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Yankees sticking with Burnett

Posted on: October 19, 2010 12:24 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:29 am
A.J. Burnett Joe Girardi is sticking with A.J. Burnett to start Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday.

When he was asked in the postage press conference if he was still going to pitch Burnett, Girardi didn't hesitate.

"Yes. Yes," Girardi said.

He answered the follow-up -- if he'd had to think about it -- just as quickly.

"No," Girardi said.

Burnett was 10-15 with a  5.26 ERA in the regular season and wasn't used in the ALDS. He went 1-7 with a 6.61 ERA in the last two months of the season. However, he did make three starts against the Rangers this year and went 1-0 with a 2.50 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.

Last season, Burenett was 1-1 with a 5.27 ERA in five postseason starts.

The Yankees could have used CC Sabathia on short rest, but then would have had to find a Game 5 starter on short rest, too.

Burnett will face Tommy Hunter, who was 13-4 with a 3.73 ERA. He went five innings in a no-decision against the Yankees on Sept. 11, allowing two runs on six hits, while striking out eight and walking three in a Rangers victory.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: October 19, 2010 6:35 pm

Yankees sticking with Burnett

Wow, I have a lot of respect for the Yankees team (not the way they are purchased but the shear talent is always impressive).  I love my Rangers team who reminds me a lot of the Red Sox lovable idiots.  Kind of funny that they resemble a Yankee nemesis but life goes on.  What I don't get is the palpable fear coming out of NY.  It almost cheapens what the Rangers are doing.  Is this usual when the Yankees lose a couple of games?  I expect you to get your backs up and stick your chin out...warn the Rangers of their impending doom.  Maybe the fans went soft with Rodriguez's and Jeter's antics.  Rather than standing up and saying I'm better than you they try to cheat their way on base...maybe that's crushed that Yankee swagger.  Props to Petite.  He pitched a great game...just on the wrong night.

Since: Apr 26, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2010 2:35 pm

Yankees sticking with Burnett

If I remember correctly, CC was not the winning pitcher on Friday and was the pitcher on the mound for most or all of the Ranger runs. Then roll in the Ranger bull pen who lost it. The Ranger line up has shown that they can take down your ace also.

Since: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2010 2:16 pm

Yankees sticking with Burnett

No other choice! Yankee Nation is fully behind you.  Please have a electric outing for the first time in 3 or 4 months.  We need it NOW!!!  LET'S GO YANKEES!!!!!

Since: May 4, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2010 1:04 pm

Yankees sticking with Burnett

Lets be realistic here the Yankees have no choice but to start AJ. The interesting side note here is that if the Yanks can win tonight then it appears that the pendulum has now suwng back in the Yanks favor with CC pitching Wednesday. We all know he is a big game pitcher and I just do not see him pitching a bad game tomorrow. However the Rangers have proved that they can take the other teams ace down on their home turf as evidenced by what they did to David Price. This Ranger team is a different animal than the Twins who appeared to be intimidated by the Yankees. Also, there is just no comparison in the lineup especially when you compare the outfield of the Twins to the Rangers in terms of hitting power. If AJ can somehow get rid of the deamons that have plagued him this year, because he certainly has the ability, then Yankee fans will forget how bad he has been the past two months. 

Since: May 8, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2010 9:32 am

Yankees sticking with Burnett

I like it. The kid has big game potential. Lets go AJ, Yankee Nation is behind you, 100 percent.

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