Yanks revert to old form, fall to Sox


The Yankees were the April Yankees, at least for one night. After a couple of encouraging victories over the Rays, the Yanks went into Boston riding high. The Red Sox seemed prepared, though, and laid into the Yankees, putting up runs early and riding superb pitching to a 7-0 victory. It was the first time this season that the Yankees had been shut out. Worse, it was their sixth straight loss to the Red Sox this season.

The game started off in identical fashion, with both Josh Beckett and A.J. Burnett retiring the first two batters, walking the third, and finishing off the fourth. From there, though, their games could haven’t been more different. Beckett was dominant, allowing just one hit through six innings. The Yanks did run up his pitch count, but they couldn’t get anything going. Even in the eighth, when they had two on and one out, Johnny Damon grounded into a rare double play. So not only were the Sox doing well, but the Yanks weren’t catching a single break.

Unfortunately, the game got out of hand pretty quickly. After a scoreless first, Burnett fell apart. It was clear early on that Burnett was going to have control problems, but we’ve seen him overcome that in the past — most notably in his last start, when he overcame some control problems to pitch seven strong innings. Tonight, though, it was beyond repair.

Control was the big story, obviously. A.J. did something I haven’t seen a pitcher do…ever, as far as I can remember. Of his 84 pitches, just 40 were strikes, meaning 44 were out of the zone. That’s just something that shouldn’t happen. However, it’s not the strangest part of his performance. Of the 84 pitches he threw, 68 were fastballs, and of the 16 curve balls just five were strikes. “I didn’t have a curveball,” A.J. said after the game, which explains the pitch selection. He also said that he didn’t know how to adjust, which is understandable. When you’re a two-pitch guy and one of them isn’t working, it’s tough to figure out what to do.

(When asked about how it felt to be so bad when the other guy on the mound was doing so well, Burnett scoffed. “I got nothin’ to do with Josh Beckett,” he replied. I quite like that.)

As was mentioned on the the Twitter feed, A.J. actually picked a good game to have no stuff. The offense couldn’t get anything going, so A.J. could have pitched his damnedest and still fallen short. Might as well take your lumps when the offense doesn’t show up, too. That is, if we’re to believe that he’ll even this out at some point. Given his second-half splits from last year, that’s certainly within the realm of possibility. It doesn’t excuse a thing, and A.J. said as much. But if he’s going to suck, it might as well be on a night the offense couldn’t manage a thing.

Johnny Damon put the offense into the best perspective: “We didn’t hit many balls hard, and when we did we hit them right at guys.” That pretty much sums it up. Cano hit a couple of balls real hard and got just one infield hit out of it. Damon hit a few hard, but saw no positive results. It happens, especially when you’re facing Josh Beckett at his best.

Emotionally, the worst part of the game was David Ortiz’s two-run shot in the second. The guy has been struggling mightily, so a homer against the Yanks, especially to drive in the first runs of the game, hurts, and it hurts bad. There’s no use harping on it. Those two runs are the same as any other two runs, but that doesn’t ease the pain. The only solace in this is if the Boston/national media goes nuts over this, and Ortiz goes 0 for the rest of the series. Only consolation.

After the game, the Yanks seemed as upbeat as possible considering the circumstances. Everyone talked about forgetting it and moving on to tonights’ game. It’s tough to argue with that. If the players can put the game behind them, the fans should, too. There was nothing pleasant about the game, but they do play another one tonight. And then again tomorrow. And the next day. And the next day…

Categories : Game Stories
  • Drew

    In the postgame interview, right before AJ said that about Beckett, Aj was asked what was the feeling knowing that the guy your pitching against is so on. AJ said, I aint care about that man. I friggin loved it. I think AJ will be fine, he’s a beast and his colors will show over his next 20/25 starts.

    • Bryan

      A.J sounded just like Boomhauer from King of the Hill when he said that.”I ain’t worried about him, man. I’m more frustrated with myself. I ain’t got nothing to do with Josh Beckett.”

  • e mills

    I’ll still take AJ any day in a short playoff series against any pitcher or team

    • AndrewYF

      Really? I wouldn’t. What’s your favorite part about him, his quick unraveling whenever anything goes wrong, or how he doesn’t have any sense of the strike zone, even when he’s pitching well?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Agreed. AJ is nasty when he’s on, but I can think of three or four pitchers in this rotation I’d pick before AJ to win a game in a short playoff series.

