Yanks look to win the series today. AJ Delight is on the hill.
C’mon Score Truck, bring ‘em home.
[Picture by Bags]
Is it going to take once through the order or something? We aren't going to be baffled by Bryan Bullington, are we?
Powder Blue home unis...man, I like when the score truck shows up early. Don't tell me this is going to be the latest in a long line of rookies to show the Yanks up...
 Remember the motto of the 5th Bengal Lancers,
Never ask questions, you'll only get answers ...
Francisco and AJ doing work.
Stay calm, AJ...
Oh no! Wilson Betemit with a man on base!
This also begs the question, will AJ Burnett have two consecutive effective starts? So far, two hard hit singles, and the inability to hold a runner on.
Anyone remember hearing about AJ and 1,2,3 1st innings? Something like he hasn't had one in about 9 starts or so. Brutal.
Robinson Cano, gold glove at second and MVP?
Sweet play by Robbie.
Three long, quick outs.
With 46 games left, will Arod make it to 30 HRs? Before yesterday's performance I would have said no. But now...probably.
at this rate, complete game perfecto...
Our guys are playing home run derby.
Seriously, AJ. Christ almighty don't kill anyone.
Good call, blue. Bah!
Note to self: arrange to be elsewhere for next Burnett game.
 I was going to watch this game and avoid the painful experience of visiting my inlaws, but this might be worse. Good dp, though.
All part of AJ's plan.
AJ has to buy root beer for Rob.
AJ is a self inflicted wound personified. With his stuff, he should dominate, with his tender psyche not.
 Yankee game with frustrating AJ pitching, still > than visit with in-laws.
WHere have we seen THIS game before?
If the 1st round opponent in the playoffs somehow managed to sneak 3 urp's on their roster the Yanks would be DOOMED. I know Bullington is not a rookie, but my point stands. He is working on a perfect game so far.
 i was thinkin' the same thing. i sure hope he makes it to 30. i figured jeter would end the season around 2,950. at this rate, he might be lucky to reach 2,925...
we're being URP'ed... feh.
i've got braves-torres & sweet lou-tlr games...
 Secret Yankee-Killer weapon: unknown junk throwing pitcher. It seems this is the fifth time this year.
 perfect?! ah. and i've got padilla vs. jurrjens here (local station, tbs blackout. well, tbs is a 'local' station, but...and i digress...) once again with the kansas reference:
"Father Padilla Meets the *Perfect* Gnat"!!!
[there, that should put the hex on it. perfect game be damned!]
We just need a couple of innings to warm up, is all.
 i'll buy that for a dollar.
hey, anyone have a dollar i can borrow?
nine combined walks in the m's-tribe game. only 3 hits. no runs. but lotsa walking...
 Maybe, three, four.
Enough of this BULLington.
Right now it doesn't matter what AJ does or doesn't do. Yankee bats must wake up.
ok, now it's starting to get a little annoying...
So all this talk of George Brett led me to look for footage of his hitting and of course the Pine Tar game, blahblahblah.
But check it out--has anyone ever noticed just how impossibly high Goose's pitch was? That Brett was able to get on top of it is nothing short of miraculous. I can't imagine anyone today being able to drive that pitch. Maybe Bonds could have, but do we ever actually see a pitch up at the shoulders smoked like this?
I'm outta here. Go Yankees!
Keith Hernandez > Don Mattingly > Mark Teixeira
ok, now it's time for some extra base hit lumber...
Nice hit, Rob.
I knew it would be Rob who broke the spell.
Or maybe not?
a hit! an honest to goodness hit. not of extra base variety, but fuck, i'll take it...
i wish we were facing the royals' other BB today - brain bannister, the originally scheduled starter.
 Or Brian Bruney. That would be great.
 uh, i think i jinxed king felix. he gave up a walk, 6 hits and 6 runs in the 7th. still in the 7th, the tribe are up 7-0. yikes! sorry, to those of you who have him on your fantasy team today...
braves have exploded for an 8-0 lead. i keep missing all the action, 'coz cubs-cards are in a closer game and caray isn't the announcer...
 is he on the royales now? i doesn't think so, but can't remember where he just ended up. wait, i think he's in the Muts' triple A, upstate NY...
Amazing how we were all thinking that the big problem today was going to be AJ's mental problems.
fuck, now i missed the cubs scoring 3. i've got terrible "run" luck today. watching the wrong game at the wrong time...
 I think he's homeless, actually. He started the season with the Nats.
