In digging through the Fangraphs 2011 MLB pitching leader boards for another piece, one name kept popping up at or near the bottom of the page over and over again. That’s right, one Allan James Burnett. Brian Cashman can talk all he wants about the problem of having to replace his innings, but the fact of the matter is just about every other pitcher in the game who pitched a similar amount of frames did so with more quality. One thing you can say about AJ, he’s consistently among the league leaders. Just on the wrong side of the ledger.
Let’s start out with the positives, since it won’t take too long. He gave the Yanks 190.1 IP in 2011, He struck out 8.18 per 9 which puts him at 11th in the AL. That’s pretty much it for the plus side of the ledger.
Now to the negatives. He walked 3.92 batters per 9 innings pitched, which was 4th worst in baseball. He gave up 1.47 HRs for every 9 IP, only 2 other pitchers (Colby Lewis 1.57 and Bronson Arroyo 2.08) allowed more. His 1.5 WAR was tied for 12th worst among starters, and if you know how WAR is calculated you’ll know its not easy to throw that many innings and provide so little value. His 4.77 FIP was 4th worst in the sport, behind Joe Saunders, Brad Penny and Bronson Arroyo. After becoming the first player in Yankee history to pitch 180+ innings and have an ERA over 5 in 2010, he reprised his historic futility in 2011. His 5.15 ERA was only bested by two other starters in the sport in Fausto Carmona (5.25) and Brad Penny (5.30). As usual, he led the league in Wild Pitches for the 2nd time in the past 3 seasons. Among active players in that category he’s just 10 behind Tim Wakefield, who throws a knuckleball and has played 6 more seasons than AJ has. At 25 WP last year, he should easily pass the oft-unused Timmy sometime next season.
For the past two years it’s been 2 pitching coaches, two off seasons of reworking his mechanics, two glittering Aprils followed by unwatchable pitching the rest of the year. If you subtract the first month from each of the past two seasons, he has thrown 307 innings and allowed 140 walks and 193 earned runs. His W/L record falls to 14-25 and his ERA balloons to 5.66. Of course April counts, but that illustrates how he has given his team little chance to win for the vast majority of the past two seasons. Don’t forget, he plays for a good team that’s among the league leaders in Runs Scored annually. It’s not easy to be that bad on such a good team. The Yanks won 97 games despite AJ taking the ball every 5th day, just imagine what they could have done with a league average pitcher in his place.
There’s no team in baseball that will take his production at $16.5 M per, unless they’re sending someone equally bad and expensive in return. The Yanks have a policy of not eating salary in trades, for fear of setting a precedent where teams will expect the deep-pocketed Yanks to do it all the time. If there was ever a time to make an exception, it’s now. If the Yanks are truly serious about fielding a championship caliber team in 2012, AJ Burnett can not be part of that rotation.
LIKE TYA ON FACEBOOK
- TYA To Merge With It’s About The Money, Stupid
- What about Kevin Youkilis?
- Teix Now Front And Center On The “Needs To Produce” Radar
- Cashman: Heathcott A Dark Horse Candidate
- A Dog Chasing Cars
- Outfield Trade Targets
- The Problem With Brett Gardner
- A Look At Relief Prospect Branden Pinder
- The Yankees Should Be Realistic, Put Team on Short Leash in 2013
- Briefly discussing the internal options to replace Curtis Granderson
- many dresses are especially for wedding or for other events2 on Chuck Johnson on Chase Whitley
- Brand bc on Briefly discussing the internal options to replace Curtis Granderson
- http://2804lasela.wordpress.com/ on TYA Predictions: Bold predictions for 2012
- the tao of badass pdf on What about Austin Romine?
- Joey Parkhill on Dante Bichette Jr’s Swing
- lululemon factory outlet on Contact Us
- Cary on Will R.A. Dickey’s Knuckleball Succeed In A Domed Stadium?
- Brenna on Links: Prospects, Support for A-Rod, Mariano is Love and Who’s in Center?
- Louis Vuitton Outlet Sale Singapore on The Monthly Prospector: April Edition
- Authentic Louis Vuitton Outlet Store on The Monthly Prospector: June Edition
TagsA.J. Burnett Alex Rodriguez Andy Pettitte Austin Romine Baltimore Orioles Bartolo Colon Boston Red Sox Brett Gardner Brian Cashman Bullpen CC Sabathia Chien-Ming Wang Cliff Lee Curtis Granderson David Robertson Dellin Betances Derek Jeter Francisco Cervelli Freddy Garcia Game Recap Hiroki Kuroda Ivan Nova Javier Vazquez Jesus Montero Joba Chamberlain Joe Girardi Johnny Damon Jorge Posada Manny Banuelos Mariano Rivera Mark Teixeira Melky Cabrera Michael Pineda New York New York Yankees Nick Johnson Nick Swisher Phil Hughes Prospects Rafael Soriano Red Sox Robinson Cano Russell Martin Tampa Bay Rays Yankees