Joe Girardi, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez all said the same thing: A.J. Burnett was as good as they’ve seen him this season. The 12 strikeouts he recorded in six innings were a season high.
“Outstanding,” A-Rod said.
But Burnett took the loss and is now 0-4 in his last six starts with a 6.03 ERA. Right now, you’d want Andy Pettitte in Game 2 of a playoff series.
Burnett was perfect through 3.2 innings, Then walk, walk, home run. That was that as the Yankees never mounted much of an offense..
Here is Burnett talking about it. You might need all the volume you can muster because he was pretty quiet:
The Yankees had not lost a series at home since June 16-18 against the Nationals. They recovered from that and they should be able to recover from this.