Prehung Double Interior French Doors - It's one thing to be labeled based on your own results. It's one more thing to succumb to that particular 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, but he also pitches with an all or nothing attitude. And the worst part is, he shows no signs of fighting to rid himself of this label.
Rather than seeing this weekend as a chance to demonstrate he can scrape and claw to help keep his team despite a bad beginning in a match, Burnett let his emotions get the very best of him. This weekend it became evident that Burnett does not have the focus or want to toss in grind-it-out circumstances. 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 some other things. He should know that most good athletes rise to challenges and bear down when things get tough. He should know that it's every starting pitcher's job to provide his team a chance to win each time he takes the mound. He doesn't have to dominate in every trip. Occasionally his task would be to keep the match close. Occasionally his task would be to keep his own offense.
Most of all, it's a starting pitcher's job to provide each time he is called on to toss to attempt. This doesn't just mean physical effort. This means mental exertion. Suck it up, like Burnett did on Saturday if you give up an early lead and give your team the opportunity to come back. Don't let your machinists get lazy as a result of lost focus and concentration. And certainly, do not lose control of your emotions.