For the first time since the All-Star break, the Yankees failed to win a series. In the final game of their three-game series, the Yankees were beated 7-2 by the Texas Rangers. Despite 12 strikeouts in 6 innings by AJ Burnett, the Yankees were not able to muster enough offense to win.
The Yankees pitching wasn’t horrible – they only allowed 6 hits. Unfortunately, three were homers, giving Texas all the offense they needed to soundly beat the Yankees. Ian Kinsler homered twice for the Rangers, creating 4 RBI.
AJ Burnett bounced back from his horrible start against the Red Sox last weekend with a 6 inning, 2 hit, 3 walk, 12 strikeout performance. He did allow the 3 run homer by Kinsler in the fourth – but normally the Yankees would score more then 2 runs in the first six innings. Unfortunately, Burnett was credited with the loss – his fourth of August.
Burnett was on fire in July, earning 4 wins in 5 starts (the Yankees won the fifth game) but that success did not extend to August. In 6 starts, Burnett is 0-4. Fortunately, the Yankees won the two games that Burnett was “no decisioned.”
The Yankees now face the Chicago White Sox – a team that beat them 3-games-to-1 in their four game series in Chicago back in July. Back then, the Yankees were in second place in the AL East and Chicago was in first place in the AL Central.
Since then, the Yankees have improved to 79-48, own a 6-game lead in the AL East and boast the best record in the majors. They are also an outstanding 28-11 since the break. Chicago has dropped to 4 games behind Detroit in the AL Central and are 64-64 on the season. They have also lost 7 of their last 11 games.
Boston is playing the Toronto Blue Jays this weekend. I think we almost should expect them to win 2 of 3, at least. To keep the divisional lead, the Yankees will have to make that happen as well.