Tag: Cody Asche

The highway is alive tonight, but nobody’s kiddin’ nobody about where it goes

Sittin’ down here in the campfire light, searchin’ for the ghost of like six different people, including, surprisingly, Cliff Lee.

The Phillies exploded for 14 Opening Day runs yesterday afternoon, topping the Rangers 14-10. The Phils jumped out to an early 6-0 lead with the help of a second-inning grand slam from Jimmy Rollins, but Texas stormed back with eight runs charged to Lee over his five innings.

The Phillie offense kept pounding away, though, bashing out 17 hits, including six for extra-bases. Rollins, Byrd and Asche all hit home runs in the game. Utley, Asche and Revere all had three hits. John Mayberry came off the bench to deliver a pinch-hit, two-run double in the fifth.

The Phils hit 13 home runs in their final 26 games in 2013.

The bullpen was actually a little better than you might think for a team that allowed ten runs. Lee obviously wasn’t at his best, allowing eight runs, but Bastardo and Papelbon were very solid at the back of the pen in the game, combining to throw 2 1/3 scoreless frames in which they allowed one base-runner. Diekman was fantastic in the sixth, but came back to start the seventh and allowed both of the hitters he faced to reach base. Rosenberg tried to bail him out, but didn’t have much success, allowing three of the four hitters he faced to reach as Texas scored twice.

The Phillies are 1-0 on the year after beating the Texas Rangers 14-10 yesterday afternoon.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing eight runs on 11 hits and a walk. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and a three-run homer. After striking out 26 in 24 2/3 innings in Spring Training, he struck out just one.

Opponents are hitting .423 against Lee after one start. He didn’t allow 11 or more hits in any of his 31 starts in 2013 and allowed more than nine once (April 25 he allowed ten hits to the Pirates).

Lee set the Rangers down in order in the bottom of the first.

He started the second up 6-0. Adrian Beltre led off with a double to left and held second when Alex Rios reached on an infield single. Mitch Moreland flew to center for the first out before J.P. Arencibia drew a walk that loaded the bases for Leonys Martin. Martin singled to right and everyone moved up a base. 6-1 with the bases still loaded for Josh Wilson. Wilson doubled to left, clearing the bases. 6-4. Shin-Soo Choo grounded to second for the second out with Wilson moving up to third. Elvis Andrus flew to right to leave Wilson stranded.

Four runs in the frame for the Rangers on two doubles, two singles and a walk. All to righties except the single by the lefty Martin. Righty Josh Wilson delivers the big hit of the frame, a two-run double. The righty Beltre doubles off of Lee to get things started. Lee was ahead of Arencibia 0-2 but couldn’t put him away as Arencibia worked a seven-pitch walk ahead of the Martin single.

Prince Fielder and Beltre singled back-to-back to start the third, putting men on first and second for Rios. Rios hit a 1-0 pitch out to left-center, putting Texas up 7-6. Lee got the next three hitters in order with the help of a nice diving play by Revere in center on a ball hit by Arencibia for the second out.

The righty Rios delivers the second three-run swing in two innings for the Rangers.

It was 7-7 when Lee started the fourth. He allowed singles to Wilson and Andrus in the frame, but kept the Rangers off the board, getting Beltre on a ground ball to third to end the inning with two men on.

He started the fifth up 9-7. Arencibia doubled with two outs and scored when Martin followed with a single to center. 9-8. Wilson flew to center for the third out.

The Phillies led 13-8 when Diekman threw a 1-2-3 sixth, striking out Choo and Fielder.

The lefty Diekman impresses against the big Texas lefties, striking out Choo (left) looking and Fielder (left) swinging. Nice time for Sandberg to use Diekman and like the Mayberry move it worked out well for him.

Diekman came back for the seventh and things didn’t go as well. He faced Beltre and Rios, both righties, and they both reached on a Beltre walk and a Rios single. It left men on first and second with nobody out and Rosenberg came in to pitch to the right-handed pinch-hitter Michael Choice. Choice singled to center, loading the bases for Arencibia. Rosenberg got Arencibia to ground into a double-play, scoring Beltre from third (13-9) and leaving Rios at third with two down for Martin. Rosenberg walked Martin and the left-handed Jim Adduci hit for the righty Wilson. Adduci singled to left, scoring Rios (13-10) and moving Martin up to second. Bastardo took over to pitch to the lefty Choo and walked him, putting two men on for Andrus. Andrus grounded to Utley to end the inning.

After a fantastic sixth, Diekman faces two hitters in the frame and both reach base.

Rosenberg faces four hitters in the game, allowing two singles and a walk and getting the other, Arencibia, to ground into a double-play.

Bastardo faces two hitters in the frame, walking the lefty he was called on to get out before retiring the righty Andrus on a ground ball.

Bastrado set Fielder, Beltre and Rios down in order in the eighth with the Phils up 14-10.

Impressive frame for Bastardo against some good hitters. He gets four outs in the game. He got more than three outs in just five of his 48 appearances in 2013.

Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 ninth with a four-run lead in the ninth.

Diekman and Bastardo both appear in two innings in the game. Diekman threw 23 pitches and didn’t have success coming back for the second frame. Bastardo threw 24 pitches and was great coming back for a second inning. Rosenberg wasn’t charged with a run in the game, but didn’t pitch well, throwing 12 pitches. Twelve pitches for Paplebon in his 1-2-3 frame.

Overall the pen went four innings in the game, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks. Three is too many to walk in four innings. Four is too many innings for the pen to pitch regularly. Diekman tries to go more than one inning after a great sixth and it doesn’t work. Rosenberg comes into the game with a 5.44 career ERA and struggles. Bastardo and Papelbon both pitch really well. You probably don’t want to see Papelbon pitching with a four-run lead too often, even with Thursday’s scheduled off-day. Ditto Bastardo going more than one inning.

The Phillie lineup against righty Tanner Scheppers went (1) Ben Revere (2) Jimmy Rollins (3) Chase Utley (4) Ryan Howard (5) Marlon Byrd (6) Domonic Brown (7) Carlos Ruiz (8) Cody Asche (9) Tony Gwynn, Jr. Brown at DH with Gwynn in left. The righty Byrd breaks up lefties Utley, Howard and Brown. Revere leads off with Rollins hitting second. Rollins last led off for the Phils on August 22, 2013. He hit somewhere other than leadoff for his last 140 PA in ’13. Revere was hitting leadoff for 192 of his 332 plate appearances in 2013, about 57.8%. He was in the leadoff spot on July 7, 2013, when he injured his ankle to end his season and had been for seven straight games. He entered the game with a career .313 on-base percentage while hitting first in the order over 773 plate appearances.

