Yankees ace CC Sabathia lead the team in the 4-2 win over the last place team in the AL West.
Arod sealed the deal with a two run a-bomb. It was really in the bottom of the 8th inning, not the 9th inning but who really cares. Arod doesn’t seem to think it mattered, and he was right.
Over the July 4th weekend (Happy Birthday America!) the Yankees face the Toronto Blue Jays. The Blue Jays are the team that is known for starting out hot, but always find there way back to fourth place in the AL East.
The Blue Jays can play baseball and proved it for over two months without Roy Halladay. Toronto just offers no fan support.
They play in a stadium that only fills when the Red Sox or Yankees are in town. It doesn’t motivate when a team goes into a slump. There is no booing or heckling from 30-40,000 fans to encourage players to want to turn things around.
That is the only excuse left for the Blue Jays. Fans are essential and that is consistently what the Blue Jays don’t have.
Ironically, the Yankees latest problem is ex-Blue Jay AJ Burnett, who will open up the series in the Bronx. Burnett has an 11.35 ERA since June 4th, the day that Yankee pitching coach Dave Eliand took a personal leave of absence. For such a tough guy, Burnett has been affected by Eliand’sabsence. Guess we will find out today if this rumor has any truth too it.
No matter what the reason, the fact is Burnett has to pitch well in this start. His strikeoutrate has been down all season, but Burnett’s problem seems to be more mental.Girardi, being a players manager rested catcher Francisco Cervelli so he is fresh to catch Burnett. This was smart and considerate of the Yankee skipper.
In Burnett’s last three starts he only made it through a total of 10 innings, with 12 walks and 12 strikeouts. Burnett’s walk rate had been down prior to June 4th, but his focus should be on the bigger picture for now.
Getting back to being himself again because AJ Burnett that can win games, so it’s about time to start. At some point, Burnett has to address his walks rate. He already has 41 this season…yikes!
Burnett will face Blue Jay’s Brett Cecil, who is in a similar situation.Cecil has only pitched 15 innings total in his last three starts, striking-out 13 and walking an acceptable four batters. Cecil did beat the Yankees this season already, going eight innings, striking-out five, walking just one batter and allowing only one earned run to score.
It seems that this new Cecil will not present as much of a challenge for the Yankees line-up. The Bombers are also hitting as a whole making any pitchers job much harder.
- King Felix follows Lee’s lead, shuts down Yanks (nbcsports.msnbc.com)
- Yankees Notes: Blue Jays, Burnett, Eiland, Laird, Texeira(bleacherreport.com)
- The Series Ahead: Yankees @ Blue Jays(slidingintohome.blogspot.com)
- Jays continue homer binge(theglobeandmail.com)