This is not intended to be a Burrell bashfest. In fact, signing Burrell was the right decision and will prove to be the right choice in time. But the truth is, so far Burrell has been a bust. And it isn't like this criticism isn't warranted. It isn't the first week of the season or first month of the season, but we are about 10 games away from reaching the midway point. All Burrell has to show for it is a 18 RBIs and 1 home run. Injuries happen and that sure seems why we haven't seen the Pat the Bat that has averaged over 30 HRs in each of his last four seasons. But to say he sucks or criticize this or that is unwarranted unbased and unneeded. All you need to point to is the bottom line. And 5 extra base hits are not going to cut it. Hopefully PtB is healthy enough to put all this behind him and start anew. Now that Upton's coming out of his early season struggles, we can hope PtB does the same.
Now that the Rays are coming home for interleague, Pat can finally get some consistent playing time at DH for the first time since he's been back and off the DL. Hopefully a healthy PtB can make the type of impact in our lineup that everyone envisioned when the Rays signed him. It wouldn't hurt if he hit a few longballs against his former team this week either.