A.J. Burnett has had one bad inning in the majority of his starts in the last two months. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

No matter what happened with A.J. Burnett tonight, you can't win when your offense only sends the minimum amount of batters to the plate. That said, Burnett struggled tonight in the seventh inning, continuing a trend where he has had one bad inning in almost all of his starts since early August. I talked about this after his last start, but didn't really dig into the issue. Tonight I wanted to look at innings and pitch counts and see if there was any sort of trend, and anything the Pirates could do to prevent that big inning. Let's go over each of his troublesome starts.

August 10th

In the first five innings, Burnett gave up one run on two walks and four hits. In t...

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