Every start by A.J. Burnett is must-see TV for a Pirate fan this year. His last 2 starts were a complete game 1-hitter and a so-close-c'mon-finish-it 8.2 IP/2 hitter. That oh-so-close game was against the Reds last Sunday and salvaged a very important win for the Pirates in that 3 game series. As a result, the drums are starting to beat on talk radio and the rest of the media about Burnett being a contender for the NL Cy Young award.
Let's take a rough cut at who the competition may be. In this list are the triple slash stats for pitchers (ERA/FIP/xFIP) so we can see potential regression trends or who's getting "lucky".
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