I Tried To Help The Yankees, I Really Did.

Last night I posted that A.J. would throw a no-hitter. I was trying to be positive. I failed. Instead of a no-hitter, he threw a no-outer, as in he couldn’t last more than the blink of an eye before giving up nine runs. I didn’t see the game. I was enjoying myself at a friend’s house, having dinner and talking about things other than baseball. It was about halfway into the grilled lamb and roasted potatoes that I got up to check my phone and saw the score. I’m lucky I kept my food down.
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What is there to say about the state of the Yankees’ starting rotation? It’s a mess. I don’t want to think about it, so I’m going to bed hoping I don’t have nightmares about Cashman going in search of Sidney Ponson, Chase Wright and other rejects.
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20 Comments

I dont know Jane, but we did good against the sox after the worst case scenarios. ;)
Joe all but said Javy is coming back from the pen and aj is going to the pen. How about a 16.5 MM long reliever? ouch. AJ NEEDS to figure this out.
What else can I say?
Christiaan

Whatever happened to good A.J.? We only seem to be getting the bad version lately.

You’re right, Christiaan. I should have stuck with the worst case scenarios. So Joe intimated that AJ was going to the pen? Wow. Money aside, how does that even help us? So he’ll screw up from the pen. And Javy will still suck as a starter. WE NEED HELP!

Len, I thought the good AJ would stick around after Dave Eiland came back. But we must have overestimated Eiland’s influence because nothing’s changed. Ugh.

Joe said he would evaluate the situation on Monday, and said ” take it the way you want to take it”. Burnett said that”enough is enough” and that he leaves the pen the same way every 5 days. According to lohud, Girardi agreed and “strongly hinted” skipping Burnett.
Prince of NY had an interesting article about Joe and the Cubs too.

I think the Yankees should ask the White Sox to pay AJ’s salary for yesterday because he did a great job of pitching batting practice to them.

Let’s hope that got the ugly out of the Yankee’s system. I think they all were trying too hard to compensate for AJ. What can you say but it was ugly, ugly, ugly. Little Miss Sunshine can’t even think of a good thing to say.

On a side note, it was really good to see Omar Vizquez still playing at 42 years old. He looks great and even stole a base! I always felt bad for him because playing in the era of Jeter, Garciaparra, and ARod he got overlooked.

Melissa

He’s been pitching batting practice to a lot of teams, Melissa. Maybe there should be “AJ sharing” instead of revenue sharing. Ugly is right. I guess the only bright spot was Mitre. But does Joe give him a start? I don’t see that happening.

Back in the old old days of beisbol, when the BOSTON Braves were contending in the NL, they squeezed out a pennant with only two quality starters — Warren Spahn and Johnny Sain (who became a Yankee pitching coach later, I do believe). The Phrase Of The Day was “Spahn and Sain, and pray for rain.”
So, on that note, whadda we do? “CC and Hughes, pray for…’Don’t Lose?'” CC and Phil, pray for…a thrill? A pill? A will? OR is it: CC and ‘Pen, pray until then…”?? Don’t know what to think…or do…just keep da faith…
Today is my last day at De Ole Folks. Took Mom out to Olive Garden last nite with my cuz’n’wife (he loooves the bottomless pasta bowl)…then we created a fun family video to lampoon Bro-In-Law for his birthday…our own take on “When I’m 64″…if I ever get computer-literate enuf, maybe I’ll post it someday…anything to keep my mind off of “CC and Staff, Pray for…Half?”

I read that “take it anyway you want to take it” line, yankeesfan27. But putting AJ in the pen doesn’t solve problems, as far as I’m concerned. It creates them. It’ll kill the guy’s confidence, for one thing. And it’ll force us to use Vazquez or Mitre in his place in the rotation. Neither option thrills me.

Hope your visit with your mother was a good one, Dave. Enjoy your last day there. The Olive Garden, huh? Haven’t been to one of those in a long time. Their TV commercials don’t make the food look too appetizing but if there’s a “bottomless pasta bowl,” why not? As for the pitching situation, we got by with three starters last year. Now we’re down to one. It’s scaaaary.

As BAD as AJ was there were other festering issues evident last night. Jeter is not Jeter. I love Cervelli but its time to give Montero a look. Gardner still takes way to many strikes. Cano looks tired.Granderson and Tex need to get hotter more than once or twice a week. Swisher needs to stop smiling so much and and get into the pennant race mode.
I am sick of hearing about AJ’s “great stuff” and Javy’s great control. They both are getting killed by .220 hitters. As far as Girardi and the Cubs, if you asked Jeter and Mo (the others who Joe implies have done more than him in New York) where they want to be next year they would say without a doubt, New York. As the song goes, “say what you need to say”. There’s an old expression, “BS makes the green grass grow”!
The grass at the Stadium is green enough.

