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Twin downhilling

Game two with Minnesota looked uncomfortably like game one for the Phils as the offense didn’t produce and the bullpen faltered late. The 4-3 setback was the fifth straight loss for the Phillies.

The Phils took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the eighth last night in game two of the set, but Bastardo allowed two doubles and a single to the first three men he faced in the inning and the Twins went on to score a pair of runs. It was the second straight game in which Bastardo had struggled in the eighth, although another poor outing from Mike Adams did a lot of the damage as the Phillies dropped game one.

The bullpen ERA for the Phillies is up to 4.56, which is 14th of the 15 NL teams and 28th of the 30 teams across both leagues. The good news is that the Phillie pen has thrown the fewest innings of any NL team. The bad news is that the .271 opponents have hit against them is worst in the league, the .347 on-base percentage they’ve allowed is worst in the league and the .441 slugging percentage they’ve allowed is worst in the league. The Mets are the NL team with the bullpen ERA that’s worse than the Phillies for the season, but the Phillie pen has allowed hits at a nearly identical rate, walks at a much higher rate and seen the hits they’ve allowed go for more total bases on average. They won’t have to do that too much longer before they have a worse bullpen ERA for the season as well.

The Phillies are 31-35 on the year after losing 4-3 to the Minnesota Twins last night. They have lost five in a row for the first time this year and play the finale of the three-game set with the Twins tonight.

Cloyd got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing a run on six hits and three walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out two.

Cloyd has allowed two earned runs or less in five of his six starts. He’s walked eight in 11 2/3 innings over his last two starts, which is an unsustainable recipe for disaster. Lefties are hitting 303/390/424 against him for the year.

He started the bottom of the first with a 2-0 lead. He walked Joe Mauer with one out and Mauer moved up to third on two-out double by Josh Willingham. Justin Morneau followed that with a walk and the bases were loaded for Oswaldo Arcia. Arcia grounded to first to set the Twins down.

Clete Thomas singled to start the second and moved up to second on a two-out single by Jamey Carroll. It put two men on for Mauer and Mauer flew to center to leave them stranded.

Two scoreless innings for Cloyd to start the game, but the Twins leave the bases loaded in the first and two men on in the second.

Cloyd threw a 1-2-3 third.

Arcia singled to start the fourth and scored when Thomas followed with a double to the gap in right center, cutting the Phillie lead to 2-1. Eduardo Escobar was next and singled to right, moving Thomas to third. Cloyd struck Pedro Florimon out for the first out and got Carroll to ground into a double-play to end the inning.

Nice job by Cloyd to hold the damage to a single run. After scoring their first run in the game, the Twins can’t get any more despite putting runners on the corners with nobody out.

After four innings, Cloyd had yielded just one run, but had walked two and allowed six hits, including two doubles. That’s too many base-runners and he was lucky to hold the Twins to one.

He was up 3-1 when he walked Mauer to start the fifth. He got the next three hitters in order to set the Twins down.

The first out of the inning came on a ball hit hard to Howard by Ryan Doumit. Howard stepped on the bag at first and didn’t throw to second. Looked like he had a play there.

Savery started the sixth and allowed back-to-back singles to Arcia and Thomas to start the frame, putting men on first and second with nobody out. Escobar bunted the runners up to second and third with the first out. Florimon was next and chopped a ball up the first base line. Savery fielded and tagged Florimon out for the second out, but Arcia scored to cut the lead to 3-2 and Thomas moved up to third. Carroll grounded to Galvis at second to leave Thomas stranded.

Savery was back to start the seventh. Mauer led off and singled to left. Stutes came in to pitch to the switch-hitter Doumit and got him on a fly ball to center for the first out. Willingham was next and popped to short for the second out. Bastardo took over to face the lefty Morneau and got him on a fly ball to center to leave Mauer at first.

Bastardo gets Morneau a day too late.

Savery faced six batters in the game. Three of them singled and he got three of them out. One of the outs came on a bunt. He’s allowed a run on three hits and a walk over three innings in three appearances for the year.

