Whattya think about last night? Hot damn! That guy on the mound was wheelin’ and dealin’!
Three starts ago, AJ Burnett could not even get out of the third inning against Boston. Since then Burnett has thrown 20.1 innings. He has allowed 10 hits and one earned run while walking 10 and striking out 26. His ERA has dropped to 3.93, and last night against the Mets he was nearly flawless. He gave up one hit and three walks while striking out a season high 10. The Yanks dominated the game again and won 5-0.
The Mets hitters could not touch his breaking pitches and his fastball (averaging 94 to 96 MPH) was a blur.
For the Bombers’ offense, it was a night of simplicity. Nick Swisher hit a home run in the third to give the Yanks a lead, and the team took off in the sixth.
To start the inning, Nick Swisher flew out. After that, Mark Teixeira doubled. Three pitches later, the Yanks saw three hitters go to the plate and four runs had scored. A-Rod singled in Teixeira; Cano doubled; and with runners on second and third, Jorge Posada took the first pitch of his at-bat over the wall in left center. Three run home run, five-run lead. Game over.
Burnett threw seven scoreless frames before giving way to the bullpen. Brian Bruney did a 1-2-3 eighth. He needed just seven pitches to get through the inning, and Dave Robertson closed it out with a scoreless ninth.
The Yankees have won the season series against the Mets, the first time since 2003 (which also happens to be the last time they were in the World Series). Tonight’s game is live on ESPN at 8:05 and Chien-Ming Wang is on the mound still looking for his first win of the season. I am feeling good about tonight’s game and hope Wang gets win #1.