The Yanks lost 4-1 to a rookie pitcher making his MLB debut, a pitcher that pretty much soft-tossed his pitches up there and whose fastball/offspeed velocity delta was around five miles per hour (90 mph FB/85 mph offspeed). How do the Yankees lose to a guy like that?
They lost tbecause the game had all the hallmarks of “Frustrating Loss 101″ — making outs in early counts, sloppy defense, not-good-enough starting pitching — and, frankly, I couldn’t stand watching it. So I didn’t. I tuned out.
I won’t go “Good/Bad” on this game. No one did well. To make matters worse, the Rays beat Detroit and Anaheim dropped to 0-6 against Boston this year so the Yanks lost a game in the standings all around.
The only way to make it up to me is to win tonight on my 35th birthday. If AJ Burnett can find it within himself to put his mediocrity on ice for just one game, all would be forgiven.