A.J. Burnett: A Tale of Two Men. (Ivan Nova Shifts Rotation)

Charlie O'NeillContributor IAugust 24, 2010

When A.J. Burnett steps out to the mound you never know what you are going to get. Sometimes he strikes out nine guys while pitching 7 innings and sometimes he gives up 8 runs to Toronto. Every Yankee fan knows what I am talking about, this guy is inconsistent. I can take just the starts from this month to show you.

August 2nd was a bad A.J. sighting, he pitched 4 and 2/3rds innings while giving up 8 runs on 8 hits against Toronto.

August 10th good A.J. showed up, though he lost, A.J. still pitched 7 innings while giving up three runs to the Rangers, one of the best offenses in baseball.

August 15th really good A.J. showed up against the Royals, he pitched 8

innings and only gave up one run but lost due to some guy named Bullington.

August 20th was last nights game and he looked like shit. He gave up 12 hits and 6 runs to one of the worst offenses in baseball.

At least Ivan Nova pitched great which can lighten the pitching load caused by Burnett's inefficiency, Pettitte's injury and Javy's dead arm.

The Yankees have decided to switch the rotation up and put C.C. in between A.J. and Javy so that Cervelli can catch for both of them. Maybe it is just like the media has said and Jorge is cause of A.J.'s pitching woes. Something is clear though, Burnett needs a change.

It is like Mr. Burnett is living a double life.


(Charlie writes for The Chuck Knoblog)