Just because I can’t take another pro-A.J. caller on Francesspool…
First, Burnett gave up four hits and walked four batters in 5 2/3 innings. That means he finished the game with a 1.50 walks plus hits per inning pitched last night. His seasonal WHIP? 1.43. So he actually allowed more baserunners per inning than during his regular season, which most would characterize as far from “good”.
Second, Burnett’s K/BB ratio was .75, and out of his 81 pitches, 49 went for strikes (a strike-to-ball ratio of only 1.5). So not only did Burnett provide free passes at an unacceptable rate through 5+ innings, he couldn’t make up for it through strikeouts. If he had been pitching that well, I would have expected a better K/BB ratio and more than three K’s through 5+ innings.
Third, Burnett benefited from a ridiculously low BABIP against last night. The Tigers only batted .190 on balls in play during Burnett’s time on the mound. During the regular seasons, Burnett had a BABIP against on ground balls of .238. Last night? The Tigers went 0-10 on ground balls.
...Add all this together and it’s really hard to say that Burnett, on balance, was “good” last night. The only way you do this is by focusing on the runs against.
And if you are doing that, you can’t really be considered the ‘worldwide leader in sports’.
Posted: October 05, 2011 at 06:04 PM | 75 comment(s)
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