Yankee fans may be jumping for joy after seeing AJ Burnett retire all nine hitters he faced on Monday. But Burnett’s issue has never been ability, its been consistency.
AJ Burnett is coming off a year where he went 10-15 and had an ERA of 5.26. But that doesn’t mean we haven’t seen a good game here and there:
April 17, 2010: 7IP, 0 ER, 7K
April 29, 2010: 8IP, 0 ER, 4K
May 4, 2010: 7.1IP, o ER, 8K
May 25, 2010: 5IP, 0 ER, 5K
May 30, 2010: 8IP 1 ER, 8K
I can continue. In general after this he had an awful June (22.3 IP, 29 ER), a fantastic July (26.3 IP, 6 ER, 20K) and then a pretty bad rest of the season.
But when we see a good game from AJ Burnett, especially in spring training, it sure is nice to see. But lets not jump for joy yet. Lets see how he does in the regular season, and see if Burnett can put together some consistent starts. The Yankees rotation isn’t very deep, and the pressure is on. We’ll see how Burnett handles it.