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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||205.00||11.00||13.00||0.00||3.73||1.33||178.00||75.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Atlanta|| 18.2||0||2|| 4.82||0||6||17|
|vs LHB|| 98.1||0||0|| 5.22||0||60||87|
|vs RHB|| 115.1||0||0|| 4.06||0||36||103|
|12/26/2014||Starling Marte, LF PIT|
Scooter Gennett, 2B MIL
|Adam Wainwright, SP STL|
Marco Gonzales, SP STL
Ryan Ludwick, LF TEX
Rafael Ynoa, 2B COL
A.J. Burnett, SP PIT
|12/24/2014||A.J. Burnett, SP PIT||Jesus Aguilar, 1B CLE|
|12/21/2014||Wilmer Flores, SS NYM|
Carl Crawford, LF LAD
A.J. Burnett, SP PIT
|Marlon Byrd, RF CIN|
Luis Valbuena, 3B HOU
|Last 10 Games|
Pirates P A.J. Burnett changes tune about shifting
|by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com|
|(3/27/15) Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett has not had the highest of opinions when it comes to infield-shifting in the past. In 2013, he let some reporters know what he thought about shifting at the time.
When asked about a shift of shortstop Clint Barmes that year, Burnett stated, “I do not have a problem with (Barmes), I had a problem with the (expletive) shift. We play people in the wrong spot.”
But Burnett seemed to change his tune when reflecting upon the subject.
“As much as I complained about the shifts, they helped,” Burnett said. “They really did. It's that one a game, you've got a no-hitter for four or five innings and one gets through, and where you're like … ‘(expletive) shift.'
“But (shifts) saves you more than anything, and that's the truth.”
The 38-year-old has lost some steam on his fastball at this point in his career and he knows that.
“It took me getting a little older to realize that I'm not able to blow it by guys anymore and ground balls are just as good,” he said.
Burnett has posted a 6.39 ERA with nine earned runs, eight walks and 12 strikeouts in four starts this spring.
Pirates' A.J. Burnett allows five runs vs. Rays Monday
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(3/23/15) Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett surrendered five earned runs on three hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings while striking out five in his team's 7-6 win over the Rays.
Burnett allowed four earned runs in eight innings in his first three appearances of the spring before turning in his worst Grapefruit League outing Monday, with the Rays scoring two runs in the first inning and adding four more in the fifth. The pitcher has delivered a 12:8 K:BB ratio to go with a 6.38 ERA this spring.
Pirates' Liriano draws Opening Day start for second straight year
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(3/17/15) Pirates manager Clint Hurdle announced Tuesday starting pitcher Francisco Liriano will start Opening Day (April 6) against the Reds. It will be the second straight year Liriano starts on opening day for Pittsburgh.
Hurdle also announced Tuesday starting pitcher Gerrit Cole will start the second game of the season and A.J. Burnett will finish off the three-game series before Pittsburgh moves onto a three-game series at Milwaukee.
Hurdle added Vance Worley or Jeff Locke, who are competing for the final spot in the team's rotation, will start the fourth game of the season and Charlie Morton will start the fifth game. Hurdle said splitting up Burnett and Morton was important because they have similar pitching styles.
Pirates' A.J. Burnett feels 'good' after first spring start
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(3/8/15) Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett said that he "felt good" after giving up one hit in two scoreless innings in his first spring start Saturday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
"Felt good," Burnett said. "I felt better than I've felt in a long time."
Burnett pitched through a hernia last season but underwent surgery to repair the injury in October. He attributed his feeling to being back with the Pirates this spring.
"I think it's everything," Burnett said. "... Guys around, 48 people watching you warm up, it's just great to be here and back. I think that plays in. It makes it free, it makes you want to go out and work on pitching and nothing else, and that's what I'm able to do."
A.J. Burnett only wanted to pitch for the Pirates in 2015
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(2/19/15) Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett had eyes for just one team this offseason, according to FoxSports.com.
Burnett called general manager Neal Huntington during the offseason, and told him he would only negotiate with Pittsburgh. Huntington wanted Burnett back, but admitted the situation was "awkward."
"The last thing we wanted to do was insult him," Huntington said. "At the same time, every dollar we can save in every contract we can re-allocate to another player who can make us deeper, a better club."
Burnett admitted the money wasn't an issue. He actually expected to make less coming off a 4.59 ERA. Burnett actually turned down a $12.75 million option from the Phillies, but was willing to sign with Pittsburgh for $8.5 million.
Burnett had one of the finest seasons of his career with the Pirates in 2013. He posted a 3.13 ERA over 191 innings with the club. Burnett hinted that 2015 will be his final season, but doesn't want any type of retirement tour.
"Not a lot of players have a chance to finish up where they want," the 38-year-old said. "I was lucky enough where Neal wanted me."
|2014 summary: As if A.J. Burnett's two-year resurgence in Pittsburgh never happened, the 37-year-old's first season with the Phillies was more reminiscent of his difficult tenure with the Yankees. A lack of run support contributed to Burnett's 8-18 campaign, but he shouldered some of the blame as well. Having seemingly kicked his wildness habit with the Pirates, Burnett once again had trouble finding the strike zone, throwing 61 percent of his pitches for strikes and walking 4.0 batters per nine innings. Burnett will try his luck again with the Pirates, having signed a one-year with them this offseason, as he will attempt to improve on last season's 4.59 ERA and 1.41 WHIP.|
Playing time status: Though Burnett hasn't been consistent, he has been durable over the last seven seasons. He has a shot at getting 200 innings as part of the Pirates' rotation.
2015 outlook: Maybe teaming up again with Pirates' pitching coach Ray Searage will help Burnett to enjoy another renaissance, but it's probably too optimistic to expect him to make a full recovery. Burnett not only struggled with control last season, but he lost some velocity on his four-seamer and saw his whiff rate dip dramatically. Now firmly in the decline phase of his career (at least chronologically), Burnett can be passed over in standard mixed leagues but is worth a gamble in anything deeper.
|Upcoming 7 Games|
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|4/1/15||@ BAL||7:05 pm|| |
|4/2/15||@ NYY||1:05 pm|| |
|4/3/15||@ PHI||7:05 pm|| |
|4/4/15||@ PHI||1:05 pm|| |
|4/6/15||@ CIN||4:10 pm|| |
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