• Something For Cashman To Stuff In His Objective Pipe

    Posted by on August 21st, 2011 · Comments (6)

    A.J. Burnett has made 92 starts in his Yankees career, to date.  And, in 41 of those 92 starts, he was, at best, below average, and, at worst, terrible.  And, in 21 of those 92 starts, he was, at best, a few ticks above average, and, at worst, just average.  This means in only 30 of his 92 Yankees starts has Burnett pitched very well.  [See stats below.]

    Sum it up.  In one of three starts, Burnett will pitch well.  And, in two-thirds of his other starts, he’s below average or terrible.  We’ve seen this for three years in Yankeeland now.  Why anyone would think it’s going to get better over the next two is beyond me.

    Burnett’s starts, by Game Score, as a Yankee:

    Rk Date Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc
    1 2010-08-27 CHW L 4-9 GS-4 ,L 3.1 8 9 8 3 3 0 81 47 10
                                 
    2 2011-08-03 CHW W 18-7 GS-5 4.1 13 7 7 0 3 1 85 59 12
    3 2010-05-09 BOS L 3-9 GS-5 ,L 4.1 9 9 8 3 4 1 97 54 12
                                 
    4 2011-08-20 MIN L 4-9 GS-2 ,L 1.2 5 7 7 3 1 1 61 31 15
    5 2010-09-27 TOR L 5-7 GS-3 ,L 2.1 7 7 7 1 1 2 48 28 15
                                 
    6 2009-08-22 BOS L 1-14 GS-5 ,L 5.0 9 9 9 2 6 3 97 59 17
                                 
    7 2010-08-02 TOR L 6-8 GS-5 ,L 4.2 8 8 8 2 4 2 95 58 18
    8 2010-06-21 ARI L 4-10 GS-4 ,L 4.0 9 7 7 2 4 3 91 50 18
    9 2009-08-01 CHW L 4-14 GS-5 ,L 4.2 10 7 7 2 4 0 106 62 18
                                 
    10 2009-04-25 BOS L 11-16 GS-5 5.0 8 8 8 3 3 2 91 55 19
                                 
    11 2010-06-26 LAD L 4-9 GS-4 ,L 3.0 6 6 6 6 5 0 79 38 22
    12 2009-09-01 BAL W 9-6 GS-6 5.1 11 6 6 2 2 2 109 70 22
                                 
    13 2010-06-16 PHI L 3-6 GS-4 ,L 3.1 6 6 6 4 3 2 87 48 23
                                 
    14 2011-06-08 BOS L 6-11 GS-6 ,L 5.2 7 8 7 4 3 1 105 62 24
                                 
    15 2009-06-09 BOS L 0-7 GS-3 ,L 2.2 5 5 3 5 1 1 84 40 28
                                 
    16 2010-08-20 SEA L 0-6 GS-7 ,L 7.0 12 6 6 3 4 2 122 77 30
                                 
    17 2011-05-16 TBR L 5-6 GS-6 ,L 5.2 8 6 6 1 3 3 89 58 31
                                 
    18 2010-05-19 TBR L 6-10 GS-7 ,L 6.2 9 6 6 4 4 1 116 67 32
                                 
    19 2010-07-17 TBR L 5-10 GS-2 ,L 2.0 4 4 4 0 1 1 43 25 33
                                 
    20 2010-06-04 TOR L 1-6 GS-6 ,L 6.0 6 6 6 4 2 3 103 59 34
                                 
    21 2011-07-18 TBR W 5-4 GS-6 5.1 8 4 3 6 4 0 110 59 36
                                 
    22 2011-08-15 KCR W 7-4 GS-6 ,W 5.2 10 3 3 1 2 0 88 63 38
                                 
    23 2010-04-23 LAA L 4-6 GS-7 6.1 9 4 4 2 3 0 103 59 40
                                 
    24 2009-09-12 BAL L 3-7 GS-7 ,L 7.0 7 6 6 2 4 2 108 72 41
    25 2009-05-22 PHI L 3-7 GS-6 ,L 6.0 8 5 5 2 7 3 95 59 41
    Rk Date Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc
                                 
