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Cubs caught up in a Worleywind

Vance Worley continued his awesome and almost completely unexpected run yesterday, allowing a run over eight innings as the Phils pounded the Cubs 9-1.

The Phillies are now 8-2 in the games Worley has started this year. He hasn’t allowed more than one run in any of his last six starts. In those outings he’s gone 4-0 with an 0.98 ERA and an 0.97 ratio and opponents have hit .163 against him.

Jimmy Rollins also had a monster day, too, doubling and hitting two home runs, one from each side of the plate. Rollins, Martinez and Utley combined to go 7-for-13 in the game at the top of the order, driving in six runs and scoring seven. The three guys behind them, Howard, Victorino and Ibanez, combined to go 2-for-12 yesterday and 2-for-31 with two singles in the series.

The Phillies are 61-36 on the year after beating the Chicago Cubs 9-1 yesterday. The Phils take the series two games to one and are 25 games above .500 for the first time on the year. The second-place Braves have lost two in a row and fallen 4 1/2 games behind the Phils in the NL East.

Worley got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing a run on four hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out seven and dropped his ERA on the year to 2.02 in his 62 1/3 innings.

He walked Starlin Castro with one out in the first, but got Aramis Ramirez to line to a leading Rollins for the second out and struck Carlos Pena out looking to end the inning.

Up 5-0, Worley hit Geovany Soto with a pitch on the hand with one out. Alfonso Soriano was next and he smashed a line drive that Worley caught. Worley went to first and Soto was doubled-off to end the inning.

Nice play by Worley. Three outs on hard hit line drives for Worley in the first two innings after Rollins retired Ramirez on a line drive to short in the first.

Up 6-0, Worley set the Cubs down in order in the third.

Up 7-0, he struck out Ramirez and Pena in a 1-2-3 fourth.

Soto singled to right with one out in the fifth for the first Chicago hit of the day. Soriano was next and hit a ground ball to short with Soto forced at second for the second out. Darwin Barney grounded out behind him to end the inning.

Up 8-0, Worley struck out pinch-hitter Jeff Baker and Castro in a 1-2-3 sixth.

Ramirez doubled to center to start the seventh and Pena walked behind him. Marlon Byrd was next and singled to left, loading the bases with nobody out. Soto hit a ball deflected by Martinez that Rollins got to and threw to second to force Soto for the first out. Ramirez scored on the play to make it 8-1, but it was a very nice play by Rollins to get an out anywhere. It put men on first and third for Soriano and Soriano hit into a double-play to end the inning.

Madson started the ninth with a 9-1 lead. Worley had thrown 111 pitches. Madson set the Cubs down in order.

Madson threw eight pitches in the game and dropped his ERA on the year to 2.14. In his three outings since his return, he’s allowed a run on two hits and a walk over 2 2/3 innings. I think we’re going to see him start to pitch less often in 9-1 games soon.

The Phillies lineup against righty Ryan Dempster went (1) Rollins (2) Martinez (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Victorino (6) Ibanez (7) Brown (8) Schneider. Martinez stays at third and in the two-hole with Polanco still sidelined. The lefty Schneider catches the day game against a righty with Ruiz on the bench.

Rollins was the first batter of the game and struck out for the first out. Martinez was next and hit a high popup that was lost in the sun, deflected by Castro for a single. Martinez stole second before Utley walked, bringing Howard to the plate with men on first and second. With the runners on the move, Howard hit a ground ball to short that went through for a single, scoring Martinez to make it 1-0 and moving Utley to third. Victorino was next and hit a soft ground ball to third. Ramirez could only take the out at first, Utley scored and the Phils led 2-0. Ibanez flew to right for the third out.

Way to make the most of popup with nobody on base. Another stolen base by Martinez, whose steal in game two should have led to a run in the sixth inning of game two for the Phils. Good no-strikeout by Victorino to bring home the second run of the frame. He was striking out in about 10.1% of his plate appearances for the year coming into the game, which is the lowest mark of his career (11.5% for his career).

