Tag: Adam Eaton

Dream catchers

The Phillies have used five starting pitchers and two catchers this season. Here’s how many batters each of the pitchers has faced with each catcher behind the plate and what opposing hitters have done against the pitcher by the catcher he was throwing to, using OPS as the measure:


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Opp OPS
Hamels Ruiz 414 93 661
Hamels Coste 32 7 354

Hamels has pitched almost exclusively to Ruiz this season, although he has fared very well against the small number of batters that he has faced with Coste behind the plate. In 2007, Hamels also threw rarely to Coste, but again his results against those batters by OPS were better than his results with Barajas or Ruiz behind the plate. In ’07, Hamels faced 60 batters with Coste behind the plate. Those batters posted a .612 OPS. The 470 batters he faced with Ruiz behind the plate posted a 666 OPS. The 213 batters he faced with Barajas behind the plate posted a .753 OPS.


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Catcher

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Opp OPS
Myers Ruiz 165 37 943
Myers Coste 279 63 853

Myers has thrown more to Coste than to Ruiz this season and with better results. In ’07 he worked primarily as a reliever and threw most often to Ruiz. The 191 batters he faced with Ruiz catching posted a .733 OPS. The 67 batters he faced with Barajas catching posted a .848 OPS and the 35 batters he faced with Coste behind the plate posted a .261 OPS (4-for-35 with four singles).


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Opp OPS
Moyer Ruiz 127 33 633
Moyer Coste 254 67 873

Moyer has fared better this year throwing to Ruiz. He pitched almost exclusively to Ruiz in 2007. Of the 867 batters he faced in 2007, 833 were with Ruiz behind the plate. Those hitters posted an .820 OPS. The 34 hitters he faced with Coste catching posted a .960 OPS.


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Opp OPS
Eaton Ruiz 173 47 715
Eaton Coste 196 53 920

Eaton has pitched to Ruiz and Coste about equally this season, with better results with Ruiz behind the plate. In 2007 he pitched to Barajas most often. The 380 hitters he faced with Barajas behind the dish put up an .849 OPS, the 262 with Ruiz catching .897 and the 92 with Coste catching a 1.101.

That’s probably just a coincidence, but I think I’d let Ruiz catch him just in case.


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Catcher

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Opp OPS
Kendrick Ruiz 280 79 845
Kendrick Coste 76 21 732

Kendrick has mostly pitched to Ruiz, but has fared a bit better with Coste catching. Kendrick threw to Ruiz most frequently in 2007 and had similar results pitching to all three catchers. 307 batters faced with a .763 OPS to Ruiz, 167 to Coste with a .796 and 25 to Barajas with a .769.

Jamie Moyer (7-4, 4.09) faces righty Joe Blanton (3-10, 4.81) tonight in Oakland. Blanton got bombed his last time out, allowing eight runs in just three innings against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. Oakland has lost six of the last seven games he has started. Righties are hitting him hard — they’ve hit .326 against him this season compared to .248 for lefties. It’s not going to help the Phillies tonight, but away from hitter-friendly Oakland he has a 6.75 ERA in five starts. The Phillies have won six of the last seven games started by Moyer. He has a 1.96 ERA over his last three starts. He didn’t pitch well his last time out, though, walking five Red Sox in just five innings (the five walks was a season-high).

George Carlin on baseball.


We’re no Angels

Ugly. Outhit 17-2, the Phils lost again last night. They have lost five of their last six.

It’s not like Anaheim was playing pristine baseball, either. The Angels made four errors, but Adam Eaton was pounded for six runs on 12 hits over just five innings and the Phils did nothing with the bats.

Chase Utley is the poster-boy for the Phillies’ offensive struggles, but the problem, although surely temporary, is far deeper than that. Over their last three games the Phillies have two extra-base hits, both doubles, in 94 at-bats. Utley is so good that no matter how badly he’s struggling I’m sure every time he comes to the plate he’s about to get a hit. I’m wrong a lot, though. With an 0-for-3 last night he’s 0-for-his-last-23.

The Phillies lost to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last night. With the 7-1 loss they are 42-33 on the year.

Eaton got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing six runs on 12 hits and three walks. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and a home run. He struck out one.

With two outs in the first, Garrett Anderson doubled to right. Vladimir Guerrero was next and he blasted the first pitch he saw out to left to put the Angels up 2-0. Torii Hunter followed with a double to left and Casey Kotchman walked behind him. Eaton got Howie Kendrick swinging at a 2-2 pitch to leave both men stranded.

Chone Figgins singled with two outs in the second and Macier Izturis walked behind him. Anderson singled to left and Figgins scored to make it 3-0 with Izturis going to third. Vlad flew to center for the third out.

