Burnett Is Heating Up….

Kevin RozellSenior Writer IJune 24, 2009

NEW YORK - JUNE 14:  A.J. Burnett #34 of the New York Yankees smiles as he walks from the field against the New York Mets on June 14, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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AJ Burnett has got a lot of criticism since coming to the Yankees. Some believe the guy can only pitch in contract years, and others don’t believe he is worth the $82.5M they spent on him. On May 9th, AJ sat at a record of (W-L) 2-2 and had a 5.28ERA. People were down on him, but there is reason to think he has turned a corner.

In his last five starts, Burnett has compiled these numbers:

29IP  (W-L) 3-2  25H 10R  7ER  17BB 32K  2.17ERA  .231BA

Is that good enough for you guys? You can’t expect a guy to adjust right away to a new team and a new ballpark. The weather hasn’t even warmed up yet, and you never know what might happen. His career splits show that he has a 4.01 ERA in the first half, compared to a 3.71 second half ERA. So, is he a second half pitcher? He has better numbers in almost every stat category. We’ll have to wait and see how it plays out. 

Look at that smirk…..