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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

MLB.com: With plenty of help, Burnett forces Game 5

A.J. Burnett and the Yankees staved off elimination with a 10-1 victory over the Tigers in Game 4 on Tuesday at Comerica Park.

Originally slated to be in New York’s bullpen during this series, Burnett rose to the occasion, delivering 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball to prolong the Yankees’ season for at least another two days.

Two terrific catches by center fielder Curtis Granderson aided the effort, as the former Tigers star patrolled his old stomping grounds with aplomb.

NTNgod Posted: October 05, 2011 at 03:56 AM | 29 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Gotham Dave Posted: October 05, 2011 at 03:58 AM (#3951990)
It would be just like the 2011 Yankees to massively outscore the Tigers over five games but still lose the series, wouldn't it?
   2. The District Attorney Posted: October 05, 2011 at 04:07 AM (#3952006)
Or the 1960 Yankees.
   3. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: October 05, 2011 at 04:07 AM (#3952008)
Stamping grounds.
   4. Astro Logical Sign Stealer Posted: October 05, 2011 at 04:20 AM (#3952013)
Just noticed the Rays outscored the Rangers in their series.
   5. He who brought the butter dish to Balshazar (CoB) Posted: October 05, 2011 at 04:32 AM (#3952022)
[4] Cano PlaTe Like Home?

Anyways, Yankees win?

Check.

A-Rod with at least 2 hits?

Check.

Burnett with at least 6 innings and less than 3 runs?

Damn, missed it by that much ...

Nova versus Fister on Thursday, should be a great finale.
   6. Howie Menckel Posted: October 05, 2011 at 04:36 AM (#3952023)
Don Kelly, swinging at a 1-0 pitch off a dangling-off-the-cliff Burnett in the first inning tonight, could be series MVP for the Yankees if he makes an error or a key out in Game 5.

The Tigers should have had a sniper on the rooftop to take out the shoulder of any Tiger batter who tried to move his bat forward and pass up the series of unintentional walks that were forthcoming at that point...
   7. Dr. Vaux Posted: October 05, 2011 at 06:36 AM (#3952048)
What can you say? Can't muster any offense against A.J. Burnett = don't deserve to win the series.
   8. Gotham Dave Posted: October 05, 2011 at 12:24 PM (#3952095)
Has there ever been a pitching matchup that sounded more like a round of a fighting game than Nova vs. Fister?
   9. Rusty Priske Posted: October 05, 2011 at 12:32 PM (#3952099)
Fister vs Nova seems like a mismatch... but the hitters may have something to say about it.
   10. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: October 05, 2011 at 01:38 PM (#3952130)
Don Kelly, swinging at a 1-0 pitch off a dangling-off-the-cliff Burnett in the first inning tonight
He ripped that ball on a line, about as hard as Don Kelly can hit a ball. Nearly cleared the bases as it was, and if it hadn't been directly at a fielder, it would have. I can't fault Kelly there at all.
   11. booond Posted: October 05, 2011 at 01:44 PM (#3952136)
Fister vs Nova seems like a mismatch... but the hitters may have something to say about it.


Fister's lack of skills are ripe for another beatdown.
   12. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 05, 2011 at 01:48 PM (#3952140)
Ken Rosenthal's smug tweets on Granderson's defense are annoying. He made a couple really good catches. I guess that makes up for all the balls he doesn't get to/drops.


The Tigers should have had a sniper on the rooftop to take out the shoulder of any Tiger batter who tried to move his bat forward and pass up the series of unintentional walks that were forthcoming at that point...


And curiously, Delmon Young seemed like one of the more patient Tigers hitters. What an inexplicable approach to hitting by the rest of the lineup.
   13. zack Posted: October 05, 2011 at 02:11 PM (#3952162)
Did anyone else see Jeter talking to Austin Jackson after the latter took 3rd on the groundout in the first? It looked like he was pissed and chastizing Jackson, but what the hell for?
   14. Mark Donelson Posted: October 05, 2011 at 03:03 PM (#3952229)
I guess that makes up for all the balls he doesn't get to/drops.

