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Nova: “I love too much this game to have pressure”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc, Podcast on Aug 04, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Ivan Nova has no idea what’s next. He’s going to start tonight’s game in Chicago, and then… who knows? The Yankees could give him another start in the big leagues. They could move him to the bullpen. They could ship him back to Triple-A.

It’s just a day in the life of a Yankees rookie.

“I love too much this game to have pressure on myself,” Nova said. “If it’s last year, I’m not going to tell you I didn’t have a little bit of pressure at the beginning, but I’m relaxed (this year). I’m enjoying the stay here, and I love too much the game to put pressure on myself. Pressure’s not good for anybody, so I’m relaxed.”

With Nova, you actually believe that a little bit. I’m sure he’s feeling the pressure to some extent, but he does have that always-smiling, happy-to-be-here attitude. He actually seemed more tense during that half season I covered him in the minors than he’s been this season.

Left unprotected in the Rule 5 draft just three years ago, Nova’s now such a prized commodity that the Yankees didn’t want to lose him at the trade deadline. He clearly has a future with this organization. It’s his present role that remains unclear to everyone, including Nova himself.

“This start is like any other start for me,” Nova said. “I just have to go out there and try to do my job, concentrate on what I have to do. I don’t have to worry nothing about what’s going on outside of my job… If you don’t do your job, bad things are going to happen. If you do your job, you can’t control nothing outside of the game. I know there are a lot of decisions that have to be made, but I just gotta stay focused and do my job.”

Here’s Nova, speaking before last night’s game.

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150 Responses to “Nova: “I love too much this game to have pressure””

  1. mick August 4th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    AJ oughtta listen to Nova.
    Out of the mouth of babe’s…

  2. Erin August 4th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    He kind of sounds like Yoda with that quote. ;)

  3. mick August 4th, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Ivan Yoda.

  4. blake August 4th, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Better than AJ am I :)

  5. Wang IS Taiwan August 4th, 2011 at 9:08 am

    REPOST

    Wang IS Taiwan August 4th, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Disco Stu (do you really disco?)

    You’re right about Aug 2009 — I just double-checked the stats on MLB. AJ had two wins in Aug.

    One was the Boston game (2-0) and the other was against Toronto (4-3). Of course, there was also the mega flop 14-1 game we lost against Boston the very same month!

    How’s that for our consistently inconsistent and maddening AJ?

  6. Wang IS Taiwan August 4th, 2011 at 9:10 am

    “You can make fun of Girardi’s binder use but he has fostered a clubhouse who have each others back probably because he has theirs.”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~

    I don’t think it has anything to do with Girardi’s influence — it has much more to do with how the guys feel about each other. That’s a pretty tight group right now. I would attribute that more to CC’s presence than anybody else’s.

  7. Wang IS Taiwan August 4th, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Oh Erin! ;)

  8. heyman_sux August 4th, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Gotta love his attitude. You could tell a couple of guys on this team really enjoy playing because they have fun – like Robbie and Swish

    I wonder, if he wasn’t pitching well would he be criticized for being so relaxed?

    Perception is funny – When Robbie was committing errors, he was labeled as a lazy defender, contrasting the SUPER GRITTY Pedroia. Now he’s considered “slick”

    Hopefully, Nova keeps it goin

  9. blake August 4th, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Players and managers always have each others back….that’s part of being a team and AJ is well liked in the clubhouse from everything I’ve read.

  10. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2011 at 9:18 am

    heyman, it’s unfortunate. they relate to pedroia, not to cano, therefore pedroia’s made out to be heroic. it’s so predictable. cano is so much the greater talent, it can’t even be over stated. pedroia’s a fine player, though.
    ///

    I’m ready to let the kids be 3 & 4 in the postseason, although I don’t really believe we’ll see it.

  11. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2011 at 9:21 am

    blake, I can’t see any sort of strategic advantage to be leveraged by Girardi knocking his pitcher, any way. The fan just wants to see his own frustration reflected in the manager’s criticism, but it does nothing good for the club. Maybe if AJ were the kind to respond to criticism, Girardi might indulge him, but he knows his players best.

  12. 108 stitches August 4th, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Tonight plus one more quality start by Nova is deserving of him slotted in Burnett’s role as a starter.
    Nova is beginning to give a comfort zone. He’s not perfect but since last year he’s progressed. He’s been going further in games than he once did.

  13. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Am I paranoid, or is it interesting timing, the ARod stuff? Not that anything like that is going to unsettle this red hot Yankees’ team. It just struck me as odd.

  14. upstate kate August 4th, 2011 at 9:23 am

    somehow the red sox are perceived as blue collar lunch box carrying guys (ie good guys just like the fans) and the Yankees are thought of as being too corporate, altho both teams have high payrolls and similar playing styles

  15. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2011 at 9:23 am

    They can always use AJ in relief. More likely, they’ll just have him on a very short leash in the postseason.

  16. JobaTipsHisCap August 4th, 2011 at 9:24 am

    why do they have to play the final game in the night?

  17. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2011 at 9:25 am

    upstate, it’s slightly ridiculous, isn’t it, that the high-rent Red Sox are attempted to be sold this way. But does anyone really buy it? I doubt it.

  18. Erin August 4th, 2011 at 9:25 am

    JAP-completely agree @9:21

  19. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I hope we rest some guys tonight.

  20. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Erin, did you make it to the game? Are you going tonight?

  21. Erin August 4th, 2011 at 9:27 am

    J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2011 at 9:22 am
    Am I paranoid, or is it interesting timing, the ARod stuff? Not that anything like that is going to unsettle this red hot Yankees? team. It just struck me as odd.

