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But can they play second?

There’s a lot going wrong for the Phils these days, but one thing going unexpectedly right is the performance they’ve gotten from left-handed relievers this Spring Training.

In yesterday’s game against Detroit, lefties out of the pen for the Phils combined to throw 5 2/3 scoreless innings in which they allowed three hits, no walks and struck out seven. It seemed like a good a time as any to check in on the lefty relievers in camp other than Bastardo.

Here’s what lefty relievers in camp have done in official Spring Training action so far:

IP ERA Ratio K
David Purcey 7 2.57 1.14 5
Raul Valdes 6 2/3 1.35 0.75 8
Joe Savery 5 1/3 0.00 0.94 7
Jeremy Horst 4 6.75 2.00 4
Pat Misch 4 2.25 1.75 3
Jake Diekman 4 0.00 0.75 8
Dontrelle Willis 2 2/3 16.87 3.38 0

Purcey has been good. Valdes, Savery and Diekman have been great.

It’s already clear that several of those guys are out of the running to start the year with the Phils. Willis has already been released and Misch assigned to minor league camp. Purcey and Horst were reassigned this morning.

The Phillies beat the Tigers 4-3 yesterday.

Scott Elarton started the game for the Phillies and was charged with three runs over 2 1/3 innings, pushing his Spring Training ERA to 6.10. Valdes followed Elarton, allowing a single over 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Savery was next and struck out three in two scoreless innings. Brian Sanches pitched the seventh, allowing a two-out double but keeping the Tigers off the board. He has a 4.50 ERA and a 1.67 ratio over six innings. Diekman threw a 1-2-3 eighth. Purcey allowed a double with two outs in the ninth, but got Austin Jackson on a ground ball to third to end the game.

Galvis had a two-run triple in a four-run fifth for the Phillies. He was 1-for-3 in the game and upped his line to 282/311/462 with a team-high ten RBI. Wigginton went 1-for-3 with a single and his hitting .219. Nix started in left and went 1-for-3.

The Phillies play Baltimore this afternoon with Halladay expected to pitch.

Chase Utley has left camp to see a specialist about his knees. It looks as if Freddy Galvis may see significant time at second base early in the season for the Phillies. Galvis has a career .292 on-base percentage in the minor leagues.

Jimmy Rollins fires up his own private uplifting quote machine yet again in this article, saying of Utley, “If he doesn’t play again that would be something horrible.”

Other in-house options for the Phillies at second would appear to include Martinez and Polanco, although Manuel points out in the article linked above that he’s having a lot of trouble keeping Polanco healthy at third.

The Phillies released Joel Piniero.

May and June bug

Overall in 2011, the Phillies finished a disappointing seventh in the NL in runs scored. Things picked up a lot towards the end of the year, though — from the start of July to the end of the regular season, the Phils led the NL in runs score.

When you think about how things went month-to-month for the Phils in 2011, it’s important to remember that the offense had two terrible months early in the year that dragged the numbers down for the season. After a solid start to the year in April, the offense dropped like a stone for the Phils in May as the team finished twelfth in the NL in runs scored for the month. They followed that up with a June in which they were eleventh in the NL in runs scored. After the first three full months of the season, the Phils were eighth in the league in runs scored. But things got better in a hurry.

The table below shows, for each month of the 2011 season, the Phillies rank in run scored for the league for that month, their rank in runs scored from the beginning of the season through the end of that month and their rank in runs scored in the league from the end of that month to the end of the regular season.

Month NL Rank RS for Month Rank RS start of season thru month Rank RS after month to end of season
April 4 4 6
May 12 8 4
June 11 8 1
July 1 6 4
August 3 6 6
Sept 6 7 -

So, for example, in May of 2011, the Phils were twelfth in the NL in runs scored. From the start of the season through the end of May, they were eighth in the NL in runs scored and from the end of May to the end of the regular season they were fourth.

Through end of June July to end of season May and June April, July, August and September
PHI NL Rank Runs Scored 8 1 12 2

Again, two bad months. Start of the season through June they were eighth in the NL in runs scored. Start of July to the end of the season they were first. In May and June combined they were twelfth. In all of the months except May and June combined they were second.

