A.J. Burnett stayed in a rut as the Yankees were again beaten by the Orioles. But at least he liked the music.
Derek Jeter had an uneventful day after. This notebook also has an update on Johnny Damon and word on a call from George Steinbrenner.
The Baseball Beat recounts a late-night press conference after Jeter’s milestone on Friday.
In the game story today, I wrote that A.J. Burnett is 1-5 with a 6.14 ERA since July 27. Among American League pitchers with at least 40 innings since the All-Star break, only Trevor Cahill of Oakland and Chris Tillman of Baltimore have a higher ERA.
In his column for the Post, Joel Sherman adds these numbers:
• Burnett is tied for the most walks in the majors
• Burnett has thrown three times more wild pitches than any other pitcher.
• Burnett has allowed 21 stolen bases, tied for fifth worst in the majors.
• Burnett has allowed a career-worst 24 homers.
This is all pretty much what most objective analysts feared when the Yankees signed him. There’s a lot to like about Burnett but a lot that scares you.