    *********************

    it’s too much of a nothing story to unsettle the team. ;)

  22. upstate kate August 4th, 2011 at 9:28 am

    JAP
    you over estimate the intelligence of some fans

  23. Erin August 4th, 2011 at 9:28 am

    JAP-since I saw them at Wrigley in June, I decided to skip the WS series. I wish I had gotten a ticket now though. lol

  24. Doc Iac August 4th, 2011 at 9:31 am

    upstate kate August 4th, 2011 at 9:23 am

    somehow the red sox are perceived as blue collar lunch box carrying guys (ie good guys just like the fans) and the Yankees are thought of as being too corporate, altho both teams have high payrolls and similar playing styles

    ————–

    (im upstate to)

    simple Kate, its ‘cool’ to like the red sox….

    im not bothered tho as red sox fans r the most neducated fans when it comes to baseball, its like arguing with a kindergardener

    they call arod a-riod, even tho there 2 recent champiionships stunk with the stench of steriods with Fat Ass and Manny

  25. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2011 at 9:32 am

    upstate, maybe, but I read a lot of non-Yankee boards. the red sox are detested almost as much as we are, in some cases, more. Many a non-Yank fan finds them whiny & having entitlement complex. Their fans are viewed as annoying as hell. not exactly the modest, lunch pail guy that selflessly goes at it.

  26. Bronx Jeers August 4th, 2011 at 9:33 am

    He kind of sounds like Yoda with that quote. ;)

    ————————————————————

    We could potentially be doing Yodaspeak all day. :smile:

    (All day could Yodaspeak we do)

  27. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Erin, they have stubhub in Chicago, don’t they? I can’t imagine the market being any better for sellers there than it is here, which would make it, oh, nonexistent? ;)

  28. Triple Short of a Cycle August 4th, 2011 at 9:34 am

    From yesterday

    “It?s actually against the constitution to have to pay them in the first place (direct unapportioned taxes are illegal in this country).”

    Wrong. The 16th amendment does away with apportionment in regards to direct taxing and makes it perfectly constitutional

  29. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Erin, agree ;)

  30. Erin August 4th, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Bronx Jeers August 4th, 2011 at 9:33 am

    We could potentially be doing Yodaspeak all day.

    (All day could Yodaspeak we do)

    *******************

    Support this, I will.

  31. 86w183 August 4th, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Most teams that are “hated” by others are successful.

    No one hates losers, but jealousy over the Yankees resources and success leads to that form of hatred. That’s why the Lakers, Red Wings etc all are “hated”

    Personally I hate haters, but no group of fans

  32. upstate kate August 4th, 2011 at 9:36 am

    oh JAP I totally agree w/ you there. I was just thinking about red sox fans. Outside of New England, I find them to be viewed as Yankee wannabes w/o the Yankee class.

  33. Erin August 4th, 2011 at 9:37 am

    J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2011 at 9:33 am
    Erin, they have stubhub in Chicago, don?t they? I can?t imagine the market being any better for sellers there than it is here, which would make it, oh, nonexistent?

    ***********************

    LOL…very true. White Sox Guy won’t even speak to me.

    They’ve done very well without me in attendance though, so I know they can do it again. ;)

  34. RayVT August 4th, 2011 at 9:40 am

    The difference between being bad and good is just inches or tweaks. Everyone seems ready to jump on the guy who makes more money from the start!

    Cervelli playing badly is forgiven as gutsy, cute or energetic. Posada going thru a rough streak is old & overpaid. Jeter the same & Nunez is the next great whatever. Hughes gets lambasted & then he tweaks & corrects his location and he is dominant. AJ is hung out to dry. When AJ pitches well it is considered what he is supposed to do and ignored, but if things go wrong he is the reason & should be DFA’d.

    The problems with the Yanks, world, relationships, etc are not a up or down vote. The next to last start AJ gave up 4 runs in 8 innings & struck out 10 and was really dominant with a mistake or two. Last night he labored. It happens. Last week almost everyone wanted Danks (me included) but this week not many do after he bombed against the Yanks. It is a very fine line between dominance & bombing. Fans normally don’t know why, but judge on results. Coaches try to find out why. Maybe it is a tipping of pitches. Maybe eyes in the OF relaying pitches & locations. Maybe it is as simple as the grip or sweat on the baseball. Things happen.

    In order for the Yanks to be successful, key players need to step up. AJ is one of them and he has the talent to do so. One fans frustration is often another fan’s frustration. In baseball where failure 40 to 70% of the time is considered highly successful, it is hard to evaluate on a daily basis. Our evaluations are often biased kind of like the joke about the two car race between a Russian Car & an American Car. The press reported that the Americans finnished next to last, but the Russians finnished 2nd. Everything needs to be evaluated on a long view & a success path orientation.

    All said, I like AJ. I think he is an awesome pitcher who needs to pitch inside to be successful. When he does he is successful & when he doesn’t he gets into trouble. The Yanks need him to be successful to win the AL East & playoffs.

  35. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2011 at 9:40 am

    upstate, the old-time Red Sox fan (like the old-time Yankee fan, really) had a respect for the game & was a baseball intellectual. This kind of fan I’d come across in an earlier life. I have to say the Yankees as an organization have generally made me proud in their conduct, treatment of players & outward expression, but there is an ugly Yankee fan nowadays that must strike some as the “ugly American” who goes abroad & screams at foreign waiters for quicker service.

    This kind of fan (like the ones who cry that every player “sucks” & needs to be “DFA’d”, boos young pitchers trying to evolve, etc.) I have to say, I’m no fan of. But them’s the times, I guess :(

  36. John in Ohio August 4th, 2011 at 9:41 am

    I say skip AJ once (at least). Last night’s performance was awful, and with 5 other arms deserving, he needs to experience a little accountability.

  37. pat August 4th, 2011 at 9:41 am

    This statement sounds like Jay Reisinger likely still on Alex”s payroll. Good move.

    Per ESPN- A-Rod released a statement saying the story being reported about him playing poker contains many factual inaccuracies and he will speak with MLB if they would like him to.

  38. Jerkface August 4th, 2011 at 9:43 am

    A-rod: That story was totally bogus, first of all it was X not blow, secondly I left up thousands of dollars, not down. I’m no donkey. PEACE.

  39. Shame Spencer August 4th, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Ok get ready to hop on my soap box with me, and I apologize that this has already been discussed ad nauseam.

