A.J. Burnett lost this game for the Yankees. First, it was allowing back-to-back two-out hits in the first leading to a run being score followed by allowing a HBP and a homer in the second after retiring the first two batters in that frame. Then, it was a Doyle Alexander/Kevin Brown act of stupidity that lead to him coming out of the game in the third inning. That quick exit brought cause for Dustin Moseley and Chad Gaudin – two pitchers who probably don’t belong in the majors right now – to enter the game and allow it to get out of hand. (No pun intended, A.J.)
Hey, this is what you get with A.J. Burnett. Sure, the walk-off pies are all the rage with the under thirty crowd. But, look at Burnett’s lifetime stats. On a 162-Game Average, he’s good for 34 starts and 218 innings pitched – but, with a win-loss mark of 14-12. Yes, he wins less than half his starts and loses just about as many games as he wins. Just look at last season, in a great Yankees team year, he made 33 starts, won 13 and lost 9 games.
I know, I know, many want to talk about his Game 2 start in the World Series last year. But, that was one game. Otherwise, check out his 2009 post-season starts:
|1||2009||ALDS g2||Oct 9||NYY||MIN||W,4-3||GS-6||6.0||3||1||1||5||6||0||2|
|2||2009||ALCS g2||Oct 17||NYY||LAA||W,4-3||GS-7||6.1||3||2||2||2||4||0||2|
|3||2009||ALCS g5||Oct 22||NYY||@||LAA||L,6-7||GS-7||6.0||8||6||6||3||3||0||0|
|4||2009||WS g2||Oct 29||NYY||PHI||W,3-1||GS-7||7.0||4||1||1||2||9||0||0|
|5||2009||WS g5||Nov 2||NYY||@||PHI||L,6-8||GS-3||2.0||4||6||6||4||2||1||1|
Twice, in Game 5 starts, he blew it, badly – and Andy Pettitte had to bail him out the next game.
The worst part of all this? The Yankees are paying Burnett $16,500,000 a season – making him one of the highest paid pitchers in the game. And, they’ll be doing this for the next three seasons after this year. Great move by Brian Cashman on this one.
But, then again, he knows that by now – which is why he tried so hard to trade for Cliff Lee this season. With the Yankees starting rotation this season it’s: Sabathia and Pettitte and then roll the dice to see what’s going to show up with Burnett, Vazquez and Hughes. Sure, at times the latter three can be stunning – but, you can never be sure if that’s going to happen or not.