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Phils and Fish decide to call it wrap after 19 games this year, unless, of course, they meet in the World Series

You probably think the biggest reason the Phils and Marlins can’t face each other in the World Series is that they both play in the National League. It’s not.

The ’13 Phils and Marlins finally, finally pulled the plug on their competition with one another last night to the betterment of the baseball-loving world. I’m really not sure how much more the baseball-loving world could have handled. It’s baseball-loving, but we’re going to need to agree on some common sense guidelines everyone can live with, folks.

The Marlins won the game 3-2 with an eighth-inning run off of Ethan Martin.

The Phils are 12-7 against Miami this season and 60-79 against everyone else.

The Phils scored two runs on ten hits last night, nine singles and Darin Ruf‘s seventh-inning double. The last home run they hit came on September 17 when Chase Utley went deep off of Miami lefty Brian Flynn. The Phillies have played seven games since then, going 1-6 and scoring 18 runs. 18 runs over seven games is about 2.57 runs per game. In those seven games, the Phils have hit .215 and slugged .269. If you have good pitching, it’s just about impossible to win consistently hitting .215 and slugging .269. The Phillies don’t have good pitching.

The Phililes are 72-86 on the year after losing 3-2 to the Miami Marlins last night. The Marlins take the three-game set two games to one. The Phillies have lost six of seven and are in fourth place in the NL East, a game behind the third-place Mets. They scored two runs in the one game of their last seven that they won, beating the Marlins 2-1. They are 23-38 since beating the Mets 13-8 on the first day back from the All-Star break.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a triple. He struck out six.

Hamels ends the year with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.16 ratio. He pitched to a 4.58 ERA and a 1.30 ratio over his first 17 starts from April through the end of June. 2.68 ERA and a 1.03 ratio in his final 16 starts for the season. He walked 17 in 114 innings over his last 16 starts, which is about 1.3 per nine innings and way below his career rates. Matt Gelb from this morning’s Inquirer: “Troglodytes will point to his 8-14 record as an indicator of failure.” Not sure exactly what I wanted to say about that, but it wasn’t nothing. At any rate, Hamels was among the best pitchers in the NL this year, eight wins or not, and the 8-14 record says a lot more about what’s wrong with the Phillie offense and bullpen than it does about what’s wrong with Cole Hamels. There’s nothing wrong with Cole Hamels.

He allowed leadoff single to Christian Yelich to start the bottom of the first, but got the next three hitters.

Justin Ruggiano walked to start the second and moved up to second on an infield single by Placido Polanco, putting runners on first and second for Adeniy Hechavarria. Hamels had Hechavarria buried in the count when the righty crushed an 0-2 pitch to center where it landed for a two-run triple. 2-0 with Hechavarria on third and nobody out. Hamels kept the Marlins from getting more in the frame, getting a ground ball to short with the runner holding for the first out before striking out the next two hitters to end the inning.

Hamels has excelled in preventing walks late in the season, but the leadoff walk to the righty Ruggiano hurts him in the inning. After the infield single, he gets ahead of the weak-hitting Hechavarria before Hechavarria crushes an 0-2 pitch to center for the big blow of the game. Great work after that by Hamels to keep the Marlins from getting another run after they put a man on third with nobody out. He did get the eight-hitter and the pitcher for the first two outs, but impressive nonetheless.

Hamels allowed a double and a walk to the first two men he faced in the third, but set down the next three Miami hitters in order to keep them off the board.

He set the Marlins down in order in the fourth and again in the fifth. Polanco doubled to right with two outs in the sixth, but Hamels got Hechavarria on a fly ball to right for the third out.

Things got weird in the seventh. The Phillies hit for Hamels in the top of the frame and Cesar Jimenez started the bottom of the inning with the score tied at 2-2. Switch-hitter Koylie Hill led off and Jimenez walked him. Juan Pierre was next, pinch-hitting for the pitcher Brad Hand, and bunted. Ruiz fielded the bunt and threw to second in time to force Hill for the first out. Jimenez walked Donovan Solano, putting men on first and second for Ed Lucas. He picked Pierre off of second, but the Phillies didn’t get the call. Lucas hit a ground ball to first with Frandsen throwing to second to force Solano for the second, leaving Miami with two down and runners on the corners for Yelich. Yelich hit a ground ball to Frandsen and Frandsen tossed to Jimenez covering first. Jimenez wasn’t very close to tagging Yelich out, but the Phillies got that call and the inning was over.

Two really bad calls in the inning. Pierre was out at second on the pickoff play and called safe. Yelich was safe at first and called out, which ended the inning instead of giving the Fish their third run of the game.

Jimenez walks two in the scoreless frame. 2.20 ERA and a 1.16 ratio for the year over 16 1/3 innings. Opponents are hitting .193 against him, but with eight walks in 16 1/3.

The Marlins got their third run of the game in the eighth. Martin got the first out before walking Ruggiano and Ruggiano moved to third on a single by Polanco. It put runners on the corners for Hechavarria. With the infield in, Hechavarria chopped a 2-0 pitch over the mound. Rollins nearly made a fantastic play, ranging far to his left, fielding and throwing home. His throw was a little on the first base side of home, though, and not handled cleanly by Ruiz at the plate. Ruggiano was safe and the Marlins were up 3-2 with runners on second and third with one out. Rollins was charged with a very tough error on the play. Martin struck Hill out swinging for the second out before walking lefty Greg Dobbs to load the bases. He struck the righty Solano out swinging to leave them loaded.

That was a really nice play by Rollins, even though the Phillies didn’t get an out. Ruiz should have caught his throw at the plate. I still don’t think they would have gotten Ruggiano, but it would have saved Rollins the error and kept Hechavarria at first instead of second.

Martin allows a run on a single and two walks in the frame. He walks Ruggiano to start the Miami rally and has walked 25 in 37 innings for the year. Walking 25 in 37 innings makes it really exceptionally difficult to be effective. Opponents are on-basing .364 against him with an isolated power of .240. He has a 6.90 ERA and a 1.80 ratio in his seven starts and a 3.86 ERA and a 1.29 ratio in seven appearances in relief.

Two innings for the pen in which they allow a run on a hit and four walks while striking out two. Jimenez threw 23 pitches and Martin 26. Neither has thrown more than one day in a row.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Brad Hand went (1) Hernandez (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Ruiz (5) Brown (6) Ruf (7) Frandsen (8) Galvis. Frandsen again at first and Galvis at third. Mayberry on the bench against the lefty and the lefty Asche on the bench. I truly think it would be worthwhile for the Phillies to find out if Mayberry can be a valuable player if you only play him at first and in the corner outfield positions against left-handed pitching.

