Entry Double Doors Exterior - It is one thing to be labeled based on your results. It is one more thing to succumb to that label as easily as A.J. Burnett did this weekend. His conduct on Saturday was a clear indication that not only does he pitch with all-or-nothing results, but he also tosses with an all-or-nothing attitude.
Rather than seeing this weekend as an opportunity to show he can claw and scratch to help keep his team despite a bad start in a match, Burnett let his emotions get the top of him. This weekend it became increasingly obvious that Burnett doesn't have want or the focus to pitch in grind-it-out situation. It appears that he feels if he really doesn't have a jewel going by the second inning, what's the point? Why even bother? The match is a lost cause.
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 understand that it is every starting pitcher's job to provide his team the opportunity to win every time he takes the mound. He really doesn't have to control in every excursion. Sometimes his job would be to keep the match close. Sometimes his job would be to keep his own offense within striking distance.
Above all, itis a starting pitcher's job to provide every time he's called on to pitch to attempt. This really doesn't only mean physical effort. Mental effort is meant by this. Suck it up like Burnett did on Saturday should you give up an early lead and give your team the opportunity to come back. Don't let your machinists get slack as a result of lost focus and attention. And certainly, don't lose control of your emotions.