ALDS Game Four Spillover Thread II


Ladies and gentleman, A.J. Burnett.

Categories : Game Threads, Playoffs


  1. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    a balk!!! hahahaha.

  2. Cy Pettitte says:

    hahahhaha balk.

  3. bobtaco says:

    Patience, young Padawan.

  4. CUYanks says:

    Jesus will not be pleased with his rbi being balked away.

  5. Hummingbird S. says:

    ooops, swung at ball 4

  6. Dela G says:

    Great research about our catching depth

  7. Mickey Scheister says:

    Cmon Jesus!

  8. Cy Pettitte says:


  9. Dela G says:


  10. Hummingbird S. says:


  11. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Jesus :)

  12. bobtaco says:

    Jesus broke his playoff cherry!

  13. mbonzo says:

    Yankees have all the momentum.

  14. Sarah says:

    Sweet baby Jesus!

  15. Jetrer says:

    is it just me, or does Betemit suck at defense??

  16. YanksFan in MA says:

    All of a sudden I am so relaxed. Weird.

  17. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Jesus fucking Montero.

  18. The Big City of Dreams says:

    The first of many :)

  19. Jorge (needs a new name) says:

    I wonder how many boobirds aren’t posting right now because they’re busy sucking on AJ’s nuts.

    At the end of the day, you’ve got to play the actual game.

    • JFH says:

      there have been a lot of bed wetters on this site lately, pissing at the first sign of trouble.

      • Paul O'neill's Batting Helmet says:

        So, both of you thought he’d go 5.2, 1 r? I admit I wasn’t keen on AJ having to pitch a win or go home, and I think it was only natural for most people to think the same, given his season.

        • JFH says:

          I thought he would throw 3 solid innings and Joe G would pull him for Hughes.

          I did not know if he would allow a run or not. But, yes I thought he would be effective and I thought we would go to game 5, which I think we will win.

    • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

      new name: Jesus!

  20. CMP says:

    Put this bitch in the win column.

  21. Leggy says:

    I’ve seen Montero hit a post season RBI, I can die happy.

  22. Chen Meng Wang says:


  23. CUYanks says:

    Uh oh, we may be entering. (Cue the impending doom music)–AYALA TIME!

  24. tom says:

    I don’t care how many runs they score here; I still want RoMo to remove all doubt from the game

    • Jetrer says:

      anything less than a ten run lead, absolutely
      and really Mo should pitch no matter how big the lead is, he could use the work

  25. StanfordBen says:

    Hip hip Jor-Jesus!

  26. Doug says:

    The power of Jesus compelled that balk.

  27. dkidd says:

    ladies and gentleman, the jesus

  28. Graig not Craig says:

    I really like this Albequerque guy.

  29. Robert Baratheon says:

    Tiger fans should get on Leyland for leaving Coke in to face Arod, Teix, and Swish as much as we got on Joe for bringing in Ayala. There’s no rationale for it. Teix and Swish are far better hitters from the right side.

  30. BK2ATL says:

    A-Rod AND Tex AND Swisher get hits in the same inning????? WTF???

    Jesus is loose!!!!

    And a balk??? 6-1 Yanks!!!

    Game 5 is within reach indeed. Just hope we don’t blow our wads today and shoot blanks tomorrow.

  31. Monteroisdinero says:

    Jesus got a playoff hit off a righty???

    Analysis paralysis.

    Dude has torque and bat speed like no one else on our team (except Cano).

  32. bobtaco says:

    Good eye, Russ, keep the pressure on.

  33. Cy Pettitte says:

    nice lolpen.

  34. beachbum says:

    Game over. Don’t screw around Girardi. RoMo!

  35. dkidd says:

    comerica is a library


  36. matt says:

    its funny how montero now has the same amount of hits as a-rod in the playoffs

  37. Hummingbird S. says:

    If the Tigers want, we can give them Ayala, heard he’s pretty good out of the pen

  38. YanksFan in MA says:

    I say let Hughes try and finish this one out. I want Robertson and Rivera available for 12 outs if need be Game 5.