    26 2011-04-30 TOR W 5-4 GS-6 ,W 6.0 9 4 4 0 4 1 82 50 42
                                 
    27 2011-06-24 COL L 2-4 GS-7 ,L 6.1 7 4 4 5 5 2 105 58 43
    28 2010-04-06 BOS W 6-4 GS-5 5.0 7 4 3 1 5 1 94 58 43
                                 
    29 2009-07-17 DET W 5-3 GS-6 6.0 6 3 3 5 1 1 104 57 44
    30 2009-05-12 TOR L 1-5 GS-8 ,L 7.2 7 5 5 4 3 1 110 66 44
                                 
    31 2011-08-09 LAA L 4-6 GS-6 6.0 7 4 4 3 6 1 105 66 45
    32 2009-08-12 TOR W 4-3 GS-6 6.0 10 3 3 2 7 1 107 68 45
                                 
    33 2011-04-13 BAL W 7-4 GS-7 ,W 6.1 7 4 4 2 5 2 112 69 46
    34 2010-06-10 BAL L 3-4 GS-7 ,L 6.2 8 4 4 1 5 1 95 60 46
                                 
    35 2011-04-19 TOR L 5-6 GS-6 5.1 6 3 2 5 6 1 105 62 47
                                 
    36 2011-07-23 OAK L 3-4 GS-6 ,L 5.2 6 3 3 3 6 1 100 59 48
    37 2010-09-06 BAL L 3-4 GS-7 ,L 7.0 7 4 4 4 5 0 104 63 48
                                 
    38 2010-09-11 TEX L 6-7 GS-4 4.0 4 2 2 3 6 0 83 48 49
    39 2009-10-04 TBR W 10-2 GS-5 ,W 5.0 7 2 1 1 3 1 84 55 49
    40 2009-07-08 MIN W 4-3 GS-7 ,W 6.1 7 2 2 4 2 0 100 59 49
    41 2009-04-30 LAA W 7-4 GS-7 7.0 8 4 4 1 5 1 108 67 49
                                 
    42 2011-05-21 NYM W 7-3 GS-7 ,W 6.1 6 3 3 3 4 0 100 60 50
    43 2011-04-02 DET W 10-6 GS-5 ,W 5.0 5 3 3 1 6 1 86 58 50
    44 2010-05-14 MIN W 8-4 GS-7 6.2 7 3 2 4 4 1 100 51 50
    45 2009-04-19 CLE W 7-3 GS-7 6.1 3 3 3 7 2 2 111 60 50
                                 
    46 2010-10-02 (2) BOS L 6-7 GS-6 6.0 6 4 2 2 5 1 105 61 51
    47 2010-09-22 TBR L 2-7 GS-3 ,L 3.0 2 1 1 2 2 0 51 33 51
    48 2009-04-09 BAL W 11-2 GS-6 ,W 5.1 7 2 2 1 6 1 98 59 51
                                 
    49 2011-05-27 SEA L 3-4 GS-5 5.0 4 2 2 5 6 0 97 60 52
                                 
    50 2010-09-01 OAK W 4-3 GS-6 ,W 6.0 6 3 3 2 8 1 91 59 54
    Rk Date Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc
    51 2009-05-06 TBR L 3-4 GS-6 6.0 6 3 3 2 8 0 114 69 54
                                 
    52 2011-07-04 CLE L 3-6 GS-7 ,L 7.0 4 4 4 4 6 1 115 69 55
    53 2010-08-10 TEX L 3-4 GS-7 7.0 6 3 3 2 4 1 112 68 55
    54 2010-04-11 TBR W 7-3 GS-7 ,W 7.0 6 2 2 3 1 0 92 49 55
    55 2009-09-23 LAA W 3-2 GS-6 ,W 5.2 7 2 2 3 11 0 101 65 55
    56 2009-05-17 MIN W 3-2 GS-7 6.2 6 2 2 6 7 0 123 74 55
                                 
    57 2009-06-02 TEX W 12-3 GS-7 ,W 7.0 8 3 3 1 8 1 111 71 56
                                 
    58 2011-07-09 TBR W 5-4 GS-6 5.2 3 3 3 3 9 2 89 51 57
    59 2011-06-29 MIL W 5-2 GS-7 ,W 7.0 7 2 2 2 4 0 102 64 57
    60 2011-06-18 CHC W 4-3 GS-6 ,W 5.1 4 2 2 3 8 1 104 59 57
    61 2011-04-07 MIN W 4-3 GS-6 ,W 6.0 5 2 2 2 5 0 99 61 57
    62 2010-09-17 BAL W 4-3 GS-7 7.0 6 3 3 1 5 2 106 67 57
                                 
    63 2010-07-07 OAK W 6-2 GS-7 ,W 7.0 5 2 2 2 3 0 110 67 60
    64 2009-07-22 BAL W 6-4 GS-7 ,W 7.0 6 2 2 3 6 0 104 68 60
                                 
    65 2011-05-05 DET L 3-6 GS-7 ,L 7.0 3 5 2 1 5 0 113 73 61
    66 2010-07-23 KCR W 7-1 GS-5 ,W 5.0 4 0 0 1 3 0 58 36 61
    67 2009-08-17 OAK L 0-3 CG 8 ,L 8.0 6 3 3 2 5 0 99 66 61
                                 
    68 2009-09-18 SEA L 2-3 GS-7 7.0 7 1 1 3 6 0 104 66 62
    69 2009-07-03 TOR W 4-2 GS-7 ,W 7.0 6 2 2 2 7 1 112 68 62
    70 2009-06-20 FLA L 1-2 GS-7 ,L 6.1 5 2 1 3 8 1 98 59 62
                                 
    71 2010-07-28 CLE W 8-0 GS-7 ,W 6.1 7 0 0 3 7 0 114 75 63
                                 
    72 2011-07-29 BAL L 2-4 GS-8 ,L 8.0 5 4 4 2 10 2 114 72 64
    73 2010-05-25 MIN W 1-0 GS-5 ,W 5.0 3 0 0 2 5 0 75 46 64
                                 
    74 2011-06-01 OAK W 4-2 GS-7 ,W 7.0 3 2 2 3 5 1 103 59 65
    75 2009-09-07 (2) TBR W 11-1 GS-6 ,W 6.0 4 1 1 3 8 0 99 64 65
    Rk Date Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc
    76 2009-08-27 TEX L 2-7 GS-6 ,L 6.0 2 3 3 3 12 1 105 63 65
                                 
