The Year Of Average A.J.

July 19, 2011 – 12:51 pm

NYY 5, Tampa Bay 4.

  • The big difference between A.J. Burnett this year compared to last year is that this year when he’s pitching poorly, at least he doesn’t blow up entirely, and instead keeps the Yankees in the game and gives them a chance to win. Of the five games he’s gotten a no decision in, the Yankees are 2-3, but more importantly all the losses were one-run games. In fact, Good A.J. and Bad A.J. seem to have disappeared all together, and what we have is just plain old Average A.J. Over the last month, he’s had six starts, and in each one has gone between 5.1 innings and 7.1 innings, and given up between two and four runs. There’s one quality start in there, but no disastrous starts. All in all, not bad for a number four starter, which is pretty much where A.J. slots in these days.
  • Tough call there for Joe Maddon when he had to go with Alex Torres in relief, asking him to make his major league debut in a tie-game in the ninth against baseball’s most famous franchise. But after the 16-inning marathon they had Sunday against the Red Sox he didn’t have much choice, and at that point you pretty much knew the Yankees would win this one. Torres couldn’t throw strikes, and given the situation, you can hardly blame him. This one goes in the W column, but also in the gift column. Box Score | Gameday | FanGraphs Game Graph | PitchFX Game Tool

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