The Yankee Soap Opera — Stay Tuned!

August 16, 2011 – 10:34 am

NYY 7, Kansas City 4.

  • Interesting head game Joe Girardi is playing with A.J. Burnett, who certainly is big enough a head case to begin with. Once again Burnett was pretty much throwing BP and on the verge of losing yet again, when Girardi came to his rescue and saved him from himself. Why not keep him in — he was only at 88 pitches — and give him a chance to prove whether or not he belongs in the starting rotation? Instead, A.J. somehow ended up with the W but without offering any proof as to why he should not be odd man out. And for the eighth start in a row, his ERA crept up as he continues to get hit pretty hard. So the drama will play out for yet another turn through the rotation.
  • And Girardi also did much the same thing with Jorge Posada. Jorge was having another good night (1-for-2 with 2 runs scored) and due up in the seventh with a runner in scoring position, giving him an opportunity to put up even more evidence that he was back to being old Jorge at the plate. But Girardi wouldn’t give him the chance, pinch hitting Andruw Jones instead. So the drama as to where Jorge fits in continues on.
  • Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter combined to go 5-for-9 with 5 RBIs in the one-two batting positions. Over the last 30 days they are hitting .315 and .318 respectively, with OBPs of .397 and .378. How in the world can you think of busting that combination up? You can’t, can you? And yet if you don’t, where do you fit Alex Rodriquez in to the order when he returns, without Mark Teixeira being the odd man out? More drama! Box Score | Gameday | FanGraphs Game Graph | PitchFX Game Tool

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