A Good June For Good AJ

June 30, 2011 – 11:07 am

NYY 5, Milwaukee 2.

  • We’re three months in to the season, and so far Bad A.J. Burnett has been pretty much a no show. Yesterday he was rock solid, going seven innings and giving up just two runs. And more importantly, only walking two and hitting nary a batter. It was June of last year when Bad AJ really took over, going 0-5 with a 11.35 ERA. For this June, AJ is 3-3 with a 4.15 ERA. The starting rotation has been the key strength of this team so far, and having Good AJ consistently show up every fifth start has been a big part of that.
  • Somewhat quietly this team has started playing some very good baseball. Since the disastrous Boston series, they’ve won six straight series and gone 14-4. And it hasn’t exactly been an easy schedule they’ve been playing — three of those series were against division leaders. Plus, with the Red Sox apparently coming back to earth the Yankees have opened up a 2.5 game lead in the East. All things considered, you have to like where this team is at coming in to the July 4th weekend.
  • All the Derek Jeter haters must cringe every time a grounder gets hit to short. Maybe Jete never was the all-time great defensive shortstop that some make him out to be, and maybe he has lost some range over the last couple of years. But the reality is that he consistently makes the routine plays and overall is still very much a plus for the defense. Nunez, on the other hand, is almost the exact opposite. I don’t care what metrics you come up with, nine errors in 26 games is a disaster. I still like Nunez’ future prospects, but he’s still very much a work in progress. Jeter can’t get back in the starting lineup fast enough, as far as I’m concerned.

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