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Who’s on first?

Everything is suddenly looking better than anyone could have hoped atop the Phillies rotation. Assuming the Phillies stop making three errors a game and find their way into the post-season, if we can just avoid a brawl over who starts the first playoff game everything should be swell. If it turns out that it’s Hamels who goes first, it will mean the Phillies aren’t starting last year’s Cy Young winner. If it turns out it’s Lee who gets the first start, it will mean they aren’t starting the guy who was the MVP of the NLCS and World Series last year and who’s 4-1 with a 2.16 ERA and an 0.94 ratio in six post-season starts for his career.

Here are the rates that Hamels and Lee have allowed hits, walks, extra-base hits and home runs and gotten strikeouts over their careers (remembering that Lee has spent his whole career in the AL and Hamels has spent his whole career in the NL):

  IP R/9 H/9 BB/9 SO/9 XBH/9 HR/9
Hamels 661 3.89 8.20 2.25 8.48 3.23 1.23
Lee 1117 4.37 9.22 2.59 6.66 3.04 1.02

Hamels has allowed runs, hits and walks at a lower rate than Lee while striking out more batters. He’s also allowed extra-base hits and home runs more regularly than Lee.

Lee has made 22 starts against NL teams. Here’s what his numbers and Hamels’ numbers look like against the NL:

  IP R/9 H/9 BB/9 SO/9 XBH/9 HR/9
Hamels 586.7 3.74 7.90 2.29 8.53 3.10 1.18
Lee 141.3 3.69 8.47 2.80 6.88 3.06 1.21

Lee has a 3.18 ERA and a 1.25 ratio in his action against the NL compared to a 3.44 ERA and a 1.13 ratio for Hamels. Lee curiously has a better ERA and runs allowed numbers despite the fact that his rates for allowing hits, walks and home runs are all worse than Hamels.

Lee has allowed home runs at a higher rate in his starts against the National League. I think you have to assume that his rate will decrease as he pitches more against NL hitters.

Hamels hasn’t faced the American League as often as Lee has faced the NL, but he’s been hit hard in the 12 starts he has made. Here’s how their numbers compare in their action against the NL:

  IP R/9 H/9 BB/9 SO/9 XBH/9 HR/9
Hamels 74.3 5.09 10.53 1.94 8.11 4.24 1.57
Lee 975.7 4.46 9.33 2.56 6.62 3.03 1.00

Hamels has an ugly 4.96 ERA and a 1.39 ratio against the AL compared to a 4.13 ERA with a 1.32 ratio for Lee. In his starts against the AL he has kept his walk rate below Lee’s and still strikes more people out, but his rate of allowing hits, extra-base hits and home runs have all gone way up above the rates for Lee.

Oddly, Lee has allowed fewer runs per game in both his starts against the National League and the American League but has not overall for his career. That’s because he has thrown so many more of his innings in the AL compared to Hamels where the runs allowed numbers for both are much higher.

I think the things we know for sure about the pair are that Hamels walks fewer hitters and strikes out more. Despite the fact that their rates of allowing home runs in their NL games are pretty similar, Lee is less often hurt by the home run. Hamels got hit hard in his starts by the AL to push his career rate for allow hits against the AL above Lee, but Lee will almost surely prove to give up more hits over the long run.

Their rates for allowing doubles and triples over their career are nearly identical. Overall, Hamels has allowed 2.00 doubles plus triples per nine innings while Lee has allowed 2.01 per nine. I think you have to conclude that Lee will allow fewer doubles and triples once they’re both pitching in the National League.

Finally, Hamels has gone a little bit deeper in starts than Lee has over his career. In 104 career starts Hamels has thrown 661 innings, which is about 6.36 innings per start. Lee has thrown 1111 1/3 innings in 178 starts — about 6.24 innings per start.

Victorino is day-to-day with a bruised knee but is not likely to go on the DL.


It’s not the heat it’s that the Phillies can’t be stopped

Possible exception: Yusmeiro Petit.

