Archive for September 30th, 2008

Nothing like a cold pitcher of Brewer

The post-season rosters haven’t been set yet, but here’s a look at what some of the guys that could be pitching out of the Milwaukee pen over the next few days have done this season and in September:

   
2008

September, 2008

Player
L/R IP ERA Ratio K IP ERA Ratio K
Eric Gagne R 46.1 5.44 1.47 38 11.2 3.09 0.94 10
Salomon Torres R 80.0 3.49 1.45 51 12.2 8.53 2.05 7
Guillermo Mota R 57.0 4.11 1.40 50 10.1 2.61 1.06 8
C Villanueva R 108.1 4.07 1.31 93 15.1 2.35 1.17 16
Seth McClung R 105.1 4.02 1.41 87 16.1 1.10 1.04 17
Brian Shouse L 51.1 2.81 1.17 33 5.0 7.20 1.40 1
Mitch Stetter L 25.1 3.20 1.30 31 2.2 6.75 1.88 2

McClung actually made one start in September — along with Gagne, Villanueva and Mota, he has nice numbers this month.

Torres was hit hard twice in his last six appearances, both times by the Cubs, and has the numbers to prove it. On Saturday he gave up three runs on three hits without getting an out. On September 18 he was charged with four runs in an inning in Chicago.

The issue of who is going to get out Howard and Utley (and presumably Stairs and Jenkins off the bench) could be a big one this series. Both Shouse and Stetter at first glance appear to have pretty solid numbers for the season and miserable numbers for September. Not to be forgotten is how fragile those numbers for the month are given how few innings each of them has pitched. Settler has been charged with runs in just one of his seven appearances this month. Shouse was charged with a run or more in two of his seven appearances.

Opponents are hitting just .165 against Stetter, but he has walked 19 in 25 1/3 innings.

And here’s the Phillies:

   
2008

September, 2008

Player
L/R IP ERA Ratio K IP ERA Ratio K
Brad Lidge R 69.1 1.95 1.23 92 12.2 0.71 1.34 17
Ryan Madson R 82.2 3.05 1.23 67 14.0 0.64 0.93 17
Chad Durbin R 87.2 2.87 1.32 63 11.2 6.94 1.89 5
Clay Condrey R 69.0 3.26 1.51 34 8.2 1.04 1.15 4
Rudy Seanez R 43.1 3.53 1.45 30 7.0 2.57 0.86 5
JC Romero L 59.0 2.75 1.34 52 6.0 7.50 2.00 5
Scott Eyre L 25.2 4.21 1.17 32 6.1 4.26 1.11 8

Manuel will surely rely on Madson, Durbin, Romero and Lidge with the game on the line. The Phillies wouldn’t have won 92 games and probably wouldn’t be in the playoffs without the contributions they got from Durbin and Lidge this season. But Durbin has been terrible of late. It sure feels like Lidge has been shaky recently, too, but that may just be because we’ve never seen much of anything go wrong with him in a Phillies uniform. His numbers sure weren’t shaky in September.

Unbelievable month for Madson, which didn’t get the recognition it deserves. Seventeen strikeouts in 14 innings while yielding just a single earned run.

Seanez and Condrey probably won’t be on the mound if the outcome is in question and Manuel has any other choice. Both have pitched well, though.

As a Phillies fan, the guy I’m most scared of out of the pen these days is Durbin. Romero is 1A — another guy that had just an amazing year and helped get the Phillies where they are. Fifty-two strikeouts in 59 innings. He may be worn down a bit, though. Over his last ten appearances he’s gotten more than one out without being charged a run just twice.

Lidge, Madson and Durbin both pitched last on Saturday. Romero last pitched on Friday. Those guys are the core of the pen and that’s a lot of rest for some pitchers who needed a lot of rest. Hopefully it was enough.

