Check These Numbers

Let’s see, here’s a right-handed hitting slugger with some interesting numbers:

**He ranked seventh in the NL for RBI ratio (At-bats per RBI) in 2006.

**He hit 25 home runs and drove in 95 runs last year despite 100 fewer at-bats than the previous season.

**He was eighth in the NL last year in go-ahead RBI, 29. That was only five fewer than Albert Pujols and four fewer than Ryan Howard.

**When opposing pitchers walked Ryan Howard in front of him, he hit .471.

**Among the Elias Sports Bureau rankings of first basemen-outfielders for Class A, B, C players as it relates to free agency, he ranked sixth out of 115 in the NL after the 2006 season.

**Critics point to his .222 average with runners in scoring position last season; however, in 2005, his RISP average was .313.

**Over the past three seasons, he’s averaged 28.3 home runs and 98.6 RBI.

Say hello to Pat Burrell.

6 Comments

These are some great stats! I think he should stay a Phillie and be the #6 hitter, pitchers do not fear him. He would not be very good to “protect” Howard, but hittng 6 would be good. Burrell is up and down year to year which would mean this year he should be up. You just do not know who is going to show up; the guy with these stats, the guy with the 2005 stats or the guy that hits .222 with RISP, or the guy that takes a fastball on the inside corner, for strike 3, AGAIN!
Any have thoughts on the batting order changing? Utley to protect Howard, Rollins 3rd, Rowand/ Helms 2nd, Vic Lead off. The Phils have offensive talent.

I like Pat the Bat but consistency is the hobgoblin of his career.

Like last season, hitting .300 in April and .194 in June.

After referencing Burrell’s increasing susceptibility to inside fastballs Ken Mandel writes:

“Take away a 3-for-3, two-homer game on Sept. 29 and Burrell batted .222 with three homers and eight RBIs in September.”

Dallas Green says Burell “…has to look in the mirror and recognize where his career is headed. It’s either headed north or south. This is a crossroad for him.”

Somewhere between the two extremes lies the real Pat Burrell.

Pat Burrell will choke when it counts. Don’t let the stats fool you. He accepts losing. He is an absolute waste of salary. He is one of the few weak spots remaining. The only reason he is still here is because no one will take on the inflated salary. Oh, and he is a nightmare in left field.

Pat Burrel is lazy has got very slow, remember the ball hit hit off the wall and got a single vs. the braves? He cannot hit when its needed. He may have had 29 homers, but they were the most uneeded homeruns i have ever seen.

It seems that a lot of talk centers around the Phillies ability to score runs with Pat Burrell in the lineup. If you look closely at the Phillies you’ll see that they still have problems in other areas. Adam Eaton is a big question mark and Jamie Moyer’s ability to perform consistently over a full season is nearly impossible. So, we have three good starters, a mediocre (at best) bullpen and a lineup that hasn’t changed dramatically from last year’s. If you look closely, this starting lineup is no better than the one that began last season. We can consider Meyer’s maturity, Hamel’s first year experience and Garcia’s proven performance to maybe give us an extra game or two each, but our bullpen will lose those games as it stands right now. Ken Mandel suggests that Manuel’s job may be in jeopardy if the team starts slowly again. Burrell MUST be a factor and a leader if the team is going to succeed. Counting on Wes Helms without much ML experience is stretching it, but not impossible. I believe that his effectiveness this year will be determined by Burrell’s success. The catcher’s position is extremely important but management’s insistence on using Ruiz as the starter over Coste is a mistake. Barajas is no better than Coste, if at all, and certainly doesn’t match Lieberthal’s capabilities prior to his injuries. What I see is a lot of hype over a team that is not as improved as everyone believes. The major factor is Pat Burrell and ONLY him at this point.

“the guy with these stats, the guy with the 2005 stats or the guy that hits .222 with RISP”

We could have paid 100+ million for a guy who hit .231 with RISP last year…

“I like Pat the Bat but consistency is the hobgoblin of his career.

Like last season, hitting .300 in April and .194 in June. ”

Good point. Check out these numbers…

Pat:

April: .300

May: .256 (44 points)

June: .194 (62 points)

July: .284 (90 points)

August: .259 (25 points)

Sept: .253 (6 points)

He was so volitile, his average jumped on average 45 points each month! Only if he could have been as steady as Chase Utley…

Utley:

April: .273

May: .348 (75 points)

June: .255 (93 points)

July: .425 (170 points)

August: .246 (179 points)

Sept: .306 (60 points)

His average only jumped…oh wait, 115 points each month.

“Take away a 3-for-3, two-homer game on Sept. 29 and Burrell batted .222 with three homers and eight RBIs in September.”

Take away his 2-2, 2 homer game on April 23rd, and Howard batted .289, with 3 homers and 9 RBIs in April. Man, if only he started off hotter.

“He accepts losing.”

Is this Pat’s mother, or can anyone who can log onto a computer know what Pat accepts or doesn’t.

“He may have had 29 homers, but they were the most uneeded homeruns i have ever seen. ”

Well, if YOU have seen them, and they are all unneeded, who am I to disagree. I mean, it was YOU afterall that saw them, right? Can’t argue with that logic.

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