In case you’ve been so occupied following trade rumors you missed the games, the Phillies are still playing pretty well. 19-4 in their last 23 games. Two out of three against the Diamondbacks in Arizona most recently.

The Phillies are, by a wide margin, the best road team in all of baseball. There are just six teams in either league who are over .500 on the road. The Phillies are 31-16. In the AL the teams above .500 are the Yankees (27-22) and Angels (28-20), in the NL it’s the Phils, Marlins (26-24), Dodgers (28-22) and Rockies (27-25).

As well as the Phillies are playing they can’t quite shake the Marlins out of the picture. The Marlins have managed to keep themselves within striking distance in the NL East as both the Fish and the Phils have gone 7-3 over their last ten games.

The Phillies are 58-41 on the season after taking two of three from the Arizona Diamondbacks. After winning game two of the series they were 18 games above .500 for the first time on the year. They are in first place in the NL East, six games ahead of the second place Marlins and eight ahead of the Braves.

Jamie Moyer worked in and out of trouble in the first game of the set and wound up throwing 6 2/3 shutout innings as the Phillies won 6-2. Howard put the Phils on top 2-0 with a homer in the fourth and the Phillies added one in the fifth and three more in the sixth. Moyer allowed six hits and four walks in the game but started the seventh with the Phils up 6-0. He got the first two in the seventh before allowing two base-runners. Park came on to get the last out. Madson got hit hard in the eighth and allowed two runs, but the Diamondbacks couldn’t get any closer.

Hamels was fantastic in game two as he bettered Dan Haren in a great pitching matchup and the Phils won 4-3. Ryan Roberts hit a first-inning homer off of Hamels to put Arizona up 1-0. Victorino answered with a solo shot of his own in the third. The Phils pulled ahead with two runs in the fifth and made it 4-1 in the seventh. Lidge got the save but allowed a two-run homer to Mark Reynolds in the ninth.

The Phils couldn’t crack Yusmeiro Petit in game three and fell 4-0. Petit came into the game with a 7.68 ERA on the year and tossed six shutout innings. Happ pitched well. He allowed a two-run homer to Justin Upton in the bottom of the first but allowed just two runs over six frames. Eyre allowed a run in the seventh and Walker another in the eighth.

The Phils got great pitching from their starters in the series and awful work from the bullpen. Overall the pitchers threw to a 3.12 ERA with a 1.12 ratio over 26 innings. They gave up five home runs, three of which were allowed by the pen.

The starters were fantastic. They went 20 2/3 innings in three games and pitched to a 1.31 ERA and an 0.92 ratio. They allowed just 13 hits and struck out 19. Happ allowed two runs, Hamels one and Moyer none.

Moyer went 6 2/3 innings shutout innings in game one, allowing six hits and four walks while striking out five. He has a 3.30 ERA and a 1.27 ratio in five starts in July. In four of the starts he did not allow a home run.

Hamels allowed a run on three singles and a home run over eight innings in game two. He struck out nine. He’s 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA, an 0.75 ratio and 20 strikeouts in 20 innings over his last three starts. He’s also allowed at least one home run in five straight starts. In his last three outings he’s allowed one run that didn’t score on a home run.

Happ went six innings in game three, allowing two runs on two singles, a home run and two walks. Nice to see him come back strong after his previous start in which he continued after an early 48-minute rain delay. He hasn’t allowed more than two walks in any of his six starts this month. Five of the six have been very. Overall for the month he’s gone 2-2 with a 2.93 ERA and a 1.05 ratio.

The relief pitching was terrible. Madson got hit hard in game one. Lidge in game two. Eyre and Walker each allowed a run in an inning in game three. As a group they threw just 5 1/3 innings, but with a 10.13 ERA and a 1.88 ratio. In 5 1/3 innings they allowed eight hits, including three home runs.

Eyre started the seventh inning last night in game three with the Phillies down 2-0. He allowed a home run to Chris Snyder to start the inning, which was followed by a single. Eyre got the next three. It was the first home run Eyre had allowed since April. It was also the first earned run he has allowed since April. Since the end of April Eyre has thrown 18 innings with an 0.50 ERA and a 1.33 ratio.

