Tagged: Burnett

*VOTE FOR SHEETS*

   – *JOIN THE BEN SHEETS MOVEMENT*

   – I don’t care if Ben Sheets is returning from an injury… With $20,000,000 left on our payroll, we need to open our eyes! The injury concern is what will allow us to sign Sheets for a bargain. The Yankees should low-ball the situation and offer Sheets a 1 year, $5,000,000 contract. It makes a lot of sense:

  – A one year contract would allow us to see how well Sheets has recovered, without the fear of being stuck with an injury-prone player for an extended period of time.

  – Ben Sheets is a right handed pitcher. We’ve seen the inconsistant games from Burnett, and the number two slot in our rotation should be open for discussion. If we bring Sheets in to the mix, out rotation can morph into something like this:

1. Sabathia (L)
2. Sheets* (R)
3. Pettitte (L)
4. Burnett (R)
5. Chamberlain (R)

   *In my opinion, this rotation is far more promising then the following:

1. Sabathia
2. Burnett
3. Pettitte
4. Chamberlain
5. Gaudin

   – Gaudin in the 5 spot? Chamberlain in the 4? Am I the only Yankee fan who got tired of having question marks in the 4 and 5 slots last year? Our rotation would be dominant if we were so stacked, that a pitcher like AJ Burnett is number 4 on our list…

*TRADELINE: BIG DEALS TODAY*

   – *PHILLIES SNATCH HALLADAY*


   Roy Halladay has found a NEW home. In a blockbuster 3-team transaction, the Philadelphia Phillies have made their move to aquire arguably the best starting pitcher in baseball. This trade would will likely send Cliff Lee to the Mariners, and a package of young prospects to the Blue Jays to seal the deal.

    – *LEE TO THE MARINERS?*

   Talk about about making moves… The Mariners signings in 2010 are transforming Seattle’s organization into one of the best competitors in the league. After landing Chone Figgins from the Angels, the Mariners are on the verge of adding Cliff Lee to their bullpen… Lee and King Felix in the same rotation? Ichiro and Figgins in the same lineup?

   – *LACKEY TO THE RED SOX*

   John Lackey has finally found a home as well. The Boston Red Sox are looking to bolster their rotation by bringing Lackey to the east coast, and adding an incredible amount of depth to their starting pitching…

   – *MATSUI TO THE ANGELS?*

   With the Yankees leaving their World Series MVP out to dry, the Los Angelas Angels of Anaheim are now showing interest in stealing the star slugger from their playoff rivals… Wake up Cashman – we’re about to lose one of the best DH’s in the league!

   – *WITH LACKEY AND HALLADAY GONE*

   In my opinion, letting Chien-Ming Wang slip into the free agent pool was an excellent choice. It’s time to move on – but where do the Yankees go from here? With Lackey and Halladay off the market, I’ve had my eyes on the following options for a while:

BEN SHEETS: Although Sheets is returning from an injury related off-season, a healthy Ben Sheets can be as dominant as a heatlhy CC Sabathia…

JASON MARQUIS: Marquis is a starter that’s been on numerous radars for a while now. I think the Yankees should take a stab at Marquis while they can – the price will be far lower then our Halladay hopes, and he would be an excellent fit behind AJ Burnett or Andy Pettitte in the 2010 season…

   – *ROTATION ESTIMATION*

1. CC Sabathia
2. Ben Sheets*
3. Andy Pettitte
4. AJ Burnett
5. Joba Chamberlain

  I’ve thrown AJ in the four slot, because in my opinion – Pettitte performed better then Burnett last year. Plain and simple. As lefties, Sabathia and Pettitte should obviously remain a start apart – and that’s why Ben Sheets or Jason Marquis would be excellent “number twos” for the Yankees in the 2010 season. My opinion.

  

*BACK TO BACK DEFEATS*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*

CC Sabathia (16-7) vs. Jeremy Guthrie (10-13)

   – *PAINFUL CONSECUTIVE LOSSES…*

   After a disappointing loss on one of the most memorable days in Yankee history, (Derek Jeter claiming sole possesion of the franchise hit record, surpassing the legendary Lou Gehrig,) the misery continued in an additional loss to the Orioles on Saturday. This is exactly what New York needs to steer clear of… We’ve seen the occasional slip-up, but we haven’t witnessed consecutive losses in what seems like forever.

