Burnett staying in rotation, says he “wouldn’t change a lot”

A.J. Burnett is winless in his last seven starts dating to July 4. He's 0-3 with a 6.00 ERA over that stretch. (Photo: Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

First things first, for those who spent the latter innings of tonight’s game calling for it – Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he isn’t taking A.J. Burnett out of the rotation.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, Burnett seemed oddly placid when asked about his start today. He would wanted to bounce the curveball that Jeff Mathis hit for the ground-rule double in the sixth, but other than that, Burnett was fine for the most part with his outing.

“I wouldn’t change a lot that I did. Pretty much, I pitched with conviction all night,” he said. ” … Of course it’s frustrating. But I’m leaving it all on the field. I kept my team in it as best I could.”

Some of this new outlook may be thanks to CC Sabathia, as Burnett said the ace has been counseling him on a few things.

“I’ll get upset about it later tonight, not while I’m on the mound,” Burnett said. “That’s one of the things Big Man told me, he helped me out there. A lot of times I’ll get mad and take myself out of ballgames. I can’t do that.”

As for that new blond haircut, Burnett said he did it on a dare with his kids – especially 7-year-old Ashton, who has been sporting an identical look for a while now. Burnett did it as a surprise after the Yankees’ road trip.

“You should have seen the look on his face when I got off that airplane,” Burnett said. “He was a happy little man, believe it.”

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Who knows, this team got lucky once by relying on its minor league prospects before, it could happen again, I don’t know. If it doesn’t happen, the Yanks will have to keep the purse strings open and rely on the same usual route of signing big name players it has relied on for years and pay them big money.

I also don’t think this team had much of a chance of signing Lee, from what I have read, the Yanks were his 3rd choice to play for, and his wife was supposedly mistreated by Yankee fans during the playoffs.

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Robert,

Unfortunately, this team is an old team getting older and far more injury prone. It’s less likely in this shape can win a championship, very few teams in the same condition have won anything. I think this team has a few good looking arms and a few positional players, but a few of them will take a few years to develop, if they even develop at all, it’s a crap shoot with minor league prospect that’s just the way it is. It’s hard to say how long this team will be looking in

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Robert,

Unfortunately, this team is an old team getting older and far more injury prone. It’s less likely in this shape can win a championship, very few teams in the same condition have won anything. I think this team has a few good looking arms and a few positional players, but a few of them will take a few years to develop, if they even develop at all, it’s a crap shoot with minor league prospect that’s just the way it is. It’s hard to say how long this team will be looking in

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Matt,
This is essentially the same team that won it all in 2009. Age has forced some changes and more will be coming, but I’ve got a feeling the purse strings have been tightened considerably. Otherwise we’d have Lee in our rotation. But I’m encouraged by the arms on the farm and some key position players down there also. So, if we’re ever “nowhere looking in” it won’t be for long!

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Robert,

Face it, this team isn’t put together like a team that can win a championship. It’s a flawed team and if changes aren’t made in the future, it won’t matter. This team could find itself in the same place with that team who has the 3rd worst record…..nowhere looking in.

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“Let’s get this thing turned around”
“make wholesale changes to this team ……. start with the morons who put this team together”
???????
Does this mean we would rather have the third WORST record in MLB?
Did I read that right?

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Wow, what happened to all the love for Burnett I saw a few weeks ago? No surprise things have gone as badly as they have in the second half as they have for Burnett as he is only 8-15 since signing on with the Yanks, he’s lucky it’s not worse as the Yankee offense has saved his neck several times this season. Dang, BUSTnett is just an $80 million mess it’s tuck with for the duration of his contract.

If you guys want to make wholesale changes to this team you need to start with the morons who put this team together first which means Crashman has to go. I’m sick of his bonehead moves.

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I think Pawlikowsky is on the money. Thanks Robert for the article. Come on YANKEES. Let’s get this thing turned around starting tonight

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I see a reason not to stay with a six man rotation, especially if one of those pitchers is struggling badly and can’t go deep into games. Again, this staff has too many pitchers that can’t go deep in games and that will cause the pen to burn out. BUSTnett just adds to that problem, especially since he can’t produce a quality start right now.

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I’m with you Seeknay on Bustnett. He was a head case here in Toronto even though he had a good record but a lot of it had to do with pitching with Roy Halliday. He’s not been the same since. One good year and the Yankees sign him for millions. Now they’re stuck with him because no other team wants to pay his salary nor do they want to deal with a head case. He can give you three or four great innings and then all of a sudden he blows up. He should go to the pen but the way Hughes is pitching right now he wouldn’t be a good replacement. They’d have to come up with another starter. Anyway, twostraight losses and two poor showings for Mo and while the Yankees are losing the Sox are winning. Tied for the lead and a few days later we’re 2 1/2 out again. They’ve got to right the ship tonight. Hopefully Nova gets the job done and the Yankees can score some runs. The Wild Card is no shoe in yet and until all other teams are eliminated you never know what can happen And with the wild card there is no home field advantage and Joe knows how important that is from last year.

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Burnett to the bullpen, for the right reasons
By Joe Pawlikowski

http://riveraveblues.com/2011/08/burnett-to-the-bullpen-for-the-right-reasons-54117/

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I mean look at the picture of this guy, does he look confused and lost??? And changing his hair color does not change the results.

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My father once told me that the definition of stupidity is doing the same thing over and over and over and over and over and over again AND expecting different results. I believe his definition applies here. So Joe you keep starting this guy and keep expecting different results.

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