|2013 Season (CBSSports.com)||205.00||12.00||12.00||0.00||3.82||1.30||184.00||71.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Milwaukee|| 7.0||0||1|| 3.86||0||0||6|
|vs LHB|| 27.0||0||0|| 2.33||0||18||33|
|vs RHB|| 36.0||0||0|| 2.75||0||5||46|
|05/22/2013||A.J. Burnett, SP PIT||Brandon Phillips, 2B CIN|
|05/22/2013||Anthony Rizzo, 1B CHC||A.J. Burnett, SP PIT|
|05/22/2013||A.J. Burnett, SP PIT|
Chris Davis, 1B BAL
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B LAD
|Matt Cain, SP SF|
Allen Craig, 1B STL
Matt Kemp, CF LAD
|Last 10 Games|
|Owning Francisco Liriano a priority now|
|by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer|
(6:48 pm ET) After his first two starts, the Pirates' Francisco Liriano was an intriguing pickup in Fantasy, but he hadn't done anything impressive enough to win over owners in standard mixed leagues. Clearly, after shutting down the Cubs over seven innings Wednesday, that's not the case anymore.
It seems like an eternity ago, but in 2010, Liriano was back on the upswing in Fantasy, with 201 strikeouts in a 14-win season for the Twins. Since then, injuries and his usual control problems have derailed him. But at age 29, his stuff is still exceptional. Who's to say he can't recapture his prior form?
Obviously, control will be the key, but after three starts in which it hasn't come back to bite him, he's worth the benefit of the doubt over a struggling Dan Haren or middling Jeremy Guthrie. Maybe the move to the NL will do for him what it did for A.J. Burnett.
|A.J. Burnett Ks seven in no-decision|
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
(5/18/13) Pirates starter A.J. Burnett struck out seven but did not factor into the decision in a 4-2 loss Saturday night against the Astros.
Burnett surrendered a run-scoring infield single to Jose Altuve in the fift and allowed the one run on five hits over seven innings. He struck out seven and walked four on 100 pitches, 63 for strikes.
Burnett has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of his starts. He will try to get his first win since May 3 when he starts Friday at Milwaukee. He allowed four runs -- three earned -- over seven innings in his last meeting with the Brewers May 13.
|A.J. Burnett Ks six but takes loss|
|by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com|
(5/13/13) Pirates starter A.J. Burnett took his fourth loss in Monday's series opener against the Brewers. He allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits over seven innings of work in a 5-1 defeat.
Burnett gave up a run in the first for the only damage over his first four frames. He got tagged with a two-spot in the fifth before an error led to his final damage in the seventh.
The right-hander also struck out six with no walks. He threw 74 of his 104 pitches for strikes.
Burnett is scheduled to make his next start on Saturday against the Astros. In four starts against Houston last season, he went 2-0 with a 3.49 ERA.
|A.J. Burnett facing great matchups|
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
(5/11/13) If you didn't already think he was a must-start pitcher thanks to his league-leading 66 strikeouts and miniscule 2.57 ERA, Fantasy owners should definitely have Pirates starter A.J. Burnett active in all formats for Fantasy Week 7 (May 13-19).
Burnett is set to take the mound twice during the week, Monday against the Brewers and Saturday versus Houston. Milwaukee ranks 13th in the league in runs scored per game this season, but Burnett should be able to hold his own against the Brewers, as he held them to a 3.66 ERA last season in three starts. His second start is where Burnett could post eye-popping numbers, as he should be able to overpower the Astros. The Astros have been by far the league's most strikeout-prone offense, as they strikeout 10.1 times per game on average.
For one of the league's elite strikeout artists, that matchup is a dream. Fantasy owners should expect big things this week.
|A.J. Burnett takes loss in low-scoring game|
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(5/8/13) Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett allowed just two runs on two hits and four walks in seven innings Wednesday against the Mariners, but he ended up as the tough-lock loser being outdueled by Felix Hernandez in a 2-1 loss. Burnett (3-3) struck out nine and allowed a home run to Jesus Montero that broke a 1-all tie in the seventh.
"You know it's going to be a close ballgame," Burnett said. "You try to throw up zeroes just like he did. You know he's going to go out there and compete as much as I like to compete. It was fun."
Burnett has managed at least eight strikeouts in six starts and hasn't had less than six strikeouts in any of his eight starts. Burnett also hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in five straight outings, going 3-1 in that span.
The veteran right-hander will be back on the hill Monday against the Brewers. Burnett was 0-2 with a 3.66 ERA in three starts against Milwaukee in 2012. He managed 20 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings.
|After falling out of favor with both the Yankees and Fantasy owners over the last two seasons, A.J. Burnett was traded back to the National League in 2012 and had a bounce-back campaign for the Pirates. He posted just three losses over his first 20 starts and despite a couple of rough outings down the stretch, finished 16-10 with a 3.51 ERA in his 31 starts. Pitching in the relatively weak NL Central, the right-hander struck out 180 batters in 202 1/3 innings pitched while walking just 62 on his way to a 1.24 WHIP. The 35-year-old has become more of a well-rounded pitcher at this stage of his career and should be able to post similar numbers in his second season in Pittsburgh. Burnett should be taken in the later middle rounds on Draft Day in 2013. (Updated 12/4/12)|
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|5/24/13||@ MIL||8:10 pm||Marco Estrada|
|5/25/13||@ MIL||4:10 pm||Mike Fiers|
|5/26/13||@ MIL||2:10 pm||Yovani Gallardo|
|5/27/13||@ DET||1:08 pm||Justin Verlander|
|5/28/13||@ DET||7:08 pm||Rick Porcello|
|5/29/13||DET||7:05 pm||Anibal Sanchez|
|5/30/13||DET||7:05 pm||Doug Fister|
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