Showing posts with label AJ Burnett. Show all posts
Showing posts with label AJ Burnett. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

4/6- Yankees at Red Sox: Game 2

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Johnson DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Nick Swisher RF
Marcus Thames LF
Curtis Granderson CF

A.J. Burnett
0-0, 0.00

Red Sox (1-0)
y Ellsbury LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Victor Martinez C
Kevin Youkilis 1B
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
J.D. Drew RF
Mike Cameron CFMarco Scutaro SS


Jon Lester
0-0, 0.00

TV: YES Network
Radio: 880
Notes: Marcus Thames is making his Yankee debut due to his general success against lefties. He is a career 1-2 with a long ball against the brave Jon Lester. Tonight keep an eye on the chemistry between Posada and Burnett. Though the rift was over blown by the media it is vital that these two win together. As I said in the last post Phil Hughes is with the team tonight. It seems Girardi is playing match-ups to determine who will come in from the pen. We just ask he doesn't bring in Chan Ho Park. My guess is Joba will be good to go though throwing 30 on sunday. Marte, though he looked awful, is physically fine and is able to pitch tonight.

There will be a light rain in Boston to start the game.


Friday, July 3, 2009

Checking Out With a Win

I'll be making my getaway to New Hampshire to spend some time with the family tomorrow. So, this was the last game I'll be seeing for the rest of the week. It was a good one though.

A.J. came out of the gate throwing heat. He was thrwoing 95-97 mph consistently and it served him well early on. When that started to fail him, he turned to a vicious breaking ball. Although the score was close, the way Burnett pitched made it feel like the lead was much larger.

He's been fantastic since that start against Boston and I pray he stays healthy because right now A.J. is a guy worth watching every start. He K'd seven in as many innings and gave up only two runs. Much of that was due to the fact that he limited his walk total to three which is a major improvement for Burnett. He was challenging hitters, rather than nibbling and the results were fantastic. The bullpen was just as good as well. The two Phil's worked together for an easy eighth inning and Mariano had a 1-2-3 ninth inning while K'ing two.

The offense didn't score to many runs but were solid and four runs sould be enough to win a game. Cano opened up the scoring by leading off the second with a homer. Its been a long time since Robi's flashed his power. It wasn't that long ago that some people were talking about 30 home run potential with him and its nice to see him show some of that again. The fifth inning was what sealed the deal. Brain Tallet started the inning by walking Brett Gardner, big mistake. The Toronto lefty was clearly distracted by Gardner throughout the rest of the inning. He ended up walking Mark Texeira with the bases loaded and throwing a wild pitch to give the Yankees a 3-1 lead. Vernon Wells got the Jays a run closer in the following inning with a solo homer but that was all they would get and A-Rod would tack on another run with a ninth inning homer off of Jeremy Accardo anyway.

Great bounceback win after a clunker by Sabathia and the Yankees are rolling right now.

Monday, June 22, 2009

What to do with the pitching?

The entire Al East, including the Yankees, have the day off. This gives them a chance to rest and regroup after the worst stretch of games they've gone through since last August. It also gives us bloggers to gripe about the various problems we see them having. The biggest dissapointment this year has been the rotation.

First, lets look at some FIP's for the rotation.

Sabathia- 3.80

Sabathia has been the only reliable pitcher for the Yankees throughout the year. He would face no challenge to his spot but now he's hurt. We don't know how bad it is. He claims he will make his next start but Girardi isn't quite so sure. Obviously, we hope he can make the start against the Mets. I have no problem with C.C though.

Chamberlain- 4.52

Well, can you believe it? Joba's beent he Yankees second best pitcher. With the way I've heard people talking, I'd though he had suddenly turned into Sidney Ponson and his destroyed, hopeless career could only be salvaged coming out of the bullpen. No, Joba's just a young guy who's going to go through struggles before emerging into the ace he can become. For now though, he's still a solid pitcher who anybody would be happy with at the back-end of the rotation if everybody else was doing their job. You guys know my stance of Joba, if he started challenging guys more and shaking Posada off less, he could take a big step forward.