    • Mike HC

      I mean, I still like AJ, but I can definitely think of a few pitchers I would rather have on the mound. You may have taken that one too far.

      • Bo

        What has he shown in 2009 that makes you say that? Would you take Wang in a short series too because he had a good year in 2007??

  • GG

    That curtain call was clownish, it was the second inning.

    • Drew

      Would you like cheese with that?
      We do stupid curtain calls all the time..

      • Anonymous

        Clownishness validated.

      • http://forums.projectcovo.com/images/smilies/e6omir.gif OmgZombies!

        Not for someone hitting below his weight

        • dkidd

          pablo sandoval could hit below his weight and win a batting title

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Pablo Sandoval could hit below his mass in kilograms and win a batting title.

            Watching Randy Johnson stand next to him felt like watching an elf stand next to a dwarf in some Lord of the Rings movie.

            • BklynJT

              got the picture in my head… classic

  • josh

    really hope this pitching staff gets consistent. very happy with the season so far but have to feel that the pitching will get better. if you look at the stats pretty much everyone on the team will get better if they areto reach their career average #’s. pretty exciting

  • stuart

    burnett deserves no confidence. 2nd most walks in the AL after Carmona.

    he has not done jack yet, zippo….

    he until proven otherwise is a bust signing who is all talk…

    trust this guy in a big game!!!!Why what has he done to make you confident in him? Zippo…..

    the guy has a high 4 ERA….the masterpieces against the yanks last year are ancient history…………..

    • josh

      gotta have faith. so far he has been a bust but hopefully he turns it around.you would think he will finish the year with an era better than it is now – hopefully that means a lot of good starts to come. same for wang. one big worry i have is that joba is the second best starter we have and he might get shut down later in the year

    • Zach

      Have you heard of AJ before we signed him? Ya know because in the past he always had Greg Maddux like control

  • Alex

    Burnett will be fine. At least he doesn’t have IPK syndrome and recognizes that he absolutely sucked tonight. I have complete confidence with CC on the mound in game 3. As for tomorrow, anything can happen, but we should all hope for the best. Sure tonight was a let down, but we are tied for first in the AL east and have a great team to watch for the next 100 games.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      Can people stop IPK with the nonsense? It was one comment, and he later took full blame for a bad start in Scranton. He wanted to move on quickly, isn’t that what we all want from our pitchers after a bad one?

      • Alex

        No, not really at all. I want them to recognize when they let the team down and say how they will improve in their next start. Not insist that you pitched well when you gave up 5 runs in 3 innings.

    • John

      I accidentally misread “Alex” to be “Axl.” But then I read the positive reply and realized my mistake.

  • Spaceman.Spiff

    As much as it hurt to see Ortiz hit a homer against us it would be equally as big of a blow against them if Chien-Ming Wang spun a gem tomorrow.

    • Bo

      Then we should all play the lottery.

  • John

    What a bad day! Yankees lose, Lakers lose. :(

    So far they’ve and lost together.

    • http://forums.projectcovo.com/images/smilies/e6omir.gif OmgZombies!

      Yankees and a Lakers fan?

      • John

        my 2nd favorite team after the Nuggets…it’s a long story

    • John

      *they’ve won and lost together

      • Bo

        He’s also got the Red Wings in the CUp finals, Man U won the premier league, the Pats got Brady back, and Tebow back with the Gators to defend. Good luck!

  • http://forums.projectcovo.com/images/smilies/e6omir.gif OmgZombies!

    I know its a loss in early June and the Yanks are still in first but god damn it felt like a playoff game loss.

  • dkidd

    on the frustrating/annoying/are you kidding me scale

    nick green homers and doubles >>>>>>> jacoby steals home

    just me

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      Mostly because Nick Green sucked for the Yankees in 2006.

    • JGS

      agreed–when Pavano does well, I seethe but I understand that he is a talented pitcher.

