Burnett Gives Us the Finger(nail)
As if to mock the ignorant masses clamouring for him to add another offspeed pitch to his arsenal (uhhh…don’t look at me, man. Chuck it. I have always said just chuck the ball. Yeah!). A.J. Burnett shut down the Red Sox last night with nothing but a four-seam fastball and the best curveball he has had all season (due to an almost-completely regrown nail). A.J. threw one changeup, a couple of 2-seamers, and yes, he tried out his infamous cut fastball again (the results: two balls and a swinging strike to Kevin Cash).
Who needs deception when you’re pumping 98mph gas? (For the first few innings at least). He even threw his curve for strikes occasionally.
Not to get too excited one win after what was a unbelievably disgustingly terrible road trip, but the last three days are why there’s still hope for the Jays’ doing great things this year if they can figure out how to hit their way out of a paper bag. Boston hasn’t been swinging the bats well lately, either, but those were three legitimate masterpieces from the Jays top three starters- a trio that should be the best in the league after some April jitters if they (read: A.J.) can stay healthy.
3 runs in three games! If I’d told you that’s what the Red Sox were going to be held to before the season started, how many games would you have guessed the Jays would come away with? Ok, how many games would you have NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS limp home with?