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A.J. Burnett to 'stay positive' amid struggles

Posted on: August 10, 2011 3:41 pm
 
BurnettBy Evan Brunell

A.J. Burnett is making $16.5 million a year but is doing his best to outdo John Lackey as a big-money bust in a big market.

Burnett coughed up four earned runs in six innings on Tuesday -- all runs scoring in the sixth --, which isn't awful, but was enough to raise his ERA to 4.60, which would be his second-highest ERA in the last seven years, with last season's 5.26 mark topping the list.

But Burnett refused to get down about it.

"Before the sixth, I kept my team in it the best I could," Burnett told ESPN New York. "And that's what I'm going to continue to keep doing."

Burnett, who has a 6.00 ERA in his last seven starts, has a defender in manager Joe Girardi who says Burnett's rotation spot isn't in danger. New York is currently deciding its five-man rotation, with one of Ivan Nova or Phil Hughes likely to lose his spot in the six-man iteration.

"I haven't won in a long time," Burnett said of his recent struggles. "I think I've pitched a lot of games that I could have won. I think a lot of things are out of my hands and are out of my control. I've given [up] three runs in [14] of my starts. If that is not good enough to win, I don't know what is.

"I'm going to stay positive," Burnett added. "I threw the ball well tonight, I kept my team in it. The intentional walk was out of my control and [Peter] Bourjos laid off some belt-high pitches that were close then [Jeff] Mathis hit the hook. That's the bottom line. I think the first five innings were probably the best that I've thrown in a long, long time."

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