Park entered game one with two outs in the seventh inning, the Phils up 6-0 and men on first and second. He got Justin Upton to ground to short for the third out.

Kendrick did not pitch in the series and has not pitched since being called up on July 25.

Register also did not pitch in the set.

Walker pitched the eighth inning of game three with the Phils down 3-0. He allowed a leadoff double that was followed by an RBI-single that made it 4-0 before setting down the next three hitters. He has a 7.50 ERA and a 1.67 ratio in five appearances in July. He’s been hit hard his last two times out, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks over two innings.

Madson started the eighth inning of game one with the Phillies up 6-0. Mark Reynolds led off with a homer to make it 6-1. Madson got the next two hitters before allowing a single and a walk. Chad Tracy delivered an RBI-single to make it 6-2 before Madson struck out Stephen Drew to end the inning.

Nice to see Madson get two days off in the series. He’s had his worst month of the season in July, throwing to a 5.11 ERA but with just 1.14 ratio. After not allowing a home run in 25 1/3 innings in April and May he has allowed five in 25 innings in June and July.

Lidge pitched the ninth inning of game one with the Phillies up 6-2 and set the Snakes down in order.

He also came back to pitch the ninth inning of game two with the Phillies winning 4-1. He walked the leadoff man and Reynolds followed with a two-run homer. He stayed in and got the next three hitters to get the save.

For Lidge it was the third straight day pitching. He pitched on July 4 and 5 and didn’t allow a run either time. He pitched on July 9 and 10 and allowed a run on July 10. He pitched on July 21 and 22 and allowed two runs in two-thirds of an inning on July 22. He then pitched on July 26, 27 and 28 and didnt’ allow a run in either of the first two games but allowed two runs in the third.

In his seven appearances this month in which Lidge hadn’t thrown the day before he has a 2.84 ERA and a 1.11 ratio in 6 1/3 innings. In the five appearances on the month in which he did pitch the day before he has a 10.38 ERA and a 1.85 ratio in 4 1/3 innings. He allowed runs in two of seven appearances when he had not pitched the day before and in three of five when he had.

Nobody in the pen has pitched more than one day in a row. Eyre threw 21 pitches last night and Walker 23.

The Phillies scored 10 runs in the three-game series.

Rollins was 3-for-14 with a double and an RBI in the series. He is hitting 236/288/382 for the year. After walking 13 times in his first 78 at-bats in July, Rollins hasn’t walked over 29 at-bats in the last six games.

Victorino went 3-for-13 with a double and a home run. 317/383/473 on the year. He’s hitting a monster 381/449/562 in July.

Utley was 3-for-10 with three singles and three walks in the series. 304/423/550 on the year.

Howard was 4-for-12 with a home run. 268/352/542. 302/415/547 in July. He’s walked 18 times in July — 11 walks in May is his high for any other month this year. In 2007 he walked more than 20 times in a month in April, July and August.

Ibanez was 4-for-11 with a double. 307/368/644. If he slugs .644 for the entire season it would be a career high. He was hitting 343/407/702 after going 2-for-4 with a walk against the Nationals on May 29. He missed about half of June, but has hit 258/312/563 since May 29.

Werth was 1-for-11 with a double and a walk. 266/379/500 on the year. He’s hitting 259/431/543 in July. He has walked 24 times in July after never drawing 20 or more walks in a single month over the rest of his career.

Feliz started at third in the first two games of the series. He went 1-for-8 with a walk and an RBI in the series to drop his line on the year to 294/342/404. Just three extra-base hits in July.

Bako started the first game of the series with Ruiz starting the other two. He was 0-for-3 in the series. He’s hitting 195/267/244 on the year. Just one start for Bako in the series despite three righties from the Snakes. Sure seems you would want to platoon Ruiz and Bako, but Bako is hitting just 222/282/278 against righties on the season (and 240/316/320 against them for his career).

