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Burnett's spot in Yanks rotation in jeopardy

Posted on: August 28, 2010 12:19 am
Edited on: August 28, 2010 8:03 pm
A.J. Burnett The Yankees watched Andy Pettitte take a step toward the team's rotation before Friday's game in Chicago and then watched A.J. Burnett take the first step out of the rotation in a 9-4 loss to the White Sox.

Burnett -- in the second year of a five-year, $82.5 million contract -- was plastered for nine runs (eight earned) in 3 1/3 innings against the White Sox, allowing eight hits, walking three and striking out three. He dropped to 9-12 with a 5.17 ERA.

After the game, Yankees manager Joe Girardi was asked about Burnett and didn't quite sing his praises:

"We'll evaluate after this weekend where we are and what we need to do," Girardi said, according to Marc Craig of the Star-Ledger . "Take it the way you want to take it… we'll do what we have to do."

Burnett allowed six runs to the lowly Mariners in his last start and also had an eight-run outing against the Blue Jays on Aug. 2. He's also had a complete game loss this month, dropping a 1-0 decision to Kansas City two starts ago.

"It's the same as Groundhog Day again," Burnett said. "It's the same situation."

In five of his 26 starts this season, he hasn't allowed an earned run. But in nine he's allowed six or more earned runs. It's easy to forget Burnett's 34 -- his talent and inconsistency are always reminiscent of a younger pitcher, but it's his inconsistency that shines a light on his talent. Burnett has such talent that he keeps getting chances. His powerful right arm is why the Blue Jays and the Yankees have both showered him with large contracts he has never quite lived up to.

The Yankees could move Javier Vazquez back into the rotation for Burnett. Vazquez (9-9, 4.96) was moved to long relief last week following his three-inning, four-run outing against the Mariners. He was replaced in the rotation by rookie Ivan Nova.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 11, 2011 7:49 pm

Burnett's spot in Yanks rotation in jeopardy

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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 30, 2010 6:14 pm

Burnett's spot in Yanks rotation in jeopardy

They traded for Randy Johnson and he was hardly a bum.. he was one of the most dominant Pitchers of his generation and a sure fire Hall of Famer.

Since: Dec 26, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2010 12:05 am

Burnett's spot in Yanks rotation in jeopardy

Because he stinks and the Yankees way overpaid for him. They always go after some guy that has thier number in a world Pavano and Randy Johnson. Pay huge dollars for bums.

Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: August 29, 2010 6:35 pm

Burnett's spot in Yanks rotation in jeopardy

I am no way  a pro baseball player but when you research a postion in your trade/art that allows you to make over 12 million dollars a year which is more than even well off middle class folk don't make in a lifetime then how coudl you perform like that in your job ???

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