Results for tag: A.J. Burnett
Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Aug 16, 2011 at 12:50:42 AM

If it seems like every five or six days that A.J. Burnett is pitching in front of an angry mob hidden behind computer or mobile screens - that is because he is.

His inconsistency of maddening degrees often makes like it seems there is a referendum on the ballot in the voting booth and if the fans had their say the measure of keeping him in the rotation would be voted down.

Burnett finally won a game in August. That is a confounding stat if there ever was one, especially pitching on a team that wins as much as the Yankees and this was his first August win since beating the Yankees on August 19, 2008 as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays.

That night he faced a Yankee lineup that included Johnny Damon, Bobby Abreu, Xavier Nady, Ivan Rodriguez and Hideki Matsui. That night also showed another

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Jun 9, 2011 at 03:14:50 AM

Two years ago the Yankees failed to win their first eight games against the Red Sox and spent a portion of that summer answering questions worded a hundred different ways about that issue. Eventually they finally answered with a resounding four-game sweep during the first weekend of August that resembled the five-game sweep in Boston three years earlier.

That weekend happened to be A.J. Burnett's best start against the Red Sox as a Yankee. During the second game of the series, a 15-inning victory, Burnett walked six but allowed just one hit in 7 2/3 innings. Since that game, Burnett is 19-23 with a 4.94 ERA.

And even that could be a misleading number. Since that Friday night, Burnett has allowed at least five runs 15 times and failed to get past the six 22 times.

Last night, Burnett

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 21, 2011 at 05:10:50 PM

Today is May 21 and for the second year in a row on this date, the Yankees are playing the Mets. Last year, it was Javier Vazquez on the mound in one of his finest moments as a Yankee. Five years ago on this date, the Mets were winners over the Yankee at Shea Stadium when Carlos Delgado and David Wright hit home runs off Aaron Small.

Small was like R.A. Dickey for the Yankees back then but the follow-up to a 10-0 2005 season did not end well, similiar to how Dickey had struggled until last night.

Speaking of struggles, the Yankees have lost six straight home games and this is the second skid of that length since the 95-loss 1990 season. The other was during this in May 2003 when the Yankees dropped eight straight May 16-26, 2003, a stretch that included a four-game sweep to the Toronto

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 19, 2011 at 03:26:39 AM

It was sometime after midnight when Yankee fans watching last night's game could finally take a few breaths and exhale. That was after the Yankees won what seemed to be a war of baseball attrition by scoring three in the 15th for a 4-1 win over the Orioles.

We wish we could be as calm as Bartolo Colon pitching those eight innings (and you could have made the argument for Colon pitching the ninth even with Mariano Rivera). We wish we could be as calm as Hector Noesi making his major league debut by pitching four innings and surviving four walks and four hits. We wish we could be as calm as we know Rivera will be the next time he appears. We also wish we could be as calm as Chris Dickerson after making a great catch at the wall.

Of course this isn't the first time the Yankees have played

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 1, 2011 at 01:58:42 AM

For the second straight season, the Yankees have won 15 games in the opening month. They were 15-7 last year and by going 15-9 this month, the Yankees have won at least that amount of games in consecutive opening months for the first time since 2002 and 2003 teams were a combined 38-16 in those Aprils.

The Yankee offense has had an interesting and contrasting month.

The .253 batting average places them slightly above the league average which was .249 going into Saturday's games. The .337 on-base percentage ranks in the top half of the league and well above the league average of .319 going into Saturday's game.

Where the Yankees have really shined offensively is hitting home runs. Their 43 home runs lead the league by far and only four of their 24 games have not featured a home run and

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 26, 2011 at 06:18:24 PM

Today is April 26 and as Joe Auriemma writes, the home run race between Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle truly began 50 years ago in Detroit.

Moving to a more recent April 26, four years ago Phil Hughes made his major league debut when the Yankees were in dire need of pitchers due to various injuries and ineffectiveness. The Yankees were a last place team and when Hughes could not win his debut and the Yankee bats could not score off Phil Hughes, the record was 8-12 and the deficit was 5 1/2 games.

"I felt fine but I just wasn't making pitches and anytime you keep yourself behind in the count, it's not going to be good," Hughes said. "Stuff-wise, I felt fine, but the results were not so great."

That is what Hughes said that night after allowing four runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 12, 2011 at 06:01:18 PM

Today is April 12 and is "assuring" a 100 percent chance of rain for tonight's game. Actually they're right, it's pouring as I'm typing.

A year ago, the Orioles were already beginning their descent into what ultimately became the Buck Showalter era and since August 3, the results have been mostly positive.

The Orioles are the fourth club since 1990 to begin the season with three straight road victories by allowing one run or less.

The others were the 2007 Mets, 2003 Twins and 1991 White Sox. Each team won at least 87 or more games.

Anyway, the Yankees will face a team that is 40-26 since Buck Showalter took over in August and the difference was very noticable when these teams met at Yankee Stadium Sept. 6-8.

As for the Yankees, should they actually play, which seems like

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 8, 2011 at 12:38:57 AM

For years, the book on A.J. Burnett has been high-velocity fastball and a curve that sometimes comes with a devastating hook.

When you’ve gone 10-15 relying on those two things, there comes a time to evolve or change it up slightly. For Burnett, his recovery this year might be contingent on the development and success of the changeup - a pitch that is designed to compliment his primary pitches.

Yesterday Burnett threw 12 changeups - primarily to lefties and that doubled his total he threw in five innings against the Detroit Tigers Saturday.

Last year, Burnett threw 3,175 pitches and just 84 were changeups. In 2009, he threw 4,117 pitches and just 77 were changeups.

Three years ago as an 18-game winner with the Toronto Blue Jays, Burnett threw 3,530 pitches and 130 of those were

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 2, 2011 at 02:44:11 PM

Today is April 2 and three years ago at Yankee Stadium, A.J. Burnett began his 18-win campaign with the Blue Jays by beating the team that later that year would give him a five-year deal. That night Burnett took a shutout into the seventh inning before allowing a home run to Alex Rodriguez.

"A.J. was definitely dominating today. He had a good changeup and breaking ball going tonight.

"He was throwing in the 90s and then he has curveball like that."

Those were the words of then Toronto manager John Gibbons and Rodriguez and as Burnett officially begins Year Three in pinstripes, the Yankees are hopeful those comments will be said numerous times, perhaps something along the lines of 15 to 20 times.

Burnett had a good spring training and a changed mechanical approach that he and the Yankees

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 20, 2010 at 04:04:09 AM

Don't push me cause I'm close to the edge, I'm trying not to lose my head, - Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

That is one of the lyrics to one of the more famous songs of 1980s hip-hop. It is a song about more serious social problems that pale in comparison to professional sports.

Since this is about the Yankees it is somewhat appropriate to the situation facing the Yankees at this afternoon.

The Yankees are at the edge as they face a three games to one deficit after getting manhandled by the Rangers. Now the question is will they lose their head (in this case meaning the 2010 season).

It does not look good, especially when Mark Teixeira is lost for the year with a strained right hamstring. It does not look good when an offense is 6-for-39 with runners in scoring position. It