Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Over the offseason the Yankees landed two premium arms to throw in their rotation. CC Sabathia was the crown jewel but AJ Burnett was the one with the "stuff". He was that we were told would step up in the big spots. He was the who had never lost to the Red Sox in his entire career. The one that was 5-0 versus the Sox with an ERA in the 2s. He was supposed to get it done against the arch-rival. To put it bluntly, it hasn't happened.
Through two matchups against Boston the AJ Burnett that the Yankees paid for has not been in attendance. In fact he's pitching less like a stud against the Sox and more like Kei Igawa. In two starts against Boston AJ Burnett has served up a total of 13 earned runs. That's 1 run less than he gave up in his previous 8 career starts against the Sox.
In last nights game going against Josh Beckett, Burnett couldn't even get out of the 3rd inning, and in doing so signed the Yankees up for 0-6 against Boston for the season. Now the Yanks turn to Chien Ming-Wang and his 14.46 era to break the 0-for skid, for some reason I'm a little worried with how thats gonna turn out.