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It’s almost enough to make you feel nostalgic for Mike Zagurski

Almost.

The combined WAR for Phillie pitchers as calculated by Baseball-Reference was 10.8 in 2012, way down from the NL-leading WARs the team posted in 2011 and 2010.

The Phillies had a long, long way to fall, though. In 2011, Baseball-Reference calculated the combined WAR for all Phillie pitchers at 35.2. That is enormously high. How high? Well, here is the list of all teams whose pitchers have posted a combined Baseball-Reference WAR of 30 or better since 1900:

Team Year WAR for Pitchers
PHI 2012 35.2
NYY 1997 31.0
CIN 1967 30.8

Not a long list and the ’11 Phillies are at the top.

Looking back to the previous post, the Phillies led the NL in combined WAR for pitchers in 2010 (21.2) and again in 2011 (35.2). 2010 and 2011 are the only two years of the last ten in which the Phillie pitchers have been over 14.8.

The average for the team for the eight of the last ten years that were not 2010 or 2011 is about 8.8. The average for 2010 and 2011 was 28.2.

The point here is that the pitchers for the Phillies aren’t going to post a WAR of 35.2 again any time soon. Or ever. So the Phils are going to need to figure out another way to win (and hopefully one that involves Freddy Galvis never, ever being allowed near third base).

In 2011, Halladay posted a WAR of 8.5 and Cliff Lee put up an 8.3. By comparison, in 2012, there were four pitchers across both leagues with a WAR better than 5.8 — Verlander (7.6), Price (6.4), Harrison (6.2) and Kershaw (6.2).

So having two guys in your rotation at 8.3 or better is a big deal.

Here is the list of pitchers across both leagues who have posted a Baseball-Reference WAR of 8.3 or higher over the last ten years:

Pitcher Year WAR
Zack Greinke 2009 10.1
Roy Halladay 2011 8.5
Johan Santana 2004 8.4
Roy Halladay 2010 8.3
Cliff Lee 2011 8.3
Justin Verlander 2011 8.3

So that’s six seasons for pitchers with a WAR of 8.3 or better over the last ten years, three of which are Halladay or Lee (Halladay did it in 2010 and again in 2011). To compare, Cole Hamels is a great pitcher and has posted a WAR for a season once that was over 5.3 (6.2 in 2011). Roy Oswalt has finished in the top six in Cy Young voting six times, but has had a WAR for the season above 5.6 just twice (6.7 in 2002 and 6.4 in 2007).

So, again, the model for success going forward might have to a lot to do with good pitching, but it can’t rely on the pitching being as good as it was in 2011, because that is never going to happen again.

Looking for potential good news, there’s always the possibility that WAR, or at least WAR as calculated by Baseball-Reference, doesn’t matter at all. Sadly, I’m afraid it does, although it does seem worthwhile to point out enormous differences between the combined WAR for pitchers in 2011 as calculated by Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs. While Baseball-Reference’s calculation of WAR suggests the 2011 Phillies had one of the most dominant pitching staffs in the history of baseball, FanGraph’s calculation of WAR suggests they weren’t even the best pitching staff in 2011. FanGraphs has them second across both leagues at 27.1 and the White Sox first at 27.3.

David Herndon is now a Blue Jay after being claimed by Toronto.

Tyson Brummett was also claimed off of waivers by the Blue Jays last week, then designated for assignment so Toronto could make room for Herndon on their 40-man roster.

Michael Martinez has been removed from the 40-man roster and sent to Triple-A.

The 40-man roster is at 36 with three players (Stutes, Contreras and Schneider) on the 60-day DL.


One hit makes fans wonder

Matt Garza looked rather fantastic yesterday, holding the Phils to a single and walk over seven shutout innings while striking out ten as he led the Cubs to a 5-1 win. As good as he looked, it was a little hard to tell how much of it was Garza being great and how much was the Phillies being feeble offensively.

Given the Phillies’s offense woes of late, a little of both seems like a good guess.

The biggest problem for the Phillies right now is that Rollins, Pence and Victorino, the trio expected to be the core of an offense that’s missing Utley and Howard, aren’t producing. Rollins has struggled all year and is hitting 222/264/259 for the season. Pence is 5-for-his-last-34 (.147) and Victorino 3-for-his-last-33 (.091).

The Phillies are 10-12 on the year after losing to the Chicago Cubs 5-1 yesterday afternoon. The Cubs have won two of the first three games of the four-game set.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing three runs, two of which were earned, on five hits and a walk. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a home run.

