Game 148, Yankees at Mariners

marc w · September 13, 2011 at 5:48 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Charlie Furbush vs. AJ Burnett

AJ Burnett’s a frustrating enigma with a massive contract and stuff that looks better to TV viewers than opposing hitters. Sure, his fastball’s no longer 95-96, but it’s still good. The curve’s no longer a challenge to conventional aerodynamics, it’s just a solid pitch that he uses too much because his FB’s not fooling anyone. In short, he is the Yankees’ Miguel Batista – a guy who people detest for a variety of (generally good) reasons, but who isn’t as out-and-out bad as his reputation implies. I don’t know if Burnett’s tempo on the mound is as glacial as Batista’s, but this ultimately doesn’t matter. What matters is the Yankees have a Batista. I cling to this.

This is perhaps the least-satisfying schadenfreude around. The Yankees have more than enough money to swallow a bad contract or two. They *always* have a Batista around who’s making way too much money, if only because so many of their players are signed to huge contracts. They shrug off the Javier Vasquez’s and they still win. They breathe life into the bloated corpse of Bartolo Colon, and they ride it past the Red Sox (incidentally: John Lackey! Ha!). When even King Felix gets pounded by the Yankee dreadnought, the only thing I can do is point at their Batista and laugh a knowing laugh.

The line-up:
1: Ichiro
2: Seager
3: Ackley
4: Carp
5: Smoak
6: Olivo
7: Kennedy (DH)
8: Wells (CF)
9: Ryan


55 Responses to “Game 148, Yankees at Mariners”

  1. Jay Yencich on September 13th, 2011 10:24 pm

    Pedro! Pedro on Radio!

  2. Westside guy on September 14th, 2011 12:03 am

    I have to remind myself… it’s not Wedge’s job to rip his players in the media. He may very well be as frustrated with Olivo’s 5-foot-tall strike zone as we are – what do we expect him to say?

  3. The_Waco_Kid on September 14th, 2011 12:28 am

    Wedge via Baker:

    “I think some of these kids have been trying to do too much.”

    Woo, he’s endorsing patience! Also, I bet this is true. It’s mainly Olivo, Kennedy, a declining Ichiro, and a bunch of rookies out there. We definitely don’t want to waste a lot of money signing an old guy, but this lineup needs another bat to take the pressure off these young guys and give them experience hitting in a legit MLB lineup. Sadly, Olivo and Cust were not the answer here, so I don’t know who is. I’m sure Dave has ideas.

  4. dantheman on September 14th, 2011 8:48 pm

    18,000 for a game against the first place New York Yankees. Armstrong and Lincoln’s systematic destruction of this franchise is truly appalling.

  5. dantheman on September 14th, 2011 9:11 pm

    Bill Neukom, Giants’ CEO, wins the World Series in 2010 and is reportedly now out as CEO. What does it take to get rid of Chuck and Howard who have been abject failures?

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