It was Revere’s third hit of the game. The Phils only needed one in the game thanks to a fantastic outing by Burnett — Burnett tossed seven scoreless frames in his best start of the young season.
The Phillies are 7-8 on the season after beating the Atlanta Braves 1-0 yesterday afternoon. The Braves win the series two games to one and the teams combine to score two runs in the last two games of the set (Atlanta won game two 1-0 despite a great start from Cliff Lee).
The Phillies are seventh in the 15-team NL in runs scored per game. Despite having allowed a total of one run in the last two games they’ve played, they are still 14th in the NL in runs allowed per game. They’ve allowed eight or more runs in five of the 15 games they’ve played.
If there are 15 teams in your league, you’re going to have trouble winning consistently if you’re the seventh-best team at scoring runs and the 14th-best team at preventing runs.
A.J. Burnett got the start for the Phillies and went seven shutout innings, allowing three hits and two walks. All three of the hits were singles and he struck out five.
After four outings, he has a 2.74 ERA, but a 1.57 ratio and a FIP of 4.66. He’s walked 16 in 23 innings, which is too many. Lefties are hitting 306/471/500 against him and righties 191/269/255. He was great against lefties and righties both yesterday.
In three of his four starts on the year he’s allowed two runs or less. In the middle two of his four starts, he walked 12 in ten innings. In the other two starts, he walked a much more reasonable four in 13 innings.
The lefty Freeman gets on base. Again, lefties are on-basing .471 against Burnett so far, 2.74 ERA or not.
He threw a 1-2-3 second. The pitcher Alex Wood, who hits right-handed at least, walked with one out in the third. Jayson Heyward grounded out with Wood forced at second for the second out before B.J. Upton moved Heyward to third with a single. Freeman grounded to first to end the inning.
Struck out Justin Upton and Dan Uggla in a 1-2-3 fourth. Allowed a leadoff single to Andrelton Simmons to start the fifth, but struck out the next two and Nieves threw Simmons out trying to steal second.
Freeman singled with two outs in the sixth, but Burnett got Justin Upton on a ground ball to short for the third out.
Struck out Simmons while setting the Braves down in order in the seventh. Revere made a nice diving play coming in to catch a ball hit by Uggla for the second out.
Bastardo started the eighth in a scoreless tie. He allowed a leadoff double to righty Gerald Laird, but got the next three to leave Laird at second.
4.32 ERA for Bastardo, but with a 1.08 ratio. Opponents are hitting just .120 against him so far, but he’s walked six in 8 1/3 innings. Righties are 2-for-19 (.105) against him. He’s walked 17.1% of the hitters he’s faced this season, which is higher than his career mark of 11.4%. It’s just high, too, regardless of what his career mark is.
Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 ninth with a 1-0 lead, striking righty Justin Upton out for the second out and righty Chris Johnson out to end the game.
Big gap between Papelbon’s ERA of 4.26 and his 2.26 FIP. 1.26 ratio. He’s made seven appearances on the year — in one he allowed three runs in a third of an inning. In the other six he allowed one hit and one walk while striking out six in six scoreless frames.
Two scoreless innings for the pen in the game in which they allow one hit and strike out three. Nobody threw more than one day in a row thanks to nine innings from Lee in game two of the set.
The Phillie lineup against lefty Alex Wood went (1) Ben Revere (2) Jimmy Rollins (3) Chase Utley (4) Marlon Byrd (5) John Mayberry (6) Domonic Brown (7) Wil Nieves (8) Jayson Nix. Howard on the bench against the lefty in game three of the series with Mayberry at first. Any time you see Mayberry or Ruf at first against a left-handed pitcher it should be appreciated. Asche also on the bench against the lefty — the lefty Asche is hitting .184 for the year and is 1-for-9 against left-handed pitching. I think it’s a really good idea to start someone other than Asche at third against a lefty if you have a solid option there. Nix has had a rough go of it in the early part of the season, both offensively and defensively.
Revere singled to left to start the bottom of the first, but Rollins lined into a double-play behind him. Utley followed with a single to right, but Byrd struck out swinging to end the inning.
Mayberry and Nieves struck out in a 1-2-3 second.
Burnett singled to center with one out in the third, but Revere grounded into a double-play behind him.
Utley singled with one out in the fourth, but Byrd grounded into a double-play behind him.
