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At least last time they did that nifty thing where they played in a mud pit and the game took two days

It wasn’t quite as entertaining this go-round.

It’s a little hard to watch the Phillies play the Rays without thinking back to 2008 and the World Series. It’s also a little hard to think back to 2008 without wondering what exactly it is that’s wrong with the Phillies. And the answer is that there’s more than one thing wrong. They aren’t playing well. They don’t hit well and don’t pitch well. They make absurd mental mistakes that we’ve almost never seen from the team. They don’t notice as the batter who just walked runs to second. They forget how many outs there are on a fly ball and cost the team a run by getting doubled-off of first. They flip the ball to the wrong base a little too late, keeping an inning alive.

The Phillies are 37-33 on the season after losing two of three to Tampa Bay. They are in first place in the NL East, but lead the Mets by a half game and are just one game ahead of the Marlins. They have lost eight of their last nine and ten of their last twelve.

The Phillies pounded the Rays 10-1 in the first game of the series. The Phils scored six times in the first inning, getting a three-run homer from Mayberry. Moyer pitched very well, allowing just one run over six innings. Walker and Escalona came on after Moyer and gave the Phils three innings of scoreless relief.

Tampa Bay took game two 7-1, but things were a lot closer than that before the Rays blew the game open late. Blanton pitched very well, but Matt Garza shut down the Phils. Tampa started the top of the eighth with a 2-1 lead — they should have been kept off the board in the frame, but a Rollins misplay with two outs and the bases loaded kept them alive. They went on to score five times in the inning.

The Phils lost game three 10-4. They jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first, but Bastardo gave back three in first and three more in the second before leaving in the fourth inning with a shoulder problem. It made for a long day for the pen. They were called on to throw 4 1/3 innings and allowed four runs.

Awful pitching from the Phils in the series. In 25 innings they threw to a 6.48 ERA with a 1.48 ratio. They allowed 32 hits and walked 14.

They got two good starts, one from Moyer and one from Blanton, and an awful start from Bastardo. As a group the three threw 16 2/3 innings to a 4.86 ERA and a 1.56 ratio.

Moyer went six innings in game one, allowing a run on five hits, two singles and three doubles, and three walks. Four of his last five starts have been good. He’s allowed just three home runs in his last 31 innings after allowing 13 over 48 1/3 innings to start the season.

Blanton allowed two runs over seven innings in game two, giving the Phils their fourth-straight quality start. He struck out ten while allowing six hits and two walks. He has been fantastic recently. Over his last six starts he has a 2.75 ERA and a 1.14 ratio over 39 1/3 innings. He’s gone seven innings in four of his last six starts.

Bastardo was unimpressive in game three as the Phils gave him an early lead and he gave it right back. He allowed six runs over 3 2/3 innings on seven hits, including two home runs, and three walks. Over his last three starts he has allowed 14 earned runs in 11 2/3 innings (10.80 ERA) with a 1.80 ratio. Even if he was healthy enough to make his next start you would have to wonder if the Phils would have been ready to give someone else a try.

The relief pitching was atrocious. 9.72 ERA with a 2.40 ratio in 8 1/3 innings. They didn’t allow a home run, but gave up 14 hits and six walks. Walker and Escalona were very good in game one, but Romero and Park got hit hard in game two and Durbin in game three. Taschner also allowed a run on two hits and a walk in game three.

Romero entered game two in the bottom of the eighth with the Phils down 2-1 after BJ Upton doubled off of Blanton to start the frame. He gave up a single to send Upton to third, bringing up Willy Aybar with nobody out. Aybar hit a fly ball to Stairs in left for the second out and Stairs threw Upton out tagging from third. Crawford held second. Romero hit Carlos Pena with a pitch and then walked Ben Zobrist, loading the bases with two down. Park relieved Romero to pitch to the righty Burrell.

Awful outing for Romero, but he would have gotten out of it with his ERA unscathed if the inning had ended when Park got Burrell to ground to Rollins. He didn’t, as it turned out, and Romero was charged with three earned runs in the game.

Through the appearance he had walked 11 in 9 2/3 innings this season.

Taschner pitched the seventh inning of game three with the Phillies down 9-4. He allowed a triple a walk and a double in the frame and was lucky to give up just one run in the inning.

Over his last four appearances Taschner has allowed seven earned runs on 12 hits and four walks. That’s a 12.60 ERA and a 3.20 ratio. He’s not pitching very well.

Escalona lowered his ERA for the season to 3.38 with a 1-2-3 in the ninth inning of game one with the Phils up 10-1.

He’s pitching a whole lot better than Taschner, but lost his spot on the roster when Lidge returned.

Durbin entered game three yesterday in the bottom of the fourth with two outs, men on first and second and the Phils down 6-4. He struck Burrell out to get out of the inning. He came back for the fifth and got the first two before allowing two singles and a walk to load the bases. He struck out Dioner Navarro to leave the runners stranded. He returned for the sixth. Tampa Bay loaded the bases on a double and two walks. With two outs and the bases full, Tyler Walker relieved Durbin with the bases full and Jason Bartlett at the plate. Walker allowed back-to-back singles, so all three runners scored with the runs charged to Durbin.

Durbin has been charged with runs in each of his last three appearances, allowing five runs in four innings.

Park entered game two in the bottom of the eighth with two outs, the bases loaded and the Phils down 2-1. He got Burrell to hit a ground ball to short, but the ball was slowly hit and Rollins’ toss to second was not in time to force Ben Zobrist. Rollins almost surely would have had Burrell if he had gone to first. 3-1 with the bases loaded. Jason Bartlett followed and blooped a two-run single to right. 5-1. Gabe Gross was next and he doubled to right, driving in two more runs to make it 7-1, but was thrown out going for third to end the inning.

Walker pitched the seventh and eighth innings of game one with a 10-1 lead. He allowed three singles but no runs.

He also pitched in game three, entering in the bottom of the sixth with two outs, the Phils down 6-4 and the bases loaded to face Bartlett. He allowed an RBI-single to Bartlett and Aybar followed with a two-run single that made it 9-4. Victorino threw Aybar out at second to end the inning.

