When people say baseball is boring, they’re thinking about games like today.
Blustery and damp, the atmosphere was not very pleasant, and neither, for Yankee fans, was the game.
AJ Burnett really only had one bad inning–really, I promise–but that inning meant six Baltimore runs, including a grand slam. After that, it looked like both teams–the Yankees and the Orioles–simply stopped caring.
After last night’s game, which didn’t end until 1.30 this morning, it’s not a tremendous surprise that both teams came out sort of flat (again, excepting that second inning), but if AJ Burnett expects to help take the Yankees far in October, he probably shouldn’t be giving up six runs in one inning to a last-placed team.
After the second inning, the game seemed to speed by, as Burnett managed to calm himself and Brian Matusz of the Orioles did the whole young-pitcher-the-Yankees-haven’t-seen thing. Matusz is one of baseball’s top, and I mean top, prospects, so the Yankees will get to see him more often in the coming years.
In some senses, it’s hard to get too upset about the loss. The Yankees will have, at worse, a 7.5 game lead after tonight, and Jerry Hairston, Shelley Duncan and Jose Molina will not be in the starting lineup in October unless someone gets hurt.
Still, Burnett’s recent performances, with the exception of his work against the Rays, have been unsettling. There is a tremendous difference between going into the postseason with two reliable pitchers, than there is three, and winning one game since the end of July isn’t exactly what Burnett needs to be doing.
The Yankees, who have been so good since the All Star break, will now spend tomorrow trying to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Orioles.
Good thing they got this CC guy, huh?
During his first AB, Derek Jeter got a tremendous ovation from the crowd. This weekend may very well be more a celebration of Derek Jeter than it is anything else.
Even if Jeter would hate such a thing, and he probably would, he’s earned it.
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