Archive for May, 2009

All that plus you never have to throw stuff at your TV cause the Phillies just used Bruntlett to pinch-run for him in the sixth inning of a tie game

Raul Ibanez has had a fantastic start to 2009. So far he has been inarguably better than Pat Burrell was last year with both the bat and with the glove. The table below shows Ibanez’s putouts and assists for the season, along with the numbers he would post if he continues to record them at that rate for the entire season and for the 1198 1/3 innings that Burrell played in left last season. It also shows Burrell’s numbers in left from ’08, the total numbers for all PHI left-fielders last year and the numbers for the ’08 left fielders that weren’t Burrell:

Player INN PO A E PO/INN
Ibanez, 2009 268.0 58 2 0 .216
Ibanez w/PB
innings
1198.3 259 9 0 .216
Ibanez season
pace
1447.2 313 11 0 .216
Burrell, 2008 1198.3 202 12 2 .169
All PHI LF ’08 1449.7 260 13 5 .179
Non-Burrell PHI
LF ’08
251.3 58 1 3 .231

So if Ibanez were to continue to make plays at the rate he has so far for 2009, and played as many innings this year as Burrell did last year, he would record 57 more putouts while making three fewer assists and two less errors.

The difference between Ibanez’s putouts per inning and Burrell’s is about .047. So Ibanez is creating about 1/20th more of an out every inning than Burrell. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but fifty-seven putouts over less than a year does. Ibanez has been catching balls at a rate that betters Burrell’s numbers from ’08 and is better than the putout rate for Phillies’ leftfielders overall last year. His putout rate is not as good as the non-Burrell Phillies who manned left last season — that group, which played 251 1/3 innings, includes Taguchi, Werth, Bruntlett, Bohn and Dobbs.

In 2008, Phillies left fielders, led by Burrell, made fewer plays per nine innings than the NL average. Baseball-Reference tracks the stats, and in 2008 the league average for range factor per nine innings was 1.91. Led by Burrell, the Phillies’ was 1.69. In 2009, the Phillies are getting more plays per nine innings from their left fielders (only Ibanez to this point) than the league average. The league average for range factor per nine innings in 1.92 and the mark for the Phillies is 2.01.

Finally, like Burrell, Ibanez is primarily in left field for the purposes of his bat. Unlike Burrell, Ibanez gets to play the whole game, which is a huge advantage for the Phillies. Burrell played just under 83% of the innings in left field last year and was regularly pulled for defensive purposes. That’s a lot of at-bats for Eric Bruntlett as a corner outfielder, which isn’t really what you’re looking for. Ibanez has played every inning in left so far this year for the Phils.


On the plus side, though, if someone would throw him the ball he would probably catch it

Ryan Howard has clearly made enormous improvements defensively in 2009. His reward so far is that he is making fewer plays overall — his range factor is the worst it’s ever been in his career. Here’s a look at his numbers defensively at first base over his career as well as the pace he’s on for 2009:

Year INN PO PO/Inn A A/inn E
2004 60.7 59 0.973 6 0.099 0
2005 706.3 707 1.001 40 0.057 5
2006 1412.0 1373 0.972 91 0.064 14
2007 1241.0 1191 0.960 103 0.083 12
2008 1402.3 1408 1.004 101 0.072 19
2009 pace 1446.8 1341 0.927 123 0.085 0

Howard hasn’t made an error yet in 2009, a remarkable feat coming off a season where he brutally made 19 to lead all of baseball at the position. With the exception of the 60 2/3 innings he played at first in 2004, he is also recording assists at the highest level of his career.

Oddly, however, as was mentioned above his range factor is the worst it has ever been for his career. That’s because he is making putouts at the lowest level of his career — if you look at his putouts per inning, none of the other years have been very close.

