Coming into Wednesday night’s action Pittsburgh Pirates ace A.J. Burnett hadn’t won a game since May 3. Unfortunately for Burnett his winless streak continued as he struggled through six innings against the Detroit Tigers. He allowed thee runs, with five hits and four walks and left the game with his team losing 3-1. Burnett didn’t get take a hit in the loss column as the offense rallied for four runs in the seventh inning and won 5-3.
Although Burnett has an earned run average of 2.72 his record is just 3-5. There are a few troubling numbers with Burnett. He has allowed the third most walks in the National League and he hasn’t pitched into the eighth inning in any of his starts so far this season. When you are the number one starter I think you need to pitch very deep into games, especially when your team leads the majors in bullpen innings. A complete game every once in a while would do wonders.
Someone in the Pirates’ rotation will need to step it up or the bullpen is going to get burned out. They have been pitching well, but need to pitch more. Leaving three innings for the bullpen to take care of every night is going to catch up to them.
With the win by the Pirates and the loss by the Cincinnati Reds the two teams are now tied for second in the N.L. Central. The two teams will play a big three game series this weekend in Pittsburgh.