Stutes faced two batters in the game and got both of them out, dropping his ERA on the year to 1.69 after nine appearances. He’s walked just one in 10 2/3 innings and hasn’t allowed a home run. Righties are hitting 130/167/130 against him and lefties 389/421/621. So he’s been better against righties.

Bastardo was back to start the eighth. Arcia led off and doubled to center. Thomas was next and pounded a double high off the wall in right. Arcia scored to tie the game at 3-3. Escobar was next and bunted an 0-1 pitch on the first base side of the mound. The ball just died in the grass and Escobar was safe at first with a single. Thomas moved up to third. De Fratus came in to pitch to the switch-hitter Florimon with nobody out, men on the corners and the game tied. Florimon lined to Galvis for the first out with the runners holding. Lefty Chris Parmalee hit for the righty Carroll. De Fratus’s 1-1 pitch to Parmalee was inside and in the dirt. Lerud couldn’t handle it. Thomas scored (4-3), Escobar moved up to second and De Fratus was charged with a wild pitch. Parmalee lined a 3-2 pitch back to De Fratus. De Fratus caught it for the second out and threw to second where Escobar was doubled-off to end the inning.

Bastardo faced four batters in the game, getting one out and allowing three hits, including back-to-back doubles to start the eighth. The Escobar bunt single was a little fluky as the ball just died on the grass.

Bastardo has a 3.18 ERA for the year, which doesn’t reflect how badly he’s been pitching, and a 1.59 ratio, which does. He’s allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks over 3 2/3 innings in his last five appearances. Walks didn’t hurt him last night, but he’s walked 14 in 22 2/3 innings for the season.

De Fratus fares pretty well after entering the game with nobody out and runners on the corners, despite the wild pitch. He records three outs without being charged with a hit or a run. 1.64 ERA and an 0.73 ratio for the year after 11 innings over 14 appearances. Opponents are hitting .158 against him with two walks and no home runs in 40 plate appearances.

As well as De Fratus did, I think bringing Papelbon in with nobody out and runners on the corners is the better move for the Phils. What with him being their best pitcher and the game being on the line and whatnot.

Overall the pen went three innings in the game, allowing three runs on six hits. They didn’t allow a walk or strike anyone out. Bastardo and De Fratus have both pitched two days in a row. Savery threw 25 pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against righty Mike Pelfrey went (1) Michael Young (2) Revere (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Mayberry (8) Galvis (9) Lerud. Delmon Young at DH. Lerud catches with Quintero on the bench. First start of the year for Lerud. Galvis moves up to eighth in the order with Lerud in the lineup. Mayberry starts against the righty with Nix on the bench.

Revere reached on an infield single with one out in the top of the first and moved up to second when Rollins singled to right. Howard was next and drew a walk, loading the bases for Brown. Brown flew to left for the second out with Revere tagging and scoring to put the Phils up 1-0 with men on first and second for Delmon Young. Young singled to right and Rollins scored. 2-0 with men on first and second for Mayberry. Mayberry flew to center for the third out.

The Phillies went in order in the second and again in the third. Delmon Young and Mayberry both struck out as they went in order in the fourth.

The lead was cut to 2-1 when they hit in the fifth. Galvis and Lerud went down for the first two outs before Michael Young doubled to right. Revere was next and blooped a singled into shallow left-center. Young scored from second to extend the lead to 3-1. Rollins flew to left to leave Revere at first.

They went in order in the sixth.

The lead was cut to 3-2 when they went in order in the seventh.

Revere bunted for a single off of righty Casey Fien with one out in the eighth and moved up to second when Rollins followed with a single to right. With one out and men on first and second, lefty Brian Duensing took over for Pelfrey and struck Howard out swinging for the second out. Brown popped to short to leave both runners stranded.

Third hit of the game for Revere, although they weren’t all exactly magnificent. Infield single in the first, bloop RBI-single in the fifth and a bunt single in the eighth.

Philliesflow is your source for Casey Fien trivia. Domonic Brown was drafted in the 20th round of the 2006 draft. There are two players drafted in that round that have a higher career WAR as calculated by Baseball-Reference than Brown does: Casey Fien and Vinnie Pestano.

