When you think of the Phillies, you probably think more of the big bats of Utley, Howard, Rollins and Burrell and less of Joe Blanton and JC Romero. But it was almost inarguably the pitchers that played a bigger role in bringing the Phils their first World Series trophy since a breathless nation learned who shot JR (with apologies to those of you who are 28 years behind on your Netflix TV series DVD queue, it was Kristin Shepard).
I’d also like to say for the record something I think we’ve all known for a while: queue is an odd little word that seems like it shouldn’t be possible. I think it thinks nobody’s watching, but we are. It would be nothing without Netflix. And England. It seems like it somehow got through committee and should be up for review any time now. I’ve been waiting for news of a recall for years now, but, so far, nothing.
In 14 post-season games in 2008, the Phillies scored 64 runs and allowed 44. That’s a rate of about 4.57 runs scored per game and about 3.14 runs allowed per game. They scored runs at a rate lower (worse) than they did during the regular season (in the regular season they scored 799 runs in 162 games, about 4.93 runs per game) and allowed runs at a lower (better) rate (they allowed 680 runs in 2008, about 4.19 runs per game).
The 3.14 runs per game allowed in the post-season for the Phils is outstanding. Over the regular season this year the team in all of baseball that allowed the fewest runs was the Toronto Blue Jays. They allowed 610 runs in 162 games, about 3.77 per game.
The Phillies got ten quality starts in 14 post-season games, including five quality starts in the five games of the World Series (here’s the post-season Start Log). Cole Hamels has made six post-season starts for the Phils between 2007 and 2008, all six of which have been quality starts.
As a group, the Phillies bullpen threw to a 1.79 ERA in the 2008 post-season.
The Phillies used four starting pitchers in the post-season. Here’s what they did during the post-season, what the same group did during the regular season and what all of the Phillies starters (including Hamels, Myers, Moyer and Blanton) did during the regular season:
season (this group)
season (all PHI SP)
They were better in the post-season than they were during the regular season. Moyer had two miserable starts and one good one and Myers struggled twice, but Hamels and Blanton were both fantastic.
Moyer and Hamels have a bigger impact on the “Total regular season (this group)” than Blanton and Myers. They threw 423 2/3 innings with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.20 ratio. Blanton and Myers combined to throw just 260 2/3 innings with a 4.45 ERA and a 1.38 ratio.
Here’s what the seven relievers did during the post-season, and what all Phillies relievers did as a group in 2008:
relievers 2008 regular season
Lidge and Madson have been widely recognized as having played a crucial role for the Phillies in relief, but Romero belongs in that group as well. Romero, Madson and Lidge combined to give the Phils 29 1/3 innings in the post-season, throwing to a 1.23 ERA with an 0.85 ratio while striking out 32.
The Phillies won three one-run games in the World Series, taking game one 3-2, game three 5-4 and game five 4-3.
Rollins and Victorino won Gold Gloves. The best defensive players on the Phils not to win Gold Gloves were Feliz and Ruiz. David Wright won at third base and Yadier Molina at catcher.
The 2008 World Series Film will debut in Philadelphia area theaters on November 24. Ticket information and information about the DVD is available here.