No, Brett Gardner does that.
   15. rconn23 Posted: October 05, 2011 at 03:06 PM (#3952233)
Playing next to the best defensive left fielder in baseball can hurt your metrics.
   16. spike Posted: October 05, 2011 at 03:07 PM (#3952234)
Brett Gardner does that

No kidding. On the second dive (which was a fine effort and catch) it really looked like Gardner would have been able to make the play without even leaving his feet.
   17. ahaldar Posted: October 05, 2011 at 04:47 PM (#3952364)
On the first dive, Granderson took a step in before going back. No mention of that. Granted its not easy judging a liner at you right off the bat, but his instincts were wrong on that play, and made it harder than it was.
   18. Mike Emeigh Posted: October 05, 2011 at 04:52 PM (#3952367)
Two terrific catches by center fielder Curtis Granderson


Make that one terrific catch, and one nice recovery to make what should have been a fairly routine play look like a terrific catch, as #17 suggests.

I was listening to the Tigers' announcers while muting the sound on the TV, and they were saying that Granderson did that a lot while in Detroit - he does seem to take that first step in quite a bit.

-- MWE
   19. The Original SJ Posted: October 05, 2011 at 04:58 PM (#3952374)
some people will just hate on everything.

None the less, I would like to say that Girardi managed a fine game yesterday. Having the bullpen fired up and ready to pull AJ (with short relievers! I assume Hughes would have started the second) was really encouraging. And he pulled AJ at the right time, and didn't wait to long, like last year. Or two nights ago.

It pains me to say it, but good job Girardi.
   20. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 05, 2011 at 05:02 PM (#3952383)
Burnett rose to the occasion, delivering 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball to prolong the Yankees’ season for at least another two days.


Does that move AJ ahead of Garcia for a Game 3 start if the Yanks make it to the ALCS? Something for Rothschild & Girardi to think about.
   21. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: October 05, 2011 at 05:10 PM (#3952395)
I assume the Yankees are planning to pitch CC 1-4-7, right? In that case, the difference between pitching game 3 and pitching game 5 is pretty marginal.
   22. ahaldar Posted: October 05, 2011 at 05:22 PM (#3952412)
some people will just hate on everything.


Not hating on Granderson at all, I'm a huge fan. The comment was directed more at the media; I was honestly wondering why there was no mention of the initial misstep. I thought it was quite noticeable, and they showed the replay a zillion times.

I suppose I could have taken a gentler approach:

Granderson's misread the ball off the bat, but his stupdendous athleticism and phenomenal speed allowed him to make the play anyway.

Better?
   23. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 05, 2011 at 05:27 PM (#3952421)
Fister vs Nova seems like a mismatch


i]Fister's lack of skills are ripe for another beatdown.

Wait, is this the Doug Fister with a 1.79 ERA in the AL this year? Is this the Doug Fister who basically got beaten in his last start by bad defense and two seeing eye ground balls through the infield? Or is this John Lackey in disguise?
   24. 'zop sympathizes with the wrong ####### people Posted: October 05, 2011 at 05:29 PM (#3952424)
Wait, is this the Doug Fister with a 1.79 ERA in the AL this year? Is this the Doug Fister who basically got beaten in his last start by bad defense and two seeing eye ground balls through the infield? Or is this John Lackey in disguise?


Fister is a scrub who racked up good stats beating up on shitty AL Central competition. His ERA is like a gold medal in the Special Olympics. He's gonna get rolled.
   25. JJ1986 Posted: October 05, 2011 at 05:36 PM (#3952432)
Why did the Mariners dump Fister? He has about 2.5 years of service time and they aren't exactly overflowing with good pitchers.
   26. Asian Sorority Sleepover Party TVerik Posted: October 05, 2011 at 05:37 PM (#3952437)
Wait, is this the Doug Fister with a 1.79 ERA in the AL this year?


Have the Mariners been relegated?
   27. Srul Itza Posted: October 05, 2011 at 06:08 PM (#3952471)
On the first dive, Granderson took a step in before going back. No mention of that.

Maybe not in the press, but I heard it mentioned on the broadcast.
   28. The Original SJ Posted: October 05, 2011 at 06:12 PM (#3952477)
I assume the Yankees are planning to pitch CC 1-4-7, right? In that case, the difference between pitching game 3 and pitching game 5 is pretty marginal.

Yeah, thats probably the plan, if they get there.
   29. chemdoc Posted: October 05, 2011 at 06:41 PM (#3952514)
Why did the Mariners dump Fister? He has about 2.5 years of service time and they aren't exactly overflowing with good pitchers.


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