Archive for June, 2009

Really?

Seriously? He really threw that 1-2 pitch there? Swept by the Orioles? Lost six in a row? Lost eight of nine? 13-22 at home? Yes, yes, yes, yes and yes.

If nothing else, at least the little-home-stand-that-couldn’t is finally over. Good riddance. Things have gotten just plain ugly and hard to believe as the Phillies struggle in a whole lot of different ways. The team seems stuck in a fog they can’t find there way out of. Most recently the fog featured the Baltimore Orioles pummeling them this way and that as the O’s swept a three-game set in Philadelphia.

It sure looked like Ryan Howard, struggling most of the weekend with flu-like symptoms that had him in and out of the hospital, had snapped the team out of its collective funk with a pinch-hit three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh in game two that put the Phillies up 5-3. That illusion lasted for one full inning, before Madson gave up three runs on two homers in the top of the ninth. Madson has allowed three home runs in his last two appearances after not allowing any in his first 34.

The finale yesterday was almost as bad. It featured Cole Hamels and the Phils squaring off against a guy who came into the game with a 5.42 ERA and sat atop the American League in home runs allowed. Hamels pitched great, but not great enough for a Phillies team that suddenly has a lot of problems scoring runs. Baltimore took the game 2-1 to complete the sweep.

The Phillies are 36-31 on the season after being swept by Baltimore in a three-game set. They remain in first place in the NL East and are two games ahead of the Mets. They have lost six in a row.

Baltimore won game one 7-2. Werth put the Phils up 2-0 with a two-run double in the first, but the Phillies got four more hits the rest of the game. Bastardo went deep into the game, throwing seven innings and allowing four runs on just five hits without walking a batter. Bastardo left with the Phils down 4-2, but the O’s broke the game open against Taschner with three runs in the top of the ninth.

Game two was a little tough to take. The Phils went into the bottom of the seventh down 3-0. They got it to within 3-2 when Ryan Howard, unable to start after being in the hospital the night before with a high fever, came off the bench to deliver a pinch-hit three-run homer. The 5-3 lead stood in the top of the ninth when Madson came on to close. Greg Zaun hit a solo homer to cut it to 5-4. Madson had Brian Roberts down 1-2 with two outs and a man on first when Roberts hit a horrible pitch from Madson out to right-center to put Baltimore up 6-5. That was how it ended.

The Phillies lost 2-1 yesterday. Hamels pitched very well. Dobbs, starting at first again, put the Phils up 1-0 with a solo homer in the bottom of the fourth. The O’s tied it up at 1-1 in the top of the sixth with a double, a stolen base and a single. Hamels allowed another run in the top of the eighth when Robert Andino led off with a double and came around to score on a single by Roberts. The Phils should have tied the game in the bottom of the eighth, but Rollins was called out at first and Victorino followed with a two-out double that would have tied things up. Victorino was left stranded when Utley grounded back to the pitcher and the Phils went down in order in the bottom of the ninth.

The Phillies got good starting pitching in the series and miserable work from their bullpen. Overall they threw 27 innings in the series with a 5.00 ERA and a 1.52 ratio.

The starting pitching was not the problem. The Phils got three good starts in the set and all three pitchers went at least six innings. As a group the three went 21 innings with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.33 ratio. In 21 innings they walked just four and did not allow a home run.

Bastardo pitched well in game one. He went seven innings and allowed four runs on five hits and no walks. Three of the five hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He’s made four starts so far and just one of them is bad, the game where he walked three in the first and Boston scored five runs with the help of three errors before rain forced him from the game.

Happ allowed two runs over six innings in game two, but with a lot of base-runners. He allowed ten hits, eight singles and two doubles, and four walks.

Hamels went eight innings in game two, allowing two runs on nine hits (seven singles and two doubles). He struck out ten and did not walk a batter. He’s allowed one home run over 28 innings in four June starts.

The bullpen was terrible in the series. Taschner gave up three runs in the first game to make a close game not close anymore. Durbin allowed a run in game two before Madson got hammered in the ninth. As a group the relievers threw six innings in the series, pitching to a 10.50 ERA with a 2.17 ratio. They allowed three home runs in six innings.

Romero did not pitch in the series.

Taschner pitched the eighth and ninth innings of game one. He kept Baltimore off the board in the top of the eighth, but in the ninth he allowed three runs as the O’s extended their lead from 4-2 to 7-2.

He has a 5.26 ERA and a 1.87 ratio for the season. Six runs on ten hits and three walks over four innings in his last three appearances.

