While Burnett had his best outing in fucken forever last night, I really don’t think he is worthy of the four-man post-season starting rotation. It is clear that the Yanks are setting up for the post-season, not battling to win the AL East, and I bet they told him that, to settle his mind. But in a high-stakes situation, he just doesn’t have the mental toughness and ability to think strategically about pitching to a series of batters in a line-up.
I am thinking CC, Garcia, Colon, and Nova as the post-season rotation. Yes, many will say that it is ridiculous not to have Hughes and Burnett in there, but I favor the guys who have produced all season. Or maybe they run a pseudo-five-man rotation, with Hughes spot-starting instead of one of Garcia, Colon, or Nova as the match-ups indicate.
The best predictor of future performance is past performance. And as far as Burnett goes, he just doesn’t have the fucken brains.