Brown at DH on Opening Day sure isn’t a sign the Phillies have a lot of confidence he has achieved his goal of being the best defensive outfielder in the game yet. Ryan Howard played defense for the Phils in the game — playing Howard defensively in a DH game is a poor idea.

Do you remember that the Phillies started John Mayberry and Erik Kratz on Opening Day in 2013? They did. Michael Young, too.

Revere, Rollins and Utley went in order in the top of the first.

The Phillies scored six times in the top of the second. Howard and Ruiz both drew walks while Brown and Byrd when down on a line out and a ground out. It left the Phils with two down and runners on first and second for Asche. Asche doubled to left on a 1-0 pitch, putting the Phils up 1-0 with men on second and third. Gwynn walked to load the bases for Revere. Revere singled into center with everyone moving up a base. 2-0 with the bases still loaded for Rollins. Rollins hit a 1-0 pitch out to right for a grand slam. 6-0. Utley grounded to second to end the frame.

Three walks in the frame. Howard, Ruiz and Gwynn. Rollins delivers the big blow on Opening Day after a ridiculous Spring Training in which he hit .173. Howard manages to score from second on a two-out double.

The lead was cut to 6-4 when the Phillies hit in the third. Howard and Bryd started the inning with back-to-back singles and moved up to second and third with Brown at the plate. Brown popped out to Beltre at third for the first out. Ruiz was next and hit a ground ball to short with Andrus coming home to get Howard for the second out. Asche grounded back to Scheppers to turn the Phils away.

No run for the Phils after putting men on second and third with nobody out. Brown pops out for the first out and Howard is thrown out at the plate on the ground out.

The Phillies trailed 7-6 when they hit in the fourth. Revere singled to left with one out and stole second before Rollins went down looking for the second out. Utley was next and singled to right on a ball deflected by Wilson at second, scoring Revere. 7-7. Howard moved Utley up to third with another single before Byrd popped to first to set the Phillies down.

Ruiz singled off of lefty Pedro Figueroa with one out in the fifth. Asche followed with a walk and Mayberry hit for the lefty Gwynn, lining a two-run double to center that put the Phils up 9-7. Revere and Rollins both flew out to leave Mayberry at second.

The lefty Asche draws a walk off of the lefty Figueroa. Great to see Mayberry hitting against lefties and he delivers the two-run double.

The lead was cut to 9-8 when the Phillies hit in the sixth. Utley and Howard went down to start the frame before Byrd hit the first pitch he saw from Figueroa out to left, putting the Phils up 10-8. Brown followed and singled into center. He stole second before righty Alexi Ogando took over for Figueroa and walked Ruiz, putting men on first and second for Asche. Asche singled on a ball deflected by Ogando, allowing Brown to score (11-8) and moving Ruiz up to second. Mayberry followed with a walk that loaded the bases for Revere and Revere singled to center, scoring Ruiz and Asche (13-8) and leaving runners on the corners. Rolilns grounded to second to set the Phillies down.

Mayberry gets on base again, this time walking against the rigthy Ogando. Byrd’s first homer with the Phils. Revere delivers a two-run single on a three-hit day.

Utley singled off of Ogando to start the seventh, but Howard, Byrd and Brown all struck out behind him.

It was 13-10 when the Phils hit in the top of the eighth. With one out, Asche homered to right off of righty Scott Tolleson. 14-10. Mayberry and Revere went down behind him.

Monster day for Asche as he goes 3-for-4 with a walk, a double and a home run.

Utley doubled to left off of righty Seth Rosin with one out in the ninth, but Howard and Byrd went down to leave him stranded.

Rangers giving a ton of room off the third base line to lefties and Asche and Utley both deliver doubles to left in the game.

Revere 3-for-6 with three singles, a stolen base and three RBI. Made a very nice diving catch in center to take a double away from Arencibia in the third.

Rollins 1-for-6 with a grand slam.

Utley 3-for-6 with a double and an RBI.

Howard 2-for-5 with a walk and two singles. Struck out three times. If he’s going to on-base .500, he can strike out as much as he wants. He’s not going to.

Byrd 2-for-6 with a home run. Left five men on base.

Brown 1-for-5 with a single and a stolen base.

Ruiz 1-for-3 and walked twice.

Asche 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and a walk. Two RBI. I’d watch what he does against left-handed pitching pretty closely in the early going — so far he’s 0-for-0 with a walk. He went 7-for-32 with a .265 on-base percentage against lefties last year.

Gwynn 0-for-1 with a walk. Hoping for the best, but he’s not really a guy you should be thrilled starting in left field for you on Opening Day. Came into the game having on-based .297 over his last 956 plate appearances.

Mayberry didn’t start, but had a big day. 1-for-2 with a walk, a double and two RBI. Sandberg picked a fantastic time to use him as a pinch-hitter, whether it worked or not. It worked.

A..J Burnett makes his first start as a Phillie tonight against lefty Martin Perez. Burnett has had two good years in a row and comes into the outing with a 3.41 ERA and a 1.23 ratio over his last 61 starts. The 22-year-old Perez made 20 starts for the Rangers in 2013, throwing to a 3.62 ERA and a 1.34 ratio. Lefties actually fared a little better than righties against the lefty Perez in 2013, posting a 282/349/410 line compared to 262/312/406 for righties.


Phillie pitchers don’t manage a lot of O’s against the Orioles

One, actually. You know who they might have asked about that? Baltimore pitchers. I’m sure they would be happy to help. Cause when we work together, everybody wins.

Everybody didn’t literally win today. Just the Orioles.

Baltimore 15, Phillies 4. Burnett allowed four in the third and Gonzalez followed that up by allowing four in the fourth. Those weren’t good moments, but to suggest they were all that went wrong might leave you with an incomplete picture.

A.J. Burnett started the game for the Phils and went three innings, allowing six runs on seven hits and a walk.

He allowed a one-out double to Nick Markakis in the top of the first, but got the next two. J.J. Hardy singled to left on a ball deflected by Asche at third with two outs in the second. Lefty Ryan Flaherty was next and hit a 1-1 pitch out to center. Burnett got Jemile Weeks on a fly ball to center to end the inning. Baltimore scored four runs in the third, all earned. Burnett faced ten batters in the frame. He got three out, hit two, walked one and allowed singles to the other four.