That’s a whole lot better than in his other start of the season, in which Kendrick allowed seven runs over three innings.

He set the Cubs down in order in the first. Bryan LaHair led off the second and doubled to left-center. Jeff Baker was the next hitter and lined a ball to right that Pence looked like he might catch for a second, but went over his head for a double. LaHair didn’t scored, moving up to third to put men on second and third with nobody out for Ian Stewart. Stewart grounded to second for the first out with both runners moving up a base and LaHair scoring to put the Cubs up 1-0. Kendrick walked Joe Mather and Mather stole second, putting men on second and third with one down. Kendrick struck Wellington Castillo and pitcher Matt Garza out back-to-back to leave the runners on second and third.

Big strikeout for Kendrick to get Castillo for the second out with men on first and second.

Tony Campana led off the third with a single to right and took second when Nix didn’t handle a pickoff throw at first for an error. Darwin Barney grounded to second for the first out, with Campana moving up to third. Starlin Castro was next and hit a ball to right, not too deep. Pence took it for the second out and made a good throw home, but Campana tagged and slid in just safe to make it 2-0. Kendrick struck LaHair out looking to end the frame.

Campana, as he demonstrated throughout the series, is really fast. Kendrick’s pickoff throw to first was a little low, but Nix definitely should have caught it.

Kendrick got the first two in the fourth, before Mather hit a 1-0 pitch out to left, putting the Cubs up 3-0. Castillo flew to center for the third out.

Kendrick struck out Garza, Campana and Barney in a 1-2-3 fifth.

He allowed a one-out single to LaHair in the sixth, but got Baker and Stewart behind him.

Contreras set the Cubs down in order in the seventh, striking out Mather and Castillo before getting Garza to ground to first.

Contreras does a nice just against the bottom of the order for the Cubs, coming off of back-to-back ugly outings.

Herndon started the eighth. Campana led off with an infield single and stole second on a pitchout. Barney bunted him to third with the first out. Castro was next and hit a ball to second with the infield in. Galvis came home, but his throw was bad first base side and Campana was safe, putting the Cubs up 4-0 with nobody out and a man on first. Castro tried to steal second, but Schneider threw him out for the first out. LaHair doubled to right and came home on a single by Baker (5-0). Baker took second as the throw came home. Stewart lined to left for the third out.

Campana still fast, what with reaching on the infield hit, stealing second on a pitchout and then scoring on a ground ball to second with the infield in and the throw coming home all in the same frame. Schneider throwing out Castro ahead of the double by LaHair saves the Phils a run.

Herndon came back to set the Cubs down in order in the ninth.

Herndon raises his ERA for the year to 4.70, allowing two runs over two innings. He’s only walked one, but allowed ten hits in 7 2/3 innings for the year. Campana made one of the runs he allowed without a lot of help. Herndon threw 24 pitches in the game, Contreras ten.

The Phillies lineup against righty Matt Garza went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Pence (4) Wigginton (5) Victorino (6) Nix (7) Schneider (8) Galvis. Rollins leads off against a righty for the second straight day, but this time with Pierre behind him playing left and hitting second. Wigginton at third with Polanco on the bench. Nix at first. Schneider catches with Ruiz on the bench. Galvis at second with the lefty Orr watching.

Rollins blooped a single into right center to start the bottom of the first. Pierre followed and grounded to short with Rollins forced at second for the first out. With Pence at the plate, a ball in the dirt got away from Castillo. Pierre tried to take second, but Castillo threw him out for the second out. Pence struck out to end the inning.

The out Pierre gave away at second doesn’t officially count as a caught stealing, so I guess we’ll just have to remember.

Down 1-0, the Phils went in order in the second.

Down 2-0, Schneider, Galvis and Kendrick all struck out in the third.

Down 3-0, Rollins struck out as the Phils went in order in the fourth.

Nix struck out as the Phils went in order in the fifth.

Garza got Schneider on a fly ball to right for the first out in the sixth. Galvis struck out for the second out. Mayberry hit for Kendrick and struck out swinging to end the inning.

Mayberry’s average dropped to .208 on the year with the strikeout. He’s 1-for-9 as a pinch-hitter with five strikeouts.

Pierre walked with one out in the seventh, but Pence and Wigginton went down behind him.