Utley singled to center with two outs in the top of the first, but Ruiz popped to first behind him.

Brown singled to start the second and took second on a one-out walk by Frandsen. Galvis and Hamels both grounded out to turn the Phillies away.

Frandsen draws his 12th walk of the year. He’s walked in about 4.5% of his plate appearances this season. Last night’s walk came off the lefty Hand, but Frandsen has walked in just five of his 181 plate appearances against righties for the season (2.8%).

Down 2-0, the Phils went in order in the third and again in the fourth.

Galvis singled to center with one out in the fifth. Hamels struck out trying to bunt for the second out before Hernandez flew to right.

Hamels can’t bunt Galvis to second after the one-out single.

Utley singled to left with one out in the sixth, but Ruiz grounded into a double-play behind him.

Ruf doubled to center with one out in the seventh and moved up to third when Frandsen followed with a single to left. Galvis was next and blooped a 1-1 pitch into shallow right-center for a single. Ruf scored to cut the lead to 2-1 and Frandsen moved up to second. Mayberry hit for Hamels and the righty AJ Ramos came in to pitch to Mayberry. Asche hit for Mayberry and struck out swinging for the second out. It brought Hernandez to the plate with two down and men on first and second. He lined a 2-0 pitch into right, scoring Frandsen on a close play at the plate and leaving the Phils with runners on second and third in a 2-2 game. Rollins popped to short to leave the runners at second and third.

The Phils hit for Hamels down a run with one out and runners on first and second. Hamels had thrown 103 pitches in the game, allowing two runs over six innings. I think that’s the right decision. I like the idea of Mayberry against the lefty there, although Mayberry should have been in the lineup against the lefty to start with. Mayberry winds up not getting to hit and Asche strikes out in his stead, but the Phils wind up getting the second run that ties the game anyway thanks to the two-out hit by Hernandez.

Brown singled to center off of lefty Mike Dunn with two outs in the eighth. Righty Chad Qualls took over for Dunn and walked Ruf, but Frandsen flew to left to leave the runners on first and second.

Hernandez 1-for-5 with an RBI. Didn’t catch Hechavarria’s early triple that dropped on the track, but it looked pretty uncatchable. 1-for-12 with a walk in the series. 282/345/330 for the season. Isolated power of .048.

Rollins 0-for-5 and was charged with an error on the play in which Miami scored their third run. 2-for-13 with two doubles in the series. 250/318/346 for the season.

Utley 2-for-4. 3-for-10 with two walks in the series. 282/347/477 for the year.

Ruiz 0-for-4. 0-for-8 in the series. 2-for-his-last-31 (.065) with two walks and two singles. 269/320/370 on the year.

Brown 2-for-4 with two singles, both of which came off of lefties. 3-for-11 with a walk in the series. No homers in his last 87 plate appearances. 274/326/502 for the year. Was slugging .560 after going 2-for-4 with a triple and a home run against the Braves on July 7, but has hit 258/326/381 over his last 172 plate appearances.

Ruf 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. The Phillies again flail against a left-handed pitcher. They need Ruf and he got the job done last night, doubling off the lefty Hand and drawing a late walk off the righty Qualls. 3-for-10 with two walks and a double in the series. 258/359/479 on the year. Still hitting just 197/312/364 against left-handed pitching for the year.

Frandsen 1-for-3 with a walk. 1-for-8 with a walk in the series. 231/296/343 for the year.

Galvis 3-for-4 with three singles and an RBI. 3-for-8 in the series. 16-for-his-last-40 (.400) with a double and two home runs. One walk in his last 56 plate appearances. 239/289/396 on the year.

Cloyd (2-6, 5.40) faces righty David Hale (0-0, 0.00) tonight in Atlanta as the Phils open their final series of the season. Cloyd has allowed at least five earned runs in each of his three September starts, throwing to an 11.77 ERA and a 2.08 ratio. He’s actually only walked two in those 13 innings, but allowed 25 hits as opponents have hit .403 against him. The Braves took the 25-year-old Hale in the third round of the 2009 draft. He threw to a 3.22 ERA at 1.39 ratio at Triple-A for Atlanta this year and made his debut against the Padres earlier this month. He pitched very well in that game, striking out nine in five shutout innings in the only appearance of his career. He struck out 77 in 114 2/3 innings in the minors this year, so don’t go thinking he’s Buzz Lightyear or anything.


Slow boat to at least it’s over

Just an ugly, hard to watch game that not many watched last night as the Phils topped the Mets 6-2. New York accounted for most of the ugliness with miserable defense and Dice-K taking about 30 seconds between pitches, but the Phils did their part as well, especially at the plate early in the game. In the first three innings, Phillie hitters reached on three walks, two hits, a hit by pitch and an error and failed to score, twice being turned away after loading the bases with one out.

Cole Hamels provided the anti-ugly in the game, holding the Mets to two runs over seven innings and delivering a two-out, two-run single in the fifth.

The bullpen also contributed two scoreless frames and has thrown five scoreless innings in the first three games of the series. They haven’t allowed a hit, walked one and struck out four.

The Phillies are 61-72 on the year after beating the New York Mets 6-2 last night. They lead the four-game series two games to one and are 8-3 over their last 11.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on nine hits and a walk. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out eight.

2.73 ERA and a 1.09 ratio for Hamels over his last 16 starts. He didn’t walk more than one batter in any of his six starts in August. He’s allowed four home runs in 80 innings over his last 11 starts after allowing nine in 56 2/3 innings over his first nine.

He allowed a one-out double to Juan Lagares in the bottom of the first and a two-out double to Justin Turner in the second, but kept the Mets off the board both times.

The pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka singled to right to start the third. Eric Young was next and blooped a ball into center. The charging Bernadina made a diving effort, but didn’t come up with the ball. He was able, however, to pick it up and throw to second in time to force Matsuzaka for the first out. Young stole second before Hamels walked Lagares, putting men on first and second with one down for Andrew Brown. Brown fouled out to Ruiz for the second out with Young tagging and moving up to third. Ike Davis was next and singled to left. Young scored to put New York up 1-0 with two two and men on first and second. Josh Satin flew to left for the third out.

Hamels fortunate to hold the Mets to one on two hits, a walk a stolen base. Young’s ball would have gone for another hit had the Phils not turned it into an out with the force at second. Matsuzaka starts the rally with a single. The lefty Davis finishes it with a single off the lefty Hamels.