Hunter started the third and hit a ground ball to third that Feliz didn’t handle for an error. Kotchman flew to center for the first out before Kendrick doubled, sending Hunter to third. Eaton walked Jeff Mathis intentionally to set up the double-play, and pitcher Ervin Santana hit into one to end the frame.

With two outs in the fourth, Eaton hit Anderson with a pitch and Guerrero moved him to third with a single. Hunter went down on a fly ball to center for the third out.

Kendrick and Mathis singled back-to-back with one out in the fifth. It put men on first and second for Santana and Santana grounded to second. Mathis was forced at second for the second out and Kendrick went to third. Figgins grounded to second for the third out.

Izturis and Anderson singled back-to-back to start the sixth. It put men on first and second with nobody out for Guerrero and Guerrero singled into center. Izturis scored and it was 4-0. With the righty Hunter at the plate Madson came in to pitch and struck Hunter out for the first out. Kotchman singled to right and Anderson scored to make it 5-0 as Guerrero went to third. Kendrick hit a ball to left-center that got stuck under the wall. Kendrick had to settle for a double. Guerrero scored (6-0) and Kotchman had to hold third. Mathis was walked intentionally to load the bases, but Madson struck out Santana and got Figgins on a fly ball to center to avoid further damage.

Madson allows two hits in the inning that score two runs charged to Eaton.

He returned for the seventh and allowed a one-out walk to Anderson, but Guerrero hit into a double-play behind him.

Condrey started the eighth. Kotchman doubled with one out and moved to third when Kendrick singled to right. Mathis doubled to left and Kotchman scored to put Anaheim up 7-1. Switch-hitter Gary Matthews Jr hit for Santana with men on second and third and was walked intentionally to load the bases. Condrey got Figgins to hit into a double-play to end the frame.

Romero threw the ninth and walked Guerrero with two outs. He struck Hunter out for the third out.

Four innings for the pen. They were charged with a run on five hits, including three doubles. Madson made Eaton’s mess in the sixth worse. Madson threw 28 pitches, Condrey 19 and Romero 14.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Ervin Santana went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Coste. Jenkins in right against the righty. Coste catches.

With one out in the first, Victorino singled, stole second and went to third when Mathis threw the ball into center field. Utley struck out before Howard walked to put men on first and third. Burrell flew to left to end the inning.

Bad strikeout for the scuffling Utley with one out and a man on third.

Santana threw 32 pitches in the first inning and 73 over the next six.

Coste doubled with two outs in the second, but Eaton flew to center behind him.

1-2-3 third.

Santana struck out Howard, Burrell and Jenkins in the fourth.

Two more strikeouts in a 1-2-3 fifth.

Rollins led off the sixth and reached on an error by Kotchman at first. He stole second and went to third on another throwing error by Mathis. Victorino walked to put men on first and third and Utley flew to center deep enough to score Rollins and make it 6-1. Victorino stole second, but Howard and Burrell both struck out to leave him stranded.

1-2-3 in the seventh.

Dobbs hit for Condrey to start the eighth and struck out. Rollins grounded to second for the second out before Victorino reached on another error by Kotchman. Utley flew to center to end the inning.

The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the ninth.

Rollins 0-for-4.

Victorino 1-for-3.

Utley 0-for-3 with an RBI.

Howard 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.

Burrell 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

Jenkins 0-for-4. 2-for-his-last-30.

Coste 1-for-3 with a double.

Brett Myers (3-8, 5.58) faces lefty Joe Saunders (10-3, 3.06) tonight. Saunders was great in his last start, allowing six hits while throwing 7 1/3 shutout innings against the Braves on Sunday. Saunders has allowed 11 home runs in 94 innings this season, ten of which have been hit by righties. In six starts away from home he’s 5-1 with a 1.77 ERA and a 1.11 ratio. The Phillies are 1-9 in Myers’ last ten starts. Over his last two starts he’s allowed 11 runs on 15 hits, including five home runs, five doubles and a triple, in 11 1/3 innings.


Phils ride the wave past the Braves

Four wins in a row for the Phillies. When the Phillies put up 12 or 15 or 20 runs in a game there’s really not a whole lot of explanation required to understand what’s going right. Ditto for when Cole Hamels throws a complete game shutout or Adam Eaton gives the team his fourth quality start in a row. Or when the bullpen is just about untouchable game after game.

That’s a pretty long list, but it’s not a complete one. There’s something else there, too. With so many different things going right, all of the sudden the Phillies play like they think they deserve to win and find a way to make it happen in just about every game. In all three of the games this weekend in Atlanta the Braves started the eighth inning either ahead in the game or tied and in all three the Phillies came out on top. In the series the Phillies outscored the Braves 10-1 after the seventh inning.

If the Phils weren’t 15-4 in their last 19 games you’d have to think it was something wrong with the Braves. But the fact that they are makes it seem a little more likely that it’s something, more than one thing, right with the Phillies.

The Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves yesterday afternoon, winning 6-3 to improve to 39-26 on the season. The Phils sweep the three-game set and are 13 games over .500 for the first time this season.

Adam Eaton got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out two.

He started the first up 2-0 and got the first two before Yunel Escobar doubled and Mark Teixeira followed with a long home run to center. 2-2. Kelly Johnson grounded to first for the third out.

Jeff Francoeur led off the second with a single and Omar Infante followed with a walk. Eaton struck out Corky Miller for the first out before pitcher Jorge Campillo bunted the runners to second and third. Josh Anderson grounded to first for the third out.

Eaton started the third up 3-2. He hit Gregor Blanco to start the inning. Escobar moved Blanco to second with a single before Teixeira grounded to first, moving the runners to second and third. Eaton walked Johnson to load the bases, but Teixeira hit into a double-play to end the inning.

Infante singled to start the fourth and moved to second when Miller followed with a ball back to Eaton for the first out. Campillo singled and Infante moved to third. Eaton got ahead of Anderson 1-2 but Anderson dumped a single in front of Victorino. Infante scored to tie the game at 3-3 and Campillo went to second. Blanco moved the runners to second and third with a ground ball to first, but Eaton struck out Escobar to leave both runners stranded.

Teixeira started the fifth with a singled, but Eaton got the next three behind him.

Eaton threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

Durbin started the seventh with the game still tied at 3-3. Just 99 pitches for Eaton, but it was a very hot (93 degrees) day. Durbin walked Blanco to start the inning before he struck out Escobar for the first out. Teixeira moved Blanco to second with a single before Durbin struck out Johnson for the second out. Francoeur grounded to third for the third out.

Durbin returned for the eighth and got the first two before Brian McCann hit for pitcher Will Ohman and singled. Durbin got Anderson on a fly ball to left to end the inning.

Lidge entered the game to protect a 6-3 lead in the ninth, pitching for the third straight day. He got two ground balls and a fly ball in a 1-2-3 inning to end the game.

Three more scoreless innings from the pen. In the three-game set the bullpen went 11 1/3 innings and allowed one run (0.79 ERA). Durbin threw 41 pitches, Lidge seven. Even with the off-day today, Durbin is likely not available for Tuesday.

Romero was not available for the game after injuring his groin in Saturday’s game.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Jorge Campillo went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Dobbs (8) Coste. Dobbs gets a start against the righty with Feliz entering the game 3-for-his-last-28. Coste catches.

Victorino and Utley singled back-to-back with one out in the first, putting men on first and second. Howard laced a 1-0 pitch into right for a double. Victorino scored to put the Phils up 1-0 and Utley went to third. Burrell was walked intentionally to load the bases. Jenkins ripped a 3-2 pitch down the first base line, but Teixeira made a nice play to rob him of a double and force him at first. Utley scored to make it 2-0 and the runners moved to second and third with two outs. Dobbs flew to center for the third out.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the second.

Victorino led off the third with a bunt single and stole second. Utley flew to center for the first out, but Howard sliced the first pitch of his at-bat down the left field line and just fair for another double. Victorino scored and the Phillies led 3-2. With Burrell at the plate the ball got away from the catcher Miller and Howard tried to go to third but was thrown out. Burrell struck out for the third out.

Dobbs and Coste singled back-to-back with one out in the fourth. It put men on first and second for Eaton who couldn’t bunt and then struck out. Victorino flew to right for the third out.

1-2-3 in the fifth.

With one out in the sixth, Dobbs walked and went to second on a wild pitch. Coste grounded to short and Dobbs moved to third. With the game tied at 3-3, Eaton hit for himself and drew a walk. Rollins struck out for the third out.

Eaton only went one more inning, but I thought it was a good idea to let him hit for himself despite the man on third given how much the pen has worked lately.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the seventh and in order again in the eighth. With lefty Will Ohman on the mound for his second inning in the eighth, Werth hit for Jenkins and grounded out for the second out. Feliz hit for Dobbs and struck out for the third.

With one out in the ninth, Bruntlett hit for Durbin and singled. With Bruntlett running, Rollins singled to right. Bruntlett should have gone to third but slid into second base and had to stay there. Victorino singled into center and Bruntlett scored easily to put the Phils up 4-3. Victorino went to second on the throw home, putting men on second and third with one out for Utley. Utley was walked intentionally to load the bases for Howard. Howard again hit the first pitch of hit at-bat into left field, this time much harder. Howard looked like he thought he had hit it out and watched for about half a second. The ball went off the wall in left for a double. Rollins and Victorino both scored to put the Phils up 6-3. Burrell was walked intentionally to load the bases with one out. Werth hit a line drive to second that was caught and Howard was doubled-off to end the frame.

