Unlucky A.J.

August 28, 2009 – 1:00 pm

Texas 7, NYY 2. Some games just aren’t meant to be won, and there’s not much you can do about it. A.J. Burnett pitched as well as he has in a long time — hard to ask more than 6 innings, 2 hits and 12 Ks. But alas, one bad pitch to Ian Kinsler and the game was over for all practical purposes. Of course, walking the previous two batters didn’t help. But bottom line is that the Yankee offense just didn’t show up like it has in the past few games, and when you only score 2 runs you’re not going to win a whole lot of the time, regardless of the pitching.

So I guess all those folks who were secretly hoping the Yankees might tank against the Rangers to help Texas get the wildcard playoff spot are now secretly happy. I’m not so sure I understand that strategy — you just lost a series to Texas at home, and you are hoping to catch them in the playoffs rather than say Boston, who you just beat in a series on the road? Interesting logic. Oh well, playoff baseball is a lot different than regular season games, so probably best just to move on. The last team to take a series from the Yankees before this one was Chicago, who took 3-of-4 at the beginning of the month. So returning that favor and getting back on track of winning series is the order of the day. Go get ’em, CC.

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