Yanks 69-44, 2nd in AL East 1 1/2 back. 7 games up for the WC spot.
It looks like no suspension for A-Rod but he is to sit down with MLB soon to discuss that poker situation.
J.C. Romero was granted his release from SWB.
Apparently Burnett is now a blond. Guess he’s trying to change his luck.
Tonight’s lineup; Yanks OPS+110, ERA+ 121;
Gardner LF .282-5-28 35sb/45att OPS+ 106
Jeter SS .273-4-39 12/16 87
Granderson CF .273-28-86 22/31 145
Teixeira 1b .251-32-86 3/4 130
Cano 2b .295-18-75 8/9 125
Swisher RF .267-14-63 2/4 119
Chavez DH .304-1-13 0/0 109
Martin C .228-12-45 8/9 90
Nunez 3B .273-4-25 16/21 96
Burnett P 8-9, 4.54 ERA+ 92
4-8, 4.75 since 4/30; last win end of June.
They are still talking about Nunez play on Sunday night. After that leadoff double by Scutaro off Mo, there was a bad bunt by Ellsbury, but Nunez charged. No one was at third. Had Nunez stayed back, (Mo is a GREAT fielder), Mo had Scutaro easily at 3d. Then man on 1st, next batter flyout, then another out & the Yanks win 2-1. Instead, Mo had to go to first, next batter SF to tie the game, and the Yanks lose in 10, 3-2. Nunez is a SS playing 3B. He’ll need to learn, but it appears that his decision helped to cost Sunday’s game. Had Alex been healthy and playing third, who knows? Then again, had Alex been in the lineup, maybe the Yanks score more than two runs.
Granderson hits #29 in the first inning. A solo shot.
After 3 1/2, the Yanks still lead 1-0. A.J. has 6 K.
Two on, two out for the Yanks in the 4th, but Martin strands them.
Two singles and a sac bunt make it 2nd and 3rd, one out for the Angels in the 5th. Grounder to Teix, who comes home for the out. A flyout gets A.J. out of the inning. After 4 1/2, still 1-0 Yanks.
To the sixth. Here is the problem with A.J. Burnett: if you stay close to him, he will find a way to beat himself. I’ve mentioned this before: he gives up too many free bases due to too many walks, too many HBP, too many WP and the fact that he doesn’t hold runners on well and gives up too many SB. In the sixth, he gives up four runs on only 2 hits. Abreu ties the game with a HR. Then, three walks (one intentional), a ground rule double and a WP. 4-1 Angels. Granted A.J. didn’t get the loss tonight, but this inning contributed to a Yankees loss. A.J. 6 IP, 4 R, 7 h, 3 walks (all in the same inning) and 6 K. ERA goes up to 4.60.
Wade gives up a hit in the 7th but strikes out the side. ERA to 1.71. A great signing for the Yanks.
The Yanks tie it in the 7th. With two out, Martin doubles, Nunez singles him home. Gardner singles. 1st and 3rd, Gardner SB. Jeter singles both runners home.
Robertson the 8th, 1-2-3 with a K, ERA to 1.38. 71 K in 45 2/3.
Mo in the 9th, and Mo blows his second straight game, giving up a two-run HR to Abreu. It’s a 2-HR game for Abreu, who came into the game with only 4 HR for the year.
Mo 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. He goes to 1-2, 2.23.
Then, the painful ending. Nunez gets a leadoff single. Gardner strikes out on a full-count pitch that was six inches off the plate. Jeter walks. Granderson hits into a forceout. It’s 1st and 3rd, two out, and Teix up.
Teix is 2nd in the league in HR. With two strikes, the pitcher does that old, almost never works, fake to third, pick off the guy on first play.
But this time, it works. Inexcusable for Granderson to get picked off to end the game there. Inexcusable.
Teix had two strikes on him. But he had one more swing. He’s second in the majors in HR.
We’ll never know what might have happened with that swing.
You have to let him have that swing. Game-winning walkoff HR? We’ll never know.
Game-ending picked off base? Inexcusable.
As for Mo, this is the time of year I fear from him. I’ve written this many times before. I won’t go into detail but will give you a homework assignment, so to speak. Check out Mo’s career, August 6 to about August 23. You will find a lot of blown saves and HR, probably 40-50% of Mo’s WHOLE TOTAL, in that time frame. It’s like 8/6 to 8/23 is his Kryptonite.
Last year, 8/10; (almost a year ago to the day) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H a loss. 2009: No blips, but he did give up a run in 1 IP on 8/11/09 (today is 8/9). 2008: blown save on 8/12; a loss on 8/15. 2007: BS, got W 8/13; Lost (3 r in 1 IP) 8/15; I could go on, but you see where I am coming from.
It’s eerie. After about 8/23, he rights himself.
But from about 8/6 to about 8/23? It’s amazing how predictable that “kryptonite” is to the Superman of closers.