Tag: Geoff Jenkins

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? From a year ago? Um, thou art worse. Less temperate.

On the plus side, I do think there’s at least a chance that temperate wasn’t even that high on the list of collective goals.

Using OPS as the measure, Utley’s second base and Burrell’s left field are the only two positions where the Phils are getting more offense in 2008 than they got in 2007. That leaves six positions where they are getting less offense, the most dramatic of which are shortstop and first base. For each of the positions, here’s what all Phillies’ hitters who played that position in 2007 did compared to what they’re doing so far in 08 (the six positions doing worse are on top, left and second base below):


POS

08 OPS (NL Rank)

07 OPS (NL Rank)

07 OPS – 08 OPS
1B 658 (13) 930 (3) 272
SS 644 (9) 875 (2) 231
RF 643 (14) 791 (8) 148
CF 771 (5) 884 (1) 113
3B 590 (13) 688 (16) 98
C 690 (12) 725 (3) 35
       

POS

08 OPS (NL Rank)

07 OPS (NL Rank)

08 OPS – 07 OPS
2B 1.214 (1) 935 (1) 279
LF 1.177 (1) 904 (3) 273

Right field has been a disaster for the Phils so far this season, as Jenkins and Taguchi both struggle. The numbers overall presumably will get better as Werth starts to see more time in right with the return of Victorino. It’s also reasonable to expect that both Jenkins and Taguchi will hit much better the rest of the way.

Werth’s monster numbers help the Phils out at center, but it’s not likely the team is going to be able to keep pace with what Rowand did out there in ’07. Victorino was struggling badly with the bat when he went on the DL, if he doesn’t start to hit soon I think Werth may continue to get significant time out there.

At third the Phils are 13th in the NL after being 16th last year, but sadly that just means there’s a whole lot of NL third baseman out there that aren’t hitting at all. Led by Nunez, Phils third baseman in ’07 produced more offense than they have so far in ’08.

Ruiz has been miserable behind the plate, but Coste’s big numbers help the Phils out overall.

Utley is on pace to hit 62 home runs. Burrell is on pace to drive in 156 runs on the year, and that’s with the hitters on the team that aren’t Burrell and Utley combining to on-base .301 for the season. The fact that Burrell and Utley have combined to drive in 46 runs with just about nobody getting on base around them is impressive. Burrell at least gets to hit behind Utley, so 21 for Utley may be as impressive as 25 for Burrell.

This says Victorino is expected to be activated for tonight’s game with Bohn being sent down.

Mike Lieberthal will retire as a Phillie on June 1.

Cole Hamels (2-3, 2.75) faces righty Greg Maddux (2-1, 3.66) tonight in Philadelphia as the Phils play the first of three against the Padres. Four of Maddux’s five starts on the year have been very good. In his fourth start, on April 18 in Arizona, he allowed nine earned runs in seven innings against the Diamondbacks. His next start was last Wednesday and he shut the Giants out on four hits without a walk over seven innings. He’s walked just six in 32 innings on the year. Righties are hitting .301 against him, lefties .120. He made one start against the Phils last year, which came on August 24. That was the game Ruiz brought an unconventional approach to his slide into Marcus Giles at second base. Hamels threw 121 pitches and took the loss his last time out, a combination you would be looking to avoid. Threw 121 pitches and got the win would be better, but just a little bit. Over his last two starts he’s allowed nine earned runs in 14 innings (5.79 ERA) while throwing to a 1.50 ratio. Opponents are still hitting just .201 against him. He’s walked 12 in 36 innings, with 11 of the walks coming to righties. Hamels faced the Padres on July 19 last year and held San Diego to a run on two hits over seven innings. The Phils lost 1-0, shut out by Chris Young.


Investigation underway to determine who dropped the ball in allowing Pat Burrell to bat in the ninth inning

Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL) SB CS
               
HOU 5-8 53 4.08 10 728 (9) 12 3
PHI 6-7 59 4.54 T-6 786 (4) 7 3

Team W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
             
HOU 5-8 55 4.23 9 4.26 (11) 4.50 (11)
PHI 6-7 62 4.77 11 3.81 (8) 3.53 (5)

Do the rules even permit that? If the Astros want to protest the game on those grounds, or even the grounds that the Phils scored the winning run on a play where their base-runner was completely and totally out, I have no problem with that whatsoever. Who knew what and when did they know it?