      Nick Green is not a talented player. He went .240/.296/.387 for the Yankees. To have him beat you is just infuriating

  • Mike HC

    We are not going to win the season series against the Sox this year short of a major hot streak against them. In the end, it is one game. Beating the Sox in the regular season does not mean very much. They had their Ace going tonight, against the Yanks number three the way I see it (CC, Joba, then AJ). Getting hung up on every Red Sox game is not the way to go about this season. In 2001, we lost to the D-backs; In 2002, we lost to the Angels; In 2003, we lost to the Marlins; In 2004, the Sox; In 2005, the Angels; 2006, the Tigers; 2007, the Indians; 2008, we didn’t even make the playoffs. It is not about one team on one night. I still have complete confidence in this team compared to the rest of MLB. This team has its flaws, but there does not seem to be a dominant team this year. The field is wide open, and the Yanks have to be considered one of the favorites.

    • JGS

      once you are in the playoffs anything can happen.

      As for the season series, it doesn’t look good at this point, but who knows? perhaps Boston Massacre III is lurking somewhere down the line

  • http://theyankeebomber.blogspot.com Conan

    Big Papi visits an eye doctor and gets eye drops and has hit 2 homers in his last 3 games. I guess that’s code for steroid supplier and needle in the ass.

    • Mike HC

      It is tough to complain when the Yanks trot out an admitted steroid/PED user as our number four hitter. The playing field is even.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      Can we stop it with the accusations? It’s not like the Yankees are squeaky clean. Glass houses, stones, that whole thing.

  • stuart

    conan papi hit the other HR before he saw the doctor I think. the Hr was against chris benson and was hit about 304 ft….

    burnett needs to be much better……….

  • Wolf Williams

    No excuse on the planet for the home run surrendered to the Boston DH. That home run exists on a plane of shame with anything that happened in the 2004 ALCS.

    How can anyone come on here and tell people they ought to have faith in Burnett? When has he shown an ounce of toughness in a sticky situation? He’s more concerned with kangaroo courts and stupid, childish pies in the face than he is with earning his paycheck. Once again, Cashman has brought in a guy totally unsuited, mentally, for the New York baseball experience.

    The eyes don’t lie, and guys don’t change… two Red Auerbach axioms, and they are goddamned right. The Burnett that was on the hill last night is the Burnett we’re saddled with. He is not being paid to go 4-3, and again…. the home run to the Boston DH can never be lived down.

    Beckett was otherworldly, and that’s fine. A hot pitcher will do what was done last night. But 2.3 innings from a Yankees starter in that spot is not acceptable. Burnett owes every Yankees fan a public apology for that hearltess lack of effort.

    • Oscar

      I actually had my personal apology from A.J. in my e-mail inbox this morning. Refreshingly, he did indicate his “shame” for allowing the Ortiz HR, and acknowledged that it was probably a far worse moment for Yankee fans than was the 2004 ALCS, and could “never be lived down.” You didn’t get an e-mail from him yet? It’s probably too early in the morning to expect a call.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      I’m not going to blame anyone for being pissed/frustrated after last night’s loss. Two things, though, stuck out about this comment.

      1) “How can anyone come on here and tell people they ought to have faith in Burnett?” Because being a fan is supposed to be fun, and telling everyone that Burnett is going to suck for the next four and a half years seems to be the antithesis of fun.

      2) “The Boston DH.” What is this, a political speech wherein it’s deemed that mentioning a guy’s name is free advertising?

      • Spaceman.Spiff

        I don’t agree with Wolf’s overall comment but I don’t disagree with him on that first point you quoted though. Other than a couple outings, Burnett has not really shown himself to be the pitcher we saw last year and paid for. He has been much more like his former, “talented but unable to put it together” self.

        I think we reserve the right to not have faith in him much like how many don’t have faith in Wang, didn’t have faith in Melky when he sucked, don’t have faith in IPK, etc. It’s not that I’m gonna be rooting against Burnett and I never rooted against any Yankee ever, but it rubs me the wrong way when the same people who are so impatient with some other Yankees are strongly arguing for extra patience with Burnett.

        Again, I don’t agree with any of Wolf’s post really, a bad outing is a bad outing and that’s it. The pieing, kangaroo court, or giving up a homer to”The Boston DH Who Must Not Be Named” is of no importance, just performance.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

          If you look at Burnett’s splits from last year, he is the guy we saw last year and paid for. He was just as bad in the first half, and turned on the jets in the second half.