Durbin started the seventh inning of game two, taking over for Happ with the Phils down 2-0. The first three hitters he faced all reached on singles. Durbin got the next two, but then walked Roberts to force in a run and make it 3-0 Baltimore. He struck out the next hitter to leave the bases loaded.

Park pitched the eighth inning of game two with the Phillies up 5-3. He set the O’s down in order, striking out two.

He also pitched the ninth inning yesterday with the Phillies down 2-1. He faced four hitters. He got three out and the other reached on an error by Dobbs.

Over his last seven appearances Park has been charged with one earned run over eleven innings. Eight hits, two walks, thirteen strikeouts.

Condrey did not pitch in the series.

Madson started the ninth inning of game two with the Phillies up 5-3. Zaun homered with one out to make it 5-4. Oscar Salazar bounced a two-out single into right. Madson got ahead of Roberts 1-2 and Roberts homered to right-center to put Baltimore up to stay at 6-5. Terrible pitch by Madson, who left the ball in a terrible place given the count.

Walker didn’t pitch in the series.

Park is the only guy in the pen who has pitched two days in a row. The Phillies don’t play today, so you would assume he will be available for tomorrow’s game.

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

Rollins went 0-for-10 with three walks in the series. He’s hitting 217/261/338 for the year. .217?

Victorino was 5-for-9 with three doubles and three walks in the set. 304/365/465 for the season. He’s hitting 338/430/515 in June.

Utley was 1-for-12 with a double. 297/428/547. He’s 2-for-his-last-19.

Howard started game one and was out after that with flu-like symptoms with the exception of the monster pinch-hit home run in game two. 1-for-4 with a walk and a homer. 257/332/558.

Werth was 2-for-12 with a double and two RBI. He’s hitting 256/343/456 for the year. 247/320/408 against righties, which is a problem if you’re going to play every day as a corner outfielder. The Phillies actually have some bigger problems that Werth’s splits against righties, though.

Feliz was 0-for-11. He’s hitting 294/339/409 after going 2-for-his-last-24 with two singles. He has walked once in his last 101 at-bats. That sounds like something that would have to be made up, but that’s sadly not the case.

Mayberry started in left in game one. He was 2-for-6 with a double in the series. 6-for-20 with the Phils on the year with two doubles and two home runs.

Ruiz started games one and three was 1-for-8 with a single in the series. 260/377/415.

Coste was 0-for-3 in the series and is hitting 244/343/407 for the year.

Bruntlett was 0-for-2 with two strikeouts. 157/250/235 for the season.

Dobbs started at first in games two and three. He was 3-for-6 with a home run in the series. 215/278/431 for the year, but 4-for-his-last-7 with two home runs.

Stairs started in left in game two. 2-for-8 in the set and at 277/424/489 for the year.

Bako started at catcher in game two. He was 1-for-2 in the series and is 1-for-3 with the Phils on the year.

Finally, I would like to note that I almost titled today’s post I-guess-I-picked-the-wrong-week-to-quit-sniffing-glue (in homage to Airplane!), but had the feeling I had used that headline before. Turns out I had, almost exactly one year ago today. The Phillies had just been swept by the Angels and had lost five in a row.


Perfect storm of suck proves to be too much for Phils to handle

The Phils can’t win at home and can’t beat the AL, so we probably should have guessed there would be some hide-your-eyes-ugly moments when the Blue Jays came to town. There were. Maybe even a few more than expected.

There are a whole lot of things going wrong for the Phillies even besides their problems at home and against the AL. Ibanez is on the DL. Condrey can’t get anyone out, almost literally. Madson, who the Phils are counting on to close with Lidge on the DL, has faltered late in the game in two straight appearances. Three of the five starting pitchers in the rotation have very little chance to pitch deep into games. The bullpen pitches badly and way too much — over the last 11 games the starting pitchers have gotten an out in the seventh inning once.

The Phillies are 36-28 after being swept by the Blue Jays. They are in first place in the NL East and three games ahead of the second-place Mets. The Phils are 13-19 at home on the year and 7-17 against the AL in the regular season since the start of 2008.

The bullpen imploded late in game one and Toronto won 8-3 in ten innings. Hamels left after six with a 3-2 lead thanks to a two-run homer from Werth in the bottom of the inning. The lead held till the ninth when Madson came on to try and nail down the save, but the Blue Jays quickly loaded the bases on two singles and an intentional walk before Madson walked Lyle Overbay to force in the tying run. Madson managed to get the next two hitters to leave the bases loaded, but Condrey was charged with five runs in the top of the tenth with some help from Tyler Walker.

