You Can’t Win ‘Em All

August 11, 2009 – 10:00 am

Toronto 5, NYY 4. Sergio Mitre gave the Yankees about all you can really expect out of a No. 5 starter — 5 innings and 5 runs (albeit with only 3 earned) — so losing this one was probably to be expected. The recipe for winning when your No. 5 starter is on the mound is to simply out-score the other team while hoping that your bullpen can shut them down for the second half of the game. And actually the Yankees did come close to that — Alfredo Aceves looked very sharp in shutting out the Jays over the last four innings on just two hits. Plus, it looked like the Yankee hitters were going to do their job, as they quickly ran Toronto starter Marc Rzepczynski in the 4th inning. But alas, it wasn’t to be as Toronto’s bullpen-by-committee shut down the Yankees over the last five innings, and so the 7-game winning streak came to an end.

Even with Boston winning, the AL East lead is still 5.5 games, so it’s easy to shrug this one off. But now they do need to bounce back with good starts by Chamberlain and Burnett in order to win the series. It will be particularly interesting to see how Joba bounces back from his poor outing in his last start against Boston. Burnett has pretty much proven that his stinkers are indeed the exception, but with Joba the jury is still out on just how consistent he can be. A good start tonight would go a long ways to putting worries about Joba to rest.

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