Double Door Front Entry Door - It's something to be labeled based on your own results. It's yet another thing to succumb to that label as readily as A.J. Burnett did this weekend. His behaviour on Saturday was a clear indication that not only does he toss with all or nothing results, but he also tosses with an all or nothing mentality.
Rather than seeing this weekend as a way to show he can claw and scrape to help keep his team in a game despite a poor start, Burnett let his emotions get the best of him. This weekend it became increasingly evident that Burnett doesn't have desire or the focus to toss in grind-it-out situation. It appears that he feels if he doesn't have a jewel going by the second inning, what's the point?
At 33, Burnett should also know a few other things. He bear down when things get tough and should know that most great athletes rise to challenges. He should realize that it's the job to give his team the opportunity to win every time he takes the mound of every starting pitcher. He doesn't have to dominate in every excursion. Occasionally his job will be to maintain the game close. Occasionally his job will be to maintain his own offense.
Above all, it's a starting pitcher's job to give every time he's called on to toss to attempt. This doesn't merely mean physical effort. Mental exertion is meant by this. Suck it up, in case you give up an early lead, like Burnett did on Saturday and give your team an opportunity to come back. Do not let your machinists get idle as a result of lost focus and concentration. And certainly, don't lose control of your emotions.