The Phillies were down 4-3 when they hit in the ninth. Lefty Glen Perkins set Delmon Young, Mayberry and Galvis down in order.

Michael Young was 1-for-4 with a double, which was the only extra-base hit for the Phillies. He’s 10-for-his-last-24. Just 12 extra-base hits in 236 plate appearances for the year. His isolated power for the season is at .085, which is the lowest it has been in any season in which he got more than two plate appearances.

Revere 3-for-4 with an RBI. He has seven RBI for the season. Across both leagues there are three players with at least 200 plate appearances and less than ten RBI for the year. They are Revere, Placido Polanco and Juan Pierre. Insert your own joke here.

Rollins 2-for-4. 8-for-his-last-33 (.242) with eight singles. He’s a weird guy to have hitting third against a righty given his 270/335/389 line against right-handed pitching for the season.

Howard 0-for-3 with a walk. He has one home run in his last 111 plate appearances.

Brown 0-for-3 with an RBI. He’s 0-for-his-last-10.

Delmon Young 1-for-4 with an RBI. 1-for-his-last-12.

Mayberry 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 236/303/383 against right-handed pitching for his career.

Galvis 0-for-4. 0-for-his-last-15.

Lerud 0-for-3 and struck out twice. The winning run scored on a wild pitch by De Fratus, but Lerud didn’t have much of a chance to handle the pitch.

Lee (7-2, 2.55) faces righty Kevin Correia (5-4, 4.11) tonight. Lee has made 13 starts this year and allowed more than three earned runs in two of them. He has a 1.84 ERA in his last seven starts and the Phils are 6-1 in those games. He’s allowed two home runs in 59 2/3 innings over his last eight times out. Correia has struck out 36 in 76 2/3 innings for the season. He doesn’t walk many guys, but opponents are hitting .298 against him for the year with righties sporting a 308/333/550 line.


Stubborn refusal to start pinch-hitting for people in the third costs the Phils dearly

Cliff Lee gave the Phillies his third strong start in three tries last night, but again the Phillies struggled to score in a 4-2 loss to the Reds. The only runs the Phils plated in the game came on a pinch-hit, two-run homer by Utley in the top of the eighth.

Over the last three games, the Phillies have scored five runs. Three of the runs have come on pinch-hit home runs. They haven’t scored a run before the sixth inning in any of their last four games.

Ben Revere was spectacular defensively in the game in center, making a very good catch for the first out of the third and starting a double play in the second inning with an outstanding diving play on the warning track. He’s been a whole less successful offensively at the top of the lineup, though. After an 0-for-4 last night he’s hitting .222 for the year with a .276 on-basing percentage and no extra-base hits.

Rollins has gone cold after a strong start. Howard and Brown aren’t providing the offense the middle of the order needs despite the hot-hitting of Young from the five-hole. Erik Kratz has had a miserable start to the year both offensively and defensively — he’s on-basing .167 for the season.

The Phillies are 6-7 on the year after losing 4-2 to the Cincinnati Reds last night. The Phils have won four of their last six and lost two of their last three.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out four.

He’s made three starts on the and all three have been very good. 1.52 ERA and a silly 0.68 ratio. In 23 2/3 innings he’s struck out 18 and walked one. In two of his three starts the Phillies have scored two runs in the game.

He gave up a two-out single to Joey Votto in the bottom of the first. Brandon Phillips was next and grounded to third to end the inning.

Jay Bruce led off the second with a single. Todd Frazier was next, but Revere made a great diving catch to take a hit away from him. Revere threw to first to double Bruce off. Chris Heisey popped to Galvis to end the inning.

Amazing catch for Revere. The ball was lined to center and he looked like he initially took the wrong angle, but recovered and made a fantastic catch diving towards the wall on the warning track. He immediately got to his feet to double off Bruce.

Shin-Soo Choo singled to center with two outs in the third. Zach Cozart flew to center for the third out.

Revere made another very good play to record the first out of the third. Choo hit the ball very well to right center, but Revere caught it running into the wall to record the out.