Another outing for Walker where the runs he helps allow are charged to another pitcher. He has a 0.00 ERA and a 1.60 ratio with the Phils in five appearances.

Madson pitched the eighth inning of game three with the Phillies down 10-4. He allowed a single and walk but kept the Rays off the board.

Lidge took Escalona’s roster spot for game three but did not pitch.

Nobody in the pen has thrown more than one day in a row. Durbin threw 54 pitches last night and Taschner 35, so I would guess you won’t be seeing either of them tonight.

The Phillies scored 15 runs in the three-game series.

Rollins made a great play in game one and a miserable play in game two. In game one he made a great catch on a ball off the catwalk. With two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth in game two, Burrell hit a slow ground ball to short. Rollins had time to get Burrell at first, but instead underhanded to second and the runner beat it out, allowing a run to score. The Rays blew the game open from there.

He didn’t start last night. 0-for-9 in the series. 0-for-his-last-19. He’s hitting 211/254/328 for the year.

Victorino was 2-for-10 with three walks in the series. 300/366/456 for the year.

Utley was 4-for-11 with a double and a home run in the series. He’s hitting 300/430/555 for the season. One home run in his last 51 at-bats.

Howard was 2-for-11 with two doubles and three RBI. 254/329/551. He has one home run in his last 37 at-bats.

Werth grounded into a big double-play in game two of the set. With the Phils down 2-0, Matt Garza walked the bases loaded to start the fourth inning. Werth came to the plate and swung at the first pitch, hitting a ground ball to third that the Rays turned into a third to home to first double-play. 3-for-11 with a home run in the series. He’s at 257/344/460 for the year.

Feliz was 2-for-11 with two singles in the series. 289/332/398. He’s 4-for-his-last-35 with four singles. He has one walk since May 23 and has gotten 112 at-bats since May 23.

Mayberry started the first game of the series and was 2-for-5 with a home run in the set. 320/346/760 in 25 at-bats on the year.

Coste played first base in game one with Howard at DH. 1-for-5 in the series. 242/337/396 for the year.

Ruiz caught all three games of the series and went 1-for-10 with a single and four strikeouts. 248/359/391 for the season.

Bruntlett started at shortstop yesterday with Rollins on the bench. He’s not really the guy you want starting against a righty like Sonnanstine, what with the career .276 on-base percentage against righties. 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the series. 145/234/218 for the year.

Dobbs played first base in games two and three. 3-for-8 with three singles in the set. His line is up to 233/288/425 on the season. He’s hitting 343/333/657 in June without a walk.

Stairs started in left in game two and threw Upton out trying to tag and score from third in the bottom of the eighth inning with the Phillies down 2-1. He also started in left in game three. 2-for-5 with a double in the series. 288/431/500 in 52 at-bats for the season. He’s on pace to get 120 at-bats for the year.

Bako did not play in the series and is 1-for-3 with the Phils on the season.

Burrell played for Tampa Bay in the series. 3-for-11 with a double, a home run and four RBI. He’s hitting 243/354/324 on the season. Coming into the series he hadn’t had an extra-base hit since May 2 against the Red Sox.


Really?

Seriously? He really threw that 1-2 pitch there? Swept by the Orioles? Lost six in a row? Lost eight of nine? 13-22 at home? Yes, yes, yes, yes and yes.

If nothing else, at least the little-home-stand-that-couldn’t is finally over. Good riddance. Things have gotten just plain ugly and hard to believe as the Phillies struggle in a whole lot of different ways. The team seems stuck in a fog they can’t find there way out of. Most recently the fog featured the Baltimore Orioles pummeling them this way and that as the O’s swept a three-game set in Philadelphia.

It sure looked like Ryan Howard, struggling most of the weekend with flu-like symptoms that had him in and out of the hospital, had snapped the team out of its collective funk with a pinch-hit three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh in game two that put the Phillies up 5-3. That illusion lasted for one full inning, before Madson gave up three runs on two homers in the top of the ninth. Madson has allowed three home runs in his last two appearances after not allowing any in his first 34.

The finale yesterday was almost as bad. It featured Cole Hamels and the Phils squaring off against a guy who came into the game with a 5.42 ERA and sat atop the American League in home runs allowed. Hamels pitched great, but not great enough for a Phillies team that suddenly has a lot of problems scoring runs. Baltimore took the game 2-1 to complete the sweep.

The Phillies are 36-31 on the season after being swept by Baltimore in a three-game set. They remain in first place in the NL East and are two games ahead of the Mets. They have lost six in a row.

Baltimore won game one 7-2. Werth put the Phils up 2-0 with a two-run double in the first, but the Phillies got four more hits the rest of the game. Bastardo went deep into the game, throwing seven innings and allowing four runs on just five hits without walking a batter. Bastardo left with the Phils down 4-2, but the O’s broke the game open against Taschner with three runs in the top of the ninth.

Game two was a little tough to take. The Phils went into the bottom of the seventh down 3-0. They got it to within 3-2 when Ryan Howard, unable to start after being in the hospital the night before with a high fever, came off the bench to deliver a pinch-hit three-run homer. The 5-3 lead stood in the top of the ninth when Madson came on to close. Greg Zaun hit a solo homer to cut it to 5-4. Madson had Brian Roberts down 1-2 with two outs and a man on first when Roberts hit a horrible pitch from Madson out to right-center to put Baltimore up 6-5. That was how it ended.

The Phillies lost 2-1 yesterday. Hamels pitched very well. Dobbs, starting at first again, put the Phils up 1-0 with a solo homer in the bottom of the fourth. The O’s tied it up at 1-1 in the top of the sixth with a double, a stolen base and a single. Hamels allowed another run in the top of the eighth when Robert Andino led off with a double and came around to score on a single by Roberts. The Phils should have tied the game in the bottom of the eighth, but Rollins was called out at first and Victorino followed with a two-out double that would have tied things up. Victorino was left stranded when Utley grounded back to the pitcher and the Phils went down in order in the bottom of the ninth.

