Locks For Double Glazed Doors - It's another matter to succumb to that label as readily as A.J. Burnett did this weekend. His behaviour on Saturday was a clear sign that not only does he toss with all or nothing results, however he also tosses 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 an opportunity to prove he can claw and scratch to maintain his team despite a poor start in a game, Burnett let his emotions get the best of him. This weekend it became increasingly evident that Burnett does not have the focus or desire to toss in grind-it-out conditions. It appears that he feels if he doesn't have a jewel going by the second inning, what is the point? The game 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 be aware that it is the job to give his team a chance to win each time he takes the mound of every starting pitcher. He doesn't have to rule in every trip. Sometimes his task is to keep the game close. Sometimes his task is to keep his own offense within striking distance.
Above all, itis a starting pitcher's job to give every single time he is called on to toss to attempt. This doesn't only mean physical effort. Mental exertion is meant by this. Suck it up like Burnett did on Saturday in case you give up an early lead and give your team the opportunity to come back. Do not let your mechanics get lazy as a result of attention and lost focus. And surely, do not lose control of your emotions.