Among American League pitchers with at least 40 innings since the All-Star break, only Trevor Cahill of Oakland and Chris Tillman of Baltimore have a higher ERA than A.J. Burnett’s 5.23.
Joe Girardi candidly admitted that Burnett’s location needs improvement, saying that good stuff isn’t enough for a pitcher to survive.
Burnett dismissed all concerns, however.
“You eliminate your mistake, you keep your team in it and we’ll be all right,” he said. “I’m not looking at what’s in front of this team; I’m looking at the next start. Yeah, I was on a good roll and I’ve had some bumps here and there. But I feel good, I’m throwing the ball where I want to for the most part.”
Burnett is a trick-or-treater. If you divide his season into roughly three parts, here is what you get:
First nine starts: 2-2, 5.28 ERA.
Next 11 starts: 8-2, 2.08 ERA.
Last nine starts: 1-5, 6.14 ERA.
Which guy shows up in October? Thats the biggest issue with the Yankees right now. You pretty much know what CC Sabathia will do and Andy Pettitte will be a gamer. But Burnett is the wild card.
At any rate, the game was quick (2:38) and the post-game was quicker as everybody wanted to get home and get some rest. That’s my goal, too. Catch you tomorrow.