The Phillies were down 5-0 when righty Rafael Dolis set them down in order in the eighth.

Righty Carlos Marmol started the ninth and got Galvis on a fly ball to center for the first out. Orr hit for Herndon and walked. Rollins followed that with a walk, putting men on first and second for Pierre. Pierre popped to short for the second out, but Pence reached on an infield single that loaded the bases. Wigginton walked on a 3-2 pitch, forcing in Orr to make it 5-1. Victorino grounded to short to end the game.

Three walks in the inning for the Phils. They only walked four times in the game.

Rollins 1-for-3 with a walk. 2-for-7 with a walk, a double and two RBI in the last two days.

Pierre 0-for-3 with a walk and gave away a run with a caught stealing that doesn’t count as a caught stealing. .

Pence 1-for-4 with two strikeouts, dropping his average to .253. He’s hitting 171/190/268 in 42 plate appearances over his last ten games. 2-for-12 with four strikeouts so far in the series.

Wigginton 0-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. He’s 13-for-his-last-37 (351/415/486 over 41 plate appearances).

Victorino 0-for-4 to drop his average to .230. He’s hitting 200/233/400 over his last 73 plate appearances. 3-for-his-last-33 with two home runs and a double. His last single came April 20 in San Diego.

Nix 0-for-3 with a strikeout and an error at first. He’s on-basing .387 and slugging .556 for the season, both of which lead the team.

Schneider 0-for-3 with a strikeout. Threw Castro out trying to steal second in the eighth. He’s 4-for-18 on the year with four singles.

Galvis 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, which dropped his average under .200 to .194. He’s 4-for-his-last-29. He’s hitting .179 against right-handed pitching with a .209 on-base percentage.

On Saturday, the Phillies won game two of the series 5-2. Blanton got the start for the Phils and was very good, pitching into the eighth inning and holding the Cubs to a pair of runs. J-Roll lead off for the first time this season and hit a two-run double in a four-run fourth for the Phils that also featured a two-run single by Carlos Ruiz. Ruiz added a solo homer in the sixth, his third home run of the season.

Friday the Phils lost the opener of the series 5-1. Halladay allowed three runs over seven innings and Schwimer gave up a pair of runs in the ninth. The only run of the game for the Phils came on a solo home run by Wigginton off of Chicago starter Paul Maholm in the seventh.

Worley (2-1, 2.16) faces righty Chris Volstead (0-3, 6.14) tonight. Worley has made three very good starts in four outings for the year. Over his last two starts he has allowed one run in 13 innings and struck out 17. Volstad has allowed at least four runs in each of his last three starts and hasn’t gotten an out in the seventh inning in any of them.


News bittersweet as Phils win, but pleas to extend Spring Training by like 120 games or so fall on deaf ears

Phils topped the Pirates 7-2 last night in their final game before opening the regular season on Thursday. They end their official Spring Training games with a 14-16-4 mark.

Hamels started the game for the Phillies and was fantastic, throwing four shutout innings in which he allowed three hits, no walks and struck out five. In seven Spring Training starts, Hamels threw to a 2.93 ERA with a 1.19 ratio.

Bastardo started the fifth, throwing on back-to-back days. He faced three batters, got two of them and allowed a single to the other. Herndon took over with two outs and a man on first and allowed a double and a single to the first two men he faced before getting a strikeout to end the inning.

Bastardo ends Spring Training with an 0.81 ratio, but a 4.15 ERA. I feel pretty sure that if he keeps throwing to an 0.81 ratio, his ERA is going to be a whole lot better than 4.15. Last year, for example, his ratio was 0.93 and his ERA 2.64.

Herndon finishes with a 3.31 ERA and a 1.29 ratio. Opponents hit .288 against him, but in 16 1/3 innings he struck out 14 and walked just two.

Valdes threw a 1-2-3 seventh. Qualls threw a 1-2-3 eighth. Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Valdes will not make the team despite a 1.32 ERA and an 0.88 ratio and 14 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings.

Qualls 4.22 ERA and 1.03 ratio. Opponents hit just .179 against him, but he walked four in 10 2/3 innings.

Papelbon finishes with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.29 ratio. He held opponents to a .229 average, but walked five in 11 2/3 innings.

Polanco was 1-for-3 in the game and hit a three-run homer in the fifth. He ends Spring Training at 429/478/571.

Galvis had another extra-base hit, doubling in his only at-bat. 280/295/476 in 82 at-bats. He led the team with 14 RBI.

