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AbsoluteLee unexpected

The Phillies went 12-18 in Cliff Lee’s starts last year, which was odd given that Lee was in the top ten in the NL in ERA, ratio, strikeouts and WAR for pitchers. While Lee was off his outstanding 2011 pace, he was still very good and a lot had to go wrong for the Phillies in his starts for them to go 12-18. A lot did.

Here are some of the lowlights:

  • The Phillies scored 3.60 runs per game in the games started by Lee and 4.36 in the games he did not start. They scored a total of three runs in the first three games he started in 2012 and a total of three runs in the last three games he started in 2012 and the Phils went 0-6 in those games. 3.60 runs per game of offense in their starts is the worst mark for any starting pitcher who started more than one game for the team in ’12 (although Worley was close behind at 3.61 runs of offense per game he started).
  • The Phillies went 10-11 in the 21 games in which Lee delivered a quality start. In those 21 games he threw to a 1.86 ERA with an 0.97 ratio. The Phillies went 52-26 in quality starts that were made by any pitcher other than Lee.
  • The bullpen pitched to a 4.82 ERA with a 1.43 ratio in the 30 games that Lee started. In the 132 games that he didn’t start, the bullpen pitched to a 3.79 ERA with a 1.27 ratio.

So Lee was good, the offense was bad, the bullpen was bad and even when Lee pitched well the Phillies didn’t win. There’s got to be more than a little plain old bad luck in there as well. You wouldn’t expect your team to go 10-11 in the games where their starting pitcher throws to a 1.86 ERA and a ratio under one.

Seven of the 18 games the Phillies lost that Lee started were one-run games.

The Phillies were 4-12 in the first 16 games that Lee started. Over those 16 starts, the Phils managed to lose a game in which Lee threw 10 shutout innings, another in which he struck out 12 while allowing two runs over 7 2/3 innings and a third in which he allowed a run on two hits and a walk over eight frames.

That’s not to say Lee excelled at all times during those first 16 starts. That simply wasn’t the case. Most notably, from June 10 to June 29 (outings 10 to 13 on the year), Lee made four starts bad starts in a row, throwing to a 7.30 ERA in those outings and puffing his ERA on the year from 2.92 to 4.13. After June 29, Lee pitched to a 2.44 ERA over his last 17 starts and the Phils went 9-8 in those games.

Bastardo filed for arbitration yesterday.

The Nats appear to have agreed to a deal with right-handed reliever Rafael Soriano that will pay Soriano $28 million over the next two years. Soriano has been very good in two of the last three years.

This suggests that the Phillies may have interest in right-handed pitcher Brandon Webb. It doesn’t suggests that Webb has become an outfielder. Now 33, Webb had six good years with the Diamondbacks from 2003 to 2008, throwing to a 3.24 ERA over 198 appearances, 197 of which were starts. He has been slowed by shoulder problems since, throwing just 16 innings between the majors and minors since the start of 2009.

The Phillies signed Juan Cruz to a minor league deal. Love this move. I’ve always been a huge fan of Cruz. I forget why, cause his results haven’t been especially good and he walks too many hitters to be consistently successful. Cruz is a 34-year-old right-handed pitcher with a 4.05 ERA and a 1.41 career ratio in 655 innings over 13 years. He’s had several miserable years, including 2003, 2005 and 2009. Over the last three years, he’s made 104 appearances, all in relief, and thrown to a 3.41 ERA with a 1.51 ratio. In 89 2/3 innings, he’s walked 51. His walk rate for his career is 4.8 batters per nine innings. The years when he’s been good he still walked a ton of people, just didn’t allow many hits.


Phils head into break curious to see how many games the Mets can win before Thursday

The Phillies started July 6 with a 3 1/2 game lead in the NL East. With a dramatic win yesterday they go into the All-Star break with a half game lead despite winning four of their last five games. The hard-charging Mets have won nine in a row and trail the Phils by just half a game.

Yesterday’s game featured a fantastic pitching matchup between Cole Hamels and Brandon Webb. Both pitched well and the Phillies hit in the bottom of the eighth with the game knotted at 2-2 before non-All-Star Pat Burrell punched a three-run homer out to left to put the Phils on top to stay.

