With the signing of Rodrigo Lopez to a minor league deal, at this point it’s looking like virtually all of the starts the Phillies make this season will be made by a group of nine pitchers that includes Cole Hamels, Brett Myers, Joe Blanton, Jamie Moyer, Kyle Kendrick, Chan Ho Park, JA Happ, Rodrigo Lopez and Carlos Carrasco. Carrasco has yet to appear in a major league game, so his stats are not included here.
In comparing the other eight pitchers, it’s important to remember that they have not all played in the same leagues through the years. Several of them have spent their whole career in the National League, while others have been mostly in the American League, which is like baseball but instead of the pitcher batting for himself they wake up David Ortiz and ask him to hit the ball to next Thursday:
Hamels, Myers, Kendrick and Happ have been in the NL for their whole careers. Moyer, Blanton and Lopez have pitched primarily in the AL and Park has seen more time in the NL than the AL.
Here are the career ERAs and ratios for the group:
And here is what opposing hitters have done against the eight at the plate:
For me, the most surprising thing from the chart above is how impressive Chan Ho Park’s career numbers are relative to the rest of the group, especially the batting average and slugging percentage. By OPS that opposing hitters have put up against the group over their careers, Hamels has the best mark at .685, Blanton is next at .732 and Park is third with .742 (the rest of the list goes Moyer (.744), Happ (.748), Myers (.767), Lopez (.783) and Kendrick (.821)).
The Phillies have played three spring training games since the last post, going 1-2 to put their spring record at 4-5.
Today they lost to Atlanta, 7-2.
Blanton got the start and held the Braves to a run over four innings, but Carrasco followed and was hit hard again. Carrasco was charged with five runs on six hits over two innings. Happ and Park seem to be flying high in the battle for fifth starter these days, with Kendrick scuffling. If you thought Carrasco had a chance to be the guy when spring training started it’s hard to see that happening the way things have been going recently. Still a long way to go — unless the Phils acquire another left-handed reliever before the start of the season I still think it’s likely Happ starts the year in the pen.
Mayberry had a rough day today, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Donald was 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and an RBI. He has his spring average up to .238. Giles continues to see a lot of time. Today he played third and went 2-for-4 with an error. Paulino was 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI.
Yesterday the Phils beat the Tigers 8-2.
A huge day for Happ and another home run from Mayberry were the story of the game. Moyer got the start and allowed a run in four innings, but after that Happ came on and stuck out seven in three scoreless frames. Happ allowed just two hits and didn’t walk a batter. Koplove also threw another perfect inning, keeping his spring ERA at 0.00.
Offensively, Mayberry hit a three-run homer off of Edwin Jackson in the first to put the Phils up early. Howard hit a three-run homer of his own in the fifth. Donald 1-for-3. Giles 0-for-1 and made an appearance in left field — he has never played in the outfield in a major league game.
On Friday the Phils lost to the Blue Jays, falling 4-3.
Park made the start for the Phils and allowed a run on two singles and a double over four innings. He struck out four and didn’t walk a batter. Gary Majewski threw another two perfect innings, striking out two.
Jenkins was 1-for-3 with a double and drove in all three Phillies runs. Ozuna 2-for-4 with a stolen base. Dobbs 2-for-4. Paulino 0-for-3 and struck out twice. Giles played third again and went 0-for-2 with a walk and a hit by pitch.
Earlier in the day Brett Myers was hit hard in a B-game, allowing five runs on six hits, including two home runs, and two walks over three innings.
The Phillies play the Reds tomorrow with Cole Hamels expected to pitch.
Ruiz left Panama’s game with Puerto Rico with a neck injury on Saturday, but is okay.