    I’m confused by this argument that Selig is going after this Arod thing to “protect the brand.” Can someone explain to me how reporting that you are investigating RUMORS about a player, and therefore bringing attention to the matter, is helping to “protect the brand?”

    It literally made me sick last night to turn on a “newscast” on ESPN that posted a quote from a “baseball insider” as if it was fact. Is this journalism? I’m not saying Arod doesn’t ask for it. Everyone who makes that argument is completely justified.. but you’ve also got to admit that people go after him in the most cowardly ways. When his name was released for steroids, it was clear someone had an ax to grind with him, whether its warranted isn’t for me to decide, but its still underhanded. This, to me, is basically the same thing. You have unsubstantiated reports from anonymous sources yet now the guy could face suspension (which is again, being self-reported by MLB).

    I mean… in the NFL, you can rape a chick in a bathroom and still make it to the Super Bowl because there wasn’t any evidence, right? So, if Arod was involved in a high stake illegal poker game, in the immortal words of Whitney Houston: SHOW ME THE RECEIPTS!

  40. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2011 at 9:45 am

    AJ is an enigma, but it’s more to do with his mechanics than any sort of personality flaw. The problem is, when he’s off, he’s way off & doesn’t seem to have a feel for how to fix himself, although he’s been better at that this season. I also don’t think he was throwing Martin under the bus with his observation. I think AJ is really very honest & doesn’t have the guile or calculated type personality to set up his catcher that way. Say what you will about the guy, but that’s not him, IMO.

  41. Jerkface August 4th, 2011 at 9:45 am

    There is a 0% chance A-rod is getting suspended. Considering no one driving drunk, shoplifting, or beating their wife/family can get suspended by MLB its unlikely A-rod will for doing his hobby.

  42. Erin August 4th, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Shame-Selig got caught up in a story that belongs in Star Magazine. It’s a total joke. If this were any other player it wouldn’t even be mentioned.

  43. Tom in N.J. August 4th, 2011 at 9:48 am

    KenDavidoffKen Davidoff

    There’s a better chance of A-Rod winning the #WSOP than of #MLB suspending him for this. #Yankees

  44. Jeremy August 4th, 2011 at 9:49 am

    It seems like we all know who is the weakest link on this Yankee team so far. And that man is A.J. Burnett. I agree with most that I rather have the kids perform in A.J.’s spot. The guy is just simply a headcase with great stuff but can’t control it.

  45. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2011 at 9:51 am

    He’s not a headcase. He has great stuff he sometimes can’t harness. His head gets messed out of his frustration at not being mechanically able to harness it. That’s my impression, in any case, after watching him up close now for the third straight season. AJ wants to win & do well. This idea that he’s not mentally tough is just crap.

  46. blake August 4th, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Repeating a pitching motion is a skill…..just like having a plus fastball or.plus curveball is a skill. AJ has always struggled with repeating his delievery and staying north/south with it……its just the way it is. When he sat at 95 mph and could touch 97/98 he could get away with it……now he pitches at 92 and he can’t anymore. If he doesn’t suddenly become able to better repeat his delivery and suddenly be able to command and control the ball better…..or suddenly throw the ball 96 mph again…..then the results are probably unlikely to change……

  47. Erin August 4th, 2011 at 9:54 am

    JAP-once again, completely agree with your 9:51 post. This is becoming a habit today. ;)

  48. Jeremy August 4th, 2011 at 9:54 am

    And I’m sorry but A.J. always has a ton of excuses after bad performances. Making claims that he will be better and he never improves.

    This is the same stuff Omar Minaya use to say about Oliver Perez. “We need the old Ollie”
    Well the “Old Ollie” is the same as the new one and the same could be said of A.J. Burnett.

  49. Tom in N.J. August 4th, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Good Stuff from Craig Calcaterra:

    “Oh, I have no doubt that someone at Major League Baseball is saying that they’re really concerned and may do something, but that’s a p.r. thing. Because our society is wired in the puritanical way that it is, they can’t just blow off reports of one of their players being in the same room as drugs, gambling and wicked women. I mean, this isn’t like players driving drunk or beating their wives which are apparently easy things for MLB to ignore.”

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports......-business/

  50. Shame Spencer August 4th, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Erin – Ya know, I kept seeing you guys saying that but I was like, “Oh, they’re just defending their guy, I’m sure there’s at least a little meat to this story…” And then I got home and really started looking into it and realized there are no facts or actual sources. How is this helping the image of MLB? It sounds like a witch hunt! (lightasafeatherstiffasaboard-lightasafeatherstiffasaboard-lightasafeatherstiffasaboard)

  51. Laura - I Bleed Blue August 4th, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I don’t usually like Keith Law, but he said something on yesterday’s ESPN Baseball Today Podcast that I did love. He said that he has grown tired of Pukelis’ act when he is called out on strikes. He essentially said that he acts like a baby and that he needs to get over himself.

    He then lost me when he went on to say that Jesus Montero is too big to be a catcher, takes too long to release the ball and will never be successful (as a catcher) in the big leagues.

    He did say that Montero should be our current DH, but that’s neither here nor there.

  52. blake August 4th, 2011 at 9:56 am

    It has nothing to do with his head…..it has to do with him not being able to throw the ball where he wants to and not having the margin for error that plus plus stuff used to afford him. His stuff is still good…..but its not top 20 in baseball good anymore and combined with below average command/control you get a back end starter……that’s just what he is at this point.

  53. upstate kate August 4th, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I find watching AJ incredibly frustrating. That being said, you have to be mentally tough to keep going out there every 5 days, regardless of results. AJ did that last year, w/ no excuses.

  54. Hassey August 4th, 2011 at 9:56 am

    AJ Burnett Melido Perez?

    Anyone?

  55. ac1 August 4th, 2011 at 9:57 am

    I don’t usually like Keith Law, but he said something on yesterday’s ESPN Baseball Today Podcast that I did love. He said that he has grown tired of Pukelis’ act when he is called out on strikes. He essentially said that he acts like a baby and that he needs to get over himself.

