Bad A.J. Shows Up Yet Again

August 22, 2009 – 9:00 pm

Boston 14, NYY 1. What goes around comes around, no? The East Division showdown has now given us two of the ugliest games of the year for both teams. Oh well, as they say, all it amounts to is just one loss and they start all over again tomorrow. But seems like there are a couple of lessons to be learned here. One is that just as A.J. Burnett can be very, very good when he’s pitching well, he sure goes to the other extreme when pitching poorly. That’s two incredibly bad outings for A.J. in just this month. Say what you will about Andy Pettitte and even Joba Chamberlain, but at least when they have a bad outing, they somehow at least manage to keep the Yankees in the game. When A.J. pitches poorly, you can forget about it. Come playoff time, every game this guy starts is going to be scary.

In addition to A.J. stinking it up, once again Alfredo Aceves looked terrible as well. Something doesn’t seem to be right with Aceves. Whatever it is, he’s certainly not going to be seeing anything other than junk time for possibly the rest of the season.

So now it’s up to CC to get the series win. Had the loss today been a respectable loss, I’d say Sunday’s game wasn’t all that important in the grand scheme of things. Even a loss still leaves the Yankees very much in the driver’s seat. But after giving up 25 runs in two games, it’s time to make a statement about the pitching and get things back on track. Time for CC to step up and be the ace of the staff.

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