A.J. Burnett has been named the Pittsburgh Pirates Opening Day starter this season. Coming off a 16-10 season while posting a 3.51 ERA, Burnett gets the mound on Opening Day for the first time in his career. Burnett might have had a chance to win 20 last season but fractured his orbital bone while fouling a ball in bunt practice. He lost two months of the season.
Burnett has won ten or more games in each of his last eight seasons. In his 14 year career, the 36-year old right hander has compiled a 137-121 overall win/loss record. Burnett threw 202.1 innings last season.