Even if the Yankees wind winning three games, the performance of the offense in this series has been very alarming.
It's pathetic to be so excited by a Brett single.
Gardner ran, everyone happy?
I wonder if Cervelli is guaranteed to remain as the main backup, or if there is a chance the Yankees will finally tire of an awful hitting catcher who plays poor defense?
 Yes, that was much better than him just standing there.
 i haven't looked it up, but i'm pretty sure he's in the mets system. i believe i saw that amongst the k-rod bollocks. they talked about their flare up and that they could possibly wind up teammates next month...
hell, miguel cairo has a homerun today and we can't buy a freaking runner in scoring position...
Cervelli is absolutely awful. He is not a major leaguer. It's ridiculous that the Yankees accept such poor play.
Wow! That was actually funny to watch. Our million dollar little leaguers!
How is that an E4? Blanco didn't try for second until Cervelli decided he would stare him down instead of actually pick up the ball.
AJ actually kept his head, and picked up the team.
That was pretty silly.
Some former Yankees are doing well today, though. Miggy with the 2-run homer in the Reds game. And Koyie Hill with the ground-rule double. Cubs are drubbing the Cards.
Just awful ABs inning after inning.
holy fucking christ. this is total fucking bollocks.
 slightly more elegant than my . ; )
Yanks doing all they can to blow a nice start by AJ....
The Yankees seem to be in a rush to get to the airport.
um, speaking of 1-0 games, take a quick peek over at the Twins-A's game...
kevin slowey... (2 walks)
ok, enough of this bullshit. rattle this fucker and get AJ the win. do it. NOW!!!
 Good block by the 2b or Gardner would've had his hand in there.
 I think Bruney is still in the Mets organization @ AAA Buffalo
Pretty much the entire team has struggled for the entire month of August. I wonder if the lineup fluidity has had an impact?
Losing this game would be pretty much unacceptable. You're playing the lowly Royals and AJ Burnett is pitching a gem ... and you lose? Uh-uh, better not.
Are they late for a flight? These at bats are putrid.
 Girardi and Long must be fired today.
Timms will save us
It seems that these guys are playing this game like they're double parked; not even 2 hours and we're in the 8th inning
This would probably be the worst Yankees loss of the season. The entire lineup looks as if it has absolutely no interest in their at bats. This is exactly the kind of game you'd expect from a team like the Royals on get away day.
 Beaten first, then fired.
 I'd be happy with just Girardi, but if Long must be sacrificed for the greater good, so be it.
The Yanks aren't winning today.
I think I'd prefer to have Granderson trying to pull every pitch than keep hitting fly outs to the opposite field.
How about Gardner. I don't think he is going to optimize his speed on the bases.
 i first read "fired' as "fried."
btw, from yesterday's thread, i always heard it as "now we're cookin' with grease." and, no, i've never had peach pie... : )
 I am not sure, but I think Carl Crawford has been thrust back into a prominent position on the Yankees radar next season.
this is pathetic.
rays up by a run, sox down by a run. (late/early, respectively.)
 Huh. I'm going to have to look into that. I wonder if one of those is derived from the other.
Yeah, I figured, about the peach pie. It was just a set up for you.
 Who would have guessed that all three AL East teams would play so poorly in August. Each has forfeited a real opportunity to gain ground.
 the "other" CC, hit his 13th homer today...
keep an eye on the minny game...
 The Yankee bats are gaseous today.
 Yeah ... About a month ago I was thinking that may not happen but you may be right.
I think it's time to get AJ. Girardi is pushing his luck now.
Hm, maybe you can't hear me. I said DP, not BB. Let's try this again
 So far it is the Yanks getting DP'd today, and they seem to be liking it.
 i haven't heard the saying that much, but it's always great whenever i do. i'll never forget the first time i heard it. i was having lunch outside in west halls at penn state, near the music bldg, with a coupla fellow percussion majors. one of 'em, from philly, said it and it was hilarious. the saying and his delivery had us in stitches. "...gas," just doesn't have the fire power to make it funny. (to me, at least, certainly no offense to your grandma!!!)
 i never got to mention to you... i hope you got a lot more traffic at your excellent blog from neyer the other week. iirc, he linked an entire article of yours - it was his whole post - basically about us being urp'ed...like today. congrats on the well-deserved attention!
 Good job!