    ___

    Even PeteAbe was ripping Youkilis act tiresome and pathetic too. He notes he complains everytime a strike is called and that is is just ridiculous. That’s coming from Peter Abraham so you know its serious.

  56. Jeremy August 4th, 2011 at 9:57 am

    The thing about A.J. is that this is who he is. He is approaching his mid 30′s which means that his stuff/ velocity will continue to go down and his performances will only get worse not better.
    I would love it if the Yankees eventually cut there losses in year 4 of his contract and give his spot to one of the kids.

  57. ac1 August 4th, 2011 at 9:58 am

    I don’t usually like Keith Law, but he said something on yesterday’s ESPN Baseball Today Podcast that I did love. He said that he has grown tired of Pukelis’ act when he is called out on strikes. He essentially said that he acts like a baby and that he needs to get over himself.

    ___

    Don’t forget Ron Washington’s cocaine issue before the start of last season….
    Don’t think he was ever punished.

  58. blake August 4th, 2011 at 9:58 am

    When MLB joins Sherlock papi in his self investigation then Ill take them seriously…..

  59. Erin August 4th, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Shame-I’m flashing back to numerous slumber parties w/ lightasafeatherstiffasaboard :lol:

    And even if he was at this game-who cares? What does it have to do with him playing baseball? How does it affect MLB in any way? It’s so ridiclous you just have to laugh at it.

  60. arjay August 4th, 2011 at 9:59 am

    The thing that most people are missing is that this “illegal” poker game wasn’t illegal. In CA, private poker games are not illegal if the house does not take a cut.

  61. Laura - I Bleed Blue August 4th, 2011 at 9:59 am

    “Even PeteAbe was ripping Youkilis act tiresome and pathetic too. He notes he complains everytime a strike is called and that is is just ridiculous. That’s coming from Peter Abraham so you know its serious.”

    When die hard BOS fans are ripping the Puke, you know he’s doing something wrong.

  62. ac1 August 4th, 2011 at 9:59 am

    I find watching AJ incredibly frustrating. That being said, you have to be mentally tough to keep going out there every 5 days, regardless of results. AJ did that last year, w/ no excuses.

    ___

    It’s true. Often times talking about his baseball issues gets personal, and i hope most people don’t have personal issues with him. Would i like to see him benched? YES. Would i want to see harm come to him? Absolutely not!

  63. Erin August 4th, 2011 at 10:00 am

    YankeesInk AJ borrows a guy’s bathing suit in Staten Island and lets himself get dunked a zillion times. Criticize his pitching, but what’s to hate?.

  64. Laura - I Bleed Blue August 4th, 2011 at 10:00 am

    I don’t like how AJ implied that it was Russell’s fault that he stunk up the joint last night. What’s next? Is he going to insist that Cervelli become his personal catcher?

  65. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Erin, fan character assassinations of players are so easy to poke holes into, because they’re usually based on nothing at all. So it’s easy to agree that nothing is nothing! ;)

  66. ac1 August 4th, 2011 at 10:02 am

    We have to know by now that Burnett will always have an excuse for stinkng up the joint….
    It’s crazy, because with Rothschild, we not have the league’s #1 ERA+, yet even he cannot fix Burnett. I would be stunned if AJ is in the rotation for the remainder of his contract…

  67. heyman_sux August 4th, 2011 at 10:03 am

    AJ is what he is at this point in his career. The sooner we stop expecting him to turn the corner, the less frustrated we will be. If nothing else, he has been a healthy pitcher, capable of giving 200 reasonably good innings. He’s 34 years old – don’t expect a pitching Rennaissance

  68. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Laura, I don’t think that was AJ’s intent. I think AJ is unpolitical to a fault, if there is such a thing. He’s just talking off the top of his head.

  69. Shame Spencer August 4th, 2011 at 10:04 am

    # arjay August 4th, 2011 at 9:59 am

    The thing that most people are missing is that this “illegal” poker game wasn’t illegal. In CA, private poker games are not illegal if the house does not take a cut.

    ———————-

    Didn’t realize that, thanks for the info.

    I understand trying to police the players private lives because you’re selling a brand. But there are ways to go about it that make more sense than what MLB did here. I really just think they hate Alex and the Yankees. I know people get all annoyed when Yankee fans pretend they’re being singled out, but if this was any other player it would’ve not only been a non-issue for MLB, I don’t even think the story would’ve seen the light of day.

  70. Jerkface August 4th, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Ron Washington! Who could forget about him, tries to pass off cocaine usage as a one time thing despite being a player in the 80s? Yea, we know how you came to acquire a taste for white jesus!

    Of course Selig doesnt care that his world series losing manager actually does drugs, but A-rod is in the same room as some drugs, allegedly, and look out!

  71. blake August 4th, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Rothschild has fixed AJ a little…….he’s a year older but yet better than he was last year. The velocity loss has really hurt him…..velocity is overated in general but its everything to AJ.

  72. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2011 at 10:05 am

    heyman, I would say that’s fair. He’s had some moments this year though where he looked as though he’d gained some insight into his own problems.

  73. Erin August 4th, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I didn’t think AJ was throwing Martin under the bus. Reading both of their quotes, it seemed to me like they just couldn’t get on the same page. And didn’t AJ said “we’ll look at the tape and figure it out” ?

  74. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2011 at 10:08 am

    If AJ starts a playoff game, he’s going to be short leashed. With the deep bullpen we’ve got, he’ll be yanked at the first sign of trouble. They’re not going to suck up a bad AJ performance in the playoffs.

  75. blake August 4th, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I don’t think AJ was throwing Martin under the bus either……AJ never deflects blame that I can remember….he stands there and takes it like a man…..that doesn’t change the fact that’s he’s not very good though.

  76. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Erin, he did. Do people have a problem reading tone?? I think so. He wasn’t planting some seed of doubt about Martin.

  77. heyman_sux August 4th, 2011 at 10:09 am

    JAP – it’s true, but that seems to be his MO.

