The Yankees have 15 games left to play and and A.J. Burnett will get three starts, the first coming tonight.
Burnett is 11-9 with a 4.33 ERA. He leads the AL in walks and wild pitches and is tied for third in hit batters. Once the team’s best starter, he is 1-5 with a 6.14 ERA in his last nine starts.
In terms of the standings, tonight’s game is just another page off the calendar for the rampaging Yankees. But Burnett will be facing Cy Young contender Felix Hernandez. This is his chance to show to people — especially his teammates — that he’s ready for the postseason.
With Andy Pettitte dealing with a sore shoulder, Burnett’s ability to make a series of quality starts in October could be what determines whether the Yankees win No. 27. That has to start at sometime.
I’d be remiss not to thank those of you who have sent e-mails or made comments wishing me well with my new job. I really appreciate it. I’m overwhelmed by your kindness. The best part about starting this blog was getting to meet so many of you and share your passion for baseball.
I’m happy to say The Journal News is already taking steps to find a replacement and this blog will remain a priority for the paper. I know the people making the decisions and you’ll be in good hands.
Meanwhile, lets get back to business. The Yankees have some exciting times ahead.