The Pirates have been struggling in the month of August. While their pitching has been impressive for most of the season, their team ERA ballooned to a 4.58 ERA this month as the club has posted just a 9-16 record.
A.J. Burnett was the next Pittsburgh starter to struggle on the bump on Monday at PNC Park. After allowing four runs over 5.2 innings (shortened by the rain delay), the right-hander has now sported a 6.00 ERA this month over his five starts. Burnett has allowed at least four runs in all but one of them.
“As we look, it’s about execution, the commitment to the pitch, the command, finishing innings,” Manager Clint Hurdle said. “That’s what we’ve come to difficulties. We’re getting behind in counts early, giving up runs early. It has been uncharacteristic, but it has been going on a while. These guys are aware of it. We’ve got to put a foot down and get better across the board.”
“I don’t believe that it’s physical fatigue from the innings, where the guys are. They’re in compa