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February 7 2007

One of the many things that Chase Utley did well last season was hit against left-handed pitchers.  Here's a look at Utley's numbers against lefties over the past three seasons:

 

Year AB AVG OBP SLG OPS XBH % of AB vs LHP
2006 216 301 394 463 857 22 32.8
2005 128 219 348 469 817 15 23.6
2004 45 200 234 289 523 2 16.9

Notably, Utley hit 82 points higher against lefties last season than in '05.  His percentage of at-bats against southpaws also continued to grow as he moved from a guy who battled for time with Placido Polanco to one of the best everyday players in the league.  A little odd is that he actually posted a higher slugging percentage while hitting .219 in 2005 than he did in hitting .301 last season.

Coming into '06 there had to be at least a little bit of a question about just how long it would take for Utley to hit lefties.  In 185 at-bats against left-handed pitching before '06 he had gone just 41-for-185 (.223).  Looks like we can all just calm down a little.

Brett Myers has lost weight.

An article on the Phillies web site reviews left-handed starting pitching prospects in the organization.  If we're voting on the anonymous scouting report, I'm going thumbs down.  On the other hand, if you're going to be a pitcher you can't do much better in terms of a name than "Outman."   Another article on the team's site has an overview of the Phils headed into spring training.

This article says that the Phillies have yet to discuss a new contract with Ryan Howard's new agent.  It also says that the Phillies are close to a deal with Geoff Geary.  Geary is the Phillies' final remaining arbitration-eligible player and has a hearing date set for February 19 if no deal is reached.

Beerleaguer's Jason Weitzel talked about the Phillies on WIP last night.  You can listen to the audio at Balls, Sticks and Stuff.

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