About Brien Jackson

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

7 thoughts on “We have reached “Peak A.J.”

  1. Yup.

    Really would love to know how other teams come up with no-name pitchers that cost 8 dollars a year, yet they're able to consistently shackle the Yankee bats. While at the same time we keep trotting out the 85 million dollar man, who looks great, except for a dozen or so pitches a game.

    AJ looked like an ace, in between his spurts of doing a Phil Hughes, 2011 edition.

    Can hardly wait to see what happens tomorrow in the double-header. Could be UGLY.

  2. "That's the one thing I can take away from this game, it's a big step mentally," Burnett said. "I didn't let the home run bother me, I didn't let the other one bother me, I went out there every time with the inning in the past, close the door and start a fresh inning and gave it all I could. It was just that one mistake." — A.J. Burnett, following Friday's game.

    "It was just that one mistake" — the theme of A.J.'s Yankeeography, debuting in the year 2094 on YES6.

  3. I think I'm more frustrated by the team being held down by Jeremy Guthrie. Yeah, it's frustrating watching AJ Burnett. But he's really only had a couple of outings in which he didn't at least keep the team in the game. He hasn't been getting good run support over his last month or two. I imagine its frustrating for the players to watch him pitch as well. All those free passes…

    • like Michael Kay said last night, is that what we want from a $16.5M alleged #2 starter, just keeping the team in the game? my theory of why AJ doesn't get run support is that he puts pressure on the offense to score 10 runs whenever he's on the mound. he has a 5.67 ERA in innings immediately following innings when the Yankees score.

      • You'll be hard pressed to find anyone who considers AJ the team's actual #2 starter these days, though. Come playoffs, it will be Sabatha, Colon, Garcia, then Burnett. As a #4 starter, he's been decent. He keeps you in the ballgame and pitches every fifth day (averaging about 6.1 IP per start). There's definitely value in a #4 starter who does that. The Yankees haven't had four starters pitch 162 (qualifying) innings since 2003. Four are on pace to do so this year while being average or better.

  4. 4 seam fastball – 29 pitches, 1 swinging strike
    2seamer – 18 pitches, 1 swinging strike
    changeup 15 pitches, 2 swinging strikes
    curveball – 50 pitches, 12 swinging strikes

    A couple of things come to mind:
    1) with the dip in velocity of his 4 seam fastball the last few years, it is not a swing and miss pitch anymore…. as such why is that his typically his primary pitch? (especially when 4 seam mistake = ball hit hard and usually far)

    2) If he's throwing the 2 seamer for strikes, so why not use a higher mix of that vs the 4 seamer? The key here is mistakes with this pitch are less likely to leave the yard. Unless you are getting more swinging strikes with the 4 seamer (which doesn't seem to be the case) or you have much better control over it (I'm not sure if that's the case… but it wasn't yesterday); the 2 seamer is a better pitch.

    3) He'll sometimes throw changeups, and in other games ignore it – while he only threw strikes on 5 of the 13 pitches, he got 3 swings and misses, which means he was using it enough where batter couldn't simply ignore it.

    Given that his 4 seamer no longer seems to be a dominant pitch, and that's the pitch that tends to hurt him when he makes mistakes… why not reverse the 2 seam/4 seam mix (and not forget his changeup)