Shawn Chacon dominated the Phillies last night, tossing eight shutout innings. Turned out it wasn’t enough. The Phils started the bottom of the ninth down 3-0 and Chris Snelling hit Jose Valverde’s first pitch out to right. Chase Utley was hit by a pitch and two batters later Burrell tied it up at 3-3 with an opposite field blast. Jenkins got on base and stormed around to score the winning run on a double into the left field corner by Pedro Feliz.

Brilliant comeback by the Phils to get a win after their hitters looked dead for the first eight innings of the game. Not to be lost in the excitement of the ninth is that their pitching kept them in the game. Adam Eaton gave the Phils a quality start for the third time in three tries. Durbin and Seanez combined to throw three shutout innings out of a bullpen that has been fantastic in the early going.

The Phillies beat the Houston Astros last night, winning 4-3 to improve to 7-7 on the season.

Eaton got the start for the Phils and went six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks. All seven of the hits were singles and he struck out three.

Eaton got the first two in the first before Lance Berkman drew a walk. Carlos Lee singled into center, moving Berkman to third, and Miguel Tejada followed with another single. Berkman scored to put the Astros up 1-0. Geoff Blum popped to first to end the frame with two runners stranded.

With two outs in the second, pitcher Shawn Chacon singled back through the middle. It brought up former Phil Michael Bourn, and Bourn grounded to Utley to set Houston down.

Eaton threw a 1-2-3 third, getting Berkman and Lee, the guys who hurt him in the first, on a couple of ground balls.

Tejada walked to start the fourth, but Eaton got the next three to leave him stranded at first.

Bourn singled with one out in the fifth. Mark Loretta was next and hit a ground ball to short. Bruntlett did a nice job with a quick throw to second to start the double-play that ended the frame.

Berkman started the sixth with a single. Lee was next and he singled into center. Werth dropped the ball for an error, allowing Berkman to go to third. The Phils came into the game having made 15 errors on the season, but just one by an outfielder (Taguchi). Tejada flew to left for the first out. Blum was next and singled past Howard and into right. Berkman scored to put Houston up 2-0 and Lee went to third. Hunter Pence followed hit a fly ball to deep center. Werth tracked it down, but Lee scored to make it 3-0 with two down and Berkman on first. Brad Ausmus popped to short for the third out.

Chad Durbin started the seventh. He got the first two before Loretta and Berkman singled back-to-back. It put men on first and second for Lee, but Lee grounded to third to end the frame.

Durbin came back to throw a 1-2-3 eighth, dropping his ERA on the season to 0.75.

Seanez started the ninth. He got the first two before he walked Bourn. Bourn stole second and Seanez walked Loretta on a high 3-2 pitch. Berkman smashed a 1-1 pitch that looked ticketed for right, but Howard made a nice play on one hop to end the frame. The pick by Howard on Berkman’s ball looked like a nice play in a game the Phillies had lost at the time. After the bottom of the ninth it looks bigger.

Another fantastic appearance for Durbin. He has allowed eight hits over his first 12 innings with the Phils, all of them singles. He threw 30 pitches, so we won’t see him tonight. Seanez threw 22 pitches, so he’s a little more likely but my guess is the Phils would try to stay away from him if they can.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Shawn Chacon went (1) Werth (2) Ruiz (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Bruntlett. Wow is that ugly. The big surprise is Rollins is still not able to play after the off-day Monday. Many were expecting him to return for this game, but he remains on the bench. Werth plays center, Jenkins right and Bruntlett short. I was joking the other day when I suggested to look for Feliz hitting leadoff soon, but Ruiz hitting second isn’t a whole lot better. He came into the game with a .250 on-base percentage for the year. Werth does seem to make sense in the leadoff spot, given the options.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the first and again in the second.

