Tag:Hensley Meulens
Posted on: October 31, 2010 12:34 am

Giants have decision to make on slumping Burrell

ARLINGTON, Texas -- There already were questions surrounding whether the Giants had enough hitters to fill out a lineup that demanded a designated hitter in the AL park at the World Series.

Now, with Pat Burrell regressing back to his toothless Tampa Bay days, the Giants really are short.

Burrell, batting fifth in San Francisco's 4-2 Game 3 loss Saturday, struck out swinging in all four at-bats.

Worse, he now is 0-for-9 in this World Series with eight strikeouts.

Working on mysteries without any clues, Burrell looks like a player in need of a benching at the most inopportune time.

"He's a veteran guy that's been up and down before," Giants hitting coach Hensley Meulens said. "He knows what he needs to do to get back on track. He's a student of the game, and he's already looking at video.

"We're going to go over it tomorrow. It's not easy."

The World Series overall hasn't been kind to Burrell, who now has whiffed in 13 of his 23 Fall Classic at-bats in 2008 and 2010.

Saturday, he became the 13th player to whiff four times in a World Series game, and the first to do so since Philadelphia's Ryan Howard in Game 2 last year.

Manager Bruce Bochy said after Game 3 that he does not know whether he'll sit Burrell in Game 4 Sunday.

"I'll talk about it after I get back," Bochy said, referring to conversations he'll have with his coaching staff between Saturday night and Sunday's game. "Their guy [Colby Lewis] threw well. He threw a nice game for them, and we had a few guys who were off tonight a little bit.

"But give their pitcher credit. He pitched a nice ballgame."

Burrell's first three strikeouts were against Lewis. Then he whiffed against Rangers closer Neftali Feliz to start the ninth.

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