Burnett gave up a home run in the second, but excelled at preventing home runs in 2013, allowing just 11 in 191 innings. That rate of 0.52 per nine innings was fourth best in the NL. His ’13 rate of allowing the long ball was much better than it had been over his career. In 2013, he allowed 11 home runs to 801 batters, which is about 1.37% of the batters he faced. Coming into 2013 he had allowed home runs to about 2.39% of the 9,230 batters he had faced (he also spent six full seasons pitching in the DH-loving AL).

12.60 ERA and 1.80 ratio for Burnett over his two starts. He allowed a run on one hit and no walks over two innings in his other start.

Miguel Gonzalez was next and got hammered. Markakis tripled to right on his first pitch of the frame and it went on from there. He wound up allowing four runs in the inning on four hits (three singles and the triple) and two walks. One of the runs scored on a wild pitch.

16.88 ERA and a 4.50 ratio for Gonzalez in his first two outings, both of which have been awful. He’s walked six and allowed six hits in 2 2/3 innings.

I’ve heard it suggested that Gonzalez needs mound time. I believe the people who think that are right. Not real sure he’s going to be getting a whole lot more mound time in settings where you and I can easily see him pitch, however. Long way to go, but he’s looked like a big, expensive mistake in the early going. If the results are going to be this ugly, the team might decide they’re better off being seen by fewer people. There seemed to be some pretty significant concerns before we saw him pitch in a game. Seeing him pitch in a game hasn’t helped.

Michael Stutes pitched the fifth and allowed two runs on a double, a single and a walk. Howard made an error in the frame. Stutes has been charged with seven runs in three innings in his three appearances.

David Buchanan was next, making his case for early starts after two solid innings in his first appearance. He allowed a leadoff double to Flaherty and Flaherty scored on a two-out single by David Lough.

3.00 ERA and an 0.67 ratio for Buchanan after two times out.

Ken Giles pitched the seventh. He had allowed one hit in a scoreless frame in his only official outing. He gave up a run on a hit and two walks in the frame. Steve Pearce and Quentin Berry were the first two batters he faced and they reached on a single and a walk. Pearce would score on a sac fly by Caleb Joseph. Giles retired former Phil Delmon Young in the frame — Young pinch-hit for
Nelson Cruz and flew to right for the first out.

4.50 ERA and a 2.00 ratio for Giles after two innings over two appearances.

Cesar Jimenez pitched the eighth. He allowed a leadoff homer to Jonathan Schoop, but retired the next three.

Third appearance for the 29-year-old lefty Jimenez. 3.86 ERA and a 1.50 ratio (six hits and a walk) over 4 2/3 innings.

The Phillies scored four runs in the game. Howard doubled Brown home in the fourth and scored when Byrd followed with a single. Cameron Rupp hit a solo homer in the seventh off of righty Alfredo Aceves. Ruf homered off of Aceves in the eighth.

Five home runs for the Phils in the last two games.

Rupp was the only Phillie with more than one hit. 2-for-3 with a solo homer. 3-for-10 with a home run so far. Homered 14 times in 355 plate appearances between Double-A and Triple-A in 2013.

Ruf hits his second spring homer in his only at-bat. 6-for-19 (.316) with three walks and two home runs.

Howard 1-for-3 and struck out twice, but raised his average to .188. 3-for-16 with three singles. Made one of two Phillie errors. Andres Blanco made the other, which was his second error in two days.

Byrd 1-for-3 with an RBI to drop his average to .368.

Asche 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. Struck out twice. 1-for-15 so far and hitting .067. The lefty doubled off of righty Miguel Gonzalez, but not the one who pitched for the Phillies.

Domonic Brown was 0-for-2 with a walk. 2-for-19 (.105) with two singles and five walks.

Revere 0-for-3 (.278), Rollins 0-for-2 with a walk (.222), Abreu 0-for-3. Abreu is 2-for-15 (.133) with two singles and five walks.

Roberto Hernandez is expected to pitch against the Astros tomorrow.


Less than zero

There were several players from the 2013 Phils that didn’t make the cut in the most recent post of non-pitchers with a WAR greater than zero as calculated by both Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs. A bunch of them seem to have a good chance to play on the 2014 Phils. Here are some of them:

bWAR fWAR
Frandsen 0.5 0.0
Kratz -0.3 0.7
Galvis -0.0 0.1
Ruf -0.1 0.1
Asche -0.2 0.0
Hernandez -0.4 -0.4
Mayberry -1.1 -0.4

Kevin Frandsen comes the closest to having a positive WAR as calculated by both sites. He only played 33 innings of defense at third base in 2013 and appeared at first in 40 games for the Phils. Frandsen at first in 40 games isn’t a good sign things are running smoothly for your squad, even if you don’t have a $20 million first baseman. 2012 was the best year of his career and his on-base percentage last year dropped from .383 to .296 as he posted a 202/243/292 line against righties. He’s hammered left-handed pitching in each of the last two years, but he’s really not the answer at first and if he’s not going to play third it’s hard to see what there is for him to do other than pinch hit against lefties. Regardless of what they should do, I think it’s likely we see some of Frandsen at first early in the year if Howard isn’t ready to start the season. It seems like Ruf would be better off getting those at-bats. Presumably the addition of Byrd makes it less likely Ruf will be spending time in the outfield. Of the 26 non-pitchers on the ’13 Phils, only two had a Baseball-Reference calculated dWAR greater than 0.1. Ruiz was 0.9 and Frandsen was 0.3.

Erik Kratz hit .213 and on-based .280, but with nice power. Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs seem to disagree about how much that was worth, but he seems like a lock to deliver low average and good power again in 2014. Baseball-Reference had him as a good defensive player in 2012 with a dWAR of 0.9, but that dropped to -0.1 in 2013.

