Flaherty: (dronishly) “Early on, Michael, it looks like A.J. has his good stuff.”
Michael the K: (parmingly) “HE HAS ELECTRIC STUF...great stop by Martin on a ball in the dirt!”
As much as the Yankees’ brass was hoping their large investment could bounce back last night against the woeful Orioles at Camden Yards, even the decision makers have to agree with a talent evaluator who witnessed Burnett’s second straight brutal outing.
“There is nothing there to work with,” the scout said in the middle of Burnett’s disastrous five-inning outing that resulted in a 12-5 loss that was witnessed by 32,762. “Nothing. No location. He won’t pitch inside. No command.”
...Burnett agreed with the scout about not using his fastball.
“In the third inning I got mad and started pitching in and got aggressive,” said Burnett, who gave up six runs in the second inning and nine overall. “I need to pitch in more. I know guys are sitting and waiting. In the past I got away with it because I threw 97-98 [mph]. I have good stuff but I don’t throw that hard.”
...“I am frustrated for him,” Girardi said of Burnett. “Part of my job is remembering he is a person and not just some employee of the New York Yankees.”