That surely means his fellow infielders are making fewer plays. And, for at least two of them, they are. Utley and Rollins both have been making defensive plays at rates that are lower than both their rates from 2008 and from over their careers. Here are the range factors for Utley, Rollins and Feliz for this year, last year and over their career:

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Both Utley and Rollins have been making defensive plays this season below both their rates for last year and for their careers. Feliz’s range factor at third base for ’09 is better than it was last year and better than it has been at the position over his career.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that Utley and Rollins have been worse defensive players in 2009 than they have over their careers. There are other explanations, one of which could be that the Phillies pitchers could simply be throwing more fly balls this year. If you’ve been watching the balls fly out of Citizens Bank Park (or anyplace else the Phillies are pitching in ’09), that certainly seems like a possibility. More strikeouts for Phils’ hurlers would also mean less plays to make for the defense.


Top down

The Braves were better than the Phillies over the weekend, and all of the sudden it isn’t the starting pitching that’s to blame for the Phils. After scoring ten runs in the series opener, the Phillies managed just four in the next two games. There’s more than one cause to the Phillies’ slump with the bats, but a big part of the problem is the lack offense they’re getting atop their order. Rollins has struggled all year, dropping his season average to .195 with an 0-for-5 yesterday, but he has now been joined by Victorino. Between the two of them they went 1-for-27 in the three-game set.

The Phillies have lost four of their last five and are 15-14 on the season after dropping two of three to the Braves over the weekend.

The Phils won the opener 10-6. It was really a blowout — the Braves scored one in the eighth and three in the ninth to make it look close. Hamels finally avoided injury and pitched well all in the same day and earned his first win of the year.

The Phils couldn’t figure out Javier Vazquez in game two as Atlanta topped them 6-2. Vazquez held the Phils to two runs on solo homers by Utley and Ibanez over 7 2/3 innings. Blanton went eight innings, but allowed six runs in the game.

Yesterday the Phils dropped game three 4-2. Myers pitched very well. Taschner took over for him in the top of the seventh and allowed a pair of runs to give Atlanta the lead. The Braves added an insurance run off of Lidge in the top of the ninth.

Overall, Phillies’ pitching threw to a 5.33 ERA with a 1.30 ratio in the series.

Hamels and Myers both made good starts, but Blanton’s was awful. As a group they put up a 4.05 ERA and a 1.05 ratio. They allowed just 16 hits and five walks over 20 innings — Blanton allowed eight of the hits. Myers and Hamels did not allow a home run. Blanton allowed two.

Hamels went six innings in game one, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks. He struck out seven. Best start of the year for Hamels.

Blanton got the game two start and went into the top of the fifth with the scored tied at 1-1. Javier Vazquez hit a one-out double that ignited an Atlanta rally and the Braves scored three runs in the frame. Chipper hit a two-run homer off of Blanton in the eighth. Blanton went eight innings in the game, allowing six runs on eight hits and a walk. His ERA for the year is 6.82.

Myers pitched very well in game three, holding the Braves to a run on five hits and two walks over six innings. His ERA for the season is 4.81. He remains the only pitcher in the Phillies starting rotation with an ERA under six.

The pen struggled in the series, pitching to a 9.00 ERA with a 2.00 ratio in seven innings. Taschner’s weak outing was a big factor in yesterday’s game. Condrey and Lidge both allowed home runs.

Happ did not pitch in the series.

Eyre pitched the ninth inning in game two, entering the game with the Phils down 6-2. He allowed a hit and a walk, but kept Atlanta off the board.

Taschner started the top of the seventh in game one with the Phils up 8-2. He allowed a walk, but kept the Braves off the board.

He started the seventh inning of game three with a 2-1 lead. Atlanta loaded the bases against him on two singles and a walk before Kotchman delivered a two-run single. Durbin took over for him with two outs and two on in the seventh and prevented further damage.

Durbin got the last out of the seventh with two men on in game three with the Phils down 3-2. He came back for the eighth and kept Atlanta off the board, dropping his ERA for the year to 3.57.

Condrey came in to pitch the eighth in game one with an 8-2 lead and allowed a solo home run to Omar Infante before retiring the next three.

Madson did not pitch in the series and has not pitched since May 5.