Brown and Schneider both struck out to start the second before Worley and Rollins doubled back-to-back, with the double by Rollins plating Worley to make it 3-0. Martinez was next and he singled into center, scoring Rollins. 4-0. Martinez stole second again and there was a brief delay in the game to allow everyone to run and try to claim him in their fantasy leagues. Except literally. Utley followed that with the third double of the inning, scoring Martinez. 5-0. Dempster struck Howard out swinging 3-2 to end the inning.

Victorino led off the third with a walk. Ibanez flew to right before Victorino was thrown out trying to steal second. Brown followed that with a walk and he came around to score when Schneider doubled to center. 6-0. Worley struck out swinging 1-2 to leave Schneider at second.

Fourth extra-base hit for the Phils in the first three innings of the game. The caught stealing by Victorino costs the Phils a run.

Rollins led off the fourth and hit a ball to Pena that Pena first didn’t handle and then threw away. Two errors for Pena on the play left Rollins at second with nobody out. Martinez grounded back to the pitcher with Rollins holding for the first out before Utley doubled again, scoring Rollins to make it 7-0. Utley moved to third on a Howard ground out to first, but was left there when Victorino flew to right.

Brown and Schneider both struck out as the Phils went in order in the fifth.

Rollins homered to right off of righty Ramon Ortiz with one out in the sixth. 8-0. Martinez and Utley both grounded out behind him.

Ibanez and Brown singled back-to-back with two outs in the seventh. Schneider followed that with a walk that loaded the bases for Worley. Worley grounded to first to end the frame.

Mayberry hit for Howard with lefty John Grabow pitching for the Cubs and struck out for the first out. That might have as much to do with trying to get Mayberry at-bats with the return of Victorino as it does with Howard never, ever getting a hit.

Rollins led off the eighth with a home run to left off the lefty Grabow, putting the Phils up 9-1. The Phils went in order behind him, with Valdez hitting for Utley and striking out for the second out.

Second home run of the year against a lefty for Rollins. He came into the game hitting 240/275/302 against lefties for the year.

Brown walked with two outs in the ninth. Schneider hit the ball hard, but grounded to first to end the frame.

Rollins was 3-for-5 in the game with a double, two home runs and four runs scored. 6-for-14 with a double and three home runs in the three-game set. 316/368/511 over his last 144 plate appearances. 277/344/410 for the year. 22-for-his-last-51 (431/463/706 over his last 54 plate appearances).

Martinez 2-for-5 with an RBI. 5-for-13 in the series with a walk, a double and three RBI. 236/278/321 for the year. 310/362/452 in 47 plate appearances in July.

Utley 2-for-3 with a walk, two doubles and two RBI. 3-for-10 with a walk, three doubles and four RBI in the series. After going 0-for-3 in game one of the set, he was 1-for-his-last-14. In the last two games of the series he was 3-for-7 with three doubles. 270/367/433 for the year. He’s hitting just 200/321/356 against lefties for the year.

Howard 1-for-3 with an RBI. 1-for-11 with five strikeouts in the series. 2-for-22 with two singles since the All-Star break. 247/342/452. Mayberry went 0-for-2 yesterday and 2-for-7 with a double in the series. He’s hitting 238/310/420 for the year.

Victorino 0-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. 0-for-8 with a walk since being activated for game two of the series. He’s hitting 295/368/509 for the season.

Ibanez 1-for-5 yesterday and 1-for-12 with a walk in the series. 243/288/414 on the year.

Brown 1-for-3 with two walks yesterday. 3-for-8 with a double and four walks in the series. 247/339/395 for the year. He’s 3-for-his-last-15 with six walks, giving him a .200 batting average but a .429 on-base percentage over those 15 plate appearances.

Schneider 1-for-4 with a walk, a double and an RBI in his only action of the series. He’s hitting 188/253/319 for the year.

