While A.J. Burnet may never be lauded for his pitching performance in Game 4 of the ALCS, I believe his resiliency in noteworthy.
Burnett surrendered four runs before recording a single out in the first inning. I can only imagine how difficult it must have been for Burnett to maintain his focus and high energy level in that situation.
But Burnett is a true professional, and has he showed it tonight.
Since giving up those four quick runs, Burnett has scattered three hits, while not allowing any additional runs through the fifth inning.
The Yankees still need to mount a rally in order to get back into this game. But Burnett’s mental toughness has saved their bullpen from being overworked. That significance of that can’t be overstated in the middle of a long series.
Burnett’s comeback of sorts has also given the Yankees a chance to comeback.
–Alfred Santasiere III