Feliz led off the third with a single. Bruntlett was next and got ahead 3-1. He swung at the 3-1 pitch and hit a double-play ball to third. Eaton grounded to third to end the inning. Swinging 3-1 didn’t work out for Bruntlett. On the plus side he at least had a good pitch to hit, he just didn’t hit it well.

Werth led off the fourth with a single, but Ruiz followed and hit into a double-play. Utley flew to right for the third out. Second inning in a row the Phils got a single from their leadoff man and hit into a double-play behind him.

Howard and Jenkins struck out in a 1-2-3 fifth.

Down 3-0, Feliz and Bruntlett started the sixth with back-to-back singles. It put men on first and second with nobody out for the pitcher’s spot, and Dobbs hit for Eaton and struck out swinging at a 2-2 pitch. Werth popped to second for the second out. Ruiz hit a ball in the hole between short and third, but Tejada made a nice play and a strong throw to end the inning. The strikeout by Dobbs is pretty bad, cause even a productive out can move a runner to third with one out. They wouldn’t have scored on Werth’s popup anyway, but not striking out might have been the way to go if they got to pick.

Howard walked with one out in the seventh, but Burrell struck out behind him and Jenkins flew to Bourn at the track in center.

Bruntlett walked with one out in the eighth and Rollins hit for Chad Durbin. Bruntlett stole second before Rollins grounded to third. The stolen base probably prevented a double-play that would have ended the inning, but it didn’t matter much when Werth followed and flew to right.

With righty Jose Valverde on to protect a 3-0 lead, Chris Snelling hit for Ruiz to start the ninth and hit the first pitch he saw just out to right. 3-1. Valverde hit Utley with his first pitch to him, bringing up Howard as the tying run. Howard got behind 0-2 looking at two pitches and then struck out swinging. Burrell got behind 0-1 before he hit a ball well out to the opposite field, tying the game at 3-3. Jenkins got behind 0-2 looking but battled all the way. The eleventh pitch of the at-bat was a fastball way inside. Jenkins swung and missed, but the ball went off of Ausmus’s glove and Jenkins took first with one out. Feliz was next and he hit a ball hard down the third base line and into the corner. Lee got to it and made a weak throw to Tejada, but Tejada made a strong throw to the plate. The ball beat Jenkins to home plate, but the throw was slightly on the first base side of the plate. Jenkins slid in and was called safe. Phils win. All fantastic. 1) Blum should have made the play at third 2) the relay from Lee to Tejada was terrible 3) Tejada’s throw to the plate was great 4) Jenkins should have, and may have, been held at third 5) fantastic hustle by Jenkins, who also showed more speed than I knew he had and 6) Jenkins was really out.

Werth was 1-for-4 to drop his average to .391.

Ruiz was 0-for-3 and left three men on base. His slugging percentage on the year is down to .244. He has two extra-base hits on the season, both doubles.

Utley was 0-for-3.

Howard was 0-for-3 with a walk and struck out twice. 1-for-his-last-9 with five walks and four strikeouts.

Burrell was 1-for-4 with two strikeouts and his fifth home run.

Jenkins was 0-for-4 and struck out twice but won the game with his ninth inning sprint around the bases. 2-for-his-last-15 with two singles.

Feliz was 3-for-4 with a game-winning double in the ninth.

Bruntlett was 1-for-2 with a walk.

Kyle Kendrick (1-1, 6.14) faces right Roy Oswalt (0-3, 9.00) tonight. Oswalt has been bombed in his first three starts. Opponents are hitting .400 against him and he’s allowed 30 hits in 16 innings, including five home runs. He curiously isn’t walking anyone, having allowed just two walks over his first three starts. He comes off of a nightmare start against the Marlins on Friday in which he went just four innings and was charged with eight earned runs. He made two starts against the Phils last season and was hit hard, charged with ten earned runs in 12 innings (7.50 ERA). He faced the Phils on April 13 and July 3. Kendrick gets an extra day of rest after Eaton skips ahead of him in the rotation to pitch last night’s game. Kendrick has made two stars on the season, neither of them good. His 6.14 ERA isn’t impressive, but it also doesn’t reflect how badly he’s struggled early. He has allowed 11 runs in his first 7 1/3 innings, only five of which have been earned. Lefties are hitting .381 against him. In his last start he walked six in 2 1/3 innings. He has never faced the Astros.


