Bad A.J.’s Act Is Getting Old

June 16, 2010 – 9:51 pm

Philadelphia 6, NYY 3. Baseball can be one weird sport. Last night the Yankees teed off on one of the best pitchers in the game, scoring six runs on eight hits off Roy Halladay in just six innings. Tonight they get Alex Rodriquez back in the lineup and they are up against a 47-year old pitcher with a 5+ ERA with an 80 mph fastball that you might expect to see at the high school level — so you gotta figure this one might end up in double-digits, no? Nope, the Yankees managed all of three hits and two runs off Jamie Moyer in eight innings. Incredible. Four Yankees actually struck out looking — how in the world can you get fooled on a called third strike from a pitcher who is throwing that slow?

But with A.J. Burnett stinking it up on the mound once again, it really didn’t matter in the end. Bad A.J. made yet another appearance, giving up six runs in just 3.1 innings. As is becoming his style, Burnett had no command whatsoever, walking four, hitting a batter, throwing a wild pitch, and giving up back-to-back home runs on fat pitches in the middle of the plate when he was ahead in the count. And good for Joe Girardi yanking Burnett’s sorry ass in the fourth when he failed to cover first base on what should have been an easy ground out to Mark Teixeira. If you haven’t got your good stuff going for you, the least you can do is keep your head in the game and tend to the basics like covering first base. Burnett needs to get his act together pretty quickly — he’s rapidly becoming the number five starter in the rotation.

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