It appears now that JA Happ will be on the roster to pitch out of the pen, perhaps costing Seanez his spot. Happ threw to a 3.69 ERA in 31 2/3 innings for the Phils this season. He appeared in eight games, making four starts. He struck out 26 with a 1.33 ratio. He was very good down the stretch, throwing 18 2/3 innings in September with a 2.41 ERA and a 1.07 ratio.

Burrell hurt his back in batting practice today. His status for tomorrow is unknown. That’s a big deal if he misses game one, but not quite as big a deal as it would be if Yovani Gallardo wasn’t right-handed.


Nothing like a cold Brewer

Here’s a look at 20 offensive players who could impact the upcoming series between the Phils and Brewers, what they’ve done for the year and what they’ve done since (and including) September 20:

     

Hot
Chase Utley
292/380/353
10-for-27 (.370, 3 2B, 2 HR, 2
BB) 1.137 OPS
Rickie Weeks
234/342/398
5-for-18, (.278, 1 3B, 2 HR, 4
BB) 1.131 OPS
Ryan Howard

251/339/543
8-for-26 (.308; 1 2B, 1 3B, 2
HR, 2 BB) 1.054 OPS
Shane Victorino
293/352/447
11-for-28 (.393, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1
HR) 1.036 OPS
Prince Fielder
276/372/507
10-for-32 (.313, 3 2B, 2 HR, 3
BB) .965 OPS
Tweener    
Pat Burrell
250/367/507
5-for-20 (.250, 3 2B, 1 HR, 5
BB) .957 OPS
Ryan Braun
285/335/553
8-for-32 (.250, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2
HR, 3 BB) .896 OPS
Pedro Feliz
249/302/402
4-for-15 (.267, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2
BB) .886 OPS
Greg Dobbs
301/333/491
4-for-12 (.333, 2 2B, 0 BB) .833
OPS
Craig Counsell
226/355/302
3-for-13 (.231, 1 2B, 6 BB, 2
HBP) .832 OPS
Ray Durham
289/380/432
3-for-12 (.250, 2 2B, 2 BB) .774
OPS
     
     

Not
   
Jimmy Rollins
277/349/437
6-for-27 (.222, 4 2B, 5 BB) .714
OPS
JJ Hardy
283/343/478
7-for-27 (.259, 2 2B, 1 3B) .707
OPS
Mike Cameron
243/331/477
8-for-32 (.250, 2 2B, 3 BB) .646
OPS
Jason Kendall
246/327/324
7-for-28 (.250, 2 2B, 1 BB) .597
OPS
Bill Hall
225/293/396
3-for-13 (.231, 1 2B, 1 BB) .594
OPS
Chris Coste
263/325/423
0-for-6 (.000, 1 BB)  .541
OPS
Jayson Werth
273/363/498
5-for-31 (.161, 1 HR, 10 K) .419
OPS
Carlos Ruiz
219/320/300
1-for-19 (.053, 5 BB) .293 OPS
Corey Hart
268/300/459
4-for-28 (.143, 0 XBH, 0 BB)
.272 OPS

All those guys should be healthy for the Brewers, Durham has a minor issue with his hamstring and Hardy a minor issue with his thumb.

Corey Hart isn’t just cold over the last few days. He hit 173/192/245 in September. Hall a little better, 182/250/250 this month. Cameron has also struggled, 176/257/253 in September. Kendall (202/295/298) and Hardy (255/300/451) haven’t been as bad.

The Phils sent Fabio Castro to the Jays to complete the deal for Stairs. I still think Castro has a chance to be really good. Nice to have Stairs, too, though — it’s unfortunate that Jenkins struggled so badly this season (and was injured) and the Phils had to bring in Stairs.


  • Calender

    September 2008
    M T W T F S S
    « Aug   Oct »
    1234567
    891011121314
    15161718192021
    22232425262728
    2930  
  • Online Marketing
    Add blog to our blog directory.



    Web Directory

    Blogging Fusion Blog Directory

  • Copyright © 1996-2010 Philliesflow.com. All rights reserved.
    iDream theme by Templates Next | Powered by WordPress