Lidge started the ninth inning of game one with a 10-3 lead. He gave up a walk and a double to the first two men he faced before Casey Kotchman hit one just out to left to make it 10-6. Lidge got the next three. It was bad, but not quite as bad as it sounds. The double was blooped to left and the home run Kotchman hit really just barely squeaked out.

He entered game three in the ninth with the Phils down 3-2 and allowed a run on a walk and a double. He has allowed runs in each of his last three appearances. He has an 11.25 ERA and a 2.00 ratio in four May appearances.

Everyone in the pen should be well-rested by the time the Phils play tomorrow.

The Phillies scored 14 runs in the three-game set.

Rollins is hitting 195/231/268 after going 1-for-14 with a double in the series. He’s hitting .171 in May after hitting .207 in April.

Victorino went 0-for-13 with a walk in the series. He’s hitting 272/319/464 on the year. Not outslugging Howard any more.

Utley went 3-for-12 with a double and two home runs in the series. He struck out six times. He’s hitting 309/437/639 for the year. Just .208 in May.

Howard was 3-for-12 with three doubles in the set. 287/364/539 for the season.

Werth was on the bench to start game three with Stairs starting in right. He went 2-for-6 with a walk and a home run. 287/392/564 for the year.

Ibanez went 2-for-11 with a home run in the series. He’s hitting 327/386/655 for the year. If he slugs .655 for the whole season, it would be a career high. Hitting just .257 so far in May without a walk.

Feliz was 2-for-9 with a double and two RBI in the series. 303/355/424.

Ruiz was 0-for-2 with a walk in the series. 173/273/207 for the year with one extra-base hit in 29 at-bats. Coste caught the first two games of the series with Ruiz behind the plate yesterday.

Coste started game one of the series for the Phils and delivered a fourth-inning home run, his first of the year. He also started game two. He went 2-for-5 in the series with a double, a home run and two walks. He’s hitting 204/316/367 for the year.

Bruntlett did not get an at-bat in the series and is hitting 143/231/286 for the year.

Dobbs got the start at third in game two with Vazquez on the mound. 1-for-5 with a single and an RBI in the series. 148/207/148 for the year in 27 at-bats (4-for-27 with four singles and two walks).

Stairs got the start in right field in game three. 2-for-2 with a double, an RBI and two walks in the series. 353/522/765 in 17 at-bats.

Cairo was 1-for-2 in the series and 2-for-15 with two singles on the year.


The defense rests

The Phillies lost an ugly series in New York over the past two days. They lost game one in what is nearly unprecedented fashion for them, making three errors and allowing the only run of the game to score on an abysmal play by Feliz that allowed Carlos Delgado to score from first on a dribbler to third base. Last night they fielded fine, but didn’t have enough comeback in them to make up for the 7-1 hole Moyer’s miserable start found them in before the third inning was over.

There was some good news for the Phillies. JA Happ was absolutely fantastic in long relief last night, throwing 3 2/3 scoreless innings to drop his ERA to 2.84 on the year. Chan Ho Park was brilliant in the first game of the set. Jayson Werth remains hot, putting up a 4-for-4 with yet another homer in last night’s game. He’s on pace to hit 31.

I think there’s other good news, too, and it’s this: The Phillies just play like they own the Mets, even when they lose. Partly they earned that themselves and partly the Mets helped forge the dynamic with what they did in 2007 and 2008. Regardless of how the teams got to this point, though, it’s just the way it is until New York changes it or the Phillies give it away. The Phillies don’t look ready to give it away. You can see it when a Condrey pitch sends David Wright looking for cover and Shane Victorino throws elbows at Mets’ infielders on the bases. Not sure I would have cared for either of those plays were I not a Phillies fan. A long time ago, I wrote that I was getting a little tired of seeing the Phils look like a bunch of swell guys who went down with a lot of character. I was ready to watch them take somebody’s lunch money. A lot has changed since then.

The Phillies were swept by the Mets in a two-game series in New York. They are 14-12.

