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  1. 3.86 xFIP….

    Comment by Jose — September 27, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

  2. xFIP normalizes HR rate.

    Burnett (17% HR/FB) is the worst among qualified starters.

    Starting him in Detroit doesn’t sound terrible… just walk Miggy every single at bat.

    Comment by Tom B — September 27, 2011 @ 5:19 pm

  3. Well, obviously with me starting 2 games in a series we are likely to beat the Yanks.

    Hell if it’s important enough, I’ll start 3 just because I can!

    Comment by Mr. Verlander — September 27, 2011 @ 5:27 pm

  4. Mr. Verlander doesn’t make starts on short rest. Who are you, imposter?

    Comment by Tom B — September 27, 2011 @ 5:39 pm

  5. …and I suppose that you matching up against CC in at least one of those starts is just a minor detail, right?

    Comment by Levi — September 27, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

  6. Umm… I like you and don’t want to hurt you or anything, but Jim Leyland has different plans…

    Comment by Jerome S — September 27, 2011 @ 6:21 pm

  7. Burnett is a joke, he barely deserves to be on the playoff roster. Pitches a quality start maybe once a month, horrible. I’d love to see he and Lackey pitch against each other in a playoff matchup, that would be priceless.

    Comment by Pat — September 27, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

  8. Sabathia? Last time he faced the Tigers, he lost against Brad Penny. Argument destroyed.

    Comment by buddy — September 27, 2011 @ 7:18 pm

  9. 12 pitchers probably would not kill for Sabathia’s road FIP.

    Comment by So You Know It's Real — September 27, 2011 @ 8:18 pm

  10. xFIP*

    Comment by So You Know It's Real — September 27, 2011 @ 8:18 pm

  11. Yankees are 5-2 in Verlander’s last 7 starts against them. (2-0 this year)

    Comment by joe — September 27, 2011 @ 8:23 pm

  12. This is where not having Joba Chamberlain really hurts the Yankees. If they had Chamberlain, they could throw out Hughes – Chamberlain – Soriano – Robertson – Rivera for an inning a piece, and they’d only need to worry about getting four passable innings from Burnett (which still might be asking too much).

    Maybe next year.

    Comment by JimNYC — September 27, 2011 @ 10:26 pm

  13. maybe next year we will be talking about betances or banuelos. or cj wilson if they decide they want free agent pitching. hopefully the rotation with CC, an effective and healthy hughes, nova, banuelos and betances (latter two by july) and maybe a free agent pitcher will carry them far.

    Comment by phoenix2042 — September 27, 2011 @ 10:57 pm

  14. i love how lackey and burnett are basically the same guy right now. they both sport 5 ERAs, are getting paid almost the exact same and do the same song and dance of pitching really well until they just implode one inning and give up a ton of homers. oh and both their teams hate them. i guess we learn here that free agent pitching is not worth it unless you buy a real ace like halladay, lee or CC.

    Comment by phoenix2042 — September 27, 2011 @ 11:00 pm

  15. Here would be my rotation for the Yankees in a best of 5 and best of 7

    Best of 5
    1- CC
    2- Nova
    3- Garcia
    4- CC
    5- Nova

    Best of 7
    1- CC
    2- Nova
    3- Garcia
    4- CC
    5- Burnett
    6- Nova
    7- CC

    Comment by Mike — September 28, 2011 @ 12:31 am

  16. Fister and Verlander have 0 wins against the Yankees this year in 3 combined stats, although Fister’s start was while he was with the Mariners. Regardless, Fister owns a career ERA of 6.00 against the Yankees. You can talk about Fister all you want, remember how hot Brian Duensing was in the 2nd half for the Twins last year, and what happened to him in the playoffs?

    Plus the Yankees would counter with Ivan Nova who has not lost a start since June. I will say Fister > Nova however, but that still would be a good battle.

    Game 3 and 4 would be more pressure on Detroit when they have Scharzer and Porcello probably going, against Garcia and CC.

    Comment by Mike — September 28, 2011 @ 12:35 am

  17. The only issue with that is it asks CC to go on short rest four times. He’s a big dude, but I think if he pitches Game 4 of the DS, it’s likely that he pitches Games 2 and 6 of the LCS.

    Comment by Paul Swydan — September 28, 2011 @ 12:54 am

  18. I love that Freddy and Bartolo waited until the end of the season to run out of gas. The Yanks didn’t really have a viable plan for a starting rotation coming into the year, but they rolled the dice and twice got lucky. The Baseball Gods picked a great time for that luck to run out …

    Comment by Snow Leopard — September 28, 2011 @ 3:44 am

  19. Good points Paul, but then again, NY has been getting so much rain as of late so don’t be surprised to see a postponed game or 2 this year.

    Comment by Mike — September 28, 2011 @ 7:24 am

  20. How did Freddy run out of gas? His September stats were not great, then again, if he was on the Red Sox, he probably has better September stats than any Red Sox starter that month.

    Comment by Mike — September 28, 2011 @ 7:26 am

  21. Burnett never divorced his wife because she got breast cancer. Score one for Lackey.

    Comment by Bill — September 28, 2011 @ 9:53 am

  22. I see what you fellow are saying, but you are talking about the past.

    I have the ability to predict the future.

    And I’m telling you, the Yankees will at best be a comical threat that as usual, I will push aside relatively easily.

    Comment by Mr. Verlander — September 28, 2011 @ 10:39 am

  23. I can predict the future too Mr. Verlander, you will be playing an above .500 team (whether it’s the Rays, Red Sox or Yankees) for the first time in over a month.

    I think the comical thing is your division. Great team, bad division.

    Comment by Mike — September 28, 2011 @ 10:49 am

  24. I have a horrible habit of pitching to my competition.

    I have actually pitched quite ineffectively against the Twins and such (usually do cocaine the night before), but I still usually still give up minimal amounts of runs anyways. It’s just so easy!

    Anyways, whichever of those teams I face, I don’t expect it to be particularly challenging.

    Comment by Mr. Verlander — September 28, 2011 @ 11:04 am

  25. Yes, your 12 innings 6 ER no decisions against the Yankee’s this season is most impressive.

    Comment by Tom B — September 28, 2011 @ 11:27 am

  26. Justin! This is your mother! Stop making those asinine comments on the computer. You should be focusing for the playoffs. Those yankees aren’t gonna beat themselves, ya know. Go outside and throw and then run me a bath. Also, I’m not washing those dishes you left in the sink. I swear, child, sometimes I wonder how you made it this far in life…..

    Comment by Ms. Verlander — September 28, 2011 @ 11:53 am

  27. ^The Tigers have lost each of his last starts against the Yankees. Verlander gave up 3 ER (8K 4BB) in 6 innings both times.

    Comment by Welp — September 28, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

  28. True of most starters in baseball.

    Comment by Welp — September 28, 2011 @ 12:13 pm

  29. You say that like Burnett has the ability to not walk Miggy every single at bat.

    Comment by michaelfranko — September 28, 2011 @ 2:05 pm

  30. Surprisingly Miggy is not one of Burnett’s 108 walks. 1-5 double no k’s no walks.

    Comment by Tom B — September 28, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

  31. But still, with fewer fly balls, maybe the Yanks will have more to remember Burnett than only his game 2 of the WS start

    Comment by Jose — September 28, 2011 @ 10:16 pm

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