Double Wooden Front Doors With Glass - It's one more thing to succumb to that particular label as readily as A.J. Burnett did this weekend. His behaviour on Saturday was a clear indicator 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 demonstrate he can claw and scratch to maintain his team despite a poor beginning in a match, Burnett let his emotions get the best of him. This weekend it became evident that Burnett does not have the focus or want to toss in grind-it-out conditions. It seems that he feels if he really doesn't have a jewel going by the second inning, what's the point?
At 33, Burnett should also understand a few other things. He bear down when things get tough and should understand that most good sportsmen rise to challenges. He should know that it is every starting pitcher's job to give his team the opportunity to win every time he takes the mound. He really doesn't have to control in every trip. Occasionally his job is to keep the match close. Occasionally his job is to keep his own offense within striking distance.
Above all, it is a starting pitcher's job to give every single time he is called on to toss to effort. This really doesn't only mean physical effort. Mental exertion is meant by this. This means tossing to the ebbs and flows of the match. Like Burnett did on Saturday should you give up an early lead, suck it up and give your team a chance to come back. Do not let your mechanics get lazy as a result of concentration and lost focus. And definitely, don't lose control of your emotions.