Lee set the Reds down in order in the fourth, fifth and sixth.

Votto led off the seventh and singled to right. Phillips was next and moved Votto up to third with a double to left. It brought Bruce to the plate with nobody out and men on second and third. Lee uncorked a wild pitch through the legs of Kratz and everyone moved up a base with Votto scoring (1-0) before Bruce drew a walk. With men on first and third and one down, Frazier flew to right for the first out. Phillips tagged and scored from third to make it 2-0. Chris Heisey was next and hit a ball out in front of the plate. Lee fielded and threw to second, but his throw was bad an unhandled there for an error. Ryan Hannigan grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

The wild pitch that scored Votto costs the Phils a run. The ball just went under Kratz, which was unfortunate.

It was 2-2 when Horst started the eighth. Switch-hitter Derrick Robinson hit for the pitcher Arroyo and reached on a softly hit infield single. Choo bunted Robinson up to second with the first out, bringing Cozart to the plate with a man on second. Cozart blooped a ball into shallow right-center that alluded a sliding Nix for a double, sending Robinson to third. Horst walked the lefty Votto intentionally, loading the bases and setting up the double-play. Adams came in to pitch to the righty Phillips and Phillips hit a ball past a diving Galvis at second and in to right field. Robinson and Cozart both scored and it was 4-2 with men on first and second with one down for Bruce. Bruce singled into right and everyone moved up a base. Adams struck Frazier out looking for the second out and got Heisey to pop to Galvis to end the inning.

Horst faced four batters in the game, allowing a single, a bloop double and intentionally walking another hitter. He got one out, which came on a bunt. His ERA is at 9.53 after being charged with two runs in a third of an inning on two hits and a walk.

He was pitching on six days rest and threw nine pitches in the game. For the season he’s now allowed nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. Neither of the hits he allowed last night were exactly blasted. Robinson’s single was chopped down the third base line and Cozart’s double was blooped to right-center and could have been caught.

Adams faced four hitters in the game, allowing two singles and getting the other two out. He actually drops his ERA to 1.50 with both runs charged to Horst. He’s now struck out ten in six innings over seven appearances. He was pitching on one day’s rest and threw 15 pitches in the game.

Overall the pen goes one inning, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk. Horst and Adams should both be available tonight.

Last night was the first time that the bullpen had been charged with more than one run in a game since the fourth game of the season.

The Phillie lineup against righty Bronson Arroyo went (1) Revere (2) Galvis (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Young (6) Brown (7) Nix (8) Kratz. Galvis starts for the third straight day at another position, playing second with Utley on the bench. Revere continues to lead off for the Phils despite a 240/296/240 line for the year coming into the game (12-for-50 with 12 singles and four walks).

Galvis singled with one out in the top of the first. He moved up to second on a ground out by Rollins, but Howard flew to center for the third out.

The Phillies went in order in the second, third and fourth.

Young singled into center to start the fifth. Brown was next and grounded to third with Young forced at second for the second out. Nix singled into left, moving Brown up to second, but Kratz hit into a double-play to set the Phillies down.

The Phils went in order in the sixth. Revere tried to bunt for a hit, but was retired for the second out.

Young struck out as the Phils went in order in the seventh.

They trailed 2-0 when they hit in the eighth. Brown led off and singled into center. Nix was next and hit a ball softly that Arroyo handled for the first out as Brown moved up to second. Kratz flew to center for the second out and Utley hit for Lee. Utley lined a 2-1 pitch out to center, tying the game at 2-2. Revere grounded to second to set the Phillies down.

Third home run of the year for Utley. He’s slugging .722 against right-handed pitching. Second time in two games the Phils got a big pinch-hit home run late in the game.

Aroldis Chapman started the ninth for the Reds with the Phillies trailing 4-2. He struck out Rollins and Howard while setting the Phililes down in order.

Revere was 0-for-4 with two very good defensive plays, one of which was amazing and got the Phils two outs. He’s 5-for-his-last-27 (.185) and hitting .222 for the year without an extra-base hit. He can’t lead off for much longer.

