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34 A.J. Burnett SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/227 | Birthdate: 1/3/1977 | Birthplace: North Little Rock, AR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Philadelphia | College: No College | MLB Experience: 16 | Salary: $16,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 61/35 | Average Draft Position: 152.46
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Here we go again with A.J. Burnett


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/26/2014) You want to give up on A.J. Burnett. You do. But every time you think you can move on, he does something like he did Monday night, striking out 12 Nationals in seven innings.

So what's the solution? Ignore it? You'd think it'd be easy coming off a stretch of seven starts in which he compiled a 6.41 ERA, but considering he preceded those seven with another seven in which he compiled a 2.94 ERA, yeah, not so much.

And just in case your head wasn't already spinning, he throws in comments like this one:

"I just noticed something with my delivery, or the leg kick," Burnett said. "I just noticed something wasn't right. I was like, 'That's not me out there. Who is that?' It's the first time I felt like me in a long time.

"I wish I could have found that little glitch about a month, two months ago."

Yeah, so do we. The question is when's the next one? Given his ups and downs, you can't trust Burnett's mechanics to hold, but if this latest tweak prompts another hot streak, you have an opportunity for some cheap strikeouts down the stretch.

I want to see one more start -- one more start of increased velocity and high-end production -- before I invest in him again.


A.J. Burnett strikes out 12 Nationals


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett turned in a fantastic start Monday against the Nationals.

Burnett allowed one run on three hits over seven innings. He struck out 12 and walked one during the outing. Burnett was exceptional over the start. He didn’t give up a hit until the third inning, when Tanner Roark managed to single to center. Burnett gave up his only run in the sixth inning. After getting Denard Span to fly out, Burnett allowed a solo home run to Anthony Rendon. Burnett gave up his third hit the following inning, but was able to pitch around it.

With the win, Burnett improved to 7-14. He’ll take on the Mets in his next start.


A.J. Burnett likely to retire after season


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Asked if he plans to pitch next year Tuesday, Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett responded, "Probably not," MLB.com reports.

Burnett made his 27th start of the season Tuesday, escalating his player option to $11.75 million, but it sounds like he's ready to hang it up at the end of 2014. Burnett owns a 4.42 ERA and 145:76 K:BB ratio in 171 innings.


A.J. Burnett allows five runs in nine-strikeout loss Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett took a loss Tuesday, allowing five earned runs on six hits and four walks in 7 2/3 innings and striking out nine in his team's 5-2 defeat against the Mariners.

Burnett (6-14) allowed two runs in the first and another on a sixth-inning home run. Despite already having an elevated pitch count, he was left in to pitch the eighth, where he allowed a two-run single with two outs before being removed with 125 pitches on his arm. Burnett has lost his last five starts and now owns a 4.42 ERA and 145:76 K:BB ratio in 171 innings. He's scheduled to face the Nationals Monday.


A.J. Burnett surrenders four runs in loss vs. Angels


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett was stuck with a loss Wednesday, allowing four earned runs on five hits and four walks in six innings and striking out four in his team's 4-3 defeat against the Angels.

Burnett (6-13) has dropped four straight stats, and though he managed to limit the damage to one run in the first five innings Wednesday, he surrendered three runs in the sixth to lose the lead and eventually take the loss. It was his 10th time in 26 starts issuing at least four walks. Burnett owns a 4.35 ERA and 136:72 K:BB ratio in 163 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Mariners Tuesday.


A.J. Burnett allows five runs in loss vs. Mets Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett took a loss Friday, giving up five earned runs on 11 hits and two walks in six innings and striking out eight in his team's 5-4 defeat against the Mets.

Burnett (6-12) pitched three scoreless innings before the Mets were able to drive home four runs in the fourth and tack on another run with a fifth-inning homer. He's 0-4 in his last five starts, putting up just one quality outing during that stretch. Burnett owns a 4.29 ERA and 132:68 K:BB ratio in 157 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Angels Wednesday.


Source: Phillies place several players on revocable waivers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) The Phillies placed several players on revocable trade waivers Saturday, including starting pitcher A.J. Burnett, reliever Antonio Bastardo, first baseman Ryan Howard, starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick and starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez, a source told FOX Sports.

However, FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal pointed out that nearly all players go on waivers in August. The players that clear waivers can be traded. The players claimed can be pulled back or traded/awarded to claiming team.


A.J. Burnett, Ryne Sandberg get tossed for jawing with umpire


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) Phillies starting pitcher A.J. Burnett was sent to the showers a little earlier than expected on Saturday.