No game today. The Phils play the Padres in Philadelphia tomorrow night.

I will be surprised if the Phillies trade Domonic Brown in a deal to get Carlos Beltran.

Polanco will be getting an injection in his lower back today.

Stadium Journey has recently written about Bowman Field in Williamsport, PA, which is home to the Williamsport Crosscutters. The Crosscutters are the Phillies affiliate in the NY-Penn League.

So you’re scared and you’re thinking that maybe we ain’t that young, or slugging .659, anymore

The Phillies outscored the Mets 892 to 804 in 2007, a difference of 88 runs. That difference disappeared completely in 2008 as both teams scored an identical 799 runs. Offense was down across the league last year, but the Mets seemed less bothered than most teams. They scored five fewer runs than they had the year before while the Phillies scored 93 fewer.

There were injuries for the Phillies, most notably to Jimmy Rollins. Let’s hope that was it. Let’s hope what was not it is that the idea that the Mets are built around a pair of young stars in Reyes and Wright while the Phillies are built around a pair of young stars in Utley and Howard just isn’t as true as we’d like it to be. All four are definitely stars, part of baseball’s elite, but some of them are younger than others. Utley is 30 already and Howard turns 30 in November. Reyes won’t be 26 till June and Wright turns 27 in December. Utley and Howard, and Rollins for that matter, who turns 31 in November, are all going to start to get worse sooner than the younger Mets stars. I’m not saying that it’s started already, I don’t think it has. But it will, and when you look at some pairings of Mets and Phillies players over the past three years there are some concerning trends that help shed some light on how the difference in runs scored closed so dramatically in ’08.

Here’s the runs created, as calculated by Baseball-Reference, for Rollins and Reyes over the past three seasons:


Rollins was hurt for a lot of 2008, which will mess up your runs created, but even when he wasn’t Reyes outhit him. Reyes hit 297/358/475 for the year while Rollins hit 277/349/437.

Here’s Utley and Wright:


After being outhit by Utley in 2006, Wright has been better in 2007 and 2008. It should also be noted that there were only four NL players whose runs created were better than the 130 that Utley put up in 2008 — Wright just happens to be one of them.

This one might be the most disturbing of all, comparing Howard and Delgado:


Carlos Delgado isn’t the offensive player that Ryan Howard is, let’s not get silly here. But the similarity in the amount of offense they produced in 2008 is alarming. Even more alarming than the fact suggestion that Delgado and Howard created a similar amount of offense in 2008 is how dramatically Howard’s output has dropped since 2006 — for 169 in ’06 to 113 in ’08.

Finally, this one isn’t a natural pairing at all, but Carlos Beltran produced more offense than Burrell consistently over the past three seasons and widened the gap in 2008:


The two were very close in 2007. Both created more runs in 2008 than they had the year before, but Beltran had greater improvement between the two seasons.

If you want to see what God thinks of money, just look at all the people He gave it to (Dorothy Parker)

Pat Burrell had a big contract in 2008 and he’s going to have a big contract in 2009. He’s not much of a defensive player, but does he produce offense at levels similar to other highly paid hitters? In 2008, Burrell made $14.25 million and posted an OPS+ of 125. Using the salary data that you can access here, I compared his OPS+ to 40 non-pitchers who made $12 million or more in ’08.

Some problems with this, including: 1) it ignores defense 2) even if Burrell is as good an offensive player as the other guys making a lot of money they could all be overpaid. Nate McLouth, for example, made $425,000 in 2008 and was arguably a more productive offensive player than at least 30 of the 41 players on the lists below and 3) I’m comparing the OPS+ of National League players to the OPS+ of American League players. That’s a problem as the formula for OPS+ compares a player’s on-base percentage and slugging to the on-base and slugging percentages for their league rather than for both leagues combined. I have put the OPS+ for AL players in red.

