In 2008, Phillies pitchers faced 6,229 hitters. 160 of them, or about 2.6%, hit home runs. That’s a home run every 38.9 plate appearances. Opposing hitters weren’t as likely to hit home runs in all counts, of course. The chart below shows how many plate appearance ended with a pitch delivered on that count, the percent of the plate appearances for the year that represents, the number of home runs hit on pitches delivered on that count, the percent of the total home runs allowed by the Phils for the year that is and the plate appearances that ended on that pitch between home runs for each of the counts:


Count

PA

% of PA

HR

% of HR

PA per HR

0-0

778

12.5

35

21.9

22.2

1-0

432

6.9

17

10.6

25.4

2-0

156

2.5
6
3.8

26.0

3-0

159

2.6
1
0.6

159.0

0-1

562

9.0

23

14.4

24.4

1-1

531

8.5

15

9.4

35.4

2-1

363

5.8

17

10.6

21.4

3-1

291

4.7
5
3.1

58.2

0-2

473

7.6
2
1.3

236.5

1-2

873

14.0

13

8.7

67.2

2-2

822

13.2

14

8.8

58.7

3-2

789

12.7

12

7.5

65.8

More home runs came on the first pitch of the plate appearance than any other — for one reason every plate appearance has an 0-0 pitch. Not every plate appearance has a 3-1 (for example) pitch. The difference between the percentage of the home runs allowed and the percentage of plate appearances is also largest for the first pitch.

Hamels and Myers were the biggest culprits at giving up first pitch home runs. They each gave up eight. Hamels gave up 28 home runs the year overall, Myers 29. So for Hamels about 29% of the home runs he allowed came on the first pitch and for Myers about 28% of the home runs he allowed came on the first pitch.

In 2007, Phillies pitchers faced 6,385 hitters and 198 of them homered. That’s 3.1% or a home run every 32.2 plate appearances. Here’s the counts they came on:


Count

PA

% of PA

HR

% of HR

PA per HR

0-0

817

12.8

43

21.7

19.0

1-0

465

7.3

27

13.6

17.2

2-0

169

2.6

14

7.1

12.1

3-0

181

2.8
2
1.0

90.5

0-1

582

9.1

19

9.6

30.6

1-1

567

8.9

14

7.1

40.5

2-1

345

5.4

17

8.6

20.3

3-1

308

4.8
3
1.5

102.7

0-2

480

7.5
6
3.0

80.0

1-2

893

14.0

12

6.1

74.4

2-2

843

13.2

21

10.6

40.1

3-2

735

11.5

20

10.1

36.8

Joe Blanton didn’t allow any home runs yesterday, on the first pitch or any other pitch. He was fantastic as the Phils topped the Marlins 5-1. With the win they are 8-10 in spring training.

Blanton allowed one hit, a single, over six shutout innings. He struck out three and did not walk a batter. Condrey pitched the eighth and gave up a run on two hits to raise his spring ERA to 1.69.

Ozuna went 0-for-4 with a walk to drop his spring average to .379. Donald 1-for-4 with a walk and an error. Mayberry 0-for-1 with a walk. Giles played third and went 1-for-3 with a double and an error, raising his average to .161. Coste 1-for-3 with a walk.

The Phillies play St Louis today with Carrasco expected to pitch.

Chan Ho Park has a sore left hamstring, but it should not keep him from pitching.

The article linked above also says that Hamels may throw off of a mound tomorrow. My guess is that the idea that the Phils would carry 14 hitters and 11 pitchers for the first few games of the season is unlikely, in part because of the health status of Park and especially Hamels.

Team USA will play Japan on Sunday in the World Baseball Classic. The winner of that game will play the winner of Saturday’s game between Venezuela and Korea in the finals. The US lost to Venezuela on Wednesday, 10-6, in a non-elimination game that was used to determine seeding for the final round. Rollins was 1-for-5 and left seven men on base. Victorino 0-for-4.

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