Blog Entry

Yanks make obvious decision, drop A.J.

Posted on: October 5, 2010 12:45 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 1:53 pm
 
The Yankees made the obvious decision on A.J. Burnett today, announcing that they'll go with a three-man rotation that doesn't include him in their Division Series matchup with the Twins.

The first-round schedule includes an off day between Games 2 and 3, and another between Games 4 and 5. So to go with a three-man rotation of CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes -- as the Yankees announced today that they'll do -- only the sturdy Sabathia needs to pitch on short rest (in Game 4).

The tougher call would be if the Yankees advance to the American League Championship Series, because this year's schedule includes only two off days in a best-of-7 series. Last year, with an extra off day, the Yankees stuck with a three-man rotation of Sabathia, Burnett and Pettitte through all three rounds of the playoffs.

The idea this year was that they would be deeper, with Hughes' emergence as a real option for the postseason rotation. The problem with that idea is that Burnett had one of the worst seasons in recent Yankee history, going 10-15 with a 5.26 ERA.

For a while, it seemed as though the Yankees would be forced to go with Burnett in October, anyway. Hughes seemed to be hitting a wall, and Pettitte's health was a question.

But Hughes recovered to pitch well at the end of the season, and Pettitte came back, too, although he was shaky in his final two starts. And Burnett never got better.

His 5.26 ERA was 90th among the 92 major-league starters with enough innings to qualify for the ERA title. Only Kyle Davies of the Royals (5.34) and Jeremy Bonderman of the Tigers (5.53) were worse (although Tampa Bay's James Shields, at 5.18, wasn't much better).

The 5.26 ERA is the worst ever by a Yankee pitcher who made 30-plus starts.

Worse yet, the Yankees lost 10 of Burnett's final 12 starts, and he had a 6.61 ERA and a .300 opponents batting average (with an .874 OPS) in that span.

Does it matter that the Yankees are paying Burnett $16.5 million this year, or that they owe him another $49.5 million over the next three years?

It shouldn't. It can't. In the postseason, there's an urgency, and it's all about putting the team on the field that has the best chance to win.

Right now for the Yankees, that doesn't include A.J. Burnett.

And that's obvious.

UPDATE: Speaking of obvious, the Yankees have left Javier Vazquez off their ALDS roster entirely. Vazquez is making $11.5 million this year, but he has been nothing like the pitcher he was with the Braves last year. His velocity has been way down, and the results show it, with a 10-10 record and 5.32 ERA (the third-worst ever for any Yankee with 25-plus starts, behind David Cone's 6.91 in 2000 and Andy Hawkins' 5.37 in 1990).

The Yankees also left Chad Gaudin off the roster for the Twins series, opting for Sergio Mitre and Burnett as their long men in the bullpen. They also kept Greg Golson as an extra outfielder.

Comments

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 9:13 am
 

Yanks make obvious decision, drop A.J.




Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 14, 2012 8:32 pm
 

Yanks make obvious decision, drop A.J.

Required valuable time to help you appear each individual while in the points, on the other hand fundamentally preferred necessary . materials. This method showed when considering evolving to become In truth employed to my home and I am focused to each out of the commenters here



Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 11:22 pm
 

Yanks make obvious decision, drop A.J.

Hiya. I simply run over pair or simply a few at your extra article content when i required to claim many thanks for of which great tips.



Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:26 pm
 

Yanks make obvious decision, drop A.J.




Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 8:58 pm
 

Yanks make obvious decision, drop A.J.




Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 4:17 pm
 

Yanks make obvious decision, drop A.J.

My wife and i spotted you're net on yahoo and check out worries a lot of for this soon postings. Record the really good race. Just some other encourage RSS feed to be able to excellent Windows live messenger Detail Visitor.


Tomly
Since: Oct 21, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 8:23 am
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator




Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2010 6:45 pm
 

Yanks make obvious decision, drop A.J.

We should bring back Matsui and Damon next year.

As for pitching, AJ will have a comeback in '11 and like Farnsworth, Cashman will trade him as his stock rises to get value.


What the hell are you smoking?



Since: Aug 9, 2010
Posted on: October 7, 2010 12:01 am
 

Yanks make obvious decision, drop A.J.

We should bring back Matsui and Damon next year.

As for pitching, AJ will have a comeback in '11 and like Farnsworth, Cashman will trade him as his stock rises to get value.




Since: Jun 29, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2010 1:53 pm
 

Yanks make obvious decision, drop A.J.

"When the Twins knock us out in four games this year, they need to fire Cashman and get rid of the whole pitching staff!"



Well that is a highly intelligent thought!!! Vasquez has a bad year, get rid of Cashman and the entire pitching staff? Why not get rid of the entire team, manager, trainers, batboys and Steinbrenners too? Never mind that we were champions last year and in the playoffs the last 15 of 16 years?? Dump everyone fast because Vasquez, the 5th starter, underperformed. This guy has to be a sad Met fan or Redsux fan.  



The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com