Game 78: I Believe in A.J. Burnett

I’m not sure how much I believe that, but what the hell?

For the visitors:

1. Rickie Weeks, 2B (Kay just called him “Richie”)
2. Nyjer Morgan, CF (Over/Under: 1.5 falls in the OF tonight)
3. Ryan Braun, LF (Can’t knock him)
4. Prince Fielder, 1B (Same)
5. Corey Hart, RF (Insert sunglasses at night joke here)
6. Mat Gamel, DH (People who spell “Matt” or “Matthew” with only one “T” should be executed)
7. Casey McGehee (Can’t just spell it McGee like a normal McGee? Jeez.)
8. The Yuni Bomber, SS
9. Jonathan Lucroy, C (Who?)

Shaun Marcum: 2.95/3.16/3.55 E/F/x

And for the Bombers:

1. Brett Gardner, LF
2. Curtis Granderson, CF
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Robinson Cano, 2B
6. Nick Swisher, RF
7. Jorge Posada, DH
8. Russell Martin, C
9. Eduardo Nunez, SS

SP: A.J. Burnett: 4.15/4.56/3.93 E/F/x

A native and resident of the Mean Streets of Southwestern Connecticut, Matt is a narcissistic, misanthropic 20something English teacher who lives by a simple creed: Yankees Only.

About Matt Imbrogno

A native and resident of the Mean Streets of Southwestern Connecticut, Matt is a narcissistic, misanthropic 20something English teacher who lives by a simple creed: Yankees Only.

106 thoughts on “Game 78: I Believe in A.J. Burnett

  1. I figured out what A.J. stands for: Ah, just. As in

    Yankee Fan 1: Hey, who’s pitchin’?

    Yankee Fan 2: Ah, just Burnett.

  2. Jon Heyman should be executed as wewll, and it has nothing to do with the fact he left off an ‘h’

  3. At the game right now, in ridiculously good seats I scored for $46. Thank you Mastercard promotional deals and Tuesday night crowds.

  4. For some reason, I thought Granderson was going to catch that as soon as I saw him going after it. Nice DP.

  5. Marcum’s a tough draw for us. This team usually struggles with really hard tossers, and extreme soft tossers with great changes. You could really say that about most teams though.

  6. I don’t know what Gary Cederstrom is yelling when he calls a strike, but it definitely isn’t the word “strike”.

  7. Damn any other part of the park and that’s out. Went 400 feet.

    BTW-Swish gets this run in. Best situational hitter on the team.

  8. Nick Swisher and Posada this year is one of the reasons I love baseball. It’s the only game where a guy can looks like he doesn’t even know how to play for a month or two at a time, and follow it up with a month or two that would make you think you were watching an MVP. It’s a game of redemption, frustration, mental patience, and it’s no place for snap judgements.

  9. Some guy just proposed to his GF on the big screen about 10 rows from me. She said. Yes, and now they’re drinking some comp champagne.

  10. Wow, Braun really can do it all. Hit run field, and even umpire. May be the only 6 tool player in the sport.

  11. Alex has looked much better diving and take extra base hits away this year. The weight he lost in the offseason has really helped him man 3rd better.

    Good job by Nunez not to throw it. Better to get one out and eat it, than throw it away and give up two.

  12. Man, that was sick when they went to tag Jorge.

    New rule: no ham hands sitting at the fence!

  13. You have to give Burnett credit. He has done a much better job this year of not letting mistakes get to him and causing a snowball effect. In fact I’ve seen him laugh at himself a few times this year, instead of getting down on himself. He also seems to have done a better job of keeping his pitch count lower. Last year he almost always seemed to be near 100 pitches by the 5th, this year he has allowed himself to pitch to the 6th or 7th before worrying about that.

  14. There’s a reason why RIM’s stock has been cut in half over the past few months. It shouldn’t take 8 and a half minutes to post a 2 sentence comment. Horrendous internet on the blackberry.

  15. For one last comment on the Montero Martin thing. The job of a manager and GM is to put the best player at each position on the field, regardless of his bat Martin is the better catcher. You can’t just force Montero into the starting lineup because you want him to be the future catcher. We aren’t talking about a Matt Weiters type, we are talking someone who at his best will still be a below average defensive player at a position where everything other than hitting matters most. If Martin were to prove he simply can’t remain healthy starting you cross that bridge when you get there, but he shouldn’t be benched for any other reason this season.

    Depending on how this season ends, going into next year I would like to see Martin remain the starting catcher and Montero be the regular DH and backup catcher.

  16. D-Rob seems to have a little extra giddy-up lately. Lots of 94s for a guy who usually sits around 91-92

  17. “If Montero has the potential to be, say, another Posada, then yes, you develop that and it would be counterproductive to give that up for Martin. As near as anyone can measure, the difference between good and poor catchers defensively isn’t as valuable as the difference between good and poor hitters. If you’ve got any proof otherwise, I’d be happy to see it.”

    Who’s talking about giving that up for Martin? We’re talking about keeping Montero in triple A because Martin is better. in the long term of course Montero is the better answer, but don’t stop starting the better player now because of what’s better 2-4 years down the road.

    I want to see the proof that good hitting catchers with poor defense are better than good defensive catchers. Mike Napoli is one of the best power hitters in baseball, yet Mike Scioscia played Jeff Mathis over him so often they traded Napoli away. In fact once he got traded to the Rangers they still go with Teagarden and Torrealba over Napoli, and use Napoli mostly at first.

  18. Sergio Mitre is heading back to the Bronx. The Yankees have traded cash for his rights, and they DFA’d Carlyle to make room on the 40 man roster.

  19. I think that’s incorrect. I saw Jorge Posada be an awful defensive catcher and be a winner. The team ERA is lower partially because scoring is down across the league.
    I don’t think nearly as many people think he’s going to be Manny Ramirez when he first comes up. I do think the sooner he comes up, the sooner he’s going to be a valuable asset.
    BIll James (back when he was being insightful) talked about why some guys get the most out of players other teams saw as bench warmer: because they saw and used what the player could do while everybody else concentrated on what they couldn’t do.
    Yogi was horrible defensively when he arrived in 1947. Instead of keeping him in the minors, they brought him up and he had 306 PAs. He was still pretty bad in 1948, but they got him another 497. This was before the DH. His OPS+ over his first three years averaged 115-not great, but not bad. That team had Charlie Keller on the bench, but they didn’t want to waste Berra’s bat in the minors.
    I seriously doubt that having Montero catch guys like CC, Garcia, and Bartolo would be any worse than having Cerveill back there and at the plate, and if the 47 team could put Yogi in LF for 50 games instead of Keller, the Yanks could have Jesus at DH a couple times a week, too.
    There is a difference between a catcher and a guy who squats behind the plate, but there have been a whole lot of Smoky Burgess’s, Yogi’s, Blanchards, and recently Piazza and Victor Martinez who were all valuable assets despite only being guys who squatted behind home plate.