Saturday, April 12, 2008

Modern Day Ted Williams


Pat Burrell is and forever will be awesome. Here at WSBGM's we've always loved him, but with love comes criticism. For the first 7.5 years of Burrell's career we cheered and defended him every chance we got, but then we gave up on him midway through the '07 season because of his Mendoza Line batting average and seemingly washed-up demeanor...silly us. Pat "the Bat" Burrell is back with vengeance. He is currently the longest tenured Phillie (in his 9th season) and is marching up the all-time record book of accomplishments in a Phillies uniform. After last night's win, Burrell sits atop the National League in OPS at 1.369, 4th in average at .400, 2nd in rbi with 12, tied for 3rd in homeruns with 4, and has only struckout 6 times (Ryan Howard should be taking notes). Do I think he can keep this pace up the entire season? No. However, if he does we're witnessing the modern day Ted Williams at work.

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Wins are Nice:
Took Brett Myers until his 3rd start to pitch like an ace, but at least it finally happened. He was nearly derailed in the 1st inning after surrendering back-to-backs jacks, but he calmed down after that to go 8 strong innings and help guide the team to victory. Going 8 innings was crucial because it allowed the overused bullpen the night off, aside from Brad Lidge who picked up his 2nd save of the season. Greg Dobbs, Shane Victorino, and Pat Burrell were most of the offense, with Pat being the hero of the game.

Tonight Cole Hamels looks to continue his early season dominance against the Cubs and Ted Lilly. I hope the Phils destroy Lilly, because that's such a pansy last name, it's truly only fitting for a girl. Overall, the Phils lineup has struggled immensely against the southpaw with Feliz being the only one with any success.

~Carson

21 comments:

LONG DRIVE: A PHILLIES BLOG said...

Deleted my comment by accident because I'm an idiot. Here it is again.

I have always defended Pat and just like you I kind of gave up a little in 07' due to the situation. He won't keep this up all year but hopefully he doesn't slow down too much. And yes, Lilly is a completely queer name and if he pitches well against us it will be embarrassing. Maybe Burrell has another huge game since Lilly is a southpaw?

GM-Carson said...

Go look at past experiences against Lilly, he's killed the Phils in limited exposure (many sub .200 averages).

Maria said...

The Phillies seem to make bad pitchers look like Cy Youngs.

I'd love to get over .500 before April is over.

GM-Carson said...

Wait, wasn't Cy Young a bad pitcher? All these years I've had it reversed?

Corey said...

i think burrell has been in philly longer than any other professional athlete from the other majors.

Bob D said...

Good to see Vic have a good game, its about time.

If Burrell keeps it up we may see a mid-season contract renewal. When is Rollins coming back?

chuckm said...

Corey- I believe that Brian Dawkins would be Phillys longest tenured pro sports team player, but Pat is def Phillies OG #1...anyway, very pleased with the win over the Scrubs last night. The Phils beat their ace and Myers recognized what he doing wrong in his first two starts and ajusted accordingly. No reason for Myers to try to be cute, what works for him is the Schilling Jr bulldog approach. You give up the solo jacks from time to time, but overall, aggressively coming at batters Myers best. Looking forward to some serious dealing from Colbert tonight GO PHILS!

GreggyD said...

I just got an ESPN text message update that read, "NO HITTER WATCH - White Sox RHP Gavin Floyd has a no-hitter through seven innings against the Tigers"

And then I vomited a little bit in my mouth. Oh it's so nice to see Germano, Lohse, Lieber, and now Floyd doing well elsewhere...

GreggyD said...

Oh thank God I jinxed him and he lost it one out into the eighth. So sad...

furiousBall said...

pat's a good dude, the thing i liked about him was that when he stunk, he was pissed at his own performance

GM-Carson said...

If Gavin Floyd had pitched a no-hitter, I'd have become a WNBA fan.

GM-Carson said...

No Jimmy in tonight's lineup again. Maybe they should just DL him if it's that bad.

GM-Carson said...

From Buster Olney's blog today-

• Since July 1 of last year, Pat Burrell is hitting .312, with 28 homers and 77 RBIs in 295 at-bats.

GreggyD said...

Couldn't they put him on the DL retroactive to about 4 days ago? That might make sense at this point.

BloodStripes said...

Feliz continues the Lilly success with a homer. Could 2 runs be enough for Hamels?

Go Phils!!!

BloodStripes said...

Smoke 'em Phillies. 5 runs should be enough.

Jacobin said...

Two of the guys in my band are Cubbies fans. Beating Chicago is sweet. It gives me something to be obnoxious about at practice this week.

Jacobin said...

Gah, shit. They just said Victorino has a right calf strain and had to come out of the game. Really not what we need considering Jimmy won't be back until next week at the earliest.

Dan said...

Good win tonight - good to see everybody hitting the ball.

One note: is it possible that Pedro Feliz is averaging over 1 out per at-bat? It seems impossible that this would happen over any appreciable timespan, but I think Feliz is pretty close to it, based on what I've been watching. When people called him an "Out Machine", I laughed, but now I'm starting to see the sad reality

(...and yes, I did see Pedro hit the dinger tonight, and it was huge. I'm just saying...)

GreggyD said...

the injury bug is really starting to clamp its teeth down on this team and its not looking pretty. Vic and J-Roll are our two main guys at the top of the lineup and this really hurts for both of them to be down. Charles wasted no time in putting Vic on the 15 day DL and now Chris Snelling is on his way to Philly. With J-Roll out until Tuesday at the least, my question is...what is the lineup going to look like tomorrow afternoon? I'm really curious...and worried...

GM-Carson said...

Rollins pinch-hit the other night, so they couldn't start the 15 day DL stint on him until last Thursday's date.

Vic on the DL...ugh! My Phantasy team is taking a hit, now with 4 DL'd (JJ Putz, BJ Ryan, Cliff Floyd, and now Vic).

BloodStripes- 2 runs were enough for Cole.

On Feliz- he is the "Out Machine", but it's nice to finally have him hit some homers. On his defense- it's been very shaky. I watched him bobble balls last night and make nearly errant throws.