The Phillies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks yesterday, winning 6-3. The take the series two games to one and go into the All-Star break at 52-44.

Cole Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on 11 hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out eight.

He set Arizona down 1-2-3 in the first. Had to throw some extra pitches thanks to Howard, who dropped a foul popup for his 11th error of the season.

With one out in the second, Chad Tracy hit a 1-2 pitch out to right to put the Diamondbacks up 1-0. Chris Burke singled with two outs, but Hamels got Robby Hammock swinging to end the frame.

Conor Jackson doubled with two outs in the third. Orlando Hudson flew to center for the third out.

With two outs in the fourth, Chris Young and Burke singled back-to-back. It put men on first and second for Hammock and Hammock blooped a single in front of Burrell. Young scored despite a nice throw home from Burrell and it was 2-0. The pitcher Brandon Webb struck out to set Arizona down.

Stephen Drew led off the fifth with a single. Conor Jackson was next and smashed a line drive to third that Feliz caught. He threw high to first but Howard made a nice play to catch the ball and come down on the bag to double-off Drew. Nice plays by Feliz and Howard. Hudson flew to left for the third out.

Mark Reynolds led off the sixth with a walk and Tracy moved him to second with a single. Hamels struck out Young and Burke before he got Hammock to fly to right for the third out.

Webb led off the seventh with a single. Drew was next and hit a ground ball in-between first and second. Howard came off the bag and deflected it out of the reach of Utley. Drew had an infield single and Webb went to second. Jackson bunted but way too hard — Feliz tagged the bag and threw to first nearly in time to get Jackson. With men on first and second and one down, Hudson drove a ball to right that Jenkins missed up against the wall. Jenkins threw to Utley who threw to Coste, but there was no runner coming home. Hudson had gone too far towards second and was eventually tagged out there because Jackson was already at second with Drew holding third. Hamels struck out Reynolds to leave both men stranded.

Jenkins injured his left elbow on the play near the wall — he left the game in the top of the eighth.

Madson pitched the eighth. He gave up a two-out single to Burke but struck out Hammock for the third out.

Lidge pitched the ninth with the Phils up 6-2 but not scheduled to play again till Friday. Pinch-hitter Emilio Bonifacio led off with a single and took second as Drew struck out for the first out. Jackson grounded to short for the second out and the runner went to third. Hudson singled into right and Bonifacio scored to make it 6-3, but Lidge struck Reynolds out swinging to end the game.

Two innings for the pen. They allow a run on three hits and no walks.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Brandon Webb 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 Hamels, which is unusual. Coming into yesterday’s game Ruiz had started 17 of Hamels’ 19 starts.

Rollins led off the first with a single and stole second. Victorino and Utley both struck out before Rollins went to third on a wild pitch. Howard grounded to first for the third out.

Feliz singled with two outs in the second. Coste grounded to third for the third out.

Victorino doubled with two outs in the third. Utley grounded back to Webb for the third out.

1-2-3 fourth.

The Phils started the fifth down 2-0. Feliz led off with a single and Coste struck out behind him. Hamels was next and he got the Phillies on the board, slamming an 0-1 pitch into right-center for a double. Feliz scored to cut the lead to 2-1. Rollins was hit by a pitch but Victorino and Utley went down behind him.

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

Coste singled to right with one out in the seventh. With Webb still on the mound, Dobbs hit for Hamels and hit a ball in the hole between first and second. Hudson made a nice play to nip Dobbs at first with Coste moving to second. Ruiz ran for Coste at second and Rollins ripped an 0-1 pitch into the right field corner. Ruiz scored from second to tie the game at 2-2. Rollins stole third before Victorino flew to center.

With the game still tied at 2-2 in the eighth, righty Chad Qualls entered the game with Utley and Howard were due to lead off the inning. Utley and Howard both singled, putting men on first and second. Burrell was next and he hit a 2-2 pitch out to left-center. 5-2. Werth, who had entered in the top of the inning when Jenkins left with an injured elbow, grounded to short before Feliz homered to left to make it 6-2. Ruiz struck out for the second out. Bruntlett hit for Madson and popped to first.

