If you ask me, Brian Burres is just about finished as a Baltimore Oriole.
He was recently removed from the starting rotation in favor of Dennis Sarfate, a career reliever who always pitches from the stretch and hasn't been a starting pitcher since he was in the minor leagues in 2006.
That should speak volumes about how the O's feel about Burres.
After Sarfate pitched 4 IP allowing 3 ER today against the Yankees, Burres came into the game from the bullpen and allowed 4 ER in 1.1 IP, bringing his ERA to 5.64. Batters are hitting .306 off of him and his K:BB ratio is just as bad.
Burres is a light-tossing left-hander who needs to rely on pin-point accuracy to be successful. Think Jamie Moyer, but about 20 years younger. But Burres has proven he doesn't have that kind of control, and when you don't have that kind of control, you're just a glorified batting practice pitcher. And bringing him out of the bullpen isn't going to help matters either.
Burres just doesn't have what it takes to be successful in the majors and he's proven it over the course of the last two seasons.
The thing is, there are no pitchers in the minor leagues ready to take Burres' spot in the rotation. OK, well maybe there are a few in AA hurlers David Hernandez and Brad Bergeson, but MacPhail and Trembley have been adamant in their belief that pitchers should succeed at all levels of the minors before they get called up to the big leagues. So Hernandez and Bergeson aren't likely to see any action in Baltimore in 2008.
So that leaves Hayden Penn as the only other candidate, and he's got an ERA just a hair under 5.00 in AAA Norfolk so far this year.
Even though Burres might not be going anywhere any time soon, if there ever was a dead man walking on the Baltimore Orioles, it's Brian Burres.