Jamie Moyer was hit hard in game two, which was unfortunate given that the Phillies scored one run. Werth hit a solo shot in the fourth to get the Phils within 4-1, but Moyer left down 6-1 with nobody out in the seventh. Toronto added a run off of Durbin in the seventh and won the game 7-1.

The Phillies lost game three 8-7. Mayberry, Rollins and Werth all hit early home runs to help give the Phils a 5-3 lead when Blanton started the sixth. But Blanton didn’t pitch well, allowing his second home run of the game and getting just one out in the sixth. Blanton left with the Phils still on top at 5-4, but Toronto got a run off of Park in the top of the seventh to tie things up. Condrey was miserable in the eighth with the help of a big error from Feliz. Condrey didn’t get an out and was charged with two runs that put the Blue Jays up 7-5. The Phillies tied it up at 7-7 in the bottom of the eighth with the help of a pinch-hit home run from Dobbs, but Rod Barajas started the ninth with a home run off of Madson that would prove to be the game-winner.

The Phillies got miserable pitching in the series. The team threw 28 innings and posted a 7.07 ERA and a 2.14 ratio. They allowed seven home runs, walked 19 and gave up 41 hits. They didn’t hit well, but even if they had they would have had a lot of trouble winning with pitching like that.

Their starting pitching was a little better than the relief pitching, but still very bad. The worse news is that the Phillies started their three pitchers that they need to be able to rely on with the two young guys, Happ and Bastardo, not throwing. In the three starts, Hamels, Moyer and Blanton combined to put up a 6.23 ERA and a 1.79 ratio. None of the group got an out in the seventh inning. In the 17 1/3 innings they allowed five home runs and 26 hits but walked just five.

Hamels allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks over six innings in game one. Back-to-back uninspiring starts from the Phils’ ace. He hasn’t walked more than two hitters in a game this season.

Moyer was hit hard in game two, allowing six runs over six innings on ten hits and two walks. He has a 6.35 ERA for the season. He allowed two home runs and two walks in the start after allowing one homer and no walks in his previous three starts combined.

Blanton went just 5 1/3 in game three and was charged with four runs on nine hits and a walk. He had made four straight starts without being charged with more than three runs in a start. His ERA for the year is up to 5.28.

The overworked bullpen was atrocious in the series. 8.44 ERA. 2.72 ratio. In 10 2/3 innings they allowed 15 hits and 14 walks. 14 walks in 10 2/3 innings is more than you should allow. Romero walked four in 1 2/3 innings. Madson three in two innings. Condrey walked three and got just one out in his two appearances.

Taschner pitched the eighth inning of game two with the Phils down 7-1. He allowed a one-out walk but got the next two hitters. He’s pitched just three innings in June, which is not enough given the circumstances.

Romero started the eighth inning of game one with the Phils up 3-2. He walked the bases loaded but got Scutaro and Hill to leave all three men stranded.

He came into game three in the top of the seventh with the Phils up 5-4 with one out and a man on second. The first three men he faced reached on two singles and a walk. The first single scored the runner from second and tied the game. With the bases loaded and one out, Romero got the next two to keep the game tied.

Lots of walks for Romero, who has now walked ten in nine innings.

Walker made his first appearance for the Phillies in game one, He entered in the tenth with one out, the bases loaded and the Phils down 5-3. The first man he faced hit a sac fly. 6-3. Rod Barajas was next and he cleared the bases with a double to make it 8-3. Walker got the pitcher to set Toronto down. Walker’s line for the game — 2/3 inning, one hit, no runs — looks a lot better than his actual contribution.

He also pitched in game two. He entered in the top of the ninth with the Phils down 7-1. He gave up a leadoff single but got the next three.

Pitched in game three, too. He entered in the top of the eighth with nobody out, the bases loaded and the Phils down 7-5. The first batter he faced flew to right and Mayberry made a fantastic throw to nail Vernon Wells at home as he tagged and tried to score. He walked the next batter to load the bases again, but got Raul Chavez on a ground ball back to the mound to leave the runners stranded.

Durbin started the seventh inning of game one with a 3-2 lead. He allowed a two-out walk before striking out Adam Lind to end the frame.

He also pitched in game two, coming in for Moyer in the top of the seventh with the Phils down 6-1 and nobody out. He faced four hitters in the inning and allowed a run on a solo homer to Rolen.