Jane: A.J. is breaking my heart. I watched his interview after the game, and OMG I feel awful for him. I should be angry with him, but I’m too upset to be angry. I don’t know. I just hope he pulls himself together. We need him.
-Virginia
http://southernbelle.mlblogs.com

True, Jeter isn’t having a good year, John. And now his leg seems to be a problem he won’t discuss. But even with his down year and A-Rod’s absence, this team has been able to stay afloat. Cano and Swish have been consistent and they’re allowed to have off days. It’s the pitching that’s the biggest issue overall. I’m sick of hearing those phrases too. So you think Girardi is hedging his bets? Maybe he’s less sure of the Steinbrenners’ belief in him than Jeter and Mo are. But if he wants to stay a Yankee, he should say so!

I think everyone, especially the press, should give Girardi a break. He is trying to focus on the Yankees right now. But the other thing is, his father is really important to him and the guy is dying by inches of Alzheimer’s in Chicago while Girardi is in NY.
Let’s worry about this season – there sure is enough to worry about!

Melissa

I missed most of the game, because I was out with friends. As soon as I came home I tried to think of what could have went wrong and I knew the answer: A.J. I’m so tired of trying to wonder how to fix him and when the good A.J. will actually show up. Our starting rotation is a mess, and for the millionth time since he’s been injured, I miss Andy. ):

I feel sorry for AJ too, Virginia. I feel sorry for any player who isn’t performing and feeling everybody’s wrath. He’s not stinking on purpose. That said, they need to find a way to fix him. As you said, we need him.

I’m sure Girardi’s feeling torn about spending time with his father, Melissa. Can’t be easy. We’ve watched O’Neill, Brosius and others dealing with dying fathers, and it’s heartbreaking.

We all miss Andy, Sarah. And I’m sure he can’t stand not being able to pitch right now. Must be so frustrating. Let’s hope we get another dominant performance by CC today. I think it’ll make us all feel better.

The closer we get to September, the sicker I feel too. This is no time for our teams to be screwing around! It is frustrating for sure.

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

Jane,
Maybe AJ is trying to set-up walk-off moments with his up and down rollercoaster starts so he can be the Grand Poobah of shaving cream pies?
But then again, this is that bad section of the season where some pitchers’ arms tend to go sideways and even rest can not heal the pain. Hopefully this can change soon because both the Rays and Yankees have been giving Red Sox fans a release from a deathgrip lately…. and this has to end soon or they will resurrect and cause three-way havoc.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Cashman’s pitching acquisitions have been hit and mostly miss. There are the big names like Sabathia and then the mediocrity (Burnett) and atrocities (Pavano, Igawa). It’s an indictment.
http://www.paullebowitz.com/
http://princeofny.blogspot.com/

Right, Jenn. NO time for our teams to be screwing up. The clock is ticking!

If only AJ’s bad pitching were some prank, Renegade. Then he could control it. And yes, we are letting the Red Sox back into it, so I trust your guys to do their part today.

I don’t know it would wreck AJ’s confidence to move him to the bullpen. For instance, in April-May, Javy was put in the pen, then came back to the rotation and was our best for a month plus. I think the same will happen this time around. Javy was dominant in relief of Hughes the other day (4.1 IP, 1R). It will give AJ time to rest his arm, and I am sure he will be back in the rotation after one decent appearance out of the pen (even if it is only 1 out, like Javy in April.).
So I have a question. Who should we root for in the Sox-Rays series? If we root for the Rays, we can’t get out of the logjam we have been in with them. If we root for the Sox, they advance in the Wild Card. If you ask me, I am rooting for the Rays. Even if it means we become 1 GB, we are still in line for wild card. I don’t like the idea of the Sox getting too close, and it becoming a 3 team race. Right now, we are in to the playoffs. If Boston gets closer, it becomes uncertain.

Thoughts?
Christiaan

Overall, I agree with you, Paul. On the other hand, last season it was pitching that won the World Series.

Christiaan, there’s certainly precedent for starters going to the pen to get right, including Mussina a couple of years ago. I just don’t know how AJ would respond. As for Rays-Red Sox, I’m rooting for Tampa.

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