Series recap

Roy void enjoyed

The Phillies didn’t get Roy Halladay, but the contributions they are getting from the guy they didn’t trade for him and the guy they traded for instead sure make it look like they made the right decision. Superb starts from JA Happ and Cliff Lee led the way in Philadelphia as the Phils took two of three from the Rockies. In the last two games of the set Lee and Happ combined to throw 16 innings in which they allowed one run and struck out 19.

Joining Lee and Happ in leading the Phillies is the suddenly surging Jimmy Rollins. Rollins has sprung to life after a miserable start to the season. He is hitting 336/392/619 in 148 plate appearances since July 2 and led the offense against Colorado.

The Phils are 61-45 on the year after taking two of three from the Colorado Rockies in Philadelphia. They are in first place in the NL East and lead the second-place Marlins by seven games and the third-place Braves by 7 1/2. They have the second-best winning percentage in the NL behind the Dodgers. LA is 67-42 with a .615 winning percentage, which is better than the Phillies’ .575. In the American League the Yankees, Red Sox and Angels have played to a better winning percentage than the Phillies.

The Phillies lost the first game of the series 8-3. Garrett Atkins put the Rocks up 2-0 with a two-run homer off of Moyer in the second. Colorado added another pair of runs in the fourth before a two-run shot from Rollins in the bottom of the fifth got the Phils on the board at 4-2. Things blew up in the sixth, though, as Moyer and Lopez, a new addition to the pen with the arrival of Cliff Lee, were touched up for four runs that extended the Rockies lead to 8-2.

JA Happ was brilliant in game two and the Phillies rode his complete-game shutout to a 7-0 win. Feliz, Rollins and Werth all homered before the end of the fifth inning and the blasts drove in six of the Phillies runs. Happ was in control the whole game, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out a career-high ten.

It was Cliff Lee being brilliant yesterday for the Phils. Lee struck out nine while holding the Rockies to a single run over seven innings and the Phillies won 3-1. Dexter Fowler led off the game with a double in and came around to score to give Colorado an early 1-0, but Colorado wouldn’t get any more. Rollins went 3-for-4 with a double and a triple and scored two runs to lead the Phillies offense. Bako hit his first home run of the year, a solo shot off of Aaron Cook in the bottom of the fifth.

The Phillies got outstanding pitching in the series. They allowed nine runs over three games, six of which were charged to Moyer in game one. Overall they threw to a 3.00 ERA with a 1.11 ratio. They allowed just one home run, which Atkins hit off of Moyer. They allowed just 23 hits in 27 innings while striking out 27.

They got two fantastic starts in the set from Happ and Lee. Moyer struggled in his outing. As a group the starters went 21 innings with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.10 ratio.

Moyer was hit hard in game one. He went five innings, allowing six runs on six hits and four walks. He has had a miserable season and it’s hurting the Phillies. He didn’t get much help from Lopez in this game — Moyer walked the only two men he faced in the sixth before leaving the game and both of them would come around to score. He’s coming off of his best month of the year, a July in which he went 4-1 with a 3.80 ERA and a 1.27 ratio. His first start of August was an ugly one, though, and he’s now thrown to a 5.55 ERA for the season with a 1.47 ratio. He’s also not going deep into games. Despite the fact that he’s coming off of his best month of the year he still hasn’t gotten an out in the sixth inning in four of his last seven starts.

Happ was awesome in game two. He threw a complete game shutout, allowing two singles, two doubles and a pair of walks. He struck out ten, but also threw a career-high 127 pitches in the game. He has a 2.80 ERA and a 1.14 ratio in 14 starts with the Phillies this year.

Lee was almost as good in game two. He allowed one run over seven innings on five singles, a double and a walk. He struck out nine. Each of his first two starts have been fantastic. He’s 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA and an 0.81 ratio in two outings with the Phillies. He got seven wins in 22 starts with the Indians this season, but it hasn’t been the Phillies offense powering him to victories. The Phillies have scored eight runs in his two starts.

The bullpen threw just six innings in the three-game set. Lopez had a weak outing in relief of Moyer in game two and was charged with the only two runs that they allowed. As a group they threw to a 3.00 ERA with a 1.17 ratio in the three games. They didn’t walk a batter in the series. Besides Lopez, the only three relievers to pitch were Walker, Madson and Lidge and all three fared well.

Eyre did not pitch in the series.

Lopez entered game one in the sixth inning, making his first relief appearance of the year. He came in with nobody out and men on first and second, the Phillies down 4-2. He got a ground out for the first out of the inning before Atkins cleared the bases with a two-run double that made it 6-2. Chris Ianetta followed with an RBI-single. 7-2. The pitcher Jason Hammel followed with a single of his own before Dexter Fowler delivered an RBI-double that made it 8-2. Lopez got a fly ball to end the inning. He came back to pitch the seventh and allowed a one-out single but got the next two.

Lopez has been effective pitching in relief over his career. In 27 relief appearances he has a 3.14 ERA and a 1.24 ratio over 63 innings (4.88 ERA with a 1.42 ratio in 166 career starts). Not a ton of appearances, but I don’t think the idea of pitching him out of the pen is ridiculous. Having all three of him, Kendrick and Park in the pen at the same time is getting a little close to ridiculous, though.

Kendrick did not pitch in the series.

Park did not pitch in the series.

Walker pitched the eighth inning of game one with the Phillies down 8-3. He set Colorado down in order.

Madson pitched the eighth inning of game three yesterday with the Phillies up 3-1. He gave up a leadoff single but struck the next batter out and then got a double-play.

Again, it’s great to see Madson pitching less regularly recently. The Phillies are obviously going to need him before it’s over, but they don’t need him pitching every day now. He’s made two appearances this week after making one last week.

Lidge pitched the ninth inning of game one with the Phillies losing 8-3. He got two ground outs and a popup in a perfect frame.

He also pitched yesterday in game three, entering in the ninth to protect a 3-1 lead. He gave up a two-out single to Brad Hawpe, which brought pinch-hitter Ian Stewart to the plate as they tying run. Lidge struck Stewart out on three pitches to end the game and earn his 21st save on the year.

Encouraging developments from Lidge. He has been charged with one or more runs in just one of his last five appearances. In the outing that he did give up runs he was pitching for the third straight day. 3.60 ERA with an 0.80 ratio over five innings in his last five appearances.

Seven guys in the bullpen for the Phils. Three of them, Kendrick, Park and Lopez, can start and two of them are pitchers who have primarily been starters over their career.

Nobody in the pen has appeared more than one day in a row and neither Madson or Lidge threw more than 20 pitches yesterday.

The Phillies scored 13 runs in the three-game series.