Park took over for Blanton in game three, entering with one out in the sixth, the Phillies up 5-4 and men on first and second. He struck out the first man he faced, walked the second to load the bases and then struck out Hill to end the frame.

Park came back to start the seventh. He got the first man he faced before Scott Rolen doubled to right. Romero relieved him to pitch to Lind.

Condrey started the tenth inning of game one with the score knotted at 3-3 and got mauled. He got the first hitter before allowing back-to-back singles. Rolen was next and put Toronto up 4-3 with a single to right. Condrey walked Lind to load the bases and then walked Rios to force in a run and make it 5-3. Tyler Walker took over for Condrey with the bases loaded and one down — all three runners would come around to score.

He started the eighth inning of game three with the score tied at 5-5. He was charged with two runs in the inning and didn’t get an out. He allowed two singles and a double, walked one batter and another reached on an error by Feliz. He left with nobody out and the bases loaded, the Phils down 7-5.

You’ve got to be worried about Condrey. The Feliz error hurt a lot, but that doesn’t account for six hits and three walks over 1/3 of an inning. He hasn’t made a ton of appearances in June, just seven, but pitched three days in a row June 11, 12 and 13 including multiple innings on June 11 and you have to wonder just how sore his sore back is.

Madson started the ninth inning of game one with a 3-2 lead. He gave up back-to-back singles to start the inning and, with men on second and third, walked Lind intentionally to load the bases. He struck Alex Rios out for the first out before walking Overbay to force in the run that tied the game at 3-3. He got the next two hitters with the bases loaded to get out of the frame.

He came into game three in the top of the ninth with the game scored at 7-7. Barajas led off with a home run to put Toronto up 8-7. Madson walked the next hit before getting a strikeout and a double-play.

First home run of the year allowed by Madson.

Despite all the use of the pen, Walker is the only reliever who has pitched more than one day in a row. He has pitched three days in a row and is almost surely not available tonight.

The Phillies scored 11 runs in the three-game series, seven of which were scored yesterday.

Rollins was 5-for-13 with two doubles and a home run in the series. He draw walk yesterday, which was his first walk in June. He’s hitting 225/263/350 for the season.

Utley was 4-for-11 with three walks an RBI in the series. Three of the hits came in game one. 308/441/567 for the year. He’s hitting 344/468/609 in June but with just one extra-base hit, a double, in his last 25 at-bats.

Werth hit third in game one with lefty Ricky Romero on the mound, then sixth in game two and fifth in game three after Ibanez went on the DL. He hit a home run in every game of the series, going 3-for-13 with three homers and five RBI. He’s hitting 261/350/466 for the year.

Howard was 3-for-12 with two walks and seven strikeouts in the set. 257/331/552. After on-basing .320 in May he’s on-basing .308 in June. His strikeout rate has gone up every month of the season so far — he struck out in about 22.2% of his plate appearances in March and April, about 30.4% of his plate appearances in May and about 34.6% of his plate appearances so far in June.

Ibanez went on the DL after the second game of the series and Mayberry took his roster spot. He was 0-for-8 with a walk in the series. 312/371/656 for the season. If he slugs .656 for the whole year it would be a career high. He has hit just .254 in June with a .299 on-base percentage, but thanks to five doubles and five home runs he’s slugging .571.

Victorino hit sixth in game one and second in the other two games. He was 5-for-10 with five singles and three walks in the set. 295/351/451 for the year.

Feliz was 2-for-13 with two singles in the series. He has walked once in his last 90 at-bats. 308/354/419 for the year.

Ruiz caught games one and three of the series. 0-for-6 with a walk in the series. 270/391/435 for the year. He’s hitting .194 with one extra-base hit in June.

Coste started game two and was 1-for-4 in the series. 253/354/422 for the year.

Bruntlett was 0-for-1 in the series and is hitting 163/259/245 for the year.

Dobbs was 1-for-2 with a home run in the series. 186/258/373 for the season.

Stairs was 0-for-1 in the set and is at 282/451/538 for the year.

Bako did not play. He never plays. 0-for-1 since joining the Phils.

Mayberry was on the roster for game three and started in right. He made a great throw to nail a runner at the plate and hit a home run. 2-for-5 with a homer in the game. 4-for-14 with a double and two home runs with the Phils this season.


Home moan

The Phillies continue to demonstrate their problems at home and it’s a quite a show. In the series with the Blue Jays they’ve struggled to score runs, but overall for the season their bigger problems have been with pitching.