Pettitte- 4.61

Before his last start, Pettitte had a lot of people worried, including myself. We were hearing whispers about back problems and not seeing many results. However, his last start was about as dominant as Pettitte will be for what's left of his career. I expect Pettitte's numbers to get a bit bettter as the season goes on. I also think that Girardi and co. are going to try and keep him away from Yankee Stadium as much as possible. His numbers are vastly better on the road than at home and I think that would be a big help to him.

Burnett- 4.84

Burnett is not the guy I wanted in the offseason. He had never been the ace some people made him out to be and I still have big injury concerns about him. Watching Burnett nibble and give up runs is painful when Derrek Lowe, who's sinker ball style seems tailor made for Yankee Stadium, has an FIP of 3.42 for the Braves. Burnett's not going to be this bad though. His problem is his ridiculous walk totals. Like Joba, he's a flamethrower that needs to trust his stuff and through the ball in the strikezone. I assume that Eiland, Posada, or Girardi will notice this before long if they haven't already. I'm not positive but I think he's generally better in the second half anyway so I'm sure he'll be all right.

Wang- 6.14

At this point in the season, we have to start considering the possibility that Wang sucks. He's shown very little signs of being the pitcher he was before his injury and I think this next start is going to be his last for a long time unless he can put together a good outing. However, their are encouraging signs. He finally gave the Yankees a quality start last time out and I'm hoping he may have turned a corner. If they could get him going again it would be a huge boost to this team and could trigger a turnaround. Big start for Wang coming up.

So what can the Yankees really do? I guess Wang will get one more start and if he gets hit hard again he'll make way for Phil Hughes. What about the others though? Its tough to see them yanking Burnett from the rotation and anybody else wouldn't really make much sense. We'll jut have to hope that they can magically start pitching better.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Damon's Loss

This loss has to be on Johnny Damon. I really don't feel like getting to detailed into this game. A.J. Burnett sems to have hit a groove and was cruising for most of this game. However he got derailed by a huge Johnny Damon error. Damon also later killed a rally in thbe eighth. I'm tired of watching them lose to inferior teams.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Will We Ever Beat the Red Sox Again?

Coming into this series the Yankees were riding pretty high. They seemed like a new team. After another sweep at the hands of the Red Sox the Yankees are suddenly stripped of any sort of identity. They have somehow managed to lose eight straight (nine?) to their biggest rival and yet remain only one game behind them. They are a confusing team to say the least. They trotted out what some called the best 1-2-3 punch in baseball before the season for this series and still got crushed. Burnett, who was brought in to kill the Red Sox, has done nothing all year and hardly reversed that trend. The only reason people aren't calling for his head is that he's been overshadowed by Wang, who's been covered extensively. Then C.C. Sabathia finally turned in a good performance but was victimized by a thin bullpen and nonexistent offense against Brad Penny.

They have until August before they play Boston again. By that time this team is going to look a lot different. They need to figure things out by then. I really hate to find myself agreeing with Steve Lombardi, but these Yankees don't look like they can handle the AL's top teams. I mean, David Ortiz is getting hits against us. Hopefully, they can just go out and get a win tomorrow.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Looking For A Sweep

After two uber close games the Yankees will turn the ball over to A.J. Burnett, looking for their 5th straight win and a sweep of the Twins. After this the Yankees have a chance to make up some ground on Toronto/Boston. The Yankees next face the Orioles, Phillies, and Rangers while Toronto and Boston have two series against each other coming up this month. If they play well, than by the end of May the Yankees could be only a game or so out of first.

Friday, May 1, 2009


This was a back and forth game for the first few innings. Burnett clearly wasn't at his best and gave up a few early runs. However, Manny Ortega did much of the same, giving up some big hits. In the end the difference was Melky Cabrera who has seemingly won the starting centerfield job back.