Rollins didn’t cover third on Brown’s popup, which allowed Young to move up to third.

The Phillies aren’t the only team throwing some ridiculous cleanup hitters out there these days. Davis ends the game hitting .205 for the year and 145/192/203 against left-handed pitching.

Hamels allowed a single in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth, but kept New York off the board in the each of those innings. Young led off the fifth with a single and stole second with one out, but Hamels got Brown on a popup handled by Ruiz and struck Davis out swinging to leave him stranded.

He started the seventh with a 5-1 lead. Lefty Daniel Murphy hit for the pitcher David Aardsma to start the inning and singled to left. Young bunted him to second with the first out. Murphy stole third before Hamels struck Lagares out for the second out, but Brown doubled into left, plating Murphy to cut the lead to 5-2. Hamels got Davis looking 0-2 to leave Brown at second.

Really not sure it’s a good idea to bunt after the leadoff single when you’re down 5-1 in the seventh. The Mets did get one run out of the frame, though, if that’s what they were looking for.

Rosenberg threw a 1-2-3 eighth, dropping his ERA for the year to 4.00. He allowed four runs in 2 1/3 innings in his first two appearances, but has thrown 6 2/3 scoreless innings over his last seven times out.

Diekman set the Mets down in order in the ninth with the Phillies up by four. His ERA is down to 3.07 for the year and he hasn’t been charged with a run in 8 1/3 innings over his last eight appearances. He also hasn’t walked any of the 27 hitters he has faced in those eight outings. Prior to those eight appearances, he had walked 12 in 21 innings for the year.

Two scoreless innings for the pen in which they strike out two without allowing a hit or a walk. Rosenberg threw 16 pitches and Diekman 14.

The Phillie lineup against righty Daisuke Matsuzaka went (1) Bernadina (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Ruiz (5) Young (6) Asche (7) Mayberry (8) Orr. Orr starts in left field for the first time since 2008 when he was with the Nationals. Mayberry in right with Ruf on the bench. Young at first ans Asche at third. Ruiz hits cleanup against the righty. He comes into the game hitting 264/290/354 against righties for the season.

Rollins walked with one out in the first and stole second after Utley flew to right for the second out. Ruiz struck out looking to leave Rollins at second.

Asche reached on an error by Davis at first with one out in the second. Mayberry and Orr both walked behind him, loading the bases for Hamels with one out. Hamels struck out swinging and Bernadina struck out looking to leave them loaded.

Nothing for the Phils after they load the bases with one out without a hit.

Utley singled to center with one out in the third and Ruiz was hit by a pitch behind him. Young was next and singled softly to right, loading the bases for Asche with one out. Asche struck out swinging for the second out and Mayberry popped out to the catcher in foul territory for the third.

Again the Phillies load the bases with one out and fail to score. This time it’s Asche striking out for the second out.

They were down 1-0 when they hit in the fourth. Orr led off with a single to right and Hamels bunted him to second with the first out. Bernadina popped up for the second out, but Rollins was next and picked him up with a line drive in to left. Orr scored from second to tie the game at 1-1. Young took a truly odd angle in pursuit of the ball and it got past him. Rollins tried for third, but was thrown out there to set the Phillies down.

Not pretty, but at least they scored this time. Young didn’t really play the ball very well in left on the Rollins double.

Ruiz singled to right with one out in the fifth and moved up to third when Young lined a double to right. Asche followed with a walk that loaded the bases with nobody out. Mayberry was hit by a pitch. Ruiz scored to make it 2-1 with the bases loaded for Orr. Lefty Robert Carson came in to pitch to Orr and Ruf hit for Orr. Ruf got ahead in the count 3-1, but struck out swinging for the second out. Hamels was next and sliced a 1-1 pitch the other way and into left for a single. Young scored (3-1) and Asche slid in just ahead of the throw from Young to make it 4-1. Bernadina grounded to second for the third out.

Huge hit for Hamels with two outs. Ruf gets a big pinch-hitting chance against a lefty and strikes out with one out and the bases loaded. His woes against left-handed pitching continue on a team that needs a ton of help against left-handed pitching. His line against lefties is down to 159/229/364 in 48 plate appearances for the season.

With two outs in the sixth, Ruiz lined a solo shot out to left, upping the lead to 5-1. Young flew to center behind him for the third out.

Ruiz homers off of the lefty Carson and ends the day with a 340/419/509 line against lefties for the year.

Asche led off the seventh against righty David Aardsma and singled into right past the second baseman Flores. He hurt his right hamstring running to first and McDonald entered the game to run for him. Mayberry moved McDonald up to second with a single, putting two men on for Ruf with nobody out. Ruf flew to left for the first out. Hamels tried to bunt the runners up to second and third, but popped it up for the second. Bernadina struck out swinging for the third.

Nothing for the Phillies after putting men on first and second with nobody out. Asche’s ball should have been handled at second.

It was 5-2 when the Phillies hit in the eighth. Utley reached on an infield single off of righty Scott Atchison with one out, but Ruiz flew to center for the second out and Young grounded to short to set the Phils down.

McDonald led off the ninth and reached on an error by Flores, who was now playing third. He moved up to second when Mayberry grounded out softly for the first out and took third when Ruf followed that with a single. It left the Phils with men on the corners and one out for Rosenberg with the righty Atchison still on the mound for the Mets. Frandsen hit for Rosenberg and reached on yet another Met error, this one by Atchison. McDonald scored to make it 6-2 and Ruf took second. Lefty Pedro Feliciano took over for Atchison and got Bernadina and Rollins to end the frame.

Just atrocious defense for New York in the game. Two errors in the ninth. The error by Davis in the second helps the Phillies load the bases without a hit in the second. Young badly misplayed the Rollins double in left, although New York got an out on that play. Asche was given a single on a ball that should have been handled by Flores at second.

Bernadina was 0-for-6, struck out three times and left ten men on base. I don’t know how often it is you see the leadoff man leave ten men on base, but I’m guessing not very. Struck out to end the second with the bases loaded. That’s three. Popped out in the fourth with one out and Orr on second. Four. Grounded to second with men on first and second to end the fifth. Six. Struck out swinging with men on first and second to end the seventh. Eight. Flew to left with one out and a men on first and second in the ninth. Ten. He’s 4-for-31 (.129) with the Phillies.

Rollins 1-for-5 with a walk, a double and an RBI. 2-for-his-last-15.

Utley 2-for-5. 3-for-his-last-22 (.136) and 7-for-his-last-46 (.152).

