This is one of those games where you knew the Yanks would lose in the top of the 1st. Once Burnett’s offering was crushed by the lowly Russel Branyon, you knew the Yanks couldn’t recover. It’s ironic that I just read the report from Baseball America via MJ that stated that Burnett had the 2nd best curve ball in baseball. Last night, Burnett had NO curve ball whatsoever. He was basically a 1 pitch pitcher and he paid for it.
I can’t really but much blame on the offense cause hey, its King Felix. Aside from the fact that he’s one of the best pitchers in the league, it seems Hernandez has the Yanks number too. The Yankees, this season in 99 PA (3 games), are hitting just .176/.242/.253 which translates to a 0.35 ERA for King Felix with a 31-8 K/BB Ratio in 26 innings. It’s hard to believe that King Felix is just Phil Hughes age. Seems like he’s been around forever.
At this point, I wonder if it makes sense to shelf A-Rod for 2 weeks and let him heal up for the October push. He’s not helping anyone by pulling up lame after a ground out in the 1st.
Thanks to Oakland and Toronto, the Yankees don’t pay for this game in the standings. Hopefully Vazquez can put them back on track this afternoon.