Read: It was more luck than skill for AJ Burnett last night

Today has been a weird day. Everybody is coming out of the woodwork saying that they always knew A.J. Burnett was going to pitch a good and a few people seem to think that this justifies him getting a spot in the rotation throughout the rest of the playoffs.

However, Burnett was a lot luckier than good last night. Bill Petti of Beyond the Boxscore had a great take on it today.

He points out that Burnett allowed too many base runners, eight in 5.2 innings, he did not throw enough strikes, just 49 of his 81 pitches were strikes, and that he got lucky as the Tigers never got any good situational hitting.

The only positive Petti could identify was that Burnett was able to get 12 percent swinging strikes vs. his typical 10 percent. It seems like he left out a pair of amazing catches by Curtis Granderson (one which saved as many as four runs) and a big double play in the 5th.

In the end, Burnett got the job done and that’s about as much as anyone can ask for these days. But let’s please stop making too big a deal out of a guy who barely made it through the 1st inning. If CC Sabathia or even Ivan Nova started last night A.J.’s results would have been at least a little disappointing.

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5 Responses to Read: It was more luck than skill for AJ Burnett last night

  1. Jaime says:

    Lol CC was just as poor.. Aj got a win.. Haters keep writing!

  2. Alex L says:

    No one would be all that disappointed with 5 2/3 of 1 run ball in the playoffs with the line up we have… I see your point but your ending is major fail

  3. Alex L says:

    is a*

  4. Bronx_Knight says:

    I think I have to agree with Rob here. AJ had a 1.434 WHIP this year, and gave up 31 HRs in 32 starts, or about 1 HR per game. AJ gave up 4 hits and 4 walks last night, which translates to a 1.411 WHIP, and he gave up 1 HR. So it was actually a pretty typical AJ performance. I guess he was "lucky" that Granderson made two spectacular catches, especially in the first inning which definitely saved 3 runs.

    Anyway, a win is a win, and it's better to be lucky than good … Let's hope for the same kind of luck in Game 5.

    • David K. says:

      With A.J. Burnett, it's like playing Russian roulette everytime he pitches. His outings are almost always putrid. Every once in a while, he throws a decent game. There is no rhyme or reason to when he pitches well and when he (mostly) sucks. Good defense, good luck, and run support helps of course, and that's what he got last night. Hard hit balls right at someone or near enough for them to make the plays. The double plays helped too.