Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Pat Burrell 2009

For a guy who seems so streaky during the season, it's amazing how similar Pat Burrell's statistics have been each of the past four years. There isn't a single statistic that appears wildly out of line in any one year. That said, Burrell (who was traded to Tampa Bay this week) is likely to see a small drop off this year, as he will be hitting in a less favorable park, and is likely to see more tough pitchers in the AL East. Also, at 32 years old, he's beginning to enter the part of his career when a small decline in performance is somewhat likely each year. Expect a low batting average, and generally more of the same from Pat Burrell in 2009.

2 comments:

Dave said...

"For a guy who seems so streaky during the season, it's amazing how similar Pat Burrell's statistics have been each of the past four years."

Interesting that Adam Dunn is a very similar player and also very similar in this nature. He drives you nuts at times but if you wait out the storm, his numbers are always there at season's end.

Anonymous said...

Burrell should gain some at-bats, though, as the Phillies routinely lifted him late in games because they didn't trust his defense. Plus American League lineups cycle through more often than NL lineups, for several obvious reasons. Add it all up and this means better counting stats for Burrell, even if he's not really any better from an efficiency standpoint.