Yankees, Burnett have no room for error
October, 4, 2011
By Jim Bowden | ESPN Insider
AP Photo/Frank Franklin IIYankees manager Joe Girardi will have tonight's starter, A.J. Burnett, on a short leash.
Here’s what I’m looking for in Game 4 of the ALDS between the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers, as well as Game 3 of the NLDS between the Milwaukee Brewers and Arizona Diamondbacks.
• Yankees right-hander A.J. Burnett looked like his old self during his last four starts of the regular season, as his fastball command returned, and he struck out 32 men in his final 23 2/3 innings. However, with the Yankees on the verge of elimination, Burnett will be on a short leash. His success tonight will depend on his curveball. If he can’t get it over for strikes, he will be out of the game by the fourth inning. Detroit’s plan will be to not offer at any curveballs, always taking them unless there are two strikes, and sit on Burnett’s fastball, which he throws 60 percent of the time.