Vaya Con Dios, A.J.

February 18, 2012 – 1:34 pm

So it seems that we won’t have the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of the Yankee rotation to kick around anymore, as A.J. Burnett is on his way to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Here’s hoping he does well there, as I always liked watching him pitch, as painful as it was at times. I can’t quite recall a pitcher who was so predictably unpredictable as A.J. was. He was a big part of the last Yankee World Series Championship in 2009, and even then he was at his unpredictable best. He had two big wins in that post-season — ALDS game 2 where he gave up just one run in six innings, and then in WS game 2 where he went seven innings and again gave up just one run. But then there he was in game 5, with a chance to wrap up the world series, and he gives up six runs in the first two innings, and is gone. But that was oh so typical of A.J. — and you know it frustrated him far more than it did the fans.

When Mr.Hyde shows up, A.J. is still a pretty dominating pitcher. But when it’s Dr. Jekyll that takes the mound, it doesn’t get much uglier. I never really saw any decent analysis of just why he was so inconsistent, at least from the perspective of his mechanics — so it seems to me that the real answer lies somewhere in A.J.’s head. And maybe a change of scenery is exactly what he needs. I know it’s going to be a lot more relaxing to watch him in a different uniform, that’s for sure.

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