Quick postgame notes tonight this morning.
Most of this goes without saying, but A.J. Burnett has been bad this month. He was terrific in April, and more good than bad in May, but he’s lost all four starts in June and his ERA this month is 10.35.
“I don’t feel like myself,” he said. “I’m not having fun right now. Who would during a stretch like this? The game’s supposed to be fun, and to come out and take the air out of your team right away for a handful of starts, it’s quite frustrating.”
Joe Girardi, Jorge Posada and Mike Harkey all said the same thing: Burnett’s stuff is there, but he’s missing his spots.
“Missed location,” Posada said. “What I’m seeing, I can’t see if it’s delivery or anything, I’m just seeing the location of the pitches is not where it’s supposed to be.”
How much of a role Dave Eiland plays in all of this is hard to say — we’ll get into that a little later — but Burnett says it ultimately falls on his shoulders.
“I think by now I know how to correct it and I think earlier in the year I was correcting it,” Burnett said. “I was slowing the game up, and I was able to get out of jams. Whether I’m trying too hard or everything is speeding up, it comes down to just remembering what it feels like to succeed and keep the positive thoughts rolling and eventually it will turn around.”
• It was a good night for Brett Gardner, who went 4-for-4 and is hitting .422 this month.
• Alex Rodriguez said he felt good after the game, and it certainly sounds like both he and Girardi plan on Rodriguez playing third base tomorrow. “It’s a slow process but I definitely feel like I’m getting better,” Rodriguez said.
• Girardi seemed encouraged by the fact Rodriguez is driving the ball to right-center, he said Rodriguez has looked more comfortable at the plate. Even so, A-Rod’s last homer came on June 3. “I’m not really worried about home runs,” Rodriguez said. “I’m sure at the end of the year I’ll have exactly the number that I have every year. What I’m concerned with is that I’m driving the ball and making good solid contact.”
• Jorge Posada said he feels like he could catch tomorrow, but it’s unclear whether Girardi would be willing to put him out there. My gut feeling is that Francisco Cervelli will be in the lineup for the second game of this series. “It’s getting better and better every time I get out there,” Posada said. “It’s very encouraging.”
• Girardi said he has no plans of skipping a start with Burnett the way he did with Vazquez earlier this season.
• Mark Teixeira has hit safely in 11 of his past 13 games, with a .292 average in that span.
• Some of the Yankees outfielders seem to have trouble picking up the ball in the dome tonight. “They just said it was hard to pick up,” Girardi said. “Maybe it just took a day to get used to. Hopefully it will be better tomorrow but they just thought it was tough to get used to.”
Associated Press photos of Burnett on the mound and Gardner walking into the dugout.