Results tagged ‘ A.J. Burnett ’

Game 147: Yankees at Mariners

September 13, 2011 – Safeco Field – 10:10 p.m. ET (YES, WCBS 880 AM)

YANKEES (89-57)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jesus Montero DH
Andruw Jones LF
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Brett Gardner CF

A.J. Burnett RHP (9-11, 5.27)

MARINERS (61-86)

Ichiro Suzuki RF
Kyle Seager 3B
Dustin Ackley 2B
Mike Carp LF
Justin Smoak 1B
Miguel Olivo C
Adam Kennedy DH
Casper Wells SS
Brendan Ryan SS

Charlie Furbush LHP (3-8, 4.84)

Umpires: HP – Tim Timmons, 1B – Mike Muchlinski, 2B – Jeff Kellogg (CC), 3B – Mark Carlson.

Weather: It’s shaping up as a pleasant but cool evening in Seattle. The sky looks overcast beyond centerfield and the flags are almost completely still.

This and that: Friday could mark Alex Rodriguez’s return to the lineup … just a night off for Curtis Granderson … Girardi said he thought about using Dellin Betances or Andrew Brackman last night as the Yankees pulled away. He’d like to get them into a laugher … The Yankees aren’t sure if Francisco Cervelli’s season is over. They’re going to treat his concussion very conservatively.

Joe Girardi on A.J. Burnett: “I think he can get better and better. His changeup was the best I’ve ever seen it the other day. It still comes down to being able to locate your fastball, and I think his curveball has been better with the depth rather than going across.”

Game 141: Yankees vs. Orioles

September 7, 2011 – Yankee Stadium — 1:05 p.m. ET (YES, WCBS 880 AM)

ORIOLES (55-85)
Matt Angle LF
Robert Andino SS
Nick Markakis DH
Mark Reynolds 1B
Nolan Reimold RF
Chris Davis 3B
Ryan Adams 2B
Kyle Hudson LF
Craig Tatum C

Pitching: Zach Britton LHP (9-9, 4.22)

YANKEES (87-53)
Eduardo Nunez SS
Russell Martin C
Nick Swisher RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Andruw Jones LF
Jesus Montero DH
Brandon Laird 1B
Greg Golson CF
Ramiro Pena 2B

Pitching: A.J. Burnett RHP (9-11, 5.25)

Umpires: HP Gary Darling (CC), 1B Bruce Dreckman, 2B Paul Emmel, 3B Alan Porter

Game 135: Yankees at Red Sox

September 1, 2011 – Fenway Park — 7:10 p.m. ET (YES/MLB Network, WCBS 880 AM)

YANKEES (81-53)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Jesus Montero DH
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez 3B

RHP A.J. Burnett (9-11, 5.31)

RED SOX (83-52)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Marco Scutaro SS
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Carl Crawford LF
Jed Lowrie 3B
Josh Reddick RF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C

LHP Jon Lester (14-6, 3.09)

Umpires: HP Alfonso Marquez, 1B Mark Wegner, 2B Ed Rapuano, 3B Brian O’Nora.

Will this be A.J.’s last stand?

Are we approaching A.J. Burnett’s last turn in the Yankees’ rotation?

Given his contract situation, it’s unlikely that even if Burnett flops in Baltimore on Friday, he’d never take the ball in pinstripes again. Yet the Yankees are coming to the point where they need to make a call on Burnett, having pushed six starters into five slots just about as long as they can and planning to fix that up after Saturday’s doubleheader at Camden Yards.

There’s no getting around it: Burnett has been unreliable for some time, and his incident with Joe Girardi on the mound at Target Field over the weekend just drew even more attention to the struggles, giving up seven runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings Saturday as the Yankees lost, 9-4.

It doesn’t really matter much if Burnett’s three-word rant (two of which were no-nos) was directed at Girardi or the fact that Joe Mauer was credited with a ball on a pitch that Burnett thought should have been a strike.

What matters more are these numbers: Since beating the Brewers on June 29, Burnett is 1-4 with a 6.93 ERA in nine starts, having only beaten the last-place Royals on Aug. 15 (permitting 10 hits but only three runs in a 5 2/3 inning outing). Opponents are hitting .308 with a .916 OPS over that span against Burnett, who started the year with such promise of returning to form but has essentially been a batting practice pitcher over this recent stretch. His ERA in August alone is 10.70.

Meanwhile, Phil Hughes has won his last three starts and finally seems to be rounding into form. CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova are safe in the rotation. Freddy Garcia just made it through a rehab start on Monday at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and even though Bartolo Colon may be approaching the point where he’ll be running on fumes, the Yankees must feel better about their chances to win on any given day with the ball in his hand than Burnett’s.

So, what to do? He could dominate the Orioles and change all the buzz, but if you have to make a call at this moment, it looks like the Yankees have a $16.5 million long reliever — or, roughly, someone earning 16 times what they were hoping to pay Sergio Mitre to do the job.

Garcia’s cut finger clears up Yankees rotation drama

Freddy Garcia has been scratched from his scheduled start Sunday.

In the end, it turns out that neither Phil Hughes nor A.J. Burnett will be bounced from the rotation. The unlucky contestant for now is Freddy Garcia, who has a cut on a finger of his pitching hand and is unable to throw his split-fingered fastball.

As such, Garcia has been scratched from Sunday’s scheduled start against the Rays. Burnett will go instead, manager Joe Girardi said. Girardi said that Garcia cut it four or five days ago in a kitchen accident and was unable to throw his split on flat ground today.

“I’m not sure when we’ll get Freddy back,” Girardi said. “It’s not real deep, but it’s where he throws his split. It rubs on his split on the side of his finger, so the decision was made.”

The Yankees’ pitching plans at Kansas City, thus, are as follows —

Monday: Ivan Nova
Tuesday: Bartolo Colon
Wednesday: CC Sabathia

So… what if Hughes pitched well today and Garcia had been completely healthy?

“I don’t have to answer that question. That’s the beauty of this,” Girardi said.

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