Burnett was pulled in the third inning, marking his shortest outing in pinstripes. This time Burnett’s frustrations got the better of him which certainly did not go over well with his teammates.
In the first inning, Burnett gave up a double to Carlos Pena, which scored Evan Longoria. Top of the second inning Rays Reid Brignac, hit a two-run homer and the Rays lead the Yankees 3-2.
It was not keen, but against the Rays, it is not the end of the world.
Then to start the third inning, Burnett hit Evan Longoria with a pitch and gave up an RBI single to Carlos Pena. Burnett’s location was a problem causing Joe Girardi to go out and remove Burnett from the mound.
Concerned fans waited for the verdict which was revealed as lacerations on both his hands. Burnett said the cuts were from a fall the previous evening, which seemed odd.
Baseball’s second-half is just 48 hours away from starting, and fans are filled with anticipation for the season’s end.
Some fans want it to end because there team is already out, while others have hopes for a post-season berth.
Well, even if your team is in last place just wish for a miracle? Crazier things have happened in sports. There is plenty of time remaining that, unless you are an Orioles fan, anything is still possible.
Okay, but what do you say to a New York Mets fan?
Before I answer let me state, as a New York Yankees fan I am not trying to be mean. This is a question I am ask all the time, as I have many Mets-fan friends.
Some examples: “Are the New York Mets trustworthy now?” or “Will this Shit last?”
Now, I will share my answer is below:
Mets fans might detest me, but you know in your heart this 2009 team is not good enough yet.
The Philadelphia Phillies will pass the Mets in the standings almost immediately, as only a half-game separating the two. When allowed, the Phillies gap will grow by mid to late August.
See, the Phillies are mentally tougher than the Mets, because the Mets are sore losers. This cannot be totally blamed on the Mets players, as no example of respect has been set by anyone.
To kick-off the second-half of the baseball season the New York Yankees will play host to the Tampa Bay Rays.
It’s number one vs. number two team of not only the AL East, but across the MLB.
Entering the All-Star break the Yankees lead the Rays by two games, but this series will be watched because it sets a tone for which team is better. It’s a great reality check for the Rays to show their stuff, as this battle might go down to the wire.
Pitching will dictate the series, so let’s break down the two AL East Rival weekend match-ups:
Sabathia has won his last eight starts, pitching a minimum of seven innings and a 2.37 ERA. Sabathia has 12 wins this season and at the break was the best pitcher in the AL. Sabathia is historically better in the second-half, so expect big things for the ace.
Sabathia will face James Shields who has not had the best first-half with a 7-9 record and an ERA of 4.20. Shields has 109 strike-outs and issued only 26 walks. That makes for a great strike-outs to walks ratio, which shows the youngster has the stuff to be much better.
Winner: CC SABATHIA has the advantage as everything from velocity to location is working great. The Yankee bats cannot go silent, as Yankees middle relievers tend to give up runs.
Not only was he the Boss of the Yankees, but he was beyond generous to the less fortunate. The Boss would beat you to the punch by asking, “What do you need?” Just fly down to Tampa, FL and ask anyone what he has done for the city.
Being able to make fun of yourself is what defines an extraordinary man, this makes a man authentic and enables people to relate. This was signature of the Boss.
It makes his passing so surreal on the day of the All-Star Game, as George Steinbrenner was an All-Star of sports and he will be sorely missed by all of New York City and especially his Yankee fans.
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Let’s continue with summing up the wild first-half of the MLB season, by looking at the National League.
One thing is for sure, the NL is no longer “the other” league in baseball. The NL is providing plenty of drama and talent to compete with their AL counterparts.
The hottest team in the NL is the first place Atlanta Braves. Braves fans finally have something to cheer about. After a sluggish start to 2010, the Braves have been on fire once everything started to click. Rookie sensation, Jason Heyward who was voted an All-Star but due to a deep bruised thumb will not participate. Thus far, the 20-year old Heyward has 13 doubles, three triples, 11 home-runs, 45 RBIs, 42 walks and five stolen bases. The Braves strong pitching staff lead by Time Hudson has made this team a real force.
Coming in second are the New York Mets, who are four games. Right on the Mets heels are the 2008 and 2009 NLCS champion Philadelphia Phillies who are just a half-game. Mets David Wright is back on his game again, but Mets fans are starting to believe again. Jose Reyes and the nifty Angel Pagan make-up a solid line-up. It’s the pitching that will dictate their future.
Hopefully, the Mets won’t give-up and pout if the Phillies squeak past them down the stretch. It would not be the first time, so the Mets have to mentally stay strong.
The Phillies, like the Red Sox are injured all-around. The Phillies are getting their stride back as of late, so don’t be dumb and count them out. The 2009 Yankees were exactly where the Phillies are now, not in first but getting momentum from all the walk-off wins.
The Marlins (10 back) and Nationals (13.5 back) have fallen to the back of the pack. Still both ball-clubs have bright futures, the Marlins have young ace Josh Johnson and hard-hitting and headed Hanley Ramirez. The Nats have prodigy pitcher Steven Strasburg. Strasburg is on a 110 innings limit for good reason and already has the hottest selling jersey in all of MLB.