ALCS Game 4: Will the Yankees Make A.J. Burnett the Fallguy for Their Collapse?

Mike BurnsContributor IOctober 19, 2010

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 18:  (L-R)   A.J. Burnett #34 and Ramiro Pena #19 of the New York Yankees look on from the bench late in the game against the Texas Rangers in Game Three of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 18, 2010 in New York, New York. The Rangers won 8-0. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Until tonight's game is over the debate will rage on as to whether or not the Yankees allow AJ Burnett to take the mound or let Sabithias pitch on 3 days rest. 

Burnett is another over paid New York Yankee free agent bust.  He has a career record of 110-100 with an ERA of 3.99. 

Only 5 times in 12 seasons has Burnett won more than 10 games in a season and only 2008 did he win more than 13 games (18).  Toronto did not put up a fight to sign him and frankly neither did any other team in the league. 

AJ is a decent pitcher in a league that you have to be a CY Young candidate every season.  He is making top 10 money and who could blame him for taking 16.5 million a year for 10 wins.  All in all he has given the Yankees 23 wins for $33 million dollars.  Maybe Brain Cashmen will give me a million to tell him where he went wrong there.