LADY AT THE BAT: AJ Burnett A Bright Spot In A Bad Yankee Loss

Monday, August 16, 2010

AJ Burnett A Bright Spot In A Bad Yankee Loss

It happened again yesterday. The Yankees lost to another pitcher they had never faced before. This time it was 29-year old journeyman Bryan Bullington. He gave up only 2 hits in the Royals 1-0 win.  This cloud, however, had a silver lining: AJ Burnett.

A while back I wrote about how I wanted AJ Burnett to be more like CC Sabathia. Well, yesterday he was. His first and second innings were shaky and, for a while, it looked as if he wouldn't make it through three innings. But he settled down and ended up pitching a complete game, giving up 4 hits and 3 walks and striking out 6.

On MLB.com Burnett was quoted as saying, "It got away from me a couple of times, but I knew I could get it back. I had in the back of my mind that I could throw my hook at any time, and I had that confidence."

He had that confidence. Now that's what I like to hear! If that doesn't sound like CC Sabathia, I don't know what does.

If the Yankees are going to succeed in the playoffs AJ Burnett needs to keep doing what he did yesterday. Pure and simple. Let's hope he can.

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