A visual look at the 2009 regular season of tonight’s Yankee starter – AJ Burnett. This graphic ranks the top 70 AL starters by month, divided into 5 groups of 14. Since there are 14 teams in the AL, and each team has a 5 man rotation, a perfectly average AL pitching staff would gave one pitcher squarely in the middle of each group (ie. a #1 stater, a #2 starter, etc). Burnett’s season was the epitome of “up and down.” He started out poorly and steadily improved, by June and July he was pitching like an ace. Then, he reverted back to the AJ Burnett of April and May. Which AJ Burnett will we see tonight in the Bronx? (to see more Yankee graphics, check out the Yankees Postseason Dashboard.