Chan Ho Park gave the Phillies their best start of the season in game one, but Bruntlett hit for him in the top of the seventh. Feliz made a critical error in the bottom of the seventh, fielding a dribbler to third and throwing the ball into right field to allow a runner to score all the way from first. It was the only run the Mets would need in a game where Johan Santana gave New York seven shutout innings. The Mets won game on 1-0.

Moyer put the Phils in a big hole in game two. He left in the third with the Phils down 7-1. Howard and Werth hit home runs to help get the Phillies back in the game, but the rally fell short and the Mets took the game 7-5.

Overall in the series, Phillies pitchers threw 16 innings, allowing eight runs on 12 hits and seven walks. They threw to a 3.94 ERA and a 1.19 ratio while striking out 11.

Combined, Park and Moyer threw to a 7.56 ERA and a 1.44 ratio.

Park was fantastic in game one. He pitched around two errors, one his own, in the bottom of the sixth. The Phillies hit for him in the top of the seventh with two outs and a man on third. He allowed a single and two walks over six shutout innings.

Moyer was awful in game two. He didn’t make it out of the third, allowing seven runs on seven hits and two walks over 2 1/3 innings. He gave up three homers.

Again, the relief pitching was fantastic for the Phils. They allowed one unearned run over 7 2/3 innings while giving up four hits and three walks. They threw to a 0.00 ERA and an 0.91 ratio and struck out five.

In the last two series combined, two games with the Mets and two with the Cards, the bullpen has thrown to a 1.26 ERA and an 0.84 ratio over 14 2/3 innings.

Happ entered game two in the bottom of the third with men on second and third with one out and the Phillies down 7-1. He pitched very well. He got the pitcher Pelfery on a ground ball and struck out Reyes to avoid further damage in the third. He pitched the fourth, fifth and sixth, keeping the Mets off the board while allowing just two singles.

Taschner came into game two in the bottom of the eighth with nobody out, a man on first and the Phils down 7-5. He set the three men he faced down in order to drop his ERA for the year to 4.38.

Eyre started the bottom of the seventh in game one with the score tied at 0-0. He was pitching for his third straight day. He walked Delgado, but got the righty Wright to pop to Werth in shallow right. Lefty Daniel Murphy blasted a ball to left-center, but Victorino tracked it down. He left the game when righty Fernando Tatis hit for lefty Jeremy Reed.

The Phillies just got lucky letting Eyre pitch to Wright.

Durbin came in to pitch to Tatis with two outs in the seventh. Delgado was on first and the score was tied at 0-0. Tatis hit a dribbler to third. Feliz had no chance to get even the slow Tatis, but made an off-balance throw anyway. The throw was horrid and went into right field. Delgado scored all the way from first to make it 1-0. Durbin walked Sheffield, but struck lefty Ryan Church out to leave two men stranded. He came back and was impressive in the eighth, setting down Reyes, Cora and Beltran in order.

It worked out as well as it could for the Phillies, but I’m not a fan of letting Durbin pitch to Church in the seventh, either. The Phils were at the top of the order so the pitcher wasn’t going to pitch for a long time. So Eyre pitched to Wright in the inning and Durbin to Church and the thing that hurt the Phils was Feliz throwing the ball into the outfield. Church’s at-bat in particular seemed a lovely time to call on Happ or Taschner.

Condrey pitched the seventh inning of game two with the Phillies down 7-3. He nearly killed Wright with a pitch up near his head. He went on to walk Wright, which was the only runner he allowed in the inning. He faced the first batter in the eighth and gave up a single before being removed for Taschner.

Madson did not pitch in the series.

Lidge did not pitch.

Happ is clearly unavailable tonight after throwing 47 pitches in last night’s game. I would guess the rest of the pen would be available.

Offensively, the Phillies scored six runs over two games.

Rollins was 2-for-9 in the series. He’s hitting 211/250/284 for the season. He has two walks and one extra-base hit, a double, over his last 36 at-bats.

Victorino was 2-for-8 with a double. 304/347/518 for the year.

