Poor A.J. Burnett. Everyone, myself included, has had negative things to say about him this year, mainly because of his terribly inconsistent play. However, he pitched what was probably his best game of the year this afternoon in Kansas City but the Yankees could not manage any offense as the Royals won, 1-0. Bryan Bullington picked up the win for the Royals and A.J. unfortunately was saddled with the loss for the Yankees, but if you ask me, the loss should go to the lineup. With the loss, the Yankees drop to 72-45 on the season.

A.J. Doin' Work - Jamie Squires / Getty Images

Initial Reaction:

Today’s game featured pitching gems from two unlikely candidates. First, for Kansas City, Bryan Bullington, a former #1 overall pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2002, completely shut down the Yankee offense for eight innings. On the other side, the mercurial A.J. Burnett gave his best start of the season for the Yankees only to take the loss. Hopefully, A.J. can build on this start for his next time out and he can get a win.

B. Bullington 8 IP 0 ER 2 H 5 K 1 BB 0 HR
A. Burnett 8 IP 1 ER 4 H 6 K 3 BB 0 HR

Positives From The Game:

Good A.J.: This is why the Yankees got A.J. Burnett. When he’s on, he is without a doubt a top ten pitcher in the game. He probably would have been happy to get some Phil Hughes-type run support today. Honestly, couldn’t A-Rod have saved him just one home run for today?

Negatives From The Game:

First Time: The Yankees can’t seem to manage anything offensively against pitchers they are facing for the first time. Bryan Bullington didn’t allow a hit or a walk through the thirteen batters he faced.

Little League: This play is something you’d expect to find in a little league game. Bottom sixth, one out, one runner on for the Royals. A line drive was hit to Robinson Cano for two outs and he fired to first to try to double up the runner. Mark Teixeira couldn’t snag it and it went flying off the Yankee dugout netting. Next in line was Francisco Cervelli, who threw the ball past Derek Jeter into center field to allow the baserunner to advance to third. It truly was a mess. However, it was funny to see A.J. Burnett just standing there with both hands up in the air, trying to stop the mayhem. Thankfully, A.J. got out of that mess by striking out former Yank Wilson Betemit.

And the worst stat: The Yankees managed one batter more than the minimum today. Robby Cano got a hit, but Lance Berkman hit into a double play. Brett Gardner slapped a single, but got thrown out attempting to steal second.

Interesting Facts:

In honor of A-Rod’s three home run game, the number 3 will be prevalent in all of our interesting facts.

A.J. Burnett forced 3 GIDPs.

With the loss, the Yankees finish their road trip at 3-3.

And finally, the Yankees had three base runners today. Ugh.

What’s Next?:

The Yankees will travel home to face the Detroit Tigers in a four-game series. First pitch is at 7:05 and can be seen on the YES Network.

Projected Starters:

Max Scherzer (7-9, 4.03 ERA0 vs. Javier Vazquez (9-8, 4.90 ERA)