Was Pat Burrell the Mets Killer We All Thought?

Michael GanciCorrespondent IApril 16, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 25:  Pat Burrell #5 of the Philadelphia Phillies bats against the Tampa Bay Rays during game three of the 2008 MLB World Series on October 25, 2008 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Throughout the years, there have been many guys who have feasted on Mets pitching. In present time, some guys who come to mind are Chipper Jones, Derek Jeter, Ryan Howard, and Robert Andino. (Yes, I am kidding about the last one.)

Still, when I think of recent Mets killers, Pat Burrell is the first guy who comes to mind. But, was he really as dangerous as we all made him out to be?

In 2007, Burrell hit just .228 in 57 at-bats against the Mets. Of his 13 hits off the Amazin's, Burrell clobbered five homers, many of which were in clutch situations. But overall, the numbers were not very impressive.

In 2008, Burrell was a non-factor against the Mets. He hit just .197 with one homer and two RBI in 67 at-bats. Is that what a Mets killer does? I don’t think so.

Don’t get me wrong. There was something about him that made me nervous. More often than not, Mets pitchers would get the best of him by striking him out, but Burrell knows how to hit the clutch home run. He has done that plenty of times against the Mets in his career, but I just don’t think he was as much of a threat in his last two seasons with the Phillies.

It doesn’t upset me to see him go to Tampa Bay, and I will not even have a problem rooting for him to do well there. He is a terrible fielder who may be an excellent DH, so look out for him in fantasy.

Burrell used to be a thorn in the side of the Mets, but those days are long behind us.