Bruntlett’s pinch-hit single starts the rally. The Phillies hadn’t had a hit since the fourth inning.

Rollins was 1-for-4 in the game and 2-for-12 with a home run in the three-game series. He’s hitting 280/333/445 for the season.

Victorino 3-for-5 with an RBI and 5-for-12 with two triples in the set. 291/365/408 for the year.

Utley 1-for-4 with a walk. 4-for-12 with a double and a triple in the series. He’s hitting 316/403/660 for the year.

Howard 3-for-5 with three doubles and four RBI. The three doubles were the only extra-base hits of the game for the Phillies. 5-for-15 in the series. He’s hitting 214/317/458 for the season and has struck out just nine times in 34 at-bats so far in June after striking out 40 times in 105 at-bats in May.

Burrell 0-for-3 with two walks and two strikeouts. 3-for-11 with a double, a home run and three walks in the series. 277/419/578 for the year.

Jenkins 0-for-3 with an RBI and robbed of an extra-base hit. 1-for-6 with a double in the series. 281/324/444 for the year. Werth was 0-for-2 in the game and 2-for-6 in the series. 263/338/511.

Dobbs 1-for-2 with a walk. 1-for-4 in the series. 358/391/519 for the year. Feliz was 0-for-1 in the game and 1-for-7 in the series. He’s hitting 248/295/410.

Coste 1-for-4 yesterday and 2-for-8 in the series. 313/374/545 for the season. Ruiz was 1-for-3 with a home run in the series and is hitting 226/303/307 for the year. Coste has 19 at-bats this month, Ruiz ten.

On Saturday night the Phils beat the Braves 6-2 to improve to 38-26 on the season.

Kyle Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and five walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a home run. He struck out three.

Yunel Escobar led off the first with a ground ball to first. Howard’s throw to Kendrick covering was bad. Escobar was safe on the error, but was caught stealing for the first out before Kelly Johnson walked. Johnson stole second as Chipper Jones struck out for the second out. Kendrick walked Mark Teixeira, but Brian McCann grounded to second for the third out.

With one out in the second, Gregor Blanco drew a walk and moved to second when Josh Anderson followed with a single to left. The pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes hit into a double-play to end the inning.

With two outs in the third, Chipper walked and stole second. Teixeira flew to left for the third out.

Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 fourth and a 1-2-3 fifth.

Johnson led off the sixth with a single with the Phils up 2-0. Chipper hit a 3-2 pitch out to center to tie the game at 2-2. Kendrick got Teixeira on a fly ball to center for the first out, but walked McCann and gave up a single to Jeff Francoeur that moved McCann to second. With the lefty Blanco at the plate, Manuel called on Madson. Blanco grounded to Rollins for the second out and the runners moved to second and third. Anderson was walked intentionally to load the bases for Reyes and Reyes grounded to first for the third out.

Madson got Escobar to start the seventh. Romero relieved Madson and got the lefty Johnson with the help of a great play from Utley for the second out. Chipper grounded to short for the third out.

Gordon started the eighth with the Phils up 4-2 after throwing 23 pitches the night before. He struck out Teixeira and McCann to start the inning before Francoeur singled. Gordon walked Blanco, but struck out Anderson to leave both runners stranded.

Lidge pitched the ninth with the Phils up 6-2 and struck out the side.

The pen gives the Phils 3 2/3 scoreless innings in which they allow a hit and walk while striking out six. Gordon threw 20 more pitches. Madson, Romero and Lidge were all under 15.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Jo-Jo Reyes went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Werth (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Werth comes off the DL and takes Snelling’s spot on the roster. He starts in right against the lefty. Ruiz starts at catcher against the lefty, which had primarily been Coste’s role lately.

1-2-3 in the first.

Burrell doubled with one out in the second, but Werth struck out Feliz flew out to leave him stranded.

Kendrick walked with one out in the third, but Rollins and Victorino went down behind him.

Utley was hit by a pitch to start the fourth. Howard and Burrell struck out behind him before Werth moved him to third with a single. Feliz lined to right for the third out.

Ruiz led off the fifth and hit an 0-1 pitch out down the left field line to put the Phils up 1-0. Manuel may have given him the start against the lefty to try and get him going. If so, he pushed the right button. The Phillies went in order behind him.

Utley singled to start the sixth and Howard hit into a double-play behind him. Burrell hit a 1-0 pitch out to center and the Phils led 2-0. Werth struck out for the third out.

Feliz singled to start the seventh and Ruiz hit into a double-play behind him. With two outs and the game tied at 2-2, Madson hit for himself and struck out. Madson pitched to the righty Escobar in the bottom of the seventh, but I still think I would have hit for Madson and let Seanez (or even Condrey) pitch to Escobar in the bottom of the inning.

