Saturday, June 5, 2010
Burnett Chokes, Bautisa Smokes, Cecil Coasts
By Ian Hunter
May 12th against the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre, A.J. Burnett goes 7.2 innings and gives up five earned runs en route to a loss. Tonight, he only makes it through six innings and gives up six earned runs and is once again charged with the loss.
I think it's now safe to say that A.J. Burnett doesn't enjoy the homecoming party.
Then we have Jose Bautista: two home runs (both off Burnett) were absolutely spectacular to watch. Both of them were hit to the third deck, but the second one in particular was a frigging moon shot that sounded like it was destroyed the second it left the bat.
I mean I haven't seen players hit that far in batting practice, let alone off a Major League pitcher like A.J. Burnett. Seriously, if you weren't voting for Jose Bautista already, you definitely should be now.
Let's not forget about Brett Cecil's incredible outing as well. He now joins the five-win club along with Ricky Romero and Shaun Marcum as the five-game winners on the starting staff.
Earlier night I was fortunate enough to chat about the Blue Jays with Norman James from The Hook, and he made a great point that the tandem of Romero, Marcum, Cecil and Morrow have been absolute studs this year.
I mean, the Yankees claim to have a "core four" of starting pitchers, but this is what a core four is supposed to look like. If Brandon Morrow can just get things under control, the Blue Jays will have the best pitching staff in baseball very soon.
I dare anybody to stack those four starting pitchers up against any other staff in the major leagues, and with the exception of maybe the Tampa Bay Rays, I highly doubt you will find anybody that's better.
All in all, it's always great to beat the New York Yankees, but it's especially great when it's off of A.J. Burnett.