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First Pitch: Runs Tough to Come By in Burnett Starts

First Pitch: Runs Tough to Come By in Burnett Starts

A.J. Burnett has pitched like a staff ace so far in 2013 but does not have the record to show for it.

The Pirates scored three or fewer runs in seven of A.J. Burnett's 10 starts prior to Friday. Photo Credit: David Hague

Granted, wins and losses are not good statistics to judge a pitcher's performance but what is troubling has less to do with Burnett and more to do with the Pirates offense. Burnett has been great at the top of the Pittsburgh rotation and the Pirate offense has shown the ability to score runs, yet somehow the two have not found a way to cross paths. One could argue that Burnett has pitched well enough to win the majority (if not all) of his starts but the Pirate bats have been hiding when he's on the hill.

Prior to Friday's game at Milwaukee, Burnett had started 10 games for Pittsburgh so far this season with the Pirates managing just four wins. In those games Pittsburgh has only scored more than five runs once (in a 6-5 win against Cincinnati on April 12). The...

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