Earlier this week, the interwebs were abuzz with rumors that the Yankees have their eye on Nats lefty Sean Burnett. At first glance, he doesn’t appear to be all that appealing for a team trying to win the World Series this year. His stuff isn’t anything special, he throws a 90ish fastball that he backs up with a good slider, which is exactly what Boone Logan throws. He’s having a horrible year 3-5 with a 5.76 ERA (4.94 FIP) and a 1.449 WHIP. Hits and walks are up, strikeouts are down, so what’s to like besides the fact that he throws with his left hand?
A few things. First, as often happens with relievers you’re dealing with a tiny snapshot. In this case, 29.2 IP for the 2011 season. A few bad outings can really blow up your numbers, and looking at his game log in 5 of his 40 appearances he’s given up 2 ER or more. Having a good bullpen around him with reliable options backing him up (like Dave Robertson or Mo) can help limit his exposure on nights when he doesn’t have it.… Click here to read the rest