Freddy Galvis is still just 24-years-old, but he has a career .269 on-base percentage in the majors to go with his .296 career on-base percentage in the minors. He excelled defensively in 2012, getting 45 starts at second base and tying with Utley for the team lead in Baseball-Reference calculated dWAR at 1.1. That dropped to -0.6 in 2013. He got about the same number of plate appearances in 2012 and 2013 and played about the same number of defensive innings. However, in 2012, he played about 92% of his defensive innings at second, where he was fantastic, posting a FanGraphs calculated UZR/150 at second of 16.3, which was fifth among the 42 players across both leagues that played at least 300 innings at second. In 2013, he played about 37% of his defensive innings at second, 30% at third, 17% in the outfield and 15% at short and his dWAR took a tumble. UZR/150 suggests he was good everywhere defensively in 2013 other than at second base. At second base his mark for UZR/150 in 2013 plunged to -20.2 in his 167 1/3 innings there. It’s a real bad sign for the Phillies when you see him at third or in the outfield as anything other than a defensive replacement.

Darin Ruf had the best isolated power on ’13 Phils for anyone other than Domonic Brown, hitting 14 home runs in 293 plate appearances. He also had the second-best wOBA on the team at .354, second only to Utley’s .356. Thanks to a much better walk rate, Ruf out on-based Brown by .024 despite an average twenty-five points lower. Ruf walked in 11.3% of his plate appearances in 2013, by far the best rate of any Phillie. It wasn’t close. Jimmy Rollins was the unlikely second-place finisher among those with 50 or more plate appearances. Rollins walked in just 8.9% of his chances. The slugging righty Ruf oddly didn’t hit lefties, though, posting a 188/309/348 line against left-handed pitching while pounding away at righties to the tune of 269/363/500. Not hitting lefties is a problem, but not as big a problem as being unusable defensively. Ruf put up a Baseball-Reference calculated dWAR of -1.8, which is remarkable for a lot of reasons, one of which is that he played far from a full season of defense. There were only seven NL players to tally a worse dWAR in 2013 (two of them, John Mayberry and Michael Young, played for the Phillies). Ruf appeared in just 47 games in the outfield and 37 at first base, but it’s pretty much unanimous he wasn’t good anywhere. FanGraphs has him bad at first (UZR/150 of -6.3), worse in left (-12.6) and terrible in right (-34.9). There were 59 players across both leagues who played at least 200 innings in right field in 2013 — Ruf’s -34.9 was 58th, better only than Scott Hairston. It seems likely that Ruf will hit lefties going forward. If he does and continues to hit righties like he has and draw walks like he has, he could be a very good offensive player. Just how bad he’s going to be defensively is the big question, though, and last year’s results weren’t good. The question may still be open, but part of the answer is that he doesn’t have much of a chance if he’s going to be both a butcher defensively and not hit lefties. If Howard is out to start the year and the choices at first for the Phillies are Frandsen, Mayberry and Ruf, I think the best choice for the Phils is to play Ruf everyday. When Howard is available, it may be the case that it’s in the best interests of the Phillies to platoon Ruf and Howard at first base. If you were to look solely at the numbers from the last two seasons, you might conclude that Frandsen is a better platoon partner for Howard. Frandsen is the better defensively of the two and has been way better against left-handed pitching, but I think that would be a mistake.

Not hitting lefties was a fluke, being terrible defensively wasn’t, but it’s too early to give up on Ruf. Second-best isolated power on the team, best walk rate on the team by a wide margin. Hit righties well enough and wound up with solid numbers overall despite not hitting lefties and hitting 216/314/407 over his last 188 plate appearances. He either needs to improve enormously defensively or the Phillies need to find a way to prevent him from hurting them with his glove. I think there are only two ways for the Phillies to prevent him from hurting them enormously with his glove — one is not playing him at all defensively and the other is playing him at first base.

Cody Asche arrived on the Phillie scene in 2013, hitting 235/302/389 in 179 plate appearances and 255/328/428 in his last 161 after going 1-for-17 to start his career. The Phillies seem likely to rely on him heavily at third this year — the other choices at this point look like Galvis, Cesar Hernandez or Frandsen. Frandsen can’t be both at third and at first against a lefty and the Phils sure seemed unwilling to use him defensively at third in 2013. Galvis isn’t a third baseman, although his offensive numbers have been a little better against lefties than righties early in his career. Hernandez on-based .292 against lefties in 2013 with one extra-base hit, a double, in 44 plate appearances. I think the Phils are better off giving Asche a chance if those are the choices. He didn’t overwhelm with the bat during 2013, but a lot of his negative bWAR and 0.0 fWAR can be chalked up to less than stellar defense at third. Baseball-Reference calculated his dWAR at -0.7 while FanGraphs had his UZR/150 at third at -10.6.

23-year-old Cesar Hernandez was used in an unexpected way in 2013, thrust into role of starting center fielder for 22 games, an odd choice for someone you’d think was trying to carve out a role as a backup infielder. Offensively it’s a little tough to feel like the switch-hitter Hernandez has a chance to be more of a high average guy who draws an average amount of walks given his 11 home runs in 2,385 career minor league plate appearances. He did fare well against righties in limited time, putting up a 308/372/372 line with the expected lack of power. dWAR killed his overall bWAR, though. -0.4 dWAR by Baseball-Reference despite just 257 1/3 innings for the year, about 74% of which were in center. FanGraphs has him miserable at both positions as well, although it was in limited time. -19.2 UZR/150 at second and -25.8 in center. Hernandez, Roger Bernadina, Michael Martinez and Mayberry all put up a UZR/150 worse than -25 in center for the Phils in 2013. That should be on the to-do list somewhere, even if all the list says is not to use Hernandez, Mayberry or Martinez in center.

Mayberry is the final name on the list, coming off of a year in which he was bad offensively and terrible defensively. He posted a 227/286/391 line overall and didn’t even hit lefties. He showed solid power against left-handed pitching, but without hits or walks and a 240/296/460 line. The Phillies continue to use him in center, he started 41 games there in 2013, despite the fact that he’s miserable there. Only four NL players had a dWAR worse than his -2.1 in 2013. FanGraphs gives him a negative UZR/150 in center for the fourth consecutive year. In 2013, he was at -28.8 in his 344 innings in center field, which is 42nd of the 43 NL players to play at least 300 innings at the position this season. He was good defensively in right and in left in 2013 and his best chance to be a positive contributor seems to be as a corner outfielder who hits primarily against left-handed pitching.

The Phillies signed 37-year-old right-handed reliever Shawn Camp to a minor league deal. It seems like he should have a chance to make the team out of spring training and pitch in middle relief. He was terrible for the Cubs in 26 appearances in 2013, throwing to a 7.04 ERA, but had been pretty solid in each of the five previous seasons. From 2008 to 2012, Camp threw to a 3.62 ERA and a 1.32 ratio over 335 1/3 innings in 316 appearances with the Cubs and Blue Jays.


