The $82.5 million man delivered his worst performance of the season - and that's saying something ... Burnett allowed seven runs on five hits and three walks in only 1.2 innings, the second-shortest start of the righthander's career. ...Post:
After handing the ball to the manager, the pitcher took three steps off the mound, turned over his left shoulder and shouted three words - two of them unprintable in this space - expressing what appeared to be displeasure with his manager for pulling him. ...
Girardi turned his head and looked as if he said something back to Burnett. That wasn't the story Girardi told after the game, however, as he went on a rant when asked about the chain of events. ... Girardi's rant made less sense after Burnett acknowledged that the two spoke about his outburst a few innings later in the clubhouse. ...
This is not the first time that Burnett has appeared to show up his manager after being pulled from a game. ...
Considering Girardi's harmless portrayal of the situation, his reaction to the question about the clubhouse visit was quite dramatic. ... One Yankee said the constant drama surrounding Burnett was "starting to tick guys off" inside the clubhouse.
Joe Girardi sternly insists he has A.J. Burnett's back and that he is tired of people trying to divide the manager and struggling pitcher ... OK, Girardi has Burnett's back, but where has the arm gone? ...
[W]ith less than six weeks remaining in the season, Burnett is indefensible. ... Burnett is 1-4 with a 7.12 ERA in his past nine starts, allowing 61 hits and 25 walks in 49.1 innings.
"I will figure it out," Burnett said.
... there are Yankee fans who want to make sure Burnett doesn't pitch for the Red Sox?!?
Mike Vaccaro, Post:
See, the thing that aggravates you about A.J. Burnett isn't just that he's a relentlessly underachieving mess so much of the time. It isn't just that he's stubborn, and bullheaded, and oblivious to coaching and counsel, something he's proven time and again all across his maddeningly mediocre career. ...Benjamin Kabak, River Ave. Blues:
No matter what Burnett's after-the-fact intentions may have been, there is no excuse for him walking off the mound that way. Say he's telling the truth: It's better to gripe about the umpire when you've been nine levels of lousy all night? ...
General manager Brian Cashman may be on to something. The only way you can bear to watch Burnett pitch anymore is by taking a couple of hits from the objective pipe. Plus a couple of swigs from an objective bottle of Stoli.
Even on his best days, I find his pitching process torturous. ... [H]is inability to command even his fastball makes for games that slog on. When I watch him on TV, I try to keep myself busy lest I start to find things to throw through the television.Hank Waddles, Bronx Banter:
Burnett was bad. Unspeakably bad. He couldn't locate either his fastball or his curveball all night long — and by "all night long" I mean an inning and two thirds. ...SG, Replacement Level Yankees Weblog:
There have been 15 regular season perfect games in MLB history. There had been four games where a starting pitcher did not pitch 2 complete innings, but did throw two wild pitches, did walk at least three batters, and allowed seven or more runs.
Now there have been five such games.