Rollins was 6-for-14 with a double, a triple and two home runs in the series to raise his line on the year to 245/294/410. After going 1-for-5 with a home run in game two he was slugging .400 — it was the first time on the year that his slugging had been at .400 or better. He had 24 total bases in all of April and 28 in all of June. So far in August he has 21.

Victorino was 3-for-12 with a double in the series. He’s hitting 313/378/467 on the season.

Utley was 2-for-9 with a double in the series. 299/418/541 on the year. He’s 4-for-his-last-20 with a double.

Howard was 1-for-12 in the set. 2-for-20 with two singles in August. 258/341/516 on the year.

Ibanez was 4-for-10 with two doubles and a walk in the series. 304/369/626 for the year. Since May 30 he has hit just 257/321/534, but most of that is due to struggles June. He went on the DL in the middle of June, but before he did he had hit 254/299/571 for the month. He came back and appeared in his first game back on July 11. From July 11 to now he has hit 276/360/526.

Werth was 2-for-11 with a home run. Not a great series for Werth, but the home run was a big one. The three-run blast in game two opened up a big lead for the Phils. 268/376/501 on the year. He’s off walks apparently. He has walked once in his last 37 plate appearances. In his 132 plate appearances prior he had walked 32 times.

Feliz was 2-for-10 with a home run. 287/333/397 for the season. He’s 5-for-his-last-30.

Ruiz started the first two games of the series and went 3-for-7 with two doubles. 231/328/380 on the year.

Bako started yesterday and went 2-for-3 with a home run. His line is at 196/255/294 for the year. Bako hit six home runs in 299 at-bats for the Reds last year. Six is his career-high.

Francisco walked in both of his plate appearances in the series. He’s 4-for-12 with two walks since joining the Phillies.

Bruntlett didn’t play in the series. 133/202/205 for the year.

Dobbs was 0-for-1 in the series to drop his line on the year to 254/297/421. I think the Phillies should be looking for chances to play Dobbs more regularly — it looks to me like the way to do that would be at third against some right-handed pitchers. Ibanez didn’t get an at-bat for the Phils between June 18 and July 10. During that time period Dobbs got 51 plate appearances in which he hit 396/412/667 with three home runs. He hit 172/246/310 in 65 plate appearances before June 18 and has hit 150/182/150 in 22 plate appearances since July 11.

Stairs was 0-for-1 in the series to drop his line on the year to 227/376/413. He’s appeared in 13 games defensively for the Phils and been on the roster all season. That’s a big investment in Stairs, presumably for a small number of critical at-bats down the stretch and in the playoffs.

This suggests that Happ will not lose his spot in the rotation to Pedro Martinez. It also considers the possibility that the Phillies could go with a six-man rotation. I would be surprised if that happened and even more surprised if it happened with Kendrick, Lopez and Park still on the roster. Maybe the Phils could go with nine starters in a 12-man pitching staff. Perhaps Hamels or Moyer will develop a blister.

Encouraging news about Durbin, Myers and Romero in this article. Durbin appears to be the player of the group whose return will come first with Romero not too far behind.


Go West, young men, but don’t stay too long

The Phillies fantastic run was sure to come to an end sooner or later. And now it has. The Phils looked tired this weekend and yesterday they played for the fifteenth straight day. The Giants beat them three times in four games and the Phils have now lost four of five.

Despite the number of days in a row the Phillies have had to play without a break, it hasn’t been the pen that’s let them down in their recent funk. The bullpen wasn’t charged with a single run in San Francisco. The Phils got to start their three best starters in the four games against the Giants and still managed just one win. Two of them, Lee and Blanton, pitched great. But Blanton simply outgreatended by Tim Lincecum and Hamels got hit hard yesterday. Instead of the pen it has been the offense and fielding that both look tired. The Phils have scored just 14 runs over their last six games. They made three errors in the first game against the Giants, which makes it hard to win. Ryan Howard added a key miscue on a flip to Hamels in yesterday’s game.

The Phillies are 59-44 on the season after losing three of four to the Giants in San Francisco. They are in first place in the NL East, five games ahead of the second-place Marlins and seven ahead of the third-place Braves.

The Phillies lost the first game 7-2. Lopez didn’t pitch well and three errors from the Phillies didn’t help at all. Howard put the Phillies up 1-0 with an RBI-double in the first, but the Giants jumped on top 2-1 in the bottom of the inning. Pablo Sandoval made it 3-1 with a homer off of Lopez in the third. San Francisco blew it open with four more in the fourth, an inning that featured a two-run double from Sandoval. Kendrick and Walker both pitched well in relief for the Phils, combing to go four scoreless innings. Utley hit a solo homer in the sixth to get the Phils to within 7-2, but the Phillies couldn’t get any closer.

Cliff Lee made a brilliant debut as a Phillie in game two. He allowed a run on four hits while throwing a complete game. The Phillies won 5-1. Werth put the Phils up 1-0 with a solo homer in the second, which was how it stayed still the top of the seventh. The Phils scored three in the seventh on three walks, a hit batter and a single by Werth to pull ahead 4-0. Lee himself led off the eighth with a double and came in to score on a sac fly from Francisco to make it 5-0. Aaron Rowand led off the bottom of the eighth with a double that led to the Giants only run of the game.

Blanton was great in game three, but not quite as great as Tim Lincecum. Lincecum held the Phillies down over eight shutout innings and the Giants won 2-0 thanks to two sac flies from Juan Uribe.

Hamels took a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth yesterday, but the Giants scored three in the fifth and three more in the sixth on their way to a 7-3 win. An RBI-triple by Aaron Rowand put San Francisco up 1-0 in the bottom of the second. The Phils jumped on top 2-1 in the fourth and extended the lead to 3-1 with another run in the top of the fifth. Hamels got the first two outs in the fifth without a problem before it all fell apart for him. Pitcher Barry Zito started a two-out rally for the Giants that went single-single-double-single and had the Giants pulling ahead 4-3. Hamels came back to start the bottom of the sixth and faced four more batters, all who reached base. Park did a pretty nice job coming into the inning with the bases loaded and nobody out, but did allow a single which plated two more runs charged to Hamels and made it 7-3.

The Phillies pitched pretty well in the series overall. In 33 innings they threw to a 3.27 ERA with a 1.30 ratio. They allowed 17 runs in 33 innings — all 17 were charged to a starting pitcher and five of the 17 were unearned. They allowed just one home run in four games.

The starters weren’t as good as the pen. Lee and Blanton were fantastic in the middle two games while Lopez and Hamels struggled in games one and four. Overall the starters tossed 25 innings with a 4.32 ERA and a 1.40 ratio. They allowed five unearned runs — if those runs had been earned their ERA would have been 6.12 instead of 4.32. Sandoval homered off of Lopez in game one, which was the only home run they allowed.