  39. 15 DAY DL says:


  40. Thomas Cassidy says:

    What a fucking game. See you in New York, Detroit. Nova’s gonna fuck ‘em up.

    Who pitches Thursday, Fister, right?

  41. tom says:

    The Great Albuquerque hasn’t exactly had a dazzling series

  42. jon says:

    Jesus has more RBIs than swisher and teix combined

  43. Tyler says:

    I will gladly take losing my under bet tonight for a bases clearing double. Let’s get this so RoMo don’t have to both throw an inning.

  44. CUYanks says:

    I sure would love the prospects of having SoRoMo available for the last 4-5 innings of Game 5, no matter what score.

    Let’s get there first!

  45. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    If anyone cares, Arizona is up 3-1 in the 5th inning.

  46. Mickey Scheister says:

    Poor Al Albuquerque, two postseason games, two bases loaded situations, for a rook. Bad Jimmy L.

  47. dkidd says:

    girardi to pena: should I bunt gardner?

  48. Greg says:

    We are going back to New York!

  49. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    dude, Gardner with RISP is ridiculous this series

  50. bobtaco says:

    Gardner is the man, he’s like a ’96-’01 throwback. Ice water.

  51. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    The Best Bullpen In Baseball****

  52. Monteroisdinero says:

    I am not a big Girardi fan (as an in-game manager) but putting in Montero over Jones and green lighting him 3-0 was so nice and forward thinking.

  53. Mickey Scheister says:

    Gardner for clean-up hitter on Thursday.

  54. Robert Baratheon says:

    If we’re fortunate enough to make the ALCS do you sit Gardner vs the Texas lefties with the way he’s swinging the bat?

  55. tom says:

    Leyland’s really fucked up the pitching matchups here. All the people who hit lefties best are getting their at bats against them

  56. Ricky says:

    I guess this is a big Fuck You to Valverde

  57. Greg says:

    Girardi has managed a brilliant game tonight. He had the bullpen ready at the first sign of trouble and pulled AJ quick to avoid trouble.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

      Not really.

    • CUYanks says:

      Results make him look good, but you have to like how he’s playing the bullpen today. If he can manage with the same urgency Game 5, Tigers might need an early Nova implosion or an absolute shutdown from Fister to win it.

  58. Monteroisdinero says:

    I am already hoping for a Montero ab in the 9th.

  59. Sarah says:

    Verlander doesn’t look so cocky now!

  60. CMP says:

    Mo needs at least a batter or 2 tonight.

  61. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Apparently according to Darling and Smoltz Fister pitched better than what his line indicated in game 1. 4.2 innings 6ER is bad no matter how you look at it. Sorry fellas.

    • Plank says:

      I would say they are right. He left with the bases loaded and all three inherited runners scored. If he had stayed in, they would have probably not all have scored.

  62. Nick says:

    Where is that troll stuart a? Nothing to complain about??

  63. CUYanks says:

    Tigers pitchers have timed their bullpen implosions quite well. By run differential we might be nearing a sweep.

    • Paul O'neill's Batting Helmet says:

      take out girardi’s bad pitching decision making re: garcia, cc, avila, and that might have held true. oh well, cant complain we get one more shot in the bronx all things considered.

  64. Thomas Cassidy says:

    Burnett is an animal.
    Tex and A-Rod have back to back hits.
    Montero has an RBI.

    Who saw this coming?

    Ayala for the 8th and 9th, I should probably add.

    • Paul O'neill's Batting Helmet says:

      why ayala? you close this game out def by using d-rob. hes fresh and theres an off day tomorrow. f that mediocre middle relief bs, step on their necks.

  65. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    lol Jeter….even with Bases loaded and no pressure you still swing at a pitch out of the zone

  66. tom says:

    Man, Jeter looked struck out three separate times in that at bat

  67. jay h says:

    whoever closes this out should dance in the mound

  68. smoke up or hookah says:

    where are all the trolls who said the season was over?

