Good A.J. Shows Up On Schedule

September 2, 2010 – 10:50 am

Good A.J.NYY 4, Oakland 3. As I’ve said before, there’s nothing more predictable than A.J. Burnett’s unpredictability. So after two terrible starts, you had to figure A.J. would pitch a good game in this one against the A’s, and sure enough that’s exactly what we got — 6 innings, 3 runs, 6 hits, 8 Ks, and just 2 BBs. There were a couple of situations where it looked like Bad A.J. was getting ready to take over, but Good A.J. settled down and kept things under control.

And good thing that he did, as the Yankee offense took a short breather after scoring 20 runs in the last two games. In fact, three of the four Yankee runs came after pitcher Brett Anderson’s error in the second inning and were thus unearned. Without that one blunder, Good A.J. probably takes an L here. The offense didn’t exactly go ice cold, though — they did manage 10 hits, with Mark Teixeira continuing his hot pace with a 3-for-4 night (albeit two of those hits were somewhat flaky), and Curtis Granderson maybe getting back to where he was a week or so ago with a 2-for-4 night. Only problem was that they ended up going 1-for-9 with RISP, leaving RISP stranded in five different innings.

So now it’s actually a 5-game winning streak, and with CC Sabathia on the mound today it could easily reach six games along with a rare 4-game series sweep. That would certainly get September off to a good start.

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