Lopez struggled in game one. He went just four innings and allowed seven runs on eight hits and two walks. Only four of the runs were earned. He has a 3.62 ERA on his five starts for the season but with an ugly 1.54 ratio. He has allowed 34 hits in 27 1/3 innings.

Lee was awesome in game two. He threw a complete game, allowing a run on four hits and a walk while striking out two. It made a nice break for the bullpen, too, as the Phillies were playing for the thirteenth straight day and were scheduled to play two more days in a row before getting a day off.

Blanton went seven innings in game three, allowing two runs on six singles and a double. He lowered his ERA on the year to 4.02.

Hamels was great for 5 2/3 innings yesterday, but then eight of the last nine men he faced reached base and it helped the Giants scored six runs. He allowed seven runs on ten hits and two walks in the game. Only six of the runs were earned. It was one of four starts for Hamels on the year in which he had allowed more than five earned runs.

The bullpen went eight innings in the series. They weren’t charged with a run, pitching to a 0.00 ERA with a 1.00 ratio. They struck out six in eight innings.

Eyre pitched the eighth inning of game four with the Phillies down 7-3. He allowed an infield single to start the inning but got the next hitter and then got a double-play.

Park pitched the eighth inning of game three with the Phillies down 2-0. He allowed a hit and a walk but kept the Giants off the board.

He also pitched yesterday in game four. He entered in the sixth inning with nobody out, the bases loaded and the Phillies down 5-3. He got a fly ball to left with the runners holding for the first out, but Eugenio Velez followed with a two-run single into right that made it 7-3 with the two runs charged to Hamels. Park got the next two to leave the runners stranded at first and third.

It was just the second time that Park had pitched on back-to-back days on the season (June 20 and June was the other).

Since the end of June Park has an 0.59 ERA with an 0.78 ratio. He has struck out 18 in 15 1/3 innings.

Kendrick pitched in game one of the series, entering to start the fifth inning of game one with the Phillies down 7-1. He allowed a two-out single in the fifth but got the next hitter. In the sixth he allowed a one out walk but got the next batter on a double-play.

Walker pitched the seventh and eighth innings of game one. He started the seventh with the Phillies down 7-2. He got the first two in the seventh before hitting a batter. Fred Lewis was next and he reached on an error by Utley, but Walker got Edgar Renteria on a fly ball to right to end the inning. He allowed a one-out walk in the eighth before striking out the next two hitters. The second, Eugenio Velez, struck out on a wild pitch and took first. Sandoval lined to short for the third out.

Madson pitched the seventh inning yesterday with the Phillies down 7-3. He allowed a two-out walk but got the next batter.

Great to see Madson get some rest lately. He has thrown just two innings since July 24.

Lidge did not pitch in the series.

With the off-day today, everyone in the pen should be ready for the Rockies.

The Phillies scored just ten runs in the four-game series.

Rollins was 5-for-16 with a double and a home run in the series. He also stole four bases. He’s hitting 239/290/389 on the season.

Victorino was mostly on the bench for the series with a bruised knee. He went 0-for-2 to drop his line on the year to 315/382/470.

Utley hit a home run in game one after Jonathan Sanchez threw a ball near his head early in the at-bat. He was 3-for-14 with a homer in the series. 301/420/546 on the year.

Howard made an error that cost the Phillies a run in yesterday’s game when he made a toss to Hamels covering first that went over the pitcher’s head. He was 2-for-15 with a double in the set. 263/347/529.

Ibanez got yesterday off with Bruntlett starting in left field. He was 1-for-10 with three walks in the series. 301/366/627 for the year. In honor of passing the 100-game mark I will no longer be mentioning that he is on-pace for a career high in slugging. He is, though. Before this season his high was .537.

Werth was in center for the last two games of the series after playing right with Francisco in center for the first two. 6-for-16 with a home run in the set. 270/381/503 for the year.

Feliz was 3-for-16 with a walk in the series. He’s hitting 289/337/395 for the year.

Ruiz started the first and last games of the series. He went 1-for-7 with a single. He’s hitting .177 (23-for-130) since the end of May.

Francisco started three games of the series with Victorino out with a bruised knee. He started games one and two in center and game four in right. 4-for-12 with two doubles.

Bruntlett started yesterday’s game in left field. He went 1-for-3 with a double in the series. 133/202/205 on the series. At least his slugging is back higher than his on-base percentage now, though.

Bako started games two and three of the series. He went 0-for-7 with three strikeouts to drop his line on the year to 167/231/208. I guess everyone can’t have a slugging percentage that’s higher than their on-base percentage.

Dobbs was 0-for-3 in the series to drop his line on the year to 256/299/424. He’s walked three times in his last 88 at-bats.

Stairs started in right in game three. 0-for-4 in the set to drop his line on the year to 230/380/419.


It’s not the heat it’s that the Phillies can’t be stopped

Possible exception: Yusmeiro Petit.

In case you’ve been so occupied following trade rumors you missed the games, the Phillies are still playing pretty well. 19-4 in their last 23 games. Two out of three against the Diamondbacks in Arizona most recently.

The Phillies are, by a wide margin, the best road team in all of baseball. There are just six teams in either league who are over .500 on the road. The Phillies are 31-16. In the AL the teams above .500 are the Yankees (27-22) and Angels (28-20), in the NL it’s the Phils, Marlins (26-24), Dodgers (28-22) and Rockies (27-25).

As well as the Phillies are playing they can’t quite shake the Marlins out of the picture. The Marlins have managed to keep themselves within striking distance in the NL East as both the Fish and the Phils have gone 7-3 over their last ten games.

The Phillies are 58-41 on the season after taking two of three from the Arizona Diamondbacks. After winning game two of the series they were 18 games above .500 for the first time on the year. They are in first place in the NL East, six games ahead of the second place Marlins and eight ahead of the Braves.

Jamie Moyer worked in and out of trouble in the first game of the set and wound up throwing 6 2/3 shutout innings as the Phillies won 6-2. Howard put the Phils on top 2-0 with a homer in the fourth and the Phillies added one in the fifth and three more in the sixth. Moyer allowed six hits and four walks in the game but started the seventh with the Phils up 6-0. He got the first two in the seventh before allowing two base-runners. Park came on to get the last out. Madson got hit hard in the eighth and allowed two runs, but the Diamondbacks couldn’t get any closer.