Sloppy firsts

The Phils’ first win of the season started ugly but ended well. Jamie Moyer got absolutely shelled, battered for six runs and unable to get out of the fourth inning. The Phils, who made four errors in the game, played miserable defense behind him and the combination didn’t make for a pretty first inning — the Phils found themselves down 5-0 before they had a chance to hit.

Led by an outstanding performance from a much-maligned bullpen, though, the Phils stormed back to win the game in extra-innings. Chris Coste got the offense started in the third by hitting the first pitch he saw on the season out for a home run. The sixth inning saw nine straight Phils reach on eight singles and a hit batter as the Phils scored six runs and take a 7-6 lead. The Nats came back to tie it up at 7-7, but Jimmy Rollins took things into his own hands in the bottom of the tenth, leading off with a single and then going to third on a sacrifice bunt.

The Phillies beat the Washington Nationals yesterday afternoon, winning 8-7 in ten innings to improve to 1-2 on the season. The Phils lose the three-game set two games to won.

Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went 3 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on nine hits and a walk. Only three of the runs were earned, but if you think that means that Moyer pitched well, think again. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out three.

Christian Guzman led off the first with a double over the head of Jenkins in right. Lastings Milledge was next and hit a ball in between short and third. Rollins fielded and threw to first, where Howard dropped it. Milledge, who was given a hit that was later changed to an error on Howard, was safe at first and Guzman safe at second. Ryan Zimmerman was next and hit a double-play ball to third. Feliz went to second for the first out, but Utley’s throw to first was wide for his second error in two games. Guzman scored to put the Nats up 1-0. Austin Kearns was next and Moyer didn’t want much of the big righty, walking him on four pitches to put men on first and second. Aaron Boone followed with a single up the middle. Zimmerman scored and it was 2-0 with men on first and second for Ronnie Belliard. Belliard laced a ball into left that made it to the wall for a two-run double. 4-0. Moyer got Felipe Lopez on a ball popped into right for the second out. Jesus Flores followed and he doubled down the line in left to score Belliard and make it 5-0. The pitcher Bergmann was next and Moyer struck him out to end the frame.

Two miserable defensive plays in the inning, one by Howard and the other by Utley.

Guzman started the second with his second double in as many innings, this one to left. Milledge followed with a slow roller to short. Rollins gloved and threw to first and again Howard dropped the ball. This time Milledge would have been safe anyway so there was no error, but ya can’t go wrong with catching the ball. Zimmerman was next and hit a ball back to Moyer, who was looking Guzman back to third and didn’t handle it cleanly. Moyer couldn’t recover in time to get Zimmerman and was charged with an error, the third in the game for the Phils. It loaded the bases for Kearns with nobody out. Kearns hit a ground ball back to Moyer, who came home for one and Coste threw to first to complete the double-play. It brought up Boone with two down and men on second and third. Moyer struck him out to end the inning.

Flores doubled into the corner in left with two outs in the third. Bergmann grounded to short for the third out.

Guzman started the fourth with a ground ball to third that Feliz knocked down but didn’t field cleanly. Guzman was safe and it was an error, and the fielding problems at that point officially had spread to the entire infield. Milledge followed with a single into left that moved Guzman to second with nobody out. Zimmerman flew to center for the first out and both runners had to hold. With the count 2-2 on Kearns, Milledge and Guzman took off but they left too early. Moyer stepped off the mound and got Guzman at third for the second out and Milledge went to second. The count went full on Kearns before he singled into right. Jenkins threw home but Milledge was safe to make the score 6-1 with Kearns going to second on the throw home. Manuel gave Moyer the hook and Durbin came in to pitch to Boone, appearing in his third straight game. Boone dribbled one in front of the plate and Durbin pounced on it and threw to first for the third out.