Galvis 1-for-4. He’s started three days in a row, going 4-for-10 with two walks.

Rollins 0-for-4 with a strikeout. He’s 0-for-his-last-12.

Howard 0-for-4 and struck out against a lefty to end the game. 1-for-15 against lefties on the year with eight strikeouts.

Young 1-for-3 and struck out twice. 438/471/656 over his last 34 plate appearances.

Brown 1-for-3 with a single to up his average to .250. He’s hitting .250 against lefties and .250 against righties. Second on the team in RBI behind Utley with six. Six RBI in 13 games put him on pace to drive in 75 over 162 games.

Nix 1-for-3. 3-for-his-last-7 with a home run.

Kratz 0-for-3. Wild pitch in the seventh charged to Lee that looked like it could have been handled. He’s 0-for-his-last-8.

Kyle Kendrick (1-1, 5.40) faces righty Homer Bailey (1-1, 5.73) tonight in good-day-to-be-a-left-handed-hitter-night in Cincinnati. Kendrick has been a little better than his numbers over his first two starts. He was good his last time out, holding the Mets to two runs over six innings. In his first start he was charged with five runs over 5 2/3 innings, but three of the runs scored after he left with two outs and the bases loaded. Lefites are hitting 480/519/720 (12-for-25 with four extra-base hits) against him for the year and 295/364/491 against him for his career. Bailey threw six shutout innings against the Nats in his first start of the year, but was pounded by the Cards in his other start as he allowed seven runs over five innings. Lefties have hit him pretty hard this year as well — 333/417/762 (7-for-21 with three homers).


Johnny B not-so-goode

The Blue Jays demolished John Lannan yesterday, scoring 12 runs charged to Lannan in his four innings on their way to a 13-4 win.

Down 13-0, the Phillies got on the board with four runs in the top of the ninth.

They had one extra-base hit in the game, a double by Frandsen in the ninth inning. Frandsen was 2-for-4 on the day and was also the only Phillie with more than one hit. Just one walk in 59 plate appearances and a 286/310/518 line. Frandsen walked in just 4.3% of his 210 plate appearances with the Phillies in 2012. If you’re not going to walk or play good defense, slugging .518 is the way to go.

Revere was 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base. 329/372/397 for the spring. Five walks in 79 plate appearances is 6.3%, which is a little better than his career mark of 5.4%.

Rollins 1-for-3. 292/452/417 in 24 at-bats. There’s a good chance he doesn’t on-base .452 for the regular season, but if he does I’m picking the Phillies to win the World Series.

Utley 0-for-4 and struck out once. Mayberry 0-for-4 and struck out twice. Mayberry’s line drops to an ugly 194/250/269.

Brown 0-for-3 and struck out three times. 354/414/646.

Kratz was 1-for-4 with a two-run single in the ninth-inning rally. 270/289/568 with six extra-base hits and 11 RBI in 38 plate appearances.

Lannan got the start for the Phillies and went four innings, allowing 12 runs on 14 hits and a walk. After a 1-2-3 first, Lannan allowed eight runs in a bottom of the second that included a three-run homer for JP Arencibia and a two-run triple by Jose Reyes. Toronto scored their ninth run in the third on three singles. Arencibia hit another homer off of Lannan in the fourth, this time a two-run shot, as Toronto scored three more times.

Lannan started the day with a 3.21 ERA and ended it with an 8.50 ERA. Opponents have hit .338 against him over 18 innings, cause 14 is a lot of hits to give up in four innings. He had pitched well prior before yesterday’s disaster.

Miner pitched the fifth. He allowed a leadoff homer to Melky Cabrera before getting the next three. One run in one inning keeps Miner’s ERA at nine after nine official appearances. Opponents have hit .364 against him.

Mike Adams allowed a leadoff walk to start the sixth, but struck out the next three hitters he faced. 1.29 ERA and an 0.71 ratio for Adams. He’s allowed four hits and a walk over seven innings.

Aumont threw a 1-2-3 seventh and Kyle Simon a 1-2-3 eighth. Aumont has allowed just three hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings over six appearances. He seems like a lock to start the year with the Phils. Simon has allowed two runs in four innings over six appearances.

