Let's be honest, we all probably like C.C. Sabathia more than A.J. Burnett; and that's fine. It is most likely a cause of C.C. being a dominant pitcher while A.J. has been "eh" at best. For example, if it had been Burnett pitching last night giving up 5 runs with 9 hits, we would all probaly be saying, "Oh, another bad start by A.J., and, he;s no good." Instead, with C.C. pitching yesterday, we're all saying, "Yes, Sabathia leads the league in wins, and did you see those 9 strikeouts? Fantastic."
It looked early on that this was going to be a game consisted of tons ofscoring by the Yanks, and C.C. shuting the White Sox down. However, Sabathia couldn't hold on but did give the Yankees length. He pitched 7 innings and has improved his Cy Yound canindacy even more, although his ERA did raise a bit. He now leads the league in wins, is second in innings pitched, oh, and by the way, has the highest winning percentage in all of baseball.
Unlike Friday, there was no shortage of offense for the Yankees yesterday, with 12 runs and 14 hits. They hit three home runs; with Eduardo Nunez hitting one of them.
I am surprised he is hitting this well. Grant it, he's not hitting .400 with 5 homers, but when he gets his hits, they come at the right time.
The Yankees are still tied with the Rays, and hopefully they can pull away as we begin to enter September.