  69. Sarah says:

    TBS seriously thinks the Yankee pen is going to give up 6 runs? Not happening.

  70. bobtaco says:

    What a rally.

  71. Dela G says:

    That was the weirdest wild pitch I’ve ever seen

  72. Leggy says:

    Release the Ayala!

  73. dkidd says:

    wheels coming off

    save some bad mojo for thursday, tigers

  74. CMP says:

    Schlereth is even uglier than his father is.

  75. Graig not Craig says:

    Where did all the Debbie Downers go? Each spillover thread gets progressively more optimistic. Did the whiners log off? Past their bedtime?

  76. bobtaco says:

    If Cano gets a hit, I think we could see Hughes.

  77. Robert Baratheon says:

    I’d still bring Mo in for the 9th to get him an inning of work.

  78. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    This inning is awesome.

  79. pat says:

    BABIP gods are smiling upon us. Save some for tomorrow boys.

  80. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Detroit Demons exercised

  81. Mike Axisa says:

    My heart needed this inning.

  82. dkidd says:

    mercy rule: ayala

  83. 15 DAY DL says:

    Game / Set / Match….Good Night

  84. tom says:

    I’m still a bit worried. Valverde GUARANTEED they weren’t going back to Yankee Stadium

    Yes — fuck him

  85. Chen Meng Wang says:

    nothing quite like enjoying a Stella and a Yankees win :)

  86. Paul O'neill's Batting Helmet says:

    I have definitely whined during the darker times, but this is great, most relaxed I felt all series. I really don’t think it is that unnatural for a die hard fan to take that roller coaster ride between highs and lows, but, to each their own.

  87. CUYanks says:

    All these runs are actually making the bullpen decisions tougher for Girardi. Who do you throw here in the 8th? Ayala? Hughes? Or stick with Robertson?

  88. Zooboy says:

    Is this lead AJ proof? Ow wait. Never mind!

  89. Ricky says:

    Save some runs for game 5 please.

  90. Hummingbird S. says:

    my blood pressure desperately needed this inning…

  91. BK2ATL says:

    Girardi – Please go against your binder and give Robertson and Mariano some work. Mariano has thrown 3 pitches in this series. We’ll need him sharp. Send them out there.

    Fuck Ayala. He and Logan could give this lead back. See Game 162. Don’t do it.

    • Paul O'neill's Batting Helmet says:

      hughes is good for work here; mo for a batter or two to finish would be good to keep him well oiled, not that he really ever needs it.

  92. Thomas Cassidy says:

    A-Rod with two hits this inning? What the fuck is this?

  93. Greg says:

    I think ARod’s back

  94. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Lol now Smoltz is saying this is a “good loss” for the Tigers. what an idiot.

    • Jesse says:

      I can’t believe I’m missing these gems. Thank God for my selective hearing.

      • Chen Meng Wang says:

        I was honestly just thinking, “wow, I didn’t hear that at all…have i started subconciously ignoring Smoltz?” (If have thank god, and it only took 4 games lol)

    • pat says:

      I don’t agree with his exact wording nor with any loss being a “good loss”. But I think most people would rather lose 10-1 than 2-1. I can see what he’s trying to say,

  95. bobtaco says:

    We’re getting the band back together, everyone is getting warmer.

  96. Mike Axisa says:

    Smoltz trying to play this off as a “good loss” for Detroit. It’s always good when you put yourself on the brink of elimination.

  97. Tyler says:

    I don’t think A-rod finds Miggy too amusing at first…see him talking right away when he got over there?

  98. I Collect Brett Gardner Cards says:

    save some runs for thursday boys!

    I feel comfy with SuperNova on thursday.
    If he comes up big in that one, it will plant the Pettitte 96′ seed within him.

  99. Tom Zig says:

    So can Ayala pitch 2 innings?

  100. Sarah says:

    But hey, Darling noted that the Yankees had 4 runs off Verlander yesterday. Smoltz is sure that Verlander through a no-hitter.