All that said, here it is:

  Made at least $12M in ’08 but
OPS+ lower than Burrell




Carlos Guillen 12.0 420 114
Jose Guillen 12.0 598 96
Paul Konerko 12.0 438 102
Ivan Rodriguez 12.379 398 87
Mike Lowell 12.5 419 103
Troy Glaus 12.5 544 124
Garrett Anderson 12.6 557 97
David Ortiz 13.0 416 123
Hideki Matsui 13.0 337 108
Johnny Damon 13.0 555 118
Jorge Posada 13.1 168 103
Derrek Lee 13.25 623 110
Gary Sheffield 13.326 418 90
Adrian Beltre 13.4 556 109
Alfonso Soriano 14.0 453 121

Unlike OPS+, sOPS+ allows us to compare a hitter’s right/left splits to all hitters in the major leagues rather than just other hitters in his league. Burrell’s sOPS+ against righties in ’08 was 132, against lefties it was 144.

Looking at some of the players who were close to Burrell, Carlos Guillen’s sOPS+ right/left splits were 110/111.

David Ortiz’s were 136/110, suggesting that Ortiz was slightly better against righties and worse against lefties. Baseball Reference calculates Ortiz’s runs created at 79 for 2008 compared to 106 for Burrell.

Mike Lowell’s sOPS+ for ’08 were 108/146. A little better than Burrell against lefties. More than a hundred fewer at-bats and fewer runs created.

Damon 128/104. Runs created of 104.

Glaus killed righties but not lefties, 147/97. Soriano was the opposite, 114/182. Both had lower runs created than Burrell.

  Made at least $12M in ’08 and had an
OPS+ better than Burrell
Player Salary AB OPS+
Chipper Jones 12.33 439 174
12.5 574 151
Carlos Lee 12.5 436 144
Adam Dunn 13.0 517 129
Albert Pujols 13.87 524 190
JD Drew 14.0 368 137

Burrell did have a better runs created than either JD Drew or Carlos Lee, though, because those players had significantly fewer at-bats in ’08 than Burrell. Chipper also had many fewer at-bats but created more runs.

Dunn’s sOPS+ right/left were 143/121.

Here’s the players that made as much or more than the $14.25 million Burrell made in ’08:

  Made as much or more  in ’08 but
OPS+ lower than or equal to Burrell





Pat Burrell



Andruw Jones



Miguel Tejada



Richie Sexson



Jim Thome



Bobby Abreu



Torii Hunter



Todd Helton



Ichiro Suzuki



Derek Jeter



Thome’s sOPS+ was 123/142, again worse than Burrell’s 132/144. Created fewer runs than Burrell.

Torii Hunter 118/122.

The lefty Abreu was better against lefties than righties in ’08, 114/146. His runs created were very similar to Burrell’s — the same using the formula that Baseball-Reference is using and better using the formula used by ESPN‘s baseball stats.

These guys made more money than Burrell and put up a better OPS+:

  Made more money than Burrell and had a
better OPS+





Lance Berkman



Aramis Ramirez



Vlad Guerrero



Rafael Furcal



Magglio Ordonez



Carlos Delgado




Carlos Beltran



Manny Ramirez



Jason Giambi



Alex Rodriguez



Aramis Ramirez comes out on top of Burrell because he pounded right-handed pitching. 163/87. Like Ramirez, Carlos Delgado was better than Burrell, but it was close. Delgado did have a better runs created, but Burrell’s sOPS+ right/left splits are a little better than Delgado’s 133/122. Delgado hit for a higher average, .271 to .250, and outslugged Burrell .518 to .507. He also hit five more home runs (38 for Delgado and 33 for Burrell) and drove in 115 runs to Burrell’s 86.

Burrell created more runs than Furcal, who had just 143 at-bats on the season. He also, however, had a better runs created than Vlad Guerrero (whose sOPS+ right/left were 150/112), Jason Giambi (127/140) or Magglio Ordonez (140/125).

