09/24/08 7:07 PM EDT
|New York Yankees||Toronto Blue Jays|
|Brett Gardner - CF||Joe Inglett - 2B|
|Robinson Cano - 2B||Marco Scutaro - SS|
|Bobby Abreu - RF||Alex Rios - RF|
|Xavier Nady - LF||Vernon Wells - CF|
|Jason Giambi - DH||Adam Lind - DH|
|Wilson Betemit - 3B||Lyle Overbay - 1B|
|Cody Ransom - SS||Scott Rolen - 3B|
|Juan Miranda - 1B||Travis Snider - LF|
|Chad Moeller - C||Gregg Zaun - C|
Not sure that there's any particular reason that Zaun is starting again, after his stellar performance yesterday, another poor offensive performance for the team that allowed Mike Mussina, one of the biggest jerks in major-league baseball, to inch closer to that 20-win mark.
But that's not important. What is important is that A.J. Burnett will be making tonight what is overwhelmingly likely to be his final start as a Jay. Today's title, coming from a great song by the lovely Neko Case, struck me as appropriate. Anyone think it's at all likely that the Jays keep A.J.?
Well, A.J., the local media hated you for some reason, but you seem like a good guy to me, and everyone says you're a great teammate. You deserve the big bucks and a fanbase that will appreciate your talent. You're 9th on the Jays all-time list for ERA, 8th in Whip, and 3rd in K/9. Let's give the Yankees one more beating before they offer you the big bucks to play for them.
The highly touted Phil Hughes (though the shine is off that apple a bit) pitches for the Yankees. Knowing us, today will be the first day of the rest of his career. Let's go Jays!