   First of all… 7 runs in two games? C’mon now – we’ve seen the Yanks put up 7 runs in one inning before, let alone a combined 7 runs in consecutive outings against a team that’s 32 games behind first! Where do I begin?

   A.J. Burnett’s been looking more like Joba Chamberlain lately, hitting the mound hard one day, and letting up a mind-boggling 5+ runs the next. He exited this one in the 7th, which sounds like a solid day on the hill – but not before allowing 6 runs in the second inning alone. Luckily, the slugfest stopped right there – but it was still enough to give Baltimore a comfortable lead early on… and more then enough to win a ballgame.

BURNETT: 7IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 4 SO

   Run-support is the cure for the common cold, but it was a miserable day at the plate for New York as well. Through 9 innings, the Yankees combined for a pitiful 7 hits. 7 hits in 33 at bats… Truley a loss that was a “team effort.” None of our players could manage more then a single hit, and considering none of those hits were homers – the runs across the plate just simply weren’t there… A sad sight indeed.

   With Sabathia on the mound tomarrow, I’m expecting us to pull it back together. Jeremy Guthrie is no joke, so we need to bring these bats back to life! The Sox are now 7.5 out of first, and this certainly isn’t the time to start slacking down the stretch. My fingers are crossed… It’s been a while since we’ve had to worry about a series…

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 5 1 1 0 0 2 5 .330
Hairston, J, LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .255
Teixeira, 1B 3 0 1 1 0 1 1 .281
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .286
Swisher, RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .251
Cano, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 .315
Duncan, S, DH 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 .200
  b-Gardner, PH-DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .269
Cabrera, Me, CF 2 1 1 1 2 0 0 .278
Molina, J, C 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .243
  a-Posada, PH-C 2 0 1 1 0 1 2 .284
Totals 33 3 7 3 2 6 14

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Burnett, A (L, 11-9) 7.0 7 6 6 2 4 2 4.33
Towers 2.0 3 1 1 1 1 0 3.38

   – *WHERE THE HECK WAS I?*

   I have my internet provider to thank for my recent absence. It was great having no connection on the night that Jeter tied Gehrig’s record, and even better to be web-less on the night that his record was broken! (Sarcastic of coarse…) It feels good to be back. So good that I’ve decided to kick off a few new meters of my own:

TEIXEIRA’S RACE TO 4000 AT BATS: 3955

CANO’S RACE TO 400 RUNS: 396

GARDNER’S RACE TO 100 CAREER HITS: 86

   *Just for fun…

*DOUBLE OR NOTHING*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*  

Chad Gaudin (5-10) vs. David Price (7-7)

   – *WHEN WINNING IS TWICE THE FUN…*

   Sabathia and Burnett came up huge for us yesterday, in an exciting double header against division rival Tampa Bay. In BOTH games, the Rays were held to one single run – and their hits never breached double digits.

   The star of the earlier game, (at the plate,) had to be A-Rod – going 3 for 3 with an RBI. Cano, Posada, and Hinske drove in the runs that ultimately sealed the deal, (in the 8th,) but Rodriguez batting 1.000 labels him “the best at bat” in my book…

   As for the mound, Sabathia dominated! 7 solid innings, with 10 strikeouts and 1 earned run makes him the real “player of the game.” Unfortunantly, CC came ouf of this one with a no-decision – but 17 wins is just around the corner. Yankees win game uno, 4-1.

SABATHIA: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 10 K’s

   – *ON TO GAME TWO*

   This game was a tad more exciting for Yankee fans to watch. Not because pulling ahead in the late innings isn’t exciting,  but because watching New York go on a scoring frenzy has you jumping out of your seat a whole lot more! The Yanks posted 8 runs in the 3rd inning alone, with a three-run shot from Teixeira, (among many, many other runs…)

   Burnett returned to form, and looked every bit as dominant as CC. Though 6 innings, AJ allowed one earned run, notched his own 8 strikeouts, and only let up 4 real hits. I’d crown him the “player of the game” in this one, but the true MVP had to be:

