Sunday, May 17, 2009
123 Pitches? Really?
Why did AJ Burnett throw 123 pitches today? I know the bullpen has been shaky at best, but 123 pitches? Remember when people would wonder aloud whether Girardi overused/damaged his young pitchers in Florida? The answer is a resounding 'yes.' There is no reason Burnett needed to throw that many pitches. Girardi's plan to address the weak bullpen seems to be to burn out our stronger starting rotation. The Yankees invested a lot of money in CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett. Girardi seems intent on making that a very short term investment. If I'm Bronny Cash, I institute a 110 pitch count immediately. I'm sure the pitchers will say they want the ball, but I want them to pitch well for the life of their very expensive contracts. Does anyone else remember that Burnett has an injury riddled past? Girardi either doesn't, doesn't care, or is not that good at his job. I'm increasingly leaning towards the latter.