Ruiz 2-for-4 with a home run and was hit by a pitch. 447/475/789 over his last 40 plate appearances (17-for-38 with a walk, four doubles and three home runs) Pounding lefties for the year and hitting 265/295/354 against righties.

Young 2-for-5 with a double. 6-for-12 with two doubles so far in the series.

Asche 1-for-3 with a gift single and a walk. 304/360/507 in his last 75 plate appearances.

Mayberry 1-for-3 with a walk and was hit by a pitch. 3-for-his-last-19, but with a .333 on-base percentage in those 24 plate appearances, thanks to four walks and a hit by pitch.

Orr was 1-for-1 with a walk in his first action with the team. Leads the team in on-base percentage at 1.000 and OPS at 2.000. Ruf is second on the team among players with one or more PA at .352 and Utley is the only other player above .338. Orr is second among the 204 players across both leagues in OPS as a left fielder. Joey Butler is 2-for-3 for Texas with a walk, two doubles and a 2.083 OPS. Can Orr catch him? Time will tell. If Orr continues his one single and one walk per 133 game pace, he’ll end the year with one single and one walk.

Martin (2-2, 6.33) faces righty Carlos Torres (2-2, 2.96) tonight. Martin went just two-thirds of an inning his last time out, allowing three runs in a game the Phillies eventually lost in 18 innings. He’s walked 13 in 21 1/3 innings for the season and allowed six home runs. Torres will be making his first start since July. He’s made three starts on the year in which he’s thrown to a 6.43 ERA, which is misleading as two of his starts were good and one was awful. He allowed two runs over 12 innings in his first two starts on the year before allowing eight runs to the Nationals his third time out. He’s only walked seven in 48 2/3 innings for the between his appearances as a starter and a reliever.


Phils give Papelbon another chance to get some people out in the ninth, but apparently he didn’t come here for that, either

The Phillies lost for the tenth time in 11 games last night, falling 2-1 to the Giants. Hamels threw eight shutout innings and Papelbon started the ninth with a 1-0 lead, but allowed a pair of runs on four hits and a walk. In the bottom of the ninth, the Phillies loaded the bases with nobody out and failed to score.

It was Papelbon’s sixth blown save in his last 17 appearances, but the first that came on a night that Brad Lidge, perfect in save chances in 2008 when the Phils won the World Series, was remembered and threw out the first pitch. It was ironic. Like rain on your wedding day or 10,000 spoons when all you need is someone to get out Brooks Kieschnick’s nephew.

The Phillies are 50-58 on the year after losing 2-1 to the San Francisco Giants last night. The Giants take the series two games to one. The Phillies are 1-10 since going a game above .500 with a 13-8 win over the Mets on July 19.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went eight shutout innings, allowing seven hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out five.

Hamels has allowed more than two runs in a start in just one of his six outings since the beginning of July. He’s allowed two runs in 15 innings over his last two starts (1.20 ERA and a 1.13 ratio). The Phillies have lost both of his last two starts 2-1. Over his last eight starts he’s allowed three home runs in 55 innings. He allowed 12 home runs in 94 innings over his first 15 outings.

Marco Scutaro singled to left with one out in the top of the first. Hamels got Pablo Sandoval to fly to right for the second out before Buster Posey singled to right, putting runners on the corners with two down. Hunter Pence popped to Utley to leave them stranded.

He set the Giants down in order in the second and again in the third.

Posey doubled to left with one out in the fourth. Pence was next and reached on an infield single, putting men on the corners with one down for Brett Pill. Hamels struck Pill out swinging 2-2 for the second out. Pence stole second before Jeff Francoeur grounded to Utley to leave the runners stranded.

Hamels gets a huge second out, striking the righty Pill out with men on the corners.

He walked Andres Torres with two outs in the fifth, but got Scutaro on a fly ball to center to end the frame.

The Phils led 1-0 when he started the sixth. Sandoval led off with a single to left, but Pence grounded into a double-play behind him. Pence was next and doubled to left, but Hamels struck Pill out again to leave Pence at second.

Second time in three innings that Hamels strikes Pill out in a big spot.

Joaquin Arias singled to center with one out in the seventh. The pitcher Matt Cain bunted him to second with the second out. Torres flew to center to leave Arias stranded.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 eighth.

Papelbon started the ninth with a 1-0 lead. Pence led off and reached on an infield single to short. Pill was next and lined a single to right. First and third with nobody out for Francoeur. Lefty Roger Kieschnick hit for the righty Francoeur and singled past a diving Young at first and into right. First and third with nobody out and the game tied at 1-1. Arias singled to left. First and second, nobody out with the Giants up 2-1. Lefty Gregor Blanco hit for the pitcher Cain and bunted. Ruiz fielded and threw to third to force Kieschnick for the first out. Lefty Brandon Belt hit for the switch-hitter Torres and walked, loading the bases for Scutaro. Scutaro grounded to third with Asche throwing home to force Arias for the second out. Sandoval grounded to short to leave them loaded.

Papelbon faces eight hitters in the inning, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk. Pence reaches on an infield single to start the inning. Young looked like he had a chance to field Kieschnick’s ball at first.

Papelbon has a 4.09 ERA and a 1.41 ratio over 22 innings in his last 22 appearances. Two of the 12 runs he has allowed have been unearned.

The Phillie lineup against righty Matt Cain went (1) Rollins (2) Michael Young (3) Utley (4) Ruf (5) Asche (6) Mayberry (7) Nix (8) Ruiz. Nix in right against the righty with Delmon Young on the bench. Asche starts at third for the second straight day with Michael Young at first. Asche hits fifth for the Phils despite entering the game without a hit for his career.

Michael Young struck out as the Phils went in order in the first.

Ruf and Asche both struck out as they went in order in the second.

Hamels struck out as they went in order in the third.

Utley lined a single to center with two outs in the fourth. Ruf went down on a popup the first baseman Pill handled in foul territory to end the inning.

Nix and Ruiz singled back-to-back with two outs in the fifth, putting runners on first and second for Hamels. Hamels blooped a ball the opposite way down the left field line for a single. Nix scored (1-0) and Ruiz went to third. With Rollins at the plate, Hamels was caught off of first and eventually tagged out to end the frame.

Rollins struck out as the Phillies went in order in the sixth.

Ruf walked to start the seventh and Martinez ran for him at first. Asche flew to center for the first out before Martinez stole second. Mayberry was next and singled to left. Martinez tried to score from second, but Francoeur made a nice throw to the plate and Martinez was tagged out for the second out. Mayberry took second on the throw. Nix was walked intentionally to put men on first and second for Ruiz, but Ruiz grounded to first to end the inning.

