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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Player Analysis: #5 Pat Burrell LF




I've decided to start my off season analysis with Pat Burrell seeing as how he may soon depart (yes, So Taguchi is already gone, but besides his respectful bows, he really didn't add much to this team).

Overall season numbers (AVG/OBP/SLG) & wOBA (weighted on-base)- .250/.367/.507 & .369
Overall career numbers (AVG/OBP/SLG) & wOBA- .257/.367/.485 & .369

2008 Month by Month-
March/April: .326/.452/.674 8 HRs 22 BBs
May: .227/.378/.477 5 HRs 22 BBs
June: .256/.398/.558 6 HRs 20 BBs
July: .304/.375/.598 7 HRs 11 BBs
August: .181/.275/.343 4 HRs 14 BBs
Sept: .205/.322/.397 3 HRs 13 BBs

Burrell has never been a high batting average guy. You will never hear me criticize a player based on batting average, due to the fact that OBP is actually how one should measure a player's ability to get on base. People like to see hits, even though OBP is the percentage of the time a player does not record an out for his team. The way I see it, the majority of the hits are singles. So if a player misses out on a couple of singles, why can't said player make up for them (and then some) with some walks? What's the difference between a single and walk? A single could potentially advance other runners more than one base (occasionally), while a walk guarantees that a pitcher throw 4 pitches. If I have a player who bats .092, but gets on base like Barry Bonds, I say, "hey, that's pretty good". While I love him alot, and it pains me greatly to do this, Mr. Musser has brought to my attention the important fact that Burrell's OBP tanked with respect to the last few years (although it was still his career average). This could mean he's on the decline.

Burrell has good power with an even better eye. He draws a lot of walks, and strikes out a decent amount. His contract is up, and due to his defensive abilities and his age, he will most likely be pursued by an AL team to act as a DH.

I sure as hell would love to see him back here in a Phillies uniform. He's a great player, and an awesome man. Realistically, the Phillies don't want to give him alot of years because most of his good years are behind him. However, Burrell's numbers this year were not far off from his career totals, so making a decent 2-3 year offer could be good for this team. Most likely, he is gone.

I will probably cry if they don't re-sign him.

Next up: ??? I haven't decided how I'm going to do this. Burrell had to be first just like the parade.

P.S. I posted this article at the time 10:10 PM. Pat's Birthday? 10/10. Weird.

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