Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Game 94: Don't Look Back

For the first time since June 9th, the Yankees begin a game with sole possession of first place in the AL East, and once again they have the best record in the AL to boot. The last time, the lead was short-lived as they lost to Josh Beckett and the Sox 7-0 that night and were 5 games back within two weeks.

That night at Fenway, A.J. Burnett lasted only 2 2/3 innings and was tagged for 5 ER before taking his frustrations out on the water cooler on the way back to the dugout. Since then, he's made 6 starts and held the Yanks' opponents to a 2.04 ERA over 39 2/3 innings, striking out 36 and picking up 4 wins. His last start was the least impressive of the bunch, allowing three runs over 6 innings and walking 5 to just one strikeout. He took a no-decision but the Yanks went on to win anyway.

Today as the Yanks go for their second consecutive home sweep, they hope to enjoy a much longer reign at the top and leave Boston behind.

Burnett faces Jason Berken who has had limited essentially no success (one quality start (which he lost)) in Baltimore's rotation since being called up in late May. The White Sox just hit him up for 6 runs in 4 1/3 IP coming out of the All-Star Break. Berken is sitting on a portly 6.44 ERA, a bloated WHIP of 1.649 an unsightly 1-7 record (with that win coming in his first outing of the season). In 10 starts he's pitched only 50 1/3 innings and has walked 19 while striking out only 29.

Between him and Rich Hill, the Yanks have been set up to feast on the weakest part of Baltimore's awful rotation. However, he's never faced the Yankees so there's probably still going to be some hand-wringing if he puts together a few scoreless innings to start the game.

Matt will be happy to hear that Brett Gardner will be back in CF for the second time since the All-Star Break, replacing the fading Melky Cabrera. Jorge Posada will (interestingly) be catching a day game after a night game while A-Rod returns to third base. Behind Alex in the lineup will be Hideki Matsui at DH and everything else is as you would expect.

No live chat today, but feel free to stop by the comment section as I'm sure a couple of Fackers will be loitering around.

It's a new horizon and I'm awakin' now,
Oh I see myself in a brand new way,
The sun is shinin',
The clouds are breakin',
Cause I can't lose now, there's no game to play.


  1. Man, Berken really didnt waste any time before ensuring that this would be yet another shitty start for him... Well done, sir.

  2. Much appreciated by me. Kinda shat on him in the preview.

  3. Nice catch there, Swish... Can anyone in the outfield actually look a ball into the glove?

  4. And another guest in the booth... the Rutgers coach! Only 45 seconds of awkward silence so far!

  5. How on earth do you NOT run on Johnny Damon? Brian Roberts, you are a giant vagina.

  6. @Jay I heard they have the Amry coach coming back for the next inning! Hahaha

  7. Tony - That's not funny.

    Great catch by Swisher, but he definitley made it look harder than it was.

  8. Hip Hip...

  9. Holy shit... they Army Athletic Director is in there now... not joking.

    /hits mute

    This is fucking ridiculous