Durbin returned to start the fifth and, after getting Belliard to foul out to Howard for the first out, gave up a one-out single to Lopez. Flores followed and hit one back to Durbin, who started the double-play that ended the frame.

Rudy Seanez started the sixth with the Phils still down 6-1. Bergmann led off and lined a ball to right and Jenkins made a fantastic diving catch for the first out of the inning. Guzman was next and hit a dribbler out in front of the plate that Coste pounced on and threw to first. With the help of a nice stretch from Howard, Guzman was called out (he was safe). Seanez got Milledge on a soft grounder to first for the third out.

Madson started the seventh with a 7-6 lead and set the Nats down 1-2-3.

Madson came back for the eighth still protecting a one-run lead and gave up a leadoff walk to Belliard on four pitches. Lopez flew to center for the first out. Flores was next and he blooped a ball into left-center for a single that sent Belliard to second. Rob Mackowiack was announced as the pinch-hitter for the pitcher Joel Hanrahan and JC Romero came in to pitch to the lefty. Paul LoDuca hit for Mackowiack with one down and men on first and second. Madson got behind LoDuca 3-1 before LoDuca popped a 3-2 pitch into center field for the second out. Guzman hit a ground ball in between second and third that went off the tip of Feliz’s glove, then off of Rollins and into left field. Belliard scored and the game was tied at 7-7 with men on first and second and two down for Milledge. Milledge hit a ball hard to third where Feliz made a dive to stop the ball. He threw to first, but not in time to get Milledge and the bases were loaded. Nice play by Feliz, though, keeping the ball in the infield. Zimmerman grounded to short for the third out.

Gordon started the ninth with the game tied at 7-7. Kearns struck out trying to check his swing on a 3-2 pitch for the first out. Flash got ahead of Nick Johnson 0-2 before Johnson singled into right off the glove of a diving Utley on a 3-2 pitch. Belliard was next and Gordon walked him to put men on first and second. Lopez flew to left for the second out before Flores walked on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases. Willie Harris hit for Luis Ayala and grounded to first to end the frame.

Condrey came in to pitch the tenth with the score knotted at 7-7. He got Guzman on a fly ball to center and struck out Milledge and Zimmerman to set the Nats down.

After allowing five extra-base hits through three innings, Phils’ pitchers didn’t allow any after the third.

Overall a great day for the pen as they hold the Nats to a single run over 6 1/3 innings after the early exit by Moyer. Durbin, Seanez and Condrey all had a nice day. Romero and Gordon both got hit a little but managed to avoid major damage, although there still wasn’t much to suggest there should be a whole lot of confidence in Gordon. Madson allows a run after giving up the big home run to Milledge in game one of the series, so a little bit of a rocky start to the season for him.

Tough combination for the Phils as the series starts tonight in Cincy as they have a worn out pen and a starter who probably won’t go real deep in the game. Durbin is almost surely unavailable having pitched in each of the Phils first three games. Romero has also pitched in all three games, but my guess is that Manuel would be more willing to use him three days in a row than Durbin (the Phils had an off-day Tuesday after their first game). Gordon threw 34 pitches on Thursday so you’d have to guess he’s not available, we’ll see if he closes if it comes to that tonight. Madson threw 23 pitches but didn’t appear on Wednesday, so I think it’s more likely he’d be available tonight.

The infield defense was horrid and has been so far this season. Howard, Utley and Rollins had all been really bad. Feliz had an error on Thursday but has been much better overall.

The Phillies lineup against righty Jason Bergmann went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Coste. Jenkins plays right and hits sixth. Feliz stays in the seven-hole against the righty. Coste gets his first start of the year in the day game after a night game.

The Phillies started the first down 5-0 and went 1-2-3.

Jenkins dumped a single into right with two outs in the second. Feliz followed and lined one into left, but Lopez tracked it down to end the inning.

Coste led off the third and hit the first pitch he saw on the season out to left. 5-1. Moyer struck out swinging and Rollins fouled out to the catcher for the second out before Victorino drew a two-out walk. Utley flew to left for the third out.