Francoeur made a really good throw to get Martinez.

Rollins tripled to right with one out in the eighth. Michael Young was next and hit a ground ball to short. Arias fielded and threw home in plenty of time to get Rollins, who didn’t slide. Utley lined to Scutaro for the third out.

Rollins was out by a lot trying to score from third on Young’s grounder with Arias in at short.

The Phils trailed 2-1 when they faced righty Sergio Romo in the ninth. Delmon Young hit for Martinez and reached on a fielding error by Arias at third. McDonald ran for Young at first. Asche was next and bunted, badly, back to the mound. Romo picked the ball up, looked at second, turned to throw to first and slipped. Runners were safe at first and second with nobody out. Mayberry was next and squared to bunt, but was hit by the pitch. Bases loaded with nobody out for Nix. Nix flew to shallow right 1-2 with the runners holding. Ruiz was next and flew to shallow left with the runners holding. Kratz hit for Papelbon and grounded to third to end the game.

No run for the Phils after loading the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth down a run. Nix and Ruiz both get chances with less than two outs to tie the game up, but can’t get their fly balls deep enough to give McDonald a chance to score from third.

I’m rooting for Cody Asche as much as anyone and he’s had kind of a rough start at the plate, but to call his miserable bunt back to the mound a hit is ridiculous.

Rollins 1-for-4 with a triple in the game. 3-for-12 with a walk and a triple in the three-game set. 256/316/354 on the season. On-basing .307 in 217 plate appearances hitting #1 in the order.

Michael Young 0-for-4 in the game. 4-for-12 with a walk and a home run in the series. 279/343/408 for the season. 256/318/399 over his last 283 plate appearances.

Ruf 0-for-2 with a walk. 1-for-8 with two walks in the series and was twice hit by a pitch. 10-for-his-last-46 (.217), but with a .345 on-base percentage thanks to six walks and three HBP in those 55 PA.

Asche was 1-for-4 in the game with a non-hit on his ninth-inning bunt. 1-for-9 with a single in the series and on the year. Made a throwing error in game two of the set.

Mayberry 1-for-3 and would have had an RBI except for the great throw by Francoeur. 3-for-10 with a walk and a double in the series. 257/314/430 on the year. One of nine Phillies with at least 125 plate appearances on the year and an on-base percentage lower than .320.

Nix 1-for-3 with a walk, which was intentional. Couldn’t bring McDonald home from third in the ninth with nobody out and the bases loaded. 1-for-4 with walk in the series. 183/231/262 for the year. Two walks in his last 80 plate appearances, one of which is intentional.

Ruiz 1-for-4 in the game and left five men on base. Couldn’t bring McDonald home from third with one out in the ninth and the bases loaded. 2-for-11 with a hit by pitch and a home run in the series. 248/297/292 for the year with five extra-base hits in 177 plate appearances. 212/248/237 against righties and 349/420/442 against lefties for the season.

Ethan Martin (NR) is expected to debut tonight against righty Kris Medlen (7-10, 3.74) and the Braves. Martin has walked 67 in 115 2/3 innings this year at Triple-A while throwing to a 4.12 ERA in 21 starts. He has struck out 107. Medlen has walked 57 in 265 1/3 innings in the majors over the last three years. He had a 2.96 ERA for the year after 15 starts, but has thrown to a 5.88 ERA over his last six times out. Opponents have hit .343 against him in those appearances. The Phils hit him hard in his last start against them, which came on July 7.

PS: Site is in and out a lot today due to networking issues at the hosting company.


I updated the Start Log

I updated the Start Log, which should now include all of the first half games.

Some scattered thoughts:

  • The Phillies are 19-27 on the year when Halladay (2-5), Hamels (6-14) or Lee (11-8) have started and 29-21 when anybody else (Kendrick, Lannan, Cloyd and Pettibone) have started.
  • The Phils went 1-11 in the first 12 starts that Hamels made on the year as he threw to a 4.86 ERA. During that stretch of 12 games, the Phillies lost five different games in which Hamels a) threw at least six innings and b) allowed two runs or fewer.
  • On April 13, Hamels held the Fish to a run over six innings. The game went into the ninth tied and Florida won 2-1 on a walkoff error by Utley.

    On April 23 he held the Pirates to two runs over eight innings. The Phils didn’t score in the game and lost 2-0.

    On May 4 he went eight again, holding the Marlins to two runs on four hits and no walks. The Phils had one hit and lost 2-0.

    May 9 he didn’t pitch especially well, allowing six hits and five walks over six innings, but he did manage to hold Arizona to a pair of runs. The Phillies managed one in the game and lost 2-1.

    May 20 he struck out ten Marlins while allowing two runs over six frames. The Phillies again scored one run and the bullpen gave up three in the bottom of the eighth as Florida won 5-1.

  • The Phils are 11-8 when Lee starts, but in 15 of the 19 games, Lee’s Game Score for the game is higher than the Game Score of the other team’s starting pitcher. Game Score is a miserable stat, but that still means that, using Game Score, in 15 of the 19 games that Lee started, the combination of Lee and the Phillie offense was better than the combination of the other team’s starting pitcher and offense, at least according to Game Score, and the Phillies only won 11 of those games. The Phils were 0-4 when Lee’s Game Score was worse than his opponent and 11-4 when it was better. On June 7, June 24 and June 29, Lee outpitched his counterpart all three times and the Phils still went 0-3. The bullpen threw to a 6.75 ERA in those games for the Phils.
  • The bullpen was bad for Lee, throwing to a 3.99 ERA with a 1.64 ratio in games that he started, but it was even worse in games that were started by Kendrick (5.36, 1.65) or Halladay (6.20, 1.62).
  • The Phillies scored 3.37 runs per game in the 46 games started by a Halladay, Hamels or Lee and scored 4.32 runs per game in 50 games started by someone else.
  • The Phils are 16-9 when Lannan or Pettibone starts and that has a lot to do with the offense (especially when Pettibone starts). On days that Pettibone starts the Phils are scoring an average of 4.63 runs per game and on the days that Lannan starts they are scoring an average of 4.44 runs per game. That’s a little misleading as Lannan started the game where the Phillies scored 16 runs — over his other eight starts they scored 24 runs or 3.0 runs per game.
  • The 16-run Lannan game was one of only two games this season in which the Phillies have scored more than eight runs. They scored nine on April 27.
  • The bullpen is just absolutely terrible. They’ve thrown to a 4.39 ERA (worst in the league) and a 1.50 ratio (worst in the league) in a year where the NL average is a 3.53 ERA and a 1.28 ratio.
  • The bullpen is third in the NL in total walks allowed, which is a ton given that they are last in innings pitched. The average NL bullpen has thrown about 289 innings and the Phillie bullpen has thrown 252.
  • Over 96 games, the Phillies have scored 371 runs on the year and allowed 416, which means they are allowing 0.47 runs per game more than they score. They shouldn’t count on playing .500 for too much longer if they continue to do so. Their Pythagorean Winning Percentage has them at 43-53.

