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A.J. Burnett | Starting Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (38) / 1/3/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 227
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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A.J. Burnett struggled for a second straight start in Saturday's loss to the Nationals, allowing five runs on 11 hits over 5 2/3 innings.
Burnett's now surrendered 11 runs in his last 11 2/3 innings. On Saturday, the Nationals slowly bled him to death, scoring a run in the second, two in the fourth and one in each of the next two innings. The veteran right-hander did strike out eight, but that does little to overshadow what was a poor start. Despite the recent rough stretch, Burnett is the current owner of a 2.68 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 110/34 K/BB ratio over 131 1/3 innings. He'll match up with the Reds on the road in his next scheduled start as he tries to keep from sliding further. Jul 25 - 11:22 PM

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A.J. Burnett still managed to get the win despite serving up six runs in six innings against the Royals on Monday.

The six runs mark a season-high for Burnett and marks only the fourth time he's allowed more than three runs in 19 starts this season. The right-hander gave up 11 hits, including two home runs, while walking one and striking out only two. Burnett still has outstanding numbers, carrying a 2.44 ERA with a 1.26 WHIP and a 102/34 K/BB ratio in 125 1/3 innings. He's tabbed to start at home against the Nationals next.
Jul 20 - 11:55 PM

A.J. Burnett scattered six hits and three runs Saturday in 6 1/3 innings against the Cardinals.

Burnett finished with six strikeouts, his most since June 19 at Washington. That gives him an even 100 for the season. He also contributed his fourth career home run, a solo shot off John Lackey in the fifth inning. The first-time All-Star will head to the break with seven wins and a 2.11 ERA.
Jul 12 - 1:13 AM

A.J. Burnett allowed a lone run in 7 2/3 innings of work but was left with a no-decision as the Pirates walked off in the bottom of the ninth 2-1 winners over the Padres.

Burnett scattered five hits and three walks with four strikeouts. The Padres got on the board in the second inning with a sacrifice fly, but otherwise couldn't accomplish much against the right-hander. Burnett, an NL All-Star, has a 1.99 ERA with a 1.21 WHIP and a 94/30 K/BB ratio in 113 innings. He'll polish off his stellar first half with a home start against the Cardinals.
Jul 6 - 10:44 PM

A.J. Burnett pitched seven effective innings, limiting the Tigers to two runs as the Pirates won 9-3 on Wednesday.

The Pirates staked Burnett to a 5-1 lead after the top of the third inning, so he had lots of breathing room. They added three more runs after his final inning. The right-hander allowed seven hits, walked none, and struck out four. If this is indeed Burnett's final season, he's going out in style, carrying a 2.05 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP and a 90/27 K/BB ratio over 105 1/3 innings. He'll let the Padres take their hacks at him in his next start at home.
Jul 1 - 10:42 PM

A.J. Burnett gave up four runs (three earned) in 6 2/3 innings in a loss to the Nationals on Friday.

Burnett gave up a career-high 14 hits, so he was fortunate that things weren't much worse. According to Andrew Simon of, he's the first pitcher since Scott Baker on August 21, 2007 to give up at least 14 hits and no more than three earned runs in a game. The veteran right-hander fanned seven and walked one in the loss, with his ERA jumping from 1.89 to 2.05 in the process. He'll look for better results next week against the Reds.
Jun 19 - 9:55 PM

A.J. Burnett held the Phillies scoreless over nine innings, but took a no-decision as the Pirates needed 11 innings to eke out a 1-0 win on Sunday.

Since the start of the 2012 season, a pitcher has thrown at least nine shutout innings and failed to get the win just five times. Burnett made it six on Sunday, limiting the Phillies to five hits and a walk while striking out four. Opposing starter Cole Hamels matched him with seven shutout innings of his own. Burnett has quietly put together a sterling campaign in what he says will be his final season. He now has a 1.89 ERA with a 1.13 WHIP and a 74/24 K/BB ratio in 85 2/3 innings. The right-hander will take on the Nationals in a road start his next time out.
Jun 14 - 4:56 PM

A.J. Burnett suffered a tough-luck loss on Monday after holding the Brewers to one run in seven innings.