Me and you and a dog named Boo

I can pretty much guarantee that’s the only Lobo reference you’re ever getting out of me.

Tyler Cloyd pitched well early last night, but fell apart in the middle innings. The Padres scored seven runs in the fourth and fifth combined and topped the Phils 8-2 on the first ever Bark in the Park night at Citizens Bank Park.

Cloyd started the fourth down 1-0 and allowed three runs in the frame. He wouldn’t get an out in the fifth as San Diego added four more. In the fourth and the fifth innings combined, Cloyd faced ten batters and allowed seven hits — five singles and two doubles.

The Phils, meanwhile, couldn’t solve San Diego righty Andrew Cashner. They got one run through seven innings on a solo homer by Asche. In the eighth they managed to push another across with a two-out rally started by Cameron Rupp‘s first career hit.

The other first for the night was Ethan Martin‘s first career appearance in relief. Martin looked fantastic setting the Padres down in order in the sixth.

The Phillies are 66-78 on the year after losing 8-2 to the San Diego Padres last night. They have won three of their last four and are in third place in the NL East, 21 games behind the first-place Braves and nine behind the second-place Nats.

Cloyd got the start for the Phillies and went four innings, allowing seven runs on nine hits. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out four and didn’t walk a batter.

Two of Cloyd’s last three outings have been bad with five shutout innings against the Diamondbacks in the middle outing. Righties are hitting 304/343/539 against him and he’s walked way too many lefties. Lefties are hitting .269 against him, but with 15 walks in 109 plate appearances and a .367 on-base percentage.

He allowed a run in the top of the first on a two-out double by Jedd Gyorko that was followed by a single by Chase Headley. 1-0.

He set six batters down in order in the second and third.

He started the fourth with the Phils still down a run. Two of the first four batters he faced in the fourth singled, leaving the Padres with two outs and runners on the corners for Ronny Cedeno. Cedeno doubled to left, scoring Gyorko from third (2-0) and moving Kyle Blanks up to third. Rene Rivera was next and cleared the bases with a double to the gap in right-center, making it 4-0. Cloyd struck the pitcher Cashner out looking to end the frame.

The first two batters Cloyd faced in the fifth both singled, putting men on first and second for Gyorko. Gyorko singled just over the glove of Utley into right-center. Will Venable scored from second (5-0) and Chris Denorfia tried to go first to third. Utley took the relay from Bernadina in center and threw to third, but the throw hit Denorfia as Denorfia slid into third. Utley was charged with an error on the throw and the Padres had men on second and third with nobody out. Miner took over for Cloyd and Chase Headley greeted him with a single into center. Denorfia scored from third (6-0) and Gyorko moved up to third. Headley took second on a wild pitch before Kyle Blanks singled into center. 7-0 with men on first and third and nobody out. Miner struck Alexi Amarista out for the first out before Cedeno singled into center, scoring Headley (8-0) and moving Blanks up to second. Miner struck out the next two hitters to leave the runners stranded.

Weird play by Utley on the Gyroko single. It looks like he should have caught the line drive that went for a single. His throw to third was good, it just hit the runner.

Miner faced six hitters in the inning — three of them singled and he struck out the other three. He was charged with one run in the frame, upping his ERA for the year to 4.15. He’s been charged with a run in an inning in each of his last three times out. Opponents are hitting .284 against him for the year and he’s walked nine in 17 1/3 innings.

Martin threw a 1-2-3 sixth with the lead cut to 8-1.

Martin looked great in his first career relief appearance. He dropped his ERA to 6.68 for the year.

Luis Garcia allowed a single in a scoreless seventh and came back to pitch a scoreless eighth.

Two scoreless frames for Garcia in which he allows one single. It was his only outing in his last five that he was not charged with at least one run and he dropped his ERA for the year to 5.01. Threw to a 0.00 ERA and a 1.17 ratio in his first six appearances on the year and has a 7.47 and a 1.85 ratio in 15 2/3 innings since. He’s walked 14 over his last 15 2/3 innings.

Savery struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth. He dropped his ERA on the year to 1.84. Opponents have hit just .176 against him in his 14 2/3 innings, but he’s walked nine, which is too many. Righties are 3-for-36 (.083) against him on the season.

Overall the pen went five innings in the game, allowing a run on four hits. They didn’t walk a batter and struck out six. Miner was the only pitcher to throw more than 15 pitches in the game. He threw 28. Garcia needed just 15 pitches to go two frames, 12 of which were strikes.

The Phillie lineup against righty Andrew Cashner went (1) Bernadina (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Ruf (5) Frandsen (6) Asche (7) Galvis (8) Rupp. Bernadina in center, Ruf in right and Galvis in left. Playing Galvis in left is not good — he starts there for the seventh time. Frandsen plays first, coming into the game hitting 203/255/301 against right-handed pitching for the year. Bernadina and his .236 on-base percentage lead off. Rupp makes his debut behind the plate. The 24-year-old hit 258/318/437 over 355 plate appearances between Reading and Lehigh Valley this year.

Down 1-0, the Phillies went in order in the bottom of the first.

They didn’t have a base-runner in the second or the third.

Utley doubled with two outs in the fourth and the Phillies down 4-0. Ruf grounded to the pitcher to end the inning.

The Phillies were down 8-0 when they hit in the fifth. With one out and nobody on, Cody Asche homered to right-center. 8-1. Galvis and Rupp both struck out behind Asche.

Fifth home run of the year for Asche and his third in his last 24 plate appearances.

Cashner set the Phillies down in order in the sixth and again in the seventh.

Asche led off the eighth and drew a four-pitch walk, but Galvis grounded into a double-play behind him. Rupp was next and hit a soft grounder to third. Headley bare-handed, but Rupp beat it out for his first career hit, stumbling and falling after first base. Mayberry moved Rupp up to second with a single to left. Righty Dale Thayer took over for Cashner and Bernadina reached on an infield single that loaded the bases for Hernandez. Hernandez walked on four pitches as well, forcing Rupp home to make it 8-2. Martinez struck out swinging to end the inning.

Ruf singled to center off of righty Brad Brach and moved to third when Frandsen followed with a double. Righty Luke Gregerson took over for Brach. He struck Asche out swinging for the first out and Galvis out swinging for the second. Rupp flew to right to end the game.

