Game Thread: Yankees vs. Orioles, 8/26/2011 (7:05PM EST on YES)

“I’d like to see how smart Theo Epstein is with the Tampa Bay (Rays) payroll. 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?'” — Buck Showalter, March 2011

Well, as it turns out, the guys with the $205M payroll are competing for divisional supremacy (once again), and preparing for a postseason run (once again). Meanwhile, the Orioles continue to suck and will “enjoy” the abudance of meaningless baseball remaining this season.

Tonight’s game kicks off at 7:05 as the Yanks begin an agonizing five game set against Baltimore. As Larry noted in the preview, the matchups certainly favor the Bombers on paper, but you know how that often goes. Of course, who knows how many of these games will actually end up happening if Irene decides to bend the entire east coast over a barrel. Here’s your open thread for the evening!

Lineups (compliments of BaseballPress.com):

For the Orioles:
1. Robert Andino (R) 3B
2. J.J. Hardy (R) SS
3. Nick Markakis (L) RF
4. Vladimir Guerrero (R) DH
5. Matt Wieters (S) C
6. Mark Reynolds (R) 1B
7. Ryan Adams (R) 2B
8. Nolan Reimold (R) LF
9. Matt Angle (L) CF

For the Yankees:
1. Derek Jeter (R) SS
2. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) 3B
5. Robinson Cano (L) 2B
6. Nick Swisher (S) RF
7. Jorge Posada (S) DH
8. Russell Martin (R) C
9. Brett Gardner (L) LF

On the mound:
Two lousy pitchers.
A.J. Burnett (9-10, 4.96 ERA, 4.72 FIP, 4.03 xFIP)
vs.
Tommy Hunter (2-2, 4.95 ERA, 3.46 FIP, 4.28 xFIP)

31 thoughts on “Game Thread: Yankees vs. Orioles, 8/26/2011 (7:05PM EST on YES)

  1. how many runs does joe and aj care to give tonight..i would leave him in until he quits,, sacrifice this game

  2. irene had that double go off the wall. oh….irene got that ball also…leave him joe.. YES KAY IRENE MADE the ball WET..NOT AJ’s fault..and kay we need AJ.. we need him like having no flood insurance on the east coast..he is now praying for rain

  3. I disagree. The Yankees have historically covered their mistakes with money. Pavano, Igawa, Feliciano, etc. There’s nothing left to save, nothing trying to save with Burnett. I don’t know whether it’s Cashman’s stupidity or stubbornness, but the rest of the world seems to see dumping Burnett is the clearest illustration of addition by subtraction in years. I would either lobotomize or release him. They have a half dozen better options.

  4. Joe usually lets AJ put the team in a 7-run hole. He thinks it’s a slow-pitch softball game and you come back from 7-run holes routinely.

  5. where is his wIfe when we need her,, maybe another black eye could get him on the DL

  6. Girardi, an idiot, put up the white flag with the Yanks down 7-1 through five before Burnett served up the two runs which should seal his departure from the rotation and postseason roster.

    I guess Girardi doesn’t think his team who just scored 22 runs off a better team could come back from a 7-1 deficit against a bad team.

  7. Drat! Joe should have let AJ go the distance, serve as his own mop-up man, and saved the bullpen for the rest of the series.

  8. Prefer to see Cash cash out after the season and move on. They haven’t won a whole lot of World Series since he’s been GM.

    Joe G. needs to go too. He’s a poor manager. Who else would bat Cano behind Tex? That’s like batting Graig Nettles ahead of Tony Gwynn or Rod Carew.

    The team is winning in spite of Joe and Cash.

    Now you’ve got CC and Nova as the two most reliable starters, Colon completely out of gas, AJ on suicide watch, Garcia working on his cooking show and cutting his pitching hand, and Hughes inconsistent.

    I’d be inclined to sit AJ’s rear down for 2 weeks, just take anyone from the pen not named Rivera, Robertson or Soriano — or call up someone from the minors — and give him a couple starts. It could not be worse than Burnett’s kamikaze starts.

    We are not going to win the division.

  9. I just awoke from a nightglare (opposite of nightmare), and in it AJ had called a press conference to announce his retirement, surrendering the remainder of his contract. He was going back to Arkansas to raise hogs.

    How I wish he would so help the team out of this mess!

  10. The only positives tonight are Boston will lose possibly worse than the Yanks (Yanks lost 12-5, Boston is losing 12-4 in the eighth, thanks As haha) and Burnett could be out of the rotation.

    No ground lost on Boston. Just turn the page.

  11. Weird you opened the game thread entry with a quote from Buck Showalter. I must say I liked the quote because for once someone brought up Boston’s payroll. It’s always all about the Yankees payroll.

    Boston are frauds and have been since they got Pedro Martinez

    They stripped a poor Montreal of Pedro Martinez, a poor Arizona of Curt Schilling, and a poor Florida of Josh Beckett.

    All they do is strip poor teams of their aces.

    The Yanks?

    Signed Key.

    Traded Key for Wells.

    Traded Janzen et.al. for Cone.

    Traded Wells, Bush, and another guy who’s name escapes me for Clemens.

    Signed El Duque, Irabu, Rogers, Contreras, and Mussina.

    Signed Gooden off the scrap heap.

    Traded for Randy Johnson and Kevin Brown.

    Re-signed Wells.

    Reacquired El Duque.

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