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”?