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Yikes, Yankees' season now up to A.J. Burnett

Posted on: October 3, 2011 11:53 pm
 

DETROIT -- Now comes the scariest sentence of the summer for the Yankees: Their season depends on A.J. Burnett.

Hide the women and children. Stock up on the Tums. Get a good night's sleep. As this high-octane series sprints toward Game 4, the Yankees have no room left for mistakes because they probably made their biggest in getting a 5-4 Yankee clipping in Game 3 here Monday.

That mistake? Failing to take advantage of two unexpected windfalls against Tigers ace Justin Verlander:

A two-run first inning that momentarily knocked Verlander and the Tigers off-balanced was given back by CC Sabathia in Detroit's two-run third.

Then, Verlander was absolutely sensational from the second through the sixth innings, the Yankees clawed back from 4-2 to tie the game at 4-4 in the seventh. And set-up man Rafael Soriano immediately gave it up when Delmon Young crushed a one-out fastball in the bottom of the seventh to make it 5-4.

It wasn't quite the classic battle between Verlander and Sabathia that most of us expected. Sabathia was wobbly from the beginning, walking three Tigers in the first, another in the second and one more in the third. But the Yankees turned three double plays behind him in those three innings to atone for his sins.

Verlander, after that two-run first, savagely mowed through the Yankees over the next five innings. He hit 100 m.p.h. several times. He sent curve balls that bent like bananas. He threw changeups somewhere in between. He was sensational during this time. He fanned four consecutive Yankees during the fourth and fifth, then stretched it to seven in a nine-batter stretch through the seventh.

With two out in the seventh, Jorge Posada stunned him by fighting back from 0 and 2 to walk. Then Verlander drilled Russell Martin with a 100 m.p.h. fastball in the ribs. Ouch.

What undoubtedly stung Verlander just as much, Brett Gardner lashed a 100 m.p.h. heater for a game-tying double after that.

Before the Tigers could fully digest that, Young was depositing a Soriano pitch over the right-field fence -- and the Tigers were depositing the Yankees to the brink of elimination.

With Burnett headed to the mound to start Game 4 Tuesday night.
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 5:51 pm
 

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Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 11:47 am
 

Yep. Sabathia is vulnerable.

This reminds me of the first game of the Brewers-Phillies series in '08.  I like C.C. Sabathia, but he can be beaten; and in the physical condition that he's in, right now, that becomes even more possible.  Wow!  The guy looks like a truck driver.



Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 11:41 am
 

Yikes, Yankees' season now up to A.J. Burnett

It's funny, last night on Game tracker chat, I called in the first inning that verlander would go 8 and k 13 I got so much flack from yankees fans that I had to log off.  They thought I was crazy.  Well 8 innings and 11 k's isn't that far off!  To those that ridiculed my predictions, BITE ME!!!!  Verlander is THE ACE of the MLB this year!  I hope he can have stats next year close to if not better than he did this year!  GO TIGERS!!!!!!


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Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:29 am
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