The chart below compares the rate of runs allowed per nine inning for the 12 Phillies pitchers who have faced at least 25 hitters at home and on the road this season (nothing in this post includes results from last night’s game):

  R/9 Home R/9 Away R/9 at
Home over R/9 Away
Eyre 7.71 0.96 8.0
JA Happ 5.24 2.20 2.4
Madson 3.00 1.47 2.0
Condrey 4.26 2.40 1.8
Blanton 5.94 4.37 1.4
Moyer 6.82 5.40 1.3
Durbin 4.86 4.19 1.2
Myers 4.75 4.59 1.0
Hamels 4.42 4.85 0.9
Park 5.96 6.57 0.9
Lidge 7.43 8.53 0.9
Taschner 4.50 5.40 0.8

So, for example, Scott Eyre has allowed 7.71 runs per nine innings at home and 0.96 runs per nine innings on the road and has allowed about eight times the runs per nine innings at home that he has on the road. At the bottom of the list, Hamels, Park, Lidge and Taschner have all allowed runs at a lower rate at home this season than they have on the road.

How many hitters you face both at home and away is obviously important to the teams overall numbers. So, for example, it has hurt the Phillies numbers at home more that Blanton is allowing about 1.4 times as many runs per nine innings at home than it has that Condrey is allowing 1.8 times as many because Blanton throws more innings than Condrey.

As a team the Phillies have been worse at home in many areas. Here’s a look at the rate they’ve allowed runs, hits, walks, extra-base hits, home runs and struck batters out per nine innings at home and on the road:

  R/9 H/9 BB/9 SO/9 XBH/9 HR/9
Home 5.49 9.84 4.16 7.41 3.64 1.62
Away 4.27 8.85 3.02 6.86 3.12 1.31
Home/Away 1.29 1.11 1.38 1.08 1.17 1.24

So the Phillies pitchers are striking out more hitters at home, but they are also allowing more runs, hits, walks, extra-base hits and home runs. The areas where they have the most dramatic difference between what they are doing at home and on the road are in walks and home runs.

For the 12 Phillies pitchers who have faced at least 25 hitters both at home and on the road this season, here’s the percentage of batters at home they’ve faced who have homered or walked and the percentage of batters away they’ve faced who have homered or walked:

  Away Home
 
% HR

% BB

% HR

% BB

Madson

0.0

2.9

0.0

12.9

Eyre

0.0

11.4

7.4

18.5

Happ

2.7

6.4

4.9

16.5

Condrey

1.6

12.5

4.1

6.8

Blanton

3.3

7.9

5.6

6.9

Durbin

3.5

12.8

2.8

15.3

Park

2.6

12.1

1.9

8.7

Myers

7.9

6.5

4.4

8.1

Moyer

3.4

4.1

6.0

6.6

Hamels

3.1

3.9

4.3

5.5

Taschner

6.7

13.3

0.0

15.8

Lidge

6.6

11.5

4.8

11.1

All 12 of the pitchers can then be put into one of these four categories:

Better at home in both categories Better (or same) away in both categories
   
Park Eyre
Lidge Happ
  Moyer
  Hamels
  Madson
   
Higher % of batters have homered against him at home, but lower % of batters have walked Higher % of batters have walked against him at home, but lower % of batters have homered
   
Condrey Durbin
Blanton Myers
  Taschner

Madson hasn’t allowed a home run all season either at home or away.

Update: The Phillies put Ibanez on the DL with a strained groin and called up Mayberry.

More update: Madson has allowed a home run now.


Homing out

It’s been a rough year all around for Phillies pitchers at home in 2009. Rougher for some than others, though. The chart below shows, for each Phillies pitcher who has faced at least 30 batters at home this season, the percentage of all opposing hitters who have batted at Citizens Bank Park the pitcher has faced, the percentage of the team’s runs at home he has allowed, the difference between those two and the number of batters he has faced at home per run he has allowed (none of the numbers in the chart below include results from yesterday, which has a lot to do with why Clay Condrey looks untouchable at home when there is now evidence to indicate otherwise):