Ruiz started the last two games of the series and was 0-for-6 in the series. He’s hitting 228/330/376 on the year. 273/355/491 against lefties and 211/322/333 against righties for the season, 222/318/378 against lefties for his career and 245/333/358 against righties. In 2007 Ruiz was very good (282/363/423) against righties and not good 189/265/311 in 90 at-bats against lefties. His career splits aren’t what you would expect. I’d still go with Ruiz all the time against lefties and split the starts between Bako and Ruiz against righties. I think the Phillies would too.

Bruntlett was 0-for-2 in the series and is at 125/198/188 for the year.

Mayberry didn’t have an at-bat in the series and is at 189/232/453 for the year.

Dobbs started at third last night with the righty Petit on the mound. He was 0-for-4 in the set and is hitting 262/306/434 for the year.

Stairs was 0-for-1 in the series. He’s gone 1-for-16 in July, which has dropped his line on the year to 243/398/443.

Update: Lee and Francisco added to the roster, Mayberry and Register sent down. That leaves the Phils with six relievers for tonight’s game. Eyre and Walker both threw more than 20 pitches last night.


NiceLee done?

This says that the Phillies have “reached agreement with the Indians on a trade that would bring them left-hander Cliff Lee and outfielder Ben Francisco for Class A right-hander Jason Knapp, Class AAA right-hander Carlos Carrasco, shortstop Jason Donald and catcher Lou Marson” and that “the deal is pending a review of medical records.”

That would be very good news for the Phillies.

Ben Francisco is a right-handed outfielder who can play all three outfield positions. He turns 28 in October and has a career 261/332/437 line. He’s played regularly for the Indians this year and has posted a 250/336/422 line in 308 at-bats with ten home runs and 13 stolen bases.

He’s hitting 269/383/463 against left-handed pitching this year.

Lefty Cliff Lee turns 31 next month. He won the AL Cy Young in 2008 and is 7-9 with a 3.14 ERA and a 1.30 ratio in 2009.


Rate increases

In yesterday’s post I pointed out that the Phillies have scored a lot more runs per game in July than they have in other months of the season. It also seems that the dramatic increase in the number of runs they are scoring isn’t because they are hitting more home runs — it’s because they are getting more hits and especially more walks.

Here’s a look at what the eight Phillies starters have done in July and in all of the other months of the season. In addition to their plate appearances, average, on-base percentage and slugging, the chart also shows the rate at which they have gotten walks, hits, extra-base hits and home runs per 100 plate appearances (nothing in this post includes results from last night’s game):

 
PA

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/100

H/100

XBH/100

HR/100

Rollins July

112

327

402

582

11.6

28.6

14.3

3.6
Not
July

325

207

250

322

4.9

19.4

6.8

1.8
                 

Victorino July

111

381

455

536

9.9

33.3

9.0

1.8
Not
July

337

294

360

441

9.2

26.1

8.6

1.5
                 

Utley July

102

303

382

517

9.8

26.5

8.8

4.9
Not
July

324

304

432

567

14.8

24.7

10.5

5.2
                 

Howard July

97

299

423

571

18.6

23.7

9.3

6.2
Not
July

329

259

331

541

9.1

23.1

12.5

6.1
                 

Ibanez July

53

286

340

612

7.5

26.4

15.1

7.5
Not
July

280

312

371

656

7.9

27.9

14.3

7.9
                 

Werth July

100

278

460

583

24.0

20.0

10.0

6.0
Not
July

318

267

362

487

12.3

23.0

9.1

4.7
                 

Feliz July

97

303

354

360

5.2

27.8

3.1

1.0
Not
July

285

295

340

425

7.0

27.0

8.1

1.8
                 

Ruiz July

54

208

283

417

5.6

18.5

9.3

3.7
Not
July

173

243

349

378

12.7

20.8

8.1

1.7

When looking for explanations for the Phillies offensive improvement in July, the on-base percentages for Rollins and Victorino atop the order are surely a big part of the answer. Rollins has on-based .402 in July after on-basing .250 before the start of July. Victorino has been on base even more. He has a .455 on-base percentage in July (and that’s before he went 3-for-5 last night) and a .360 on-base percentage before the month started. Also of note with the pair is that they’ve improved their on-base percentage for the month dramatically in different ways — Rollins’ increase in on-base percentage has more to do with improving his walk rate while Victorino’s has more to do with increasing the rate at which he’s getting hits.

