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Molina/Burnett:It Does Matter

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Don’t tell me that A.J. Burnett doesn’t prefer Jose Molina. And more importantly, don’t tell me it doesn’t matter who catches him. Some think that a pitcher’s ERA with certain catchers is a overrated stat. Wrong. It isn’t. It matters. Just like any working relationship, it matters how well you work with someone. Kismet matters. […]

Pearlman: Yanks Not Built for Playoffs

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Jeff Pearlman weighed in on the Yankees rotation and believes that Brian Cashman has fallen short in how he built the rotation. Pearlman points out that you need a dynamic duo with rubber arms i.e. (Johnson/Schilling) to win in the playoffs. Pearlman makes valid points about Sabathia’s postseason history, Burnett’s playoff inexperience, Pettitte’s age, and […]

Maybe its nothing. Maybe it’s just like 1998.

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

The 1998 Yankees had pretty much wrapped up the AL title by mid-June. So in September, they went on cruise control. They lost 4 in a row in late August, 5 of 7 in early September, then 7 out of 10 in mid September before remembering, “Oh, yeah, we’re a good team.” They finished on […]

Listen to NYBD Radio Tonight @6pm

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Howard joins me for a rare midweek appearance. Tonight we discuss Joel Sherman’s article about the “Joba Rules” and the Pettitte/AJ Burnett #2 starter debate during the first half of the show. During the backhalf we will talk about Josh Thole, Ike Davis, and the performance of Jerry Manuel this year. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN […]

Pettitte, Burnett, and Out of Answers

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

So are you still not worried about the Yankees starting rotation? AJ Burnett has pitched to an ERA over 6 since August 1st. That includes the 7.2 innings of 1 hit shutout ball against Boston at Yankee Stadium. I mentioned yesterday that Andy Pettitte should be the #2 starter in the playoffs after CC Sabathia. […]

Wagner, Sportswriters, Fritz Peterson, ALDS Rotation

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

- Billy Wagner believes that sportswriters who vote for the Hall of Fame don’t know very much about it. I think we have a few posters here that have said the same thing. Billy obviously doesn’t know what a hot topic the Hall of Fame can become. For argument’s sake is Billy Wagner a Hall […]

Jeter, Joba, Swish Hitting, and the Great Captain

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Congrats to both Derek Jeter for tying the legendary Lou Gehrig last night and to the Yankee ball club for another wonderful come from behind win. Jeter’s accomplishment will go down as one of the first historically big moments of the “New House.” How much do you want to bet that last night’s game will […]

Cy Young, HOF, The Battery, and Sugar Tonight @6pm

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

We have a smorgasbord of baseball tonight starting at 6pm David Allan of Full Count Pitch leads off the show. We will discuss Andy Pettitte’s Hall of Fame chances, Mariano Rivera’s Cy Young candidacy, and the development of Mike Pelfrey. Former big league catcher Brent Mayne returns to the show. He will chat about the […]

Bats and Bullpen

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

The Yankees, despite recent brilliant outing by CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte, certainly have to be worried about their starting pitching. Chien Ming Wang is out for the year, AJ Burnett has struggled down the stretch, Joba Chamberlain is an enigma, and they have flip flopped scrap heap pickups in the five hole. The team […]

Clutch, Watch Beltran on Twitter, Yankeeography

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

- A-Rod has 75 RBI’s and 36 have either tied or given the Yankees the lead- courtesy of Sweeny Murti. - You can watch Carlos Beltran in Brooklyn on Twitter tonight. No, this isn’t just 145 character updates, but another broadcast of a minor league game on twitter. - Last night marked the eight year […]

Wright’s Helmet, Triple Play, Swish Loves Baltimore, Lefties

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

- Nick Swisher really loves Baltimore. He has four homers at Camden Yards this year and 13 for his career. Peter Abraham spoke to him last night and Swisher says that the outfield fence on the road “feels on top of him” whereas Yankee Stadium “seems a mile away”. Interesting in a year where Yankee […]

Thursday Evening Thoughts

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Bad loss for the Yanks at the Stadium today. They had rookie Dustin Nippert on the ropes in the first inning and let him off the hook. You have to feel bad for AJ Burnett. He gives up just 2 hits and three runs through 6 innings while striking out 12, and still loses. Yanks […]

Locked Out, Rift, Buy Low, Implosion

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

- Any chance this can happen to the Mets for the rest of the season? - The Yankees starting nine has some age on it as well. That is why you had to hold your breath when Posada and A-Rod had to leave the game. Right injuries seem to be the only thing that could […]

Yanks Must Seize Window of Opportunity

Monday, August 24th, 2009

On Sunday NY Post’s Joel Sherman wrote about how the Yankees “aging stars” are defying their birth certificates and having solid seasons. Derek Jeter, Hideki Matsui, Mariano River, Andy Pettitte, and Alex Rodriguez were all key parts of the Yankees taking 2 of 3 from the Red Sox this weekend. Sherman went on to remind […]

Yanks Must Make Statement in Boston With 2 of 3

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Here we go again!  It’s Round 5 of the best rivalry in all of sports, and another important series for the “Bombers.” There is not much we can say here other than to reiterate that “Girardi’s Troopers” need to continue playing the same kind of winning ball that allowed them to sweep Boston two weekends ago at the stadium. Both […]