Mets’ fans, you think you had it bad today? The New York Yankees were defeated by the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-4. A.J. Burnett continues to pitch poorly as he picked up the loss for his fifth straight start. With the loss, the Yankees drop to 46-28 on the year.

A Not So Happy Birthday - Jeter Struck Out 3 Times (REUTERS/Danny Moloshok)

Initial Reaction:

The well-documented struggles of A.J. Burnett continue. He is in a Mark Teixeira-like slump. Currently, that is a poor example, as Teixeira hit a three-run home run in the first inning to bring his total on the year to 13. However, A.J. had a one of his now typical ugly starts (see below).

Positives From The Game:

You’re on the Mark!: Mark Teixeira continues to put his early season struggles behind him. He hit a three-run homer in the first to put the Yankees on top early, 3-0. However, it was all downhill from there.

Working the Count: I have no complaints for the Yankee offensive output against Dodgers’ starter Hiroki Kuroda. He was forced to make 110 pitches in 5.1 innings. He also gave up seven hits, four earned runs, three walks, and struck out five. The first five Yankee hitters all recorded a hit.

Negatives From The Game:

AJ, AJ, AJ: Quite simply, the reason the Yankees lost was because of A.J. Burnett. I’m not a pitching coach, nor am I going to pretend to be, but my educated guess has to be that there is something wrong with his delivery in the stretch. The stolen bases keep adding up, so maybe he is becoming to conscious of the runners on base? I’m not sure, but his line was disastrous. In three innings of work, he gave up six hits, six earned runs, six walks, and struck out five. His ERA on the season has ballooned to 5.25.

Manny Being Manny: Manny Ramirez kills the Yankees. It doesn’t matter whether he’s wearing royal and white or navy and red. He went 1-1 with three walks and two runs scored.

Interesting Facts:

Happy 36th!: And a very special Happy Birthday to the 36-years-young Derek Jeter. Wow how times flies. I wanted to get a YouTube video of columnist Matt Vereb singing “Happy Birthday to You”, but he simply cannot afford the royalties.

8: The current hitting streak for Mark Teixeira. Not bad for someone with a .231 average.

What’s Next?:

The good news? Tomorrow night, the Yankees will finish up their West Coast trip with the Dodgers on Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN. The bad news? The game will be covered by none other than Jon Miller and Joe Morgan!

Projected Starters:

Andy Pettitte (9-2, 2.48 ERA) vs. Clayton Kershaw (7-4, 3.24 ERA)