This article points out that Jermaine Dye has a no-trade clause and that the Phillies are one of the teams on his no-trade list.

The Braves are expected to finalize their trade for Javier Vazquez today. This article suggests that the Braves may also offer AJ Burntett a five-year deal and that the Phillies have made an offer to Derek Lowe.

Mets can’t get Brett

Just about everyone thinks that this weekend’s series between the Phillies and the Mets is more important to the Phils than it is to the Mets. And I agree with them. But maybe not by quite as much as you might think. The Mets came into the series with a chance to bury the Phils, and if they don’t do it the ghosts of last season are going to start to stir even more than they have already.

Last night the Phils took game one behind a fantastic pitching performance from Brett Myers. Myers went eight shutout innings and struck out ten while allowing the Mets just three hits. The Phils squeaked out a run in the first and got two more on a home run from Dobbs in the seventh.

Despite the win, the story is still much the same for the Phils. They can’t score runs and anything that has to do with the bullpen is terrifying. Lidge was the only guy to make an appearance for the Phils in relief last night. He kept the Mets off the board but looked shaky, allowing two hits and needing 26 pitches to get through his inning.

The Phillies beat the New York Mets last night, winning 3-0 to improve to 77-64 on the season. The Phils trail the Mets by two games in the NL East.

Not to be forgotten is that the last couple of the series between the Phils and Mets have started well for the Phils. In each of the last three series the teams have played, the Phils won the first game of the set and the Mets have won every other game.

Myers got the start for the Phillies and went eight shutout innings, allowing three hits and two walks. All three of the hits that he allowed were doubles. He struck out ten.

He started the first up 1-0. With one out, David Murphy hit a ball into left that Burrell dove for, didn’t catch and then kicked. Murphy wound up with a double. David Wright followed with a walk, but Myers got Carlos Delgado to hit into a double-play.

Carlos Beltran started the second with a double. Myers struck Ryan Church and Luis Castillo out back-to-back. It brought the lefty Brian Schneider to the plate with a runner in scoring position and Myers walked him intentionally to face the pitch Mike Pelfrey. Pelfrey struck out swinging at a 1-2 pitch to end the inning.

Hate walking Schneider intentionally to pitch to the pitcher. Would much rather see the Phillies get Schneider out and let Pelfrey lead off the third. Worked out great for the Phils, though.

Jose Reyes led off the third and smoked a ball that Howard jumped for and speared for the first out. Fantastic play by Howard. Would have been at least a double and maybe a triple for Reyes. Myers struck out Murphy and Wright to finish the inning.

The play that Howard made on the ball hit by Reyes was enormous. Hard to say a defensive play in the third inning where no run would have scored changed the game, but that play was critical.

Myers struck out Beltran and Church in a 1-2-3 fourth.

He got two ground balls and another strikeout in a 1-2-3 fifth.

Murphy hit a ball off the wall in left for another double with one out in the sixth. Rich Dubee was ejected by the home plate umpire for arguing balls and strikes before Myers got Wright to pop to second and Delgado to fly to center.

Myers threw a 1-2-3 seventh with a 3-0 lead. He had thrown 107 pitches through seven.

In the eighth, he got Schneider on a ground ball to first, pinch-hitter Marlon Anderson on a fly ball to left. He struck Jose Reyes out to end the inning.

Lidge started the ninth with a 3-0 lead. Murphy led off with a ten-pitch at-bat that ended with a fly out to center field. He got ahead of Wright before Wright hit an 0-2 pitch over Victorino’s head. The ball bounced once and cleared the fence for a ground-rule double. Delgado lined a 3-1 pitch into center for a single, bringing Beltran to the plate as the tying run with men on first and third. Beltran got ahead 3-1 and swung at ball four, hitting a lazy fly ball into left field. Sounds pretty routine, but Bruntlett, who came in to play left in the eighth, was playing way deep and had to sprint in before making a basket catch for the second out. Church drove an 0-2 pitch to center, but Victorino tracked it down to end the game.