Howard started the fourth and tried to bunt the 1-0 pitch against the massive shift and fouled it off. He struck out swinging for the first out. Burrell was next and he got ahead 2-0 before striking out swinging at a 3-2 pitch. Jenkins went down swinging too, missing a 2-2 offering from Bergmann. Bergmann had five strikeouts through four innings.

Feliz started the fifth with a line drive to Lopez in left that a regular left fielder might have handled. Lopez didn’t and Feliz had a single. Coste flew to Milledge in left-center for the first out. Durbin was due to hit next and the righty Taguchi hit for him. Taguchi struck out for the second out. Dobbs was the other guy Manuel could have used there, but Manuel must have wanted to save him for later in the game despite the runner on first base. Rollins flew to left for the third out.

With one out in the sixth, Utley singled into right on a sharply hit ball that wasn’t played well by Belliard at second. Howard was next and he smashed a single into right, moving Utley to second. Burrell followed hit it down the line past third. Utley scored from second to make it 6-2 with men on first and third for Jenkins. After three straight batters had hit the ball hard against Bergmann I was pretty surprised he stayed in to face Jenkins. But he did. Jenkins singled into right and Howard scored to make it 6-3 with men on first and second. Righty Saul Rivera came in to pitch to Pedro Feliz and his first offering was a wild pitch off the shin guard of Flores that allowed the runners to move to second and third. Feliz singled up the middle and both runners scored to make it 6-5. Coste was next and he singled into right, moving Feliz to second. Seanez was due to hit next and now Manuel did call on Dobbs with Nats’ lefty Ray King warming but apparently not ready to enter the game. Dobbs gave the Phils their seventh straight single, this one into left. Feliz scored to tie the game at 6-6 with Coste going to second. Ray King entered and hit Rollins with his first pitch, loading the bases with one down for Victorino. Victorino singled into right and everyone moved up another base. Coste scored and the Phils had the lead at 7-6 with the bases still loaded with one down. Utley hit a ball to first. Boone came home for the first out and Flores threw to first to complete the double-play.

Fantastic inning for the Phils but the use of King was pretty odd by the Nats. I thought it was a mistake to leave Bergmann in to pitch to Jenkins. Dobbs also got to hit against the righty Seanez. It must be a tough position for an opposing manager with just one lefty in their pen — you want to save the single lefty to pitch to Utley and Howard, but there are other lefty hitters you need to get out as well. We’ll have to watch and see how often Jenkins and Dobbs get to hit against righties but I wonder if it might prove to be more often than you would expect.

Howard started the seventh and singled into right off of King. Righty Joel Hanrahan came in to pitch to Burrell. Burrell lined one into right and past Kearns for a double. Howard was held at third and Adam Eaton ran for Burrell at second. Really he did. That’s a bad decision to take Burrell out of the game. Jenkins struck out for the first out. Feliz grounded to third for the second out and the runners had to hold at second and third. Coste grounded out to short to end the inning.

Miserable. Is Eaton even faster than Burrell? Maybe a little. The Eaton/Burrell run isn’t the one that ties the game or puts you up by one — it’s the one that puts you up by three. In the seventh. Burrell is the guy you want in the game when it’s close. Beyond the decision to take Burrell out of the game, the Phils got nothing out of men on second and third with nobody out. Jenkins striking out against the righty was particularly unhelpful, but not to be forgotten is that Jenkins was fantastic in the game with his bat and his glove. The Phils also didn’t get to let Werth hit in the pitcher’s spot, so Werth played left in the top of the eighth and the Phils had the pitcher’s spot lead off the bottom of the eighth with Werth, the best hitter that started the game on the bench for the Phils, unavailable to pinch-hit because he’s in the game.

Bruntlett had to pinch-hit for Romero to start the bottom of the eighth and singled off the heel of the glove of Zimmerman. Rollins followed with a 13-pitch at-bat that ended with him grounding to second on a 3-2 pitch. The full count allowed Bruntlett to take off with the pitch, so he moved up to second. Victorino flew to center for the second out and, with no lefty available in the Nats’ pen after the departure of King, the righty Ayala walked Utley intentionally to pitch to Ryan Howard. The first pitch to Howard was off the glove of Flores and the runners moved to second and third, so Howard was walked intentionally to load the bases with two down for Werth. Werth grounded to short to end the inning.