    All we have to do is look back a few years to his Toronto days. He looked downright dominant for a good stretch, and folks were saying the same things.

    He’s not a clunker, and prob doesn’t deserve most of the disrepect he gets. But he’s always going to be this up-and-down kinda guy. There’s nothing wrong with that – except that he gets paid as a #2 (though I would argue, that contract was also offerred due in part to the lack of starters both on the market and the Yankee roster)

  78. Laura - I Bleed Blue August 4th, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Lost in this is how lucky we are that Floyd was worse than AJ. Otherwise, we would have lost that game.

  79. heyman_sux August 4th, 2011 at 10:10 am

    If AJ starts a playoff game, he?s going to be short leashed. With the deep bullpen we?ve got, he?ll be yanked at the first sign of trouble. They?re not going to suck up a bad AJ performance in the playoffs.
    =======

    Yea, I wish that was the mindset in last years ALCS. All it took was one pitch….and one Molina

  80. RadioKev August 4th, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Gotta love Nova’s make up, he really fits right in with this team.

  81. GreenBeret7 August 4th, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Jeremy August 4th, 2011 at 9:49 am
    It seems like we all know who is the weakest link on this Yankee team so far. And that man is A.J. Burnett. I agree with most that I rather have the kids perform in A.J.’s spot. The guy is just simply a headcase with great stuff but can’t control

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    Thank you for the expert analysis, Dr, Sigmund Fraud.

  82. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2011 at 10:11 am

    blake, he does take it like a man. People just don’t like the results so he has to be demonized/punished.

    Actually, AJ should be lauded for virtually always talking to the media, never responding with rancor but thoughtfully answering even the tough questions. AJ is as up front as you can get.

  83. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Chad, why don’t you weigh in before the AJ Assassins go to town, here?

    You deal with AJ: how does he strike you?

  84. 86w183 August 4th, 2011 at 10:13 am

    AJ lacks consistency in his mechanics. He lacks consistency in his willingness to pitch inside. And, yes he lacks mental toughness in pitching through difficulty.

    For most of this season he has done a good job on not letting things snowball on him like he did last season. Last night he reverted back and had a meltdown with a game that was completely in hand.

    I don’t know which 10 teams he has specified that he wont go to, but I’d call all the others and see if they have a bad contract they want to exchange for a possible “change of scenery” mutual benefit.

    AJ for Derek Lowe?

    AJ for Chone Figgins?

    AJ for Carlos Lee?

    Aj for Soriano or Zambrano?

    AJ for Adam Dunn

    Just thinkin’ out loud

  85. Tom in N.J. August 4th, 2011 at 10:14 am

    When the Yankees signed A.J. I thought he’d be an injury prone pitcher who’d pitch like a 2 when healthy.

  86. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Yea, I wish that was the mindset in last years ALCS. All it took was one pitch….and one Molina
    ///

    that was just poor managing. He’d actually pitched well but you could see the wheels were about to fall off. Everyone in the ballpark it seemed knew it but the manager. AJ had had a long layoff before that if I recall & was probably tiring. Ah well, water under the bridge.

  87. Pville August 4th, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Is there any chance that AJ was the dealer at ARod’s poker games?

  88. Giuseppe Franco August 4th, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Nobody is trading for Burnett. Some people need a dose of reality.

  89. Joe from Long Island August 4th, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Good morning, guys.

    1. As suggested, above, I hope and believe that MLB is just doing their public relations thing with this A-Rod investigation. This is just so ridiculous, it rivals Congress’ investigation into PEDs and the Clemens trial.

    2. I really think AJ is a good guy, and like him on the team. But, he’s not the same pitcher as a few years ago, in that his speed is down, and that was a big eraser for him. Yes, he’s overrall better than last year, but he’s currently functioning as a back-end of the rotation starter. The Yanks have a bunch of younger and less-expensive guys who can fill that role, at least as well if not better. This is why I wouldn’t be surprised if Cash looks to move AJ in the offseason. Of course, with AJ’s NTC, it will be tricky, but not impossible, esp. if $$$ is used to sweeten the deal. My personal preference would be for AJ to pitch better, but I’m not optimistic that his career path is going to go in that direction.

  90. JobaTipsHisCap August 4th, 2011 at 10:21 am

    oh well, AJ for Lowe

  91. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2011 at 10:21 am

    heyman_sux August 4th, 2011 at 10:09 am
    JAP – it’s true, but that seems to be his MO.

    All we have to do is look back a few years to his Toronto days. He looked downright dominant for a good stretch, and folks were saying the same things.

    He’s not a clunker, and prob doesn’t deserve most of the disrepect he gets. But he’s always going to be this up-and-down kinda guy. There’s nothing wrong with that – except that he gets paid as a #2 (though I would argue, that contract was also offerred due in part to the lack of starters both on the market and the Yankee roster)
    ///

    But it’s not his fault that he gets paid that money. What’s he supposed to do – turn it down? The Braves were about to swallow him up before we countered.

    In any case, he won’t be the No. 2 guy in the postseason. He’s going to be No. 4 at best if your youngens keeps pushing the envelope, plus there’s Steady Freddy.

    If the Yanks had just not taken their foot off the pedal on Chamberlain, who knows how the rotation would have shook out by now. I admit, it rankles me to imagine that 2008 Joba pitching behind CC. That guy is in there. I want Rothschild to help let him out going forward.

  92. JobaTipsHisCap August 4th, 2011 at 10:22 am

    btw, I think AJ will be getting worse in final 2 months

  93. Joe from Long Island August 4th, 2011 at 10:23 am

    GF – Good morning, hope you’re well.

    I understand what you’re saying about nobody trading for AJ; he certainly didn’t make himself look attractive last night. However, I keep coming back to Gene Michael’s famous line – you can trade anybody, the question is what do you get back in return.

