AJ Burnett is starting to look like the pitcher the Yankees had hoped he would be. After mediocre results early this season, Burnett has now won three of his last four starts, throwing 7 innings in each win and racking up 33 total K’s in the four games.
“When you’re clicking, everything just flows,” Burnett said after the game. “When you’re clicking on pitches, you don’t even think about anything. You know, it’s just all confidence out there.”
On Friday, he led the Yankees to a 4-2 victory over the visiting Toronto Blue Jays, with the Bombers getting 3 of their runs off of homers by Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano. Burnett also bounced back from a 5-1 loss against the Blue Jays, his former team, on May 12.
Rodriguez has been outstanding during the last two weeks. Whether it is because he is getting more time off or from some other factor is unknown, but either way it is great to have the old A-Rod back. He now has 5 homers in his last 8 games.
This afternoon he threw 7 innings, allowing 2 earned runs on 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out 7. With 99 total K’s for the season, Burnett is now tied for fifth-most in the AL. He has also improved his record to 7-4 this season.
The only unfortunate thing about this game was that the Yankees had to wear those crappy red hats again. I think this is the last weekend they have to wear them. (FYI…every team in MLB has to wear red hats for Memorial Day and Independence Day weekends)