Double Internal Doors Howdens - It's another thing to succumb to that particular label as readily as A.J. Burnett did this weekend. His behavior on Saturday was a clear indication that not only does he toss with all-or-nothing results, however he also pitches with an all-or-nothing mentality. And the worst part is, he shows no signals of fighting to rid himself of this label.
Instead of seeing this weekend as a way to demonstrate he can scrape and claw to help keep his team despite a poor beginning in a game, Burnett let his emotions get the best of him. This weekend it became increasingly obvious that Burnett doesn't have desire or the focus to toss in grind-it-out circumstances. It appears that he feels if he really doesn't have a gem going by the second inning, what is the point? The game is a lost cause.
At 33, Burnett should also know a few other things. He should know that most good sportsmen 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 an opportunity to win each time he takes the mound. He really doesn't have to command in every trip. Sometimes his task is to maintain the game close. Sometimes his task is to maintain his own offense.
Most importantly, itis a starting pitcher's job to provide attempt each time he is called on to toss. This really doesn't merely mean physical effort. Mental exertion is meant by this. Like Burnett did on Saturday in case you give up an early lead, suck it up and give your team a chance to come back. Don't let your machinists get lazy as a result of attention and lost focus. And definitely, do not lose control of your emotions.