Utley was 0-for-7 with a walk in the series. He’s hitting 318/458/612 for the year. He’s 2-for-his-last-15.

Howard made a great diving play on a ball that Reyes hit in between first and second with two outs in the bottom of the sixth and the score tied at 0-0. Park, however, did not handle his flip to first and Reyes was safe. He’s hitting 291/376/544 for the year after going 2-for-8 with a double and a home run in the two-game set.

Werth went 4-for-4 last night and was 4-for-8 with a double and a home run in the series. He’s hitting 284/384/547 for the season. 364/423/909 with three homers in 22 at-bats in May.

Ibanez was 2-for-8 with a double in the series. 343/405/676 for the season. If he slugs .676 for the season, it would be a career high for him.

Feliz had a miserable at-bat in game one. With nobody out in the seventh and Ibanez on second with the score tied at 0-0, Feliz popped to the catcher. Later in the same inning he made a miserable play on a dribbler to third that Tatis hit, throwing the ball away and allowing Delgado to score from first to put the Mets up 1-0. Bad decision to throw the ball at all and a terrible throw once he did.

He made a really nice play in the bottom of the second in game two. Beltran hit a ball hard down the line. Feliz back-handed and made a strong throw to get him. They didn’t decided to take five runs away from the Mets, though, for whatever reason.

He went 1-for-7 with a single in the series. He’s hitting 311/366/433 for the year. He hasn’t drawn a walk yet in May.

Ruiz threw the ball into center field in the bottom of the sixth in game one when Reyes stole second. Reyes took third on the error, but Park worked around it, getting Beltran to pop to left with men on first and third to turn the Mets away. He went 0-for-6 in the series. He’s hitting 185/267/222 for the season.

Coste is hitting 182/280/273 for the year. He didn’t play in the series and last got a plate appearance on May 2.

Dobbs was 0-for-1 in the series to drop his line for the season to 136/208/136 (3-for-22 with three singles).

Stairs got a chance against K-Rod with two outs in the ninth in game one with the Phils down 1-0. He flew to center to end the game. He was 0-for-1 with a walk in the series and is hitting 267/421/667 for the year in 15 at-bats.

Bruntlett hit for Park with two outs and a man on third in the top of the seventh in a scoreless game one. Santana struck him out on three pitches. Bruntlett is a poor, poor best pinch-hitting option against a left-handed pitcher.

Cairo was 0-for-1 in the series and is 1-for-13 with a single and no walks on the year.


And if they would just let Bruntlett pitch it could be like pinch-hitting for the pitcher three times in every game

The Phillies have gone to their bullpen a lot this season. Often they’ve had to because their starting pitcher was miserably ineffective. Other times Cole Hamels has been injured in the fourth inning. Yet other times they let Eric Bruntlett hit in the top of the seventh for the guy throwing a one-hit shutout. Whatever the cause, the Phillies relief corps has been tested early and the innings are piling up.

This is partly disguised by the fact that the Phillies have played fewer games than many of the teams in the National League — if you look at the innings pitched by bullpens the Phillies aren’t at the top of the list.

In 2008, Phils’ relievers threw 483 innings. Only two NL teams, the Brewers and the Diamondbacks, threw fewer. Almost inarguably, their bullpen was the best in the league. Including last night’s game, they are on pace to throw 574 2/3 innings in 2009 (last year, Pittsburgh’s relievers threw the most innings in the NL at 567 2/3). And if you compare the number of innings the Phillies are throwing in relief to the other teams in the NL, they are on pace to lead the league in innings pitched by the pen (the chart below does not include last night’s games):

Team G IP IP/Game Pace Rank
HOU 27 96.3 3.57 578.0 3
LAD 28 92.0 3.29 532.3 6
FLA 26 89.7 3.45 558.7 4
SD 27 88.7 3.28 532.0 7
PHI 24 86.7 3.61 585.0 1
WAS 24 85.7 3.57 578.3 2
NYM 25 83.7 3.35 542.2 5
STL 26 82.7 3.18 515.1 9
MIL 26 80.0 3.08 498.5 10
ARI 26 79.3 3.05 494.3 12
COL 24 78.3 3.26 528.7 8
ATL 26 76.7 2.95 477.7 13
SF 25 76.7 3.07 496.8 11
CHI 26 76.3 2.94 475.6 14
CIN 25 71.0 2.84 460.1 15
PIT 25 68.7 2.75 445.0 16