   “Big Tex.” Teixeira ended this one going 3 for 4, with 2 runs scored, 2 homeruns, and a commendable 4 RBI’s… I would say he sent us a “Teix message,” but I’m seriously getting tired of hearing that everyday lol. Let’s switch it up and say he made some “Teix-book plays.” That one isn’t nearly as played out…

BURNETT: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 8 K’s

   – *BUMMER*

   Jeter had a miserable day at the plate, going 0-8 and leaving Lou Gehrig’s record in-tact. I feel for you Derek… You’ll get ’em tomarrow! We know the record’s coming…

   – *CONGRATULATIONS!*  

   I just wanted to send a special *high five* to my blog-buddies who made the latest Top 100 list! Jane, YankeesChick, and of coarse Virginia – GREAT JOB!! I’m jelous lol, but I’ll get there one of these months when I reach out to more then just the Yankee fans… (I can’t help it. I don’t enjoy watching any other team outside of the Pirates…) The only other teams I enjoy watching are the teams we beat, and you can’t hate a man for that! Good job ladies!

– *ON PAPER*

GAME 1:

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .332
Swisher, RF 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 .250
  1-Hairston, J, PR-RF 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .254
Teixeira, 1B 4 2 1 0 0 1 1 .279
Rodriguez, A, 3B 3 1 3 1 1 0 0 .282
Cano, 2B 3 0 0 1 0 1 4 .316
Posada, C 4 0 1 1 0 0 3 .286
Hinske, DH 3 0 0 1 0 2 0 .247
Cabrera, Me, LF 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 .277
Gardner, CF 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .271
Totals 30 4 7 4 3 7 13

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sabathia 7.0 3 1 1 4 10 1 3.40
Hughes, P (W, 6-3) 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3.07
Rivera, Ma (S, 39) 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1.75

GAME 2:

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 1 0 1 1 0 6 .329
  1-Pena, R, PR-SS-2B 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .283
Damon, LF 6 1 1 1 0 1 6 .288
Teixeira, 1B 4 2 3 4 0 1 0 .282
  Gardner, CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .270
Matsui, H, DH 3 2 2 0 2 0 1 .269
Swisher, RF-1B 2 2 1 0 2 0 1 .251
  a-Hinske, PH-3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .246
Cano, 2B 3 0 1 0 1 0 3 .316
  b-Duncan, S, PH-RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Cabrera, Me, CF-RF 4 2 3 2 0 0 3 .281
  Cervelli, C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .263
Hairston, J, 3B-SS 4 1 2 1 1 0 2 .257
Molina, J, C-1B 3 0 3 1 2 0 0 .245
Totals 38 11 17 10 9 2 24

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Burnett, A (W, 11-8) 6.0 4 1 1 3 8 0 4.19
Ramirez, E 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.58
Albaladejo 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 5.20
Dunn, M 1.0 0 0 0 2 2 0 10.80

   *Until tomarrow – it’s bed time!

  

  

*WAS TODAY REAL?*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*

CC Sabathia (14-7) vs. Josh Beckett (14-4)

   – *GETTING STOMPED TO THE FLOOR*

   If you didn’t get a chance to catch today’s game at Fenway, congratulations… It was an ugly sight in Boston, as the Yankees went on to lose the second game of this series 14-1. You read correctly ladies and gentlemen… A day after scoring 20 runs against the Red Sox and putting up football numbers – we fall flat on our faces and lose by 13…

   Burnett was ripped apart for 9 earned over the coarse of 5 innings, while Aceves and Robertson gave up a combined 5 runs to give Boston their grand total. The only players that deserve acknowledgement this time around are as follows:

   1. Swisher went 3 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored

   2. Teixeira went 2 for 4

   3. Cano went 3 for 4 (.750)

   – *NOT SO HOT*

   Here are the players that couldn’t get the bats connecting:

   1. Matsui went 0 for 5

   2. Cabrera went 0 for 4

   3. Jeter went 0 for 3

   *NOTE:
I’m not pointing out the ‘hitless’ today to stab anyone in the back. All three of the players mentioned above are entitled to an off-day, (considering they come through in the clutch on a regular basis. Matsui had 2 homeruns yesterday, while Jeter’s been hitting everything thrown his way for weeks now…)
 
