When pitching coach Dave Eiland‘s went AWOL most of June, Burnett was significantly affected on the mound. It was the worst month in Burnett’s career, but it also was the worst pitched by a Yankee for the month ever.
At first, Eiland’s absence seemed like a story thrown out by the Yankees to get him some time, as Burnett ever made an excuse. Ups and downs do follow Burnett, but he hit bottom here for sure.
Burnett lost all five starts, only pitched for a total of 22.3 innings in which he gave up 29 earned runs, 17 walks, 10 home-runs and only striking out 19. The walks are nothing new for Burnett, but before this blow he had improved that figure.
Are AJ Burnett’s dreary days over now?
Hopefully as proved since Eiland’s reappearance. Eiland made a decisive effect as Burnett was back to his best in his last start.
Pitching just shy of seven innings, Burnett allowed zero earned runs, zero home-runs, issued just three walks and struck-out six. Unfortunately, the Yankee bats were asleep and could not back Burnett who took the lose. The fact is he gave the team the chance to win.
Burnett will square off against Oakland Athletics Gio Gonzalez.
The Yankees drilled Gonzalez earlier this year with five earned runs and five walks in four innings. Gonzalez did strike-out five and overall in 2010 his stats are much better with 3.50 ERA and a 7-5 record.
Like AJ, Gonzalez walks to many batters, so this could be a base on balls dual.
It is too unfortunate “Yankees wanna-be-bully,” Dallas Branden was slated to start. Big, bad Branden’s elbow is stiff enough, so he can once again avoid Alex Rodriguez, who he owes minimum 75% of the “Get Off My Mound” t-shirt profits too.
The Bombers brought their brooms out West. Resulting in a Yankees win, an AJ win and a sweep if the A’s in their house.
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