The Phillies play the Rays this afternoon.

This article suggests that Horst and Valdes are the front-runners for the two bullpen jobs with Aumont ahead of Stutes for the final spot. If the Phillies carry Stutes to start the season and do not carry Aumont I will be stunned.

Kendrick pitched in a minor league game on Monday and allowed five runs in six innings. He gave up three home runs in the game.

This article talks about who will lead off for the Phillies in 2013. I am going to be very surprised if Ben Revere leads off against left-handed pitchers.

Update: The Phillies released Aaron Cook.


I’m okay and you’re okay and not just that — we both look like we have about the same chance as winning the NL Cy Young Award this season

Just about any scenario that envisions a return to glory for the Phillies in 2013 requires us to imagine Roy Halladay returning to his dominant self. That hasn’t happened this spring and it sure didn’t happen yesterday. Throwing in the mid-80s, Halladay was rocked by the Tigers, allowing seven runs over 2 2/3 innings as the Phils fell 10-6.

Halladay says he’s okay, but none of the quotes anyone’s come up with since the outing inspire a lot of confidence.

Lost in the Halladay hammering yesterday was that Horst and Valdes both pitched great for the Phillies. Horst struck out one in 1 1/3 scoreless frames in which he did not allow a hit or a walk. Valdes was even better, striking out four in three scoreless innings.

Revere was 3-for-3 with two doubles and scored three runs, upping his spring line to an impressive 372/400/465. Even an isolated power of .093, which is where he is now, would be a fantastic development for Revere. I think we should assume he’s not going to keep hitting .372. It probably is safe to assume he might walk in about 4.3% of his plate appearances, though.

Betancourt also had two hits, going 2-for-4. He’s hitting .379. Not sure what the Phillies are going to do with Betancourt, but also not sure why they would have brought him in if they were just going to let him go if he lit things up in spring training.

Utley hit his first home run of the spring, a two-run shot off of righty Luis Marte. 179/343/321 in 28 at-bats for the spring.

Howard was 1-for-3 with a double. 333/356/714. Leads the team in home runs (4), RBI (12) and strikeouts (12).

Inciarte 1-for-2 with a single. He’s 4-for-13 with three walks and four singles. Mitchell 1-for-1 with a double. 5-for-10 with a walk, a double and two triples. The Phillies should let him play as long as it take for him to stop leading the team in OPS.

Michael Young 0-for-4 to drop his average to .333. He’s second on the team in RBI behind Howard with nine. Nine RBI over 41 plate appearances would have him on a pace to drive in about 132 runs over 600 plate appearances. That might not even happen.

Kratz and Brown both 0-for-3. Kratz is hitting .190. Brown’s line drops to 400/489/675.

Halladay started the game for the Phillies and was terrible, allowing seven runs in 2 2/3 innings. He walked the first batter of the game, Quentin Berry, in the top of the first. Berry stole second and scored on a one-out single. Don Kelly hit a two-run homer off of Halladay in the second. Three of the first four men that Halladay faced in the fourth reached on a walk, a double and a hit by pitch (Kelly) before Ramon Santiago hit a grand slam. Halladay got the next batter after the slam and was replaced by Horst. Horst retired Berry to end the third.

Overall, Halladay went 2 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs on six hits and four walks and hit one batter. He’s now made four starts, throwing to a 7.36 ERA and a 1.64 ratio while striking out nine in 11 innings. After four walks yesterday he’s walked six in 11 innings and opponents are hitting .279 against him. In 2010 for the Phillies, Halladay pitched 250 2/3 innings in which he walked 30. So his walk rate in yesterday’s start wasn’t as good as it had been during the 2010 season.

Horst pitched well in the game. After getting the final out of the third, he came back to throw a scoreless fourth in which he hit one batter but didn’t allow a hit or a walk. He drops his ERA to 9.82 and his ratio to 1.77 with the outing.

Diekman struck out two in the fifth, but also allowed a single and a two-run homer. He came back to pitch the sixth and allowed another run on a pair of doubles.

