A. J. Burnett (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Whoever said that AJ Burnett couldn’t pitch should be putting their foot back in their mouth, as he could very well win the NL CY Young this season.
I have always been a Burnett fan since his days with the Florida Marlins; so I was thrilled when the Yankees signed him in 2009 and went on to win the World Series that season.
Burnett had his ups and downs for sure, but Yankee fans had him pinned on the dartboard from the moment he arrived.
When the Yankees packed his bags for Pittsburgh at the beginning of this season, I was one fan who thought it was a HUGE mistake; and now he is proving just how bad a decision it was.
Sure, Burnett obviously needed a new environment and he has gotten that playing for the Pirates but can you imagine how good the Yankees would be if the fans had given him a chance here?
Burnett was just named NL Player of the Week for period ending August 5th.
Here are his 2012 stats thus far (stats courtesy of MLB.com):