No run for the Phils after putting men on second and third with nobody out. Asche and Gavlis both go down swinging with less than two outs and men on second and third.

Bernadina 1-for-4. 4-for-his-last-33 (.121). 8-for-his-last-66 (also .121).

Rollins 0-for-3 with a strikeout. 3-for-his-last-23 (.130).

Utley 1-for-3 with a double and an error. 9-for-his-last-20 with three doubles. Two walks in his last 54 plate appearances, one of which was intentional.

Frandsen 1-for-4 with a double. 5-for-his-last-12 with a walk. 10-for-his-last-35 with five extra-base hits. Doubles off the righty Brach, but is still hitting 204/255/306 against righties for the season.

Asche 1-for-3 with a walk and a home run. 1-for-his-last-11 with a home run. 305/359/547 in his last 103 plate appearances since going 1-for-17 to start the year.

Galvis 0-for-4 and struck out three times coming off 5-for-9 with a home run in the last two games in the series against the Braves. On-basing .262 for his career in 385 plate appearances.

Rupp 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. Got career hit #1 on a ball hit softly to third.

Halladay (3-4, 7.19) faces lefty Eric Stults (8-13, 4.07) tonight. Halladay allowed a run over six innings against the Nationals his last time out and has thrown to a 4.24 ERA in his three starts since his return at the end of August. Stults was hit hard in his most recent outing, allowing seven runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Giants. Lefties are hitting 186/222/343 against the lefty and righties 303/338/441. He’s also had lot more success at home than on the road — 3.17 ERA and a 1.02 ratio in his 14 starts at home and a 5.04 ERA and a 1.55 ratio in his 15 starts on the road.

Update (9/11): Lee will start tonight and Halladay, battling flu-like symptoms, will try to go Thursday.


Phillie braintrust back to square one after Open Mic Night at the yard proves to be a bust

I’m not going to say that that was the worst lineup in Phillie history. That would just be overly dramatic. It might not even be true, either. I’m just saying that if your reaction to looking at the lineup is disappointment they didn’t figure out a way to get Pete Orr a start in the outfield against a lefty, it’s possible your organization is more than one tweak away.

The Phillies fielded a, um, memorable lineup last night against the Nats that featured Cesar Hernandez leading off, Freddy Galvis hitting second and Frandsen in the three-hole as Utley and Rollins both sat against a lefty. Michael Martinez played center.

As it turned out, the Phils wound up losing the game more because they allowed nine runs than because they scored six.

Keeping with the theme of restraint, I’ll go with saying it was not a crisply played game. The Nats won despite making three errors, throwing four wild pitches, being called for a balk and having their left fielder start to run off the field with two outs in the bottom of the eighth. The teams combined to score six unearned runs in the game.

Ethan Martin made another miserable start, but this time without the strikeouts that raise hopes he might one day prove to be a formidable reliever. In the fifth inning, Martin and De Fratus combined to walk four of the eight batters they faced, with three of the four walks coming on four pitches and two coming with the bases loaded.

The Phillies used six different pitchers in the game and zero of them pitched well. They combined to allow 11 hits and nine walks in nine innings.

Cody Asche was just about the only Phillie to have a nice day. He was 3-for-4 with a solo homer and three RBI.

The Phillies are 63-76 on the year after losing 9-6 to the Washington Nationals last night. They have lost three of their last four.

Martin got the start for the Phillies and went 4 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on four hits and five walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a three-run homer. He struck out two.

Martin has a 6.90 ERA in seven starts for the year. Over his last three starts he’s walked 11 in 9 1/3 innings while pitching to a 10.61 ERA. Righties have hit six home runs against him in 77 plate appearances for the season — they’ve hit just .234, but with a .531 slugging percentage.

He struck out two in a 1-2-3 first, but hit Jayson Werth to start the second and walked Adam LaRoche with one out. It put men on first and second for Wilson Ramos and Ramos hit a 1-0 pitch just out to right-center, putting the Nats up 3-0. Martin got the next two to end the frame.

Martin kept Washington off the board in each of the next two frames. He allowed a leadoff single to Denard Span in the third, but got the next three. In the fourth he allowed a one-out double to LaRoche and walked the eight-hitter Anthony Rendon to pitch to the pitcher Gio Gonzalez. He got Gonzalez on a ground ball to short to leave runners at first and second.

The lead had been cut to 3-2 when he started the fifth. Span led off with a double and moved up to third when Ryan Zimmerman grounded out for the first out. Bryce Harper was next and Martin walked him on four pitches. Werth went down on a foul popup handled by Frandsen at first for the second out before Harper stole second. Ian Desmond was the next hitter and he walked to load the bases. LaRoche followed and walked on four pitches, forcing Span home to make it 4-2.. De Fratus came in to pitch to Ramos and walked him on four pitches. Span scored to extend the lead to 5-2 with two down and the bases still loaded. De Fratus got Rendon swinging to leave them loaded.

The Nats send eight batters to the plate in the frame. Four of them walk, three on four pitches, and one hits a double, getting Washigton two runs. Martin walks three of the six men he faces in the frame, including Harper and LaRoche on four pitches. De Fratus faces two and walks one of them on four pitches.

De Fratus faces two batters in the frame, walking Ramos before striking Rendon out with the bases loaded for the third out. He’s walked 21 in 38 1/3 innings for the year and righties are on-basing .393 against him. He was pitching for the second day in a row.

Lefty Mauricio Robles made his debut in the sixth and allowed a pair of runs on a walk, a balk and two singles. Both of the runs were unearned due to a throwing error charged to Asche with one out. Werth and Desmond singled back-to-back with two outs to drive in the two runs. Werth’s single was blooped into center, just out of reach of Galvis. Desmond followed Werth with a line drive to right that plated the second run and made it 7-2.

Robles threw to a 1.97 ERA in 64 innings between Reading and Lehigh Valley this year, allowing just 35 hits while walking 44. 44? Yes, 44. Allows two unearned runs on two singles and a balk in an inning in his debut.

Luis Garcia started the seventh with the lead cut to 7-5. He walked Ramos to start the frame, but got a double-play behind Ramos before lefty Corey Brown crushed a long home run to right. 8-5. Garcia got Span to pop to Galvis for the third out.

Garcia was back for the eighth. He retired the first two hitters before the Nats loaded the bases on back-to-back singles by Werth and Desmond and a walk to LaRoche. Garcia got righty Jhonathan Solano on a fly ball to center to leave them loaded.