The veteran right-hander served up a three-run blast to Anthony Rendon and was tossed immediately after the home run in the second inning for jawing with home plate umpire Chris Guccione. Manager Ryne Sandberg was also ejected for arguing with the umpire.

Burnett allowed five runs on three hits and two walks while striking out one over 1 2/3 innings of work. He owns a 4.40 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP over 24 starts. His next start will come Friday at home against the Mets.

Jonathan Papelbon, Marlon Byrd, A.J. Burnett remain with Phils


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Phillies did not make any trades by Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline, despite outfielder Marlon Byrd, starting pitcher A.J. Burnett and closer Jonathan Papelbon being mentioned in trade rumors the last few weeks.

Report: Phillies, Royals talking trade for A.J. Burnett


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Phillies are talking to the Royals about trading starting pitcher A.J. Burnett, sources told FOX Sports. However, there is no indication a deal is close to being completed.

Report: Royals might go after Bartolo Colon or A.J. Burnett


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) The Royals are considering making a run to acquire Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon or Phillies starting pitcher A.J. Burnett, major-league sources told the New York Daily News.

However, a major caveat is that the Roayls might not be able to add to the payroll to acquire either pitcher, but that will be determined in the coming days. The Royals' evaluators, however, are said to like both veteran pitchers.


A.J. Burnett struggles against the Mets Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Phillies starter A.J. Burnett turned in a tough start Monday against the Mets.

Burnett allowed seven runs on eight hits over five innings. He struck out four and walked two. Burnett found himself in trouble almost immediately. After walking the leadoff hitter, Burnett allowed an RBI double to Daniel Murphy. Lucas Duda would single home another run, and back-to-back doubles would drive in two more. By the end of the first, Burnett trailed 4-0. He settled in for three scoreless innings, but ran into trouble again in the fifth. 

After getting two outs, Burnett walked Lucas Duda and gave up a single to Chris Young. Travis d’Arnaud stepped to the plate and hit a three-run homer off Burnett. He was able to finish the inning, but his day was done.

With the loss Burnett drops to 6-10. His next start will come against the Nationals. 


A.J. Burnett twirls eight scoreless innings vs. Giants


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett didn't factor into Wednesday's decision, giving up four hits and four walks in eight scoreless innings while striking out six in his team's 3-1 loss to the Giants.

Burnett turned in his first scoreless outing since the end of April but was matched across the diamond by Madison Bumgarner. He owns a 3.86 ERA and 119:62 K:BB ratio in 144 2/3 innings. Burnett is scheduled to square off against the Mets in New York Monday.


Pirates were scouting A.J. Burnett's last start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) The Pirates had scouts at Phillies starting pitcher A.J. Burnett's last outing Friday against the Braves, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. Burnett's name is beginning to pop up in trade rumors, and he's been recently linked to rumors involving the Orioles.

Orioles engaged in 'very preliminary' talks about A.J. Burnett


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) The Orioles have had talks with the Phillies regarding a possible trade for pitcher A.J. Burnett, according to a FOXSports.com report Saturday.

The talks are defined as "very preliminary" according to the report, but the Phillies have reportedly been open to trading just about anyone on the roster. Burnett has a 4.08 ERA in 136 2/3 innings in the first of a two-year deal worth $30 million signed last offseason. 


A.J. Burnett knocked around against the Braves


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2014) Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett was knocked around Friday against the Braves.

Burnett was hittable during the outing, putting 11 men on base. Burnett allowed six runs on 10 hits over five innings. He struck out five and walked one during the outing. Most of the damage against Burnett was done in the second inning. Jason Heyward led off with a solo home run. Burnett was able to get the next two outs before giving up two straight singles. B.J. Upton then doubled in a run and Andrelton Simmons followed it up with a two-run single. 

The loss drops Burnett to 6-9 on the season. His next start will come against the Giants. 


Phillies outline post-break rotation plans


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) Phillies starting pitcher A.J. Burnett will be on the hill in the team's second-half opener Friday against the Braves, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. He will be followed by Cole Hamels and Kyle Kendrick in the three-game series at Atlanta.

Cliff Lee (elbow) will then be activated off the 60-day disabled list to open a series vs. San Francisco July 21. He will be followed by Roberto Hernandez before the rotation resets.


A.J. Burnett pulls out a win Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Phillies starter A.J. Burnett picked up a win Friday against the Nationals.

Burnett allowed two earned runs on five hits over 7 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out six. Burnett was only threatened twice during the game. Bryce Harper belted a solo home run again Burnett in the seventh inning, and Ryan Zimmerman struck in the eighth. After Burnett walked his second batter of the inning, he was pulled in favor of Ken Giles. Giles proceeded to give up an RBI single to Zimmerman. The run was charged to Burnett. 

