Game 158-AJ’s last stand

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With just 4 more games to play after Game 1 of today’s doubleheader, Yankee fans can take solace in this being Allan James Burnett’s last start of the season, and hopefully the last start he will make in pinstripes. He can’t pitch again in the regular season this year, pitching in Wednesday’s final game in Tampa would mean he’d be going on 2 days rest. CC’s done for the year as well, so that final Tampa game of the season on Wednesday (Undecided vs Price) will probably feature a tag team of call ups going 3 innings a piece. You won’t use Noesi, since starting him would mean he wouldn’t be available for the first few games of the ALDS.

As to AJ’s future, who knows. I’d be shocked if he got a postseason start, even if there was an injury. He’s been among the worst starters in franchise history over the past two seasons, and you can only stick with a failed experiment for so long.… Click here to read the rest

Game 158-AJ's last stand

Courtesy of bomberbanter.com

With just 4 more games to play after Game 1 of today’s doubleheader, Yankee fans can take solace in this being Allan James Burnett’s last start of the season, and hopefully the last start he will make in pinstripes. He can’t pitch again in the regular season this year, pitching in Wednesday’s final game in Tampa would mean he’d be going on 2 days rest. CC’s done for the year as well, so that final Tampa game of the season on Wednesday (Undecided vs Price) will probably feature a tag team of call ups going 3 innings a piece. You won’t use Noesi, since starting him would mean he wouldn’t be available for the first few games of the ALDS.

As to AJ’s future, who knows. I’d be shocked if he got a postseason start, even if there was an injury. He’s been among the worst starters in franchise history over the past two seasons, and you can only stick with a failed experiment for so long.… Click here to read the rest

When worlds collide: SABR meets Hollywood


Last night, my fiancée and I went and saw Moneyball.  As we entered the theater, the first thing I noticed was that place was completely packed — even the neck-breaker section waaaaay down in the front (fortunately we were able to grab some decent seats!).  This was surprising to me as I figured the movie would appeal to certain niche audiences — that is to say, primarily sport fans, with a smaller subset of saber-enthusiasts.  Instead I saw representation from just about nearly every age and gender, all  sitting eagerly for the movie to commence.  Personally, I was really excited about seeing a movie that touched on a subject matter of great interest to me while my fiancée was excited to see Brad Pitt (a matter of great interest to her).

Spoiler Alert! —  I do talk about some of the scenes in the movie throughout the remainder of this post.  If you’re merely looking for an endorsement as to whether or not you should see the movie, then know that I definitely recommend checking it out.Click here to read the rest

Just say no to AJ for ALDS roster

Thanks for the memories, AJ

Let me make something clear from the outset. I’m not suggesting this as punishment for putting up two of the worst seasons in franchise history, though that clearly has impacted why he won’t get the nod for a Game 3 start in the 2011 ALDS. But with that being the case, it begs a question. Why have him on the roster at all?

Let’s recap his 2011 season. AJ Burnett sports the 4th worst ERA in all of baseball among starters who’ve thrown at least 150 innings, and if you change that number to 180 innings he’s dead last. After the annual reports of mechanical changes and declarations by AJ of having turned a corner, he’s been the same old inconsistent AJ over the past month. After getting bombed for most of August, he put up a good outing facing the Red Sox with his revamped mechanics on September 1st, then ditched his new mechanics within 2 starts and got bombed last week by a Twins team that was fielding a AAA lineup.… Click here to read the rest

Game 157: Red Sox 1, Yankees 9

The Yankees kept it going in the third.  With two outs, Swisher and Jones hit back-to-back singles.  Montero followed with a double to center, scoring two more runs as the Yankees took an 8-0 lead and chased Lester from the game.

Garcia kept the Red Sox scoreless through six innings and Montero added a solo homer to give the Yankees a 9-0 lead heading into the late innings.  Raul Valdes replaced Garcia in the seventh and gave up a leadoff single to Conor Jackson.  He got the next two outs, but a double by Carl Crawford put Boston on the board.  It was the only offense they could manage, however, as the Yankees coasted to an easy 9-1 win over their AL East rivals.

Bronx Cheers:
Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira: Grandy and Teix both went 0-4.  Grandy had two strikeouts and Teix had one.

Alex Rodriguez: A-Rod also went 0-4 with a strikeout, but he gets singled out because of his rough day in the field.  … Click here to read the rest

Postseason Roster Conundrums: Who’s in the Rangers rotation?

Texas manager, Ron Washington, then has another tough choice to make:

As you can see, Matt Harrison has easily been the third-best pitcher in the Rangers rotation in recent weeks and has solid overall numbers, but he is also, inconveniently for Texas, a lefty.  Moreover, his propensity for occasional wildness, combined with his low strikeout rate, make matchups against patient lineups particularly difficult.  He walked five Yankees in six innings in a loss back in May.  His other bad outings have come against Boston, Oakland, Tampa Bay, and Toronto.  Those happen to be the top five teams in the AL in BB% and four of the top five in Pitches Per Plate Appearance.

Colby Lewis and Alexi Ogando are both righties.  They are also among the heroes of last season’s AL Pennant-winning run.  That could be enough to sway Washington’s opinion, but Lewis, especially, has been erratic.  Following a dominant run in May (2.04 ERA over 7 starts) he looked on tract to duplicate his breakout 2010 season, but it’s been a roller-coaster ever since.  … Click here to read the rest

Game 157-Yanks vs Red Sox

I don’t know about you, but after last night’s Rays loss I’ve all but given up on them. The Sox keep losing, but the Rays just can’t generate enough offense to give that stellar rotation of theirs a chance to win. I was rooting for the Sox to have as much difficulty as possible to make it to October, but it appears I won’t get my wish. A play-in game would have been especially sweet, especially since the Rays seem to have had the Red Sox number in recent years. Yanks face off against the reeling Red Sox who are 5-16 for the month of September. Yanks are 0-6 facing the Sox this year at Yankee Stadium, so a reversion to the mean is in order. Freddy Garcia faces Jon Lester, who’s lost back to back starts and given up 8 Runs in just 11 IP.  Freddy Garcia hasn’t been much better of late, he’s won just 1 of his last 5 starts, and completed six innings just once in that time frame.… Click here to read the rest