Victorino walked with one out in the eighth. Utley got behind before he laced a triple into the right field corner. Victorino scored and the Phillies led 3-2. Howard singled to right and Utley scored to put the Phils up 4-2. Burrell struck out for the second out before Werth moved Howard to second with a single. Feliz grounded to third for the third out.

Ruiz walked to start the ninth. Dobbs hit for Gordon and struck out, but Rollins followed with a two-run blast out to right. 6-2. Victorino flew out for the second out before Utley was again hit by a pitch. Howard popped to short for the third out.

Rollins was 1-for-5 with a two-run homer.

Victorino 0-for-4.

Utley 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI.

Howard 1-for-5 with an RBI.

Burrell was 2-for-4 with a double and a home run.

Werth 2-for-4.

Feliz 1-for-4.

Ruiz 1-for-3 with a home run, his second of the year, and a walk.

No game today. The Phillies play the Marlins in Florida on Tuesday.


Two and a half men

The Phillies won for the eighth time in nine games last night, but some wins are prettier than others. The Phils didn’t hit much and failed several times to execute offensively when they could have helped themselves out by moving a runner along. Gordon and Lidge both pitched for the third day in a row and each struggled to get through their inning. The Phillies won the game because Gordon and Lidge made it through, though, and because Burrell gave them one huge swing of the bat and Adam Eaton was absolutely awesome.

Eaton allowed two singles and a solo home run and pitched into the seventh. With the score tied at 1-1 in the sixth, Burrell blasted a ball way out to left and the Phils made the lead stand up.

They lead the NL East by two and a half games. The last time they had this big a lead in the NL East was July 5, 2004. They were 44-37 and led the division by three games — they ended the year 86-76 and in second place in the division, ten games behind the Braves.

The Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds last night, winning 3-2 to improve to 35-25 on the season. They are ten games over .500 for the first time this year. They have won two one-run games in a row.

Eaton got the start for the Phillies and went 6 2/3 innings, allowing a run on three hits. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a home run to righty Edwin Encarnacion. He struck out five and didn’t walk a batter. His ERA for the season in 4.63.

Eaton now leads the Phils with seven quality starts in his 12 starts for the season. Myers has five and Moyer, Kendrick and Hamels each have six.

Eaton threw a 1-2-3 first and a 1-2-3 second.

Edwin Encarnacion led off the third and he drilled a 2-2 pitch down the left field line and out for a home run that put the Reds up 1-0. Eaton got the next three.

Ryan Freel started the fourth with a single to left. Eaton struck out Jay Bruce, got Brandon Phillips on a fly ball to left and struck out Adam Dunn to leave Freel stranded.

1-2-3 fifth and a 1-2-3 sixth. Freel grounded out to short for the third out in the sixth and crumpled half way to first base. He hobbled off the field with an injury to his right hamstring.

He started the seventh with a 3-1 lead. Bruce led off with a ball slowly hit to third base that he beat out for an infield single. Phillips was next and Eaton him got him to hit into a double-play. With the lefty Dunn at the plate, Manuel called on Romero. Romero walked Dunn on five pitches, but struck Joey Votto out swinging to end the frame.

Romero’s role has changed dramatically since the start of the season.

Gordon started the eighth with a 3-1 lead, pitching for the third straight day. Encarnacion got ahead 2-0 before he hit a 2-1 pitch off the wall in left-center. It took an odd bounce back past Victorino and Encarnacion had a triple. Javier Valentin pinch-hit for Paul Bako and flew to left deep enough to score Encarnacion. 3-2. Ken Griffey Jr, looking for career home run number 600, hit for the pitcher Danny Herrera. Gordon walked him on four pitches. Jerry Hairston flew to right for the second out. It brought up righty Paul Janish and Gordon struck him out swinging for the third out.

Gordon turns 41 in November. Pitching him three days in a row is a recipe for disaster — he fared far better than I expected in this outing and left with the Phils still on top. How bout Madson, who has made one appearance since May 28? Or Seanez (one appearance since May 25)? Glad to see it work this time, but it’s not going to usually. Even if you’re willing to accept the long-term consequences of pitching Gordon three days in a row, I still think that a healthy and rested Madson or Seanez in the eighth gives you a better chance to win this game.

Gordon went three days in a row four times in 2007, all in September. The Phils had few other options in the pen at that point and there is little doubt that they would have won the NL East if Gordon, Romero and Myers hadn’t been as absurdly fantastic as they were despite all the work. But Gordon had a 12.00 ERA in those four appearances, three of which were good and one of which was miserable.

On the other hand, from September 18 to September 22 last season, Gordon pitched five days in a row and allowed a total of one hit. Still wouldn’t do it.