And if they ever decide to start in April again some year, just think where this could go

The Phillies weren’t over .500 in any of the first three months of the season, but they’ve started July strong, going 6-2 in their first eight games. Last night they topped the Nats 4-2 behind eight great innings from Cole Hamels.

In 2012, the Phillies went 34-22 in August and September combined and finished the year at 81-81.

The Phils are going to need a well-rounded effort the rest of the way if they’re going to contend for a playoff spot in 2013, but the starting pitching has done most of the work in their current three-game winning streak. Over the last three games, their starters have allowed two earned runs over 21 1/3 innings (0.84 ERA and an 0.89 ratio). That’s good enough to get you some wins even if your offense is pretty uninspired and your bullpen is downright terrible.

There might not be a lot of hope for the bullpen, but it is important to recognize that the offense has improved of late. The Phils have scored at least three runs in each of their eight July games and are averaging 4.63 runs a game so far in July. There’s only one NL team that’s averaged 4.63 runs or better for the season — St Louis has scored an average of 5.0 runs per game and Colorado is second in the league at 4.55. The bad news is that the Phillies aren’t the only NL team whose offense has picked up in July. Their 4.63 runs per game for July is just sixth best in the NL.

The Phillies are 45-46 on the year after beating the Washington Nationals 4-2 last night. They’ve won three in a row and are 6-2 over their last eight.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing a run on six hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a solo home run. He struck out four.

The Phillies went 2-14 in the first 16 games that Hamels started this season, but are 3-0 his last three times out. In his last two starts he’s allowed two earned runs in 15 innings (1.20 ERA with an 0.80 ratio).

Scott Hairston led off the top of the first with a single into center, but Hamels got Ian Desmond to ground into a double-play behind him. Bryce Harper struck out looking 1-2 for the third out.

With one out in the second, Werth reached out over the plate for a 1-1 pitch from Hamels and hit it out to left, putting the Nats up 1-0. Hamels got the next two.

He hit Kurt Suzuki with an 0-2 pitch to start the third and the pitcher Taylor Jordan bunted Suzuki to second with the first out. Hamels struck Hairston out looking for the second out and got Desmond on a fly ball to right to leave Suzuki at second.

He threw a 1-2-3 fourth.

The game was tied at 1-1 when he started the fifth. He got the first two before hitting Suzuki again 0-2. Jordan lined to right to end the frame.

Hamels hits Suzuki twice in the first five innings of the game. He hadn’t hit more than one batter in a start since September 14, 2010.

He threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

The Phils led 4-1 when he started the seventh. Adam LaRoche singled to right with one out and moved up to second on an infield single by Anthony Rendon. It put men on first and second with two down for Suzuki and Suzuki flew to center to leave both runners stranded.

Werth homered with one out in the second. LaRoche and Rendon hit back-to-back singles with two outs in the seventh. In between, Hamels faced 18 batters and the only two times the hitter reached base were the two times he hit Suzuki.

Hamels started the eighth having thrown 87 pitches with the Phils still up by three runs. Hairston reached on an infield single with one out and moved up to second when Desmond singled into center. Hamels walked Harper on a 3-2 pitch, loading the bases for Ryan Zimmerman with one out. Hamels struck Zimmerman out swinging 0-2 for the second out. Werth was next. Hamels delivered a 2-2 fastball that was way up and away before Werth pounded the 3-2 pitch to center. Revere took it on the edge of the track to leave the bases loaded.

Hamels had thrown 103 pitches when Werth’s at-bat started. I think it’s pretty nuts to let him pitch to Werth as the go-ahead run there, but it worked out for the Phillies that time.

Huge Zimmerman at-bat ahead of the Werth at-bat and Hamels strikes him out swinging 0-2 with one out and the bases loaded.

Bastardo started the ninth with the overused Papelbon unavailable to pitch after throwing in four of the last five days. Bastardo got LaRoche on a fly ball to right for the first out before walking Rendon 3-2. Suzuki struck out swinging for the second out before righty Wilson Ramos hit for the pitcher Ian Krol and doubled off the base of the wall in right. Rendon scored, making it 4-2 with two down and Ramos on second. Bastardo got Hairston to pop to Utley to end the game.

Bastardo earns his second save of the season and the eleventh of his career. Faces five batters, allows a walk and a double and gets three outs. He’s walked 17 in 31 1/3 innings for the year. For his career he has walked 11.1% of the right-handed batters he has faced and 11.2% of the left-handed batters he has faced.

The Phillie lineup against righty Taylor Jordan went (1) Revere (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Michael Young (6) Delmon Young (7) Ruf (8) Ruiz. Revere and Rollins again hit one-two in the order after a nice performance in game one of the set. Ruf at first against the righty with Howard out.

Revere singled to center to start the bottom of the first, but Rollins grounded into a double-play behind him. Utley flew to right to set the Phillies down.

The Phils were down 1-0 when they hit in the second. Michael Young walked with one out, but Delmon Young grounded into a double-play behind him.

Third walk for Michael Young in the last three games. 4-for-his-last-8 with three walks, a double and a .636 on-base percentage.

Second time in two innings the Phils ground into a double-play.

The Phillies went in order in the third.

Utley doubled to center with two outs in the fourth. Brown was next and lined a ball into right that was short-hopped by a charging Werth. Werth threw home with the ball and Utley arriving at about the same time, but Suzuki didn’t handle the ball. Utley slid past the base, Suzuki tagged him and Utley was called safe. Brown was headed for second, so as soon as Suzuki tagged Utley, Suzuki threw to second. His throw wasn’t handled there and skipped into center, leaving Brown at third with two down. Michael Young struck out swinging to leave him there.

Many a break for the Phillies on Brown’s single. Had Werth’s throw been handled at the plate as Utley slid in, it would have been a close play, even if Utley had touched the plate. Utley slid past the plate without touching it. When Suzuki tagged him, he should have been out, but the Phillies got a helpful call. Brown would have been out by a lot if the throw at second had been handled there as he tried to move up to second when the throw came home.

