• A.J. Burnett, No Hero, Zero

    Posted by on July 30th, 2011 · Comments (9)

    How many wins did A.J. Burnett have in July of this year?

    It’s the same amount as he had in June and August of last year.

    And, it’s the same as the amount he had in August of 2009.

    Zero.

    Think about that.  This guy has pitched 16 months of regular season baseball for the Yankees to date, never  missing a turn.  And, in 25% of those months, he failed to win a single game.

    Burnett is the 8th highest paid pitcher in baseball today.  He should be an ace at that salary.  But, he’s far from that.  What a joke.

    Comments on A.J. Burnett, No Hero, Zero

    1. redbug
      July 30th, 2011 | 11:38 am

      They were talking about him on YES last night. Kay, Singleton and O’neill all said he’s not pitching like the #2 the Yanks hoped they were getting. They also agreed this rotation would not get far into playoffs.

      When the YES crew are saying that, you know the Yanks are in trouble (and George isn’t around to hear them!).

    2. Greg H.
      July 30th, 2011 | 12:06 pm

      Funny thing, though, as they were making those comments, Burnett was actually pitching pretty well. He made a couple mistakes and they didn’t miss. The thing that frustrates me about Burnett is how many pitches he wastes – that are completely outside the strike zone and automatic balls. As a result, it appears he’s not really challenging the hitters in every AB. The electric stuff BS is just that – he’s often not that electric and his command is extremely erratic. He’s a #5 innings eater at best for the next two years.

    3. Corey Italiano
      July 30th, 2011 | 12:32 pm

      Greg H. wrote:

      The electric stuff BS is just that – he’s often not that electric and his command is extremely erratic.

      His fastball is also down a few ticks since 09

    4. July 30th, 2011 | 12:35 pm

      The problem isn’t really Burnett, he’s basically doing what he always does. Take the 2008 walk year performance out of the mix and Burnett’s career is as predictable as a bus route. A Burnett year features between 10-13 victories and just about as many losses. He was 3 games over .500 before he arrived and 2 games under since. This is it gang. There ain’t no there, there. He doesn’t have great stuff, he’s not a front end of the rotation guy on a championship level club. The issue I have with all this is the fact there are two more years to go on his contract.

    5. LMJ229
      July 30th, 2011 | 2:56 pm

      @ Greg H.:
      @ Joseph Maloney:
      I couldn’t agree more with the both of you. They need to stop thinking of Burnett as a #2. I’d place him as a #4 and I’d let him know it to put him on notice.

    6. Greg H.
      July 31st, 2011 | 11:42 am

      @ LMJ229:
      I’m sure he’s aware of it – the makeup ran off that pig last season.

    7. Raf
      August 3rd, 2011 | 10:36 pm

      So, does Burnett get skipped, in lieu of a 6-man rotation?

    8. LMJ229
      August 3rd, 2011 | 11:43 pm

      @ Raf:
      Honestly, if he keeps pitching like this, he should get skipped. Too bad we couldn’t unload him. I’m sure no one would be willing to take the head case that he is plus his contract.

    9. Raf
      August 3rd, 2011 | 11:59 pm

      LMJ229 wrote:

      Too bad we couldn’t unload him. I’m sure no one would be willing to take the head case that he is plus his contract.

      The contract isn’t the problem, there are ways around it, either by eating part of salary, or throwing something else in the deal to bring it closer to dollar value. Yanks have dumped contracts before, that isn’t anything new.

      Having said that, Burnett still has value in that he eats innings.

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