Lidge started the ninth with a one run lead, also pitching for the third straight day. He walked Bruce on a 3-2 pitch to start the inning. Phillips was next and hit the first pitch of his at-bat hard on the ground to third. Feliz picked it nicely to start the double-play. It brought the lefty Dunn and Lidge walked him on a 3-2 fastball that was just low. The lefty Votto was next, hitting as the go-ahead run. Votto hit a 2-1 pitch back through the middle for a single. It sent Dunn to second. Encarnacion was next and he popped into shallow right to end the game.

The ball that Phillips hit was hammered, but Feliz made a nice play and the Phillies might not have won without it.

No problem with Lidge three days in a row cause he that’s why he gets the big money and he’s not almost 41. He just battled through but all the work showed. The Phils should go somewhere else tonight if they need a save.

Not a great night for the pen as Gordon and Lidge, both working a lot, weren’t great. Phils’ relievers went 2 1/3 innings and allowed a run on two hits and four walks. Manuel is not guilty of calling on his pen to throw too many innings, but he is guilty of using the same guys over and over when he has other, better-rested options. Gordon threw 22 pitches, Lidge 20 and Romero ten.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Aaron Harang went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Ruiz catches against the righty. Jenkins in right.

Rollins led off the first with a single and Victorino followed with a walk that moved him to second. Utley and Howard both flew out, though, and Burrell grounded to second to end the inning.

Nothing for the Phils after they put men on first and second with nobody out and 3-4-5 coming to the plate.

They went 1-2-3 in the second.

With the Phils down 1-0 in the third, Eaton led off with a single. Rollins followed with a ground ball to short and Eaton was forced at second for the first out. Rollins stole second and moved to third when Victorino flew to center for the second out. Utley hit the first pitch of his at-bat in center for a single. Rollins scored to tie the game at 1-1. Howard grounded to short for the third out.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the fourth.

With two outs in the fifth, Rollins singled, stole second and went to third on a throwing error by Ross. Victorino lined a 3-2 pitch into center, but Freel made a diving catch to rob him of a hit and turn the Phillies away.

Utley led off the sixth and split the gap in left-center for a double. Howard struck out for the first out. Burrell was next and he hammered a 2-2 pitch way out to left, putting the Phils up 3-1. Jenkins was next and he ripped a double into right. Feliz and Ruiz both flew out to leave Jenkins at second.

Two bad at-bats for the Phillies in the inning — Howard after Utley’s leadoff double and Feliz after Jenkins’ double with one out.

Dobbs hit for Romero to start the seventh and blooped a single into left. Rollins followed with a double into right that moved Rollins to third. Lefty Danny Herrera came on to pitch for the Reds, making his major league debut. With the infield in, Victorino hit a hard ground ball to short for the first out. The runners had to hold. Utley was walked intentionally to load the bases. Herrera struck Howard out swinging for the second out and the lefty stayed in to pitch to Burrell. Burrell hammered the first pitch of his at-bat way out but foul before he struck out looking at a 2-2 pitch on the inside corner. Burrell, who hardly ever argues, argued, but the pitch was a strike.

Absolutely absurd to leave the lefty in to pitch to Burrell. That’s just a bad decision and it worked out great for the Reds. Walking Utley intentionally also means that Herrera faced the righty Burrell instead of the lefty Utley.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the eighth.

Rollins was 3-for-4 with a double. Hopefully that signals the end of the mini-slump.

Victorino 0-for-3 with a walk.

Howard was horrid. 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and seven men left on base. Bad strikeouts in the sixth and the seventh when he need to not strike out.

Burrell 1-for-4 with his 14th home run and two RBI.

Jenkins 1-for-4 with a double.

Feliz 0-for-4.

Ruiz 0-for-4. He’s 0-for-his-last-11. Just a miserable season for Ruiz.

Brett Myers (3-6, 5.52) faces righty Edinson Volquez (7-2, 1.46) tomorrow. Volquez has made 12 appearances on the year, 11 of them starts, and has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of them. In 68 innings he has struck out 83. Righties are hitting .170 against him for the season and don’t have a home run for the season. Lefties are hitting .220 and have hit all three home runs he has allowed. He started against the Phils on April 6 and struck out eight in 5 1/3 innings while allowing a run five hits. Myers was great after the first inning his last start and struck out 11 for the game over eight innings. He hasn’t allowed a home run in his last three starts after allowing 15 through his first nine of the year. He started the April 6 game against Volquez and took the loss.


Doubles trouble

Kyle Kendrick hasn’t been fantastic this season, far from it. But he is managing to survive despite the low strikeout rate and the inability to get lefties out. I theorized that the secret to his success had to do with preventing extra-base hits, so I thought I’d look into it.

