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A.J. Burnett: "I don't feel like myself"

Jun 22, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

A.J. Burnett didn’t have a great night last night: he gave up three first inning homers and was lit up for seven runs and nine hits without striking out a single batter in four innings. In fact, the entire month has been a waste for him, as he has lost all four of his starts and has posted an ERA of 10.35.  What’s buggin’ ya, A.J.?

“I don’t feel like myself. I’m not having fun right now. Who
would in a stretch like this? But the game is supposed to be fun. When
you come out and take the air out of your team right away for a handful
of starts it gets quite frustrating. I’m going to keep plugging away.
It’s just a matter of getting on a good roll.”

When Javier Vazquez couldn’t get anyone out the Yankees skipped him in the rotation and let him think about things. Given that the Yankees are already giving Phil Hughes a break, there’s really no way they can make the same accommodation for Burnett, so he’s right: he’s just gonna have to plug. 

  1. 27xchamps - Jun 22, 2010 at 9:59 AM


  2. Garrett - Jun 22, 2010 at 11:20 AM


  3. paul - Jun 22, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    Poor guy at 18 mil not having fun. Joe G. should take him to six flags for a day of fun.

  4. BC - Jun 22, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    Oh, hey, and another thing, Meat. You don’t know s–t, all right? If you wanna make it to the bigs, you’ll listen to me. Annie only wants you so she can boss you around, got it? So relax! Let’s have some fun out here! This game’s fun, OK? Fun go—–mit. And don’t hold the ball so hard, OK? It’s an egg. Hold it like an egg.

  5. YANKEES1996 - Jun 22, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    In a season that lasts 6+ months these rough spots are going to come and go, relax AJ we’ve got your back. The injury bug is begining to pass and I’m sure you will right the ship. The Yankees should be looking to do something at the AS break with regards to starting pitching anyway, I am sure the fire sales are not that far off.

  6. Buccofan - Jun 22, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    AJ doesn’t feel like himself? Then who does he feel like? And if AJ is feeling like him/her/it, who does that person feel like?

  7. RedSox2004WS - Jun 22, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    Just take ball every 5th game, take the money, keep your mouth shut.
    Jose Contraras
    Kevin Brown
    Jeret Wright
    Randy Johnson
    Car Pavano

  8. charly - Jun 22, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    as a yankees fan of over 40 years, i think it’s past time for girardi to do something about burnett. burnett’s attitude last year (re posada catching him) was to me arrogance of the first order. it has been somewhat alleviated by jose molina having been traded, but i’ve been waiting for him to say he only wants cervelli catching him.
    and joe girardi – as to last night’s loss to arizona (10-4) for example, why not pull the jerk in the first inning? burnett has succeeded in making it pretty much impossible for the yankees to win. how about trading him joe? how about not falling in love with pitchers who continuously can’t get out of the first inning without putting the yankees offense in a perpetual catch-up mode?
    burnett, along with your other primadonna chanberlain, needs to be held accountable for what appears to be either a don’t shiv a git attitude or their complete arrogance as to their infallability. how about a quich trip to the minors?
    it is obvious that you need GOOD pitching. you are not getting it from those two, or robertson, logan, and mitre in relief.

  9. jdl1325 - Jun 22, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    He actually had 4 k’s in the game.

  10. egypt4 - Jun 22, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    Send him down to the minors and let him get his head together. They don’t need losses, they need pitchers that can win, he can’t. For what he is being paid, tell him, get your act together or get out.

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