Offense, Good A.J. Sparkle

April 13, 2011 – 10:30 pm

NYY 7, Baltimore 4. The Yankee offense woke up from the slumber it had been in since the opening series of the season, putting six runs on the board in the first two innings. The Yankees entered tonight’s game with five — yes, count ’em, five — of the nine starters hitting below the Mendoza line. But by the time this one was over, two of them had climbed over the line — Mark Teixeira went 2-for-3 to raise his average to .222 and Derek Jeter went 2-for-4 to boost his average to .237. And Jorge Posada also went 2-for-4, at least getting him within shouting distance of the line. Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson continued to struggle, but at least Gardner got one hit. Granderson, though….. not much you can say there. He is struggling big time.

A.J. BurnettBut the good news for this game was most definitely A.J. Burnett who got his third consecutive win to to 3-0 on the young season. Good A.J. cruised through the first six innings, throwing a 4-hit shutout. But then either Good A.J. just lost interest, or Bad A.J. took over, and all of a sudden a 7-0 laugher became a close contest at 7-4. So A.J. now ends up with a not all that respectable 4.67 ERA, but seems to be pitching significantly better than that. It’s certainly an improvement over what we saw last year, and with everyone else in the rotation not named CC struggling, I guess we need to just accept these brief appearances by Bad A.J., and hope he or whoever controls them can keep them to a minimum!

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