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.