Is it just me, or does it look like Burnett got his ass kicked at some point in the last few days? What’s up with the shiner? Whatever it was, perhaps they beat the walks out of him cause he let up only 1 in 7 innings last night (which is the fewest he’s let up in a start since July 23rd). He wasn’t great, but he got the job done (although the home run to Andino frustrated me). I’ll take my chances with 7 innings and 3 runs from Burnett in the post season if it comes to that.
The story of this game was Alex Rodriguez, however. He hit 2 absolute bombs in this game, giving him 25 on the season. That gives him 15 consecutive seasons of 25 homers and 100 RBI. While I know it’s not 30/100, (And I think he has a chance to hit 5 more in the last 15 games) that’s still quite impressive in my book. Gotta give Alex credit, a couple of years ago I would have thought he’d have no shot at hitting a home run there. He’s really become quite clutch at the chagrin of the main stream media.
If not for A-Rod, the Yankees didn’t deserve to win this game. They went 1 for 9 with RISP (including Alex’s homer in the 9th) and only managed 1 run and 5 hits against Milwood over 7 innings. That’s pathetic.
It really, really bothers me to see Swisher pinch hit. The dude still can’t run properly, as evidenced by his hobbled trot to first. Sit the guy till the last week of the season, then let him try to turn it on. If you’re that concerned about the Red Sox creeping in, which I’m not, then let them gain a game or two first. Having a healthy, or healthier, Swisher would be a great boost to the offense, no need to push it in trash games against the Orioles.