Nothing about Lidge’s outing that should make you feel at all comfortable. Lidge lowered his ERA since the All-Star break to 4.42. He threw 26 pitches.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Mike Pelfrey went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Werth (7) Dobbs (8) Coste. Dobbs at third against the righty with Feliz on the bench. Coste catches.

Victorino singled to right with one out in the first. He stole second and went to third when Schneider’s throw to second wasn’t handled. Utley hit a ground ball to first and Victorino scored, putting the Phils up 1-0. Howard flew to left for the third out.

Dobbs singled with two outs in the second. Coste grounded back to the pitcher for the third out.

1-2-3 in the third.

Howard walked with one out in the fourth, but Burrell popped to second and Werth grounded back to the pitcher.

1-2-3 in the fifth.

Rollins led off the sixth with a single, but Pelfrey picked him off of first. Victorino flew to center and Utley grounded to second.

Howard led off the seventh with a single. Burrell flew softly to left for the first out and Werth struck out swinging for the second. Dobbs was next and drove a 2-2 pitch just over the glove of Church in right and out for a two-run homer that put the Phils up 3-0. Church timed the ball perfectly, it may have gone off the tip of his glove. Coste flew to left for the third out.

1-2-3 in the eighth. Up 3-0, Myers hit for himself having thrown 107 pitches and grounded out. I would have hit for him, but it worked out for the Phils.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the ninth. Church made a sliding catch in right to take a hit away from Utley for the first out.

Rollins 1-for-4.

Victorino 1-for-4 with a stolen base.

Utley 0-for-4 with a big RBI groundout in the first. Church took a hit away from him in the ninth.

Howard 0-for-2 with two walks. Big defensive play to retire Reyes to start the third.

Burrell 0-for-3 with a strikeout. 21-for-his-last-117.

Werth 0-for-3 and struck out twice.

Dobbs 2-for-3 with his seventh home run and two RBI.

Coste 0-for-3.

Jamie Moyer (12-7, 3.80) faces righty Pedro Martinez (5-3, 5.07) this afternoon. Martinez faced the Phils on August 26 and was strong early, but wound up allowing five runs over five innings. Rollins and Howard both homered off of him in that game. He faced Moyer and Moyer left early, surrendering six runs in three innings. Easley and Tatis both hit home runs against Moyer in that game. Those home runs are the only ones that Moyer has allowed over in his last six starts.

Update: Today’s game has been postponed. They will play a day-night double-header on Sunday.

If I had to do the same again, I wouldn’t, my friend, Fernando

The Phillies apparently get one extra-base hit a game these days. At least they’re making the most out of them. On Friday Pedro Feliz doubled in the ninth and came in to score the winning run on a single by Victorino. On Saturday the lone extra-base hit was a three-run shot by Howard that tied the game at 3-3 early before the pen imploded late. Yesterday the Phils were down 4-2 and down to their last strike before Werth’s shot tied the game in the bottom of the ninth. The Phils lost in 12.

The bullpen is still the story for the Phils. They came into the game dragging and left even more so. With his choices limited, Manuel called on Chad Durbin to throw two innings after a long outing on Friday. It didn’t work. Fernando Tatis connected for a two-run shot in the 12th that won it for the Mets.

The bullpen hasn’t been great against the Mets, but the Phils need more out of their offense. The Phillies have scored nine runs in the first three games of the series.

The Phillies lost to the New York Mets yesterday, falling 4-2 in 12 innings to drop to 48-41 on the season. The Mets lead the four-game set two games to one.

Kyle Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing one run on eight hits and three walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out two and dropped his ERA on the year to 4.39.

Endy Chavez singled with one out in the first, but Kendrick got the next two behind him.