Happ is on a pace to throw 99 1/3 innings in relief. Condrey 97. Durbin 106. Madson about 86 1/3. Madson and Durbin have both been starters in the past, so those numbers wouldn’t be career highs for them. Still, it’s a lot of innings to pitch in relief — in 2008, Durbin led the NL in relief innings pitched and he threw 87 2/3. Madson was fifth at 82 2/3.

There’s no way that all four of those guys are going to throw the number of innings the projections above suggest. What the projections do show, though, is that there has been a cost to the miserable start to the year by the rotation even if you don’t see it in wins and losses.

At the same time, it may be a little too early for projections. Condrey, for example, is on pace to win about 19 games, which is 13 more than the six that Hamels, Blanton and Park are on pace to win combined. Durbin and Lidge are on pace to allow 45 home runs a year after they combined to allow seven (they’ve already allowed seven this season). I’d guess that at least one of those things doesn’t even happen.


First things first

Coming off a sweep of the Cards in a two-game set, the Phils wake up this morning in first place in the NL East. As has been the story all season long, the success in St Louis had a lot more to do with outstanding work by the offense than it did with the team’s starting pitching. Blanton was very good in game one, by Myers scuffled again in game two. The Phillies took the series in large part thanks to good bullpen work and the trio of Victorino, Werth and Howard, who combined to go 11-for-23 with 14 RBI in the series.

The Phillies swept a two-game set with the Cardinals and are now 14-10 on the season. They have won three games in a row and are four games above .500 for the first time this year.

The Phillies took the first game of the series 6-1. Blanton was fantastic, holding the Cards to a run on four hits over six innings. Werth put the Phillies up 2-1 with a two-run homer off of Kyle Lohse in the fourth. Howard hit a grand slam off of Lohse in the top of the fifth. Madson, Eyre and Durbin finished it off with three scoreless innings in which they allowed one hit.

The pitching wasn’t nearly as good last night, but the offense was better. A day after pointing out that the Phillies rarely put up a lot of runs in games started by Myers they did just that. They needed them, too, as they topped the Cards 10-7. Myers took a 4-1 lead into the bottom of the fourth before allowing a pair of home runs to make it a 4-3 game. A three-run homer by Werth in the top of the fifth put the Phils up 7-3. St Louis cut the lead to two by the top of the seventh, when the Phils pushed across two more runs on three singles and two hit batters to make it 9-5. Condrey yielded a run in the bottom of the seventh and Pujols hit a solo shot off of Lidge in the bottom of the ninth.

Overall, Phillies pitching threw 18 innings in the series and allowed eight runs. They threw to a 4.00 ERA with a 1.11 ratio.

Two starts, one great one by Blanton and a bad one by Myers. Combined they went 11 1/3 innings with a 4.76 ERA and a 1.32 ratio. Blanton didn’t allow a home run and Myers allowed two.

Blanton allowed four hits and two walks in game one. One of the hits was a ball that is usually fielded by Rollins. He got his first win of the year and lowered his ERA to 6.84. Best start of the year for Blanton. Also the first start in which he has not allowed a home run.

Myers allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings in game two. He allowed nine hits, including two home runs, and didn’t walk a batter. He only struck out one.

The relief pitching was very good for the Phillies. In the series they allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings, throwing to a 2.70 ERA with an 0.75 ratio. They allowed just three hits and two walks over 6 2/3 frames. Pujols homered off of Lidge last night, which was the only longball they gave up.

Happ did not pitch in the series. If nothing else it should mean he will be well-rested if he needs to bail out Park.