  94. Erin August 4th, 2011 at 10:23 am

    jnorris427 Austin Romine getting an MRI today on his back. #Yankees

  95. Against All Odds August 4th, 2011 at 10:24 am

    If the Yanks had just not taken their foot off the pedal on Chamberlain, who knows how the rotation would have shook out by now. I admit, it rankles me to imagine that 2008 Joba pitching behind CC. That guy is in there. I want Rothschild to help let him out going forward.

    ———————————————-

    That’s something a lot of ppl would love to see.

  96. upstate kate August 4th, 2011 at 10:25 am

    still rather have AJ than Lackey :)

  97. Joe from Long Island August 4th, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I wouldn’t trade for Derek Lowe, Carlos Zambrano, or any one like that. They already have younger and less expensive guys who can pitch as well as rotation fillers like that. And, yes, I think Zambrano is no longer elite, or even very good, and is a back end starter at this point of his career. He’s got a name, but not much else at this point.

  98. Jeremy August 4th, 2011 at 10:26 am

    GreenBeret7

    Yeah real funny. But everything I said in that post was right on the money. So the sarcasm is not warranted.

  99. 108 stitches August 4th, 2011 at 10:26 am

    John in Ohio August 4th, 2011 at 9:41 am
    I say skip AJ once (at least). Last night’s performance was awful, and with 5 other arms deserving, he needs to experience a little accountability.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Not a bad idea. Maybe some side sessions to work on and gain confidence in an off speed pitch.
    Straight fastballs and curve balls in the dirt are not a recipe for good outings.

  100. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Thanks, Erin.

    There’s also some good audio on Norris’ site from Betances, Cashman after seeing Manny/Jesus game, Montero, and Manny B. himself.

    Thunder Thoughts has a very in depth Q & A with Betances (the contents also on Norris’ site in audio form).

  101. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Jeremy, calling AJ a head case just undermines your comments.

    I am tired of fans deciding they know what a player’s mental makeup is. Really, really, really tired of it.

  102. 86w183 August 4th, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Joe —

    My point is the only way to move AJ — if they want to move him — is to take on a comparably under performing player with an onerous contract.

    So which contract swap (if any) are people willing to make/consider?

  103. MG August 4th, 2011 at 10:32 am

    m
    The difference between being bad and good is just inches or tweaks. Everyone seems ready to jump on the guy who makes more money from the start!

    Cervelli playing badly is forgiven as gutsy, cute or energetic. Posada going thru a rough streak is old & overpaid. Jeter the same & Nunez is the next great whatever. Hughes gets lambasted & then he tweaks & corrects his location and he is dominant. AJ is hung out to dry. When AJ pitches well it is considered what he is supposed to do and ignored, but if things go wrong he is the reason & should be DFA’d.

    The problems with the Yanks, world, relationships, etc are not a up or down vote. The next to last start AJ gave up 4 runs in 8 innings & struck out 10 and was really dominant with a mistake or two. Last night he labored. It happens. Last week almost everyone wanted Danks (me included) but this week not many do after he bombed against the Yanks. It is a very fine line between dominance & bombing. Fans normally don’t know why, but judge on results. Coaches try to find out why. Maybe it is a tipping of pitches. Maybe eyes in the OF relaying pitches & locations. Maybe it is as simple as the grip or sweat on the baseball. Things happen.

    In order for the Yanks to be successful, key players need to step up. AJ is one of them and he has the talent to do so. One fans frustration is often another fan’s frustration. In baseball where failure 40 to 70% of the time is considered highly successful, it is hard to evaluate on a daily basis. Our evaluations are often biased kind of like the joke about the two car race between a Russian Car & an American Car. The press reported that the Americans finnished next to last, but the Russians finnished 2nd. Everything needs to be evaluated on a long view & a success path orientation.

    All said, I like AJ. I think he is an awesome pitcher who needs to pitch inside to be successful. When he does he is successful & when he doesn’t he gets into trouble. The Yanks need him to be successful to win the AL East & playoffs.
    ————————
    +1,000,000 Ray, glad to see you posting…

  104. Giuseppe Franco August 4th, 2011 at 10:33 am

    # Joe from Long Island August 4th, 2011 at 10:23 am

    GF – Good morning, hope you’re well.

    I understand what you’re saying about nobody trading for AJ; he certainly didn’t make himself look attractive last night. However, I keep coming back to Gene Michael’s famous line – you can trade anybody, the question is what do you get back in return.

    ———–

    Joe,

    All is well on this end. Thanks.

    The only possible way(s) Burnett gets moved is in exchange for another bad contract (think Carlos Zambrano or the like) or the Yanks would simply have to eat most of what Burnett is due.

    I’d rather see them go with option #2, but the rotation may be in a state of flux next season as well so they may need him.

    We don’t know what will happen with Colon/Garcia but I would expect at least one of them back. I don’t see Betances or Banuelos as a rotation option until the second half of 2012 at the earliest.

    We’ll see, but I they rolled the dice on Burnett when they signed him so it appears they are going to have to live with the warts.

  105. Giuseppe Franco August 4th, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Then again, perhaps one of Warren, Noesi, and Phelps could be used out of the rotation as well.

  106. Erin August 4th, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Yankees Prior to this year, the last time the Yankees had at least 3 games in a season with at least 17 runs was in 2005. #YankeesFacts

    bw51official I have another book signing tonight in Little Falls, NJ at the Yogi Berra Museum tonight at 6 PM! Come down and… http://fb.me/16cV0tzE2

  107. pat August 4th, 2011 at 10:37 am

    “still rather have AJ than Lackey”

    Me too. Lackey rolls his eyes like my daughter and want to smack both of them when they do it.

  108. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2011 at 10:43 am

    I wonder how the Red Sox liked John Lackey’s outward show of disgust with Josh Reddick regarding a ball the pitcher obviously felt the young outfielder should have had?

  109. Giuseppe Franco August 4th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    The only thing more nauseating than listening to Micheal Kay for three hours during a broadcast is listening to Hawk Harrelson for three hours.

    That said, last night was much more enjoyable than usual listening to a very dejected Hawk watching his White Sox get their asses kicked.

