Question: Why was A.J. Burnett allowed to pitch to Bengie Molina in the sixth inning of Game 4?
Answer: Why was A.J. Burnett on the mound at all for Game 4?
This isn’t a second guess because it was a prevailing question and opinion before Game 4. CC Sabathia pitched four innings on Oct. 15. He said the long layoff accounted for his ineffectiveness.
Then, why not give him the ball last night? With a chance to tie the ALCS at two games apiece, the Yankees went with the most reviled pitcher since Kevin Brown. .
Ask yourself this simple question: Would you rather take your chances with 21-game winner Sabathia on three days rest or 15-game loser Burnett off enforced rest due to ineffectiveness?
Joe Girardi mentioned something about not wanting to then pitch Phil Hughes on short rest. Hughes also only lasted four innings last Saturday. But instead of pitching with the series tied, he will go in an elimination game Friday—if the Yankees win today.
If there was any logic to starting Burnett, it isn’t breaking through the cloud of a 3-1 deficit.