Last week I mentioned that Brett Myers has been very effective against lefties over his career. He has, and with a consistency that makes it a little tough to believe it’s a fluke. Myers has played seven seasons and thrown at least 68 innings in each of them. By the OPS that opposing hitters have posted against him, Myers has been better against lefties than righties in five of the seven seasons:

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In 2007 he pitched primarily out of the pen as the Phillies’ closer. In ’04 he floundered, throwing to a 5.52 ERA with a 1.47 ERA in 176 innings. As mostly a reliever in 2007, lefties did almost nothing against him, hitting 183/269/304 in 130 plate appearances.

Myers has faced 4,781 batters in his career. 2,501 (52.3%) of them were right-handed and 2,280 of them left-handed. Overall, the righties have hit 270/324/461 against him and the lefties 250/331/416 against him. He has walked left-handed batters at a higher rate than right-handed batters, but allowed hits and extra-base hits at a lower rate and struck them out more often:

  PA H % H BB % BB K % K XBH % XBH
vs R 2,501 618 24.7 154 6.2 485 19.4 234 9.4
vs L 2,280 501 22.0 236 10.4 451 19.8 189 8.3
Total 4,781 1119 23.4 390 8.2 936 19.6 423 8.8

Also, when he allows a hit, a hit to a left-handed hitter hasn’t been more likely to go for extra-bases than a hit given up to a right-handed hitter. By a small margin, just the opposite is true. Of the 618 hits he’s allowed to righties, 234 have gone for extra-bases (about 37.9%). He’s given up 501 hits to lefties and 189 of them have gone for extra-bases (37.7%).

Shane Victorino will play in the World Baseball Classic, taking the spot vacated by injured Grady Sizemore.

Adam Eaton signed a minor league deal with Baltimore.

The Phillies have played three games since the last post, going 2-1 to put their spring training record at 2-3.

Today the Phils beat the Braves 7-3. Coming off of a nice outing by Kendrick on Saturday, Chan Ho Park pitched well hisownself. Park allowed a run on four hits over three innings. The run came on a solo home run by Brian McCann. Brett Myers got the start and pitched well, too, giving up a run on three hits over three.

Giles was 2-for-3 and stole two bases. Donald went 0-for-1 with two walks — he’s 1-for-11 so far this spring training. Ruiz was 1-for-3 with two RBI. Mayberry had another hit, he was 1-for-3, and stole a base.

Yesterday the Phils beat the Rays 12-5. Jayson Werth was scheduled to see his first action of spring training, but was scratched from the lineup with an issue with his right shoulder.

Kendrick saw his first action as he makes his bid for the fifth starter job and allowed a run on four hits over 2 2/3 innings. Mike Koplove gave the Phils another scoreless inning in relief as he tries to find a way onto the team.

The Phils scored five runs in the first inning, getting home runs from Howard, Mayberry and Cairo. Mayberry went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI in the game. Ronny Paulino hit a solo shot in the sixth.

On Friday, the Reds beat the Phils 10-3.

Andrew Carpenter had a rough day. He got the start and was charged with four runs without getting an out. Sergio Escalona fared only a little better. Escalona went an inning and a third and gave up four runs on four hits and a walk. JC-coming-to-a-game-that-counts-around-the-start-of-June-Romero allowed an unearned run over two innings while walking three and Madson tossed a scoreless frame. Dave Borkowski struck out two in 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

Pablo Ozuna went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Victorino had a pair of doubles in three at-bats. Ibanez went 1-for-2 with a double and a walk and Dobbs was also 1-for-2 with a walk.

The Phillies play the Blue Jays on Monday with Carrasco and Happ both scheduled to pitch. All four of the candidates for the Phils’ fifth starter job have now pitched once and pitched well.