The last time Burnett and Beckett got together for pitchers duel it turned out to be a 16-11 bash-fest. This time at least one pitcher decided to show up, unfortunately for the Yankees he plays for the Red Sox. Going into last night's game, the way the Yankee's offense has been producing and their history of hitting Beckett there was no way you were convincing me they would have only 2 hits last night and be shutout for the first time this season. Couple this with the, well lets just call it what it was, CRAP performance of AJ Burnett, only lasting 2 2/3 innings, 5 hits, 5 walks, and 5 runs while throwing 84 pitches, and you have the recipe for a good ol' fashioned butt kickin'. Listening to Michael Kay on the broadcast you would have thought AJ had no hit stuff. More than once I heard him say "He has some great movement tonight" and "He has some hair on that fastball". Hey Kay, he was missing his location by FEET!!! I also keep hearing about the demise of David Ortiz, you couldn't tell that against AJ last night.
Veras should be sent down or released. Not only did he give up a late HR to the hitting machine that is Nick Green, then he uncorks a 50-foot 95mph fastball that bounces up and catches our recently fragile catcher in the jugular. If you can't throw strikes when you're team is on the losing end of a 7-0 game, you don't deseve to be in the big leagues. Robertson was the only decent pitching performance last night. You know it was rough night when all you can really say is "at least they weren't no hit."
Tonight we get to see if Wang can put together a decent outing in his second start since rejoining the Yankee rotation. If Wang can get through 5 innings and give up 2 or fewer I will be impressed. I would think Phil Hughes is on stand-by in case he's needed early.
On to some good news...Brian Bruney had a decent bullpen session and it sounds promising that he could rejoin the Yankees sooner rather than later, all depending I guess on how he feels today. I haven't heard any real updates on Marte or Nady, this would lead to believe both are still a ways off from returning.
The MLB draft began late yesterday afternoon and it was no surprise that the Nat'nals selected Strasburg. The real surprise will be if they can actually sign him. I hope the kid has his head on straight. If the Nationals actually make a legit offer I hope he takes his millions and plays, even if it is significantly less than the $50MM Boras has floated out there. The Yankees with their first pick (#29) drafted 18 year old high schooler Zachary "Slade" Heathcott. An "athletic" 5-tool OF with some personal troubles. With their second pick (#76) the Yankees seleted another 18 year old, John Murphy. Murphy is a former OF turned Catcher. He appratnly has major offensive skills and has shown promise behind the plate though still developing. Both of these guys in my opinion seem to be higher risks than you should be taking in the first round. I would think you would want players that could have a positive impact on your club sooner rather than later, both of these guys are major projects and appear to be years away still.