Rollins was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in the game. 5-for-12 with two walks in the series. 274/340/438 for the season.

Victorino 1-for-4 with a double. 7-for-13 with two doubles, a triple and two home runs in the series. He’s hitting 279/350/408 for the year.

Utley was 1-for-4 and left four men on base. 2-for-10 in the series. 291/372/582.

Howard 1-for-4. 3-for-13 with a home run in the series. 234/324/508.

Burrell 1-for-4 with a three-run homer. 2-for-12 in the set. 275/404/575 for the season.

Jenkins 0-for-3 in the game and 0-for-4 in the series. 237/289/379 for the year. Werth was 0-for-1 in the game and 3-for-11 in the series. 271/357/477 for the year.

Feliz was 3-for-4 with his 12th home run of the year. 4-for-11 with a home run and two walks in the series. 270/320/442. He’s never ended a season with an on-base percentage as high as his current .320.

Coste was 1-for-3 with a single. 1-for-6 in the series. 279/333/479 for the year. Ruiz was 0-for-1 in the game and 0-for-4 in the series. 202/303/269 for the season. He doesn’t have an extra-base hit since June 13 and is slugging .095 in 21 at-bats in July.

On Saturday the Phillies lost to the Diamondbacks 10-4 to drop to 51-44 on the season.

Eaton got the start for the Phillies and went 3 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs on seven hits and three walks. Just two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out four.

Second horrid outing in a row for Eaton. Over his last two outings he’s gone 6 1/3 innings and allowed 16 runs on 17 hits.

Drew and Jackson led off the first with singles to put men on first and third before Hudson struck out for the first out. Tracy followed with a single to right and Drew scored to put Arizona up 1-0 with Jackson moving to second. Reynolds was next and hit a ground ball to third. Feliz went to second for the second out but Reynolds beat the relay to avoid the double-play. Jackson scored to make it 2-0. Eaton struck out Young for the third out.

Eaton threw a 1-2-3 second.

Hudson singled with two outs in the third, but Eaton got Tracy to fly to right for the third out.

Eaton started the fourth with the game tied at 2-2. The Snakes scored eight times. Eaton got the first two in the inning before Romero singled and Robby Hammock drew a walk. The pitcher Randy Johnson was next and belted a 3-2 pitch into the left field corner. Both runners scored and it was 4-2. Drew walked to put men on first and second. Jackson doubled into the left field corner and Johnson scored (5-2) with Drew holding third. Switch-hitter Orlando Hudson was walked intentionally and Swindle came in to pitch to the lefty Tracy with the bases loaded. Tracy blooped a single into center and Drew and Jackson both scored. 7-2 with men on first and third. Swindle got ahead of the righty Reynolds before Reynolds hit a 1-2 pitch out to left center. 10-2. Young singled to center before Romero flew to center for the third out.

Miserable inning for both Eaton and Swindle and they’re the only two guys who pitched. After getting the first two men in the inning, six hitters in a row reach against Eaton. The double that Johnson hit was huge. After giving up a hit to the only man he faced the night before, a lefty, Swindle again can’t get the lefty. Tracy’s hit was weak, but Swindle faced four batters — he got one out and allowed two singles and a three-run homer.

Swindle came back to throw a 1-2-3 fifth.

He came back for the sixth, too, and walked Jackson to start the inning. He got Hudson on a fly ball to center for the first out before Tracy moved Jackson to second with a single. Seanez came in to pitch to Reynolds and struck him out for the second out. Young popped to third to end the frame.

Seanez threw a 1-2-3 seventh.

He returned for the eighth. Drew led off with a single, but Jackson struck out and Hudson hit into a double-play.

Condrey threw the ninth. He hit Reynolds with one out but got the next two.

