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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 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

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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

A.J. Burnett pitched well on Saturday, allowing just one run on five hits against the Diamondbacks.

Rubby De La Rosa matched him every step of the way, though, and neither pitcher ended up with a decision in the 2-1 Pirates win. Burnett struck out four and walked two in the contest. The former flamethrower has been great through four starts and currently holds a 1.80 ERA and 1.24 WHIP, with a 18/7 K/BB ratio over 25 innings. Despite the solid start, he has yet to pick up his first win of the year. He'll try for it (again) when the Pirates face off with the Cardinals.
Apr 25 - 11:12 PM

A.J. Burnett remained winless following Monday's start against the Cubs, allowing one run over six innings in a no-decision.

Burnett allowed eight hits and a pair of walks while striking out only one batter, but was still able to limit the Cubs to just the one run. That leaves the right-hander 0-1 with a 2.00 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP, and a 16/5 K/BB ratio in 18 innings. Burnett can potentially pick up his first win of the season in Arizona against the Diamondbacks in his next outing.
Apr 20 - 11:03 PM

A.J. Burnett limited the Tigers to one run over 6 2/3 innings, but took the loss on Tuesday.

Burnett was outdueled by Tigers pitcher Shane Greene. The Tigers scratched out their first run in the seventh inning on a Rajai Davis RBI single and it was enough offense with the way Greene was pitching. Burnett overall yielded seven hits and a pair of walks while striking out eight. The veteran right-hander is off to a good start in what will be his final season. Burnett faces the Cubs at home in his next outing.
Apr 14 - 10:16 PM

A.J. Burnett allowed two earned runs over 5 1/3 innings Thursday in a no-decision versus the Reds.

Pittsburgh wound up losing in the bottom of the ninth inning on a rain-soaked afternoon in Cincinnati. Burnett looked sharp early on, but Joey Votto tagged him for a two-run homer in the sixth inning following an hour-plus rain delay. Burnett will try for his first win of the season at home next week against the Tigers. He's not a great fantasy bet in 2015 at age 38.
Apr 9 - 4:38 PM

Despite allowing six hits, A.J. Burnett pitched four scoreless innings versus the Yankees on Thursday.

All of the hits were singles. Burnett finishes the spring with a 4.86 ERA, which actually rates as his best mark since 2011. He'll make his first regular-season start versus the Reds.
Apr 2 - 4:38 PM

A.J. Burnett was tagged for five runs in 4 2/3 innings by the Rays on Monday.

Burnett's shaky spring has seen him give up nine runs and walk eight in 10 2/3 innings over his last three starts. He's typically been a lousy pitcher in March, so it's not a big area of concern. Still, given that his stuff isn't what it was, he just can't afford quite as many walks these days.
Mar 23 - 5:20 PM

A.J. Burnett pitched two scoreless innings Saturday as the Pirates and Rays played to a 1-1 tie.

Burnett has a history of poor Octobers, but he's also tended to struggle during March; his spring ERAs the last two years were 7.36 and 6.05. This was a nice start for him, though he did hit John Jaso with a pitch and knock him out of the game.
Mar 7 - 5:22 PM

A.J. Burnett indicated the he plans to retire from professional baseball after the 2015 season.

Burnett admits that he wanted to be happy in his final season, which is why he took less money to leave the Phillies and return to the Pirates. The 38-year-old hurler experienced a dip in velocity in 2014, which could be partially to blame for his disappointing results in Philadelphia.
Jan 11 - 8:17 PM

Pirates signed RHP A.J. Burnett to a one-year, $8.5 million contract.

Burnett could have exercised a $12.75 million player option to remain with the Phillies, but he'll instead take a $4.25 million paycut to return to pitch for a likely contender and in a place where he had lots of success. The veteran right-hander had a down 2014 season, posting a 4.59 ERA and 1.41 WHIP over 213 2/3 innings. He'll also turn 38 in January. However, Burnett pitched through a hernia for much of the season and will now be reunited with pitching coach Ray Searage. He had surgery to repair the hernia shortly after the season and is expected to be fine for spring training. Assuming health, he's a bounce-back candidate in 2015.
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 03:32:00 PM

An Orioles official told Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun that the team has not made a one-year offer to A.J. Burnett.

It would contradict a report Thursday from Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. Encina says the Orioles are focused on their bullpen, not the rotation, at this point. Of course, that doesn't mean Burnett won't be of interest to them at some point. The 37-year-old right-hander had a down year for the Phillies in 2014 but was battling a hernia for much of the season. He makes his offseason home in Maryland and wants to pitch for a contender, so he and the Orioles might make for a good marriage.
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 09:53:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Corey Hart
2B1Neil Walker
2Sean Rodriguez
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Jung Ho Kang
3Justin Sellers
3B1Josh Harrison
LF1Starling Marte
2Jose Tabata
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
2Andrew Lambo
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3A.J. Burnett
4Charlie Morton
5Jeff Locke
6Vance Worley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Antonio Bastardo
4Jared Hughes
5Radhames Liz
6Arquimedes Caminero
7Rob Scahill
8Brandon Cumpton