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A.J. Burnett will start in the ALCS

Oct 11, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

Joe Girardi just announced that the Yankees will go with a four-man rotation in the ALCS, and that the fourth man will almost certainly be A.J. Burnett.

That may give some people the willies, but if you’re going to go with four, I don’t see any other choice but to go with Burnett.  Who else ya gonna use? Javy? Please. So, in Game 4, Yankees fans need to hope that Burnett pitchers like he usually does against the Orioles, that the hitters score a dozen runs or both.

Or, I suppose, they can hope that the team sweeps the World Series in three games. I mean, they’re the Yankees after all. Why can’t they?

  1. BC - Oct 11, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    Start AJ. At least he’s DONE SOMETHING in the post season at some point. I assume Nava will be on the roster? Have him ready on a moment’s notice in case Burnett does his I’ve-fallen-and-I-can’t-get-an-out routine.

  2. fungo - Oct 11, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    Burnett, career, vs Orioles:18G, 4.47 ERA
    vs Red Sox: 15G, 4.79 ERA
    vs Phillies: 18 G, 5.13 ERA
    vs Yankees: 11G, 2.43 ERA

  3. Elcid - Oct 11, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    HB: One man’s opinion…Here goes! Joe Girardi has learned the art of throwing dust in the air. The results of his dust throwing has generated a story without having to face Eager Beaver Reporters, Analysts and Pink Jacketed Jim Gray.
    Joe Girardi can just sit back with a Joe Torre “El Ropo” stogie and wait for ALCS game 1. I predict CC will go to the mound twice and come out a winner, The pitching hero(s) will come from the Bull Pen. As for A. J. Burnett ? I guess we will have to wait until Girardi puts down that Stogi. Still, doubt is an important factor, with everyone having to cross their fingers in hopes A.J. earns a portion of his 85 Million by going a full 6 innings. Girardi will happily greet A.J. in the Dugout, pat him on the butt, and tell him “Good Job! Inning nmber 7 will find Wood on the Mound and HB can take it from there.

  4. Don - Oct 11, 2010 at 4:32 PM

    Calcaterra, you are rapidly catching up with Florio. You started out ok with the ALCS and then ended up talking about the world series……

  5. Pisano - Oct 11, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    I wouldn’t use him at all , as a matter of fact they should be trying to trade him at this very moment . I would use a duo of Sergio Mitre , and Dustin Mosely . Leave that bum AJ in the bull pen for mop up duty . If he isn’t getting hit hard , he’s walking or hitting batters . Once a runner gets on base they will run wild on him , he can’t hold a runner on and the Yankee catchers can’t throw a runner out . If they start him the game is a give away . The guy is a loser and now a head case . He has to go in the off season , hell maybe Boston will take him , they seem to take retreads and try to turn them around .AJ MUST GO !!!!

  6. SouthofHeaven - Oct 11, 2010 at 10:34 PM

    GAH!!!!!

  7. Pisano - Oct 12, 2010 at 1:06 AM

    Yeah , he’s done something , his ERA in the post season is over FIVE . Also the other pitcher your talking about is Ivan Nova , but we get who you mean .

  8. BigBBFan - Oct 12, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    Fungo, you have hit on answer he can pitch in an intersquad game against the Yankees. They’re not doing anything right now anyhow.

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