Phillies pitching is getting hit hard in the ninth inning this year. Here’s what opponents have hit against the Phils in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings this season and last season:

  2009 2008

Inning

AVG

OBP

SLG

OPS

AVG

OBP

SLG

OPS
7
217

300

338

638

228

302

333

635
8
242

339

396

735

276

354

434

788
9
266

342

476

817

243

323

339

663

So, by OPS that opposing hitters have put up against them, the Phillies are about the same in the seventh, better in the eighth and much worse in the ninth this year than they were in ’08.

Home runs have really been the problem for the Phillies in the ninth inning in 2009. In 2008 they allowed seven ninth inning home runs all season long. Lidge himself has allowed eight in the ninth inning already in 2009. The team has allowed 15 and is on pace to allow 28 ninth inning home runs. That’s four times as many homers in the ninth.

Lidge has obviously been worse in the ninth in 2009 than he was in 2008. But the pitchers that aren’t Lidge who have pitched in the ninth for the Phils this season have, by OPS that opposing hitters have posted against them, been better:

 
2009
  PA AVG OBP SLG OPS
Total 323 266 342 476 817
Lidge 141 301 379 569 948
Not Lidge 182 239 313 405 718
           
Pace 608 266 342 476 817
           
 
2008
  PA AVG OBP SLG OPS
Total 565 243 323 339 663
Lidge 276 183 281 254 535
Not Lidge 289 298 364 419 782

Lidge is on pace to thrown about 60 1/3 innings this season after throwing 69 1/3 in 2008. The percentage of the batters that the Phillies face in the ninth inning that are faced by Lidge is also down. In 2008, about 48.8% of the hitters the Phillies faced in the ninth were faced by Lidge. This year it has been about 43.7%. Finally, since so many hitters have reached base against him this year he has had to face more batters per inning pitched. In 2008 he faced 292 batters over 69 1/3 innings, which is about 4.21 per inning. So far in 2009 he’s faced 152 in 32 innings, which is about 4.75 per inning.

The Phillies signed Pedro Martinez to a one-year deal and put him on the DL. This says that Pedro could be ready to pitch for the Phillies in the series against the Giants that starts on July 30.