With one out in the second Damion Easley singled. Marlon Anderson followed with a walk that put men on first and second for Brian Schneider and Schneider loaded the bases with a single to center. Kendrick got the pitcher Oliver Perez on a popup fisted to third for the second out. Jose Reyes flew to center to end the frame.

With two outs in the third Carlos Beltran lined a 3-2 pitch out to right to put the Mets up 1-0. Carlos Delgado followed with a single but Easley went down on a ground ball to short for the third out.

Schneider walked with one out in the fourth and Perez bunted him to second for the second out. Reyes singled to left and Schneider went to third. Reyes stole second before Kendrick got Chavez on a ground ball back to the mound to leave both runners stranded.

David Wright led off the fifth with a single and was forced at second for the first out of the inning when Beltran followed with a ground ball to short. Beltran stole second as Delgado struck out for the second out. He stole third without a throw before Easley walked. Kendrick got Anderson to ground to second to leave both men stranded.

Reyes doubled to left with two outs in the sixth. Kendrick got Chavez to ground to first for the third out.

Condrey started the seventh after Kendrick had needed 112 pitches to get through six. Beltran singled with one out. Delgado popped to short for the second out. With Easley at the plate Ruiz made a snap throw to first that got passed Howard and into right for an error on Ruiz that allowed Beltran to got to second. Easley grounded to second for the third out.

Romero started the eighth with the Phils still down 1-0, coming off a weak outing the night before. He got the first two before pinch-hitter Chris Aguila drew a walk. Romero picked him off to end the frame.

Nice bounce back outing for Romero.

Lidge started the ninth with the Phils down 1-0. Reyes led off with a single to right and stole second. Chavez bunted him to third for the first out. Lidge got behind Wright 3-0 but came back to strike him out for the second out. Beltran was next and he lined the first pitch he saw into right field for a single. Reyes scored to give Beltran his second RBI of the day and the Mets were up 2-0. Lidge struck out Delgado for the third out.

Madson pitched the tenth, coming off a four-pitch outing the night before. He got the first two before Schneider singled. Switch-hitter Argenis Reyes hit for the pitcher Billy Wagner. Madson got behind him 3-1 but came back to strike him out to set the Mets down.

Chad Durbin pitched the eleventh having thrown 35 pitches on Friday night. Chavez singled with one out, but he struck Wright out swinging for the second out got Beltran to pop to Feliz to end the frame.

Durbin came back for the twelfth. He got ahead of the leadoff man Delgado 0-2 but lost him and gave up the walk. Easley bunted him to second. He got behind Fernando Tatis 2-0 before Tatis drove a 2-2 pitch out to left-center, putting the Mets up 4-2. Durbin struck out Schneider and pitcher Joe Smith.

Six innings for the pen. They allow three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out seven. In the first three games of the four-game set they have thrown 12 1/3 innings. That’s too many.

The guys in the pen that Manuel didn’t use instead of bringing Durbin back after 35 pitches on Friday to thrown two innings were Seanez and Gordon. Both pitched on Saturday. Seanez threw 23 pitches on Saturday, but before that had not pitched since June 27. Gordon threw 16 pitches on Saturday and had thrown a single pitch to get the final out in Thursday’s game. Asking Durbin to come back for a second inning was asking a lot.

After the game the Phillies put Tom Gordon on the DL and called lefty RJ Swindle back up.

Big problems in the pen for the Phils with the amount of usage they’ve been getting. They don’t have an off day till July 14, so somebody’s going to probably need to take one for the team before it’s over.

Madson threw 20 pitches in the game, Lidge 19, Romero 16 and Condrey 14. Durbin threw 37 more. Too many.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Oliver Perez went (1) Werth (2) Utley (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Feliz (7) Victorino (8) Ruiz. Rollins dropped to third again against the lefty for the second time in three games. Victorino down to seventh with Utley hitting second. Werth plays right and leads off against the lefty. Ruiz catches. Just hit Rollins leadoff, please. Coming into the game he was a career 241/286/353 in 126 plate appearances as a three hitter. The Phils have scored five runs in the two games in this series they’ve hit Rollins third against a lefty.