P BF R % BF % R BF – R BF per R
Condrey 68 4 5.7 2.5 3.2 17.0
Madson 63 4 5.3 2.5 2.8 15.8
Durbin 68 9 5.7 5.6 0.1 7.6
Taschner 76 8 6.4 5.0 1.4 9.5
Hamels 136 17 11.4 10.6 0.8 8.0
Happ 103 13 8.6 8.1 0.5 7.9
Blanton 160 24 13.4 14.9 -1.5 6.7
Myers 135 16 11.3 9.9 1.3 8.4
Park 103 15 8.6 9.3 -0.7 6.9
Moyer 151 25 12.6 15.5 -2.9 6.0
Lidge 63 11 5.3 6.8 -1.6 5.7

Kendrick, Escalona, Eyre and Bastardo were not included on the list because they have faced less than 30 batters at home this season, but all four of them have allowed a percentage of the team’s runs at home that’s higher than the percentage of the home batters they’ve faced. Antonio has faced nine hitters at home and five of them have scored, the poor Bastardo.

While those guys may not have pitched enough to hurt the team’s numbers at home a whole lot, Blanton and Moyer have and so have Park and Lidge. Here’s what the four have done at home this year:

  IP ERA Ratio
Moyer 33.0 6.82 1.52
Blanton 36.3 5.94 1.49
Park 22.7 5.56 1.72
Lidge 13.3 7.42 1.73

Blanton and Moyer have especially been hurt by the long ball at home. They have combined to allow 18 in their 69 1/3 innings. That would have them allowing about 52 over 200 innings.

Durbin had a nifty 3.45 ERA at home for the year before last night, but three of the nine runs he has allowed are unearned. Taschner has a 4.50 ERA at home, but has walked 12 in 16 innings, contributing to a 1.94 ratio. Condrey, on the other hand, had been outstanding at home before last night. He had thrown to a 1.93 ERA and an 0.80 ratio over 18 2/3 innings, striking out 16 while walking just three. After allowing five runs last night while getting one out, he now has a 4.26 ERA and a 1.05 ratio.

Lidge threw without pain yesterday and hopes he will be able to return not long after June 22.


No place like home for a Phillies pitcher, but not in a good way

The Phillies have been amazing on the road this season and struggling badly at home. As you can probably guess, they are scoring more runs on their games on the road. The chart below shows how many runs they have scored overall, in their games at home and on the road and the total number of runs they would score if they produced runs at that rate over 162 games for each category:

  G RS RS/G RS/G*162
Total 61 337 5.52 895
Home 29 145 5.00 810
Away 32 192 6.00 972

And, as you have also probably guessed, they have been much better at preventing runs on the road than they have at home:

  G RA RA/G RA/G*162
Total 61 298 4.89 791
Home 29 161 5.55 899
Away 32 137 4.28 694

Clearly the Phillies have been better at both scoring and preventing runs on the road. One of those areas has been a much bigger issue than the other, though. To give you a hint, the thing where they’re scoring five runs a game at home isn’t so much a problem.

Not counting yesterday’s games, here’s how many runs the teams in the NL have scored per games this season (ordered by the number of runs they’ve scored):

Team G R RS/Game
Philadelphia
LA Dodgers
Colorado
Florida
Milwaukee
NY Mets
St. Louis
Pittsburgh
Washington
Arizona
Atlanta
Cincinnati
Houston
Chicago Cubs
San Francisco
San Diego
61
64
63
65
63
61
64
63
62
64
62
62
62
60
62
62
337
321
318
307
288
284
279
278
277
274
263
262
260
253
248
241
5.52
5.02
5.05
4.72
4.57
4.66
4.36
4.41
4.47
4.28
4.24
4.23
4.19
4.22
4.00
3.89

The Phillies have been awful at home this season in terms of wins and losses. They’ve scored a run a game more on the road than they have at home, but they’re still scoring five runs a game at home. Five runs a game is a lot. There are 15 teams in the NL that aren’t the Phillies. Two of them have scored five runs a game or more this season. If the Phillies played 162 games and scored runs at the rate they are scoring them at home, they would score 810 runs. That’s more runs than they scored in 2008. In ’08 there was only one NL team that scored more than 810 runs for the season — the Cubs scored 855.

So while the Phillies may be scoring less runs at home than they are on the road, they’re still scoring a ton of runs at home.