          • Bo

            You have to see peoples frustrations with him since he was so dominant vs the Yanks and Sox and the Al East last season. You expect the inconsistent with him but expect to sorta rise to the occasion.

        • ChrisS

          didn’t have faith in Melky when he sucked

          Melky is the same hitter from last year (.647 OPS over the last month, .512 OPS since his return to the lineup). Brett Gardner is slacking, too, but is still drawing walks.

  • yankeegirl49

    AJ sucked big time, but let’s put things in perspective. The offense did NOTHING!! AJ could have given up one run and we still would have lost. Cant win if you don’t score.
    Today is another day…

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      It most certainly is a new day. Gonna go take a run, get a big-ass breakfast at Shopsin’s. I think that will reset the ol’ emotions.


    Being a yankee fan in Massachusetts, I can’t tell you how much it stings to lose even one game to the Red Slobs. Six? The die-hard fan in me is disgusted. When they play Boston there is no passion. Burnett said it best after last night’s pitiful display – “I’m not going to kill myself over it”. Too many new guys who don’t understand how to play in this rivalry. Boston is stomping all over us, taking every advantage, because they want to win. The Yanks just think it’s another game. Turns my stomach.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      What would you rather have him say? I’m all for him being able to shake off a really shitty loss instead of beating himself up over it and possibly carrying it over to the next start.

      • MIKE IN MASS

        My point is that Burnett’s comment seems to me to be indicative of the attitude the new guys on the team have. Burnett was what, 6 -0 against the sox in Toronto? Boston plays the Blue Jays differently than they do New York. The Yanks use to rise to playoff level in these series. I don’t think the newbies understand the intensity that comes with the games against Boston. It’s treated as just another game, just another series, when Boston doesn’t treat it that way – and shouldn’t. It’s a DIVISION rivalry. And the players with experience with this rivalry seem powerless to up the ante. There’s a psychology involved as well: if the Yanks don’t maintain some kind of equality with Boston during the season, they’re going to have a huge advantage when it really matters.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    I stopped in here for like a minute last night. It was early in the game and the trolls/whiners were out in full force.
    Who are these people who show up suddenly? How have 2009 Yankee fans turned into pre-2004 Red Sox fans? How?

    It would be nice to win one against the Sox this season but it’s June and we’re tied for first place. AJ Burnett gave up a homer to David Ortiz. That doesn’t make Ortiz successful this year and it doesn’t make AJ a scrub. Over the course of a season that is nothing to jump off the roof about.

    We’ve struggled against scrub pitchers and we’ve managed to help struggling offense shine in other games against guys in other uniforms. And we weren’t quite slicing up our wrists. Yes, this is our biggest rival and we owned them for 86 years. They have a bit of catching up to do.

    This Yankees team is a good team and we would like them to shine against Boston the way they shine against other teams and take a series or even a game from them. But it didn’t happen. When your pitcher has one pitch and your defense makes stupid mistakes and your offense is asleep, you’re going to lose the game no matter who you play.

    It would be nice if they suited up against the Red Sox but they haven’t done that yet. When our frustration becomes their frustration perhaps they will. I’m not losing sleep over them. They’re big boys. They make a lot of money. They need to figure it out.

    But IMHO I think that as fans we need to reign in our wringing hands and gnashing of teeth. Just a bit. This over-the-top reaction leads to booing people at the Stadium and that’s not acceptable.

    I’m sometimes more frustrated with the fanbase than with the team. And last night was one of those nights.

    • yankeegirl49

      Well said!

    • Tampa Yankee


    • ChrisS

      I’m sometimes more frustrated with the fanbase than with the team

      Oh for chrissakes, grow up.

      • LiveFromNewYork

        Yes being frustrated with the fanbase = not grown up. Please.

        • Peter Lacock (anyone that boos a Yankee is the enemy)

          The little ones that need to grow up are the ones that make a mountain out of a molehill.

    • Frank

      Well said. The fact of the matter is AJ didn’t have it last night and Beckett was filthy. It happens. The Yanks have had their way with Beckett in the past; last night was his night.


      Totally with you that our team should not be booed by its supporters. Sorry, don’t agree that fan apathy inspires the team, especially regarding a division rival. When should the fans become vocal about the Yankees’ level of play against Boston? In September, when we’re tied with for first and they’re up on us 12 – 2?