  
– *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .331
  a-Hairston, J, PH-SS 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 .259
Swisher, RF 5 1 3 1 0 1 1 .251
Teixeira, 1B 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 .288
Rodriguez, A, 3B 3 0 1 0 0 1 3 .264
  b-Molina, J, PH-3B 2 0 1 0 0 1 1 .250
Matsui, H, DH 5 0 0 0 0 0 7 .263
Posada, C 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 .274
Cano, 2B 4 0 3 0 0 0 1 .314
Hinske, LF 4 0 1 0 0 1 4 .257
Cabrera, Me, CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 6 .270
Totals 37 1 12 1 3 5 25

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Burnett, A (L, 10-7) 5.0 9 9 9 2 6 3 4.08
Aceves, A 2.0 3 3 3 0 2 1 4.12
Robertson, D 1.0 3 2 2 0 1 0 3.47


*TOUGH LOSS IN OAKLAND*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*

CC Sabatha (13-7) vs. Vin Mazzaro (4-8)

   – *A BRUTAL LOSS FOR A.J.*

   What’s worse than losing a ball game for the second straight day? The answer: Losing a ball game for the second straight day, and pitching nearly perfect! Yesterday’s game in Oakland proved that sometimes, one awful inning is all it takes to throw away a potential win. What can I say? The A’s had an incredible day, and Brett Tomko was no exception. Through 5 innings, Tomko allowed 5 hits and not a single run… Burnett on the other hand, went 8 full innings – but allowed 3 runs in the 4th to give Oakland the lead.

   We can’t place all the blame on one individual player though. (Unless you’re Louis Castillo, and you drop the ball in the 9th!) Despite having more hits than the A’s, we simply couldn’t string the swings together to put some runs on the board. Jeter had another impressive night, going 3 for 4 – pushing his newly aquired hitting record deeper in to the books.

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, DH 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 .327
Damon, LF 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .281
Teixeira, 1B 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 .285
Rodriguez, A, 3B 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 .256
Posada, C 4 0 1 0 0 2 2 .273
Cano, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .318
Swisher, RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .242
Cabrera, Me, CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .266
Pena, R, SS 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .277
  a-Hairston, J, PH-SS 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .257
Totals 33 0 7 0 2 4 16

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Burnett, A (L, 10-6) 8.0 6 3 3 2 5 0 3.69


*NOT THE BROOM!* – 8/1

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW*  

   CC Sabathia (10-7) vs. Mark Buehrle (11-4)

   – *YANKEES LOSE 3RD TO SOX*

   What can I say, the White Sox are hurting us… Not even A.J. could provoke a win, and Chicago ended this one 14-4 for thier 3rd straight victory in this 4 game series.

   In comparison, the Yankees ended yesterday’s game with 8 total hits, while the Sox mustered up an impressive 17. Both clubs allowed 5 pitchers to make appearences, but obviously – the Yankees were the sorry saps who actually needed to. A few batters on our side had a multiple hit game, but it wasn’t enough to put a dent in the White Sox inflating score.

   We need to change our tune tomarrow. Winning streaks can’t be random and seldom – this is the recipe for falling flat on our faces back into 2nd place. We can avoid the sweep if we get it together, and with CC on the mound tomarrow – we just may…

   The stats:

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 5 2 2 0 0 0 0 .322
Swisher, RF 4 0 0 0 1 1 2 .236
Teixeira, DH 5 0 2 2 0 0 2 .282
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 1 3 1 0 1 1 .262
Posada, C 3 0 0 0 1 0 3 .273
Cano, 2B 3 0 0 0 1 1 3 .305
Cabrera, Me, CF 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .283
Hairston, J, LF 3 1 1 1 1 0 2 .255
Ransom, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 3 5 .190
Totals 35 4 8 4 4 7 22

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Burnett, A (L, 10-5) 4.2 10 7 7 2 4 0 3.89
Bruney 1.2 3 1 1 1 2 0 6.10
Robertson, D 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.72
Coke 0.1 4 6 6 3 0 0 4.98
Melancon 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.60

*CATCHING SOME RAYS* – 7/27

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?* – 7/28

   CC Sabathia (10-6) vs. Scott Kazmir (4-6)