Sorry this is so short but I'm in a rush.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Great Win but X-Man is Down

  • Most Imporantly from Pete Abe: Xavier Nady had a “sharp pain” in his right elbow in the seventh inning and was taken out of the game. He previously had elbow surgery. MRI tomorrow.
  • Burnett pitched a gem going for 8 and only twirling a no hitter through seven.
  • Swisher was well Swisher. He went 2-4 with a double and Home Run.
  • Jeter hit a sick HR in the 9th to seal the deal.
  • Bruney slammed the door shut with 3 quick outs.
  • RAB has a good minor league update.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Joe Announces Rotation

  • C.C.
  • Wang
  • Burnett
  • Pettitte
  • Joba

  • This is the line-up that I think most Yankee fans were hoping for.

    Saturday, January 31, 2009

    #3 Starter

    You know, as I get deeper into these I get the sense more and more that these teams are idiots for the way they order their rotations. Its also kind of cool to see how lucky certain guys got.

    Yankees- A. J. Burnett- I wasn't a fan of this signing but their's no denying that Burnett is a really good pitcher. His RCA's the past few years have been good (3.86, 3.13, 3.60) but his innings haven't (134, 164, 222). The sudden jump last year makes him even more of a risk then usual as well. He`s good and is probably actually better than Wang but he`s got to stay healthy. Hopefully, he can prove me wrong and be the that the Yankees are hoping he can be. We`ve got him for 5 years, hopefully he`ll be good.

    Red Sox- Daisuke Matsuzaka- I`m still very slightly annoyed that we failed to get this guy but take solace in the fact that he`s one of the more overrated pitchers in baseball. Last year his RCA was 4.49 in 163 innings. That's solid but not even close to being the ace that his record and ERA would indicate. The year before he was better at 4.01 in 206 innings. It seems like the league has adjusted to him and its just a matter of time before he stops getting so lucky. He`s an above average pitcher but not a great one.

    Rays- Matt Garza-The Rays got him from the Twins for Delmon Young last year and right now, that deal looks pretty good for the Rays. In his first full year, he was pretty good. In 185 innings his RCA was 4.26. Essentially, what we were hoping to get out of Hughes and Kennedy. The sudden rise in innings is dangerous and he`s a guy to watch for injuries but if he doesn't get hurt, he should keep developing and getting better. He`s cheap and good. Most teams would love to have guys like this.

    Conclusion- Yankees- Rays- Red Sox- I didn't have a hard time going with Burnett at #1 here. Burnett is good enough that even when he misses half the year, he still has a lot of value. Garza and Matsuzaka are close though. I went garza because he`s still young and could get even better next year. Matsuzaka is in his peak years right now and has probably hit his ceiling already.

    Thursday, December 25, 2008

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    Friday, December 19, 2008

    Has Burnett Really Changed?

    One thing we heard A.J. Burnett say over and over again in his press conference yesterday was how he had become a pitcher last year and not a thrower. He explained his sudden ability to stay healthy with not relying on trying to throw a 100 mph fastball every pitch, trusting his curve more, and focusing more on control.

    A lot of times when players have career years like this they try and explain their performance with nonsensical statements that end up not being true. This caught my attention though, partially because I`m still trying to rationalize this signing. Unfortunately, this seems to be more of a myth than fact.

    He did throw his curve more than usual and his fastball less than usual in 2008 but its not a big enough difference to really matter. His FB velocity did decrease but by more than you would expect from a player entering his 30's. His BB/9 rate wasn't that different from the previous year and was actually higher than some other years as well. I don't see much evidence of this sudden change Burnett claims to have made last year. Maybe I`m missing something but I don't really think Burnett is over the injury hump at all.

    Friday, December 12, 2008

    Yankees Sign Burnett

    That's a shame. The Yankees signed AJ Burnett to a five-year, $82.5 million contract, which is $16.5 per year. I don't like this signing, but tell us what you think. More on this later.