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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Aug 27, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

Yankees' Burnett reacts after giving up a home run to Orioles' Reynolds in their MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore

You guys aren’t going to believe this, but A.J. Burnett was pretty awful again last night.

Burnett was knocked around for a season-high nine runs over five innings in a 12-5 loss to the Orioles. This included a six-run second inning, where the struggling right-hander surrendered four doubles and two home runs.

The loss pushed Burnett’s ERA to 5.31 for the season and 11.91 during the month of August. He has allowed 30 runs over 22 2/3 innings this month. Just for comparison’s sake, MLB ERA leader Johnny Cueto has allowed 30 earned runs for the entire season.

Your Friday box scores:

Yankees 5, Orioles 12

Marlins 6, Phillies 5

Royals 1, Indians 2

Braves 0, Mets 6

Nationals 3, Reds 4

Rays 6, Blue Jays 1

Cubs 2, Brewers 5

Athletics 15, Red Sox 5

Pirates 4, Cardinals 5

Angels 7, Rangers 11

Padres 0, Diamondbacks 5

Tigers 8, Twins 1

Rockies 1, Dodgers 6

White Sox 4, Mariners 2

Astros 1, Giants 2

  1. kinggeorge96 - Aug 27, 2011 at 8:52 AM

    Go AJ!….. and I mean FAR AWAY!

  2. southofheaven81 - Aug 27, 2011 at 9:01 AM

    At least he’s making it easier to bump him from the postseason roster. CC/Nova/Colon/Garcia with Hughes in reserve is plenty. The Yankees won it all with a 3-man roster in 2009 they can do it this year with 4.

  3. jimbo1949 - Aug 27, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    The Feesh held off the feelies. Braves, Yanks, and Sawx all got CRUSHED by sub .500 teams.
    I’m blaming it all on Irene dislocation fatigue. Ya know, sometimes ya kin just out think yerself.

    • Old Gator - Aug 27, 2011 at 9:34 AM

      Oswalt just wasn’t on last night, period. His location was terrible. The pitch he threw to Buck for the Denny’s Special had “crush me” written all over it – a flat curveball that seemed to hold still for a second so Buck could get a bead on it. It was one of the very few times this month that someone tried to give the Feesh a gift and they actually accepted it.

      Today, they try to cram in a game ahead of the storm and then, who knows? Were they planning on getting out of there right afterwards? Bouncy, bouncy. As Lindbergh’s deviant to Murphy’s Law states, serving hot coffee on aircraft causes turbulence.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 27, 2011 at 10:18 AM

        Yeah, Old Gator. Oswalt had no velocity on his pitches. I have said all along that his back is a major concern going forward. Phillies still had a chance at the end last night, but could not get a runner home from second with one out in the 9th. But, your Feesh came to play last night. I make no excuses. A win is a win.

        The plan for the Phillies is to get this game in today and get the hell out of Dodge once the rain starts and before the hurricane gets here. They plan on flying to Cincy after the game and get ready for that series on Monday.

        If Doc does not get to pitch today, God help that clubhouse. Doc will not be a pleasant guy to be around. He will run towards the eye of the hurricane and start throwing baseballs at it.

  4. yankeesfanlen - Aug 27, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Management of any large organization has large resources at hand ready to remedy any deviations from what is considered normal performance by a sector of the entity. More than usual emphasis is exerted to bring a sub-par area or person up to speed.
    When this fails after possible re-training, re-assignment, positive reinforcement or whatever else can be done, the only alternative is termination.
    THROW AJ INTO THE DIPSY DUMPSTER!!!!! Let him and THE FAT TOAD figure it out on their own.

    • Old Gator - Aug 27, 2011 at 9:36 AM

      Ahhh, Bubba, there’s your retail biz seminar sales training hanging out….

      • yankeesfanlen - Aug 27, 2011 at 9:51 AM

        Caught me doing my Saturday morning Alec Baldwin routine, huh, Gate?

  5. proudlycanadian - Aug 27, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    In his first 2 seasons with the Jays, Burnett was 10 and 8 each year. He had a variety of minor (blisters, hangnails etc.) injuries. In his third season in Toronto, he remained healthy and had an 18 and 10 record. Even though he had not earned the big bucks that the Jays had paid him, he exercised the opt out clause in his contract and signed with the Yankees for mega millions. He then reverted to the bad old AJ that we saw in his first 2 years in Toronto. He has not earned the money that he is being paid by the Yankees. If he had any pride, he would retire, but that will not happen. There is a possibility that AJ might pitch well in the final year of his contract, assuming that he wants to continue his career with another team.

