Yankees fans, raise your hands if you feel extremely confident with A.J. Burnett on the mound for a potential postseason start. Anyone?
Burnett said he was “frustrated” after taking this spanking by the Blue Jays on a Rogers Centre mound he used to call home, and with just one regular season start left before the Yankees need to decide how best to use Burnett, the clock is running out for adjustments to be made.
“I’m not going to let this bother me,” Burnett said. “It’s a rough night tonight, but I had a couple to deal with before this one. We’ll go again in five days. I’m not going to quit, I’m going to keep going at it. I’ll come here tomorrow with a good attitude and start working.”
Working with pitching coach Dave Eiland, Burnett said, at not grooving fastballs down the middle and hanging his breaking balls, to start. Already looking ahead to his next outing against the Red Sox, Burnett said he could hit the mattress tonight knowing his preparation had been done right, but he acknowledged the execution was lacking.
Still, Burnett said he expects to be included by Joe Girardi if and when the Yankees finally secure a postseason berth and can begin planning their pitching rotation for the American League Division Series.
“Joe’s going to make the decisions on his own,” Burnett said. “I can get in a groove. He saw what I did last year in the postseason. Everyone says the season doesn’t matter here, the postseason does. There you go.
“… Last year is last year. That’s my answer to all the postseason questions. It’s tough to deal with at any stage. It’s frustrating, it’s disappointing. I constantly tip my hat to the bullpen guys, they slam the door every time I pitch.”
- With a postseason berth still out there to be locked up, the Yankees will indeed start CC Sabathia tomorrow against the Blue Jays.