Every Yankee fan is familiar with the "Good" and "Bad" A.J. Burnett meme. Unfortunately for the Yankees, "Good A.J." has been on the side of a milk carton for nearly two months now. We're used to stretches of ineffectiveness from Burnett, but this is getting ridiculous. He's not even giving the team a chance to win every five days. Clearly the Yankees are going to let him work his struggles out in the rotation, and you have to figure he'll come around eventually, but it really needs to be sooner rather than later.
How ugly has it been? Burnett hasn't made it past the 4th inning in his last three starts, giving up 6, 7, and 6 runs, respectively. Burnett hasn't tossed a quality start in nearly a month, with the last one coming on May 30 against the Indians, also known as the worst team in the American League. Since May 4, when he shut Baltimore out for 7 1/3 innings, he's surrendered four runs or more in seven of 10 starts. Burnett currently owns a 5.25 ERA with an equally ugly 4.99 FIP. That is the definition of not getting the job done.
In last night's latest suckfest, Burnett couldn't hold on to the 3-0 lead the Yankees jumped out to in the top of the 1st on Mark Teixeira's three-run bomb, giving two runs back almost immediately. The rest of this game isn't even worth recapping, as the Dodgers beat the Yankees 9-4.