The Phillies got good starting pitching in the series and miserable work from their bullpen. Overall they threw 27 innings in the series with a 5.00 ERA and a 1.52 ratio.

The starting pitching was not the problem. The Phils got three good starts in the set and all three pitchers went at least six innings. As a group the three went 21 innings with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.33 ratio. In 21 innings they walked just four and did not allow a home run.

Bastardo pitched well in game one. He went seven innings and allowed four runs on five hits and no walks. Three of the five hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He’s made four starts so far and just one of them is bad, the game where he walked three in the first and Boston scored five runs with the help of three errors before rain forced him from the game.

Happ allowed two runs over six innings in game two, but with a lot of base-runners. He allowed ten hits, eight singles and two doubles, and four walks.

Hamels went eight innings in game two, allowing two runs on nine hits (seven singles and two doubles). He struck out ten and did not walk a batter. He’s allowed one home run over 28 innings in four June starts.

The bullpen was terrible in the series. Taschner gave up three runs in the first game to make a close game not close anymore. Durbin allowed a run in game two before Madson got hammered in the ninth. As a group the relievers threw six innings in the series, pitching to a 10.50 ERA with a 2.17 ratio. They allowed three home runs in six innings.

Romero did not pitch in the series.

Taschner pitched the eighth and ninth innings of game one. He kept Baltimore off the board in the top of the eighth, but in the ninth he allowed three runs as the O’s extended their lead from 4-2 to 7-2.

He has a 5.26 ERA and a 1.87 ratio for the season. Six runs on ten hits and three walks over four innings in his last three appearances.

Durbin started the seventh inning of game two, taking over for Happ with the Phils down 2-0. The first three hitters he faced all reached on singles. Durbin got the next two, but then walked Roberts to force in a run and make it 3-0 Baltimore. He struck out the next hitter to leave the bases loaded.

Park pitched the eighth inning of game two with the Phillies up 5-3. He set the O’s down in order, striking out two.

He also pitched the ninth inning yesterday with the Phillies down 2-1. He faced four hitters. He got three out and the other reached on an error by Dobbs.

Over his last seven appearances Park has been charged with one earned run over eleven innings. Eight hits, two walks, thirteen strikeouts.

Condrey did not pitch in the series.

Madson started the ninth inning of game two with the Phillies up 5-3. Zaun homered with one out to make it 5-4. Oscar Salazar bounced a two-out single into right. Madson got ahead of Roberts 1-2 and Roberts homered to right-center to put Baltimore up to stay at 6-5. Terrible pitch by Madson, who left the ball in a terrible place given the count.

Walker didn’t pitch in the series.

Park is the only guy in the pen who has pitched two days in a row. The Phillies don’t play today, so you would assume he will be available for tomorrow’s game.

The Phillies scored eight runs in the three-game set.

Rollins went 0-for-10 with three walks in the series. He’s hitting 217/261/338 for the year. .217?

Victorino was 5-for-9 with three doubles and three walks in the set. 304/365/465 for the season. He’s hitting 338/430/515 in June.

Utley was 1-for-12 with a double. 297/428/547. He’s 2-for-his-last-19.

Howard started game one and was out after that with flu-like symptoms with the exception of the monster pinch-hit home run in game two. 1-for-4 with a walk and a homer. 257/332/558.

Werth was 2-for-12 with a double and two RBI. He’s hitting 256/343/456 for the year. 247/320/408 against righties, which is a problem if you’re going to play every day as a corner outfielder. The Phillies actually have some bigger problems that Werth’s splits against righties, though.

Feliz was 0-for-11. He’s hitting 294/339/409 after going 2-for-his-last-24 with two singles. He has walked once in his last 101 at-bats. That sounds like something that would have to be made up, but that’s sadly not the case.

Mayberry started in left in game one. He was 2-for-6 with a double in the series. 6-for-20 with the Phils on the year with two doubles and two home runs.

Ruiz started games one and three was 1-for-8 with a single in the series. 260/377/415.

Coste was 0-for-3 in the series and is hitting 244/343/407 for the year.

Bruntlett was 0-for-2 with two strikeouts. 157/250/235 for the season.

Dobbs started at first in games two and three. He was 3-for-6 with a home run in the series. 215/278/431 for the year, but 4-for-his-last-7 with two home runs.

Stairs started in left in game two. 2-for-8 in the set and at 277/424/489 for the year.

Bako started at catcher in game two. He was 1-for-2 in the series and is 1-for-3 with the Phils on the year.

Finally, I would like to note that I almost titled today’s post I-guess-I-picked-the-wrong-week-to-quit-sniffing-glue (in homage to Airplane!), but had the feeling I had used that headline before. Turns out I had, almost exactly one year ago today. The Phillies had just been swept by the Angels and had lost five in a row.


Perfect storm of suck proves to be too much for Phils to handle

The Phils can’t win at home and can’t beat the AL, so we probably should have guessed there would be some hide-your-eyes-ugly moments when the Blue Jays came to town. There were. Maybe even a few more than expected.

There are a whole lot of things going wrong for the Phillies even besides their problems at home and against the AL. Ibanez is on the DL. Condrey can’t get anyone out, almost literally. Madson, who the Phils are counting on to close with Lidge on the DL, has faltered late in the game in two straight appearances. Three of the five starting pitchers in the rotation have very little chance to pitch deep into games. The bullpen pitches badly and way too much — over the last 11 games the starting pitchers have gotten an out in the seventh inning once.

The Phillies are 36-28 after being swept by the Blue Jays. They are in first place in the NL East and three games ahead of the second-place Mets. The Phils are 13-19 at home on the year and 7-17 against the AL in the regular season since the start of 2008.

The bullpen imploded late in game one and Toronto won 8-3 in ten innings. Hamels left after six with a 3-2 lead thanks to a two-run homer from Werth in the bottom of the inning. The lead held till the ninth when Madson came on to try and nail down the save, but the Blue Jays quickly loaded the bases on two singles and an intentional walk before Madson walked Lyle Overbay to force in the tying run. Madson managed to get the next two hitters to leave the bases loaded, but Condrey was charged with five runs in the top of the tenth with some help from Tyler Walker.

