• Cashman: We Expect Burnett To Be Front End Starter

    Posted by on December 21st, 2010 · Comments (5)

    Great stuff from Ken Davidoff – h/t to the Rockettes! -

    Today, however, I attended a Yankees event in Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood.

    I’ll post the link later about the actual event, but Brian Cashman was there, and he discussed some Yankees issues:

    –New pitching coach Larry Rothschild will spend a week to 10 days with A.J. Burnett in January, at Burnett’s Maryland home.

    “We signed A.J. not to be not a back of the rotation starter, but to pitch toward the front of the rotation,” Cashman said. “That’s what his abilities are. That’s what he’s capable of doing. And that’s what we expect. I believe you’ll see that again.”

    Burnett has never been an elite starting pitcher but his 2010 did mark his worst regular season of his career, using ERA+ and WAR as measures. You’d think he’d bounce back some., but his 2010 was so erratic and disturbing – what kind of guy shows up at work with a black eye and refuses to discuss its cause? – that we’ll wait and see.

    –Cashman on why Joba Chamberlain won’t be considered for a switch back to the starting rotation: “His stuff plays so much significantly (better) out of the ‘pen. We had given him an opportunity to pitch in the rotation, and the velocity dropped. It’s just not the same stuff.”

    –Cashman said that Alex Rodriguez visited with hip specialist Marc Philippon in November and received a clean bill of health.

    Note: Most “Quality Starts” since 2005:

    Rk Player #Matching   W L W-L% ERA GS
    1 Dan Haren 138 Ind. Games 72 27 .727 2.09 138
    2 Roy Oswalt 134 Ind. Games 77 26 .748 1.91 134
    3 CC Sabathia 132 Ind. Games 97 13 .882 1.76 132
    4 Johan Santana 131 Ind. Games 76 22 .776 1.73 131
    5 Bronson Arroyo 127 Ind. Games 76 22 .776 1.95 127
    6 Roy Halladay 124 Ind. Games 86 19 .819 1.71 124
    7 Jon Garland 120 Ind. Games 70 21 .769 2.01 120
    8 Andy Pettitte 118 Ind. Games 71 21 .772 2.05 118
    9 Derek Lowe 118 Ind. Games 61 27 .693 2.03 118
    10 John Lackey 118 Ind. Games 71 17 .807 1.99 118
    11 Mark Buehrle 118 Ind. Games 73 15 .830 1.98 118
    12 Felix Hernandez 115 Ind. Games 60 18 .769 1.70 115
    13 Livan Hernandez 112 Ind. Games 59 18 .766 2.41 112
    14 Ted Lilly 111 Ind. Games 67 21 .761 2.12 111
    15 Barry Zito 109 Ind. Games 57 23 .713 1.95 109
    16 Carlos Zambrano 109 Ind. Games 68 10 .872 1.68 109
    17 Joe Blanton 109 Ind. Games 60 24 .714 2.20 109
    18 Jake Peavy 108 Ind. Games 59 24 .711 1.78 108
    19 Matt Cain 108 Ind. Games 49 20 .710 1.83 108
    20 A.J. Burnett 106 Ind. Games 57 19 .750 2.07 106
    21 Josh Beckett 105 Ind. Games 75 12 .862 2.11 105
    22 Javier Vazquez 103 Ind. Games 61 21 .744 2.07 103
    23 Tim Hudson 102 Ind. Games 63 14 .818 1.80 102
    24 Cliff Lee 101 Ind. Games 67 13 .838 1.69 101
    25 Kevin Millwood 99 Ind. Games 51 25 .671 2.23 99
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 12/21/2010.

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    Burnett should be a capable starting pitcher, if you trust him. Me? I don’t trust him. Good luck Larry.

    Comments on Cashman: We Expect Burnett To Be Front End Starter

    1. MJ Recanati
      December 21st, 2010 | 8:40 pm

      I agree with you, Steve. I don’t trust AJ Burnett either. A decrease in his velocity leaves me thinking that he’s on the decline and that while he may not be as bad as he was in 2010, he’s not getting to the 2007-2008 version of himself either.

    2. Raf
      December 22nd, 2010 | 12:07 am

      Funny to see Josh Beckett right behind Burnett. :)

    3. Evan3457
      December 22nd, 2010 | 12:43 am

      And Javier Vazquez right behind Beckett ;)

      And two steps below, Javy…Cliff Lee!! :o

    4. Evan3457
      December 22nd, 2010 | 12:45 am

      Note Joe Blanton two steps above Matt Cain.

      I guess that means Blanton’s better than Cain, hunh? :-P

    5. mondoas
      December 22nd, 2010 | 2:39 am

      Why don’t the Yankees invest in getting AJ’s head examined? Not physically but mentally. There has to be a reason why he hits people or throws a lot of wild pitches. He breaks down a lot and I think something can be done to figure out why and to fix it.

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