For each of the eight players, here’s how their rates of walks and hits per 100 plate appearances for July compare to their rates for the other months:

Player BB per 100
PA
Player H per 100
PA
Rollins 236% Rollins 147%
Howard 204% Victorino 128%
Werth 196% Utley 107%
Victorino 108% Feliz 103%
Ibanez 96% Howard 103%
Feliz 73% Ibanez 95%
Utley 66% Ruiz 89%
Ruiz 44% Werth 87%

So, for example, Rollins has walked at a rate of about 11.6 walks per 100 plate appearances in July after walking at a rate of 4.9 walks per plate appearance before July. That’s about 236% the walks per 100 plate appearances in July (or about 2.36 times as many) compared to the other months of the season. His increase is the most for the group but that doesn’t mean that he has walked at the highest rate for the month. It just means that his rate increased the most for the month compared to his previous rate. If you look at the chart at the top you’ll see that Howard and Werth both walked way more regularly than Rollins in July, about 24.0 per 100 PA for Werth and about 18.6 per 100 PA for Howard compared to 11.6 per 100 for Rollins, but they also had much higher walk rates coming into the month and the change was not as dramatic.

Here’s the change in the rates for extra-base hits and home runs:

Player XBH per
100 PA
Player HR per 100
PA
Rollins 211% Ruiz 214%
Ruiz 114% Rollins 193%
Werth 110% Werth 127%
Ibanez 106% Victorino 121%
Victorino 105% Howard 102%
Utley 84% Ibanez 96%
Howard 74% Utley 93%
Feliz 38% Feliz 59%

Ruiz makes an appearance atop the home runs per 100 plate appearances list for hitting two of his five homers on the season in July.

Of the eight players, two, Rollins and Victorino, are up in all four categories. Howard and Werth are each up in three of the four (Howard’s extra-base hit rate is down and so is Werth’s rate of getting hits). Ruiz is up in two (extra-base hits and home runs) and down in the other two. Utley, Feliz and Ibanez are up in one of the four categories compared to the rest of the season and down in the other three — Utley’s up in hits, Feliz up in hits and Ibanez just up in extra-base hits.

Pedro Martinez may start for the Phillies Triple-A team on Friday and could be with the Phillies as soon as next week.

Update: This says Carlos Carrasco was scratched from his scheduled start today and Donald and Marson are not in the lineup. It also suggests the Phils may be discussing Carrasco, Marson, Donald and Knapp for Cliff Lee and another player.


Walks in high supply in July

The Phillies are putting tons of runs on the board in July. Offensively it has been their best month of the year. Here’s the number of runs they’ve scored per game for the season (nothing in this post includes results from yesterday’s games):

Month R per game NL rank R
per game
July 6.18 1
June 4.77 3
May 5.29 2
April 5.95 1

So the Phillies must be doing something better this month than they have earlier in the season. It’s not hitting home runs, though. The Phillies rate of home runs is still real high compared to the rest of the NL in July, but it’s down compared to the three previous months. Hits and walks per game are both up significantly, though:

Month HR/G NL Rank H/G NL Rank BB/G NL Rank
July 1.41 1 9.73 3 4.41 2
June 1.46 1 8.81 7 3.58 5
May 1.43 1 8.93 7 3.89 5
April 1.45 1 9.30 5 4.00 8

So the Phillies have hit a lot of home runs this month, but fewer per game than they have other months. They have scored a lot more runs though.

The number of extra-base hits the Phillies get is up since June, but not up compared to the other two months of the season. What is up dramatically is the number of singles the Phillies are hitting per game:


Month

XBH/G

1B/G

July

3.50

6.23

June

3.19

5.62

May

4.07

4.86

April

3.55

5.75

The percentage of their hits that the Phillies get that go for extra-bases is at the team’s lowest level of the season. They’ve had about 36.0% of hits go for extra-bases in July compared to 36.2% in June, 45.6% in May and 38.2% in April.

