There hasn’t been a more dominant pitcher over the last month than Florida’s A.J. Burnett.
Burnett looks to set a new career high in wins as the Marlins continue a three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.
Burnett, Dontrelle Willis and Josh Beckett have pitched the Marlins back into the NL wild-card race since the All-Star break. Burnett has been the most outstanding of the three, going 6-0 with an 0.78 ERA over the last 30 days.
“All of the starters are feeding off each other,” Burnett said Friday. “You feel good about what’s going on here. We’re just riding it out.”
Burnett has won seven consecutive starts overall to up his record to 12-6 and lower his ERA from 3.68 to 2.90 over that span. The hard-throwing right-hander has matched his career high of 12 wins, set in 2002 when he went 12-9.
“As long as we go to the playoffs, that’s all I care about,” Burnett said. “I’m going to do what I can to get us there.”
Florida trails Philadelphia by one game for the NL wild-card lead. The Marlins are 4 1/2 games back of first-place Atlanta in the NL East.
Beckett lasted only 3 1-3 innings in the Marlins’ 11-2 loss to the Brewers on Tuesday. He gave up seven runs and eight hits to lose for the first time since coming off the disabled list on July 23.
Outfielder Carlos Lee broke out of his slump with his 28th home run of the season for Milwaukee. Lee hadn’t gone deep since Aug. 3, and is hitting only .241 (19-for-79) over the last 20 games.