Nix also doubled in what was an awful spring for him. He was 1-for-4 with a double in the game and winds up at 208/300/264.

Ruiz was 1-for-2 with a double. 479/500/771 in 48 at-bats. .771? Yup. 23-for-48 with eight doubles and two home runs.

Mayberry ends his ugly spring with a good day, going 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. 203/259/304. He gets a big do-over starting on Thursday — he and the Phils could both use it, cause they’re going to need him to not hit .203 with no power.

We’ll probably be seeing a lot of Wigginton in the early going, too. He was 0-for-1 last night to drop his line to 185/260/246.

Roy Halladay faces lefty Erik Bedard on Thursday.

Joe Savery made the team and so did Pete Orr. Podsednik (309/377/455) and Luna (302/351/528) did not. Neither did Raul Valdes.

Valdes was significantly better than his fellow lefty Savery this Spring Training. Valdes threw 13 2/3 innings with a 1.32 ERA and an 0.88 ratio while striking out 14. Savery threw to a 3.48 ERA with a 1.45 ratio and struck out nine in 10 1/3 innings.

Pierre winds up outhitting Podsednik. 377/433/426 in 61 at-bats for Pierre and 309/377/455 in 55 at-bats for Podsednik.

This says Stutes and Herndon will start the year with the Phils.

That makes 25.

Hitters (13): Ruiz, Schneider, Thome, Mayberry, Wigginton, Galvis, Orr, Rollins, Polanco, Nix, Pierre, Victorino, Pence.

Pitchers (12): Halladay, Lee, Hamels, Blanton, Worley, Kendrick, Papelbon, Savery, Bastardo, Qualls, Stutes, Herndon.


It’s been 14 years that are gone forever and are otherwise unremarkable

In my previous post, I pointed out that Phillie starters led the NL in innings pitched in 2011 with 1,064 2/3. So when was the last time an NL team saw its starters throw that many innings? 1998, when the Braves did it.

Here’s the list of the teams that led the league in innings by starting pitcher over the past 14 years:

Year Team IP by starters
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
1999
1998
PHI
PHI
STL
MIL
SF
COL
STL
CHC
CHC
ARI
ATL
ATL
ARI
ATL
1064 2/3
1035 1/3
1003 2/3
983 1/3
968 2/3
985
1048
1007
1030 1/3
1059 1/3
1007 2/3
1040 1/3
1056 2/3
1074 2/3

In the past six seasons, the only NL team other than the Phillies to get 1,000 innings from their starters is the 2009 St Louis Cardinals.

No team has gotten more innings from their starter since the 1998 Atlanta Braves threw 1,074 2/3. Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, Danny Neagle all made at least 26 starts for the Braves that year and all of them threw an average of at least 6.45 innings per start. Maddux led the group, making 34 starts in which he threw 251 innings, which is about 7.38 innings per start.

In the DL-loving American League, getting a thousand innings from your starters has happened a little more often in recent history. In each of the past two seasons there were four AL teams that saw their starters toss a 1,000 frames. The Mariners, White Sox and Angels have all had their starters go a thousand innings in each of the last two years while the Rays and Red Sox have each done it once.

This suggests the Phils are going to work more on bunting and mentions Rollins, Victorino, Michael Martinez and Juan Pierre as bunt-for-a-hit candidates. Really hoping we don’t see Victorino bunting 15-20 more times a year in 2012.

The article linked above also says that Conteras’s bullpen session went well yesterday and he could still be ready for Opening Day.

This article suggests that Brian Sanches and David Herndon might be battling for a bullpen spot. I do like Sanches and think there’s a chance he can help the Phils this year, but have some trouble forgetting him allowing four home runs in relief the night the Phils lost their ten thousandth game in team history.

Danys Baez retired. Between 2010 and 2011, Baez made 80 relief appearances for the Phils in which he threw to a 5.81 ERA with a 1.60 ratio.


102

The Phils made franchise history last night, winning their 102nd game of the regular season for the first time ever as they beat Atlanta 4-3 in 13 innings to knock the Braves out of the post-season.

The Phillies end the year at 102-60 and winners of four straight games. They swept Atlanta in the three-game set and the Braves fell short in their Wild Card bid with the combination of last night’s loss and an 8-0 win for the Cardinals against Houston.

Blanton started the game for the Phils and allowed a run on three hits over two innings, dropping his ERA on the year to 5.01.