It’s the walk rate, though, that’s up even more than the rate of hits per game. The Phillies have walked 379 times in their first 96 games, a rate of about 3.95 per game. They’ve gotten 879 hits, which is a rate of about 9.15 per game. This month they’ve gotten about 9.73 hits per game, which is about 1.06 times their rate for the season, but their rate of 4.41 walks per game is about 1.12 times their rate of drawing walks. So it’s been a huge amount of home runs all season long, but compared to the rates of hits and walks for the season it’s the walks that are up more in July.

This article mentions Cliff Lee and Jarrod Washburn as possible trade candidates for the Phillies.

Brett Myers will throw a bullpen session on Thursday. The linked article also suggests that Romero is the only member of the DL’ed trio of Romero, Condrey and Durbin that we should expect to return soon.

This suggests the Phillies may be interested in George Sherrill.

More details have been published about the fight near Citizens Bank Park on Saturday that left a 22-year-old man dead.


Welcome Matt

Even Matt Holliday wasn’t enough to slow down the Phils. The Phillies continued their marvelous July run by taking two of three against the St Louis Cardinals this weekend. With the wins the Phils are 17-5 in July.

The Cards added Holliday to their roster in time for the series in a move that may be enough to push St Louis into the group with the Phils and Dodgers of the front-runners to win the National League. The Redbirds hit JA Happ and the Phils hard in the first game as they cruised to a win, but the Phillies bats exploded in games two and three as they outscored St Louis 23-8.

The Phillies are 56-40 on the season after taking two of three from the St Louis Cardinals. They are in first place in the NL East and 16 games above .500 for the first time this season. The Braves and Marlins are tied for second, both teams are 6 1/2 games back. The Mets are in fourth place and trail the Phils by 10 1/2 games.

The Phillies lost game one 8-1. Happ took his first loss of the year, allowing five runs over six innings. He held the Cards to a run over the first five innings before allowing four runs in the sixth. St Louis scored a pair off of Walker in the seventh and another run was charged to Carpenter in the eighth.

Rollins and Victorino went a combined 6-for-9 with eight RBI in game two as the Phils rolled to a 14-6 win. The Phils jumped out with three runs in the bottom of the first, but the Cards pecked away at Lopez and led 4-3 when the Phils hit in the bottom of the sixth. Rollins delivered a two-out grand slam in the sixth and the Phillies scored five times in the inning. The Phils added six more in the bottom of the seventh to run away with it.

The Phillies got four two-run homers and a great start from Blanton in game three. The Phils won 9-2. Utley, Rollins, Ibanez and Howard all homered for the Phils. Blanton allowed two runs over eight strong innings.

The Phils didn’t pitch well in the series. Overall they threw to a 4.67 ERA with a 1.59 ratio. They gave up 38 hits in 27 innings.

Happ had a weak start in game one of the series. Blanton was fantastic in game three and Lopez good enough in game two. As a group they threw to a 4.50 ERA with a 1.45 ratio in 20 innings. All three of them went at least six innings and they walked just two in 20 frames but allowed 27 hits and three home runs.

Happ allowed five runs in six innings on ten hits in game one. After throwing two innings the game was delayed 48 minutes in the bottom of the second and Happ came back to pitch the top of the third. Put an asterisk next to the game in your mind — hope I’m wrong but I worry it may be the start of tough times for Happ.

Lopez improved to 3-0 with a win in game two. Worst start of his four on the year for Lopez. He allowed four runs on ten hits and a walk over six innings. Only three of the runs were earned — it was just the fourth time on the season that a Phillies starter was charged with a run that was not earned. He allowed two home runs in the game after not allowing any in his first three starts. He has a 3.09 ERA on the year and has made a big contribution to the rotation in July.

