Playing In Tune: Yanks-Jays Gamer XIV

So far in a series that has witnessed its fair share of odd twists, including hit Yankees that result in no warnings (let alone ejections) despite video screens encouraging a plunking, screeching umpires heading up crews that are watching something other than the game at hand, and an offense that can muster only four hits in support of a once-studly pitcher now fighting for his place in the rotation (and pitching quite well while doing so), the Bombers have managed to win both contests. Tonight at Rogers Centre, the boys in stripes look for their second consecutive series sweep and eighth win in a row before rolling into Fenway.

A.J. Burnett has been solid since his return to action for the Blue Jays, and in his one appearance against the Yankees this year, he held the Bombers to four hits and no runs in seven full. He’s on the mound against Ian Kennedy, who has allowed five runs in his 12 innings.

Detroit, Cleveland, and Boston are idle. The New York Yankees may find themselves distanced four and one-half games from the AL Beast leader as well as their closest WC contender after tonight’s action. Let’s hope we get some help from the Orioles and Tampa, who are hosting the Halos and the Mariners, respectively. The Yankees are leading the Jays 8-5 in the season series. Lineups follow, comment away.

NY Yankees
J. Damon lf .260
D. Jeter ss .315
B. Abreu rf .287
A. Rodriguez 3b .317
H. Matsui dh .290
R. Cano 2b .301
M. Cabrera cf .290
W. Betemit 1b .226
J. Molina c .246
I. Kennedy rhp 2.25
 
Toronto
R. Johnson lf .238
R. Adams 3b .318
A. Rios cf .303
F. Thomas dh .265
M. Stairs rf .310
A. Hill 2b .273
L. Overbay 1b .243
G. Zaun c .241
J. McDonald ss .248
A.J. Burnett rhp 3.56
22 comments… add one
  • Daniel Cabrera was just suspended for a week for throwing at Pedroia last week.
    Also, has anyone seen the new MLB.com game chat rooms? I haven’t tried them yet but noticed that they have recently appeared.

    Atheose September 13, 2007, 7:03 pm
  • Jorge and Giambi out – a lot of pop gone. Curious to see if last night broke Matsui out of his slump and of course see if Kennedy continues solidly.
    If the higher-ups on this site might consider a brief profiling of Posada’s year at some point it really is worth more attention than it gets. It is awe-inspiring for a catcher period and unprecedented for one of his age. And the virtually equal (and very very high) BA from both sides of the plate is impressive.
    But he is not playing tonight and this is not my site so…let’s go Yanks – don’t look past this game to Boston please!!

    IronHorse (yf) September 13, 2007, 7:10 pm
  • IronHorse: that’s a great suggestion. Also, regarding your suggestion, it is “your site” in the sense that comments and insights made by readers are what makes the wheels turn here, as much as whatever momentum the authors provide. Thanks a ton!

    attackgerbil September 13, 2007, 7:21 pm
  • Not to troll, but Carl Yastrzemski in 1977 (when he had played 3 more years than Posada) hit .296, had 28 HR, 102 RBI’s and only 40 K’s–by comparison Posada already has 93 strikeouts this season.
    But you’re right, Posada is having an amazing year. Considering his best season batting average is .287 in 2000, it’s an incredible turn-around. Usually as they get older players get, you know, worse.

    Atheose September 13, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • By the way, I was hoping to see Posada play tonight. Him taking tonight off means the Sox will have to pitch to him for 3 straight days.

    Atheose September 13, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • Burnett’s control is awful today, but really getting helped out by Jeter’s first pitch out, and Cano’s first pitch double play.
    Molina just doubled, but before that, it was only 32 pitches through 2.2. The Yanks got to do better than that against a guy with a history of arm problems..

    Lar September 13, 2007, 7:44 pm
  • To be fair though, Jeter and Cano’s pitches were both somewhere down the middle fastballs at 98 mph or so.
    Speaking of which, Damon just hit it hard, but right at someone. Bah.

    Lar September 13, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • This is quite the pitcher’s duel. Lots of strikeouts, only 2 total hits so far.

    Atheose September 13, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • aagh it’s still 1-1!!

    doug YF September 13, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • i can’t take this… burnett has got to be done @ 120 pitches. let’s hope the yanks can touch up the toronto bullpen before the jays eke out a run.

    nyara September 13, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • A gem of an outing by the ex-Trojan. Nice pitching.

    bloodyank78 September 13, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • Regarding this statement: “Let’s hope we get some help from the Orioles and Tampa, who are hosting the Halos and the Mariners, respectively. ”
    Why are you still thinking about the Mariners at all? I can’t imagine them as any real threat to the Yankees anymore.