The bigger problem is the rate at which they are allowing runs. Here’s the number of runs allowed by NL teams this season:

Team G RA RA/Game
Washington
Florida
Arizona
San Diego
Colorado
Philadelphia
Houston
Atlanta
Milwaukee
Pittsburgh
St. Louis
NY Mets
Cincinnati
Chicago Cubs
LA Dodgers
San Francisco
61
64
63
61
62
60
61
61
62
62
63
60
61
59
63
61
355
324
304
301
295
292
290
271
267
267
266
265
259
243
237
232
5.82
5.06
4.83
4.93
4.76
4.87
4.75
4.44
4.31
4.31
4.22
4.42
4.25
4.12
3.76
3.80

Again, 15 teams in the NL that aren’t the Phillies. Just one of them, the miserable Nationals, are allowing more runs per game for the season than the 5.55 that the Phillies have allowed at home. If the Phils allowed 5.55 runs per game over 162 games they would allow about 899. No team in the NL allowed that many runs in 2008. The Pirates allowed the most runs and they gave up 884.

Joe Savery is pitching well at Reading.


Home schooled

The Phillies have a whole lot of things going for them in 2009, but they oddly can’t get going at home. Their 23-9 mark on the road this season is the best mark in baseball, but they are a meager 13-16 at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phils didn’t pitch well at all against Boston this weekend in Philadelphia. Bastardo and Happ both made miserable starts. A rain delay in the middle game didn’t help matters much at all, forcing Bastardo from the contest after just one awful inning. Coming into the series having played back-to-back extra-inning games, the pen had to throw 17 1/3 innings over the three games. Their defense also abandoned them as they have now made five errors in their last two games.

The offense, however, keeps plugging along. The Phils scored 19 runs in the series and got two dramatic home runs. Howard sent the game to extra-innings with a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth in game one, but the Phils fell in the thirteenth. The slumping Jimmy Rollins homered off of Josh Beckett in the bottom of the seventh yesterday to start a six-run rally that helped get the Phils their only win of the set.

The Phillies are 36-25 on the season after dropping two of three to the Red Sox. They are in first place in the NL East and lead the second-place Mets by four games.

Game one was a fantastic game that didn’t end well as the Phils played their third straight extra-inning contest. Blanton got the start and was very good, allowing two runs on two solo homers over seven innings. The Phils got a run in the second on hits by Victorino and Ibanez and a ground out by Feliz, but went into the bottom of the ninth trailing 2-1 without a hit since the second inning. Howard tied the game at 2-2 with a home run off of Ramon Ramirez to send it to extra-innings. Boston scored three runs off of Kyle Kendrick in the top of the thirteenth and won the game 5-2.

The Phillies made three errors in the top of the first in game two and Bastardo allowed five runs. A rain delay before the second inning forced Bastardo from the game and Durbin came on to pitch three innings in relief. The Phils had gotten to within 5-4 when the Red Sox hit in the top of the fifth, but Taschner gave up five hits and a walk in the frame and Boston pulled ahead 8-4. Sergio Escalona allowed another two runs in the seventh and the game ended 11-6.

Game three had the same 11-6 score, but the Phillies coming out on top. Happ’s start wasn’t good — Boston hit two home runs off of him in the fourth and pulled out to a 4-1 lead. Four runs for the Phils put them ahead 5-4 in the bottom of the fifth. Happ gave up another homer in the top of the sixth, this one to pitcher Josh Beckett, tying the game at 5-5. The Phils pulled ahead to stay with a six-run seventh that started with a Rollins homer and featured a two-run double by Feliz.

Overall, Phillies pitchers threw 31 innings in the series. They posted a 5.81 ERA and a 1.84 ratio.

Blanton was very good in game one, but Bastardo and Happ both struggled. The three starting pitchers combined to throw to a 7.24 ERA and a 1.90 ratio in 13 2/3 innings. They allowed six home runs and walked 11 over 13 2/3.

Blanton was fantastic in game one. He allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings. Both of the runs came on solo homers, one from Drew and the other from Youkilis. He struck out seven. Hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of his last four starts.

Bastardo was awful in game two. He went just one inning, allowing five runs on three hits and three walks. The Phillies were terrible behind him, making three errors, but he didn’t pitch well.

Happ allowed five runs over 5 2/3 innings in game three. He gave up seven hits, including three homers, and walked six. Ew. That’s two bad starts in a row for Happ in which he’s allowed a total of nine runs over eleven innings and walked ten. His ERA has gone from 2.48 to 3.53 over his last two starts.

The relievers will enjoy a day off today after a long series. They combined to toss 17 1/3 innings. They weren’t very good, either, pitching to a 4.67 ERA and a 1.79 ratio. Kendrick got mashed in game one. Escalona and Taschner combined to allow five runs in three innings in game two. Park and Madson were very good in yesterday’s game.