Blanton went eight in game two, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk. He started June with a 6.14 ERA. He threw to a 3.62 ERA with a 1.31 ratio in June. In four starts so far in July he’s 3-0 with a 1.21 ERA and an 0.84 ratio. He’s gone at least seven innings in five of his last six starts.

The pen didn’t have a good series. They went just seven innings and pitched to a 5.14 ERA with a 2.00 ratio. They also allowed an unearned run that didn’t hurt their ERA. Walker and Carpenter were both charged with runs in game one. Register allowed a run over two innings in game two.

Eyre did not pitch in the series.

Walker started the seventh inning of game one with the Phillies down 5-0. He went one inning and allowed two runs on a triple, a double, a single and two walks.

Carpenter was active for the first game of the series before Kendrick took his spot on the roster. He pitched the eighth inning of game one with the Phillies down 7-1. He faced four batters, got three outs and gave up home run to Julio Lugo. Three appearances for Carpenter on the year so far, a start and two games in relief. All three have been bad.

Kendrick did not pitch in the series.

Park pitched the seventh inning of game two with the Phillies up 8-4. He allowed a run that was unearned due to a Howard error on two hits.

26-year-old righty Steven Register was called up for the second game of the series. He made his first appearance with the Phillies in the eighth inning of game two, entering to start the inning with the Phils up 14-5. He allowed a leadoff double to start the eighth, but kept St Louis off the board. He came back to pitch the ninth and allowed a run on a triple, a single and a walk.

Madson pitched the ninth inning of game one with the Phillies down 8-1. He allowed a leadoff single but got the next hitter and then got Yadier Molina to hit into a double-play.

Lidge threw the ninth inning yesterday in game three. He entered with a 9-2 lead and allowed a one-out double but kept St Louis off the board.

The Phillies scored 24 runs in the three-game series.

Rollins went 3-for-15 with a double, two home runs and seven RBI in the series. He had a grand slam in game two. 237/290/385 on the year.

Victorino went 4-for-4 in game two and was 8-for-13 in the series with a double, a home run and three RBI. He’s at 320/388/471 for the season. 402/476/565 in July. Rollins is on-basing .411 in July, so the Phils are getting a lot of base-runners at the top of the order.

Utley was 4-for-11 with a double and a home run. 305/420/557 for the season. He has walked less regularly in July. He’s drawn at least 13 walks in every month this season except for this one — he has drawn just nine walks this month.

Howard made two errors in game one. He was 6-for-12 with two doubles and a home run in the series. 266/351/541 on the year. He didn’t walk in the series, but has been walking a lot in July. He’s walked 17 times already this month — his high for the first three months of the season was 11 walks in May.

Ibanez was 3-for-12 with a home run and three RBI in the series. He’s at 305/365/651 for the season. If he slugs .651 all season long it will be a career high.

Werth didn’t start yesterday with Stairs starting in right. He went 2-for-7 with three walks in the series and is hitting 271/384/510 for the year. 286/458/600 in July.

Feliz was 5-for-12 with five singles in the series. 298/345/410. If he ended the season with a .755 OPS it would be his highest mark since 2004.

Ruiz started the first two games of the series and went 3-for-8 to improve his line on the year to 235/333/388.

Bako started yesterday. He was 1-for-4 with a double in the series. He’s at 211/268/263 for the season.

Bruntlett didn’t bat in the series and has a 128/202/192 line for the season.

Mayberry was 0-for-1 in the series and is hitting 189/232/453 on the year.

Dobbs was 0-for-1 in the series and is at 271/315/449 for the year.

Stairs started in right yesterday. He was 0-for-5 with a walk in the series. 246/402/449 on the year after going 1-for-15 in July.

This says that the Phillies have turned down Toronto’s request of Happ, Drabek and Dominic Brown for Halladay and that Toronto has likewise turned down the Phillies offer of Happ, Carrasco, Taylor and Donald.

This suggests that the Phillies may be interested in acquiring Cliff Lee from the Indians.

A 22-year-old man was killed in a fight near Citizens Bank Park during Saturday’s game.


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