    Ron Newman September 13, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • Toronto walks-off with a 2-1 win. Just sayin’.
    (Why so few comments tonight?)

    Hudson September 13, 2007, 9:48 pm
  • britton? really torre? britton?
    what a waste.

    nyara September 13, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • > I can’t imagine them as any real threat to the Yankees anymore.
    Yes, it may very well be academic, but then you probably aren’t imagining that NY can contend for the east, either.

    attackgerbil September 14, 2007, 12:53 am
  • See.,.., theres a difference there gerbil (home from work). The Mariners are not a good team. Or not good enough. They have way too many holes. Their starting pitchy is iffy at best, a corpse at worst. Their offense, while featuring the always hate-insipring (I dont get why) Ichiro Suzuki, has nowhere near the firepower to over come that issue.
    Thsi is in sharp contrast to the Yanks who have better starting pitchign than the Ms and the best offense in baseball.
    Thus, 5.5 back for the Ms is HUGLEY tougher to overcome than 5.5 back for the Yanks.
    Plus the Ms dont play the Yanks anymore… the Yanks DO play the Sox.
    So yes, I think the MS are out of the Wild Card but the Yankees CAN contend in the East.

    Dionysus September 14, 2007, 1:54 am
  • Perhaps, Dio. Now the Yankees are 5.5 behind Boston, 5.5 in front of Seattle, and 3.5 in front of Detroit. My point was that with a little help from TB (which they didn’t get) the Yankees have a little less to worry about should they tank in Boston. On the flip, Detroit plays the Twinks while the Yanks play in Fenway and Seattle battles the Fish. Why dismiss the Tigers/M’s? There are still 16 or 17 games left.

    attackgerbil September 14, 2007, 2:24 am
  • I’d have no problems as a Yankee fan dismissing the M’s. The Tigers, though… They’re actually a good team, and a stumble (please, God) in Boston could make it a 1.5-game (or less) race. We can always hope, right?

    Paul SF September 14, 2007, 2:38 am
  • Tonight was obviously a tough loss. I’m more disappointed than upset. Ian Kennedy’s stellar outing makes it a lot easier to stomach.
    Man, our starting rotation is going to absolutely own next year.

    doug YF September 14, 2007, 3:17 am
  • > I’d have no problems as a Yankee fan dismissing the M’s. The Tigers, though
    I see your point, Paul, BUT… the Yankees are .500 against the M’s and the Tigers. Now, it’s not likely, actually bordering impossible, that the Yankees will face either team in the playoffs, but neither team is so far away in the W/L column that I can dismiss either out of hand. Either team is two strong series away from contending, should there come a protracted losing streak by the Bombers (gosh I hope not).

    attackgerbil September 14, 2007, 4:26 am
  • i know how this is going to sound, but bear with me: some of the significance of this series is gone, for me anyway, for a couple of reasons:
    first the deficit: the baseball gods were obviously rooting for the sox against tampa bay with not 1, but 2 dramatic comeback wins…if that doesn’t happen, we’re looking at a 3 game deficit before last night…last night’s tough loss by the yanks, another dramatic event benefiting [albeit indirectly] the sox, or we have a 2.5 game deficit heading into this weekend…so, the deficit has a direct relationship on the amount of excitement i’ll generate for this sox series [ignoring the pride factor]…
    second is the wild card: what’s at stake for me is securing the wild card with some wins, and in that sense i’d be more excited about playing detroit…but, a win is a win, and another one closer to getting in the post-season regardless of who it’s against…if you take away the pride factor, a loss against the sox tonight won’t hurt any more than the loss last night…

    dc September 14, 2007, 8:10 am
  • Had to drop off the thread for the game yesterday but watched on dvr when I got home. Was about as upbeat as I can be after a Yank loss. Stellar – I mean stellar – Kennedy. Plus Vizcaino showed no signs of his shoulder problems. Everyone played well. Would have liked to see just one more clutch hit, but they’re playing great and I love the young pitching.
    On the earlier comment re: Posada, I am confused Atheose. My comment said the year Posada is having is unprecedented for a catcher his age (no catcher older than 35 has ever batted above .330 with over 20 HR not to mention guiding/managing a record number of first-time-pitching-winners not to mention batting over .330 from both sides of the plate). You countered with Yaz ’77, who was not a catcher.
    AG: thanks for your response…I hope this means we can look forward to the posting of a positively posada paean…post-haste! :o)

    IronHorse (yf) September 14, 2007, 10:08 am

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