A.J. Burnett’s great start was not rewarded with a win, but with a no decision, as the Yankee bullpen had a terrible outing. The Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees 6-1 in 11 innings. Dave Robertson picked up the loss for the Yanks. With the loss, the Yankees drop to 48-31 on the season.

Initial Reaction:

If there were a “Player of the Game” category, mine would be someone who isn’t a player: it would be Dave Eiland. Eiland, the pitching coach, did something to get inside A.J. Burnett’s head and get him to pitch better. After their well-documented bullpen session earlier in the week, A.J. came back and delivered. Although he was unable to pick up a win due to Joba’s usual eighth-inning antics, he still pitched very well. In 6.2 innings, he allowed four hits and zero earned runs, while striking out six and walking only three.

Positives From The Game:

Offensively: Not a lot to report here. The Yankees were simply ugly on offense. They managed their only run in the first inning while getting no hits.

Good A.J.: Thankfully, fans saw good A.J. today. He threw 68 strikes to only 40 balls. More importantly, he kept his team in the game and gave them a chance to win.

Negatives From The Game:

Bad Joba: As Suzyn Waldman said on the radio broadcast today, “Joba never makes it easy on himself”. After retiring two batters, he allowed a walk, a single, and another single to tie the game. Fans booed him off the field as he blew A.J. Burnett’s best chance to win since May.

Where Art Thou O?: The Yankee offense was nonexistent today. They did draw some walks (6), but were unable to bring any runners in. As a team, the Yankees left eight men on base.

Bottom of the Third: Bases loaded, with Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano, and Jorge Posada due up. Game, set, match. Not even gonna have to play the last six innings after this onslaught, right? Nope. A-Rod and Cano went down swinging, and Jorge Posada grounded out weakly to second. You don’t need in-depth analysis to say how bad that was.

Bullpen Blows It: Joba Chamberlain, Dave Robertson, and Chan Ho Park all allowed at least a run. The 11th inning proved disastrous for the latter two relievers, as they allowed a combined five runs.

Interesting Facts:

Yankees 1-3 Hitters’ OBP: .467 (7-15)

Yankees 4-9 Hitters’ OBP: .148 (4-27)

The last twelve Yankee batters of the game went down in order.

What’s Next?:

Tomorrow afternoon, the Yanks will try to get their offense going in their third straight 1:05 game. The game can be viewed on the YES Network. Look for me in section 227!

Projected Starters:

Ricky Romero (6-4, 2.38 ERA) vs. Andy Pettitte (9-2, 2.72 ERA)