The pen goes another 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk. Swindle was terrible, everyone else good. Two days in a row for Swindle, who threw 40 pitches. Seanez 30, Condrey 10.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Randy Johnson went (1) Victorino (2) Werth (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Feliz (7) Bruntlett (8) Ruiz. Utley on the bench with Bruntlett at second. After the big night on Friday Victorino hits leadoff against the lefty. Ruiz catches. I would never, ever hit Rollins third because he’s a really bad hitter when he does.

Victorino led off the first with a single and was picked off. Werth struck out before Rollins singled to right. Howard struck out to end the inning.

1-2-3 in the second.

Ruiz led off the third with a walk. Eaton bunted him to second before Victorino popped an 0-1 pitch out to left, tying the game at 2-2. Werth and Rollins went down behind him.

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

Bruntlett led off the fifth with a double. Ruiz moved him to third with a ground ball. Swindle, who had already thrown 1 1/3 innings for a weary pen, hit for himself with the Phils down 10-2 and grounded to second. Bruntlett scored to make it 10-3. Victorino was next and hit a 2-2 pitch out to left again. 10-4. Werth grounded out for the third out.

The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the sixth and again in the seventh.

Victorino walked with one out in the eighth. With righty Micah Owings on the mound for Arizona, Dobbs hit for Seanez and grounded to first. Rollins flew to center for the third out.

Howard, Burrell and Feliz went in order in the ninth.

Victorino 3-for-3 with two home runs and a walk. He drove in three of the four Phillies’ runs.

Werth 0-for-3.

Rollins 1-for-4.

Howard 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Burrell 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Feliz 0-for-4.

Bruntlett 1-for-3 with a double.

Ruiz 0-for-2 with a walk.

The Phillies next game is Friday.

This says that the injury to Jenkins’ left elbow is not serious.


Phils caught in a web of Webb

Brett Myers has been pitching badly just about all year long, so it’s hard to say that throwing 121 pitches against the Giants on Saturday was a factor in today’s start. It is safe to say that there’s just about zero chance it helped, though.

For the third time in four starts, Myers gave the Phils a miserable outing. The Diamondbacks were all over him and he exited down 7-1 after five innings.

The contrast with Diamondbacks’ ace Brandon Webb wasn’t so hot. Webb threw a complete game and didn’t allow an extra-base hit.

The Phillies lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks today, falling 8-3 to drop to 20-16 on the season. The teams split the four-game set. The Phillies haven’t lost a series since the Mets beat them two out of three April 18-20. They’ve played six series since and won four and split two.

Myers got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing seven runs on nine hits and three walks. Only six of the runs were earned. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double, a triple and a home run. He struck out five. Myers continues to be hurt by the home run, among other things. After the one he allowed today he has now given up 12 in his last 44 innings.

With one out in the first, Augie Ojeda singled and Chris Young followed with a home run to left, putting Arizona up 2-1. Myers got the next two.

Mark Reynolds and Chris Snyder started the second with back-to-back singles that put men on first and second for Chris Burke. Burke hit into a double-play with Reynolds safe at third. Myers struck out the pitcher Brandon Webb to end the inning.

Myers threw a 1-2-3 third.

In the fourth, Myers walked Justin Upton and Stephen Drew to start the inning before Mark Reynolds reached on an infield single. Snyder hit a two-run double to left that put Arizona up 4-1 with men on second and third. Burke hit a ground ball between third and short that went off the glove of Dobbs for a single. Reynolds scored and it was 5-1. Webb flew to right for the first out before Byrnes hit a double-play ball to second that Utley dropped for an error, loading the bases. Ojeda flew to center and Snyder scored. 6-1. Young popped to short to end the inning.

The first five batters in the inning went walk, walk, single, double, single, which isn’t really what you’re looking for.

Drew tripled to right with one out in the fifth and scored when Reynolds followed with a single. 7-1. Snyder popped to second for the second out before Reynolds stole second. Myers got behind the righty Burke 2-0 and walked him intentionally to pitch to Webb. He struck Webb out to end the inning. Walking Burke intentionally is not a good decision. You really need to try to get him out so the pitcher starts the next inning. You’re already down by six runs and Burke ended the day hitting .149 for the year. That might not have been the difference in this one, though.