      • LiveFromNewYork

        It’s not a matter of not being vocal. It’s a matter of being histrionic. Whenever I read the threads in a losing game lately it’s like 6 year old girls are writing it. Everything is histrionic and hyperbolic and when the Sox are involved it’s even worse. This fanbase has become pre 2004 Sox fans. And we’re in first place. I think that “oh my gawd the season’s over everyone is a bust and girardi should be fired” mindset is a bit over the top. There’s just too much of that lately.

  • Bo

    Last nights game is exhibit A as to why teams search high and low for top of the line starting pitchers. When Beckett is zoned hes almost unbeatable and thats why he has 2 rings and thats why the Sox are the favorite right now. Their pitching is just better top to bottom.

    • Nady Nation

      CC > Beckett
      Burnett Dice-K
      Pettitte > Wakefield
      Wang/Hughes > Penny

      If you wanna say the 5th starters are a push that’s fine, but to me the Yanks have a better rotation from top to bottom. Bullpen, well that’s another story.

      • ChrisS

        And that list doesn’t even include Jobber.

        • Nady Nation

          Damn, my original comment got screwed up for some reason. It said:

          Burnett Dice-K

          • Nady Nation

            OK, something keeps getting messed up. Basically I had Lester being better than AJ, and Joba being better than Dice-K.

            • JimT

              I’m not sure how you come to the conclusion that Sabathia is a better pitcher than Beckett. Their career regular season stats are similar with Beckett’s won / lost effected by being on a couple of bad Florida teams. Then when you look at post season Beckett is way better even when you include last years numbers when he was hurt. Oh and one last thing, Beckett’s record vs the Yankees is much better than Sabathia’s vs the Red Sox.

              Both are really solid pitchers, but for my money I’d take Beckett.

              • Zach

                Beckett also has a 5.80 era against the Yankees

                “Beckett’s won / lost effected by being on a couple of bad Florida teams”
                -he also average 150IP over those years, and the Marlins averaged 83 wins as a team

  • mick

    162 game season….we are tied for first..quit the panicking!

  • ChrisS

    Man #1: Storms a’coming. Saw the clouds over yonder.

    Man #2: Yep. But it was sunny for the last three days.

    Man #1: It was.

    Man #2: Why are you talking about the rain then?

    Man #1: Just sayin’ we might want to stand under the porch roof.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      Get the point, but don’t think that Wakefield and Penny represent a storm.

      • Peter Lacock (anyone that boos a Yankee is the enemy)

        Man #2: You can stand on the porch but I’m stayin in the sun cause those clouds are no threat.

        Man #1 But I go on the porch everytime I see clouds.

        Man #2 I don’t because I see clouds everyday and most times they just blow by.

        • Texeiramvp (JobaCyYoung)/Letsgoyankees-It depends on the blog

          Since when were Wakefield and Penny a “storm”? We have just as much of a chance as they got if you ask me.

          • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

            Both have ERAs over 5 vs. the Yankees for their career (granted, Penny’s only pitched against them once).

      • ChrisS

        People are missing the point despite thinking they understand it.

        Penny and Wakes are not the storm. Giving 82 million dollars to a 32 year old hot and cold pitcher with an attitude and a history of injuries and depending on him is something to be concerned with. And it’s very fair to judge AJ on what we’re seeing now based on his larger historical body of work (lots of BBs, injuries, and every now and again he amazes people with his stuff). Also, having an OF with two guys with career sub-.700 OPS, despite a happy few weeks, in the lineup to balance out two DHs (one on the DL) and a 36 year old LFer is a concern.

        Just sayin’, despite the wins, and overall talent level of the team, as they are built they still have problems that could derail a deep post-season run. Those problems have been manifesting themselves against the better teams in MLB early in the season, which is cause for concern. And (this is not directed at you Joe, or Ben) chastising people as not being True Yankees Fans ™ for having the poor taste to bring up those potential issues as they’re manifesting themselves isn’t very constructive, is it?

        IMO, from what I’ve seen to this point, I’m not banking on Pettitte, Wang, or Burnett to be very effective in the post-season. In a couple of months when they’ve put together some good games, sure things can change. But I remain decidely cautious. As it stands, I’m not all that willing to place large sums of money on the Yankees making the WS, let alone winning it.