Taschner did not pitch in the series. Needs to pitch if he’s on the team.

Eyre pitched the seventh inning of game one with a 6-1 lead. He allowed a one-out double to Joe Thurston, but got the next two to keep the Cards off the board. He came into game two in the bottom of the sixth, relieving Myers with the bases loaded and one out. He got Khalil Greene on a ball driven to right-center that Victorino took for the second out as the runner from third tagged and scored, then got Joe Thurston on a popup to the mound. Could have been much worse.

Durbin pitched the ninth inning of game one with a five-run lead. He hit Tyler Greene to start the inning, but got the next three.

Condrey started the seventh inning of game two with a 7-5 lead. He got two outs and was charged with a run on a double and two walks. It was just the second of his 15 appearances on the year that he’s been charged with a run. He has a 1.80 ERA for the year.

Madson threw a perfect eighth in game one with a 6-1 lead. In game two, he got the final out for Condrey in the bottom of the seventh with two outs, men on second and third and the Phillies up 9-6 (Tyler Greene flew to right). He came back and threw a 1-2-3 eighth.

Fantastic series for Madson. Last night’s game was the first that he went more than an inning in a game for the season. Over his last seven appearances he’s gone 7 1/3 innings without allowing a run. He’s allowed four hits and four walks.

Lidge pitched the ninth with a 10-6 lead in game two. Pujols led off the inning with a home run before Lidge got the next three. He has a 6.75 ERA for the year and has allowed four home runs in 10 2/3 innings. In 2008 he allowed two home runs in 69 1/3 innings.

I was surprised that Manuel did not use Taschner with a five-run lead in game one, instead throwing Durbin, Madson and Eyre.

Madson and Eyre each pitched in both games of the series. Madson did not throw more than ten pitches in either outing, but he did get more than three outs in a game for the first time on the year. Eyre did not throw more than 11 pitches in either game.

The Phillies scored 16 runs in the two-game set.

Rollins probably should have made a play in the bottom of the second in game one on a ground ball by Ludwick. It was a hard play, but one he usually makes. He went 3-for-10 with a double in the series and is hitting 210/252/290 for the year. He’s hitting .222 in May so far, which is less than .400.

Victorino made a great catch in the bottom of the sixth in game two. With the bases loaded and one out, Khalil Greene drove an Eyre pitch in the gap in right-center. Victorino tracked it down on the warning track. The runner tagged from third, but the play probably saved the Phils two runs. He had a monster game in game two, going 4-for-5 with a double, a home run and three RBI. 308/353/529 for the year after going 5-for-10 in the series.

Oddly, after striking out five times in all of April he struck out four times against the Cardinals.

Also oddly, he’s outslugged Howard for the year. That might not even last.

Utley did not start game two of the series with a problem with his foot. He was 1-for-2 with a walk in the series and is hitting 346/485/667 on the season.

Howard’s grand slam in game one was the big blow of the game. 3-for-6 with three walks and five RBI for the series. He’s hitting 295/385/526 for the season.

Werth hit a two-run homer in game one and a three-run shot in game two. 3-for-7 with a double, two homers and six RBI in the series. 264/375/506 for the season.

Ibanez made a base-running mistake in the top of the third in game two. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Werth lined out to center. Ibanez thought it was going to drop for a hit and was double-off of second. 2-for-8 with a double in the series. 351/417/702 for the year. If he slugs .702 for the whole season, it would be a career high.

With Utley out of the lineup in game two, Ibanez hit third.

Feliz was 2-for-9 with a double. 325/383/458.

Ruiz caught both games and went 2-for-8 with two singles. 238/333/286.

Coste did not play in the series and is hitting 182/280/273 on the year.

Dobbs was 0-for-1 in the series. 3-for-21 with three singles on the season.

Stairs 0-for-1 in the series and 4-for-14 with two home runs on the year.

Bruntlett 0-for-1 in the series and 150/240/300 for the season.

Cairo started game two at second base and went 1-for-4 with a single. 083/083/083 (1-for-12 with a single) on the year.


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