An Overpaid, Wildly Inconsistent Pitcher Is The Only Thing Standing Between The Yankees And Elimination

AJ Burnett

After a 5-4 loss to Justin Verlander last night, the Yankees are one game away from being eliminated by the Detroit Tigers in the ALDS.

Now, their season rests on the right arm of A.J. Burnett.

Burnett has been generally awful this year.

But every now and then he’ll drop an 8-inning, 2-run performance to justify his five year, $82.5 million contract.

He’ll need one of those tonight.

Burnett is 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA in two starts against Detroit this year, but he hasn’t faced them since May.

In September, he hasn’t let up more than four earned runs in a start. But he’s also only made it into the seventh inning once.

Bottom line: Like nearly every Burnett start this year, it’s a crapshoot. He’s the ultimate feast or famine guy, and the Yanks are praying he’s on tonight.

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