A.J. Is Good Enough

May 1, 2011 – 11:23 am

NYY 5, Toronto 4. A.J. Burnett continued to keep “Bad A.J.” bottled up, as he had more than ample opportunity to implode in this one, but instead managed to get through six innings and hold on to a 5-4 lead which was good enough. The Blue Jays scored in four of the six innings A.J. was on the mound, and in another inning had runners on second and third. But in each of those innings, A.J. knuckled down and got out with at most one run scoring. He finishes April with a 4-1 record and a 3.93 ERA, a far cry better than his 2010 stats. But let’s not get too excited yet, as remember he went 3-0 with a 2.43 ERA last April. But it is encouraging that so far, we’ve seen zero implosions from A.J., even though there have been several opportunities such as yesterday’s game. So we’ll hope for the best.

Meanwhile, the offense quickly got to Kyle Drabek, putting up five runs on six hits in just 2.1 innings, at which point John Farrell went to the bullpen. From that point on, four Toronto relievers threw a 5.2 inning no-hitter at the Yankees with nothing but 3-up 3-down innings. Good thing they managed to get those five runs off Drabek!

So today it’s Ivan Nova going for the Yankees as they go for the all important series win. This should tell us a lot about Nova, me thinks. Was his last start — one run over 6.1 innings — indicative of what he can be, or was that just a fluke and all we’ll get is one decent turn thru the batting order before he starts getting hit hard again. We sure need the former.

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