Two innings for Garcia in which he allows one run on three hits and two walks. He has allowed at least one earned run in each of his last four appearances. He’s walked at least one in each of his last eight appearances, allowing 12 walks in 11 innings in those outings. Righties are on-basing .403 against him for the season.

Savery started the ninth with the Phillies behind 8-6. He allowed a two-out single to Span and Rosenberg came in to pitch to the righty Zimmerman. Zimmerman moved Span up to third with a single, putting runners on the corners for Harper. Harper struck out on a pitch that went to the backstop — he was safe at first, Span scored (9-6) and Zimmerman moved up to third. Werth grounded to third for the third out.

Savery faces three batters, getting two outs and allowing a single to the lefty Span. He was making his first appearance with the Phils since July. He’s faced 59 batters on the year — opponents are hitting just .198 against him, but he’s walked nine in 13 2/3 innings.

Rosenberg faces three hitters, allowing a single, getting one out and striking out Harper with an unhandled pitched that allowed Harper to take first. He was pitching for the second day in a row. He was charged with four runs in 2 1/3 innings in his first two appearances on the year. Since then he’s made 11 appearances in which he’s thrown to a 0.00 ERA and an 0.86 ratio over 9 1/3 innings. Righties are hitting .179 against the righty.

Overall the pen went 4 1/3 innings in the game, allowing four runs on seven hits and four walks. Only two of the runs were earned as the Nats scored two unearned runs in the sixth thanks to Asche’s error. De Fratus and Rosenberg have both thrown two days in a row — De Fratus threw seven pitches and Rosenberg 18. Robles threw 30 pitches in the game and Garcia 31.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Gio Gonzalez went (1) Hernandez (2) Galvis (3) Frandsen (4) Ruiz (5) Ruf (6) Asche (7) Mayberry (8) Martinez. Hernandez at second, Galvis at short and Martinez in center. That lineup from planet wackadoo is brought to you by the fact that the Phillies can’t hit left-handed pitching. They specifically need Ruf and Mayberry to get going against lefties. Didn’t happen last night as the duo combined to go 0-for-7 with a walk in the game.

Frandsen and Ruiz walked back-to-back with two outs in the bottom of the first. Ruf flew to center for the third out.

Asche singled to right to start the second with the Phils down 3-0. Mayberry fouled out to the catcher and Martinez grounded into a double-play.

They went in order in the third. Frandsen led off the fourth with a single and moved up to second when Ruiz reached on an error by Zimmerman at third. A wild pitch moved the runners up to second and third before Ruf struck out for the first out. Asche followed with a single into center that scored both runners, cutting the Washington lead to 3-2. Mayberry and Martinez both struck out to leave Asche at first.

Ruf strikes out against the lefty after the wild pitch puts runners on second and third with nobody out. Asche picks him up with the two-run single.

The Phils were down 5-2 when they hit in the fifth. Orr hit for De Fratus and singled to start the frame, but the Phillies went in order behind him.

They were down 7-2 when they hit in the sixth. Ruf walked with one out and took second on a wild pitch before Asche flew to center for the second out. Mayberry followed and reached on a throwing error by Desmond at short, which allowed Ruf to score. 7-3 with one down and Mayberry on second for Martinez. Martinez singled into left. Mayberry slid in safe to the plate, arriving at the same time as Harper’s throw. The ball wasn’t handled by Ramos for an error that allowed Martinez to move all the way to third with the lead cut to 7-4. Kratz hit for Robles and righty Ryan Mattheus came in to pitch to him. Utley hit for Kratz and singled to left, scoring Martinez. 7-5. Utley took second on Mattheus’s first wild pitch and third on his second. Hernandez grounded to second to leave Utley at third.

Nats combine for a walk, two errors and three wild pitches in the frame.

It was 8-5 when righty Drew Storen set the Phillies down in order in the seventh.

Asche homered to right off of righty Tyler Clippard with one out in the eighth, cutting the lead to 8-6. Mayberry and Martinez went down behind him.

Harper lost track of the outs in the frame and starting running in after Mayberry flew to left for the second out. Oops.

The Phillies were down 9-6 when they hit against righty Rafael Soriano in the ninth. Hernandez singled to center with one out and Galvis walked behind him. Frandsen grounded into a double-play to end the game.

Hernandez was 1-for-5 with a strikeout. He’s 1-for-8 with a walk so far in the series.

Galvis 0-for-4 with a walk. 215/260/360 line in 369 career plate appearances in the majors and 246/290/325 career line in 2,445 career plate appearances in the minors. On-based .274 in 266 plate appearances at Triple-A this season.

Frandsen 1-for-4 with a walk. 1-for-his-last-12 with a walk since hitting two home runs against the Cubs.

Ruiz 0-for-3 with a walk. 389/441/667 over his last 59 plate appearances.

Ruf was 0-for-3 with a walk. Continues to not hit left-handed pitching, although he did walk off of Gonzalez in the sixth. 7-for-47 (.149) against lefties for the year with three home runs. 158/250/342 overall in his last 44 plate appearances.

Asche 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI. 312/361/532 over his last 83 plate appearances since going 1-for-his-first-17. Made a throwing error in the sixth that led to two unearned runs. FanGraphs calculates hie UZR/150 at third of -13.7 for the year.

Mayberry 0-for-4 with a strikeout. The Phillies really need him to hit left-handed pitching. Didn’t happen last night. 3-for-his-last-36 overall (.083). Hitting just 235/301/447 against lefties for the year.

Martinez 1-for-4 with an RBI and struck out twice. 6-for-34 (.176) on the year. 187/235/263 in 390 career plate appearances. Turns 31 later this month.

Halladay (3-4, 7.94) faces righty Jordan Zimmerman (15-8, 3.33) tonight. Halladay has allowed seven runs in 11 innings over two starts since his return to the team. Zimmerman has a 5.48 ERA over his last eight starts, but has been good in each of his last two outings, allowing five runs over 15 innings.


In with the old, in with the new

The old guard and new guard got together last night as the Phillies won for the seventh time in nine games, topping the Mets 2-1 behind strong pitching from Lee and a two-run triple by Asche.

Lee allowed a run over eight innings. New York scored in the bottom of the second with the help of a leadoff double by Marlon Byrd on a ball that should have been caught by Bernadina.