The Phils went up 1-0 in the top of the first when Pence’s two-out walk was followed by a Howard double. Michael Bourn led off the bottom of the first for Atlanta with a single, stole second, went to third on a ground out and scored on a sac fly to tie the game at 1-1. Dan Uggla hit a two-run homer off of Cole Hamels in the third, putting Atlanta up 3-1.

The Phils still trailed by two runs when they hit in the seventh. With one out and men on first and third, Ruiz smashed a ball to short that would have been a double-play ball if Jack Wilson could have handled it cleanly. He couldn’t. Ruiz reached on an error and Ibanez scored from third to cut the lead to 3-2.

Craig Kimbrel came on in the ninth to try to save the game for Atlanta, but couldn’t get it done. The Phils loaded the bases on a single by Polanco and walks to Francisco and Rollins before Utley delivered a sac fly that tied the game at 3-3. With two outs in the top of the 13th and men on first and third, Pence broke his bat delivering a single into shallow right field with Schneider scoring from third to put the Phillies up a run. Herndon kept the Braves off the board in the bottom of the ninth, walking Uggla with one out but getting Freddie Freeman to hit into a double-play behind him to end the game, to earn his first career save.

Hamels didn’t look strong pitching in relief, allowing two runs on four hits over three innings, and again was hurt by the home run on the two-run shot by Uggla. In 38 innings in September, Hamels allowed nine home runs (2.13 per nine innings). Only one pitcher in either league, Bronson Arroyo, allowed more than nine home runs in September. Three others besides Hamels also allowed nine (Anthony Vazquez managed to allow nine in 20 innings pitching for Seattle). Coming into September, Hamels had allowed ten home runs in 178 innings (.51 per nine innings).

It was a fantastic night for the Phillie bullpen. Blanton and Hamels combined to allow three runs over five innings. After Hamels left, Worley, Lidge, Madson, Stutes, Schwimer, De Fratus and Herndon combined to throw eight shutout innings in which they allowed three hits and four walks.

Madson, Lidge and Stutes combined to go three innings in the game in which they struck out four without allowing a hit or a walk.

Michael Schwimer threw two scoreless innings in the game, allowing just one single. He ends the season having thrown four scoreless innings over his last three appearances.

Rollins was 0-for-6 with a walk in the game. He goes 11-for-25 to end the season.

Utley 2-for-4 with two walks. He goes 4-for-8 in his last two games of the regular season.

Pence 2-for-4 with three walks. He’s 7-for-his-last-16 to end the season. 324/394/560 in 236 plate appearances with the Phils this year.

Howard 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. 6-for-14 over his last four games. Ends the year at 224/286/347 against left-handed pitching.

Mayberry 1-for-5 with a walk and started the game in center with Victorino resting with a (hopefully slightly) sore back. Mayberry is 3-for-his-last-15 with four walks. He slugged .576 in the second-half of the season, which led the Phils and was seventh in the NL among the 117 players with at least 150 plate appearances. . He hit ten home runs in 144 second-half at-bats. He has hit 302/356/611 over his last 177 plate appearances.

Victorino is 6-for-his-last-21 after going 0-for-1 last night, but hit 179/257/321 over his last 149 plate appearances to end the season. After going 2-for-5 with a triple and a home run against the Mets on August 23, Victorino was hitting 314/389/551 for the year. He ends the season at 279/355/491.

Ibanez 1-for-6 with two strikeouts and six men left on base. 5-for-17 to end the year. He walked in just 33 of his 575 plate appearances this year (5.7%), which is his lowest rate since 1998. He ends the year at 211/232/353 against lefties.

Polanco 2-for-4. 4-for-24 with no walks to end the year. 243/304/287 in 409 plate appearances since the end of April. He had ten extra-base hits in those 409 plate appearances.

Ruiz 0-for-5 with two strikeouts and an RBI. He has on-based .376 over 1,284 plate appearances the last three years. His power was down this year — he registered extra-base hits in just 6.1% of his plate appearances. Over the last two seasons he had delivered an extra-base hit in about 9.0% of his plate appearances. He slugged just .337 against lefties for the season despite posting a .265 average against them. He’s 1-for-his-last-13.

Martinez went 0-for-3 in the game and left seven men on base. He ends the year 1-for-his-last-21 with a 196/258/282 line for the season.

