Ya know, if you were up three-oh, and playing with house money, I’d have no issues with going with Burnett in Game 4 – especially if it meant avoiding having to use some or all of your other starters on short-rest in the games to follow.
However, this ain’t three-oh. It’s hoping to hold the line and avoid falling behind three-one with three to go. That’s pressure folks. And, we know how poorly Burnett pitches when his sphincter is puckered.
As much as Felix was once sure that the mechanic said “I much fear trouble in the fuselage, Frederick.” I’m pretty sure, once my head hits the pillow tonight, that I much fear having flashback nightmares of Kevin Brown pitching Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS and Jaret Wright pitching Game 4 of the 2006 ALDS with the notion of Burnett starting tomorrow being my last conscious engram.