Here’s a look back at some of the monthly performances that helped contribute to the numbers above:

The offense was solid in April, fourth in the NL in runs scored.

Howard led the team in home runs (six) and RBI (27), hitting 291/351/560. Polanco was a monster, too, hitting 398/447/524 in the only month of the season in which he would put up an OPS of .700 or better. After going 2-for-3 with a double against the Mets on April 30, Polanco would hit 243/304/287 in 409 plate appearances for the rest of the season.

Ibanez was atrocious for the Phils in April, posting a 161/247/218 line over 97 plate appearances. Valdez started 19 games and hit 239/282/284.

It wouldn’t last, but Francisco put up solid numbers for April, hitting 266/347/447 for the month and starting 24 games. Things were already looking a little less than fabulous for Francisco, though. After hitting 308/386/513 over 44 plate appearances to start the season, Francisco hit 236/317/400 over the last 16 games of the month.

In May the offense tanked. Eleven NL teams scored more runs than the Phillies in May.

The good news for May was that Ibanez bounced back dramatically, hitting a team-high seven homers and also leading the team in RBI with 19 as he posted a 315/339/602 line.

The bad news was pretty much everything else. Howard hit .208. Rollins on-based .306. Polanco on-based .289 with three extra-base hits in 27 starts. Utley was back at the end of the month, but not helping much. He hit 222/364/370 in 33 May plate appearances.

Francisco couldn’t hit enough to keep the right field job and was out of the lineup regularly during the second half of the month after hitting .103 (really! .103) in his first 50 plate appearances in May (4-for-39 with four singles). It created some openings in the outfield. Mayberry couldn’t capitalize, hitting 194/275/319 in his 80 May plate appearances, but Brown looked a little better. Brown appeared in just ten games in May (seven starts), but hit 333/378/545 in limited action (37 PA).

June was almost as bad as May. The Phils were eleventh in runs scored in the league in June. The team hit .229 for the month and slugged .317 — both would be lows for the season.

Howard was solid enough, leading the team with five homers and 22 RBI. He walked 18 times, putting up a .397 on-base percentage despite hitting just .269. Victorino pounded the ball to the tune of 297/383/505. So did Utley, who would hit 295/378/511 from the start of June to the end of July over 218 plate appearances. In June he posted a 297/387/473 line.

There was more than enough bad news to make up for it, though. Brown became nearly an everyday player in June, starting 22 games and hitting a meager 165/258/354 for the month. Mayberry went 0-for-3 in his four plate appearances for the month. Rollins on-based .314. Ruiz hit .221 and Polanco .213 — that duo combined for five extra-base hits in 194 June plate appearances. Ibanez’s May magic was gone as he hit a paltry 211/258/311 in his second atrocious month with the bat on the year.

The Phillies had their best offense month of the year in July, plating an NL-best 138 runs.

Ibanez was back, hitting seven home runs and driving in 25 with a 284/320/558 line. The 25 RBI he would post in July was the most of any Phillie for any month in 2011 other than Howard’s 27 in April.

Rollins found his power stroke as well, socking six home runs of his own with a 312/375/523 line. Utley had his best month of the year: 293/369/545 with five bombs. Victorino missed a lot of the month with a thumb injury, but was awesome when he played to the tune of 364/462/600 in 66 plate appearances for the month.

Victorino’s injury opened up a lot of time for Mayberry in center and Mayberry delivered with the bat. He came into July having hit 231/316/365 in 117 plate appearances for the year, but blasted a pair of home runs against the Fish on July 6 and hit 300/327/640 for the month in 52 plate appearances. Brown, meanwhile, continued to get chances, starting 20 games. He bounced back from a miserable June in which he hit .165, hitting 296/398/366, but without a home run in 83 plate appearances. Pence would arrive at the end of the month, securing right field for the rest of the season as he hit and hit and hit.

Ruiz, who would hit 317/391/425 in 251 plate appearances from the start of July to the end of the year, started his tear with what would be his best month of the season, hitting 324/432/485 in July.

