Yes, I know A.J. Burnett has great stuff. But, he also had 8 losses and an ERA of 5.23 coming into this game – so, he can be beat. But, yeah, I know…these are the 2008 New York Yankees.
Remember that Yankees game of July 3rd? After that “contest,” Joe Girardi called his team on the carpet and told them that time was running out and that they needed to play better, now. And, what’s happened since that time? In the nine games which have followed, the Yankees have gone 5-4. Worse, in these nine games, the team has batted .220 – yes, two-twenty.
So much for playing better, huh?
O.K., we’re at the All-Star break now. And, in their last 15 games, the Yankees are 7-8. Further, in their last 22 games, the Yankees are 10-12.
As Yankees fans, why should we believe that this team will play anything better than .500 after the All-Star break? Because some recent Yankees teams have played well after the break? Really? Is this team the same as those teams? I don’t think so.
Besides…just because something may have occured in the past for a baseball team, it’s not a rule that it’s going to happen again. There are no guarantees when it comes to baseball seasons…none at all.