Before we get to the Phils, an alert reader tips us to a piece on slumping ex-Phillie Pat Burrell, courtesy of the St. Petersburg Times. [Link]
“Burrell was supposed to be the answer to all of Tampa Bay's needs in 2009. He was going to correct the problem versus left-handed pitchers. He was going to eliminate the need for a platoon at designated hitter. He was going to be the thump behind Carlos Peña. Except none of that has happened. Burrell started slowly and then got worse. About two-thirds of the way into the season, he is the lightest-hitting DH in the majors. And — we might as well say it — the Rays are not repeating as AL East champions. At this point, there is no way to defend Burrell. He does not have speed. He does not carry a glove. He is being paid $7 million this season to be a power hitter, and he has less home runs than Marco Scutaro. Less than Adam Kennedy. they are stuck with a designated hitter with a .361 slugging percentage. Do you realize how bad that is? Among AL players with at least 225 plate appearances, Burrell's slugging percentage ranks 106th out of 117. And a lot of the players below him are middle infielders who get paid for their gloves.” [Stats]
Notes: The Pedro Martinez show moves to Reading for a Wednesday start for the R-Phils. Martinez allowed five runs, four earned, in a Friday start for the Triple-A IronPigs. Afterward, the three-time Cy Young winner said he felt "rusty." Pedro's presence, and the Phillies appearant rush to bring him to the Majors, has at least one reader feeling uncomfortable. Writes RSB: "They're really going to shuttle Happ out of the rotation to make room for a guy who puts up Kendrickesque numbers in an AAA start? Pedro's presence in this organization suddenly appears wholly pointless. Ever since Gillick first came aboard, the Phillies have broken out of their old mold of sticking steadfast to obvious mistakes. Here's hoping Amaro will do the right thing and not go out of his way to accomodate Martinez."