Burrell posting big numbers

Posted: August 26, 2002

ST. LOUIS — Pat Burrell didn't want to honor his manager's spring-training request.

The Phillies' young slugger didn't want to write his personal expectations for the 2002 season on a piece of paper and hand them over to Larry Bowa.

"I just wanted to see what Pat had in mind," Bowa said.

"He said he sets team goals. I said, 'I know that, but I want to see what you expect from yourself.' I'm anxious to see the slip he gave me. I've been wanting to peek, but he asked me not to."

Bowa asked Burrell to predict his batting average, home runs, RBIs, walks and runs scored.

Unless a strike shortens the season, Burrell figures to surpass all the numbers he wrote down.

After the Phillies' 5-3 win completed a three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals yesterday, Burrell was hitting .284 with 33 home runs, 71 walks, 86 runs scored and 97 RBIs. He ranks in the top 10 in the National League in all those categories except batting average and walks.

"I'm not there yet," Burrell said when asked about his personal predictions. "There's a lot of time left."

Extra bases. The Phillies have homered in 12 consecutive games and rank fourth in the league in that category just two seasons after finishing a league-worst 16th with 144 home runs. They have 138 homers this season. . . . Dan Plesac retired the Cardinals' J.D. Drew in the seventh inning yesterday in his 998th career appearance. He is tied for seventh with John Franco on the all-time list in pitcher appearances. . . . The Phillies are off today, then will open a three-game series against the Montreal Expos tomorrow. Joe Roa and Randy Wolf will pitch the first two games of the series. Bowa said Brandon Duckworth or Vicente Padilla will pitch the series finale Thursday.

Contact Bob Brookover at 215-854-2577 or bbrookover@phillynews.com.

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