Jamie Moyer was hit hard in game two, which was unfortunate given that the Phillies scored one run. Werth hit a solo shot in the fourth to get the Phils within 4-1, but Moyer left down 6-1 with nobody out in the seventh. Toronto added a run off of Durbin in the seventh and won the game 7-1.

The Phillies lost game three 8-7. Mayberry, Rollins and Werth all hit early home runs to help give the Phils a 5-3 lead when Blanton started the sixth. But Blanton didn’t pitch well, allowing his second home run of the game and getting just one out in the sixth. Blanton left with the Phils still on top at 5-4, but Toronto got a run off of Park in the top of the seventh to tie things up. Condrey was miserable in the eighth with the help of a big error from Feliz. Condrey didn’t get an out and was charged with two runs that put the Blue Jays up 7-5. The Phillies tied it up at 7-7 in the bottom of the eighth with the help of a pinch-hit home run from Dobbs, but Rod Barajas started the ninth with a home run off of Madson that would prove to be the game-winner.

The Phillies got miserable pitching in the series. The team threw 28 innings and posted a 7.07 ERA and a 2.14 ratio. They allowed seven home runs, walked 19 and gave up 41 hits. They didn’t hit well, but even if they had they would have had a lot of trouble winning with pitching like that.

Their starting pitching was a little better than the relief pitching, but still very bad. The worse news is that the Phillies started their three pitchers that they need to be able to rely on with the two young guys, Happ and Bastardo, not throwing. In the three starts, Hamels, Moyer and Blanton combined to put up a 6.23 ERA and a 1.79 ratio. None of the group got an out in the seventh inning. In the 17 1/3 innings they allowed five home runs and 26 hits but walked just five.

Hamels allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks over six innings in game one. Back-to-back uninspiring starts from the Phils’ ace. He hasn’t walked more than two hitters in a game this season.

Moyer was hit hard in game two, allowing six runs over six innings on ten hits and two walks. He has a 6.35 ERA for the season. He allowed two home runs and two walks in the start after allowing one homer and no walks in his previous three starts combined.

Blanton went just 5 1/3 in game three and was charged with four runs on nine hits and a walk. He had made four straight starts without being charged with more than three runs in a start. His ERA for the year is up to 5.28.

The overworked bullpen was atrocious in the series. 8.44 ERA. 2.72 ratio. In 10 2/3 innings they allowed 15 hits and 14 walks. 14 walks in 10 2/3 innings is more than you should allow. Romero walked four in 1 2/3 innings. Madson three in two innings. Condrey walked three and got just one out in his two appearances.

Taschner pitched the eighth inning of game two with the Phils down 7-1. He allowed a one-out walk but got the next two hitters. He’s pitched just three innings in June, which is not enough given the circumstances.

Romero started the eighth inning of game one with the Phils up 3-2. He walked the bases loaded but got Scutaro and Hill to leave all three men stranded.

He came into game three in the top of the seventh with the Phils up 5-4 with one out and a man on second. The first three men he faced reached on two singles and a walk. The first single scored the runner from second and tied the game. With the bases loaded and one out, Romero got the next two to keep the game tied.

Lots of walks for Romero, who has now walked ten in nine innings.

Walker made his first appearance for the Phillies in game one, He entered in the tenth with one out, the bases loaded and the Phils down 5-3. The first man he faced hit a sac fly. 6-3. Rod Barajas was next and he cleared the bases with a double to make it 8-3. Walker got the pitcher to set Toronto down. Walker’s line for the game — 2/3 inning, one hit, no runs — looks a lot better than his actual contribution.

He also pitched in game two. He entered in the top of the ninth with the Phils down 7-1. He gave up a leadoff single but got the next three.

Pitched in game three, too. He entered in the top of the eighth with nobody out, the bases loaded and the Phils down 7-5. The first batter he faced flew to right and Mayberry made a fantastic throw to nail Vernon Wells at home as he tagged and tried to score. He walked the next batter to load the bases again, but got Raul Chavez on a ground ball back to the mound to leave the runners stranded.

Durbin started the seventh inning of game one with a 3-2 lead. He allowed a two-out walk before striking out Adam Lind to end the frame.

He also pitched in game two, coming in for Moyer in the top of the seventh with the Phils down 6-1 and nobody out. He faced four hitters in the inning and allowed a run on a solo homer to Rolen.

Park took over for Blanton in game three, entering with one out in the sixth, the Phillies up 5-4 and men on first and second. He struck out the first man he faced, walked the second to load the bases and then struck out Hill to end the frame.

Park came back to start the seventh. He got the first man he faced before Scott Rolen doubled to right. Romero relieved him to pitch to Lind.

Condrey started the tenth inning of game one with the score knotted at 3-3 and got mauled. He got the first hitter before allowing back-to-back singles. Rolen was next and put Toronto up 4-3 with a single to right. Condrey walked Lind to load the bases and then walked Rios to force in a run and make it 5-3. Tyler Walker took over for Condrey with the bases loaded and one down — all three runners would come around to score.

He started the eighth inning of game three with the score tied at 5-5. He was charged with two runs in the inning and didn’t get an out. He allowed two singles and a double, walked one batter and another reached on an error by Feliz. He left with nobody out and the bases loaded, the Phils down 7-5.

You’ve got to be worried about Condrey. The Feliz error hurt a lot, but that doesn’t account for six hits and three walks over 1/3 of an inning. He hasn’t made a ton of appearances in June, just seven, but pitched three days in a row June 11, 12 and 13 including multiple innings on June 11 and you have to wonder just how sore his sore back is.

Madson started the ninth inning of game one with a 3-2 lead. He gave up back-to-back singles to start the inning and, with men on second and third, walked Lind intentionally to load the bases. He struck Alex Rios out for the first out before walking Overbay to force in the run that tied the game at 3-3. He got the next two hitters with the bases loaded to get out of the frame.

