• Did Burnett Choke It Up In Game 5?

    Posted by on October 23rd, 2009 · Comments (8)

    Via John “No relation to Charlie or Alan, or Valerie, as far as I know” Harper -

    A.J. Burnett was at his dazzling best Thursday night as long as he was losing by four runs. When it really mattered, however, he didn’t look at all like the guy the Yankees saw as a big-game pitcher when they gambled $82.5 million on him last winter.

    Basically he looked unnerved in the first road postseason start of his career.

    Burnett fell behind, 4-0, before he got an out in the first, as his troubling tendency of blow-up innings reared its head at a crucial time. And then after dominating the Angels through the sixth inning, he couldn’t get an out after the Yankees stunned John Lackey with a six-run rally in the top of the seventh.

    Suddenly dealing with the pressure of trying to hold a lead, Burnett immediately gave the Angels, and a silenced crowd, new hope by giving up a single and a walk to the Halos’ Nos. 8 and 9 hitters.

    I thought about this 8 hours ago. So, I do think that A.J. sharted himself in the seventh inning last night. How about you?

    Nooooo…I don’t want to know if you also fashioned some undevised skid marks after the Yankees tied the game in the seventh…the question is…do you think that Burnett choked last night once it became a “ballgame”?

    Comments on Did Burnett Choke It Up In Game 5?

    1. Corey
      October 23rd, 2009 | 9:10 am
    2. butchie22
      October 23rd, 2009 | 9:25 am

      Steve, when you give up 4 runs in a playoff game( an elimination game against the opposition)in the first inning you are giving up 4 runs too many. Giving up 4 runs is unacceptable to begin with. Even pettite gave up 3 runs over a span of innings. The team can’t afford Burnout’s blow up innings in the playoffs. This is not some regular season game, these games are tight for the most part. The Pie Thrower basically effed up in the first. He settled down? Guess what? Lackey didn’t eff up until the 7th! Thanks to Darren Oliver, the Yanks get back into that game.

      AJ Burnout did give up those two baserunners and quite frankly, it did give teh aAngels a window. Then again they scored 4 runs off of him of the first, what would stop them in the 7th? Burnout choked in the 1st inning and he removal was inevitable in the 7th. There was no reason to keep him in when the Yanks were up by two.

      The Pie Thrower and The Baseless Runner get co-goats of the game. Burnout was so dissapointing. He kept them in the game,unh? This is not some effing game aginst the Royals in april when you can score 10 runs and win the game, these are the Angels and this is the playoffs.

    3. thrstr15
      October 23rd, 2009 | 11:23 am

      This is AJ Burnett isn’t it? Hard to fault him for being who he is. Nice recovery, but these were the reservations to signing Burnett coming alive. (I’m not absolving him, merely pointing out that this isn’t an aberration, Burnett has the possibility to do this in each start, just as he can be brilliant)

    4. Corey
      October 23rd, 2009 | 11:28 am

      thrstr15 wrote:

      This is AJ Burnett isn’t it? Hard to fault him for being who he is. Nice recovery, but these were the reservations to signing Burnett coming alive.

      Thank you, you get it. This is exactly my point, you know what Burnett is capable of…why leave him in the game?

    5. ken
      October 23rd, 2009 | 11:41 am

      Great line in Joel Sherman’s column today about using Burnett in the 7th: “This is Burnett, and quite frankly I trust him with the 4-0 deficit he created more than the 6-4 lead that Girardi told him to go back out and protect.”

    6. thrstr15
      October 23rd, 2009 | 11:53 am

      @ ken:
      That’s a great quote

    7. Evan3457
      October 23rd, 2009 | 1:51 pm

      butchie22 wrote:

      Steve, when you give up 4 runs in a playoff game( an elimination game against the opposition)in the first inning you are giving up 4 runs too many. Giving up 4 runs is unacceptable to begin with.

      4 runs too many? Really? You mean, his 2 runs in 6 innings in game 1 is acceptable, but two more runs is “unacceptable”? As if no team ever came back from 4 runs down to win a game in the postseason.

      The Pie Thrower basically effed up in the first. He settled down? Guess what? Lackey didn’t eff up until the 7th! Thanks to Darren Oliver, the Yanks get back into that game.

      Yes he did blow up in the 1st, but the game was not out of reach, and then he kept it within reach for 5 more innings.

      AJ Burnout did give up those two baserunners and quite frankly, it did give the Angels a window. Then again they scored 4 runs off of him of the first, what would stop them in the 7th?

      Uhhh, how about the bullpen, the alleged strong unit on the team, doing its job, and snuffing a rally without having to rely on Mariano?

      Burnout choked in the 1st inning and he removal was inevitable in the 7th.

      Inevitable…in the 7th. Why the 7th? Why not inevitable in the 3rd, or the 5th? What made the 7th so “inevitable”?

      There was no reason to keep him in when the Yanks were up by two.

      Ahhh…now, here, you make a good point, Butchie. I was very surprised Girardi brought him back for the 7th; not because I expected him to choke, but because he was cooling on the bench during a VERY long rally. I know his pitchcount was very low (lower than Lackey’s through 6, in fact), but still, I might’ve had Hughes ready from the start of the inning, with an eye to using Mariano for anywhere from 4 to 6 outs for the clincher.

      The Pie Thrower and The Baseless Runner get co-goats of the game. Burnout was so dissapointing. He kept them in the game,unh?

      Well, yes; yes he DID keep them in the game. How many times in recent years have we seen a Yankee starter blown up in one of those endless Angels rallies, and when the middle reliever comes in, he just throws gasoline and napalm on the fire, letting a close game get entirely out of hand? A LOT.

      This is not some effing game aginst the Royals in april when you can score 10 runs and win the game, these are the Angels and this is the playoffs.

      No, this is a game in which they scored 6 runs in an inning, and took the lead, and couldn’t hold it. A.J. deserves some blame for the loss, but not the lion’s share. This game was lost mainly by:

      !. Yanks inability to hit with men on in any inning other than the 7th.
      2. Hughes’ blowup, especially the horrible location on the 1-2 FB to Guerrero.
      3. The very debatable move by Girardi to bring AJ back in the 7th after the very long rally.

      Yanks lead 3-2, and I still think they win this series.

    8. ken
      October 23rd, 2009 | 3:44 pm

      @ Evan3457:
      Right on, brother.

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