Switching out Burrell didn’t prove to be a disaster for the Phils, but it wasn’t good. Bruntlett’s pinch-hit single bailed Manuel out a little, and he still got a good hitter, Werth up there in the fifth spot. Would have been better to have Burrell up there, who is undeniably a better hitter against right-handed pitchers than Werth.

Jenkins led off the ninth and ripped a double into the right field corner off of Jesus Colome. Big hit for Jenkins after striking out in the seventh with men on second and third and nobody out. Feliz popped to short for the first out and Coste followed with a walk that put men on first and second with one out and set up the double-play. Ruiz hit for Gordon and hit into a double-play. The double-play by Ruiz is obviously bad, but so is Feliz being unable to move the runner to third with nobody out.

Rollins led off the tenth with an infield single. Victorino followed and put down a beautiful bunt. Zimmerman fielded and threw to first, but Rollins didn’t stop at second and busted it all the way to third base. The fantastic base running by Rollins to go from first to third on a sacrifice bunt was the play of the game for the Phils. Zimmerman charged and threw to first to get Rollins, but nobody (Flores’ mistake) covered third for the Nats and the first baseman Johnson wound up taking Belliard’s not-in-time throw from first. The righty Colome walked Utley and Howard intentionally, loading the bases with one down for Werth. Colome walked Werth on four pitches to force in Rollins and give the Phils an 8-7 win.

Rollins was 1-for-5 in the game and 3-for-13 with a double and a home run in the series.

Victorino was 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. 1-for-11 in the series.

Utley was 1-for-4 with two walks. 3-for-10 with a home run in the series.

Howard was 2-for-4 with two walks. 3-for-10 in the series.

Burrell was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the game and 3-for-10 with a walk in the series.

Jenkins was 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI. 3-for-8 in the set. He had a fantastic game yesterday.

Feliz was 2-for-5 with two RBI in the game. 3-for-12 in the series.

Coste was 2-for-4 with a home run in his only action of the series.

Ruiz was 0-for-1 on the day and 1-for-8 in the series coming off a strong spring training with the bat.

Werth was 0-for-1 with a walk that won the game and 1-for-4 with a double in the series.

Jamie Moyer’s starts appear in red in the Start Log.

Kyle Kendrick faces Josh Fogg tonight in Cincinnati. Fogg was 10-9 with a 4.94 ERA and a 1.53 ratio in 165 2/3 innings for the Rockies last season. He didn’t face the Phils. Jenkins has seen him a ton and kills him — 17-for-31 with four doubles and four home runs (a 548/600/1.065 line). Kendrick made one start against the Reds last season, on June 26, and didn’t pitch well but it didn’t matter cause the Phils bombed Homer Bailey.

Brad Lidge, eligible to come off the DL tomorrow, didn’t exactly wow-em in a tune-up last night with Single-A Clearwater. Lidge threw one inning and allowed a run on two hits, including a home run, while striking out two (box score here — nice outing for Savery, by the way, but that’s a whole different web site). I would be surprised if Lidge is able to both come off the DL tomorrow and pitches well for the Phillies over the next few days.

The article linked in the paragraph above also laments Jimmy Rollins’ decision not to talk to some members of the media yesterday. Multiple reports over the last two games have included complaints about Phillies being unavailable after games.


Unlikely quartet doesn’t sweat the Pirates

An unlikely group of Phillies’ hurlers combined to throw a four-hit shutout as the Phils topped the Pirates 3-0 yesterday to improve to 9-13 in spring training. After miserable springs, Kyle Kendrick, JD Durbin and Tom Gordon were all but unhittable as the Phils held the Pittsburgh bats silent. Condrey pitched a scoreless inning as well, but he’s been much better this spring. On the hitters’ side, Geoff Jenkins is suddenly on fire after early scuffles. Over the last three days Jenkins is 5-for-7 with two doubles and a home run.