    • Ari Collins - Aug 27, 2011 at 11:01 AM

      Reposted in repsonse to your “contract year” theory post yesterday:

      Burnett’s ERAs from best to worst:


      Without looking it up, which were his two free agency years?

      Truth is that his four best years were when he was younger and with the Marlins. Which is more likely, that his one very good contract year and one okay contract year mean he’s a contract year player, or that his earlier good numbers followed by a decline are related to age, tougher competition, and smaller ballparks?

      Same specious arguments were made about Adrian Beltre, who’s putting up his 7th 20-HR non-contract-year season. (The last time he didn’t hit 20 HRs? His ’09 contract year.)

      • Ari Collins - Aug 27, 2011 at 11:02 AM

        tl;dr: Burnett has sucked for a while, but not because he’s a contract year player.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 27, 2011 at 12:27 PM

        I believe that the 4.07 year was Burnett’s final year with the Blue Jays. That was the year he won 18 games and walked away for the big bucks. ERA does not always measure effectiveness, nor does wins. I have seen him pitch enough to know how erratic he can be. He can be unhittable for a few innings and then lose his concentration and give up a 5 spot in the next inning. Somehow, he had fewer highs and lows in his last contract year and got those 18 wins. As a generalization, I would say that in his last season with the Jays, he did have several bad innings that elevated his ERA, but overall in about 18 of approximately 33 starts he did not have that rotten inning. In at least 10 of those starts he did have a rotten inning. The rotten innings in those losses resulted in a seasonal ERA over 4.00. This season with the Yankees, he has had more than one rotten inning in several games.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 27, 2011 at 12:45 PM

        Ari! A wise man once said that there are lies, damn lies, and statistics. In my callow youth I was once employed by Staistics Canada, so I know that statistics are based on assumptions that may or may not be accurate. Most government statitics are inaccurate yet billons of dollars can ride on those stats. By the same, token, baseball stats can be meaningless, as they are based on elements such as park size, weather and human judgement. Umpires and official scorekeepers make mistakes all the time that are reflected in the official baseball statistics. I pefer to rely on what I see on the field. From what I saw on the field, AJ Burnett became a much more effective pitcher when he realized that he had a chance to opt out of his contract and sign for big bucks with another team.

    • pisano - Aug 27, 2011 at 11:04 AM

      proudlycanadian….. I only pray that the Yankees can get someone to take this loser. I say eat as much of his contract to make it attractive to some team to take a chance on him. I hope a NL team will take a shot because I don’t see another AL team that would take him.

  6. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - Aug 27, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Yankees rotation in the playoffs is going to be a joke . 2-10 vs the Sox , chances are slim they get out of the 1st round.

  7. humanexcrement - Aug 27, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    AJ Burnett is so horrible right now, they might as well start their batting practice pitcher.

  8. tjwilliams - Aug 27, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    The Twins tied an MLB record last night by scoring exactly 1 run in five consecutive games. They’ve also become one of only 14 teams in MLB history to score 1 or 0 runs in six consecutive games.

  9. APBA Guy - Aug 27, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    No love for the A’s being the top scoring team last night? I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s in the scores, I swear. This comes the day after surrendering 22 to the Yankees, so the kids are learning from the best.

    With all the (well deserved) emphasis on AJ, it’s worth noting that Boston is down to two effective starters: Beckett and Lester. Francona is doing his best “all is well” impression in the dugout, but right now, Wakefield and Lackey aren’t pretty. When Jemile Weeks bounces one 6 inches from the top of the center field fence as he did against Wakefield last night to lead off the game, you have to worry.

    • Ari Collins - Aug 27, 2011 at 11:43 AM

      Bedard has a 3.57 ERA and 3.37 xFIP on the season. His ERA is higher with Boston, but his peripherals are actually better than they were with SEA; he just has a .344 BABIP. That’ll come down, even if Fenway continues to hide how good he is.

      I’d take Boston’s #2 and #3 over NYY’s. (Of course, Boston’s #1 is slightly behind New York’s, and their #4 could be behind New York’s as well… depending on who that is, and your guess is as good as mine.

  10. goawaydog - Aug 27, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Giants win another blow out showing that their hitting will continue to propel them into the playoffs …

  11. halladaysbiceps - Aug 27, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Phillies-Marlins game postponed as of 5 minutes ago. Dumb Phillies organization, making people drive down to the game and pay for parking, etc. Game should have been cancelled this morning at the latest. Morons.

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