Situational hitting seems to be some of what drew the Phillies to Raul Ibanez. Here are some of the situational hitting numbers for Ibanez and Burrell for 2008:

 
Pat Burrell — 2008
Situation AVG OBP SLG OPS
RISP 234 358 469 827
RISP, 2 outs 183 341 366 707
Bases Loaded 222 333 333 667
Men on, 2
outs
194 331 379 709
Man on 3rd, <
2 outs
381 441 476 917
         
 
Raul Ibanez — 2008
  AVG OBP SLG OPS
RISP 327 397 480 877
RISP, 2 outs 324 407 479 886
Bases Loaded 400 438 800 1.238
Men on, 2
outs
280 362 400 762
Man on 3rd, <
2 outs
444 468 694 1.163

Ibanez was better. To make any decision based on those numbers would be absurd, though. Burrell, for example, had 12 plate appearances with the bases loaded in 2008. Here’s what the two have done over their careers:

 
Pat Burrell — Career
Situation AVG OBP SLG OPS
RISP 263 386 467 853
RISP, 2 outs 244 389 467 856
Bases Loaded 293 385 463 848
Men on, 2
outs
264 395 511 906
Man on 3rd, <
2 outs
302 405 442 847
         
 
Raul Ibanez — Career
  AVG OBP SLG OPS
RISP 305 380 493 873
RISP, 2 outs 287 385 469 854
Bases Loaded 371 387 621 1.008
Men on, 2
outs
295 374 486 859
Man on 3rd, <
2 outs
392 430 653 1.083

Generally speaking, Ibanez was better. Burrell’s numbers with runners in scoring position and two outs are a tiny bit better if you go by OPS, and his results with two outs and men on are better. Overall, though, Ibanez has hit better in those situations.

This all seems fantastic. There’s a problem, though. Burrell is a better hitter than Ibanez overall, which means that there must be some situation in which he’s a lot better than Ibanez. And there is:

 
Pat Burrell — 2008
Situation AVG OBP SLG OPS
Bases Empty 264 393 540 933
         
 
Raul Ibanez — 2008
  AVG OBP SLG OPS
Bases Empty 255 311 453 764

Enormous difference in how much they got aboard with the bases empty. Burrell also outslugged Ibanez by a lot. In 2008, 344 of Ibanez’s 707 plate appearances, about 49%, came with the bases empty. For Burrell it was 377 of 645 plate appearances (about 58%) that came with the bases empty. That seems counter-intuitive, to me at least, given that Burrell hit behind Utley and Howard and Ibanez spent much of the year hitting behind low on-basers, including Jose Lopez (.322) and Jeremy Reed (.314). I’d guess some of the factors include Burrell leading off an inning more often than Ibanez (just barely, though, about 20% of his plate appearances compared to about 19.7% for Ibanez) and the number nine hitter in the AL not making an out nearly as often as the nine hitter in the NL. Howard or Utley also cleared the bases with a home run a little more regularly than Lopez or Reed.

If you look at the career numbers, Burrell is still better, but not by as much:

 
Pat Burrell — Career
Situation AVG OBP SLG OPS
Bases Empty 248 356 482 838
         
 
Raul Ibanez — Career
  AVG OBP SLG OPS
Bases Empty 272 328 456 784

The gap narrows there, but Burrell is still getting on base a lot more of the time.

Also of note is that if you consider all situations with any runner on base, Burrell has also been a little better overall if you measure using OPS. In his career, Burrell has hit 267/378/488 (.866 OPS) with runners on while Ibanez has hit 302/366/490 (.857 OPS).

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