When he came out of today’s game, A.J. Burnett stood in the clubhouse and talked about his changeup for several minutes before anyone asked why he suddenly decided to use it after he’s had success without it.
“I don’t feel like I’ve had the success that I should have,” he said. “I’m a .500 pitcher and there’s a reason behind that. I know I’ve battled injuries in the past, but over three-quarters of my career I’m a two-pitch pitcher, so there’s got to be some theory behind it. Why not learn another pitch? It’s only going to help.”
Burnett guessed that he threw 10 changeups today. The bloop single was on a changeup, but the other hits were fastballs. Burnett said he’ll probably make one more start throwing only changeups and fastball. He’ll be throwing curveballs on the side, but not yet in games.
“I guess it just doesn’t take me long to find it,” he said.
At that point, Burnett abruptly walked away to knock on the wooden frame of a locker. Guess you can never be too careful. Here’s the Burnett audio.