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Printing money? Maybe the Yankees should print relief pitchers

Jul 2, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

A rather depressing day in the Bronx, at least for those who root for the Yankees.  It’s not yet over as I type this, but a nicely wasted effort on the parts of the Yankees is close to completion.

The wasted part: A.J. Burnett actually pitched well for the first time in a long time. He went six and two-thirds scoreless innings, striking out six.  Damaso Marte got Burnett out of a jam in the seventh, but then Joba Chamberlain came in for the eighth and allowed the tying run on a walk and a couple of hits. He left after the inning to a chorus of boos. Mariano Rivera did what he always does in the ninth — kept the other team off the board — but Dave Robertson and Chan Ho Park set fire to the place, allowing the Jays to plate five runs in the 11th.

So the story of the day could be Burnett, but it will likely be the bullpen.  Of course one thing it could also be: the Yankees’ unclutchiness. They have stranded runner after runner in this one. No way that they ever should have been playing extra innings.

  1. ben s - Jul 2, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    Don’t blame Robertson, Craig! He was actually good, it was Park that killed the Yankees (and Robertson’s ERA). Robertson gave up two cheap ground ball singles, one that Cano should’ve had, intentionally walked a guy, and gave up a single JUST over the reach of A-Rod. He also pitched a scoreless inning before that. And where’s the props for Gardner’s fantastic catch in the 8th?

  2. YankeesfanLen - Jul 2, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    Isn’t this special- Now I have to spend the whole day tomorrow decorating the “TRADE JOBA” bandwagon and all Sunday and Monday driving it to every parade in North Jersey.
    I hope on the Fourth George gets his wish to go back 20 years in time and fire the fat toad.

  3. aleskel - Jul 2, 2010 at 5:24 PM

    Eh, the Yankees still have the best record in the majors, and it’s too nice a day in the city to get angry over this.

  4. geoknows - Jul 2, 2010 at 5:35 PM

    So much for all the “Joba belongs in the bullpen” nonsense. So when do the Yankees move him back to the rotation?

  5. Schlom - Jul 2, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    Why were they playing a day game on a Friday? Just a holiday weekend special?

  6. Md23Rewls - Jul 2, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    Been a sketchy last two weeks for New York. Several of the games in Arizona were a little too close for comfort (needed Rivera to get out of a bases loaded, no out situation to win that series, which of course he did), and by all rights they should have lost that Dodgers series. Then losing twice to a crappy Seattle team (albeit, the 1927 Yankees wouldn’t have been able to touch Hernandez the other night), now this game. I’m not worried worried about them, but in a division that’s this competitive, you’re always looking over your shoulder. You have three potential 95-100 win teams, don’t want to trip up too much.

  7. Proudly Canadian - Jul 2, 2010 at 5:57 PM

    The tone of this article is proof positive that Craig is an east coast bias Yankee fan. The Jays outplayed the Yankees in this game. Get over it Craig.

  8. Md23Rewls - Jul 2, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    Yeah, I think it’s the holiday weekend thing. It’ll actually end up being four day games in a row. Thursday’s, today’s, and then the two weekend ones. Weird for the Yankees to play that many in a week.

  9. Md23Rewls - Jul 2, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    They outplayed the Yankees in one inning, not the entire game.

  10. Bokosse - Jul 2, 2010 at 6:09 PM

    The Yankees don’t have any relief pitching? Cry me a river.

  11. charly - Jul 3, 2010 at 4:48 AM

    chamberlain is the biggest part of the yankees problems. he is an over-rated, arrogant, overweight baby. he doesn’t deserve to be put in the rotation unless you’re rotating him back to the minors.
    but the bullpen in general really sucks. and i include vasquez and burnett in that too. and this screwing around with “joba rules” for hughes is ridiculous.
    as to todays game, bases loaded and no outs and they can’t get a ball out of the infield??????

  12. Pisano - Jul 3, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    Move him back into the rotation ? they have to get rid of that bum . The guys totally overrated . They should trade him while he still has some value . If they keep sending him out there to get bombed , no one will want him . He needs to GO !!!

  13. Pisano - Jul 3, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    Your post , if valid , just proves Craig is an intelligent man .Who cares about the Jays, other than Canadians ?

  14. Boo Hoo Florio picked on your team - GET OVER IT - Jul 4, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    That’s the EXACT same garbage we all were hearing about Javier Vasquez a month ago. Jesus H. Christ.

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