A.J. Burnett Needs More Outings Like His Last For Pittsburgh Pirates

By Andy Schmidt
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The beginning of the 2013 season hasn’t been one that has seen a lot of offense out of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pittsburgh found some offense in the last week, but they got a pitching performance on Wednesday night that can overcome any offensive issues. A.J. Burnett had a no-hitter going into the seventh inning and gave up just one hit overall as the Pirates got a much-needed victory. Burnett was expected to be the team’s ace this year, but that had not been the case early on.

It was the first win of the season for Burnett in four starts, and he has lowered his ERA to 2.63 with the seven-inning start. Pittsburgh is only going to go so far without Burnett winning more than 15 games this season. I know that the season is young so Burnett could easily get to that number at some point, but he needs offense behind him. The first two starts saw only one run of support. Pittsburgh has done better in the last two starts, and that can only aid Burnett moving forward.

It is Burnett’s 15th season at the MLB level, and after winning 16 games last season, I thought that he was on his way to big things for the Pirates. It hasn’t started that way at least in the win column, but that is likely about to change. There are players on the Pittsburgh roster that can’t be this bad forever like Pedro Alvarez. The offense will come for Burnett, but he still might have to throw more shutouts like he did on Wednesday.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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