  110. ac1 August 4th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    “still rather have AJ than Lackey”

    ___

    Definitely!

    AJ is portrayed as a good teammate, who very rarely tries to show up his own team.
    Lackey acts like he is out there pitching perfect games, if not for his defense. You don’t see Crawford throwing his arms up everytime Lackey gives up a homerun do you?

    Short of Beckett, John Lackey is my least favorite baseball player….

  111. GreenBeret7 August 4th, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Austin Krum was sent to Trenton from Scranton, probably to to play for Ray Kruml who fouled a ball off of his foot and out for a while. Deangelo Mack goes back to Tampa to get some playing time after a long turn on the DL and K, Texeira will come back to Trenton or Scranton from a DL stay and time at Tampa of the GCL.

    Here’s a story on Gary Sanchez and his struggles and demotion to extended ST.

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball.....d=fb_share

  112. Wave Your Hat August 4th, 2011 at 10:48 am

    AJ is giving up 4.92 runs per game in a world where the average AL pitcher is giving up 4.30 runs per game and the average Yankee pitcher is giving up 3.84.

  113. Erin August 4th, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Giuseppe Franco August 4th, 2011 at 10:46 am
    The only thing more nauseating than listening to Micheal Kay for three hours during a broadcast is listening to Hawk Harrelson for three hours.

    That said, last night was much more enjoyable than usual listening to a very dejected Hawk watching his White Sox get their asses kicked.

    *********************

    :D

    Kay trumps Hawk. It’s not even close.

  114. 108 stitches August 4th, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Lackey and Burnett are one in the same. Both have overpaid contracts that expire after 2013. Both require an extraordinary amount of run support and a bullpen ready to go at an innings notice.

  115. ac1 August 4th, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Lackey and Burnett are one in the same. Both have overpaid contracts that expire after 2013. Both require an extraordinary amount of run support and a bullpen ready to go at an innings notice.

    ___

    I think Lackey’s goes to 2014….
    He signed the same contract as AJ one year after no?

  116. pat August 4th, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Playing in the WS would seem to be a good alibi……..

    One poker player at the Beverly Hills game knocked down the report, insisting the Rodriguez was not there.

    “A-Rod was not at that game,” pro-poker player Dan Bilzerian told the Daily News. “It’s ridiculous.”

    Bilzerian claimed to be the main source of the Star story, but insisted the magazine got it wrong.

    “I would remember because I got stiffed,” said Bilzerian, adding that the game took place at Leibel’s house in November 2009.

    “He wasn’t there, I’m telling you,” Bilzerian said of A-Rod. “He was playing in the World Series at the time.”

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....l?r=sports

  117. Jeremy August 4th, 2011 at 10:59 am

    J. Alfred Prufrock

    Call a spade a spade. At first I never said it or believed it but after all of the excuses, poor performances, hurting his hand by hitting glass, asking for personal catchers, asking for Dave Eiland when he was on personal leave (like Burnett is a child), not able to pitch a decent game (not a good game) at Fenway park since becoming a Yankee. How many examples do we need to see before people stop making excuses for him.

  118. LGY August 4th, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Don’t fear Yankee fans!

    AJ actually lowered his xFIP yesterday!!

  119. upstate kate August 4th, 2011 at 11:03 am

    well that is good news LGY!!! I think it is good anyway…isn’t it?

  120. Jeremy August 4th, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Now I think Burnett is a nice guy but like I said last year he is not a good pitcher. You don’t get paid for a job because you are a nice guy. Performance is what counts.

    And Lackey is an even bigger joke than A.J. because at least A.J. will admit that he stinks. Lackey blames everyone before accepting responsibility. So I agree with others that Lackey is worse.

  121. Erin August 4th, 2011 at 11:04 am

    pat-I’d say he has a pretty good alibi. ;)

  122. blake August 4th, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Trade AJ to the Blue Jays…..Anthopolis would probably find a way to flip him for Justin Upton.

  123. 108 stitches August 4th, 2011 at 11:07 am

    ac1 August 4th, 2011 at 10:56 am
    Lackey and Burnett are one in the same. Both have overpaid contracts that expire after 2013. Both require an extraordinary amount of run support and a bullpen ready to go at an innings notice.

    ___

    I think Lackey’s goes to 2014….
    He signed the same contract as AJ one year after no?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I stand corrected. You are right. Lackey’s contract expires at the end of 2014 with a conditional option for 2015.

  124. LGY August 4th, 2011 at 11:10 am

    well that is good news LGY!!! I think it is good anyway…isn’t it?

    ———————

    Once AJ stops grooving BP fastballs in hitter counts so it is actually reasonable to believe his HR/FB ratio is just unlucky, we’re all set!

  125. Erin August 4th, 2011 at 11:10 am

    eboland11 statetment from A-Rod rep today says “The story contains numerous factual inaccuracies” and that “Alex looks forward to cooperating” w MLB

    I’d look forward to it to-just to tell them what a bunch of idiots they are. ;)

  126. Laura - I Bleed Blue August 4th, 2011 at 11:14 am

    There’s no comparison between AJ and Lackey. Lackey is a horrible teammate. I have never seen AJ make a face after someone makes an error. Lackey, on the other hand, practically has a coronary when an error is made behind him. Lackey is someone who I’d like to slap across the face. I hate all BOS players, but Lackey is right up at the top of my list. I’m sorry that his wife is sick, but that’s no excuse for him acting like a jerk.

  127. Erin August 4th, 2011 at 11:14 am

    edit-to it *too*

  128. Laura - I Bleed Blue August 4th, 2011 at 11:15 am

    “I stand corrected. You are right. Lackey’s contract expires at the end of 2014 with a conditional option for 2015.”

    Is that 2015 option a club option or a player option? I have a feeling that BOS will pass if it’s their option.