The Pirates were blanked, so the only run Burnett allowed -- on a Jean Segura ground out in the fifth inning -- proved to be the deciding factor. The right-hander allowed five hits and a walk while striking out six, getting back into the swing of things after back-to-back tough starts recently. Burnett owns a 2.11 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP, and a 70/23 K/BB ratio over 76 2/3 innings. He'll match up with his 2014 team, the Phillies, at home next.
Jun 9 - 12:32 AM

A.J. Burnett wasn't sharp, allowing four runs in five innings, but still got his sixth win on Tuesday facing the Giants.

Burnett was burned for two runs in the first inning on a Buster Posey double, then two more on a Brandon Crawford homer in the third. All told, he allowed eight hits and a pair of walks while striking out five. His ERA balloons to 2.20 with a 1.22 WHIP and a 64/22 K/BB ratio in 69 2/3 innings. Burnett will vie for win number seven when he takes on the Brewers at home.
Jun 3 - 1:42 AM

A.J. Burnett allowed five runs -- four earned -- over 5 2/3 innings Thursday in an 11-5 win against the Padres.

He struck out six and walked two. Burnett wasn't sharp, but he didn't have to be facing off against an imploding Ian Kennedy. The 38-year-old has won five consecutive starts and is now 5-1 with a 1.81 ERA and 1.16 WHIP.
May 29 - 1:54 AM

A.J. Burnett twirled seven innings of one-run ball Saturday in the Pirates' 8-2 romping of the Mets.

Burnett struck out 10 and didn't walk a batter in the impressive afternoon outing, thoroughly out-dueling Matt Harvey. He now has a fantastic 1.37 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 53/18 K/BB ratio through 59 innings this season, all at age 38. The dude just shines in a Pirates uniform. A road date with the Padres is next.
May 23 - 7:06 PM

A.J. Burnett struggled with his control in a 3-0 win over the Cubs on Sunday, walking five while pitching seven innings of shutout ball.

There's good A.J. Burnett, there's bad A.J. Burnett, and then there's weird A.J. Burnett. Sunday saw the latter, as Burnett struck out seven, walked five and allowed just three hits and no runs. Weird. Sunday's lack of control aside, 2015 has mostly seen good A.J. Burnett, though, as he now holds a lovely 1.38 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 43/18 K/BB over 52 innings. He'll face off with the Mets at home in his next start.
May 17 - 5:45 PM

A.J. Burnett bested his former team, giving up only two runs (one earned) over seven innings as the Pirates beat the Phillies 7-2 on Tuesday.

Burnett had a forgettable 2014 season with the Phillies, then poured salt in the wound with Tuesday's terrific outing. Both runs came around in the sixth on Ben Revere's RBI double and a Chase Utley ground out. He allowed six hits in total with a walk and five strikeouts. Burnett will bring an outstanding 1.60 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 36/13 K/BB ratio over 45 innings into a start on Sunday at Wrigley Field against the Cubs.
May 12 - 11:00 PM

A.J. Burnett pitched seven innings of two-run ball to defeat the Reds and pick up his first win Thursday.

Burnett's ERA increased from 1.45 to 1.66 tonight, but he finally has his first win in six starts. The Pirates scored as many runs tonight (seven) as they did in his first five outings combined.
May 7 - 11:09 PM

A.J. Burnett fired six scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Cardinals on Friday.

Burnett drove in the only run of the game for the Pirates with an RBI single in the sixth. He left in position for the victory, but the bullpen gave up the lead and St. Louis eventually earned a walk-off win in the 10th. The veteran right-hander gave up just two hits and three walks while striking out seven batters and now owns a stingy 1.45 ERA over his first five starts. He'll try to keep his revival going with a start against the Reds at home next week.
May 2 - 1:03 AM

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