Double Door Closet Rough Opening - It's yet another thing to succumb to that label as easily as A.J. Burnett did this weekend. His conduct on Saturday was a clear indicator that not only does he toss with all-or-nothing results, however he also tosses with an all-or-nothing attitude.
Instead of seeing this weekend as an opportunity to demonstrate he can claw and scrape to maintain his team despite a poor beginning in a match, Burnett let his emotions get the best of him. This weekend it became obvious that Burnett does not have desire or the focus to toss in grind-it-out situation. It seems that he feels if he really doesn't have a gem going by the second inning, what is the point? Why even bother?
At 33, Burnett should also know some other things. When things get tough, he should know that most great athletes rise to challenges and bear down. He should understand that it is the job to provide his team an opportunity to win each time he takes the mound of every starting pitcher. He really doesn't have to control in every outing. Sometimes his job would be to maintain the match close. Sometimes his job would be to maintain his own offense.
Most of all, itis a starting pitcher's job to provide attempt each time he is called on to toss. This really doesn't only mean physical effort. This means mental effort. What this means is tossing to the ebbs and flows of the match. Suck it up, should you give up an early lead, like Burnett did on Saturday and give your team a chance to come back. Don't let your mechanics get idle as a result of lost focus and concentration. And definitely, don't lose control of your emotions.