Hamels was fantastic in game two as he bettered Dan Haren in a great pitching matchup and the Phils won 4-3. Ryan Roberts hit a first-inning homer off of Hamels to put Arizona up 1-0. Victorino answered with a solo shot of his own in the third. The Phils pulled ahead with two runs in the fifth and made it 4-1 in the seventh. Lidge got the save but allowed a two-run homer to Mark Reynolds in the ninth.

The Phils couldn’t crack Yusmeiro Petit in game three and fell 4-0. Petit came into the game with a 7.68 ERA on the year and tossed six shutout innings. Happ pitched well. He allowed a two-run homer to Justin Upton in the bottom of the first but allowed just two runs over six frames. Eyre allowed a run in the seventh and Walker another in the eighth.

The Phils got great pitching from their starters in the series and awful work from the bullpen. Overall the pitchers threw to a 3.12 ERA with a 1.12 ratio over 26 innings. They gave up five home runs, three of which were allowed by the pen.

The starters were fantastic. They went 20 2/3 innings in three games and pitched to a 1.31 ERA and an 0.92 ratio. They allowed just 13 hits and struck out 19. Happ allowed two runs, Hamels one and Moyer none.

Moyer went 6 2/3 innings shutout innings in game one, allowing six hits and four walks while striking out five. He has a 3.30 ERA and a 1.27 ratio in five starts in July. In four of the starts he did not allow a home run.

Hamels allowed a run on three singles and a home run over eight innings in game two. He struck out nine. He’s 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA, an 0.75 ratio and 20 strikeouts in 20 innings over his last three starts. He’s also allowed at least one home run in five straight starts. In his last three outings he’s allowed one run that didn’t score on a home run.

Happ went six innings in game three, allowing two runs on two singles, a home run and two walks. Nice to see him come back strong after his previous start in which he continued after an early 48-minute rain delay. He hasn’t allowed more than two walks in any of his six starts this month. Five of the six have been very. Overall for the month he’s gone 2-2 with a 2.93 ERA and a 1.05 ratio.

The relief pitching was terrible. Madson got hit hard in game one. Lidge in game two. Eyre and Walker each allowed a run in an inning in game three. As a group they threw just 5 1/3 innings, but with a 10.13 ERA and a 1.88 ratio. In 5 1/3 innings they allowed eight hits, including three home runs.

Eyre started the seventh inning last night in game three with the Phillies down 2-0. He allowed a home run to Chris Snyder to start the inning, which was followed by a single. Eyre got the next three. It was the first home run Eyre had allowed since April. It was also the first earned run he has allowed since April. Since the end of April Eyre has thrown 18 innings with an 0.50 ERA and a 1.33 ratio.

Park entered game one with two outs in the seventh inning, the Phils up 6-0 and men on first and second. He got Justin Upton to ground to short for the third out.

Kendrick did not pitch in the series and has not pitched since being called up on July 25.

Register also did not pitch in the set.

Walker pitched the eighth inning of game three with the Phils down 3-0. He allowed a leadoff double that was followed by an RBI-single that made it 4-0 before setting down the next three hitters. He has a 7.50 ERA and a 1.67 ratio in five appearances in July. He’s been hit hard his last two times out, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks over two innings.

Madson started the eighth inning of game one with the Phillies up 6-0. Mark Reynolds led off with a homer to make it 6-1. Madson got the next two hitters before allowing a single and a walk. Chad Tracy delivered an RBI-single to make it 6-2 before Madson struck out Stephen Drew to end the inning.

Nice to see Madson get two days off in the series. He’s had his worst month of the season in July, throwing to a 5.11 ERA but with just 1.14 ratio. After not allowing a home run in 25 1/3 innings in April and May he has allowed five in 25 innings in June and July.

Lidge pitched the ninth inning of game one with the Phillies up 6-2 and set the Snakes down in order.

He also came back to pitch the ninth inning of game two with the Phillies winning 4-1. He walked the leadoff man and Reynolds followed with a two-run homer. He stayed in and got the next three hitters to get the save.

For Lidge it was the third straight day pitching. He pitched on July 4 and 5 and didn’t allow a run either time. He pitched on July 9 and 10 and allowed a run on July 10. He pitched on July 21 and 22 and allowed two runs in two-thirds of an inning on July 22. He then pitched on July 26, 27 and 28 and didnt’ allow a run in either of the first two games but allowed two runs in the third.

In his seven appearances this month in which Lidge hadn’t thrown the day before he has a 2.84 ERA and a 1.11 ratio in 6 1/3 innings. In the five appearances on the month in which he did pitch the day before he has a 10.38 ERA and a 1.85 ratio in 4 1/3 innings. He allowed runs in two of seven appearances when he had not pitched the day before and in three of five when he had.

Nobody in the pen has pitched more than one day in a row. Eyre threw 21 pitches last night and Walker 23.

The Phillies scored 10 runs in the three-game series.

Rollins was 3-for-14 with a double and an RBI in the series. He is hitting 236/288/382 for the year. After walking 13 times in his first 78 at-bats in July, Rollins hasn’t walked over 29 at-bats in the last six games.

Victorino went 3-for-13 with a double and a home run. 317/383/473 on the year. He’s hitting a monster 381/449/562 in July.

Utley was 3-for-10 with three singles and three walks in the series. 304/423/550 on the year.

Howard was 4-for-12 with a home run. 268/352/542. 302/415/547 in July. He’s walked 18 times in July — 11 walks in May is his high for any other month this year. In 2007 he walked more than 20 times in a month in April, July and August.

Ibanez was 4-for-11 with a double. 307/368/644. If he slugs .644 for the entire season it would be a career high. He was hitting 343/407/702 after going 2-for-4 with a walk against the Nationals on May 29. He missed about half of June, but has hit 258/312/563 since May 29.

Werth was 1-for-11 with a double and a walk. 266/379/500 on the year. He’s hitting 259/431/543 in July. He has walked 24 times in July after never drawing 20 or more walks in a single month over the rest of his career.

Feliz started at third in the first two games of the series. He went 1-for-8 with a walk and an RBI in the series to drop his line on the year to 294/342/404. Just three extra-base hits in July.

Bako started the first game of the series with Ruiz starting the other two. He was 0-for-3 in the series. He’s hitting 195/267/244 on the year. Just one start for Bako in the series despite three righties from the Snakes. Sure seems you would want to platoon Ruiz and Bako, but Bako is hitting just 222/282/278 against righties on the season (and 240/316/320 against them for his career).

Ruiz started the last two games of the series and was 0-for-6 in the series. He’s hitting 228/330/376 on the year. 273/355/491 against lefties and 211/322/333 against righties for the season, 222/318/378 against lefties for his career and 245/333/358 against righties. In 2007 Ruiz was very good (282/363/423) against righties and not good 189/265/311 in 90 at-bats against lefties. His career splits aren’t what you would expect. I’d still go with Ruiz all the time against lefties and split the starts between Bako and Ruiz against righties. I think the Phillies would too.