Delmon Young and Ruf singled back-to-back to start the fifth, putting runners on first and second for Ruiz with nobody out. Ruiz grounded to third and the Nats turned two, leaving the Phils with Young on third and two outs for Hamels. Hamels grounded to second to end the inning.

No run for the Phils after putting men on first and second with nobody out. Ruiz grounds into their third double-play of the game.

Revere and Rollins singled back-to-back to start the sixth, putting men on first and second again with nobody out. Utley was next and hit a ball to first that was fielded by LaRoche. LaRoche made a good throw to second, but it went off the arm of Rollins as Rollins slid into the bag, off the glove of Desmond and into short left. Revere scored (2-1), Rollins went to third and Utley was safe at first with nobody out. Brown popped to short for the first out. Michael Young was next and doubled to the gap in right-center. Rollins and Utley both scored (4-1). The relay came home as Utley crossed the plate, but Suzuki made a nice play, coming out in front of the plate to take the throw and throw to third. Young was tagged out trying to move up for the second out. Righty Craig Stammen took over for Jordan and walked Delmon Young. Mayberry ran for Young at first, but was left there when Ruf struck out swinging to end the inning.

The Phils give away an out on the bases as Michael Young is thrown out trying to move up to third as Utley scores. They should have given up another out on the bases in the second when Brown tried to take second, but Suzuki’s throw wasn’t handled that time.

Revere and Rollins start another rally, singling back-to-back to start the inning and both coming around to score. Between them they’ve score five of the seven runs the Phils have plated in the first two games of the set.

Michael Young’s double off the righty Jordan is the big hit of the game.

Ugly at-bat for Brown in the frame, popping to short with runners on the corners and nobody out ahead of the double.

Stammen set the Phils down in order in the seventh.

Lefty Ian Krol got Rollins, Utley and Brown on three ground balls in the eighth.

Revere was 2-for-4 in the game, upping his average for the year to .302. He’s 13-for-his-last-27 (.481). 346/381/408 in 226 plate appearances since the start of May. BABIP of .382 after the start of May and .237 before the start of May.

Rollins 1-for-4. Two extra-base hits, both doubles, in his last 145 plate appearances.

Utley 1-for-4 with a double. Scored two of the fourth Phillie runs. Scored in the second when he doubled with two outs and scored on Brown’s single. Reached on an error in the sixth and scored on Michael Young’s double. 2-for-his-last-12 with a double.

Brown 1-for-4 with a single. Popped out with runners on the corners and nobody out in the sixth. Has at least one hit in eight games in July.

Michael Young 1-for-2 with a walk, a double and two RBI. 6-for-his-last-12.

Delmon Young 1-for-2 with a walk. 431/473/549 over his last 55 plate appearances.

Ruf 1-for-3 and struck out twice. 4-for-10 with a double and two walks so far. Six strikeouts in 11 plate appearances against right-handed pitching.

Ruiz 0-for-3. 2-for-his-last-15 with two singles. Delivered extra-base hits in 11.4% of his plate appearances in 2012 and about 2.4% of his plate appearances in 2013.

Lee (10-2, 2.73) faces lefty Gio Gonzalez (6-3, 3.14) tonight. Lee allowed four earned runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Braves in his last start, which is the only time in his last 12 outings that he allowed more than three earned runs. Over his last four starts he’s allowed four home runs to the 114 batters he’s faced. Prior to those starts he went five starts in which he didn’t allow a home run to 144 hitters. Gonzalez threw to a 1.79 ERA in his six starts in June and didn’t allow more than two earned runs in any of those outings, but gave up three earned runs over 6 2/3 in his first start of July against the Padres. He faced the Phillies on June 19 and held the Phils to two runs over seven innings while striking out 11. The Phils had two hits in his seven innings that day — a single by Revere to lead off the bottom of the first that was followed by a two-run homer by Michael Young.


The merrier old soul

The Phils came out on top in a battle of Coles yesterday afternoon, topping the Pirates 6-4 to take the series two games to one.

Both Cole Hamels and Gerrit Cole pitched well, but Gerrit Cole got an early hook and not much help from his pen. The Phils took a 6-2 lead into the eighth before De Fratus coughed up a pair of runs that got the Pirates within two, but Papelbon shut them down in the ninth.

The Pirates came into the set white-hot winners of nine in a row, but the Phils outpitched them in the series. They got a solid start from Pettibone and 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief in game one and a solid outing from Hamels in yesterday’s game.

The Phillies are 41-45 on the year after beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-4 yesterday afternoon. The Phils take the series two games to one and are in third place in the NL East, 8 1/2 behind the first-place Braves and 2 1/2 behind the Nats.

The Phillies would have to go 49-27 (.645) in their remaining 76 games to finish the season with 90 wins.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits. Only one of the runs was earned. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter.

The Phillies are just 4-14 on the year in starts by Hamels, but have won his last two times out. Righties have hit for a lot more power against him in 2013 than in recent years, but he fared well against them last night.

Jose Tabata doubled to left with one out in the first, but Hamels got Andrew McCutchen on a fly ball to center for the first out and Gaby Sanchez on a popup to Ruiz for the third.

Hamels struck out Russell Martin and Pedro Alvarez in a 1-2-3 second.

He struck out Clint Barmes and pitcher Gerrit Cole to start the third before Starling Marte singled to right. Tabata was next and grounded a ball to the third base side of short. Rollins dove, backhanded and threw to second, where Ultey just didn’t catch the ball. It rolled around in short right field until Howard got it. Marte would up at third and Tabata on second. Utley was charged with an error. McCutchen was the next batter and he singled into center, scoring both runners to put the Pirates up 2-0. Sanchez grounded to short to end the inning.

Marte would have been safe at second on the ball hit by Tabata, even if Utley had caught it. Because Tabata got a single, one of the two runs charged to Hamels in the frame is earned. Had Utley caught the ball, it still would have been men on first and second with two down. The inning still would have continued and Marte still would have scored on the single by McCutchen.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 fourth.

The lead was cut to 2-1 when he set the Pirates down in order in the fifth.

The Phillies were up 5-2 when he threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

He allowed a leadoff single to Martin to start the seventh, but got the next three to leave Martin at first.

Hamels allows just one base-runner in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh on Martin’s single to start the seventh.

De Fratus started the eighth with the Phils up 6-2. Jordy Mercer and Starling singled back-to-back to start the frame, putting men on first and second with nobody out for Tabata. Lefty Garrett Jones hit for Tabata and singled to center. Mercer scored (6-3) and Marte moved up to third. McCutchen was next and grounded into a double-play. 6-4 with two down and the bases empty. Sanchez flew to left for the third out.