The win brings Burnett to 6-8 on the year. His next start will come shortly after the All-Star break. 


A.J. Burnett pitches well in losing effort Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett pitched well but was charged with his eighth loss of the season Sunday afternoon against the Pirates in Pittsburgh. The right-hander permitted three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out seven over seven innings of a 6-2 defeat.

Burnett has allowed three earned runs in each of his last three starts. He owns a 3.92 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP over 19 starts (124 innings). He will make his next start Friday at home against Washington.

A.J. Burnett strikes out 10 in no-decision vs. Marlins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2014) Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett wasn't a factor in the decision Tuesday, giving up four runs (three earned) on six hits and four walks in six innings while striking out 10 in his team's 5-4 loss to the Marlins.

Burnett tossed three scoreless innings before giving up two runs on a bases-loaded single in the fourth. He gave up two more runs in the fifth, with the second coming on a wild third-strike that would have ended the inning. Burnett owns a 3.92 ERA and 95:51 K:BB ratio in 117 innings. He's scheduled to face the Pirates Sunday.


A.J. Burnett gets little support in seventh loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett pitched into the seventh inning for the sixth time in seven starts Wednesday, but still came out the on the wrong side of a 3-2 loss to the Marlins.

Coming off his first complete game of the season, Burnett tossed seven strong innings in a quality start. He allowed three runs on just five hits in seven innings of work, while walking three batters. He struck out  eight batters on 107 pitches in the loss, which dropped his record to 5-7.

Burnett has a 3.89 ERA in 111 innings of work, though that mark is just 2.59 over his last four starts. He will look to keep the good times going when he takes on the Marlins again next Tuesday. 


A.J. Burnett racks up ground ball outs in complete game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Phillies starter A.J. Burnett kept the Cardinals offense off balance all night Friday, in a 5-1 complete-game win.

Burnett finished off his first complete game of the season despite striking out just three batters. He did so by recording 17 of 27 outs via ground ball. He allowed one run on seven hits and one walk, and finished the game at 111 pitches, not even a season-high.

Burnett has alternated wins and losses over his last handful of starts, and is now 5-6 with a 3.89 ERA in 16 starts. His next start is set for Wednesday against the Marlins.  


A.J. Burnett goes eight innings in loss to Cubs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Phillies starting pitcher A.J. Burnett pitched well over eight innings Sunday against the Cubs. However, Travis Wood was that much better over eight scoreless innings during a 3-0 win for Chicago.

Burnett (4-6) retired the first two batters Sunday before Anthony Rizzo clubbed a two-out solo home run. Starlin Castro and Ryan Sweeney followed with singles, but Burnett escaped the jam by retiring Nate Schierholtz on a fly out.

Burnett didn't allow another run until Castro's two-RBI single in the third inning. Burnett's final run allowed came on Schierholtz's one-out RBI double in the sixth inning.

The veteran right-handed hurler allowed three runs on eight hits and no walks, while striking out four. It was just the second time this season he didn't issue a walk, but he won his last start without issuing a walk on April 27 at Arizona.

He's slated to make his next scheduled start Friday at St. Louis. Burnett is 2-3 with a 4.98 ERA in seven road starts.


A.J. Burnett ends slide with quality start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett tossed his first quality start in more than a month Tuesday, in a 5-2 win over the Padres.

Burnett fell behind early after allowing a solo home run to Will Venable in the third inning, but the offense immediately answered back to put him up for good. For his part, Burnett never let the game's outcome be in much down, as he limited the Padres to two runs on three hits and a pair of walks in 7 1/3 innings of work. He also struck out three batters while throwing 53 of 89 pitches for strikes.

Burnett improved his record to 4-5 with the win, while his ERA fell to 4.24. The latter mark had risen in six straight starts before Tuesday's, so he will try to keep moving in the right direction with Sunday's start against the Cubs. 


A.J. Burnett rocked for eight runs in loss Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett took the loss Wednesday, giving up eight earned runs on 10 hits and four walks in six innings while striking out three in his team's 8-4 defeat against the Nationals.

Burnett (3-5) gave up four runs in the fourth inning, and it didn't get better from there, with the Nationals scoring another four runs in the next two innings before Burnett was removed. He hasn't turned in a quality start since May 3 and now owns a 4.41 ERA and 67:41 K:BB ratio in 79 2/3 innings. Burnett is scheduled to face the Padres Tuesday.