Archive for September 30th, 2009

Seven is enough

Take a look at the start log.

The Phillies started the season with seven games in a row in which they did not get a quality start. They don’t have a quality start in any of their last seven games. In between the first seven games of the season and the last seven games of the season there was never more than three games in a row in which they failed to make a quality start.

It sure seems like the bullpen is the Phillies biggest problem in their recent struggles to close out the division. But the starting pitching has been awful of late. This recent stretch of games isn’t quite as bad as the seven to start the year. But it’s been bad. Here’s how the starting pitching in the two funks compare:

  IP ERA Ratio
First 7 games
of season
35 9.00 1.91
Most recent 7
40 2/3 6.41 1.62

The Phils went 4-3 in the first seven games of the year and have gone 3-4 over the last seven. So they are 7-7 in the 14 games combined despite the fact that in those 14 games their starting pitchers combined to throw to a 7.61 ERA and a 1.78 ratio. They managed that because they were hitting well. Even as badly as they are playing in this most recent funk, they have still scored 39 runs. That’s 5.57 runs per game, which is more than the 5.06 runs per game they have averaged for the season. In the first stretch of seven games when they didn’t get a quality start they scored 40 runs (or about 5.71 per game).

Rest of the group catchering up with Ruiz

Coming into 2009, the Phillies were 113-79 (.589 winning percentage) in the games that Ruiz started at catcher and 68-64 (.515) in the games someone else started at catcher over the past two years. Their winning percentage when Ruiz starts this year is still good, but the Phillies have had some good results this season with other guys behind the plate, too. Here’s the Phillies record and winning percentage by starting catcher for 2009:

Ruiz 97 56 41 .577
Bako 31 19 12 .613
Coste 22 13 9 .591
Marson 6 3 3 .500
Hoover 1 0 1 .000
Total 157 91 66 .580

The Phils are 56-41 (.577) this year when Ruiz starts and 35-25 (.583) when he doesn’t.

Jamie Moyer left last night’s game after crumpling on the mound with what the team has called a left groin strain. His status is unknown. After throwing 1 1/3 scoreless innings last night, Moyer now has a 1.93 ERA and an 0.70 ratio in 18 1/3 innings in relief for the season.

This says that Carlos Ruiz was in the Phillies lineup as of 4 PM yesterday but was scratched after batting practice. It also says that Myers may be ready by the end of the week.

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