Overall, Diekman went two innings on the day, allowing three runs on four hits, three of which went for extra-bases, and no walks. He has now struck out 13 in eight innings for the spring, but thrown to a 5.63 ERA while opponents hit .290 against him.

Valdes followed Diekman and was fantastic, throwing three shutout innings in which he struck out four. He allowed one runner on one hit, a leadoff single to start the seventh.

Valdes has thrown 10 1/3 innings this spring and leads the team with 15 strikeouts. 5.23 ERA with an 0.97 ratio. He was hammered in his early starts, giving up four early home runs that have hurt his numbers, but I think the Phillies would be making a mistake not to start the year with him on the team. Even if it means three lefties with Bastardo, Horst and Valdes. His ratio in 31 innings with the Phillies last year was 0.74. If you throw to a ratio under one for long enough, it’s the kind of thing that can help a team.

The Phillies play the Yankees tonight in their first night game of the spring with Lee expected to pitch.

Rollins went 2-for-5 as the Phils topped Puerto Rico 7-1 in the World Baseball Classic. USA plays the Dominican Republic on Thursday night. Insert your own Cole Hamels joke here.

Canada has been eliminated from the World Baseball Classic, which means Phillippe Aumont has rejoined the Phillies. Aumont offers some criticism of Sebastian Valle’s conduct during the brawl between Mexico and Canada in the linked article.


I hear there was a time when candy bars were two for a nickel, too, it doesn’t necessarily mean we should count on Ryan Howard to OPS 1.200 again

If we’re bringing stuff back from the great beyond, I’d like to put in a vote for the pig-footed bandicoot as well. Mostly just cause it has a cool name. I’d hate to think we were able to do that kind of thing and I forgot to put in a vote.

I love the notion that there are so many bandicoots out there that humanity just wouldn’t have been able to get by without differentiating some of them as “pig-footed.” Not the regular bandicoots. The pig-footed ones.

Second win of the spring for the Phils yesterday as they topped the Braves 10-5. Ryan Howard doubled home a run in the first and hit his first spring homer in the fifth. His 2-for-3 day ups his spring line to 533/556/933 (8-for-15 with three doubles, a home run and two walks) and he leads the team with five RBI. Howard obviously isn’t going to double in 20% of his at-bats in 2013, but he hit 11 doubles for the season in 2012 and his results early in 2013 remind that there was a time when a hot and healthy Howard could put the Phillies on his shoulders and carry the offense himself.

We might have forgotten those days, but if we did it’s our own fault. Because they happened and it wasn’t that long ago.

From August 22 to the end of the season in 2008, Howard got 151 plate appearances in which he hit 15 home runs, had 27 extra-base hits, 42 RBI and 20 walks, OPSing 1.216 in that stretch. 2009 he OPSed 1.078 over his last 216 plate appearances with 19 home runs. In 2010 the tear came earlier, a 50-game stretch from the start of June to July 27 — 323/387/651 over 217 plate appearances.

Mayberry homered yesterday as well. 1-for-1 with a walk in the game and extra-base hits in two straight games after an ugly start. Utley was 2-for-3 with a double. 3-for-6 so far.

Ben Revere got the job done in the leadoff spot for the second straight day, going 2-for-3 with a walk, a double and two more runs scored. Don’t look for him to deliver a walk and an extra-base hit in the same game too often, though. His average is suddenly up to .385 (5-for-13).

Brown 1-for-3 with a single and a walk to drop his average to .417 (5-for-12 with a double, two home runs and three walks).

Inciarte finally made an out. He struck out to start the seventh and is 1-for-2 with three walks so far.

Michael Young had his first hit. He was 1-for-2 with a walk and two RBI, making him 1-for-10 in the early going.

Galvis 2-for-2 but with yet another error. Ruf got a hit but also made another error, his second in limited time in the outfield. He was 2-for-3 with a double and is now a walkless 2-for-12 in official action.