  101. Ed says:

    Gotta say this Detroit pitching staff has not been that impressive when anyone not named Scherzer is pitching

  102. Sarah says:


  103. Grit for Brains says:

    I like using Hughsey here…see what ya got

  104. Monteroisdinero says:

    Phil Phor the Phinish. Phuckin Phantastic.

  105. Stratman9652 says:

    Anyone else find it funny that there are Scotts grass seed ads on the benches and yet the grass at Comerica looks like shit? If I was the ad exec I would be pulling funding right fucking now.

  106. Tyler says:


  107. Pants Lendelton says:

    Hughes breaking ball looks frickin good so far.

  108. TomH says:

    Well, for me the best thing about the inning was the two ARod hits. Hell, even that fly-out of Tex’s at the end sounded like it was whacked. They’re not back in New York YET, but things look a lot better than they did around 8:30.

    AJ deserves a Roman-style triumph in the Bronx.

  109. Leggy says:

    Hughes at 95, me gusta.

  110. mbonzo says:

    So this has gone from a
    1. 5 game series, Yankees with the homefield advantage, Tigers with the pitching advantage.
    2. 3 game series, Tigers homefield advantage, Tigers pitching.
    3. 1 game series, Yankees homefield advantage, Yankees pitching.

  111. Monteroisdinero says:

    ninety phive phor phil! I’m just phillin’ in phor the other commenter.

  112. Greg says:

    And the best part is that tomorrow we can watch some stress free baseball.

  113. mbonzo says:

    Damn Hughes looked pretty good.

  114. Tyler says:

    I’ll take one of these Phil Hughes for ALCS

  115. FachoinaNYY says:

    Wow, Hughes looked incredible there…

  116. pat says:

    Oh man, if we can have this Hughes outta the bullpen for the rest of our playoff run….

    • tom says:

      Certainly no reason to ever see Ayala in a winnable game if this Hughes is available

      • Paul O'neill's Batting Helmet says:

        Ayala shouldnt sniff the mound anywhere near +/- 5 runs rest of the series. Wade, Hughes, maybe logan, then big three, that should be it.

  117. bobtaco says:

    Hughes breaks out the lawnmower…

  118. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Those were some Philthy Pitches.

  119. Willy says:

    That’s an extremely impressive inning from Hughes.

  120. Rey22 says:

    Hughes looking good.

  121. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Hewz 2 da bullpen!!!!

  122. Steve H. says:

    Phil Hughes missing bats, you’re eating onions, you’re spotting dimes, I don’t know what the hell is going on.

  123. Rich in NJ says:

    Phil. Hughes.

  124. Cy Pettitte says:

    wow Phil wow.

  125. Jetrer says:

    so Hughes looked pretty sharp, it would be great if he could be another reliable weapon out of the pen

  126. Guest says:

    I thought A-Rod may have done it in 2009, but I was wrong. Hopefully, AJ did it tonight. What is “it”? Kill the narrative.

    AJ doing what he did tonight just..doesn’t…fit… the narrative.
    But here’s the truth: he’s just a professional athlete who is more prone to volatile performance than most. He’s not a head case. Head cases hurt people and are not fit for normal society. That’s a headcase.

    Contrary to popular belief, he was not “guaranteed” to pitch poorly. Nor is he suddenly cured of “mentally ills” that held him back. He located his fastball better (for the most part) and got lucky on some hard hit balls. That’s it and that’s all.

    Maybe, just maybe, this will lead the sports pundocracy to forget about narrative and leave the pop psychology where it belongs: in freshman literatures seminars.

    Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure it would be foolish to hold my breath…

    • tom says:

      Never happen. They live for narratives.

      I remember Mike Schmidt saying, after the Phillies finally won the Series in 1980 after many playoff failures, that the difference between the current team and the ones that had been deemed “chokers” was a few hits that fell in, maybe on pure luck, and that it was idiotic to credit anyone’s Character for that.

      Needless to say, no one in the press backed up his thought.

