Nothing really stands out about A.J. Burnett’s pitching line this afternoon. He allowed two runs on five hits through 4.2 innings. He walked two, struck out two and allowed a home run to the first batter he faced.
But Burnett mixed his pitches and would have allowed only one run had a first-inning two-seamer not drifted across the plate.
“I thought it was the best he’s looked,” Joe Girardi said. “I was really pleased with the way he threw the ball today.”
Burnett was also happy. He got a double play ball on a changeup to a right-hander, and also mixed in some good curveballs. Last time out, he struggled with the curveball and didn’t throw a single change.
“Today we realized (the changeup) was really good, so we threw more than the norm,” Burnett said. “I’m sure there will be days when that’s off and I’ll have a hook. The fact that I’ve worked on it enough to have confidence in it to throw it whenever is big, I think. I’m not going to get beat by it if it’s not on that day. I learned that too.”
Here’s the Burnett audio. This was his last spring start before he pitches the second game of the season on Tuesday.