        • Zach

          “as they are built they still have problems that could derail a deep post-season run”

          what do are you comparing the Yankees to? A team with 5 starters who pitch 220ip each with era’s below 3.50, and a team with 2 OFs who combine for 80HR, and an average team age of 26?

          Every team has problems that could derail a deep postseason run.

  • Texeiramvp (JobaCyYoung)/Letsgoyankees-It depends on the blog

    I’m hoping he’s better in the second half. But so far he’s been hugely disappointing.

    Tremendous pressure on Wang today.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Tremendous pressure on Wang today.

      Nah, too easy.

      • kunaldo

        ease up with the kung-fu grip?

  • YankeeScribe

    I agree that it’s just one regular season game and people shouldn’t lose sleep over it but it’s a big let down when we feel like the team we’re rooting for isn’t stepping up for big games.

    During the regular season, the only games that give us the feeling of a playoff series are our games against Boston. It’s easy to feel good about the fact that we’re in first place but fans have every right to feel angry or disappointed about the fact that they’ve owned us so far this season.

    Assuming we get to the postseason, we’re going to need Burnett to start a few games in October. His performance so far this season in big games doesn’t give me much confidence. Right now, CC, Pettite, and Joba are the only guys that I’d feel comfortable giving the ball to in October…

    • JP

      I disagree on your pitching assessment. Well, I agree I have more confidence in CC and Joba than anyone else on the staff, but Pettitte and AJ are similar…both are fine if they have control.

      I actually like Hughes in the playoffs. He’s raw, but for someone so young he looks really composed out there and has just a really together, complete game. He’s going to be a terrific pitcher.

      • YankeeScribe

        My confidence in Pettite comes from his history of stepping up for big games. And he’s held his own over his last two starts despite having injured his back. he’s earned my confidence. Burnett hasn’t. Hughes did well in his playoff appearance in 2007 but I need to see more consistenecy from him. Right now, I have no confidence in Wang or Burnett for big games.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

          My confidence in Pettite comes from his history of stepping up for big games.

          At this point in his career, I would probably refrain from evaluating Pettitte based on what he has done in the past. It won’t be the same thing as what he will do in the future.

          Plus, remember Game 6 of the 2001 World Series? Some big game he threw there.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Burnett and the offense both sucked, Beckett didn’t. That’s why the Yankees lost last night. There were some positives to take from the game, though. Swish made a nice play out in left towards the end of the game and David Robertson did great. His curveball looked absolutely incredible.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      and David Robertson did great.


      Aceves, Robertson, and Coke have all pitched well enough to be trusted even in those “big situations”. When Bruney and Marte get back, those two plus Mo means we’ve already discovered 6 good pitchers for our 7 man bullpen.

      One of Melancon, Claggett, WLDR, Chris Garcia, Mike Dunn, or Jon Albaladejo will likely prove by August that he’s worth the 7th spot. The “Oh, our bullpen is AWFUL!” line is no longer valid.

      • Zach

        “The “Oh, our bullpen is AWFUL!” line is no longer valid.”

        Not really. We have Marino and Aceves, other then that Robertson still has a small sample size. How do you trust Coke? 3 Loses, 2 BS, 5HR, 4.24 era as a reliever in 23IP is not impressive.

        Marte has yet to prove he can be effective in NY, Bruney has to prove he can come off the DL for more then a day.

        Maybe come Aug/Sept our bullpen wont be awful, but to say that comment is no valid now is wrong

  • JP

    As for Joe Paw’s conclusion that it was a good night for AJ to suck, well, maybe…I’d rather have had Wang pitch and suck, and then take my chance that AJ would turn in something decent against Wakefield.

  • Wolf Williams

    A post-game Burnett quote when asked about his performance this season:

    “Flashes of brilliance….”

    I’ll stop right there. ‘Brilliance?’ …… ‘Brilliance?’

    Not only does this loser stink, he has deluded himself into thinking he’s been a ‘brilliant’ pitcher. And Yankees fans on here are actually defending his ‘I’m not going to worry about it’ stance.