He came into game three in the top of the ninth with the game scored at 7-7. Barajas led off with a home run to put Toronto up 8-7. Madson walked the next hit before getting a strikeout and a double-play.

First home run of the year allowed by Madson.

Despite all the use of the pen, Walker is the only reliever who has pitched more than one day in a row. He has pitched three days in a row and is almost surely not available tonight.

The Phillies scored 11 runs in the three-game series, seven of which were scored yesterday.

Rollins was 5-for-13 with two doubles and a home run in the series. He draw walk yesterday, which was his first walk in June. He’s hitting 225/263/350 for the season.

Utley was 4-for-11 with three walks an RBI in the series. Three of the hits came in game one. 308/441/567 for the year. He’s hitting 344/468/609 in June but with just one extra-base hit, a double, in his last 25 at-bats.

Werth hit third in game one with lefty Ricky Romero on the mound, then sixth in game two and fifth in game three after Ibanez went on the DL. He hit a home run in every game of the series, going 3-for-13 with three homers and five RBI. He’s hitting 261/350/466 for the year.

Howard was 3-for-12 with two walks and seven strikeouts in the set. 257/331/552. After on-basing .320 in May he’s on-basing .308 in June. His strikeout rate has gone up every month of the season so far — he struck out in about 22.2% of his plate appearances in March and April, about 30.4% of his plate appearances in May and about 34.6% of his plate appearances so far in June.

Ibanez went on the DL after the second game of the series and Mayberry took his roster spot. He was 0-for-8 with a walk in the series. 312/371/656 for the season. If he slugs .656 for the whole year it would be a career high. He has hit just .254 in June with a .299 on-base percentage, but thanks to five doubles and five home runs he’s slugging .571.

Victorino hit sixth in game one and second in the other two games. He was 5-for-10 with five singles and three walks in the set. 295/351/451 for the year.

Feliz was 2-for-13 with two singles in the series. He has walked once in his last 90 at-bats. 308/354/419 for the year.

Ruiz caught games one and three of the series. 0-for-6 with a walk in the series. 270/391/435 for the year. He’s hitting .194 with one extra-base hit in June.

Coste started game two and was 1-for-4 in the series. 253/354/422 for the year.

Bruntlett was 0-for-1 in the series and is hitting 163/259/245 for the year.

Dobbs was 1-for-2 with a home run in the series. 186/258/373 for the season.

Stairs was 0-for-1 in the set and is at 282/451/538 for the year.

Bako did not play. He never plays. 0-for-1 since joining the Phils.

Mayberry was on the roster for game three and started in right. He made a great throw to nail a runner at the plate and hit a home run. 2-for-5 with a homer in the game. 4-for-14 with a double and two home runs with the Phils this season.


Home schooled

The Phillies have a whole lot of things going for them in 2009, but they oddly can’t get going at home. Their 23-9 mark on the road this season is the best mark in baseball, but they are a meager 13-16 at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phils didn’t pitch well at all against Boston this weekend in Philadelphia. Bastardo and Happ both made miserable starts. A rain delay in the middle game didn’t help matters much at all, forcing Bastardo from the contest after just one awful inning. Coming into the series having played back-to-back extra-inning games, the pen had to throw 17 1/3 innings over the three games. Their defense also abandoned them as they have now made five errors in their last two games.

The offense, however, keeps plugging along. The Phils scored 19 runs in the series and got two dramatic home runs. Howard sent the game to extra-innings with a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth in game one, but the Phils fell in the thirteenth. The slumping Jimmy Rollins homered off of Josh Beckett in the bottom of the seventh yesterday to start a six-run rally that helped get the Phils their only win of the set.

The Phillies are 36-25 on the season after dropping two of three to the Red Sox. They are in first place in the NL East and lead the second-place Mets by four games.

Game one was a fantastic game that didn’t end well as the Phils played their third straight extra-inning contest. Blanton got the start and was very good, allowing two runs on two solo homers over seven innings. The Phils got a run in the second on hits by Victorino and Ibanez and a ground out by Feliz, but went into the bottom of the ninth trailing 2-1 without a hit since the second inning. Howard tied the game at 2-2 with a home run off of Ramon Ramirez to send it to extra-innings. Boston scored three runs off of Kyle Kendrick in the top of the thirteenth and won the game 5-2.

The Phillies made three errors in the top of the first in game two and Bastardo allowed five runs. A rain delay before the second inning forced Bastardo from the game and Durbin came on to pitch three innings in relief. The Phils had gotten to within 5-4 when the Red Sox hit in the top of the fifth, but Taschner gave up five hits and a walk in the frame and Boston pulled ahead 8-4. Sergio Escalona allowed another two runs in the seventh and the game ended 11-6.

Game three had the same 11-6 score, but the Phillies coming out on top. Happ’s start wasn’t good — Boston hit two home runs off of him in the fourth and pulled out to a 4-1 lead. Four runs for the Phils put them ahead 5-4 in the bottom of the fifth. Happ gave up another homer in the top of the sixth, this one to pitcher Josh Beckett, tying the game at 5-5. The Phils pulled ahead to stay with a six-run seventh that started with a Rollins homer and featured a two-run double by Feliz.

Overall, Phillies pitchers threw 31 innings in the series. They posted a 5.81 ERA and a 1.84 ratio.

Blanton was very good in game one, but Bastardo and Happ both struggled. The three starting pitchers combined to throw to a 7.24 ERA and a 1.90 ratio in 13 2/3 innings. They allowed six home runs and walked 11 over 13 2/3.

Blanton was fantastic in game one. He allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings. Both of the runs came on solo homers, one from Drew and the other from Youkilis. He struck out seven. Hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of his last four starts.

Bastardo was awful in game two. He went just one inning, allowing five runs on three hits and three walks. The Phillies were terrible behind him, making three errors, but he didn’t pitch well.

