Yanks Gamers/Postmortems

James Gang: Yanks-Rays Gamer

I think there’s trouble brewin’. Beast action: James Shields hasn’t had fared well against the Bombers, who have a 139 TOPS against the right-hander. He squares off at the Trop against the Yankees who send Allan James Burnett. A.J. has done quite well against the Rays over his career and has struck out more Devil Fish than any other opponent.

Lineups follow, comment away.

NY Yankees
D. Jeter ss .321
J. Damon lf .279
M. Teixeira 1b .281
A. Rodriguez 3b .248
H. Matsui dh .252
J. Posada c .287
R. Cano 2b .309
N. Swisher rf .235
M. Cabrera cf .287
A.J. Burnett 3.74
Tampa Bay
B.J. Upton cf .242
C. Crawford lf .308
E. Longoria 3b .279
B. Zobrist 2b .302
C. Pena 1b .219
P. Burrell dh .225
G. Gross rf .270
M. Hernandez c .239
J. Bartlett ss .337
J. Shields 3.70

109 replies on “James Gang: Yanks-Rays Gamer”

Yankees apparently going after Bronson Arroyo. I’d be really upset if he goes to New York.

Yankees apparently going after Bronson Arroyo. I’d be really upset if he goes to New York.
That would be weird. Would Arroyo do his rendition of Dirty Water for the Yanks now?

Mmmm, 74 pitches through 4 innings. Exactly what I want from my #2 starter in the post-season. At that rate they better have Hughes, Joba, and Aceves in the bullpen.
Then Brandon Arroyo can start a playoff game!!!

ARod took a close 0-2 pitch. I thought it was low, but it looked good over the plate for a strike out. Here’s Matsui, who has been relatively hot lately.

That almost went for a double, but only a good leap by Gross saved a run or two. Here’s Posada with two outs.

Isn’t Burnett a two-pitch pitcher? What else does he throw? And then, he sits at 92 – 93 and his curve comes in at 80.
I see no reason Hughes couldn’t succeed similarly. And he at least seems to have a head on top of his body.

Yanks 3-4 hitter fail to capitalize the opportunity to blow out the Rays. Still, it’s 5-0.

Instead of inciting me, krueg, can you at least come up with a Flusher-worthy name for Burnett?

I didn’t expect AJ to go 7. Good job by him.
If the Yankees win this game, they will improve to 14-6 when AJ takes the hill, only one off of Beckett’s impressive record.

I hate his approach. Even if he does this for another four years, I still have trouble “appreciating” his “approach”.
Dickhole. Perfect nickname. Thanks!

Krueg you need to take a deep breath pal…holy cow you are fired up from first pitch to the last. We do agree on one thing though, well two counting our love of the Yanks, but Albaladejo is useless. I know he usually is only called up to be that extra pitcher, but he is not a ML pitcher, he can’t get ML hitters out consistently.
Looks like Bronson Arroyo rumor is not true Pete Abe reports. Would have been interesting to see how he and Alex would have gotten along though!

It’s tricky, and even as I hate losing these games, you got to get Mo some rest. Though I guess this game is almost (other than the Sox) as big as they come, so maybe I’m being stupid.
But when you’re up 6..

Washburn, Snell…I don’t want Garland. He’s a contact guy and the Yankees don’t need or want a guy like that in their home park and with the defensive issues. Garland has 55 K’s in 122 innings. I’d rather Doug Davis than Garland.
As long as they don’t have to give up BOTH Melky and Gardner, as was reported, than I am fine with getting Washburn.

Why do you call him Flusher? Just curious.
Now’s the time they can try Melancon.

Yeah, but now you can’t trade Melky with Gardner on the shelf. Maybe they take a hurt Gardner. Would you guys give up Jackson for two or three months of Washburn?
I wouldn’t. Not when Hughes is gathering dust.

Is that you being superstitious or do you really feel he’s “Crap?”
I’d take Washburn in a heartbeat. Garland is pitching to a 4.41 ERA in the NL West, you have to pass.

Rumor is that Seattle really likes Gardner, hurt or otherwise. So it would have to be Gardner plus. There’s zero reason to include AJax in that trade and if they asked I’d pass. He’s not going to be the superstar Montero will be, but he could still be a very good ML’r.

Take Washburn for who, John? I’m not convinced Jackson will be much better than Gardner or Melky, but why take a chance when they don’t need a decent 5th to make the playoffs. The problem is the #4 in the post-season. And if they’d just suck it up, Hughes is clearly that guy.
Trade Nova and Kroenke for Downs.

Gardner though is really valuable, John. He’s been worth, according to fangraphs, $9 million in only 200 ABs this year. His defense is that good. And his offense, especially with an 80% rate on 20 steals, is well-above average.

I agree on AJax, people (scouts, BaseballHQ, Project Prospect, BA, etc…) have really come back with mixed results on him. HQ calls him an 8A, which means solid everyday player. Even with that said I still wouldn’t move him for Washburn.
Honestly, I’d make a move for the pitcher who would cost the least. Whether it’s Snell, Downs, Arroyo, Davis, etc…the only guy I really would be happy with is Garland. I struggle with guys who’s k/9 so low AND have such an extreme CT rate.

Honestly, I trade Melky before I trade Gardner. And I sponsor his BR page!
Still, if they keep all the outfielders plus Jackson for 2010, they just need to get a LF/DH like Bay or Dunn. Add in Montero and that’s a sick lineup and very good bench.

Oh it would be tough, trust me Rob. I love BG as much as the next guy. He brings two things this team lacks, speed and defense in the OF. BUT, I think the plan is to have AJax in CF next season, so he becomes somewhat expendable. Given my druthers I would rather trade Melky, but who knows.

This is so great. Way to start the road trip by ass-pounding the Rays in St. Pete!!!!! CC goes tomorrow!!!

I think they have to hope that Jackson develops some power and so can play a corner. Right now, he’s no better than Gardner or Melky.
The only reason I want Downs is so Hughes can be a starter.

On that note, good night fellas. Another big win for the Yankees. Impressive run here, try and enjoy it.

You guys are really hitting on all cylinders right now. It’s discouraging to watch the Sox win, and look over and see that the Yanks’ lead has grown to 11-4 in the 8th. Your team is fearsome when everything clicks.

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