Taschner started the fifth inning of game two with the Phillies down 5-4. He got hit hard, allowing three runs on five hits and a walk. He had allowed a run over 7 2/3 innings in his last five appearances coming into the game.

Romero entered game one with two outs and a man on first to pitch to lefty Mark Kotsay. Kotsay singled, but Romero got Jason Varitek to set the side down. He came back for the ninth and allowed a two-out walk but got the next hitter to turn the Red Sox away.

He pitched the top of the ninth in game two with the Phillies down 10-6. Jacoby Ellsbury lead off the inning with a home run and Romero walked two in the frame, but avoided further damage by getting Nick Green to hit into a double-play.

First run of the year charged to Romero, but he has walked six in his 7 1/3 innings.

Escalona, who took Kendrick’s spot on the roster after game one, started the sixth inning of game two with the Phillies down 8-5. He kept Boston off the board in the sixth, but allowed a pair of runs in the top of the seventh on two hits, two walks and a hit batter.

Escalona was sent back to the IronPigs yesterday and Tyler Walker called up to fill his roster spot.

Park started the eighth inning of game one with the Phillies down 2-1. He got the first two men he faced before Jason Bay singled. Romero came in to pitch to the left Kotsay.

Park came into game three in relief of Happ in the sixth with two outs and the bases empty and the score tied at 5-5. He got the only hitter he faced. He came back to throw a scoreless seventh. In the eighth he allowed a leadoff double and the runner came around to score, but the run was unearned due to an error by Bruntlett in left.

He’s allowed just one run (unearned) over the last eight innings he’s pitched.

Kendrick made his first appearance of the year for the Phils in game one. Didn’t go well. He set the Red Sox down in order in the twelfth, but the thirteenth was a problem. Boston loaded the bases on two singles and a walk before Ellsbury singled to right to put the Red Sox up 3-2. A sac fly and another single followed before Kendrick ended the frame with the Phils down 5-2.

Durbin was great in game two. After Bastardo left after a rain delay having throwing just one inning, Durbin threw three scoreless frames. He allowed just one single and three walks and lowered his ERA on the year to 3.86.

Condrey pitched the eleventh inning of game one with the score tied at 2-2. He set Boston down in order on three ground balls.

He pitched the eighth in game two. He walked JD Drew with two outs, but got the next hitter to ground out to turn Boston away.

Madson struck out the side in the top of the tenth in game one with the score tied at 2-2. He hit Youkilis with one out, but left him stranded by getting the next two hitters.

He pitched the ninth inning of game three with an 11-6 lead. He allowed two singles but kept Boston off the board. He hasn’t allowed a run in his eight appearances in June.

The Phillies scored 19 runs in the three-game series.

Rollins has just one hit in the series, the home run yesterday. 1-for-15 with a home run. He’s hitting 217/254/330 on the season. Hasn’t drawn a walk in June and is hitting .186 for the month.

Victorino made a fantastic catch to take a hit away from Drew in game one. He was 4-for-14 with two doubles in the series and is hitting 287/338/449 for the year.

Utley was 5-for-14 with a double in the series. 305/438/577 for the season.

Howard had a dramatic home run in game one to send the game to extra-innings. 5-for-16 with a double, a home run and seven strikeouts in the set. 257/330/566 for the year.

Ibanez started the first two games of the series with Dobbs starting in left yesterday. 3-for-9 with a double and a home run in the series. 322/380/678 for the year. If he slugged .678 for the whole season it would be a career high.

Werth hit third in the first game of the series with Jon Lester on the mound for the Red Sox, sixth in the second game and fifth in the third. He was 5-for-13 in the series with a double and a home run. 262/358/440 on the year. His home run in game two was his first extra-base hit of the month.

Feliz was 5-for-12 with a double, a home run and five RBI. 318/365/445 for the year.

Ruiz started the first two games and was 2-for-8 with two singles and walk in the series. 284/405/459 for the season.

Coste started game three and went 1-for-4 in the series. He’s hitting 253/359/430 for the year.

Bruntlett made an error in left in yesterday’s game that helped Boston score a run. He was 1-for-2 and hit by two pitches in the series. He’s at 167/263/250 for the year.

Dobbs hit what was nearly a critical home run in game one on a ball down the right field line and over the foul pole. The ball was called foul. He started in left field in yesterday’s game. 0-for-6 with three strikeouts in the set. 175/250/316 for the year.

Stairs was 0-for-2 in the set and is hitting 289/460/553 for the year.

Bako did not play in the series and has one at-bat since the Phillies called him up from Reading on June 9.


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