Go Figure The Yankee Offense

July 29, 2010 – 9:57 am

Good A.J.NYY 8, Cleveland 0. So after being totally shut down by a rookie pitcher making his major league debut, you got to figure the Yankees would be in deep trouble going up against Cleveland’s ace, Fausto Carmona, right? Actually if you’re at all familiar with the Yankee offense you would figure Carmona wouldn’t be a problem at all, as that’s just the way it works with the Yankee hitters these days. No name pitchers baffle them, but they tee off on the aces. And sure enough, they ran Carmona after just 2.2 innings, getting seven runs on ten hits. Once again they got hitting all up and down the lineup with only Derek Jeter going hitless.  And once again it was the 3-4-5 hitters doing much of the damage, going 6-for-14 with 5 RBIs. So after a brief two-day mini-vacation, the offense seems to be back.

And not to be overlooked in the route was back-to-back appearances by Good A.J. Burnett. For the second game in a row, Burnett didn’t allow a run, this time going 6.1 innings and scattering seven hits while walking three. A bit too many base runners — A.J. allowed the lead off hitter to get on in each of the first five innings, and the Indians had at least one base runner in all seven innings. But that seems to be A.J.’s modus operandi of late, and as long as he’s putting up zeroes, who’s complaining?

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