Howard didn’t join the July party for the Phils, hitting .250 with a .306 on-base percentage, walking just eight times, which was his lowest mark for any month of the season. Martinez started 17 games for the Phils in July, primarily at third, and put up what were by far his best numbers for any month with a 247/300/384 line in 81 plate appearances. Those numbers for Martinez don’t sound great, but it’s important to remember that the Phils primary third baseman, Polanco, on-based .335 and slugged just .339 for the season.

In August the Phils were still hitting, if off the July pace a little. They were third in the NL in runs scored in August.

It was Pence’s first full month with the Phils and he was hitting everything. He hit seven home runs in August, posting a 340/413/596 line over 109 plate appearances.

Victorino was back, playing regularly and still hitting. 316/393/600 in August. Between June 17 and September 2, Victorino got 233 plate appearances in which he posted a stupid 325/409/611 line.

Ruiz continued to hit, too, 329/365/429 in August.

Valdez started 15 games, filling in primarily for Rollins and Polanco, and put up an unexpected 278/322/481 line over 59 plate appearances.

Off were Utley, 245/315/347, and Ibanez, 225/254/323. Mayberry started to see some more time in left — he got just 59 plate appearances in August, but made them memorable by homering six times as he put up a 296/356/685 line. Howard blasted eight homers and drove in 22 runs, but hit just .225 while doing so.

The Phillies were sixth in the NL in runs scored in September.

Pence continued to pound the ball, hitting 317/385/548 and leading the team with 18 RBI for the month. Howard hit 290/417/522. Mayberry got 13 more starts and hit 305/382/508 for the month. In his last 177 plate appearances on the year, Mayberry had hit 302/356/611. Polanco was back and at least got on base, hitting 280/349/344 in September. He ended the season having slugged .287 over his last 477 plate appearances.

Victorino and Utley both ended the year on a downswing. Victorino hit 186/258/319 in 125 plate appearances in September. Utley hit just 205/295/337. Martinez started 13 games and hit .136. After on-basing .368 in July and August combined, Rollins on-based just .308 in September.

The Phillies signed righty Dave Bush and lefty David Purcey to minor league deals and invited them to spring training. Bush is still just 32 and had pretty good years with the Brewers as a starter in 2006 and again in 2008. The lefty Purcey was good for the Blue Jays in a relief role in 2010, throwing to a 3.71 ERA with a 1.21 ratio, before getting hit hard with three teams in 2011.

Rafael Furcal agreed to a deal with the Cardinals, meaning Jimmy Rollins is running out of teams other than the Phils to play for.

Update: The Phillies have traded Ben Francisco to the Blue Jays for left-handed pitcher Frank Gailey. Gailey turned 26 last month and has never appeared in the majors. In 304 1/3 innings in the minors he has thrown to a 2.45 ERA with a 1.03 ratio. He has never pitched above Double-A.

Jayson doing his best to make Interleague play seem Werthwhile

Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL) SB CS
TOR 21-22 162 3.77 X 692 (x) 28 13
PHI 23-19 201 4.67 5 766 (6) 24 5

Team W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
TOR 21-22 163 3.79 X 3.69 (x) 3.18 (x)
PHI 23-19 187 4.35 T-8 4.69 (T-11) 2.63 (1)

There are a lot of fans having trouble getting excited about the return of Interleague play, but Jayson Werth did his best to inject his own brand of excitement into a rain-soaked game last night. Werth hit a three-run homer and a grand slam in his first two at-bats and added a solo shot in the fifth. His eight RBI paced the Phils to an easy win in the first game of their set against the Blue Jays.

The Phillies beat the Toronto Blue Jays last night, winning 10-3 to improve to 24-19 on the season.

Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out five.

Alex Rios singled with two outs in the first, but Burrell threw him out trying to stretch it into a double.

Moyer threw a 1-2-3 second and a 1-2-3 third.

