WTF, A.J.?

August 4, 2011 – 1:11 pm

NYY 18, Chicago 7.

  • A.J. BurnettA.J. Burnett is just one big head case, and there’s not much getting around that. I understand that pitching with a 12 run lead is somewhat of an odd challenge — you certainly want to “just throw strikes” and that indeed is what A.J. was doing. Heck, for only the second time all year he didn’t walk or hit a single batter. But there’s “throwing strikes” and then there’s “throwing batting practice”, and what A.J. was doing was the latter. And you can’t do that under any circumstances. Right now with both Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova pitching as well as they are, you have to wonder if maybe it’s A.J. who should be the odd-man out in the rotation for the remainder of the year?
  • And speaking of “odd-man out”, what do you do with Alex Rodriguez when he returns to the lineup (assuming he’s not suspended for his brain-dead off-the-field activities). Since A-Rod went on the DL, the 2-3-4-5 spots in the order have been on a tear. Jeter, Granderson, Teixeira, and Cano are all batting .300+ since then, and only Cano has an OPS below .900 (at .803). Do you dare bat A-Rod sixth and let him work his way back to the four spot? Sounds silly, but if those guys continue to hit like they have been, it seems pretty stupid to bust things up.

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