Posted on: October 31, 2010 4:36 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2010 5:27 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Are you tired of watching Pat Burrell strike out in the World Series?
Apparently, Giants manager Bruce Bochy is. Bochy benched Burrell for Game 4 on Sunday night, electing to start Nate Schierholtz in the outfield instead. Bochy also switched designated hitters from Game 3, picking Aubrey Huff (with Travis Ishikawa playing first base) over Pablo Sandoval.
Bochy said he plans to put Burrell back in the lineup for Game 5 Monday night, against Cliff Lee. Burrell struck out twice in two official at-bats against Lee in Game 1, but he also had his one impressive World Series at-bat, for a fifth-inning walk.
"This will give Pat a chance to work on things, and get his timing back," Bochy said.
Burrell helped the Giants get to the playoffs, after signing with San Francisco when he was released by the Rays, but in the postseason he has reverted to the form that cause the Rays to dump him in the first place. Burrell is 6-for-38 with 19 strikeouts since the playoffs began, and he was 0-for-9 with eight strikeouts in the first three games against the Rangers.
The weak-hitting Giants don't have all that many options. Schierholtz was just a .242 hitter this season, with no power. Ishikawa hit .266, but also with little power. But at least Schierholtz and Ishikawa are decent defensive players. In fact, Bochy has often used Schierholtz as a late-inning defensive replacement for Burrell, and Ishikawa as a late-inning replacement for Huff at first base.
"It's the back end of the game starting the game," Bochy said.
With no Burrell in the lineup, Bochy moved Cody Ross (his one truly hot hitter) up to fifth in the lineup. Earlier this postseason, Bochy had batted Ross eighth.
Posted on: December 10, 2008 4:07 pm
And while owner Arte Moreno said that he always considered Mark Teixeira the top target -- ahead of Sabathia -- the question now is what the Angels do if Teixeira also goes elsewhere.
According to sources, the Angels have not had serious discussions about making a run at Manny Ramirez. They have discussed pursuing Raul Ibanez, or possibly Adam Dunn or Pat Burrell, if they lose out on Teixeira.
The other possibility would be to trade for a hitter, but the Angels would prefer not to do that.
The Angels face serious competition for Teixeira from the Red Sox, who have also made the first baseman their top free-agent target. Both the Nationals and the Orioles are interested in Teixeira, too. Both have the advantage of playing close to Teixeira's Maryland home.
Teixeira is said by some to favor the East Coast, but several executives said they expect it simply to come down to the most money and the most years.
The Red Sox are in a slightly different position from the Angels. While the Angels have let Garret Anderson and Juan Rivera leave as free agents, and thus have an outfield opening, the Red Sox wouldn't need to go to Plan B if they lose out on Teixeira. Even if they sign him, in fact, they would then have to trade Mike Lowell.
The Red Sox met with Sabathia earlier this week, and they also met with A.J. Burnett. But officials familiar with their plans say the Sox were never seriously interested in either pitcher.