Not only was Burnett up against his old team the Toronto Blue Jays, but was having his worst month on the mound to date.
Who knows if pitching coach Dave Eliands return was all that was needed, but Burnett pitched like an ace. Burnett kept the Blue Jays scoreless just shy of seven innings, with 6 strike-outs and three walks. His total pitches to strikes were 106-68 which means more than half his pitches were strikes.
Knowing Burnett deserved and needed this win, why would Joe Girardi put in Chan-Ho Park?
Park has allowed 6 home-runs and 19 runs to score this this season, a hitter’s dream on the mound. So why put him in against the home-run loving Blue Jays makes no sense too me.
Girardi was looking at his trusty binder, as Park had success against the Blue Jays back on June 5th. A game that the Yankees lost and Park came in the 12th – 13th inning. The pressure all around is different in that situation. Park’s latest run has allowed eight hits and seven earned runs in 6 1/3 innings, not the guy you want in a tied game.
Park has been awful or injured for the majority season. Girardi cannot afford to allow Park to have anymore chances to figure himself out. Park was a starter for the majority of his 17 years in the league and his pitching has been declining for some-time now.
Regarding Joba and Robertson, the youngsters will find there way because both are to talented not too.
Do I even need to speak of Mariano Rivera? He is a god and continues to amaze everyone both as a person and a player.
GM Brian Cashman had to bring up pitcher Dustin Moseley from Triple-A Scranton, which was due to contractual reasons regarding Moseley opt-out option. It sent down Boone Logan who has been doing better lately.
The bullpen problem happened on May 8th, when Alfredo Aceves went on the DL. Nicknamed ‘Ace’ for being solid in baseball’s most under-appreciated 6th, 7th and 8th innings.
A relief-pitcher’s job is to keep a game from changing and getting the ball to the closer. Ace had 10 wins, the most in the AL for 2009 in relief. He has been impossible to replace, costing the Yankees chances for winning close games.
Ace is throwing bullpen sessions but no timetable on his return from a bulging disk in his back.
Sergio Mitre, who I am not sold on still would be a better option than Park. Mitre should be back in the bullpen right after the All-Star break.
Yankees will have Andy Pettitte on the mound. It is perfect timing for the Southpaw to bring some luck back after the team has lost 3 of last 4 games. Pettitte thrives in this situation.
The Yankees need to win with Boston Red Sox now only a .5 a game back and looking to pounce before the break.
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