    77 2009-09-29 KCR W 4-3 GS-7 6.1 3 2 1 3 8 0 108 69 66
                                 
    78 2010-07-02 TOR L 1-6 GS-7 6.2 4 0 0 3 6 0 106 68 69
    79 2009-05-27 TEX W 9-2 GS-6 ,W 6.0 3 0 0 4 7 0 118 70 69
                                 
    80 2010-04-17 TEX W 7-3 GS-7 ,W 7.0 6 0 0 2 7 0 111 68 70
                                 
    81 2011-06-13 CLE L 0-1 GS-8 ,L 7.2 5 1 1 1 8 0 112 72 72
    82 2011-05-11 KCR L 3-4 GS-7 7.0 1 1 1 5 6 1 115 72 72
    83 2011-04-25 CHW L 0-2 GS-8 ,L 8.0 3 1 1 2 2 0 108 67 72
    84 2010-05-30 CLE W 7-3 GS-8 ,W 8.0 5 3 1 0 8 0 115 71 72
    85 2010-05-04 BAL W 4-1 GS-8 ,W 7.1 5 1 0 2 8 0 107 68 72
                                 
    86 2010-08-15 KCR L 0-1 CG 8 ,L 8.0 4 1 1 3 6 0 103 64 73
    87 2009-06-14 NYM W 15-0 GS-7 ,W 7.0 4 0 0 4 8 0 111 66 73
                                 
    88 2009-07-27 TBR W 11-4 GS-7 ,W 7.0 2 1 0 2 5 0 114 69 74
                                 
    89 2009-04-14 TBR W 7-2 GS-8 ,W 8.0 3 2 2 1 9 0 103 67 76
                                 
    90 2009-08-07 BOS W 2-0 GS-8 7.2 1 0 0 6 6 0 118 65 77
                                 
    91 2010-04-29 BAL W 4-0 GS-8 ,W 8.0 3 0 0 1 4 0 116 77 79
                                 
    92 2009-06-27 NYM W 5-0 GS-7 ,W 7.0 1 0 0 3 10 0 108 64 82
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    Generated 8/21/2011.

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    Comments on Something For Cashman To Stuff In His Objective Pipe

    1. Corey Italiano
      August 21st, 2011 | 12:26 pm

      That breakdown is interesting (I’m going with your word that the games are split up in that way, don’t feel like counting), as it totally coinsides with the baseball adage that in 1/3 of your starts you’ll have great stuff, 1/3 of the starts you’ll have average stuff and the remaining 1/3 you’ll have nothing…

      and that’s the difference between AJ and a good pitcher. AJ has no idea how to get outs when he has lesser stuff.

    2. Evan3457
      August 21st, 2011 | 1:13 pm

      This is a reasonably fair assessment of AJ’s career with the Yanks. Certainly not worth what he was paid in 2010 and 2011.

    3. August 21st, 2011 | 2:08 pm

      A.J. Burnett’s, objectively speaking, take 2008 walk year out of the mix and you have a pitcher who will perform below expectations. That’s A.J. Burnett in a nutshell. He got it together long enough to get himself a big contract. That’s all there is to this guy, objectively speaking.

    4. LMJ229
      August 21st, 2011 | 4:38 pm

      AJ Burnett is a head case and a loser. He looks for things to blame for his poor pitching. One call from the umpire can set him off – and it doesn’t even have to be a bad call, just one that he disagrees with! His lack of composure is selfish – he doesn’t even try to gut it out to at least keep his team in the game. One error, one “bad” call, one bloop hit will derail him. He’s a loser.

      Cashman will never admit that Burnett was a bad signing because it reflects negatively on him. Hell, Cashman would never admit that Igawa was a bad signing! Cashman has very thin skin for a GM in the largest media market. Maybe he got that way from George always berating him, who knows? But come on Cash, we Yankee fans are not foolish enough to believe that every single trade or free agent signing will work out.

    5. LMJ229
      August 21st, 2011 | 4:52 pm

      If you look at quality starts, every one of our (5) other starters, including Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova, have a quality start percentage higher than Burnett’s. In fact, all of our other starters are at 50% or better. Burnett is at 31%. That’s just terrible. If his name wasn’t AJ Burnett and he didn’t have that big contract there is no way he would be in the rotation.

    6. cr1
      August 21st, 2011 | 7:00 pm

      I get queasy when I know AJ is about to pitch. I make sure I have some project in hand or a good murder mystery to distract me if he becomes completely unwatchable and the manager hasn’t got the gonads to hook him quickly.

      But I don’t blame the manager or the general manager for refusing to slam a team asset in public — and make it that much harder to move that asset if the opportunity arises.

      Hold your noses, guys, praise him to the skies, make someone believe he would do just fine in their ballpark!

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