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A.J. Burnett (SP)

Free Agent - 61% owned

Bats: R, Throws: R

Burnett went six innings while giving up seven hits, two walks, and two earned runs while striking out seven.

Fantasy Impact: Burnett was out-dueled by Jake Arrieta on the evening but has continued to be an effective pitcher since returning from injury earlier this month. Burnett hasn't kept the pace he set for himself in the first half of the season but still has his ERA under four for the month of September.


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A.J. Burnett had another good outing against the Chicago Cubs. He scattered eight hits but only gave up two runs in 5 1/3 innings. Burnett also had seven strike outs. He did not get a decision as the Pirates lost in extra innings, 3-2.

Fantasy Impact: This is good news to see Burnett getting some of his form back for the rest of the season. Burnett should be a viable starter in your lineup from here on out.


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A.J. Burnett placed on 15-day DL

Sat, Aug 1st 10:02am EDT
By Rick Briggs

According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, A.J. Burnett has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to elbow inflammation. This not too surprising considering Burnett has struggled since the All-Star break. He has pitched just 16 innings in his last three starts, giving up 18 runs and 32 hits, including seven earned runs and 10 hits in just 4 1/3 innings in his last outing versus Cincinnati. (Source: Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

Fantasy Impact: Since boasting a 2.11 ERA before the All-Star Game, Burnett has seen it swell to 3.06 while dropping his last two decisions. Keep monitoring his progress. If this is merely swelling due to fatigue, the rest could get the 38-year-old Burnett back to form and he could help your fantasy team in the late season run.


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The Pittsburgh Pirates went to extra innings twice in three days with the Phillies. The crazier part of that, both games were knotted at 0-0. Burnett went 9 innings of shut out baseball, but the Bucs weren't able to back Burnett's outstanding outing.

Fantasy Impact: A.J. Burnett went full beast mode on Sunday, as he threw 9 shut out innings and struck out 4 batters. Burnett does not record a high volume of strikeouts, but he does tend to go 7+ innings every time he takes the mound. He also has one of the lowest NL ERA's, which makes him an extremely valuable fantasy pitcher.


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The Pittsburgh offense is coming to life. The Bucs had three long balls in the first three innings. Burnett had it going up until the 4th inning when some errors had him thrown off balance. Burnett added his 5th win on the season.

Fantasy Impact: A.J. Burnett has the lowest ERA in the majors, and is a valuable asset to the Pirates starting rotation. Burnett is a fantastic fantasy pitcher, and if you can get him at a low value, make the trade because he can help lead your team to a fantasy championship.


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A.J. Burnett went seven innings surrendering three hits and five walks while striking out seven.

Fantasy Impact: Burnett now owns the second best ERA in the league, behind only Shelby Miller. Fantasy owners have to be quite pleased with Burnett's reunion with the Pirates this season.


The Pittsburgh Pirates won 2 out of 3 games at home against the St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend, and they now have won the first 2 games of a 4 game set against the Phillies. A.J. Burnett finally got some offense to back him up on Tuesday night, which propelled the Pirates to victory.

Fantasy Impact: A.J. Burnett is a fantastic fantasy pitcher because of his ability to hold teams to few or no runs. Burnett is not a strikeout pitcher, which does allow him to go deep in games. If Burnett is available on your waiver wire, go pick him up because he can be a valuable asset for the rest of this season.


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A.J. Burnett made his final Spring Training appearance on Thursday. Burnett threw 4 scoreless while striking out two and walking one. Burnett is going to be the third man in the Pirates rotation heading into the season.

Fantasy Impact: A.J. Burnett is entering the final season or two of his career, but he is still of some fantasy value. Anytime Burnett is on the mound he will get batters out, but he is not as flashy as he once was. Burnett cannot simply blow a fastball by a hitter because he has aged. Burnett will be a good fantasy option in a deeper league, but you should be able to find better talent on the waiver wire.


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A.J. Burnett has poor outing

Wed, Mar 18th 7:42pm EDT
By Daniel Marcus

A.J. Burnett started for the Pirates on Wednesday night and had a poor outing, pitching for 2 2/3 innings, giving up 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, and 5K. (Source: Stephen Nesbitt on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: While not a great outing, this is not a huge concern for Burnett. The veteran is looking to rebound from an injury plagued season last year and is a worthy flier late in drafts due to his strikeout potential.


A.J. Burnett started off on the right note in his 2015 Spring Training debut, tossing two scoreless innings for the Pirates. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Burnett was on target from start to finish during his outing, quite contrary to his 5.36 career ERA in the preseason. When asked about how he felt during his first time back on the mound for the Bucs he stated, "I felt good. Felt better than I've felt in a long time." If this early trend continues, Burnett could fill up the fantasy stat sheet repeatedly in 2015.


According to an article, A.J. Burnett is expected to leave everything on the mound in 2015 as his 17-year career comes to an end. Depending on which Burnett takes the hill, this could mean big things for the Pirates. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: No one has ever questioned Burnett's talent or potential to be great, but an inconsistent career has lead to more than a few feeling he may have left something on the table. Burnett will be looking to duplicate his first season in Pittsburgh in 2012 when he posted a 16-10 record with a 3.51 ERA and recorded 180 strikeouts. Fantasy players have been frustrated with him for years as he seemingly goes from a front-line starter to someone who can barely find the strike zone depending on the season. If nothing else, count on Burnett to eat some innings this year, he logged almost 400 of them in his first two years as a Pirate.