Through 55 games the Phillies have used just five starting pitchers, which is quite a feat. They’re the only NL team that hasn’t used more than five starters. Through 55 games of the 2007 season the Phils had used seven starting pitchers (Myers, Hamels, Eaton, Moyer, Segovia, Garcia and Lieber). Each of the five starters has made 11 starts, and here’s how many runs, hits, walks, strikeouts and extra-base hits they have allowed this season per 100 batters they have faced:

 
Runs

Hits

Walks

Strikeouts

XBH
Myers 15.4 27.5 8.4 17.4 12.8
Hamels 9.5 19.6 7.2 21.2 7.5
Moyer 12.2 29.0 5.4 11.8 10.4
Eaton 13.0 24.5 9.6 12.6 7.7
Kendrick 14.4 26.6 6.8 10.3 9.1

So much for that. Compared to the other guys in the rotation for the Phils, Kendrick hasn’t actually allowed an unusually low number of extra-base hits. If anything it’s Eaton’s rate of allowing extra-base hits along with the low walk rate for Moyer that was the most surprising thing to me about those numbers.

Not only are Kendrick’s numbers in terms of preventing extra-base hits compared to the other guys in the Phillies’ rotation not extraordinary, but this season Kendrick is allowing extra-base hits at about the same rate that he did last year. Compared to 2007, Kendrick is allowing more hits (25.9 per hundred batters in ’07), more walks (5.0) and more runs (10.6), but just about the same number of extra-base hits (9.0).

The not-a-lot-of-extra-base-hits theory clearly is no good, but one thing that is true is the this season Kendrick has seen a higher percentage of the extra-base hits that he has allowed go for doubles (which is kinda like saying that he doesn’t allow a lot of home runs). Here’s what the five guys in the starting rotation have done this season in terms of the percentage of the extra-base hits they have allowed that have gone for doubles:

 
2B

XBH

% 2B
Myers 21 38 55.3
Hamels 15 23 65.2
Moyer 20 29 69.0
Eaton 12 20 60.0
Kendrick 18 24 75.0
       
All PHI 113 174 64.9

Brett Myers (2-6, 5.79) faces lefty Mark Hendrickson (7-2, 4.14) tonight as the Phillies play the first of three against the Marlins. Hendrickson hasn’t gotten an out in the sixth inning in any of his last four starts, throwing to a 5.12 ERA in those appearances. Righties are hitting .291 against him, lefties .191. You may have noticed from the XBH column above or a large number of other sources, but Myers is getting hammered this year. He hasn’t allowed a long ball in his last two starts, but opponents are hitting .311 against him for the season, righties .333. His five starts at home have been better than his five starts away. At home he’s 2-1 with a 4.31 ERA, away from Citizens Bank Park he’s 0-5 with a 7.15 ERA.


Eaton’s feat helps Phillies sweep the rocky Rockies

Battered by the injury bug, the Colorado Rockies look like they feel just about ready to call it a season. That’s somebody else’s problem, but for a Phillies fan the good news is that the Phils look like they’re just getting started. While the Rockies ran into out after out on the bases, walked 18 in the set and turned fly balls into new kinds of entertainment programming, the Phillies swept the series with monster bats but also by playing crisp baseball. The Phils ran their ground balls into hits, backed up third and, despite three errors in the series, showed flashes of brilliance defensively. It probably didn’t hurt that Chase Utley drove in ten runs three games, either.

And if all that wasn’t enough, Adam Eaton finally has a win. Eaton has put back-to-back solid starts together and earned his first win of the year last night.

The Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies last night, winning 6-1 to improve to 31-24 on the season. They sweep the three-game series and have won four in a row. They are seven games above .500 for the first time this season.

Eaton got the start for the Phillies and was very good. He went six innings, allowing a run on four hits and a walk. All four of the hits were singles. He struck out four.

He walked Todd Helton with two outs in the first, but Garrett Atkins flew to center for the third out.

He threw a 1-2-3 second.

With two outs in the third, Willy Taveras and Seth Smith singled back-to-back. It put men on first and third for Helton and Helton hit a ball that went over the head of Burrell in left and off the wall. Taveras scored easily to tie the game at 1-1, but the ball bounced right back to Burrell and Burrell fired the ball back to the infield. Rollins took the throw and fired to Utley at second. Helton was caught in between first and second. Utley ran towards him and Smith came home from third. Utley threw to Howard and Howard made a nice throw home. Ruiz put down a pretty sweep tag to get Smith at home to end the frame. He looked safe to me, but either way it was a nice play by all five of the Phillies in the field who were involved in the play — Burrell, Rollins, Utley, Howard and Ruiz.

Eaton hit Atkins to start the fourth, but Ryan Spilborghs lined into a double-play behind him. Ian Stewart struck out for the third out.

Eaton started the fifth with a 6-1 lead. Omar Quintanilla singled with one out and the pitcher Greg Reynolds bunted, but Ruiz threw Quintanilla out at second for the second out. Taveras flew to left for the third out.

