A.J. and his Disappearing Deuce
Once again treading the fine line between providing a tantalizing excerpt and plagarizing my way to the unemployment line, here’s a gem from everyone’s favorite scouting company, Inside Edge, over at ESPN insider from a couple of days ago:
As a two-pitch pitcher, it’s also important for Burnett to be able to get his curveball over for strikes, so hitters can’t just sit on his fastball. In starts when Burnett has thrown his curveball for strikes at a higher rate than the league average (59.2 percent), he has an ERA of 3.15. In games when his curveball strike rate is lower than average, his ERA soars to 5.23.
I know. You’re not surprised. But 2 runs/game? Crazy! That sums up Burnett nicely for me- one of the best pitchers in the league when he has a curve, but no good at all when it’s not there to throw batters off his fastball. If only he had something else to mix in that wasn’t so violent and he could throw for strikes. Oh, wait…