The starters may have been fantastic at preventing walks for the Phils in 2011, but the relievers were a different story. The bullpen walked a whole lot of folks last year.

For each of the NL teams, here’s the percentage of batters faced by relievers that walked in 2011:

Team Batters Faced Walks % BB
COL 
MIL 
STL 
ARI 
NYM 
PIT 
FLA 
ATL 
WSN 
HOU 
SFG 
LAD 
SDP 
PHI 
CHC 
CIN 
TOT
2133
1888
1969
1888
2101
2298
2167
2177
2193
2094
1958
1878
2031
1751
2164
2120
32810
149
139
170
166
199
220
208
209
211
205
197
193
210
183
227
227
3113
7.0%
7.4%
8.6%
8.8%
9.5%
9.6%
9.6%
9.6%
9.6%
9.8%
10.1%
10.3%
10.3%
10.5%
10.5%
10.7%
9.5%

By percentage of batters faced that were walked, the Phillies relievers were 14th in the NL in 2011.

Phillie starters faced the most batters in the NL by a wide margin in 2011, so it makes sense that the relievers faced the fewest. The Dodgers were the team that faced the second-fewest and they faced 127 more. Despite facing the fewest number of hitters, by a lot, there were four NL teams that walked fewer batters overall than the Phillie relievers did.

Here are the numbers by innings pitched rather than batters faced:

Team IP Walks BB/9
COL 
MIL 
STL 
ARI 
ATL 
FLA 
WSN 
PIT 
SFG 
NYM 
SDP 
HOU 
LAD 
PHI 
CHC 
CIN 
TOT
508 2/3
449 2/3
463
439 1/3
522 1/3
5151/3
520 2/3
526
470 1/3
474
483 2/3
471
439
412 1/3
502 2/3
499
7697
149
139
170
166
209
208
211
220
197
199
210
205
193
183
227
227
3113
2.64
2.78
3.30
3.40
3.60
3.63
3.65
3.76
3.77
3.78
3.91
3.92
3.96
3.99
4.06
4.09
3.64

The Phils were 14th in the NL in walks per nine innings pitched per relievers. Again, this underscores the amazing job the starters did at preventing walks given that overall the team walked fewer total batters than any NL team had since 1995.

The Phils played the Pirates yesterday, winning 5-4 when Lou Montanez hit a walkoff homer off of Michael Dubee in the bottom of the tenth to improve to 3-3.

Cole Hamels got the start for the Phils and was fantastic. He went 3 2/3 scoreless innings before allowing back-to-back singles. He should have been out of the inning, but the next batter, Nate McLouth, reached on an error by Wiggington at second to keep the inning alive. Bush followed Hamels and went 1 1/3 scoreless innings before running into trouble in the sixth. In the sixth, the Pirates scored three runs charged to Bush on three singles and a double, puffing Bush’s Spring Training ERA to 8.31. Bastardo, Aumont and Schwimer all threw scoreless frames for the Phils. Lefty David Purcey went in an inning as well and allowed a run on a solo homer by Starling Marte.

Wigginton started at second and made an error, but went 1-for-1 with an RBI-double and two walks. Pence was 2-for-3. Victorino went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer. Still no hits for Nix, who’s now 0-for-11 after an 0-for-2 with two walks. Montanez won it in the tenth — he’s 3-for-6 so far with two doubles and a home run. He has four RBI — Hector Luna still leads the team with five.

Wigginton has seen a lot of time at second over his career. He didn’t play there in 2011, but he started 35 games at second for the Orioles in 2010 with an UZR/150 of -14.3.

The Phillies play Detroit this afternoon.

Domonic Brown has a sprained right thumb. The linked article suggests he will sit for at least a few more days.

This says that Contreras will throw batting practice today, but is not scheduled for any game action in the next week. It also says that Dontrelle Willis has a sore left forearm and will rest a couple of days.