A.J. Burnett had his first outing of the Spring and threw two scoreless innings, giving up two hits to the Astros.
Analysis: There is a lot of pressure on A.J. Burnett to bounce back from his 10-15 losing record as he goes on to say: “I know the cameras are on me, the spotlight is on me to turn it around”. Fantasy owners of Burnett and Yankee fans alike know that he is an extremely inconsistent player. One week he will go 7 strong innings giving up just a run, and the following outing he implodes and gives up 5 in an inning. Burnett is the kind of guy that gets easily frazzled and can lose control of the plate and the game at any time. Play him when he’s hot and avoid him when he’s cold because there is no middle ground with him.
Projection: Expect A.J. to post a close to .500 record as a pitcher this year. He will string together a few wins in a row, but eventually he will come back down to earth. When he does, just make sure he is out of your lineups.