  129. Erin August 4th, 2011 at 11:16 am

    eboland11 Lot of drivel being spewed on A-Rod story, but Fox News using “Poker Face” as bumper to commericial after referencing it pretty funny

  130. Joe from Long Island August 4th, 2011 at 11:17 am

    1. 86, GF – Yes, I think taking on somebody else’s problem might be the only way to move AJ. The thing is, you then have that new problem. It’s not going to be a great answer to what to do with AJ. Easiest thing might be to just grin and bear it the next two years. Of course, AJ could pitch better; or is that hoping for too much?

    2. GB – thanks for the link on the Gary Sanchez story. It’s tough, a 17 year old kid away from home, in a new culture, and dealing with failure. It’s a learning experience, and it looks like he’s learning. The Yanks will see him thru it.

    3. Erin – I’d take Kay over Hawk. I guess they each have their “charms”…..

    Off to do errands today. Later.

  131. Wave Your Hat August 4th, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Saying that Burnett is outpitching Lackey this year is not exactly high praise.

  132. Joe from Long Island August 4th, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Oh, two more things –

    1. You mean – a rag has printed inaccurate information? About Alex Rodriguez? No! Surely you jest…..

    2. John Lackey is a jerk. AJ may be a lot of things, but jerk is not one of them.

  133. upstate kate August 4th, 2011 at 11:22 am

    WYH
    just trying to look for a positive

  134. 108 stitches August 4th, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Laura – I Bleed Blue August 4th, 2011 at 11:15 am
    “I stand corrected. You are right. Lackey’s contract expires at the end of 2014 with a conditional option for 2015.”

    Is that 2015 option a club option or a player option? I have a feeling that BOS will pass if it’s their option.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Cot’s doesn’t specify but it’s likely a team option which hopefully they exercise and may need to with not much in the way of prospects forthcoming.

  135. Erin August 4th, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Joe, I’d take Kay any day of the week over most announcers in baseball. I really don’t mind him too much. I absolutely despise Hawk.

  136. LGY August 4th, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Lackey’s 2015 option:

    2015 club option at Major League minimum salary if Lackey misses significant time with surgery for pre-existing elbow injury in 2010-14

  137. Tom in N.J. August 4th, 2011 at 11:27 am

    “Cot’s doesn’t specify but it’s likely a team option which hopefully they exercise and may need to with not much in the way of prospects forthcoming.”

    From Cots:

    2015 club option at Major League minimum salary if Lackey misses significant time with surgery for pre-existing elbow injury in 2010-14

  138. bruceb August 4th, 2011 at 11:28 am

    A lot of you guys on here give AJ way too much leniency. The guy is a bum. To be three games under .500 pitching for the New York Yankees is like losing money in a Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme. It just shouldn’t happen.

  139. LGY August 4th, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Let’s play a game of, how many pitcher’s in the organization do you think would perform better than AJ?

  140. Triple Short of a Cycle August 4th, 2011 at 11:30 am

    bruceb,

    Tell that to the people on the bottom of the scheme :)

  141. G-C August 4th, 2011 at 11:32 am

    AJ certainly hasn’t lived up to his contract.

    But there are plenty worse pitchers out there.

    Furthermore, something about him on the Yankees feels “right.”

    You all should know by now that I buy very little related to “intangibles” and what not.

    But for as much crap as he gets he seems to fit this clubhouse and organization’s mantra so well that I’m more willing to put up with it than I would for almost anyone else.

  142. blake August 4th, 2011 at 11:38 am

    “Let’s play a game of, how many pitcher’s in the organization do you think would perform better than AJ?”

    If were talking about guys not already in the rotation……Id go with Nova and Noesi…..and by next year maybe Betances and Warren as well.

  143. LGY August 4th, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Where would the Yankees be without Russell “The Ball Whisperer” Martin guiding AJ to a 93 ERA+?

    Free Montero!!

  144. Wave Your Hat August 4th, 2011 at 11:39 am

    “Furthermore, something about him on the Yankees feels “right.”

    Like what?

  145. GreenBeret7 August 4th, 2011 at 11:39 am

    any time, Joe. You have a Latin kid, stuck in a southern city, with money in his pocket, can’t drive and can’t go where some of his friends go because of his age, and the organization treats him differently than the others. It’s sort of like the highly recruited high school athletic stud going off to the big school and finding out that he’s too young to date a cheer leader, others are just as good and you’re struggling in your classes. That kid has unreal power. In the organization, probably only Montero can top him. not sure if you’ve ever been to greenville, NC, but the park there is modeled after Fenway (same dimensions and wall). There’s a Met Life building across the parking lot from the wall. In two straight games on the last trip there, Sanchez hit two homers onto the roof of the 7 floor building and another off of a 5th floor wall. He is a big kid, almost as big as Montero. About 6’2″- 6’3″ and 225 pounds. I wonder if the experts will label him as too big to be a catcher.

  146. LGY August 4th, 2011 at 11:40 am

    *pitchers*

    stupid phone.

  147. bruceb August 4th, 2011 at 11:41 am

    blake August 4th, 2011 at 11:38 am
    “Let’s play a game of, how many pitcher’s in the organization do you think would perform better than AJ?”

    If were talking about guys not already in the rotation……Id go with Nova and Noesi…..and by next year maybe Betances and Warren as well.

    I’d add Nick Swisher to that list and possibly my five-year-old nephew.

  148. LGY August 4th, 2011 at 11:41 am

    If they bat AJ 9th in his next start will he refuse to pitch?

  149. Erin August 4th, 2011 at 11:46 am

    New Post: Yankees have signed 15 of top 24 draft picks

    :arrow:

  150. stuart a August 4th, 2011 at 11:51 am

    i do not think burnett is outpitching lackey. i think they both are horrible and lackey has more time on his contract so it is even a less attractive contract. lackey has been pitching better then he was earlier in theseason (not saying much) and burnett is in his usual end of season swoon.

    burnett has only doen 1 thing well on his contract and that is he has not missed a start and to be honest that is too bad. the yanks are better off if he did not make his starts. i am not wishing for him to get hurt but the truth is he does not deserve to be a starter or on the roster. his era is almost a run highe rthan colon and on and on.

    again this is a guy with a low BA against and still cannot figure things out.

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