Hamels started the game for the Phils and allowed an unearned run on four hits over three innings while striking out five. He allowed one hit and struck out four through the first two innings. He started the third up 3-1. Ramiro Pena singled with one out, took second when Ruf misplayed the ball for an error and scored on a single by Tyler Pastornicky.

In two starts, Hamels has now allowed one unearned run over five innings, throwing to a 0.00 ERA with a 1.00 ratio and striking out six. He hasn’t walked a batter yet.

Mike Adams followed Hamels, making his Phillie debut, and threw a scoreless fourth. He allowed one single and struck out one.

Diekman threw the fifth. He gave up a leadoff walk, but got the next hitter to line into a double-play before Jason Heyward grounded to Utley to set the Braves down.

Second outing for Diekman. This one better than the first, but he still needs to stop walking so many people.

Pettibone followed Diekman and allowed four runs on three hits and a walk over two frames in his first spring outing. He allowed a solo homer in the sixth. In the seventh, the first two Braves reached on a walk and a single before Pastornicky hit a three-run homer.

Ethan followed Pettibone, also making his first appearance, and threw two scoreless innings.

Manuel suggests he wants Mayberry to be more aggressive in this article from the Phillies web site.

Halladay is expected to pitch this afternoon as the Phillies face the Yankees. He allowed a run on one hit, a solo homer, over two innings his first time out.


It happens every spring, but I don’t remember it always looking quite this ugly

The Phillies continued what’s been a pretty ugly start to spring training yesterday, making three more errors and allowing 12 runs as the Twins beat them 12-5. Justin De Fratus and BJ Rosenberg, each hoping to start the year in the bullpen for the Phils, combined to throw two innings in which they allowed six runs on seven hits and three walks.

Ben Revere had a nice day for the Phillies, going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles, stealing a base and scoring two runs. Domonic Brown is now 4-for-9 on the spring with a double, two home runs and two walks after going 1-for-2 with a double, two walks and three runs scored. Ruiz went 2-for-2 and drove in three runs. Mayberry had his first spring hit, a double, as he went 1-for-3 on the day. He’s 1-for-10 so far.

Frandsen was 2-for-4. He’s 5-for-13 with a double, a home run and a 1.077 OPS in the early going. Howard 1-for-2 with a walk. He’s still looking for his first home run, but is now 6-for-12 with two doubles and two walks.

Not as good a day for Galvis, who was 0-for-5, made an error and struck out twice. He also made a misplay late that was originally called an error and then called a hit. Ruf went 0-for-1 in a pinch-hitting opportunity and is still looking for his first official spring hit. He’s 0-for-9.

Ruf has been dealing with a sore throwing arm that has kept him out of the lineup.

Lannan started the game for the Phils, allowing a run on four singles and a walk over two innings. Adam Morgan followed Lannan and allowed a run on three singles in the third. He came back for the fourth and faced five hitters, getting two outs and allowing a double and a single while the other reached on a Galvis error. Morgan left with two down and men on the corners. Kyle Simon came in to pitch to Ryan Doumit and Doumit hit a three-run homer to right.

Bastardo and Mauricio Robles threw scoreless innings later in the game.

The sixth and seventh didn’t go well for the Phils. De Fratus started the sixth and had his second bad outing in two tries, allowing three runs on four hits, including a double, and a walk. He’s now allowed five runs on six hits over three innings in his two appearances.

Rosenberg also got hit hard, allowing three runs in the seventh. The first four men he faced reached base on a pair of walks, a double and an infield single. He allowed a two-run single with one out before getting a double-play to end the inning.

Like De Fratus, Rosenberg has two spring outings, both of which have been bad. He’s allowed six runs on eight hits and three walks over three innings. That’s a 3.67 ratio, which is not what you’re looking for.

You also want to avoid walking two of the first four men you face if it’s at all possible. In 2012 with the Phillies, Rosenberg walked 14 men in 25 innings while pitching to a 6.12 ERA.

The Phillies face the Braves this afternoon with Cole Hamels expected to pitch. Jake Diekman is also expected to throw in relief as he makes his case for a spot in the pen. He’s made one official appearance so far and allowed a run on a hit and a walk over one inning.


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