Bruntlett was 0-for-2 in the series and is at 125/198/188 for the year.

Mayberry didn’t have an at-bat in the series and is at 189/232/453 for the year.

Dobbs started at third last night with the righty Petit on the mound. He was 0-for-4 in the set and is hitting 262/306/434 for the year.

Stairs was 0-for-1 in the series. He’s gone 1-for-16 in July, which has dropped his line on the year to 243/398/443.

Update: Lee and Francisco added to the roster, Mayberry and Register sent down. That leaves the Phils with six relievers for tonight’s game. Eyre and Walker both threw more than 20 pitches last night.


Welcome Matt

Even Matt Holliday wasn’t enough to slow down the Phils. The Phillies continued their marvelous July run by taking two of three against the St Louis Cardinals this weekend. With the wins the Phils are 17-5 in July.

The Cards added Holliday to their roster in time for the series in a move that may be enough to push St Louis into the group with the Phils and Dodgers of the front-runners to win the National League. The Redbirds hit JA Happ and the Phils hard in the first game as they cruised to a win, but the Phillies bats exploded in games two and three as they outscored St Louis 23-8.

The Phillies are 56-40 on the season after taking two of three from the St Louis Cardinals. They are in first place in the NL East and 16 games above .500 for the first time this season. The Braves and Marlins are tied for second, both teams are 6 1/2 games back. The Mets are in fourth place and trail the Phils by 10 1/2 games.

The Phillies lost game one 8-1. Happ took his first loss of the year, allowing five runs over six innings. He held the Cards to a run over the first five innings before allowing four runs in the sixth. St Louis scored a pair off of Walker in the seventh and another run was charged to Carpenter in the eighth.

Rollins and Victorino went a combined 6-for-9 with eight RBI in game two as the Phils rolled to a 14-6 win. The Phils jumped out with three runs in the bottom of the first, but the Cards pecked away at Lopez and led 4-3 when the Phils hit in the bottom of the sixth. Rollins delivered a two-out grand slam in the sixth and the Phillies scored five times in the inning. The Phils added six more in the bottom of the seventh to run away with it.

The Phillies got four two-run homers and a great start from Blanton in game three. The Phils won 9-2. Utley, Rollins, Ibanez and Howard all homered for the Phils. Blanton allowed two runs over eight strong innings.

The Phils didn’t pitch well in the series. Overall they threw to a 4.67 ERA with a 1.59 ratio. They gave up 38 hits in 27 innings.

Happ had a weak start in game one of the series. Blanton was fantastic in game three and Lopez good enough in game two. As a group they threw to a 4.50 ERA with a 1.45 ratio in 20 innings. All three of them went at least six innings and they walked just two in 20 frames but allowed 27 hits and three home runs.

Happ allowed five runs in six innings on ten hits in game one. After throwing two innings the game was delayed 48 minutes in the bottom of the second and Happ came back to pitch the top of the third. Put an asterisk next to the game in your mind — hope I’m wrong but I worry it may be the start of tough times for Happ.

Lopez improved to 3-0 with a win in game two. Worst start of his four on the year for Lopez. He allowed four runs on ten hits and a walk over six innings. Only three of the runs were earned — it was just the fourth time on the season that a Phillies starter was charged with a run that was not earned. He allowed two home runs in the game after not allowing any in his first three starts. He has a 3.09 ERA on the year and has made a big contribution to the rotation in July.

Blanton went eight in game two, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk. He started June with a 6.14 ERA. He threw to a 3.62 ERA with a 1.31 ratio in June. In four starts so far in July he’s 3-0 with a 1.21 ERA and an 0.84 ratio. He’s gone at least seven innings in five of his last six starts.

The pen didn’t have a good series. They went just seven innings and pitched to a 5.14 ERA with a 2.00 ratio. They also allowed an unearned run that didn’t hurt their ERA. Walker and Carpenter were both charged with runs in game one. Register allowed a run over two innings in game two.

Eyre did not pitch in the series.

Walker started the seventh inning of game one with the Phillies down 5-0. He went one inning and allowed two runs on a triple, a double, a single and two walks.

Carpenter was active for the first game of the series before Kendrick took his spot on the roster. He pitched the eighth inning of game one with the Phillies down 7-1. He faced four batters, got three outs and gave up home run to Julio Lugo. Three appearances for Carpenter on the year so far, a start and two games in relief. All three have been bad.

Kendrick did not pitch in the series.

Park pitched the seventh inning of game two with the Phillies up 8-4. He allowed a run that was unearned due to a Howard error on two hits.

26-year-old righty Steven Register was called up for the second game of the series. He made his first appearance with the Phillies in the eighth inning of game two, entering to start the inning with the Phils up 14-5. He allowed a leadoff double to start the eighth, but kept St Louis off the board. He came back to pitch the ninth and allowed a run on a triple, a single and a walk.

Madson pitched the ninth inning of game one with the Phillies down 8-1. He allowed a leadoff single but got the next hitter and then got Yadier Molina to hit into a double-play.

Lidge threw the ninth inning yesterday in game three. He entered with a 9-2 lead and allowed a one-out double but kept St Louis off the board.

The Phillies scored 24 runs in the three-game series.

Rollins went 3-for-15 with a double, two home runs and seven RBI in the series. He had a grand slam in game two. 237/290/385 on the year.

Victorino went 4-for-4 in game two and was 8-for-13 in the series with a double, a home run and three RBI. He’s at 320/388/471 for the season. 402/476/565 in July. Rollins is on-basing .411 in July, so the Phils are getting a lot of base-runners at the top of the order.

Utley was 4-for-11 with a double and a home run. 305/420/557 for the season. He has walked less regularly in July. He’s drawn at least 13 walks in every month this season except for this one — he has drawn just nine walks this month.

Howard made two errors in game one. He was 6-for-12 with two doubles and a home run in the series. 266/351/541 on the year. He didn’t walk in the series, but has been walking a lot in July. He’s walked 17 times already this month — his high for the first three months of the season was 11 walks in May.

Ibanez was 3-for-12 with a home run and three RBI in the series. He’s at 305/365/651 for the season. If he slugs .651 all season long it will be a career high.

Werth didn’t start yesterday with Stairs starting in right. He went 2-for-7 with three walks in the series and is hitting 271/384/510 for the year. 286/458/600 in July.

Feliz was 5-for-12 with five singles in the series. 298/345/410. If he ended the season with a .755 OPS it would be his highest mark since 2004.