  127. mike_h says:

    Team Hero: AJ
    nuff said

  128. boogie down says:

    I know Hughes can’t go all-out in his starts because of their length versus relievers’ one-inning stints, but, man his stuff sure looked good. Let’s hope he can have a dominant postseason out of the pen and then use it as a springboard to a redemptive 2012.

  129. Chen Meng Wang says:

    overall awesome win for the good guys.

  130. JohnnyC says:

    Anderson just said Cabrera struck out Hughes. Rooting for Detroit just a little, Brian?

  131. Graig not Craig says:

    TBS inane banter spoken in monotone is my lullaby.

  132. Robert Baratheon says:

    Did Smoltz just say that AJ is not very demonstrative? Does he know the meaning of that word or is he just talking out of his ass?

  133. bobtaco says:

    Jesus Jesus Jesus

  134. Cy Pettitte says:

    Jesus is not impressed by your postseason pitching.

  135. Leggy says:

    Montero can’t be stopped.

  136. Dela G says:

    I love Jesus

  137. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Does anybody know Sterling’s home run call for Jesus? Does he have one yet?

  138. BK2ATL says:

    Okay, this Montero kid……2 at bats, 2 hits. LOL!!!

  139. bonestock94 says:

    Stop cheering morons

  140. Monteroisdinero says:

    This Montero kid can get 2 hits off a righty? In the same game? In the post season?


  141. Ricky says:

    Jesus not caring about tiger pitching

  142. Guest says:

    Montero can’t hit righties. Ignore the complete body of his professional career. It’s science!

    (I know Jorge has hit righties well and has been the Yanks best hitter in the playoffs. I have no problem with him starting over Jesus against righties. I don’t like all of the quotes from Girardi that make it seem like Joe G sees Jesus as a straight platoon player. Straight up ignant.)

    • mbonzo says:

      It seems like platooning players is how Girardi starts all his guys. Don’t forget that Gardner started out as a platoon player this year.

    • Monteroisdinero says:

      Politics and respect for all of Jorge’s service. Montero needs to bat every game he is healthy next year. He should be looked at the same way Jeter and ARod are looked at. Everyday player.
      Lineup lock. He will crush equally.

  143. Sarah says:

    I want a Super Nova avatar for Thursday. Anyone?

  144. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    So since Ernie Harwell was traded for a player…can we trade Cervelli for Heidi Watney??

  145. pat says:

    I like hearing about these old timers from other teams. For once I don’t mind having to listen to the announcers bullshit.

  146. Paul O'neill's Batting Helmet says:

    ha, how do you still have your anti yanks sign still held up: ‘go to sleep ny’? good job tiger fans, good job.

  147. bobtaco says:

    Best game of the season? Best game of the season.

  148. Dela G says:

    Great job, Boone!

  149. mbonzo says:

    What a game. Absolutely huge.

  150. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Suck it Valverde, you’re heading back to the Bronx!

  151. flamingo says:

    Who is this Boone Logan who strikes out the side? He’s been really good lately.

    And LOL at John Sterling’s lackluster “The Yankees win”, in a but-I-announced-it-two-innings-ago way.

  152. You Know, Suzyn... says:


    I barely even know her.

  153. BK2ATL says:

    Boone Logan strikes out the side to end the game!!! Who woulda thunk it?

    Now what were these very same announcers saying about momentum??? Yeah, they aren’t saying the same tonight. Shocking.


  154. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Wow, I was reading something…completely oblivious to what they were talking about in the game knowing it was about to be over. I never heard them call the end on it. Their monotone-ness never changed throughout the end of the game. At least pretend to be semi happy about the win in the both.

    PS why are they chanting asshole at Grandy in the stands? I thought he was a well liked player in Detroit?

  155. beachbum says:

    Boone Logan. Wow.

  156. AJ says:

    Curtis Granderson really is a class act.

  157. Ryan says:

    Fuck yes.

  158. Mike says:

    I just hope scoring all these runs they dont have none left for thursday

  159. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Joe Girardi laughs like a nerd =P

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