Phils hit into three double-plays in the first four innings. Rollins lines into one at first base in the first and Revere and Byrd GIDP in the third and fourth.
The Phils went in order in the fifth. Revere bunted for a single with two outs in the sixth, but was picked off with Rollins at the plate to set the Phillies down.
Byrd reached on an infield single with two outs in the seventh. Mayberry grounded to third to end the inning.
The Phillies scored the only run of the game int he eighth. Brown led off with a single to left and Nieves bunted him to second with the first out. Nix struck out swinging for the second out. With the lefty Wood still on the mound for Atlanta, Howard hit for Bastardo and drew a walk. Asche ran for Howard at first, bringing Revere to the plate with two down and men on first and second. Revere lined an 0-1 pitch into center for a single, scoring Brown from second to put the Phils up 1-0. Rollins struck out swinging to leave runners at first and second.
Nix with a big strikeout against the lefty for the second out. Howard a really weird choice to hit against a lefty, cause he can’t hit lefties, but draws a big walk ahead of the Revere single.
Three hits on the day for Revere, including the game-winner. Made a nice diving catch in the seventh. 3-for-8 with three singles and an RBI in the three-game set. 0-for-his-last-11 coming into yesterday’s game. 288/315/327 on the year. Isolated power of .039 isn’t a joke — his career isolated power is .045. It’s early, but FanGraphs has his UZR/150 in center for the year so far at -28.1. Hoping for the best on this one, but I’m having some trouble imagining a path to sustained excellence for Ben Revere that doesn’t require him to be very good defensively in center field. He hasn’t been very good defensively in center field for the Phillies this season.
Rollins 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the game and 2-for-11 with a walk in the series. 259/333/426 on the year.
Utley 2-for-3. 4-for-12 with a double in the set. Monster 462/517/769 line for the year. Leads the NL in average, on-base percentage and slugging. Third in isolated power.
Byrd 1-for-3 with a strikeout. 3-for-10 with a double and two RBI in the series. 267/302/400 for the year. One walk in his last 40 plate appearances. 234/265/340 over his last 49 plate appearances since going 5-for-13 to start the season. 238/256/357 against righties for the season — he’s in a lot of trouble if that doesn’t improve, but I think it’s likely to improve. Only Phillie to start all of the 15 games the team has played.
Mayberry 0-for-3 with a strikeout. Was a good idea anyway. 0-for-4 in the series. 0-for-his-last-6 and only has 15 at-bats on the year. 200/294/467. 375/444/875 in nine PA against lefties. 0-for-7 on the year against righties. Howard 2-for-7 with a walk and a home run in the series. 231/355/442 on the year. He has .124 points of on-base percentage, which is higher than his career mark of .091. Isolated power for the year is .211, which isn’t that much better than it was in 2013 (.199) or 2012 (.204). From ’06 to ’09, his isolated power was in the .292 to .346 range for four straight years.
Brown 1-for-3 in the game. Singled off the lefty Wood to start the eighth and scored the only run of the game. 2-for-9 with a walk and a home run in the set. 288/362/385 on the season. Great against lefties in the early going. Hitting .270 against righties with a .357 on-base percentage, but just two extra-base hits, both doubles, in 42 PA. Slugging .324 against righties with an isolated power of .054. His isolated power against righties in 2013 was .240. FanGraphs calculates his UZR/150 in left at 4.4 — that’s a really big deal if it continues. He was terrible defensively in left in 2013.
Nieves 0-for-2 with a strikeout. Threw Simmons out in the fifth. 3-for-10 with a double and two RBI on the season. Ruiz didn’t play yesterday, but has a 233/365/326 line after going 1-for-6 with a walk in the series. Eight walks in 52 plate appearances is about 15.4% of his chances. He’s walked in about 9.9% of his career plate appearances. Not much going well for him at the plate yet except the walks.
Nix 0-for-3 with three strikeouts last night. 3-for-20 with three singles on the year. 1-for-his-last-13 with eight strikeouts. He’s only played 25 1/3 innings defensively at third this season, but FanGraphs calculates his UZR/150 there at -44.0.
Jonathan Pettibone (0-0, 1.80) faces righty Tyler Chatwood (0-0, 6.00) tonight in Colorado. Pettibone allowed eight hits and a walk in five innings against the Fish in his only start of the year, holding Miami to two runs, one of which was earned. Chatwood has also made one start on the season, allowing four runs to the Giants over six innings.