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Why Do the New York Yankees Keep Trusting A.J. Burnett?

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 15:  Starting pitcher A.J. Burnett #34 of the New York Yankees wipes his brow during a mound conference in the game against the Kansas City Royals on August 15, 2010 at Kauffman stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Jason KimCorrespondent IAugust 28, 2010

If a New York Yankees fan is reading this, you might just go on to comment how dumb this is, saying how Burnett will turn things around. 

Hold on a second, you can't disagree that he is the most inconsistent pitcher in all of baseball today.

I know how it hurts to hear it considering the fact that I'm a Yankees fan, but it's true.

With Burnett starting on the mound, you can see a no-hitter one day, and a one IP outing with five ER allowed the next. Though most of the time the second saying is what usually happens.

His stats line up at 9-12 with an ERA of 5.17. I wouldn't want him as my No. 2 starter in the postseason. 

The only reliable arm in the rotation for October is CC Sabathia.

Phil Hughes has trouble with his innings, and we don't know if Andy Pettitte can return fully healthy after his injury.

The thing that questions me so much and some other baseball fans is, why does manager Joe Girardi keep depending on him? 

Opposing team fans are happy when he's pitching because of the fact that there's a good chance he'll put the game out of reach early. 

Does Girardi think that since he is a $82.5 million Yankee that he can always depend on him?

This is where Girardi's decisions make us scratch our heads. If Burnett does go on to be the No. 2 starter in the playoffs, we can only hope he is the Burnett on a hot streak.

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