De Fratus faces five batters in the frame, allowing three hits. Huge double-play by McCutchen holds the damage to two runs. At least he didn’t walk anyone.

His ERA for the year is up to 5.19. He’s allowed eight runs in five innings over his last nine appearances. He’s faced 34 batters over those appearances and they’ve hit 458/606/625 against him.

Papelbon pitched the ninth. Pedro Alvarez singled with one out. Papelbon got Neil Walker on a fly ball to left for the second out. Lefty Travis Snider hit for the pitcher Ryan Reid and Papelbon struck Snider out swinging 0-2 to end the game.

The Phillie lineup against righty Gerrit Cole went (1) Revere (2) Utley (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Frandsen (8) Ruiz. Frandsen starts at third with Michael Young on the bench and Revere leading off.

Revere led off the top of the first with a single to center, but was caught stealing after Utley struck out. Rollins delivered a two-out single into center, but was caught stealing with Howard at the plate to set the Phillies down.

Two caught stealings in the inning for the Phils. Revere’s went catcher to first base to second and Rollins was thrown out in the traditional way.

Revere stole three bases against the Mets on June 22. Since then he hasn’t stolen a base and has been caught four times.

Howard singled to left to start the second, but the Phillies went in order behind him.

Revere singled to left with two outs in the third and moved up to third when Utley followed with a double. Rollins struck out swinging 0-2 to leave both runners stranded.

Down 2-0, the Phillies went in order in the fourth.

Ruiz singled to right with one out in the fifth and Hamels bunted him up to second with the second out. Revere was next and he singled to center. McCutchen threw home trying to get Ruiz, but his throw was terrible, way off line up the first base line. Ruiz scored (2-1), McCutchen was charged with an error and Revere took second. Utley grounded to first to leave Revere stranded.

Revere 3-for-3 with an RBI through the first five innings. Comes up with a big two-out hit to get the Phillies on the board.

Howard walked with one out in the sixth and moved up to second when Brown followed with a single to right. Righty Vin Mazzaro came in to pitch to Delmon Young and Young singled to left, loading the bases for Frandsen. Frandsen blooped a ball down the first base line that dropped for a single. Everyone moved up a base and Howard scored, tying the game at 2-2. Ruiz was next and lined a single into center, scoring Brown and Young. 4-2 with men on first and third with one out. Hamels was grazed by an 0-2 pitch, loading the bases again. Lefty Tony Watson came in to pitch to Revere. Revere grounded to short. Ruiz was out at third, but Frandsen scored to make it 5-2 with two down and runners on first and second. Utley flew to right to leave them there.

Quick hook for Cole. He had thrown just 78 pitches in the game and allowed one run. Left with one out and men on first and second and both went on to score.

Big break for the Phils with Hamels getting grazed by the pitch way down in the count. Gets them another runs as Frandsen is able to score on Revere’s ground out.

Rollins singled off of Watson to start the seventh, but Howard grounded into a double-play behind him. Brown struck out looking for the third out.

Delmon Young singled off of righty Ryan Reid to start the eighth and Mayberry ran for him at first. Frandsen was next and was hit by a pitch, putting men on first and second with nobody out for Ruiz. Ruiz bunted the runners up to second and third with the first out. Michael Young hit for Hamels and flew to left, deep enough for Mayberry to tag and score from third. 6-2 with two down and Frandsen on second for Revere. Revere flew to center to set the Phillies down.

Frandsen hit by a pitch again. Seven in 107 plate appearances (about 6.5% of his PA). Nobody else on the team has been hit more than three times.

Utley tripled to center off of Reid to start the ninth with the lead cut to 6-4. Rollins popped to short for the first out. Howard struck out swinging for the second. Brown was walked intentionally to put runners on the corners for Mayberry. Mayberry grounded to third to leave the runners stranded.

No run for the Phillies after the leadoff triple in a two-run game. Rollins and Howard both can bring the runner home from third with less than two outs. Howard doesn’t put the ball in play against the righty.

Revere was 3-for-5 with a caught stealing and two RBI. 4-for-13 in the three-game set. 290/329/330 for the year. 333/373/381 over 204 plate appearances since the start of May. On-basing .293 at home and .355 on the road.

Utley was 2-for-5 with a double and a triple. Made a non-catch error on a throw from Rollins in the third that cost the Phillies a run. 3-for-12 with two walks, two doubles and a triple in the set. 282/349/521 for the year. 300/363/527 against righties and 238/314/508 against lefties. Better power against lefties than righties and more points of on-base percentage, but a lot more hits coming against righties.

Rollins was 2-for-5 and struck out twice. 4-for-14 with a double in the set. 264/325/362 for the year. One walk in his last 31 PA. Two extra-base hits, both doubles, and a .277 slugging percentage in his last 125 PA.

Howard 1-for-4 with walk. Struck out with Utley on third and one out in the ninth. 3-for-9 with a walk and an RBI in the series. 3-for-his-last-27 with three singles. 266/319/457 for the year.

Brown 1-for-4 with an intentional walk. 5-for-12 with a home run in the series. His numbers against righties have passed his numbers against lefties for the season. 278/331/561 against righties and 282/311/518 against lefties. 279/326/549 for the year. He came into the season having walked in 10.4% of his plate appearances and slugging .388 with an isolated power of .152. This year his isolated power is .270 and he’s walked in about 6.5% of his PA. Seems like his monster power display in 2013 should mean more walks, but it’s meant less.

Delmon Young 2-for-4. 6-for-12 with a double in the set. 17-for-his-last-35 with a 486/514/657 line over 37 PA with nine RBI. 273/323/443 for the year.

Frandsen 1-for-3 with an RBI. 2-for-5 with two RBI in the series. 286/387/440 for the year.

Ruiz 2-for-3 with two RBI. 4-for-9 with a walk and four singles in the set. 278/339/309 in 110 PA for the year. 12-for-his-last-31 (.387).

Lee (9-2, 2.59) faces righty Tim Hudson (4-7, 4.22) tonight in Philly as the Phils face the Braves. Lee hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his last 11 starts and he’s averaged about 7.6 innings per start in those outings. Opponents have hit .189 against him over 30 innings in his last four starts. Hudson has a 2.45 ERA over his last six outings, but his most recent start was the worst of the six as he allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Diamondbacks.

Update 7/8: Ryan Howard needs surgery and will be out 6-8 weeks.


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