Arched Double Doors Interior - It's another matter to succumb to that particular label as readily as A.J. Burnett did this weekend. His behaviour on Saturday was a clear indication that not only does he pitch with all-or-nothing results, however he also pitches with an all-or-nothing attitude.
Rather than seeing this weekend as a chance to show he can claw and scrape to maintain his team in a game despite a bad start, Burnett let his emotions get the very best of him. This weekend it became obvious that Burnett does not have desire or the focus to pitch in grind-it-out conditions. It seems that he feels if he does not have a gem going by the second inning, what is the point? Why even bother?
At 33, Burnett should also know a few other things. He should know that most good athletes rise to challenges and bear down when things get tough. He should know that it is every starting pitcher's job to provide his team the opportunity to win every time he takes the mound. He does not have to control in every excursion. Occasionally his job is to keep the game close. Occasionally his job is to keep his own offense within striking distance.
Most of all, itis a starting pitcher's job to provide every time he is called on to pitch to attempt. This does not just mean physical effort. This means mental exertion. 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 lazy as a result of attention and lost focus. And definitely, do not lose control of your emotions.