Ruiz started the first two games of the series and went 3-for-8 to improve his line on the year to 235/333/388.

Bako started yesterday. He was 1-for-4 with a double in the series. He’s at 211/268/263 for the season.

Bruntlett didn’t bat in the series and has a 128/202/192 line for the season.

Mayberry was 0-for-1 in the series and is hitting 189/232/453 on the year.

Dobbs was 0-for-1 in the series and is at 271/315/449 for the year.

Stairs started in right yesterday. He was 0-for-5 with a walk in the series. 246/402/449 on the year after going 1-for-15 in July.

This says that the Phillies have turned down Toronto’s request of Happ, Drabek and Dominic Brown for Halladay and that Toronto has likewise turned down the Phillies offer of Happ, Carrasco, Taylor and Donald.

This suggests that the Phillies may be interested in acquiring Cliff Lee from the Indians.

A 22-year-old man was killed in a fight near Citizens Bank Park during Saturday’s game.


Fourteenth of July

The Phils were 39-37 after losing on July 2, which was three weeks ago today. At the end of the day they were tied with the Florida Marlins for first place in the NL East, a game ahead of the Mets and two games ahead of the Braves, who had just swept them in Atlanta.

That feels like it shouldn’t be possible. But it is. The Phillies have played 16 games since then. A 14-2 run has them in commanding position in the division with the second place Braves 5 1/2 games out.

Most recently they took two out of three against the Cubs at home. The Phillies rolled to a blowout win in game one, won a dramatic game two with a walkoff homer before dropping an ugly game three yesterday.

The Phillies are have had a fantastic month. Yesterday was a bit worrisome, though, a virtual who’s-who of things to worry about on a pitching staff that has been awesome of late. Moyer, Durbin and Lidge all struggled, which was especially frustrating to see with Moyer and Durbin each coming off of outstanding performances.

Still, the Phils have enough things going right to overcome the struggles of Moyer and Lidge and, to a lesser degree, Durbin. Joe Blanton has a 2.32 ERA and a 1.11 ratio in his last ten starts. Rodrigo Lopez has made three good starts in three chances to help fortify the back of the rotation. Rollins and Victorino are both hitting at least .350 for the month at the top of the order. Chan Ho Park has just been awesome out of the pen. In his last 16 appearances he’s gone 24 2/3 innings with a 1.82 ERA and an 0.89 ratio while striking out 28. Eyre hasn’t been charged with an earned run in his last 22 appearances.

The Phillies are 53-39 on the season after taking two of three from the Cubs. After winning game two they were 15 games over .500 on the year, which was their best mark of the season. The are in first place in the NL East, 5 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Braves. The Marlins are six back and the Mets ten games out.

The Phils blew the Cubs out in game one, winning 10-1. Ibanez, Ruiz and Howard all hit home runs, which accounted for five of the ten runs. Lopez made another good start. He allowed a run over six innings. Durbin followed him and closed the game out with three scoreless innings to earn a save.

The Phillies won the second game 4-1 on a three-run homer from Werth in the bottom of the thirteenth. Rollins put the Phillies up 1-0 with a home run in the third. Blanton gave up a leadoff single to Ryan Theriot to start the fourth and Theriot came around to score on a two-out double by Kosuke Fukudome to tie the game at 1-1. Blanton departed after seven and the bullpen was brilliant after he left. They went six innings without allowing a hit or a walk. Lidge hit a batter in the ninth, but the runner was quickly erased by a double-play. Park was especially fantastic, striking out five in three perfect innings. In the bottom of the thirteenth the first two Phils went in order before Howard and Ibanez drew back-to-back walks. It put men on first and second for Werth and Werth hit a 1-1 pitch out to left.

The Cubs won 10-5 yesterday. Moyer gave up four in the fourth and another run in the top of the fifth. The Phils had gotten it to 5-3 by the time the seventh started, but Durbin had a miserable outing. He allowed two hits and walked three without getting an out, leading to three more runs that put Chicago up 8-3. The Phils scored two more in the bottom of the seventh to make it 8-5. They loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth, but Howard grounded out to leave the runners stranded. Lidge had another weak outing in the ninth and the Cubs tacked on two more runs — Lidge couldn’t make it out of the frame and Madson had to come in and get the last out.

The Phillies pitchers went 31 innings in the series, throwing to a 3.19 ERA and a 1.16 ratio. They allowed two runs in 22 innings in the first two games and then allowed ten runs yesterday. They didn’t allow a home run in the three games.

They got two great starts, one from Lopez and one from Blanton, and a weak outing from Moyer. The starters combined to go 18 innings with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.33 ratio. They allowed seven runs over three games, five of which were allowed by Moyer.

Lopez went six innings in game one, allowing a run on five hits and three walks. He has a 2.60 ERA and a 1.21 ratio in three starts for the Phillies.

Blanton was also great in game two. He went seven innings and allowed a run on five hits and didn’t walk a batter. He started June with a 6.86 ERA. It’s now down to 4.24. He’s allowed two runs in 21 2/3 innings over his last three starts and given up just 13 hits.

Moyer made a weak start yesterday. He allowed five runs on eight hits and three walks. Only four of the runs were earned. Two of his last three starts have been real bad with a brilliant start against the Marlins in the middle.

Like the starters, the pen was great in the first two games and not in the third. Overall they threw 13 innings with a 3.46 ERA and an 0.92 ratio. They allowed five runs that were charged to Lidge and Durbin in game three. As a group they gave up just six hits in 13 innings but walked six.

Romero did not pitch in the series. He’s gotten one out since July 16.

Eyre entered game three with the bases loaded, nobody out and the Phils down 7-3. He got Jake Fox to hit a sac fly for the first out, then got Koylie Hill on a line drive to third and struck out the pitcher Carlos Zambrano to end the frame. He came back to pitch the eighth and allowed a single and a walk but kept the Cubs off the board.

Eyre still has allowed runs in just two of 30 appearances on the season. He’s given up one run in 22 appearances since the end of April.

Durbin went three innings in game one and was fantastic. He allowed one single and didn’t walk a batter.

After throwing 33 pitches in game one, Durbin came back in game three and was not fantastic. He started the seventh with the Phillies down 5-3. He faced five batters: walk, walk, double, walk, single. He left with the bases loaded, nobody out and the Phils down 7-3. Thanks to a nice job by Eyre Durbin was only charged with three runs in the inning.

Park pitched a 1-2-3 tenth in game two with the score tied at 1-1. Ibanez made a great diving catch for the third out to take a double away from Koylie Hill. He came back to pitch the eleventh and struck out two as he set the Cubs down in order. He struck out two more in the twelfth.