Happ allowed five runs over 5 2/3 innings in game three. He gave up seven hits, including three homers, and walked six. Ew. That’s two bad starts in a row for Happ in which he’s allowed a total of nine runs over eleven innings and walked ten. His ERA has gone from 2.48 to 3.53 over his last two starts.

The relievers will enjoy a day off today after a long series. They combined to toss 17 1/3 innings. They weren’t very good, either, pitching to a 4.67 ERA and a 1.79 ratio. Kendrick got mashed in game one. Escalona and Taschner combined to allow five runs in three innings in game two. Park and Madson were very good in yesterday’s game.

Taschner started the fifth inning of game two with the Phillies down 5-4. He got hit hard, allowing three runs on five hits and a walk. He had allowed a run over 7 2/3 innings in his last five appearances coming into the game.

Romero entered game one with two outs and a man on first to pitch to lefty Mark Kotsay. Kotsay singled, but Romero got Jason Varitek to set the side down. He came back for the ninth and allowed a two-out walk but got the next hitter to turn the Red Sox away.

He pitched the top of the ninth in game two with the Phillies down 10-6. Jacoby Ellsbury lead off the inning with a home run and Romero walked two in the frame, but avoided further damage by getting Nick Green to hit into a double-play.

First run of the year charged to Romero, but he has walked six in his 7 1/3 innings.

Escalona, who took Kendrick’s spot on the roster after game one, started the sixth inning of game two with the Phillies down 8-5. He kept Boston off the board in the sixth, but allowed a pair of runs in the top of the seventh on two hits, two walks and a hit batter.

Escalona was sent back to the IronPigs yesterday and Tyler Walker called up to fill his roster spot.

Park started the eighth inning of game one with the Phillies down 2-1. He got the first two men he faced before Jason Bay singled. Romero came in to pitch to the left Kotsay.

Park came into game three in relief of Happ in the sixth with two outs and the bases empty and the score tied at 5-5. He got the only hitter he faced. He came back to throw a scoreless seventh. In the eighth he allowed a leadoff double and the runner came around to score, but the run was unearned due to an error by Bruntlett in left.

He’s allowed just one run (unearned) over the last eight innings he’s pitched.

Kendrick made his first appearance of the year for the Phils in game one. Didn’t go well. He set the Red Sox down in order in the twelfth, but the thirteenth was a problem. Boston loaded the bases on two singles and a walk before Ellsbury singled to right to put the Red Sox up 3-2. A sac fly and another single followed before Kendrick ended the frame with the Phils down 5-2.

Durbin was great in game two. After Bastardo left after a rain delay having throwing just one inning, Durbin threw three scoreless frames. He allowed just one single and three walks and lowered his ERA on the year to 3.86.

Condrey pitched the eleventh inning of game one with the score tied at 2-2. He set Boston down in order on three ground balls.

He pitched the eighth in game two. He walked JD Drew with two outs, but got the next hitter to ground out to turn Boston away.

Madson struck out the side in the top of the tenth in game one with the score tied at 2-2. He hit Youkilis with one out, but left him stranded by getting the next two hitters.

He pitched the ninth inning of game three with an 11-6 lead. He allowed two singles but kept Boston off the board. He hasn’t allowed a run in his eight appearances in June.

The Phillies scored 19 runs in the three-game series.

Rollins has just one hit in the series, the home run yesterday. 1-for-15 with a home run. He’s hitting 217/254/330 on the season. Hasn’t drawn a walk in June and is hitting .186 for the month.

Victorino made a fantastic catch to take a hit away from Drew in game one. He was 4-for-14 with two doubles in the series and is hitting 287/338/449 for the year.

Utley was 5-for-14 with a double in the series. 305/438/577 for the season.

Howard had a dramatic home run in game one to send the game to extra-innings. 5-for-16 with a double, a home run and seven strikeouts in the set. 257/330/566 for the year.

Ibanez started the first two games of the series with Dobbs starting in left yesterday. 3-for-9 with a double and a home run in the series. 322/380/678 for the year. If he slugged .678 for the whole season it would be a career high.

Werth hit third in the first game of the series with Jon Lester on the mound for the Red Sox, sixth in the second game and fifth in the third. He was 5-for-13 in the series with a double and a home run. 262/358/440 on the year. His home run in game two was his first extra-base hit of the month.

Feliz was 5-for-12 with a double, a home run and five RBI. 318/365/445 for the year.

Ruiz started the first two games and was 2-for-8 with two singles and walk in the series. 284/405/459 for the season.

Coste started game three and went 1-for-4 in the series. He’s hitting 253/359/430 for the year.

Bruntlett made an error in left in yesterday’s game that helped Boston score a run. He was 1-for-2 and hit by two pitches in the series. He’s at 167/263/250 for the year.

Dobbs hit what was nearly a critical home run in game one on a ball down the right field line and over the foul pole. The ball was called foul. He started in left field in yesterday’s game. 0-for-6 with three strikeouts in the set. 175/250/316 for the year.

Stairs was 0-for-2 in the set and is hitting 289/460/553 for the year.

Bako did not play in the series and has one at-bat since the Phillies called him up from Reading on June 9.


Pat the who?

Pat Burrell may be a fan favorite, but Raul Ibanez is doing his best to make us all forget. Ibanez delivered a three-run blast to right-center last night to help give the Phillies their second-straight win in extra innings and is on pace to hit 59 home runs with 162 RBI this season. The Phils remain atop the NL East after taking two of three against the rival Mets in New York.

The series featured Ryan Madson filling in for DL’ed closer Brad Lidge. Madson was more than up to the task, coming through twice to nail down two saves. After a fantastic season in which Madson shined in the post-season he now has a 2.08 ERA and a 1.02 ratio in 2009. He has struck out 32 in 30 1/3 innings. He wasn’t the only Phillies reliever pitching well out of the pen in New York. The Phillies’ relievers struggled in game one, giving up the lead, but came back to throw ten scoreless innings in games two and three of the set as the Phils won twice in extra-innings.

The Phillies are 35-23 on the year after taking two of three from the Mets. They are in first place in the NL East and lead the second-place Mets by four games. The Dodgers are the only team in either league with a better winning percentage.