Lee threw 121 pitches in the game, including 30 in the bottom of the eighth with a one-run lead.

Cody Asche led the Phillie offense, going 2-for-3 with a triple and a walk and driving in both of the team’s runs. He’s hitting 303/352/515 over his last 71 plate appearances after going 1-for-17 to start the season.

The Phillies are 60-71 on the year after beating the New York Mets 2-1 last night. They are 7-2 in their last nine games and have scored at least three runs in each of the other eight.

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

That’s probably Lee’s best start since May. The only other that’s close in his last 14 times out is his June 18 outing against the Nats in which he held Washington to two runs over eight innings and struck out nine.

He allowed a single to Juan Legares to start the bottom of the first, but struck Daniel Murphy out behind Legares for the first out. Josh Satin was next and lined to Utley for the second out — Utley threw to first to double Legares off to end the inning.

Marlon Byrd led off the second and hit a fly ball into right center that Bernadina seemed to lose. It dropped for a double. Andrew Brown was next and singled up the middle, scoring Byrd to put the Mets up 1-0. Lee got the next three to set the Mets down.

Lee allows one run in the game, which goes as earned as Byrd’s ball is called a double.

Lee threw a 1-2-3 third and started the fourth with a 2-1 lead. Byrd singled to left with one out in the fourth, but Lee got Brown to ground into a double-play behind him.

Lee struck Wilmer Flores and Travis d’Arnaud out in a 1-2-3 fifth and set the Mets down in order again in the sixth and the seventh.

Mayberry made a nice catch to end the sixth. With two outs and nobody on, Murphy hit a ball well to right, but Mayberry tracked it down, jumping on the run on the warning track to make the catch.

With one out in the eighth and the Phils still up a run, d’Arnaud singled to left. Lee struck the righty Justin Turner out looking 2-2 for the second out before lefty Lucas Duda hit for the pitcher Carlos Torres. Duda drew a walk, putting men on first and second for Legares, but Lee struck Legares out swinging 3-2 to leave both runners stranded.

Lee threw 30 pitches in the eighth inning, striking Legares out swinging on a full count with two men on and the Phils up a run on his 121st pitch of the game.

Papelbon set the Mets down in order in ninth to earn his 22nd save of the year. He hasn’t been charged with a run in six innings over his last six appearances.

The Phillie lineup against righty Zack Wheeler went (1) Bernadina (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Ruiz (5) Young (6) Ruf (7) Asche (8) Mayberry. Bernadina leads off and plays center with Mayberry in right and Ruf in left. Brown sidelined. Ruiz hits cleanup for the first time this year, which doesn’t made me feel a whole lot better than Kratz hitting cleanup.

The Phils went in order in the first.

Young singled to left with one out in the second. Ruf struck out swinging 2-2 for the second out before Asche moved Young up to second with a single to center. Mayberry struck out looking 1-2 to leave both runners stranded.

Down 1-0, the Phillies went in order in the third.

Young singled to center with two outs in the fourth and Ruf walked behind him, putting men on first and second with two down for Asche. Asche lined a triple into the gap in right-center, scoring both runners to put the Phillies on top 2-1. Mayberry struck out swinging 2-2 to leave Asche at third.

Asche delivers the big hit of the game. 2-for-2 with a triple and two RBI through four innings.

Mayberry’s at least out of center, but not having any more luck against righties (at least early in the game). Strikes out to end the second with two men on and strikes out to end the fourth with Asche on third.

Wheeler set the Phillies down in order in the fifth and again in the sixth.

With two outs in the seventh, Mayberry doubled to left. Lefty Pedro Felciano took over for Wheeler and struck Lee out to leave Mayberry stranded.

Mayberry lines a double to left against the righty Wheeler after two ugly at-bats early.

Lee hits for himself with the Phils up 2-1 and a runner on second. He had thrown 80 pitches in the game and would throw 41 more in the seventh and the eighth.

Bernadina singled off of lefty Scott Rice to start the eighth. Rollins followed with a walk that put men on first and second for Utley. Utley grounded to first with Satin fielding and throwing to short to force Rollins for the first out. It left the Phils with runners on the corners and one down for Ruiz and righty Carlos Torres came in to pitch to Ruiz. Utley was thrown out trying to steal second before Ruiz grounded to second to set the Phillies down.

Nothing for the Phils after they put men on first and second with nobody out. Would have been a good time not to get caught stealing. Utley has stolen seven bases and been caught three times on the year. Three is the most times he has been caught stealing in a season since 2006. From 2007 through 2012, he stole 84 bases and was caught six times.

Asche and Mayberry walked back-to-back off of righty Gonzalez Germen with two outs in the ninth. Brown hit for Lee. The runners moved up to second and third on a wild pitch before Brown fouled out to third for the third out.

Asche on base for the third time in the game. Mayberry again reaches against the righty. Brown can apparently pinch-hit.

Bernadina 1-for-4 in the game. Didn’t catch Byrd’s ball, which led to the only New York run of the game. He’s 4-for-21 (.190) with the Phillies with a walk, two doubles and a home run.

Rollins 0-for-3 with a walk. 0-for-his-last-7.

Utley 0-for-4 with a caught stealing. 1-for-his-last-13 with four walks.

Ruiz 0-for-4. 347/373/556 in 77 plate appearances in August.

Young 2-for-4. 188/275/265 over his last 131 plate appearances. 245/308/369 over his last 380 plate appearances.

Ruf 0-for-3 with a walk and struck out twice. 215/282/508 over his last 71 plate appearances with six home runs and 25 strikeouts. Still just 7-for-40 (.175) against left-handed pitching on the year.

Asche 2-for-3 with a walk and a two-run triple.

Mayberry 1-for-3 with a double and a walk and struck out twice. 7-for-his-last-25 with five walks, five extra-base hits and a 1.040 OPS over 30 plate appearances.

Kendrick (10-10, 4.51) faces lefty Jon Niese (5-6, 4.03) tonight. Kendrick has a 5.92 ERA over his last 14 starts and has allowed 108 hits in 79 innings in those outings. Opponents have hit .353 against him in his nine starts since the beginning of July. Every now and then you hear somebody suggest the way the Phils can turn things around is by trading Kendrick. That seems a little optimistic given the circumstances. Niese has made three starts since returning from the DL. After allowing four runs in six innings against the Diamondbacks in the first, he’s allowed two runs over 13 innings and struck out 19 in his last two times out.


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