Games one and two with St Louis are Saturday and Sunday in Philadelphia. Three and four in St Louis Tuesday and Wednesday. Game five would be here on Friday.


Lucky number eleven?

So far this year, righty David Herndon has thrown to a 3.38 ERA out of the pen for the Phils while his fellow righty Michael Stutes has thrown to a 3.69 ERA. Herndon hasn’t really been better than Stutes, though, has he?

Here’s at look at some of the other numbers for the pair:

IP ERA Ratio BF % H % BB % HR % K
Stutes 61 3.69 1.26 256 19.1 10.9 2.7 21.9
Herndon 56 3.38 1.38 240 27.5 9.6 3.8 15.8

No. He really hasn’t. He’s been better at preventing walks than Stutes, but allowed hits and home runs at a higher rate while striking out batters less regularly.

Herndon does have the better ERA, but with a big but. Herndon has allowed 26 runs in his 56 innings, but five of those 26 (19.2%) have been unearned. All 21 of the runs that have been charged to Stutes have been earned.

Another big difference is that Stutes has been good against left-handed hitters while they have hammered Herndon:

% of BF righties vs righties % of BF lefties vs lefties
Stutes 54.3 224/297/352 45.7 216/328/392
Herndon 60.8 200/250/285 39.2 364/473/701

Again, just terrible numbers for Herndon against lefties as they hit a silly 364/473/701 against him. If lefties are going to hit 364/473/701 against you it means you can’t pitch against them. Stutes, on the other hand, has been very effective against lefties, holding them to a 216/328/392 line.

Not to be lost in that as well is that as horrid as Herndon has been against left-handed hitters, he’s been fantastic against righties — righties have on-based just .250 against Herndon for the season. By OPS against, Halladay and Bastardo are the only pitchers for the Phils who have faced more than 15 batters this year who have been more effective against righties than Herndon.

The other thing is that Herndon has some impressive numbers late in the season. Over his last 19 appearances, he’s thrown to a 1.48 ERA with a 1.27 ratio and struck out 18 in 24 1/3 innings. Stutes, on the other hand, has a 5.12 ERA over his last 16 appearances. Here’s what the two have done since the All-Star break:

IP ERA Ratio RA per 9 IP
Stutes 30 2/3 4.11 1.37 4.11
Herndon 28 1.61 1.29 2.89

Again, Herndon gets some help with unearned runs. He has allowed nine runs in the second half and only five of them have been earned. But a 1.61 ERA is a 1.61 ERA and whether his ERA number in the second half is misleading or not, there’s still a very good case to be made that 1) he’s been better than Stutes in the second half and 2) he’s been fantastic against righties all year long.

So what are the Phillies going to do? I don’t know, but I think they should make room for Herndon. Stutes seems like a lock for the post-season roster. This suggests the Phils will carry 11 pitchers and slot 11 will go to Blanton or Herndon. My guess is that slots 1-10 go to these guys: Halladay, Lee, Hamels, Oswalt, Worley, Madson, Bastardo, Kendrick, Stutes and Lidge. If you have to pick between Herndon and Blanton, I think you have to go with Herndon given that Roy Oswalt is your #4 starter and that Worley and Kendrick should both be able to provide multiple innings in long relief.

The article linked above suggests that Joe Savery, Justin De Fratus and Domonic Brown will go to Clearwater in case the Phillies need to replace a player on their post-season roster.

The Phillies are 100-60 on the year after beating the Atlanta Braves 4-2 last night. Lee got the start for the Phils and gave up two early runs, allowing a solo shot to Chipper Jones in the first and a second run on a double by Alex Gonzalez in the second. Polanco singled with two outs and the bases loaded in the fourth, knocking in Pence to cut the lead to 2-1 and Rollins tied things up at 2-2 with a solo homer in the fifth. The Phillies pulled ahead 3-2 in the sixth when Victorino’s one-out triple was followed by an RBI-single by Ibanez. Ibanez drove Victorino in again in the eighth. Victorino doubled with one out and again Ibanez followed with a single, scoring Victorino to put the Phils up 4-2.

Lee got his 17th win, holding the Braves to two runs over six innings. Savery, Stutes, Lidge and Madson combined to throw three scoreless innings after he left.

Rollins, Howard, Victorino and Ibanez all had two hits for the Phils.

Rollins is 5-for-his-last-10 coming off of an 0-for-16 coming into the second game on Saturday.

Victorino 4-for-his-last-10 with three extra-base hits.


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