O.K., so, now, the Yankees have lost two in a row to the lowly Baltimore Orioles.
Hey, no need to panic over that…as the Yankees are still a lock to make the post-season and it’s a 98% probability that they win the A.L. East.
Now, of course, you might get nervous over the fact that this loss leaves the Yankees with just a 5 game lead over the Los Angeles Angels – for the best record in the league – with 19 games left to be played. But, if the Yankees go just 9-10 in those remaining games, then the Angels will have to go 16-5 to pass New York. And, I doubt all that’s going to happen.
But, if you want to get nervous over anything, in Yankeeland, at this moment, start getting antsy over A.J. Burnett. Even with his good start the last time before this game that he pitched, Burnett has now allowed 38 earned runs in his last 55.6 innings pitched. That’s an ERA of 6.15 since August 1st for Burnett. And, that’s not good…when you’re counting on A.J. to be one of your “horses” in October.
There’s an excellent chance that the Yankees will need Burnett to start two games in the ALDS this year. And, if that happens, and if you cannot count on A.J. to win his games, then you’re asking CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte to carry you in a series that’s basically a situation where you have to win three out of three games. And…yup…that’s zero wiggle room for the Yankees lefties.
Hey, if this all rings a bell, it’s because I wrote about it last week.
Burnett has three starts in which to get his act together and show us somethining. And, if A.J. cannot do it, expect the ALDS this year, for the Yankees, to be no different than the ones from 2005, 2006 and 2007…meaning it will be the end of the road for the Yankees season.