A.J. and Posada ready for their new beginning

I actually went back and listened to the audio of A.J. Burnett and Jorge Posada breaking down that August 22 start against the Red Sox, which still happened to be on my laptop as in MP3 form. That tells me two things — one, I need to do a better job of backing up my data, and two, the tone of both players is now markedly different.

Having a whole spring to work together doesn’t necessarily mean that Burnett and Posada will work as a lights-out battery tonight against the Red Sox, nor does it mean that Burnett will have a wonderful season against the Red Sox – shades of his ’08. But it is certainly possible that Burnett just got a little too amped up to be part of the rivalry, and as Posada says in this story, it is crucial that the Yankees keep his emotions in check.

Those poor extended spring kids never had a chance. Hughes actually had to keep pitching more than the six innings the Yankees allotted, because he’d thrown too many strikes – 70 of 100 pitches, in fact. Then he dashed to Tampa International Airport and jetted up to Boston, where he’ll get a hotel room to watch two whole games in the bullpen. Then, it’s back to (guess where?) — Tampa, Florida. Yes, it seems like some cosmic joke.

Spin that wild setup bullpen wheel! My take on the picture is that the Yankees would love, adore, relish nothing more, than to have Joba Chamberlain stand tall and morph back into 2007 Joba — right up until the game where he had the midges in his mouth. I’m just not sure where that guy is right now; he seemed to be back in the ’09 playoffs, but is he there in ’10? But as Joe Girardi said in our season-opening Q&A (and I’m sure in other places as well), Chamberlain has a “good chance” to be that eighth-inning guy. Now he’s just got to prove it.  

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UKa,
Thanks for that!

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Robert,
Yahoo sports tells me Thames has 2 at-bats against Lester, with 1 hit(a home run)

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/6943

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Apparently Garnder is being platooned and Granderson has been moved to 9th in the order. Makes sense against one of the toughest lefties in the game. Of course, as a total optimist I believe they will both prove themselves by the end of the season, with Gardner becoming the full-time left fielder and Granderson having(relatively) good numbers against left-handers as well.

Though this game will most likely be determined by the mecurial A.J Burnett, who will either pitch 8 innings of 1 run ball or get kicked out before the 3rd.

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Chad jennings is reporting this lineup tonight:

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Johnson DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Nick Swisher RF
Marcus Thames LF
Curtis Granderson CF

Any idea what Thames stats are against Lester?

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I think Joba will find that old velocity in late April/early May.

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