New York took the first game of the set 6-5. The Mets jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on a pair of home runs off of JA Happ — Wright hit a solo shot and Beltran a two-run homer. Howard and Ibanez went back-to-back off of Santana in the fourth to cut the lead to 3-2 and a two-run homer by Rollins in the sixth put the Phillies on top at 4-3. Happ and Condrey faltered in the bottom of the sixth as New York scored a pair of runs to take the lead for good. The Mets padded their lead with a run off of Durbin in the seventh. Utley hit another home run off of Santana in the eighth, the fourth of the game for the Phils, but it was only good enough to get the Phillies within one and the Mets pen shut them down from then on.

The Phillies won the middle game 5-4 in eleven innings. The Mets took a 1-0 lead with a run off of Hamels in the bottom of the third, but Utley tied things up with a solo shot off of Pelfrey in the top of the fourth. New York got five singles and a walk in the bottom of the fourth to pull ahead 4-1. The Phils tied the score at 4-4 in the seventh with three runs on four singles and an error by Wright. Hamels left after five innings and the bullpen went six scoreless innings after that. Utley won it with his second home run of the day, a solo shot in the top of the eleventh after Werth had made a fantastic diving catch to end the tenth and keep the game alive.

Last night Ibanez hit a three-run homer in the top of the tenth and Madson closed it for the second-straight day. Moyer allowed three runs over six innings. A big double by Coste put men on second and third with one out in the top of the seventh and Stairs tied the game at 3-3 with a pinch-hit RBI ground out. After going six scoreless frames in game two, the bullpen allowed one hit and didn’t walk a batter in four scoreless innings last night.

Overall the Phillies threw 29 innings in the series, pitching to a 4.03 ERA and a 1.55 ratio.

The starting pitching wasn’t good. Happ struggled in game one, allowing four walks and a pair of homers. Hamels went just five. Moyer had the best start of the three. As a group they threw to a 6.06 ERA in 16 1/3 innings with a 1.90 ratio.

Happ started game one and allowed four runs over 5 1/3 innings on six hits and four walks. It was the worst of Happ’s four starts on the year and also the first time he allowed more than one home run in a game — he had allowed three on the season coming into the start.

Hamels went just five innings in game two, allowing four runs on ten singles, a double and two walks. Two of his last three starts have been bad with a gem against the Dodgers in the middle.

Moyer was the starter for game three. He allowed three runs over six innings on eight hits and didn’t walk a batter. Over his last three starts he has a 2.84 ERA and has allowed 15 hits and no walks in 19 innings (0.79 ratio).

As a group the bullpen threw to a 1.42 with a 1.11 ratio.

Eyre came in to face Daniel Murphy with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh in game two. He struck Murphy out swinging to end the inning.

He also pitched in game three, entering in the bottom of the ninth with two outs to face Fernando Martinez. Eyre got Martinez on a soft liner to third, but injured his calf during the at-bat. In the linked article Manuel suggests that Eyre may be out for a while.

On April 27 Eyre allowed four runs against the Nationals. He has allowed one run since, which was unearned, over 17 appearances and 10 2/3 innings. So, yeah, the Phillies are going to miss him.

Taschner took over for Hamels in game two. He threw a perfect sixth with the Phillies down 4-1.

Romero threw a perfect eighth in game one with the Phillies down 6-5.

He also pitched the eighth inning of game two with the score tied at 4-4. He allowed a single and a walk to the first three men he faced, but got the next two to leave both runners stranded.

He’s allowed one run in five appearances with the Phillies this season. The run was unearned.

Park entered game two in the bottom of the ninth with the score tied at 4-4. He allowed back-to-back singles with two outs, but got Luis Castillo on a ground ball back to the mound to send the game to extra innings.

He came back to pitch the tenth inning in game two. He allowed a one-out single. With the winning run on first, Wright hit a line drive to the gap in right-center that may have ended the game if Werth had not made a diving catch.

Park dropped his ERA to 6.50 for the season with the outing. He has thrown five scoreless innings over his last two appearances.

Durbin started the seventh inning of game one with the Phils down a run. He faced four batters, getting three outs and allowing a solo home run to Ryan Church. It was the fifth home run he had allowed on the year after allowing five all of last season.

He also started the seventh inning of game two. With the score tied at 4-4 he faced five hitters and allowed a single and two walks, one of which was intentional. After New York loaded the bases with one out, Durbin got a critical second out when Omir Santos popped to second. Durbin left with the bases loaded and two outs when the Mets called on lefty Daniel Murphy to pinch-hit.

Durbin started the ninth inning of game three with the score tied at 3-3. He faced two batters and got them both before Eyre came in to pitch to lefty Fernando Martinez.

Condrey relieved Happ with one out in the bottom of the sixth in game one. There was one out and a man on first with the Phillies up 4-3. It didn’t go well. The first batter he faced moved the runner on first to second with a single before Santana pulled back his bunt and slapped a double into the right field corner. It put men on second and third with the score tied at 4-4. Condrey got a popup for the second out before Alex Cora delivered an RBI single into center that made it 5-4 with men on first and third. Condrey walked Beltran intentionally and struck Sheffield out to end the inning.

Bad outing for Condrey. One of the runs he allowed was charged to Happ. Santana’s double hurt a lot.

He entered game three in the bottom of the seventh with the score tied at 3-3. He pitched the seventh and the eighth, facing six batters and setting down all six. He’s allowed two runs over 12 2/3 innings in his last 11 appearances.

Madson got the chance for the save in game two with Lidge on the DL. He entered in the bottom of the eleventh with a 5-4 lead and set the Mets down in order on three ground balls.

Great job by Madson — would have been a bummer to lose that one in extra-innings as he debuts as closer.

Great job again in game three. Madson entered in the bottom of the tenth with the Phils up 6-3. He allowed a leadoff single but set down the next three.

The Phillies scored 16 runs in the three-game series.

