This is yesterday’s chart again with two new columns. Next to the (TB+BB)/IP is ((TB+BB)/IP)/ratio, which is how many times bigger that pitcher’s (TB+BB)/IP is than his ratio ((H+BB)/IP). The column next to that is percentage of hits that the pitcher allowed with the Phils in ’09 that went for extra-bases:
One of those things is really a lot not like the others. Look at Kendrick’s results in the two right-most columns. Kendrick faced 112 batters last year and allowed one extra-base hit (a home run to Anderson Hernandez on September 13). That’s not just unusual compared to the rest of the guys on the Phillies — among all NL pitchers who faced at least 10 batters in 2009, Kendrick’s rate of allowing 0.89 extra-base hits per 100 plate appearances was the best in the league. Was that a fluke? I’d bet yes if I had to bet, but we’re not going to have to wait long to find out.
Finally, on a more general point about the table, as the numbers in the ((TB+BB)/IP)/ratio columns go up, the numbers in the % of hits that were extra-base hits also generally go up. Not always, though. If you look at Madson’s ((TB+BB)/IP)/ratio, for example, it’s higher than Park’s even though Park had a higher percentage of hits go for extra-bases. Worse extra-base hits is the explanation there, I think. Madson allowed 52 total bases on 19 extra-base hits, or about 2.74 bases per XBH, while Park allowed 61 total bases on 25 XBH, or about 2.44 bases per extra-base hit.
The Astros beat the Phillies 5-2 yesterday. Contreras getting blasted again was the biggest pitching story of the day. He allowed three runs on three hits and two walks in 2/3 of an inning, puffing his ERA for the spring to 9.00. He’s allowed 20 hits in 12 innings and also given up two runs that were unearned. Ibanez was 1-for-3 with walk to raise his spring average to .114.
Jamie Moyer will be the Phillies fifth starter.
This suggests that Lidge likely will not be able to pitch for the Phils by April 10 as previously hoped.