The Nationals acquired Sean Burnett from the Pittsburgh Pirates during midseason 2009 and were rewarded with a 3.20 ERA down the stretch. Burnett also posted a 3.06 ERA with Pittsburgh prior to the trade, so his ERA for the year was 3.12. Given those numbers, it would seem that the former top prospect has settled in nicely as a middle reliever, but upon closer inspection, that's not the case. Burnett had the lowest BABIP of any pitcher in the majors who threw at least 50 innings last year at .201. Ironically, the pitcher he was traded for, Joel Hanrahan, had the highest at .392. Indeed, when you look at Burnett's other statistics, they don't look like those of a three-ish ERA pitcher. 43/28 K/BB ratio? Meh. A HR/9 of .94? OK, I guess. But those look more like the numbers of a serviceable, ...
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