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Joe Girardi says A.J. Burnett will remain in Yankees’ rotation

Aug 10, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

A.J. Burnett

A.J. Burnett turned in another poor outing last night, allowing four runs in six innings against the light-hitting Angels, but afterward manager Joe Girardi wasted no time telling reporters that the struggling right-hander will remain in the Yankees’ rotation.

Burnett actually held the Angels scoreless through five innings before falling apart in the sixth frame, but he’s allowed at least three runs in seven straight starts and last logged a Quality Start on June 29.

Dating back even further he’s 4-8 with a 5.23 ERA in 16 starts since mid-May, yet while Girardi is willing to move Phil Hughes in and out of the rotation the manager is unwilling to do the same with Burnett, who’s earning $16.5 million this season and will get the same salary in 2012 and 2013.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 10, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    He should stay in the rotation. If Girardi knew what every Yankee fan knows, i.e., that AJ falls apart quickly and irrecoverably, he would have had a nice start of 5+ innings last night, being pulled for a reliever during the 6th inning. Certainly after the IBB you have to bring someone else in. He almost threw away 2 (!!!) intentional ball pitches. Pull AJ then and the Yankees could have won this thing.

    I’ll take 5 good innings from AJ with the Yankees bullpen and offense backing him up.

    • deathmonkey41 - Aug 10, 2011 at 12:32 PM

      You know, I’m not dismissing AJ’s blame in his struggles, but last night, he allowed the first two baserunners on in the 5th, I believe, then a successful bunt got the runners to 2nd and 3rd with one out. AJ worked out of that situation without giving up a run, but had a long inning nevertheless. In the bottom half of that inning, the Yankee batters once again went up hacking away and went quickly 1-2-3, I think it might have been an 11-12 pitch inning. I knew that when AJ went back out there for the top of the next inning, he was going to get hit and he did. I just don’t know why these guys aren’t taking more pitches after their own pitcher just sat down after a long inning.

    • yankeesgameday - Aug 10, 2011 at 12:56 PM

      Totslly agree. I didn’t read your comment before I posted mine below, which is almost a carbon copy of what you just said.

  2. sdelmonte - Aug 10, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    I don’t think this will hurt the Yankees much right now – they did tie the game up and could have won it, after all. But come playoff time, if Burnett is one of the guys in the rotation, instead of Nova or Hughes, it might make life that much harder for the Yanks. Especially in the first round. Imagine Verlander getting the best of Sabathia twice and the Tigers stealing that one game AJ starts.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 10, 2011 at 12:43 PM

      Do you really trust Hughes more than AJ? We will see what happens over the next 2 months, and hopefully the current starters all keep it up. If things stay as they are, AJ should start, and the better or Garcia/Nova should start with Hughes and the loser of the Nova/Garcia pair ready to come in for the 5th or 6th.

  3. yankeesgameday - Aug 10, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Nothing really to do with aj. The real key is for Giradi to keep him on a very short leash. Here is a hint Joe: the Yanks are not the Lakers and you ate not Phil Jackson and that means you can’t let burnett work through a tough stretch in the game so that he will figure it out for himself.

    If aj gives you 5 innings of shut out ball he can’t be sent out for the 6th. Or if he is, then the first walk, the first hit, he had to be pulled.

    The Yanks are in a pennant race and year after year aj has proven he will melt down at least once per game. Thus year he has saved that for later innings so the only thing the manager needs to do id not send him out there after the 5th is over.

    With the best bullpen in the AL let Soriano, Robertson and rivers split the next four innings.

    Oh, and maybe score some runs. Arod, I am looking in your general direction.

    • yankeesgameday - Aug 10, 2011 at 1:00 PM

      Damn smartphone auto correct and lack of edit function combined with lazy non existent proofreading makes for too many typos.

      Begging for an edit function to our own comments in ’12.

  4. derpdederpdederp - Aug 10, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    awesome. cant wait til AJ, CC, and Hughes take the mound in the next Sox series

  5. phukyouk - Aug 10, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    “Joe Girardi says A.J. Burnett will remain in Yankees’ rotation”
    BREAKING NEWS: Science has proven that water is wet!!!!

    dude.. of course he is staying in the rotation. hes geting paid SHITTONS of monies not to. the yanks already have a waster of 12+ million in the bullpen why the hell would they put another one in? AJ is going nowhere except for the rotation. Hell.. he could pitch underhand to Papi with the bases loaded in a 7-4 game and still be in the rotation. until the trade deadline next year hes going to be a yankee. if he should have another crappy season next year then the yanks will trade him and eat most his remaining salary. its sad but its true. as much as we all say its just money to the yanks there is also a pride factor that the Boss didnt give two shits about but his good for nothing sons do

    • nixonotis - Aug 10, 2011 at 2:13 PM

      If “it’s just money to the yanks,” why does Burnett’s making “SHITTONS” of money have anything to do with the fact he cannot pitch? If money was not part of the equation, he’d been out already.

  6. daviddmsvcp - Aug 10, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    If AJ did not have a multiyear contract, he would be gone.

  7. pisano - Aug 10, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    At this point, money aside I feel the best place for AJ is long relief and mop up duty. He cannot be counted on for more than four innings it appears. If you have him start every fifth day I feel you’re going to lose every fifth day. Let AJ and Hughes battle for the fifth starter spot. This shit has been going on with him for two years now, he’s not going to get any better, he is what he is, and no one caves in faster than he does when it starts going bad.

    • Kevin S. - Aug 10, 2011 at 6:40 PM

      If you have him start every fifth day I feel you’re going to lose every fifth day.

      Shockingly, the Yankees are nowhere near 0-24 in Burnett’s 24 starts this season.

      • pisano - Aug 10, 2011 at 8:07 PM

        Kevin… do you feel confident with him starting every fifth day? no offense, I’m just wondering.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 10, 2011 at 9:57 PM

        There’s a difference between not being confident and writing the game off as a loss before it’s even played. I agree Burnett is the Yanks’ sixth-best starting pitcher, but the offense and bullpen are good enough that even mediocrity keeps the team in the game most nights.

  8. anditsgone21 - Aug 11, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    if torre can bump moose from the rotation back it 05, then why cant girardi bump burnett. maybe it would give him more to work towards and show everyone whose not performing that it doesnt matter how much money you make your always on the line.

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