Bad A.J. + Bad Joe + Bad Joba = losing streak

April 24, 2010 – 10:17 am

Los Angeles 6, NYY 4. Coming off two excellent starts, you had to figure it was time for Bad A.J. to make an appearance, and sure enough that’s what we got last night. Just goes with the territory with A.J. Burnett, and it ain’t ever going to change. Burnett’s pitches were all over the place, and in the first three innings he allowed 10 of 16 Angels to reach base, giving up 4 runs on 8 hits, including 3 doubles. To A.J.’s credit, he did manage to settle down a bit and pitched three scoreless innings after that, even though he was obviously still struggling with this command. And when he turned the game over to the bullpen, it was a 4-4 game and very winnable — so you can’t hang this L on Bad A.J.

No, that honor goes to Joe Girardi and his brain dead bullpen management. It’s almost as predictable as Bad A.J. in that you know every so often it’s going to show up and cost the Yankees a game. And this was classic Girardi mismanagement. He brought in David Robertson in the seventh, and he promptly struck out Tori Hunter to end that inning. So why in the world would you want to have him pitch the eighth? Why not turn to someone else who you have no idea what kind of stuff they are going to have? Sure enough, Girardi brings in Joba Chamberlain, who has even less control over his pitches than Bad A.J. had. And sure enough, two batters later, it’s LA 6-4 and that’s the game, with all the damage done on a hanging slider right in the middle of the plate to Kendry Morales which ended up in the right-field bleachers. Joba ended up facing six batters, and even the three outs were hard hit balls to the outfield. Joba continues to remain a mystery.

So now the Yankees have their first losing streak of the young season, but thankfully Andy Pettitte will be on the mound today. But Joel Pineiro, who held the Yankees to just one run over seven innings ten days ago, goes for LA. So the Yankees will need to do a lot better against him this time if Andy is going to have a chance of evening up this series.

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