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2011 ALDS: Game 4 | Yankees @ Tigers


Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF


A.J. Burnett (0-0, 0.00) vs. Rick Porcello (0-0, 0.00)

This is it if the Yankees want to stay in the playoffs. In a matter of a little while, we will see how Burnett will handle a tremendous amount of pressure. Hopefully, enjoy the game.

By the way, here is Ricky’s Game 4 Podcast Preview. Check it out!


Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that all pitchers are available out of his bullpen Tuesday night except for CC Sabathia.

Even Freddy Garcia, whom Girardi instructed “to get his shoes on.” Girardi said Monday that ALDS Game 4 starter A.J. Burnett will be on a short leash, so it makes sense to have all hands on deck. Rafael Soriano, David Robertson and Mariano Rivera are all fairly well-rested and could be used early if Burnett runs into trouble. Burnett posted a disappointing 5.15 ERA in 190 1/3 innings this regular season and owns a poor 5.67 career ERA in the playoffs. Detroit leads the series 2-1 and can advance to the ALCS with a victory Tuesday at Comerica Park

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Spanning the Yankee Blogs…

Here we go with another addition of Spanning The Yankee Blogs.  Lots of good stuff out their by tons of talented writers who all give their interesting opinions.

Bleeding Yankee Blue writes their take on why the Yankees fell short last night.

Mike Silva’s New York Baseball Blog has an article about 5 sports media ramblings.

River Ave Blues has their official rant about game 3.

The Yankee Analyst writes about The Story of a Season: Mark Teixeira

Yanks Go Yard says Gerry Davis has some “Splaining to do.”

Can Yankees Put Faith In A.J Burnett During Postseason?

The Yankees need A.J Burnett to pitch well in the ALDS since this is a critical game for the Yankees

When you look at the ALDS rotation you see some names that you expected to see. CC Sabathia is one. Ivan Nova is another. And of course we can’t forget Freddy Garcia. But one name that might somewhat baffle you when you look at the rotation is A.J Burnett. Sure, A.J Burnett was going to be on the ALDS roster regardless as apart of the Yankees bullpen, but the Game 1 shortened suspended game had put Sabathia in a position to pitch Game 3 and since Nova  isn’t accustomed to pitching on short rest, Girardi had went with Burnett.

When Joe Girardi announced his decision to add Burnett to the rotation, I became curious as to what A.J Burnett’s past postseason numbers were so I did some digging. I was able to find some results via www.baseball-reference.com, so here is the chart of A.J Burnett during the postseason:

Year Tm Series Rslt Opp W L ERA G IP H R HR BB
2009 NYY ALDS W MIN 0 0 1.50 1 6.0 3 1 0 5
2009 NYY ALCS W LAA 0 0 5.84 2 12.1 11 8 0 5
2009 NYY WS W PHI 1 1 7.00 2 9.0 8 7 1 6
2010 NYY ALCS L TEX 0 1 7.50 1 6.0 6 5 1 3
2 Seasons (4 Series) 1 2 5.67 6 33.1 28 21 2 19

Now, looking at A.J’s numbers he has pitched well in the ALDS in the past v.s the Twins but when it came to the ALCS & World Series, Burnett’s numbers staggered and his ERA skyrocketed. Now as you know, the Yankees are playing a critical Game 4 tonight and the Yankees cannot afford to fall behind any further and end their season, which means the A.J Burnett that showed up during the 2009 ALDS needs to show up once again, cause if he doesn’t then the Yankees might have to pack it up and go home. So it will be up to A.J to pitch in a critical situation, and to pitch well.

Morning Bits: Elimination game, A.J., Girardi, Tex, Jeter

Well today is D-Day.  All hands on deck as all Yankee fans will take back every bad word they have ever said about A.J. if he can get the Yankees a win tonight.  I’m not that confident are you?  Oh well that’s why they play the game though.   Earth to A-Rod please hit the little white ball.  Thanks.

and here are your morning links…

* Yankees face elimination game with little pop from big guns.

* A.J. will be on a short leash in tonights game.

* Girardi questions the strike zone in game 3 loss.

* Tex struggled again in a big spot.

* Jeter had the chance to be the hero instead he is left to look like a zero.

Yanks on brink of elimination after 5-4 loss

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 6 0
0 0 2 0 1 1 1 0 x 5 8 0
W: Verlander (1-0)
L: Soriano (0-1)
SV: Valverde (1)
Jeter, SS 5 1 2 0 0 2 4 .267
Granderson, CF 4 1 1 1 0 1 1 .273
Cano, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .308
Rodriguez, Al, 3B 2 0 0 1 2 1 1 .000
Teixeira, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .091
Swisher, RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .182
Posada, DH 2 1 1 0 2 1 0 .500
1-Nunez, E, PR-DH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Martin, C 3 1 0 0 0 1 2 .111
Gardner, LF 3 0 2 2 1 1 0 .333
Totals 31 4 6 4 5 12 13 .224
Sabathia 5.1 7 4 4 6 3 0 6.14
Soriano, R(L, 0-1) 1.2 1 1 1 0 1 1 5.40
Robertson 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Totals 8.0 8 5 5 6 5 1 4.15
And here is the game recap from MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch:

DETROIT — No one needs to leave a note to tell the Yankees what must happen next. Their season will officially depend on the next nine innings of play, pushed to the brink of elimination in the American League Division Series.

Touching up Justin Verlander wasn’t enough to keep the Yankees out of the corner they feared most, as Delmon Young’s eighth-inning homer off Rafael Soriano lifted the Tigers to a 5-4 win in Game 3 on Monday at Comerica Park.

“It’s definitely one game at a time now,” the Yankees’ Mark Teixeira said. “We can’t be looking forward to anything else because if we don’t win, we go home. It’s a big game for us, obviously.”

Jose Valverde struck out Derek Jeter swinging to lock down the save in the ninth, preserving a more-than-serviceable effort from Verlander, who struck out 11 in eight innings of four-run ball.

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