Ok, maybe it’s worth throwing Burnett’s last start out there, especially when being called out by the Tao for slacking. Here’s the scoop- if you haven’t seen one of these movement charts before, scroll down or something.
- Burnett’s curve was actually a little different than last time out. This time it was all sideways curve and no drop. (“Limp noodle” does seem rather apt in retrospect). If you’ve ever tried to swing at one of these things you know the effect of 4-5 inches less bite downwards cannot possibly be described in words.
- As the Tao points out, he threw the 5 curveballs marked with big gaudy X’s that did nothing. They’re more like sliders than anything, but nice and slow. Then he threw 15 straight fastballs. Not that their location was anything to write about, that’s the sort of thing A.J. gets away with when the other team doesn’t know that’s his only pitch.
- Sometime later in the game (you know, when it started looking less like BP), he started throwing some decent curves.
Wilner posted a Burnett defense of sorts on his blog. I didn’t even bother because I assume that this blog’s demographic is a little more cerebral and patient about the whole thing. Man, if immediately after watching a disappointing game like that I was forced to engage in conversation with a horde of people going on about how A.J. is a “.500 pitcher” again because he had a @$%#@%$ bad start in April, I would shoot myself in the face. The only way I manage to stay so pleasant is an immediate pint and some pithy conversation about how super it is that Brandon League is back at 98 where he belongs (even if he doesn’t quite know where it’s going).
And just because I seem to be scooping their material, if you haven’t yet, go read the Southpaw, dammit. Yet another source of Jays commentary/information/conjecture (can you pull 19 roided ex-Jays out of your ass?!) that I would consider paying for if it was in some format you had to pay for unlike the garbage that is out there that you do have to pay for…