he’s sitting on his ass when a name as big as Arod is floating around in the tabloids. I bet you if this was some guy like Evan Longoria, he gets a stern talking to. Also noboody remembers the warning Arod got 6 years ago until MLb brought it up themselves.

      • Kiko Jones says:

        Just to underscore your point, albeit tangentially, while a closer for the reigning WS champs, JC Romero got suspended for PED use right before the ’09 season and…nobody in the press said much about it. Oh, if he’d been a Yankee! (Btw, I didn’t know he’s currently in the Yankees’ minor league system? I just found out.)

        • Elmgrovegnome says:

          Look at the bright side. Maybe ARod gets banned and the Yankees are off the hook for the atrocious contract! It would make those guys at ESPN happy wouldn’t it?

          • MannyGeee says:

            until he gets forgiven in 2 years and the Red Sox sign him for the league minimum.

            Then Theo is brilliant, and we maybe should forgive him.

    • BK2ATL says:

      truth.com

      There certainly is a bias against the Yankees. Maybe it’s personal, maybe it’s due to the large market, maybe it’s due to ESPN, maybe it’s $$$ and penis envy. Who knows. Either way, it is apparent that the Yankees get treated much differently than any other MLB club.

      I don’t get the difference here if A-Rod was gambling $500k in Vegas, at a table with the same types of characters, possibly doing the same kinds of things around him, albeit discreetly, and beng it at some private party that some loser (rat) decides to save himself from what fucked-up situation he was in, to comment on the most famous person there, even if that person had nothing to do with the nefarious acts being committed.

      I could certainly question A-Rod’s judgement in being there, but now MLB decides how he wants to blow his money too??? Why is this a story???

  17. Alman says:

    This was such a crazy offensive game that in that whole writeup there wasn’t even a mention of Jeter going 5-6 with 2 RBI and 4 R

  18. duzzi23 says:

    The offense was unstoppable tonight. I’m glad to see Jeter turning back the clock lately. Hopefully the hot hitting carries into Boston. AJ is horrendous they should skip him next time threw the rotation.

  19. greg c says:

    I never got the memo that Showalter is unlikable. I just remember him as the guy who got the Yankees to the cusp of greatness. Then again, I’m a little amused by Ozzie sometimes. So maybe I’m just an oddball.

    As far as AJ, why exactly does the fact that he makes a lot of money matter?

    I mean, I remember back in 2007 Mussina lost his starting spot to a minimum wage rookie ( who was only the 3rd best regarded pitcher in his rookie class). At the time Mussina was coming off a great ( and underrated , because even people here inexplicably overvalue the Win stat, I guess) season, making $11 million, would go on to have another great season ( that AJ will probably never approach), and was still owed another big money season. IIRC, he even had to compete for a job the next spring. Why does AJ, who really hasn’t done much at all for the team, get a pass? Why can’t a rookie or scrap heap reclamation unseat him or at least make him compete for the spot? He’s owed big money, but that shouldn’t prevent the team from making the best moves for the team.

    • duzzi23 says:

      Greg C I agree completely! They have to pay him big money regardless the team shouldn’t have to suffer cuz of Ajs paycheck. He has been an under 500 pitcher with high 4 and 5 ERAs the last two years on a great team he sucks.

      • Elmgrovegnome says:

        Nobody should be safe based on their contract. Especially if you are the Yankees. uh….winning?!…

        • Cris Pengiuci says:

          This is the regular season. The Yankees are giving AJ a chance to show if he’s capable of being a playoff pitcher. If he’s not, he’ll certainly be relegated to the bullpen in the ALDS and possibly beyond.

          As for next season I think he still gets the chance to prove he’s got something to offer the team (yes, based on his contract), but gets a shorter leash.

  20. duzzi23 says:

    Also did anyone catch Michael Kay flip out that the Yankees would be out on 3 pitches while Morel fielded the ball chavez hit and then he threw the ball away? He broke his own rule of the “fallacy of the predetermined outcome”.

  21. TMiller30 says:

    Man. AJ really Hughes’d that blowout win last night huh? Seriously though, he may be the most inconsistent pitcher I’ve ever seen.

  22. Josh S. says:

    I was thinking the same thing about Chavez – that he looks just like Donnie Baseball with the ‘stache

  23. Bavarian Yankee says:

    wow, we’re scoring a bazillion runs lately. Everybody’s hot, good time to visit Fenway Park :D

  24. Bronx Byte says:

    The team win in spite of Burnett. The guy needs a ton of run support and still doesn’t get a win. Not the pitcher needed for a crucial win.

  25. Jericho Spade says:

    Free Hector Noesi

  26. jsbrendog says:

    6 games have seen a team score i think it was 15 runs or more. 3 have been the yankees haha

  27. noseeum says:

    Come on. Two years of terrible pitching. When exactly will it be OK for the Yankees to put him in the pen? Maybe he’d actually do OK out of the pen. His stuff might be great when asked to only pitch for one inning. I don’t care what they’re paying this clown. He doesn’t deserve to start anymore.

    • Bavarian Yankee says:

      his stuff is great when he starts, that isn’t the problem. The problem is that he throws too many strikes right down the middle. That’s something you for sure can’t cure by putting him in the pen. Let’s waive him and hope the Angels claim him :D

  28. moose says:

    can we officially stop being apologists for aj burnett now? the guy stinks plain and simple – next year maybe they can flip him to the national league if they eat a chunk of the remaining deal? Why keep him around, he cant put up a fight against boston, he can hardly take a bad team and we have no trust in him in the playoffs? id rather give nova a chance

    • BK2ATL says:

      I agree. I mean we realized the mistake of Kei Igawa, and stuck him in AAA ever since….

      We gotta do something with AJ, even if we gotta eat some of his contract. Enough is enough already. $82.5 million arm, $1 brain, $0.50 heart. We cannot count on him. Point blank.

      • Bavarian Yankee says:

        $1 brain, $0.50 heart? Come on man, you’re worse than the MSM. You can criticize his performance but you can’t say he isn’t trying or that he’s dumb.

        Take your 1 cent brain and your heart of steel and tell that BS elsewhere.

        • BK2ATL says:

          Ummm 13-1 lead yesterday as evidence and countless other starts….

          Take you head out of your ass and see AJ for what he is, and call it for what it is. No more excuses.

  29. Fin says:

    It may be AJ pitching for his job with his next start if Nova pitches well.

  30. David K. says:

    This just confirms what I’ve been saying all along about A.J.: he’s awful and don’t give me that b.s. about him eating up innings so that he’s got some value. Nonsense, he is the one dragging the whole team down to mediocrity. He is under .500 on a team that is way over .500. If not for him, we’d be at least a few games up on Boston right now.

  31. Fin says:

    AJ might be gearing up for a repeat of last season. Seems the wheels are starting to come off. Fortunately, there is a replacement for him this year, he wont get the same leash as last year.

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