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January 24 2007

Last season the Phillies scored 865 runs in 162 games, about 5.34 per game.  Their offense plated 603 runs in 110 night games, about 5.48 per game, and 262 in their 52 day games, about 5.03 per game.  Overall in the National League last season, seven of the 16 teams averaged more runs in their night games than their day games, and of those seven only two had a bigger difference in the average number of runs scored at day and night than the Phillies did.

 

  Day Night  
Team G R R/G G R R/G Better
PHI 52 262 5.03 110 603 5.48 N +.45
FLA 46 235 5.11 116 523 4.51 D +.60
NYM 55 303 5.51 107 531 4.96 D +.55
ATL 48 251 5.23 114 598 5.25 N + .02
WAS 53 253 4.77 109 493 4.52 D +.25
               
CHI 83 374 4.51 79 342 4.33 D + .18
CIN 57 222 3.89 105 527 5.02 N +1.13
HOU 47 195 4.15 115 540 4.70 N + .55
MIL 55 248 4.51 107 482 4.50 D + .01
PIT 55 225 4.09 107 466 4.36 N + .27
STL 56 294 5.25 105 487 4.64 D + .61
               
AZ 49 228 4.65 113 545 4.82 N + .17
COL 43 225 5.23 119 588 4.94 D +.29
LA 49 264 5.39 113 556 4.92 D +.47
SD 54 265 4.91 108 466 4.31 D + .60
SF 61 275 4.51 100 471 4.71 N + .20

One of the interesting things about the list is that the three teams in the NL that hit the most home runs, the Braves, Reds and Phillies, were all among the teams that scored more runs per game in their night games than their days games.  The split is most dramatic with the Reds, who were a different offensive team in the day than at night.  In terms of average runs per game, the Reds were the third highest-scoring team in the NL in their night games and 16th of 16 in their day games.  On the other hand, the Pirates, the team that hit the fewest home runs in the NL last season, also scored more runs on the average in their night games than they did in their day games.

Of the Phils five top home run hitters, four of the five hit for a higher OPS in night games than in day games.  Curiously, the guy in the group who didn't was Ryan Howard.  Howard was an absolute monster during the day last year.  He posted an OPS of 1.179 in day games and 1.041 in night games.  During his 180 at-bats during day games he hit 22 home runs and slugged an absurd .733.

If the Phillies scored more runs during night games than day games, one thing for sure is that there must be some important Phillies who hit better during the night than during the day.  And there were.

 

Player OPS Day OPS Night
Utley 839 939
Rollins 756 836
Burrell 855 906
Victorino 610 841
Dellucci 771 990

Those five Phils were among the players on the team who were better at night than during the day last season.  But is that a pattern for those players?  For Victorino we don't know since he's seen so little time before '06.  For Dellucci it certainly is not -- he was a better hitter at night in '06 after being a batter hitter during the day from '02-'05.  Rollins has generally been better at night, but was better during the day in '05.  Utley and Burrell are the odd ones -- both have been consistently better at night than during the day.  Burrell has hit better at night in every year of his career and Utley has in every year except 2003, when he got just 134 at-bats.

Here are their career numbers:

 

Player AB AVG OBP SLG OPS
Utley - Day 539 276 339 456 796
Utley - Night 1063 293 373 535 908
Burrell - Day 1135 242 345 447 792
Burrell - Night 2392 266 370 495 865

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