He started the fourth up 8-0. Aaron Hill singled with one out and came around to score when Rios followed with a double to left-center. 8-1. Scott Rolen brought Rios in with a single to center to make it 8-2 before Matt Stairs struck out for the second out. Shannon Stewart singled to right and Rolen went to second. Lyle Overbay grounded to second to leave both runners stranded.

Moyer threw a 1-2-3 fifth.

Rolen walked with two outs in the sixth, but Stairs struck out behind him.

Overbay singled with one out in the seventh and went to second on a passed ball. Greg Zaun walked and lefty Brad Wilkerson hit for the pitcher Jesse Litsch. Wilkerson flew to right for the second out before Marcus Scutaro singled to right. Overbay scored and the Phillies’ lead was cut to 10-3. With men on first and third and two down, Durbin came in to pitch to the righty Hill and got him to foul out to Coste to end the frame.

Durbin threw a 1-2-3 eighth.

Condrey pitched the ninth. Overbay singled with one out and was forced out at second when Zaun followed and grounded out to first. Joe Inglett hit for the pitcher Brian Tallet and singled, moving Zaun to second. Scutaro grounded to short to end the game.

The pen throws another 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Durbin saves Moyer’s line by getting Hill in the eighth and dropped his ERA on the year to 1.42. Condrey and Durbin both threw 18 pitches in the game.

The Phillies lineup against lefty David Purcey went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Werth (7) Feliz (8) Coste. Victorino in right, Werth in center. Coste catches again, getting his third straight start behind the plate.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the first.

Howard and Burrell walked to start the second before Werth smashed an 0-1 pitch out to the opposite field. 3-0. Feliz, Coste and Moyer went down behind him.

Rollins started the third with a bunt single and moved to second when Victorino followed with a walk. First walk in 38 at-bats for Victorino. Rollins faked a steal of third and Victorino took off for second, but Rollins was still there. Victorino was tagged out for the first out with Rollins holding second. Utley singled and moved Rollins to third. Howard hit the first pitch of his at-bat into right for a single. Rollins scored and it was 4-0. Utley went to third on the single. Burrell walked to load the bases for Werth. Werth hit a 3-1 pitch this time, out to right again and nearly in the same place but a little more toward center. 8-0. Feliz grounded to third and Coste flew to left on a nice play by Kevin Mench as he caught the ball running into the wall. Mench hurt his knee on the play and the Blue Jays hit for him in the top of the fourth.

Victorino singled with two outs in the fourth, but Utley flew to center to end the inning.

With two outs in the fifth, Werth hit a 2-1 pitch out to left center to put the Phils up 9-3. Feliz struck out for the third out. Eight RBI through five innings for Werth.

Coste doubled to start the sixth but was doubled off of second when Moyer followed and hit a ball into left that was caught by Stewart. Rollins and Victorino doubled back-to-back. Rollins scored on the double by Victorino to put the Phils up 10-2. Utley struck out to leave Victorino stranded.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the seventh. Werth popped a 3-2 pitch up to first in his bid for a four homer game.

1-2-3 in the eighth. Bruntlett hit for Durbin with two outs and popped to second.

Rollins was 2-for-4 with a double.

Victorino 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

Utley 1-for-4.

Howard 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.

Burrell 0-for-2 with two walks.

Werth 3-for-4 with three home runs and eight RBI. He now has nine home runs on the year. He hit eight in 255 at-bats last year.

Feliz was 0-for-4.

Coste 1-for-4 with a double.

Adam Eaton (0-1, 5.40) faces righty AJ Burnett (3-4, 4.94) tonight. The Phils finally get a righty after facing five left-handed starting pitchers in a row. Burnett has appeared in nine games for the Blue Jays, eight of which have been starts. In five starts away from home he’s 2-2 with a 3.15. At home he’s thrown to an 8.64 ERA. In each of the last four seasons he’s made at least 19 starts and thrown to an ERA under 4.00. Eaton has gotten an out in the sixth inning just once in his last five starts. His last time out was one of his better outings of the season as he held the Giants to two runs over five innings. He’s walking too many batters. Over his last two starts he’s thrown nine innings and allowed eight walks.

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