Today’s 7-3 loss to the Orioles was devoid of any life – at least on the Yankees’ side. They looked as tired as they probably were after all the rain delays last night. They seemed punchless following the playoff atmosphere that accompanied the Jeter thing. They were facing a very promising rookie for the first time (always a high wire act for them). And their starter gave up a six-spot in the second inning. Not a good recipe for success.
AJ wasn’t The Good AJ, and he worries me as the Yanks head into October.
I love his stuff. I love his personality. I even love his tattoos.
(OK, no I don’t love the tattoos.)
I just want to see him pitch with more consistency. Do I need to have a private chat with him? With his wife? With his shrink?
Normally, I’d feel confident that the potent Yankees offense would pick him up and score some runs, but today was a sluggish one for the bats. The problem is the postseason, should the Yankees go on to win the division. (I take nothing for granted, remember.) Giving up six runs in a playoff game could spell disaster.
So, AJ, promise me you’ll think about today’s outing. I don’t want you to brood about it, but I do want you to figure out how to make sure it doesn’t happen again. And then maybe go and do a little dancing with your friends?