    No need to worry, AJ, you’re ‘brilliant.’ A 2.2-inning clunker in Boston is just the way we expected you to display your ‘brilliance.’ Blowing a 6-0 lead in Boston is another way we expected to witness your ‘brilliance.’

    This kind of ‘brilliance’ is apparently just what the Yankees fans here were yearning for. It’s no wonder, then, that they’ve all got your back this morning.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      Care to, you know, actually provide the full quote or are you content with just bashing him by taking three words out of context? That is pretty much what Mike Francesca and the rest of the idiotic talking heads do.

      How about the rest of the quote where he said he was “terrible, terrible.” He has actually shown, as he put it, “glimpses of greatness.” Look for example at his last two starts. Yesterday’s was not one of them, and as anyone who’s read more than your comment would know, Burnett was more willing than, say, Joe Girardi to own up to that fact.

      • Wolf Williams

        No surprises here… people rushing to defend a guy who has not only failed, but absolutely failed, to do what he was brought here to do.

        This cream-pie clown was paid big bucks because of his record against Boston. Care to dissect his 2009 record against the Red Sox? He was not brought here to lighten up a clubhouse or to pass out cream pies. He has a job to do, and he’s failing, and he thinks he’s been brilliant.

        He was given a contract to do something he has failed, twice, to come even close to accomplishing. But go ahead, put your arm around him and tell him it’s all right.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

          So your response is to attack his and my character. Real mature. That’s amazing baseball analysis.

          He doesn’t think he’s brilliant. Stop putting words into his mouth. He knows he was bad. Everyone knows he was bad. Shit happens. The Yanks lost last night, and you know what? Their offense crapped the bed too. Let’s just DFA the whole team, boo them merciless, forget they’re still in first place and start rooting for real players like the Nationals. How’s that sound?

          • Wolf Williams

            Attack YOUR character? Can you read? If you’re that sensitive, maybe you need to work on your social interaction.

            And this is not about ‘baseball analysis.’ It’s about a guy who claims he’s flashed a little brilliance. All I did was ask for evidence of this supposed brilliance.

            And if you think I don;t work and play well with others…. who the fuck cares? Are we here to become friends? Now you’re making me laugh.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

              Here are our rules. Play by them. If you can’t have a conversation without name-calling, profanities and character assassination, then don’t say anything.

              Again, Burnett never said he was brilliant. He said he had shown “glimpses of greatness” and admitted that his performance was 100 percent on him yesterday. What more do you want? Keep kicking the guy while he’s down though if you feel good about. He had thrown two very strong starts in a row before last night’s clunker.

              • Peter Lacock (anyone that boos a Yankee is the enemy)

                Francesa actually posts on here (under a different name). He’s the guy that repeats the same lame argument and then attacks peoples character.

                • JackC

                  Actually, I think Burnett’s first two starts, especially his second in Tampa, showed more than a few glimpses of greatness. I felt his analysis was actually pretty spot on. If only I could say the same for his command…

    • Rob in CT

      Flashes of brilliance is true, though. Burnett had some great starts early in the year (April) when the rest of the rotation was stinking up the joint. He was the only pitcher doing well at that point.

      I’m pissed off, frustrated, whatever. But seriously, look at the guy’s career (doing that is why I didn’t want the Yankees to sign him in the first place, btw) – he’s not the most consistent guy. He will have flashes of brilliance mixed with total garbage, plus some stuff inbetween… net result: a slightly above-average pitcher.

      • Rob in CT

        The flashes of brilliance:

        April 14th @ Tampa: 8IP, 2R, 1BB, 9K.
        May 27th @ Texas: 6IP, 0R, 4BB (eh), 7K
        June 2 vs Texas: 7IP, 3ER, 1BB, 8K.

        There were several other starts that were solid (meaning I’ll take them), but weren’t exactly brilliant.

        The garbage:

        4/25 @ Boston: 5IP, 8R, 3BB, 3K.
        5/22 vs. Philly: 6IP, 5R, 2BB, 7K.
        6/9 @ Boston: 2.2IP, 5R, 5BB, 1K.

        There were a couple of others that were poor, but not terrible either.

        So far, this adds up to a below-average performance. Happily, it’s just June. He’s gone on runs in the past (like last year’s 2nd half). Let’s hope he does it again.