He set the Rockies down 1-2-3 in the sixth.

Madson started the seventh with a 6-1 lead. Spilborghs led off and chopped a ball over Madson. The ball hit the cutout between the grass and the infield grass and Rollins couldn’t handle it cleanly. Spilborghs was safe with an infield single. Stewart was next and singled to right. Jenkins threw to third, but the bouncing ball got passed Feliz. Spilborghs tried to score, but Madson had backed up third well and threw Spilborghs out at home. Great job by Madson to cover third. The throw from Jenkins was fine — Feliz should have handled it. Stewart went to second so Jenkins was charged with a tough error. Madson struck out Chris Iannetta for the second out. Quintanilla flew to right for the third.

Terrible base-running again from the Rockies after Smith gave away an out at home the game before. I realize they can’t score, but that’s just not the way to go.

Madson started the eighth and walked Taveras with one out. Romero came in and got the lefties Smith and Helton to end the frame.

Durbin started the ninth with a five run lead. Spilborghs singled to right with one out before Stewart flew to center for the second out. Spilborghs took second on defensive indifference and went to third when Iannetta singled to left. Quintanilla flew to left for the third out.

Three scoreless innings for the bullpen, although they allowed four hits and a walk. Madson threw 28 pitches, so he’ll probably get a day or two of rest. Ditto Durbin after 22 pitches. Romero threw nine.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Greg Reynolds went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Burrell returns to the lineup after being scratched late on Tuesday with a stiff neck. Ruiz catches against the righty.

With one out in the first, Victorino singled on a dribbler between first and second and stole second. Utley walked before Howard hit a ball back to the pitcher. Reynolds juggled briefly or he might have had a double-play. Howard was thrown out at first and Victorino went to third with Utley at second and two down. Burrell walked to load the bases and Jenkins followed with a walk of his own. Victorino scored to put the Phils up 1-0. Feliz flew to center for the third out.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the second and again in the third.

Burrell doubled to start the fourth with the score tied at 1-1. Jenkins popped to third and Feliz lined to third for the first two outs before Ruiz was walked intentionally to pitch to Eaton. Eaton popped to second to end the inning.

Phillies can’t score after the leadoff double. Jenkins fails to move the runner to third with the first out. I really wouldn’t walk Carlos Ruiz intentionally very often — he’s probably not going to get an extra-base hit and there’s a good chance Burrell can’t score from second on a single even with two outs.

Rollins and Victorino walked back-to-back to start the fifth. Utley pounded an 0-1 pitch into the second deck in right, putting the Phillies up 4-1. Howard walked before Burrell flew to center for the first out. Jenkins followed and he hit a 1-1 pitch out to right, putting the Phils up 6-1. Feliz and Ruiz went down behind him.

Victorino reached on another infield single, this one deflected by the pitcher, with two outs in the sixth. Again he stole second. Utley followed with a walk, but Howard struck out for the third out.

With one out in the seventh, Jenkins hit a high fly ball to left-center. Spilborghs looked like he had it lined up, but Taveras cut in front of him and had it go off his glove for a two-base error. Feliz and Ruiz both grounded out to leave Jenkins stranded.

With two outs in the eighth, Victorino reached on yet another infield single. This one was just a ground ball to third. Fantastic hustle for Victorino and he got three hits out of it in the game. Utley flew to right for the third out.

Rollins was 0-for-4 in the game and 3-for-13 in the three game set. He is hitting 312/363/496. Yesterday was just one of two days this season where he has ended a game with a slugging percentage under .500 for the year.

Victorino was 3-for-4 in the game and 6-for-10 with three walks and four stolen bases in the series. He’s hitting 291/360/392 for the season.

Utley was 1-for-3 with his 17th home run of the year. 5-for-12 with a double, two home runs and ten RBI in the series. He’s hitting 310/394/638 for the season.

Howard was 0-for-3 and left four men on base. 2-for-8 in the series. 206/315/462 for the year.

Burrell was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. 1-for-7 in the series. 277/417/590 for the year. He’s hitting .222 in May.

Jenkins was 1-for-3 with a home run and three RBI. 3-for-7 with a double and a home run in the series. 290/327/421 for the year. 323/353/516 in May.

Feliz was 0-for-4 and left five men on base. 5-for-14 with two doubles in the series. 265/305/439 for the year. 316/343/510 in May.

Ruiz was 0-for-3 with a walk in the game. 0-for-7 in the series. 232/299/296. Coste was 3-for-6 in the series with a double and a home run. 341/402/568 for the season.

Dobbs was 0-for-1 in the game and 3-for-7 with a double in the series. 361/390/542 for the year.

No game today. First of three with the Fish tomorrow night.


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