Results for tag: A.J. Burnett
Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 19, 2010 at 04:52:21 PM

Judging by the chatter on sports talk radio, another reason why I often take the approach of the players of paying little mind to it, you would think the Yankees are done. If you thought I was grasping at straws, then I don’t know what you could call some of those who believe Cliff Lee is doing something funny with his hat.

As for today, which is October 19, it marks the fourth time the Yankees have lost consecutive ALCS games. It also marks the third time the Yankees have trailed two games to one in the ALCS and each time (1977 vs. Kansas City and 1998 vs. Cleveland), they came back and won.

"We’re in a series where we’re down two to one and you would think we were down a lot further," manager Joe Girardi said. "When you lose a few games in a row in New York, it becomes

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 18, 2010 at 04:29:17 PM

Today is October 18 and 33 years ago across the street at Yankee, the Yankees were World Champions for the first time since 1962. That was the night that Reggie Jackson hit three home runs off three Los Angeles Dodger pitchers.

Reggie Jackson obviously is not in the lineup, but the usual lineup against a left-handed pitcher is being used.

That night Jackson was doing what the Yankees envisioned when George Steinbrenner signed him as a free agent and tonight Andy Pettitte takes the mound looking to add to his October totals in a positive light by pitching well against Texas.

Since Cliff Lee is on the mound, it kind of allows Pettitte to fly under the radar, get overshadowed and lost in the shuffle. Those types of things are perfectly fine for Pettitte, who has 19 postseason victories,

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 13, 2010 at 04:49:56 PM

Today is October 13 and a year ago, as the Yankees prepared for the ALCS with the Angels, A.J. Burnett was fielding inquires about pitching to Jose Molina as opposed to Jorge Posada.

Who Burnett is pitching to likely will be the least-asked inquiry in the days leading to his Game Four start. Instead, everyone will be curious to see what he does and how he and the Yankees feel about his stuff.

Burnett took the first step in his preparation for that start by throwing a simulated game. As seen from the third base dugout where I forgot it’s usually 10 to15 degrees warmer on the field, Burnett threw about 4 1/3 innings (at least in simulated games terms).

A simulated game is just that so anything goes, meaning that a batter can ground out but because he is still trying to get some reps

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 12, 2010 at 07:01:49 PM

Today is October 12 and a year ago, the Yankees were preparing for the Angels in the ALCS. The Yankees knew they would be facing the Angels because on the same day as their victory in Minnesota, the Angels scored three times in the ninth off Jonathan Papelbon.

At a quiet Yankee Stadium, where the only activity is a simulated game the Yankees still do not know if it they will be facing the Rays or Rangers for American League pennant.

One thing they seem to know is that A.J. Burnett will get a start and that will be Game Four a week from today at Yankee Stadium. Normally that would not be a big deal but the fact that Burnett’s numbers during the regular season were among his worst make it a concern.

Manager Joe Girardi said he does have a belief in Burnett since he saw him pitch

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 7, 2010 at 01:14:16 AM

Many times a pitcher who loses a game will say his stuff was good and that he made good pitches.  Many pitchers have made those comments after producing a line that is worse than four runs and seven hits in seven innings.

That is the line produced by A.J. Burnett against the Orioles that dropped him to 10-13. While there's no doubt the stuff was better and his most use of the curveball made it that way, it was not enough for the Yankees to win.

"I thought it's a good step forward," manager Joe Girardi said. "I thought his stuff was very good today. He didn't really have his changeup, but his curveball and fastball were very good. He got into some situations that he wiggled his way out of."

While Girardi expressed an optimistic tone about Burnett's performance, the right-hander felt

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Aug 29, 2010 at 09:13:35 PM

Maybe I am too much of an optimist but I believe A.J. Burnett will turn it around. I know he cares deeply about fixing whatever the problem ails him.

"I leave the pen every five days feeling the same. Great warmup, (feel) strong. I’m just not taking it to the field. Enough’s enough.”

That was Burnett’s comments after getting torched Friday in Chicago. We’ve seen this Burnett too often this year but we’ve also seen a pitcher who can display outings like October 29, 2009 and August 7, 2009.

"The first one was Game Two of the World Series, an absolute must-win if there ever was one because the night before ace C.C. Sabathia lost to Cliff Lee and three games in Philadelphia were looming.  That night Burnett allowed one run, four hits and struck out

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