Double Front Doors Exterior - It's one thing to be labeled based on your results. It's one more thing to succumb to that label as readily as A.J. Burnett did this weekend. His conduct on Saturday was a clear sign that not only does he toss with all or nothing results, however he also pitches with an all or nothing attitude.
Instead of seeing this weekend as a chance to prove he can scrape and claw to help keep his team in a match despite a poor beginning, Burnett let his emotions get the top of him. This weekend it became obvious that Burnett does not have desire or the focus to toss in grind-it-out situation. It appears that he feels if he really doesn't have a jewel going by the second inning, what is the point? Why even bother? The match is a lost cause.
At 33, Burnett should also understand a few other things. He should understand that most good athletes rise to challenges and bear down when things get tough. He should be aware that it is every starting pitcher's job to give his team an opportunity to win each time he takes the mound. He really doesn't have to control in every outing. Occasionally his job would be to maintain the match close. Occasionally his job would be to maintain his own offense.
Above all, itis a starting pitcher's job to give effort every single time he is called on to toss. This really doesn't just mean physical effort. Mental exertion is meant by this. This implies tossing to the ebbs and flows of the match. Like Burnett did on Saturday in case you give up an early lead, suck it up and give your team an opportunity to come back. Do not let your machinists get idle as a result of concentration and lost focus. And surely, do not lose control of your emotions.