Condrey pitched the rest of the game for the Phils. He threw a 1-2-3 sixth. Upton lead off the seventh with a home run that made the score 8-1, but Condrey got the next three in order. He got three ground outs in a 1-2-3 eighth.

Nice job by Condrey to pitch well enough to save the bullpen. He was in just his second game since April 27. That’s not enough. He threw 34 pitches, which should put him out at least one game.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Brandon Webb went (1) Victorino (2) Bruntlett (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Jenkins (6) Dobbs (7) Taguchi (8) Coste. Burrell, 4-for-16 with a home run against Webb in his career, on the bench with Taguchi in left. Dobbs gets a start at third despite the big home run from Feliz the night before. Coste catches Myers.

Victorino led off the first with a ground ball to first that Burke knocked down but couldn’t handle cleanly. Victorino was safe with a single. Bruntlett hit a ground ball to short and it looked like Drew could have gotten Victorino at second, but threw to first for the first out with Victorino safe at second. Victorino went to third on a passed ball before Utley flew to center deep enough to score him, putting the Phils up 1-0. Howard struck out for the third out.

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

Bruntlett was hit by a pitch to start the fourth and stole second after Utley flew to left for the first out. Howard grounded to first and Jenkins popped to third.

1-2-3 in the fifth. Bruntlett singled with two outs in the sixth but Utley grounded to first behind him.

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

In the eighth, Coste singled with one out. Harman, who entered the game in the sixth as a pinch-hitter and stayed on to play second and give Utley some rest in the blowout, hit into a double-play to end the frame.

With Webb still on the mound, Victorino started the ninth with a single and stole second. Bruntlett followed with another single, scoring Victorino to cut the lead to 8-2. Ruiz hit for Condrey and grounded to third for the first out with Bruntlett moving to second. Howard lined a single into right and Bruntlett scored. 8-3. Jenkins hit into a double-play to end the game.

The Phils had six singles in the game and didn’t draw a walk.

Victorino was 2-for-4 in the game and 6-for-17 with a double and two walks in the series. He’s hitting 256/322/317 on the year.

Bruntlett was 2-for-3 with an RBI. 7-for-18 with two doubles, a triple and a home run in the series. 250/308/352.

Utley was 0-for-2 with an RBI and his fifth error in the game. 3-for-13 with two doubles in the series. 345/423/727 on the year.

Howard was 1-for-4 with an RBI. 2-for-13 with two singles and six strikeouts in the set. 165/285/331.

Jenkins was 0-for-4. 4-for-14 in the series. 255/292/349. He has one extra-base hit in his last 51 at-bats.

Dobbs was 0-for-3. 1-for-5 in the series. 283/333/457.

Taguchi 0-for-3. 0-for-5 in the series. 182/217/227. 2-for-his-last-23 with two singles.

Coste was 1-for-3. 1-for-6 in the series. 288/383/481 on the season. Ruiz was 0-for-1 in the game and 5-for-11 with five singles in the series. 235/293/318.

Burrell was 1-for-12 with five strikeouts in the series. 305/432/627 on the year.

Feliz was 5-for-11 with a double and a home run in the series. 237/293/421 on the year. That gives him an OPS for the season of .714 — from 2005 through 2007 the range on his OPS at the end of the season went from .708 to .717.

Cole Hamels (3-3, 3.10) faces lefty Pat Misch (0-0, 5.40) on Friday in San Francisco as the Phils play the first of three against the Giants. Misch has made just two appearances with the Giants this season, and one of them was a start against the Phils on May 2. The Phils scored four runs against Misch in four innings in that start. Utley and Feliz both homered off of him. Righties are hittting .333 against Misch, lefties are 1-for-12. On the year he’s allowed four home runs in ten innings. Over his last three starts Hamels has allowed 11 runs in 20 1/3 innings and seven of the runs have come on the four home runs he’s allowed. Opponents are hitting .213 against him, lefties .211 with an 0.87 ratio. He faced the Giants on May 4 and allowed four runs in six innings. Rich Aurillia hit two doubles and a home run off of him in that game.


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