Anyone who watched yesterday’s disaster of a game could tell that A.J. Burnett and Jorge Posada were not on the same page. This was evidenced by Burnett talking to himself on the mound, by two missed return throws to Burnett and by numerous mound visits.
Peter Abraham relays quotes from both characters, with Burnett putting the blame squarely on himself.
“There were a couple of heaters (when) I felt that I should have thrown a hook. I step off and re-gather and that’s when the non-executed pitch came. (Posada) calls fine back there. It’s just a matter of me throwing what I want to throw.
“There’s no pattern there. I’ve had a great run now with Jorge. So there’s no fingers to point but at me.”
Posada basically said, according to Abraham, that he just makes suggestions and the pitcher is the one who is ultimately in charge.
Abraham called Burnett stubborn, which he is, but Posada also appears to be extremely stubborn as well.
The team’s ultimate success is bigger than any one man. Burnett and Posada need to get over the problems they have with each other – if any – because both players are important now and will be even more important come October. Burnett will be the No. 2 starter in the playoffs, and Joe Girardi will obviously not want to use Jose Molina.
There is a little more than a month left in the season. Sit these two down in one room and let them figure out what’s wrong.