Victorino led off in game one and hit second for the other two. He had a big hit in the top of the tenth last night, getting a single to start the rally that ended with the Ibanez home run. He was 2-for-13 with two singles and a walk in the series and is hitting 288/336/450 for the year.

Utley had a monster game in game two of the series, hitting a pair of solo home runs. Mike Pelfrey would apparently prefer he not step out of the batter’s box as well. He was 5-for-13 with a double and three home runs in the series. 302/438/588 for the season.

Werth made a fantastic catch on a ball hit in the right-center gap with two outs in the bottom of the tenth in game two. He was 3-for-13 with three singles in the series. 263/391/425 for the year. He doesn’t have an extra-base hit in June. He hit third in game one and dropped to sixth after Rollins returned to the leadoff spot.

Howard was 2-for-13 with a home run in the series. 253/331/567. He’s hitting .195 with a .292 on-base percentage in June.

Ibanez made a great play in game one, fielding a double off the wall by Sheffield on a hop and throwing Sheffield out at second. He also threw Wright out at second in last night’s game. 3-for-14 with two home runs in the series. 322/377/674 for the year. If he slugs .674 for the whole season it would be a career high. Just one walk in his last 54 at-bats. He’s on-basing .298 in June.

Rollins had a big day in the first game of the set, going 3-for-4 with a two-run homer. In the top of the ninth inning he absolutely blew up Alex Cora at second base to ruin what should have been a double-play and keep the game alive. He hit sixth in the first game of the series and led off the other two. 4-for-13 with a home run in the series, 1-for-9 after game one. 226/262/333 for the year. Hasn’t drawn a walk in his last 59 at-bats.

Feliz was 5-for-13 with a double in the set. 312/362/427 for the year. He has two home runs on the year, the last of which came on April 28. He has walked once in his last 65 at-bats.

Ruiz started the first two games of the set and went 0-for-7. 287/410/475 for the year.

Coste caught game three. He was 3-for-5 with a double in the series. He’s hitting 253/356/440 for the year.

Bruntlett drew a walk in game one, his only plate appearance of the series. He’s hitting 152/226/239 for the season. 4-for-his-last-29 with four singles.

Dobbs was 1-for-3 with a single. 196/276/353 for the year.

Stairs was 0-for-2 with an RBI. Big at-bat last night to tie the game with a ground out. 306/479/583.

Bako was 0-for-1 in the series and is 0-for-1 with the Phils.

Pablo Ozuna was suspended 50 games.

The Phillies reached an agreement with Kelly Dugan, their top pick of the 2009 draft.

Update: Eyre to DL, Kendrick called up. Kendrick has made 12 starts at Triple-A, throwing to a 4.03 ERA with a 1.36 ratio. Still has some problems with lefties, who are hitting .315 against him in the minors this year and have hit four of the five home runs he has allowed.


Adios to scoring runs for Carlos

Carlos Ruiz has been a monster at the plate this season, posting a 309/435/511 line. Among the 18 NL players who have gotten at least 100 plate appearances as a catcher his .945 OPS at the position is best in the league.

Thanks mostly to Ruiz, the Phillies have been much better offensively at the position in 2009 than they were in 2008.

Year AVG OBP SLG OPS NL Rank
OPS
2009 270 387 455 842 2
2008 243 327 367 694 10

Whether it lasts or not the whole line is just impressive, especially considering that with the exception of an early contribution from Marson it’s mostly been the same guys in ’09 that played in ’08. The .387 on-base percentage for the position is particularly impressive.

The thing that’s not impressive is that while the Phillies have generally had their catcher hitting in the same spot in the order in both 2008 and 2009, their catchers are scoring less runs this year than they did last.

Year POS G Runs R/Game
2009 C 55 17 .309
2008 C 162 74 .457

The guys playing catcher last year were terrible with the bat. This year they’ve been great, but they score a lot less often.

Ruiz has scored eight runs on the season and gotten 116 plate appearances. He has three home runs, so that leaves five times on the season he’s been driven in by some other player. He’s on-basing .435. In 2008 he got 373 plate appearances and scored 47 runs — if he continues to score runs at his current rate this year and again gets 373 plate appearances he will score about 26 runs. In 2008 he on-based .320.

Given how often the catchers hit eighth your first instinct may be to blame the pitchers. But while the pitchers sure aren’t good, they are at least as good with the bats as they were last year:

Year AVG OBP SLG OPS NL Rank
OPS
2009 110 219 165 384 7
2008 124 176 151 326 9

The .110 batting average won’t inspire much sonnet-writing, but the .219 on-base percentage is the best mark for NL-pitchers with the bat.

While there is surely more than one reason the catchers aren’t scoring regularly, a big part of the problem seems like it has to be Jimmy Rollins and the top of the order. Even if the pitcher’s slot doesn’t make an out, there’s a pretty good chance the top of the order will. Here’s what the guys batting leadoff for the Phils have done:

Year AVG OBP SLG OPS NL Rank
OPS
2009 216 253 314 567 16
2008 286 356 453 810 5

When you think of the struggles Rollins has had at the plate this season you probably think first of the problems it causes starting rallies. And that’s a big problem. But as long as Ruiz continues to put up huge numbers in the eight hole the Phillies are going to need someone at the top of the lineup who can finish them off as well.

The question for the Phillies is how long the situation will continue or if it will continue at all. The combination of Ruiz being great with the bat and Rollins struggling has hurt them so far this season. We saw them in LA try to deal with the struggles that Rollins is having in different ways. But whether Rollins works out his problems in the short term or not, the chances that Ruiz will continue to OPS .945 and Rollins will continue to on-base .261 in the leadoff spot are close to zero.

Phillies Nation will hold a game-watching-for-charity event at McFadden’s on Thursday night to support The Arc of Philadelphia.

Update: The Phillies sent Brad Lidge to the DL with a strained right knee and called up Paul Bako. Bako has hit 357/372/381 in 42 at-bats at Reading with one extra-base hit, a double. He bats left-handed and turns 37 later this month. Career line of 231/305/317 over 2,341 at-bats.


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