BASEBALL: Can A.J. Burnett rebound?
NYYankees 2010/12/17 03:11:02
Honestly... What happened to this guy? I know Yankee fans want to chase him out of New York but I'm not sold on the idea that he can't pitch here. Yes he is an unpredictable guy on the mound but he has a huge upside and was a key contributor in 2009. He had a solid first year, pitched some big games for New York (a one hitter against Boston and a dominant game 2 againt the Philles) and was a big part of the clubhouse. Everybody in the clubhouse really likes him and deems him as a "good guy" despite his tough guy appearance. He also never points fingers and takes full responsibility when he doesn't pitch well. I also don't sense lackadaisical effort from him... it really does look like poor performances bother him. He looked like he had fun in 2009, pieing his teammates after walkoffs and just seemed relax... 2010 he looked like a wreck and came off the worst season of his career. Strikeouts were down, walks and ERA were up and he lost 15 games. One writer said he and his wife were going through an ugly divorce but that rumor was denied by both him and his agent. But regardless the Yankees need him to be the guy he was in 2009 if they want to have a shot at anything this year. Inconsistant? Okay that's fine I just want to see him strike more people out and be on more than he's off. Hopefully this new pitching coach can straighten him out. Can their 82 million guy rebound or are the Yankees toast?
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