Werth started the first with a walk. Utley popped out for the first out before Werth was picked off but beat the throw to second for a stolen base. Rollins moved Werth to third with a single. With Howard at the plate Schneider tried to pick Werth off third and Rollins made a nice play on the bases to steal second. With men on second and third and one down, Howard struck out for the second out. Burrell fouled out to Delgado to end the inning.

Bad strikeout for Howard with one out and men on second and third.

Feliz drove a ball to left center that Anderson dropped for a two base error to start the second. The Phils went in order to leave Feliz stranded.

Werth started the third with another walk, but Utley flew to center and Rollins hit into a double-play.

Burrell singled to left with one out in the fourth. He moved to second on a wild pitch, but Feliz struck out and Victorino popped to Delgado.

Ruiz started the fifth with a single but the Phils went in order behind him.

Howard singled to right with one out in the sixth. Burrell flew to center and Feliz flew to right.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the seventh. With the lefty Perez still on the mound, Coste hit for Condrey and flew to center for the third out.

With one out in the eighth Utley reached on an error by pitcher Duaner Sanchez and stole second. Rollins followed with a walk. It put men on first and second for Howard and lefty Pedro Feliciano came into the game and struck him out swinging for the second out. Aaron Heilman walked Burrell with the Phillies down 1-0 and Jenkins ran for Burrell at first. Feliz grounded back to the pitcher to end the inning.

Running for Burrell, who would be the run that puts you up 3-1, is just a miserable play. It’s especially bad with lefties Scott Schoeneweis and Billy Wagner looming in the Mets pen and no possibility of the double-play with two outs.

Second big strikeout of the game for Howard.

With the Phils down 2-0, Victorino led off the ninth with a single off of Billy Wagner. Ruiz flew to center for the first out. Bruntlett hit for Lidge and was called out looking at a 2-2 pitch that was outside. Werth got behind in the count but blasted a 1-2 pitch out to left center to tie the game at 2-2. Utley followed with a single but Rollins grounded to short for the third out.

Schoeneweis started the tenth and struck out Howard and Jenkins, in Burrell’s spot, to start the inning. Feliz and Victorino singled back-to-back to put men on first and second, but righty Joe Smith came in and got Ruiz to ground to third for the third out.

Smith set the Phillies down in order in the eleventh.

With the Phils down 4-2, Rollins started the twelfth with a single and stole second. Howard flew to left, Jenkins grounded to short and Feliz dribbled a ball down the third base line that Smith fielded and threw to first to end the game. Jenkins at least got to hit against a righty this time.

Werth was 1-for-4 with a home run and two walks. He’s 10-for-his-last-25.

Utley 1-for-6 and left three men on base.

Rollins 2-for-5 with a walk.

Howard 1-for-6 with four strikeouts and five men left on base.

Burrell 1-for-3 with a walk.

Feliz 1-for-6 with six men left on base.

Victorino 2-for-5.

Ruiz 1-for-5. He’s 1-for-his-last-23.

A little down on Manuel’s game. I don’t know that Seanez was a much better option than Durbin, but I’m not a fan of the lineup with Rollins hitting third and don’t like Jenkins running for Burrell at all.

Adam Eaton (3-6, 4.79) faces righty Pedro Martinez (2-2, 7.39) tonight. Over his last three starts Pedro has allowed 17 earned runs in 15 innings. Lefties are hitting .370 against him for the season. The Phils have lost three of the last four games that Eaton has started, but he’s pitched pretty well. He’s allowed three or fewer runs in three of his last four starts.

Pat Burrell, who is in the top six in the league in on-base percentage and slugging, is one of five NL players who will be voted into the All-Star game. Despite the best efforts of Manuel, Taguchi and Bruntlett, Burrell is tied for seventh in the league in home runs. Voting ends on Thursday at 5 PM.

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