 Sometimes I have to take matters into my own hands. Now the rest of the team needs to step up and follow my lead, and some other cliches too
 Thanks...the traffic has slowly been increasing. Neyer has linked twice and the Bats blog once. I am waiting for the big time though....recognition from Bronx Banter!
whoda thunk we'd be glad to see soria?!
AJ's really killin' it today. what a shame our lumber is in a slumber...
I wish Gardner would bunt for real.
Let's get a bloop and a blast against Soria (can it be done?) and get the win for AJ.
 yes, i remember the first neyer link. this one was better - your piece exclusively. cool about Bats. the banter is the big time, haha! patience, my friend... : )
Oh, good, a bunt.
He can't bunt; he can't steal. Fired!
 absolutely. hell, if jeter ran the other night, we woulda scratched across a run. that's all we need here. get back in this. if it goes extras, i think we take it...
 Uhmm...maybe not. Incredible that Gardner doesn't know how to bunt. Why arent the Yankees working with him before every game? Maybe they are?
 Careful what you wish for... Seriously, good plan, bad execution
Soria is wasting his talents on this team.
It's reached the point where it's not even worth trying to figure out where this team is. We are just going to have to hope they make the playoffs and get hot.
I wouldnt think of throwing anything off speed to Jeter.
Is Derek trying to hit a home run?
come on, captain.
Well at least with a two hour game, I can do something productive with the rest of Sunday.
That might be the worst offensive peformance by the Yankees since, well, ever.
 With grease!
 Performance is not the word
a truly pathetic loss. worthless.
AJ's the only one who showed up.
Talk about pathetic. That was a miserable game to follow.
really long bottom of the 7th in minny. i'm guessing it'll ill-affect slowey in the next frame...
Since 1920, the Yankees have 72 games with three or fewer baserunners. In this month alone, they have had two.
Even if it's just a small change, the lineup/roster needs a shakeup.
 wait a minute, i think gardenhire pulled him. 106 pitches. 7 no-hit innings. 3 walks...
Enjoy the rest of your day. Let's go Baltimore and Texas!
 i'll gladly take up a roster spot. i could use the cash...
[amazing you can find those kinds of stats so quickly, btw...!]
 Minnie Longbottom!
 Your sticks are too small.
 You can't do much worse than Cervelli.
Sean Forman belongs in the baseball fan's Hall of Fame.
I told him as much when I bumped into him at the SABR convention earlier this month.
 I hope more people do (and also subscribe to the play index).
 it's true. and the lumber i use are essentially toothpicks - Vater 7A
 You told thelarmis that he couldn't do much worse than Cervelli?
 yeah. you got a beef with that?
Well *that* was a particularly horrendous loss.
1-game lead in the division. not enough...
 Not really. You don't really like beef. How about a tomato, or a peach?
 I think we can start by getting rid of this idea that Franciso Cevelli *has* to start at least two days a week.
 well played, sir!!! : )
Manny Delcarmen relieves Dice-K, first pitch = 3-run homer.
I'm not sure which is more maddening: getting shut down by a cruddy pitcher, or having a bullpen that regularly gets the shit kicked out of them.
 and, of course, the shit sox storm right back, from unexpected sources. i really fucking despise them. i wish they'd just fall from the race completely...
 I don't. I like the slower torture. As soon as they fall out of the race altogether, RSN will turn to the Patriots.
I can't figure out why Michael Bowden has been languishing in Pawtucket. He's much better than most of the Sox' bullpen. Eventually I think he'll be better than all of that bullpen, but for now he's maybe in third place.
So of course he coughs up a run. Well, two K, an infield single, then a real hit. And come to think of it that's Dustin Richardson's ER.
And, to add insult to injury, Berkman is day to day, which I'm sure means we're going to see the god damned rotating DH for the next few days
152) that's good, right? Then they can rest veteran players for the playoffs and get Peña's and (especially) Cervelli's stellar defense in the game. Right? Right?
I'm going to reiterate what I wrote this weekend. The Yankees need to bring up Montero at the very least, or ideally both Montero and Nunez. The offense needs a shot in the arm, and unless can Cashman can pull off a waiver deal for Cody Ross or Ty Wigginton, then Montero is the only option right now.
I can't watch Cervelli anymore. All he can do is fist pump, which isn't going to help the Yankees stave off the Rays.
 I dunno, Girardi probably sees a lot of himself in Cervelli.
155) i certainly see a lot of Girardi in Cervelli...
154) I agree! And as I recall, you even promoted my pet cause: that the team should go with eleven pitchers, at least until September call-ups.
 I am with you...been saying that for weeks now.
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