Given that the three leaders on the team were starters who threw a huge number of innings, you can probably guess that the starters overall were a lot better at preventing walks in 2011 than the relievers did.
Here’s the rate at which starters and relievers for the Phils issued walks during 2011:
By percentage of batters walked and by walks per nine innings, the relievers overall combined to walk hitters at more than twice the rate of the starters.
Relievers overall walk more hitters than starters in 2011, but not twice as many. In the NL overall, starters walked about 7.5% of the batters that they faced last year and relievers walked about 9.5%.
The Phils are 2-2 in official Spring Training games after pounding the Blue Jays 7-0 yesterday.
Cliff Lee started the game for the Phils and allowed a walk and two hits over two scoreless innings. Kendrick followed Lee and struck out two in two scoreless. Horst, Schwimmer, Ramirez, Valdes and Diekman all threw a scoreless frame.
Galvis was 1-for-2 with a double yesterday and is 3-for-10 with two doubles in the very early going. Victorino 1-for-3 with two RBI. Wigginton started at third and went 1-for-1 with a double. Ruiz 2-for-2 with a pair of singles in his first official Spring Training action. Laynce Nix went 0-for-3 and is 0-for-6 with a walk and three strikeouts so far.
The Phils play Houston this afternoon with Vance Worley expected to pitch.
This suggests that the Phillies and Cole Hamels are trying to negotiate a long-term contract extension.