   *Although Kazmir is under .500 thus far, I’m not putting anything past him…

   – *YANKEES STAY SIZZLING*

   At this point, it’s more than a fluke…

   *Home or away, the Yankees can’t seem to miss a step anymore. Some might point a finger at the recent A’s loss, but let’s be honest: the runs that Pettitte let up didn’t even come until after the 6th! He was on the verge of doing just as well as his colleagues, (with Joba, Burnett, and Sabathia all going deep lately.) Even Mitre is getting the job done…

   Yesterday’s game was no exception. Burnett’s outing was beyond a “quality start,” going 7 innings and allowing one single run. Although Albaladejo had a rough night when brought in for relief duties, it hardly put a dent in our 7-3 lead at that point. With 5 of our 9 batters having a multiple-hit game, there was litterally no stopping New York – and we ended the day with an 11-4 victory, and 10 wins in 11 games.

   – *THE RECAP*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 5 2 3 0 1 0 1 .325
Damon, LF 5 2 1 3 1 0 3 .278
Teixeira, 1B 6 0 2 0 0 0 4 .282
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 0 1 2 1 1 5 .248
Matsui, H, DH 4 1 1 0 1 0 4 .252
Posada, C 5 1 1 1 0 0 4 .285
Cano, 2B 3 2 2 2 2 0 0 .311
Swisher, RF 5 2 2 3 0 1 2 .237
Cabrera, Me, CF 4 1 2 0 1 0 0 .290
Totals 41 11 15 11 7 2 23

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Burnett, A (W, 10-4) 7.0 2 1 0 2 5 0 3.53
Albaladejo 0.2 2 2 2 1 1 0 5.61
Robertson, D (S, 1) 1.1 2 1 1 0 1 1 3.76

   *Until tomarrow – keep it safe.

*2.5 GAMES AHEAD* – 7/27

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*

   A.J. Burnett (9-4) vs. James Shields (6-6)

   – *WHERE DOES IT END?*

   The Yankees have been scorching hot lately, and with Burnett on the mound tomarrow – there seems to be no end in sight. Pitcher for pitcher, batter for batter, New York’s been playing some of the best baseball in the league since the All-Star break. Here’s a look at why:

   A. Excellent Pitching
  
   Outside of the loss on Saturday, our rotation’s been as good as the world predicted it could be. Pettitte, Chamberlain – even the shakey starters have been going deep and allowing practically nothing. The biggest surprise in my opinion has been Joba. In his last two starts, he’s made it beyond the 6th inning – looking every bit as dominant as A.J. or CC.

   B. Excellent At-Bats

   The hitting’s been huge for the Yanks, and it finally seems as though our huge investments are paying off. We already knew Teixeira was coming around, but like a lot of teams – you don’t want to rely on one or two players scoring your runs everyday. With Posada hitting homeruns, Hinske hitting homeruns, and even Jeter going yard – we’re really coming through when we need it the most.

   C. The Red Sox Losing!

   I can’t lie – the winning wouldn’t be nearly as sweet if the Sox weren’t slumping right now. If things were neck-and-neck this entire time, the wins would be downplayed by the need for sole possession of first.

*A.J. OK – HUGHES INCREDIBLE*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*

   CC Sabathia (8-6) vs. Justin Verlander (10-4)

   *You don’t need to be a Yankees/Tigers fan to appreciate this match-up. I expect goose-eggs across the board…

   – *YANKS RALLY AFTER ALL-STAR BREAK*

   Yesterday’s game was what the doctor ordered. Although it wasn’t the Burnett we’re becoming accustomed to seeing, he managed to keep the runs at a minimum – and with a little run support, we pulled off the victory. (After the recent Angels fiasco, thank god…) This biggest surprise of the night came when A.J was plucked in the 7th, and Hughes came in to offer his services from the pen. In a mere 2 innings, Phil managed to whiff 6 batters and grasp the ‘W’ for his 4th of the season… Believe the ‘pen hype people – he’s on fire.

   Mo managed his 24th save of the season. (Yawn…) Blow it in the 9th? That’s a language he can’t seem to translate.

   Here’s a look at the other noteworthy mentions:

JETER: 2 for 4, 1 run

DAMON: 2 for 4, 3 runs

TEIXEIRA: 3 for 5, 1 HR, 3 RBI’s

MATSUI: 2 for 4, 1 RBI

CANO: 2 for 4