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Burnett to start ALCS Game 4?

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08:30 AM ET 10.11 | Thanks to MLB playoff scheduling, the Yankees may have a hard time working around A.J. Burnett. Expect Burnett to start Game 4. And expect the Yankees to win the ALCS anyway, regardless of the opponent. ... Why Burnett? Because the Yankees can't ride three starters to the title, as they did last year. Baseball rightly eliminated the day off between Games 4 and 5 of the Championship Series, and that changes the math. Last year, CC Sabathia made two starts on three days' rest, and Burnett and Andy Pettitte one each. This year, a similar run would require two starts on short rest each from Sabathia, Pettitte and Phil Hughes.

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October 11, 2010  08:42 AM ET

NO!

He should be in long relief... let Moseley or Nova get a start.. really only need 5 innings out of either. With Robertson, Chamberlain, Wood and Mo, the back-end is taken care of.

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October 11, 2010  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Thanks alot interns for officially ending the weekend and good vibes us yankee fans were riding by bringing up aj

Oh come one now... anyone that faces the Twins in the post season is like an automatic bye to the ALCS...
For 3 years straight the AL Central made it to the ALCS or further...
05 White Sox WS camps
06 Tigers ALCS Champs
07 Indians made it to the ALCS just couldnt seal against the RedSox
Ever since then the AL Central teams cannot make it out of the first round... At least the White Sox won one game back in 09 but the Twins get swept every time they go...
06 Twins won division Tigers got Wildcard- Oakland whacked the Twins...
09 Twins swept
10 Twins swept


Basically an AL Central Twins Divisional Victory equals whome ever they face a 3 game sweep...

Moral of this story?
Every 80 years when the White Sox win the World Series the rest of the teams in the division are doomed for the next 5 years... At least.

October 11, 2010  08:54 AM ET
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For the money they are paying him, he should be pitching in the post season. And didnt he pitch pretty good in the playoffs,WS last year?

Burnett did many things better last year....2010 looks MUCH MUCH different

October 11, 2010  09:00 AM ET

AJ knows in Yankeeland the post season is all that matters. He pitches well now and the regular season will be forgotton.

October 11, 2010  09:01 AM ET
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Burnett did many things better last year....2010 looks MUCH MUCH different

I think he's got it in him. They should watch his pitch count, though, in case they need to bring him back for game 7. <crosses fingers for this scenario to play out>

October 11, 2010  09:06 AM ET

Oh Aj, dont blow it. we all know you are an irratic sob. Just dont do what we all know your going to do and choke!

October 11, 2010  09:07 AM ET
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I think he's got it in him. They should watch his pitch count, though, in case they need to bring him back for game 7. <crosses fingers for this scenario to play out>

I am surprised that the "down home" southern cookin' hasn't stuck to your ribs?

October 11, 2010  09:10 AM ET
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For the money they are paying him, he should be pitching in the post season. And didnt he pitch pretty good in the playoffs,WS last year?

No, he was horrible in the post season last year. Had one decent game in the world series and was so bad in the other he ended up with a 7 ERA. Even in that one decent game Molina saved him from a half dozen wild pitches. He had over a 5 ERA for the playoffs, walked 15 guys and hit another 5 or 6.

October 11, 2010  09:14 AM ET
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I think he's got it in him. They should watch his pitch count, though, in case they need to bring him back for game 7. <crosses fingers for this scenario to play out>

The only way he pitches in game seven is out of the bullpen in the bottom 18th inning and a pinch runner has already been used for Swisher so they can't bring him in

October 11, 2010  09:15 AM ET
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No, he was horrible in the post season last year. Had one decent game in the world series and was so bad in the other he ended up with a 7 ERA. Even in that one decent game Molina saved him from a half dozen wild pitches. He had over a 5 ERA for the playoffs, walked 15 guys and hit another 5 or 6.

Cyder suffered a similar implosion during the second game of last year's Parks and Rec divisional series

October 11, 2010  09:16 AM ET
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No, he was horrible in the post season last year. Had one decent game in the world series and was so bad in the other he ended up with a 7 ERA. Even in that one decent game Molina saved him from a half dozen wild pitches. He had over a 5 ERA for the playoffs, walked 15 guys and hit another 5 or 6.

Again, no, he did not have a horrible postseason. He had two bad starts, both his second starts of the ALCS and NLCS, respectively. All three Game 2 starts he made were exceptional: 6 innings, 1 run--- 6 1/3 innings, 2 runs--- 7 innings, 1 run. I think I'd sign up for that. You're looking at the inflated numbers as a whole because the two bad starts were very bad. But three quality starts out of five does not constitute as a "horrible" postseason. Not by any stretch, and not with some of the meltdowns we've seen in the playoffs over the years.

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October 11, 2010  09:18 AM ET
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Again, no, he did not have a horrible postseason. He had two bad starts, both his second starts of the ALCS and NLCS, respectively. All three Game 2 starts he made were exceptional: 6 innings, 1 run--- 6 1/3 innings, 2 runs--- 7 innings, 1 run. I think I'd sign up for that. You're looking at the inflated numbers as a whole because the two bad starts were very bad. But three quality starts out of five does not constitute as a "horrible" postseason. Not by any stretch, and not with some of the meltdowns we've seen in the playoffs over the years.

*Excuse me, the ALCS and World Series, respectively.

Another thing: I think the Yankees throw him out there but keep him on a tight leash. There's no reason to think he couldn't keep you in the game for 5, and if they need to go to Moseley or Nova to get some mid-game outs, so be it. Girardi loves the mix and match. The is the ideal game to over-manage.

October 11, 2010  09:19 AM ET
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I think that depends on what your definition of "it" is.

The tendacity of Gen. Winfield Scott?

October 11, 2010  09:20 AM ET

that'd be tenacity

October 11, 2010  09:37 AM ET

Bad move ,Bro

do not play the over paid bum

 
October 11, 2010  10:03 AM ET

As long as it's Game 4 and the Yankees have a three games to none series edge. Sure, he can go then.

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