17 Jun 2010
I love "Bull Durham" and last night I was thinking about that scene where Crash dares Nuke to try and drill him in the chest with a ball while watching AJ Burnett. You look at the stuff that guy has and you think he could dominate the league. But, he is 6-5 with a 4.33 ERA because he simply doesn’t have the mind to match his talent.
You can see it in performances like last night. When he got into trouble he seemed to deflate and get into more trouble. His shutdown was complete when he didn’t cover first on a grounder to first. That was enough for Girardi who pulled him and inserted Boone Logan, who shutdown the same hitters that bedeviled Burnett.
The sad thing is, the Yankees have no options other than to keep using him. The problem is, you never know what you are going to get. I compared AJ to Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde last year and it seems iike that is what we have to look forward to for the next 3.5 years with AJ. It’s a good thing Hughes is in the rotation and Vazquez is stepping up, the Yankees need a #2 starter.