Just an outstanding outing for Park. He went three innings and struck out five without allowing a hit or a walk. Over his last eight appearances he’s allowed two runs in 13 1/3 innings (1.35 ERA and a an 0.75 ratio).

Condrey got the win in game two. He threw three ground balls in a 1-2-3 thirteenth before Werth’s homer won it in the bottom of the inning.

He also pitched the sixth inning yesterday in game three. He entered with the Phils down 5-1 and set the Cubs down in order.

He’s allowed one hit and no walks in three scoreless innings this month.

Madson pitched the eighth inning of game two with the score tied at 1-1 and set Chicago down in order.

He also got the final out in the top of the ninth yesterday. He took over for Lidge with two outs, the bases loaded and the Phils down 10-5 and got Aramis Ramirez on a popup.

He hasn’t been charged with a run in nine of his last ten appearances.

Lidge started the ninth inning in game two with the score knotted at 1-1. He hit Aramis Ramirez with one out. Fukudome was next and he hit a ball hard back through the middle, but it hit Lidge’s foot and went right to Rollins who was covering second with Ramirez running. Rollins turned the double-play to end the frame.

Lidge started the ninth with the Phillies down 8-5. With one out the Cubs loaded the bases on a hit batter, a walk and a single before a single by Reed Johnson moved everyone up a base and made it 9-5. Lidge got a strikeout for the second out before walking Derrek Lee to force in another run. Madson took over with two down and the bases loaded.

July has been the best month of the year for Lidge by ERA this season. He has a 5.87 ERA in nine July appearances.

The Phillies scored 19 runs in the three-game set.

Rollins was 3-for-13 with a home run in the series. He’s hitting 235/290/370 on the year. 351/437/568 in July.

Victorino went 5-for-14 with a double to improve his line to 307/375/455. He’s hitting .360 this month.

Utley was 1-for-13 with a walk. 302/417/554.

Howard went 2-for-12 with seven strikeouts, a home run and three walks. 259/347/531.

Ibanez made a great diving catch with two outs in the top of the tenth in game two, taking a double away from Koylie Hill. Dobbs started in left yesterday in game three. Ibanez was 1-for-9 with a home run and two walks in the set. 309/372/662. If he slugs .662 all season long it will be a career high.

Werth won game two with a three-run homer in the bottom of the thirteenth. 4-for-10 with a home run and five walks. 266/378/508. He’s hitting just .266 this month, but with a .444 on-base percentage and a .603 slugging percentage.

Feliz was 4-for-12 with a walk and two RBI. 289/337/407.

Ruiz caught the first two games of the series and was 2-for-7 with a double and a home run. 228/330/375 on the year.

Bako started yesterday. He was 1-for-6 in the series and is hitting just 206/270/235 for the year. One extra-base hit, a double, in 34 at-bats.

Bruntlett was 0-for-2 in the series to drop his line on the year to 128/202/192.

Mayberry was 1-for-1 with a single. 192/236/462 on the year. He’s one of three players on the Phillies bench with an on-base percentage for the year of .270 or worse. I’m just saying.

Dobbs started in left yesterday in game three. 2-for-7 with two RBI in the series. 274/313/453 on the year. He’s hitting .341 in July after hitting .342 in June. One of four players on the Phillies bench with and on-base percentage of .313 or worse.

Stairs was 0-for-2 in the series. 270/425/492. 1-for-9 with five strikeouts and four walks in July.


Where were we?

Oh yeah, the Phillies never lose. Thanks.

The notion that the Florida Marlins are going to win the NL East this season is a little tough to swallow. Nonetheless, the Phils and Fish started the second half with a big four-game set that could have ended with the teams tied atop the NL East or the Phillies up by as many as eight games. They only managed to play three, but the results were pretty dramatic as the Phils swept the Marlins away in the three games they played.

The Phillies have started the second half on the same roll they ended the first. The starting pitching has been outstanding all month and the 12-3 July has the Phils at thirteen games over .500 for the first time on the season.

The Phillies are 51-38 on the year. They have won eight in a row and 12 of 13. They are in first place in the NL East. The Braves are in second place and trail the Phils by 6 1/2 games. The Fish are seven back and the Mets nine.

In game one the Phillies rode a brilliant start by Moyer to a 4-0 win. Moyer, Madson and Romero combined to throw a one-hit shutout and the Phillies scored four runs on three homers, two from Ibanez and one from Howard. Howard’s home run was the 200th of his career and he became the fastest player to 200 in major league history.

The Phils won game two 6-5 in twelve innings. Hamels got the start and allowed a run over five innings before being forced from the game by a long rain delay in the sixth. Thanks to a two-run homer from Utley in the first and a pair of runs in the top of the fourth the Phils took a 4-1 lead into the delay. The Marlins scored a run off of Park in the bottom of the sixth to make it 4-2. Madson, Romero and Durbin combined to allow a pair of runs in the eighth. Madson started the inning and was charged with both runs, but allowed just two singles and got two outs. Romero walked the only man he faced. Durbin was next and he allowed an RBI-single that tied the game at 4-4 and a walk before ending the inning with a strikeout. The Phils went up 6-4 with two in the twelfth, scoring runs on RBI-singles from Utley and Werth. Lidge struggled again in the bottom of the inning. He got the first out before walking the next two hitters. The Marlins bunted the runners to second and third before Ronny Paulino scored on a wild pitch from Lidge. With two outs and a man on third, Lidge got Dan Uggla to ground to second to end the game.

Game three was rained out with the Phils down 2-0 in the second.

Happ made another fantastic start in game four, which the Phillies won 5-0. Rollins went 3-for-5 and Ibanez drove in two runs. Happ went seven shutout innings and the pen threw the last two.

The Phillies got great pitching in the series. Over 30 innings they threw to a 1.50 ERA with a 1.00 ratio. They gave up just 21 hits in 30 innings and allowed just one home run (Coghlan off of Hamels in game two).

The starting pitching was very good. Blanton struggled in the game that was rained out. In the three games that counted, Hamels, Moyer and Happ combined to allow one run over 19 innings — the home run off of Hamels in the first inning of game two. 0.47 ERA with an 0.68 ratio. Ten hits and three walks over 19.

Moyer was awesome in game one. He allowed a single and a walk over seven innings and struck out four. He hasn’t walked more than one hitter in a start in any of his last three outings.

Hamels went five innings in game two, allowing a run on three singles, a walk and a home run. He hasn’t thrown 100 pitches in a start in any of his last four outings.

Happ pitched game four and allowed five hits and a walk over seven shutout innings to lower his ERA on the year to 2.68. He has a 1.46 ERA in his last five starts.

