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.
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.