The bullpen wasn’t quite as good as the starting pitching in the series. They went 11 innings, throwing to a 3.55 ERA with a 1.55 ratio. Too many walks — they walked six in 11 frames. They allowed four runs in the set, all of which they gave up in came two and were charged to Park, Madson and Lidge.

Romero threw a 1-2-3 ninth in game one to preserve the one-hit shutout.

He entered the eighth inning of game two with two outs, a man on first and the Phillies up 4-3 to face Jeremy Hermida. He walked Hermida to put men on first and second with two down. Durbin came in to pitch to the righty Wes Helms.

He also pitched yesterday. He entered in the bottom of the eighth with two outs, men on first and third and the Phils up 4-0 to face lefty Ross Gload. Gload flew to right to end the inning.

After walking 12 in 12 appearances in June, Romero has walked just one over eight appearances (just 4 1/3 innings) in July.

Eyre pitched the tenth inning of game two with the scored tied at 4-4. He allowed a two-out walk but struck out the next hitter to end the inning.

He also started the ninth inning yesterday. He allowed a one-out single before getting lefty Jeremy Hermida to fly to center for the second out. Lidge came on to pitch to righty Hanley Ramirez with two outs and a man on first.

He’s been charged with one run, which was unearned, in his last 21 appearances.

Durbin came into game two in the bottom of the eighth with two outs, men on first and second and the Phillies up 4-3 to pitch to Helms. Helms delivered an RBI-single to left, tying the game at 4-4. Durbin walked the next hitter, putting men on first and second with two down, but struck out lefty Chris Coghlan to leave two men on. Durbin presumably pitched to Coghlan instead of Eyre so he could come back and pitch the ninth. He did. He allowed the first two men to reach on a hit and a walk, but got the next three to keep Florida off the board.

We should all be a little worried about Durbin. The Phillies could really use him, especially with Madson pitching so much. Again, very surprised to see Walker designated for assignment.

Park started the sixth inning of game two with a 4-1 lead. He set the Marlins down 1-2-3. He came back to start the seventh and gave up a leadoff double to Paulino. Paulino came around to score on a single by Ross Gload to cut the Phillies lead to 4-2. Park allowed another single in the inning but got Emilio Bonifacio bunting to third with two outs and two men on to end the inning.

Condrey took Tyler Walker’s roster spot on Friday. Walker was designated for assignment in a move that surprised me. Condrey pitched the eleventh inning of game two with the score tied at 4-4. He allowed a one-out single, but got Jorge Cantu to hit into a double-play to end the inning.

Madson pitched the eighth inning of game one with a 4-0 lead and set the Marlins down in order.

He also started the eighth in game two with a 4-2 lead. He allowed a leadoff single to Hanley Ramirez but got the next two. It put Ramirez on second with two outs for Paulino and Paulino singled into center to score Ramirez and make it 4-3. Romero came in to pitch to the lefty Jeremy Hermida.

Yesterday Madson also started the eighth, this time with a 4-0 lead. He got the first out before allowing back-to-back singles that put men on first and third. Paulino lined to Feliz at third for the second out and Romero came in to pitch to the lefty Ross Gload.

Interesting series for Madson. He pitched all three games and is on pace to pitch in 87 games this year after making 76 appearances last year. Twice he started the eighth with the Phillies up four runs. In two different games he started the eighth but didn’t finish it and was removed so Romero could face a lefty.

Lidge started the twelfth inning of game two with a 6-4 lead. The Marlins scored a run on two walks and a wild pitch, cutting the lead to 6-5. With two outs and a man on third, Lidge got Uggla to ground to Utley to end the game. Not a pretty outing for Lidge, who got a gift when pitcher Chris Volstad bunted runners to second and third with the second out of the inning.

He came into yesterday’s game with two outs and a man on first to face Ramirez. Ramirez popped to short to end the game.

Lidge is still pretty scary if you’re a Phillies fan.

Madson and Romero pitched for the Phillies in each of the three games in the series. The rainout on Saturday means that they have not pitched three days in a row. Madson threw 20 pitches yesterday and Eyre 21. It would be nice to see some games where the Phillies pen pitches well and Madson gets the day off.

The Phillies scored 15 run in the three-game series.

Rollins was 6-for-16 with two doubles and a triple in the series. He made an ugly base-running play yesterday. After he led off the game with a triple he was thrown out when Victorino followed and chopped a ball to third base. That’s an awful play with nobody out. He’s hitting 236/290/367 on the year. 377/472/590 in July.

Victorino was 2-for-11 with two walks in the series. 306/374/456 for the year. All three of those would be career-highs for him (unless you want to count the 17 at-bats he had in 2005 when he slugged .647. You don’t).

Utley was 4-for-14 with a double, a home run and four RBI. 312/427/573 on the season. Just one walk in his last 39 at-bats.

Howard hit his 200th career home run in game one. He didn’t start yesterday with Bruntlett playing first base. 4-for-9 with a home run in the series. 262/347/535 for the year.

Ibanez socked a pair of homers in game one to start the second half off with a bang. 5-for-10 with a double, two homers and five RBI. He also walked twice. 316/375/669 on the year. If he slugs .669 all season long it would be a career high.

Werth was 3-for-13 with two walks. 262/370/502. He’s hitting just .229 in July but on-basing .409 thanks to 15 walks. He has also hit five home runs this month.

Feliz had a pretty awful game yesterday. He went 0-for-4 with a walk, two errors and left seven men on base. He was 2-for-13 with two walks in the series. 287/335/410 for the season.

Ruiz caught all three games in the series. 1-for-11 with a double and two walks. He’s hitting .138 in July after hitting .174 in June.

Bako did not play in the series.

Bruntlett started yesterday’s game at first base, which should never happen. I really like the idea of giving Howard a day off and I think it’s understandable to hope you can get Bruntlett out of his year-long funk with the bat. The team needs a better option, though. Mayberry in left against the lefty and Ibanez at first? Ibanez has made 135 career appearances at first. The most recent was in 2005. He started 45 games at first for the Royals in 2002. Bruntlett was 0-for-4 with a stolen base in the series. If you have any children in the room you may want to remove them — his line for the year is 132/207/197.

Mayberry was 0-for-2 in the series and is hitting 176/222/451 for the year. He’s 0-for-13 in July.

Dobbs was 1-for-2 in the series and is hitting 273/314/464 for the year.

Stairs was 0-for-1 in the set. 279/436/508. 1-for-7 in July.

I don’t really understand designating Walker for assignment. He wasn’t really as good as his 1.64 ERA with the Phillies, but he was pretty good. A 1.00 ratio is kind of hard to argue with.


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