Kendrick’s outing was the best news of the day as he threw five shutout innings. Doug Mientkiewicz hit third for Pittsburgh and Jose Bautista fourth, so it wasn’t exactly the ’27 Yankees. But let’s accentuate the positive.

Kendrick allowed just two hits and two walks over five frames. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out one. Condrey followed and tossed a scoreless sixth to lower his spring ERA to 3.48. You’ve got to believe that Condrey is just about a lock for a bullpen spot at this point. JD Durbin was next and he showed a much-needed something, striking out three in two scoreless frames to bring his spring ERA down to 9.42. Gordon tossed a scoreless ninth, allowing a single, to nail down his second save.

Jenkins went 3-for-3 with his second home run, improving his spring batting average to .216. Howard and Feliz both hit solo shots, the fifth for Howard and the third for Feliz. Helms was 0-for-1, Snelling 0-for-2 with a walk. Rollins and Victorino, the duo likely to hit one and two atop the Phillies’ order, each went 0-for-3. Rollins is on-basing .275 this spring, Victorino .245.

Adam Eaton starts against the Twins today.

Brad Lidge faced five batters in a minor league game yesterday and got four of them out. He struck out three and walked one.

Kris Benson did not pitch again yesterday for the fourth day in a row. This says it’s likely he won’t make his scheduled start on Sunday.

Article about Vic Darensbourg’s career here.

The people of XM Satellite would like to be sure you know that they will be broadcasting every Phillies game, both home and away. I’m here to help. XM Satellite will be broadcasting every Phillies game, both home and away.


No duck left behind

For the Phillies’ hitters that got at least 200 plate appearances in 2007, here’s a look at how many of their plate appearances came with at least one runner on base, their OPS in plate appearances with at least one runner on base, their total plate appearances and OPS for the season, and the percentage of their plate appearances that came with at least one runner on base:

Runners on  Total

PA

OPS

PA

OPS
 %
PA
Howard 367 1.123 648 .976 57
Rowand 326 .821 684 .889 48
Rollins 292 .914 778 .875 38
Utley 290 .945 613 .976 47
Burrell 287 .947 598 .902 48
Ruiz 212 .810 429 .736 49
Victorino 209 .775 510 .770 41
Dobbs 185 .707 358 .781 52
Helms 167 .725 308 .665 54
Nunez 148 .559 287 .600 52
Werth 136 1.027 304 .863 45

Four of the 11, Dobbs, Utley, Nunez and Rowand, posted a lower OPS with runners on than with the bases empty. Of the group, Werth was the hitter whose OPS improved the most with men aboard with Howard not far behind.

It’s great to see Howard as the guy getting the highest percentage of his plate appearances with men on base. All those base runners for Nunez is not.

One of the things that was striking about the numbers to me was how often the guys at the bottom of the order, specifically Dobbs, Helms and Nunez, came up with men aboard. This makes sense when you think about Utley, Howard and Burrell hitting 3-4-5 for the Phils. All three have a reasonable chance to on-base .400 in ’08 and that means a lot of ducks for the guys that follow and especially the six-hitter, who looks like it should be Jenkins or Werth much of the time in ’08.

The other thing that sticks out is the lack of a real two-hitter in the Phils lineup, meaning that when Utley hits third he does so with nobody aboard more than you would like him to.

Leadoff hitter Rollins, who was one of the five best hitters on the team, hit with nobody on base significantly more than even the worst hitters on the team. I think you can make a good case that Rollins should be hitting leadoff, but not using the numbers presented here. They seems to suggest just the opposite.

Finally, I always find it interesting that Howard and Utley posted the same .976 OPS in 2007.

David Wright says the Phils are the team to beat in the NL East this season.

The Phillies continue to monitor Kris Benson and this article says they are a lot more serious about him than they’ve led on. A healthy Benson would help the Phils a lot.


Put me in coach, I’m ready to play, maybe around April 27 or so

This article from the Phillies’ web site suggests the Phils are interested in Mike Cameron. I find it hard to believe the Phillies would be looking to move Victorino out of center. Whether you believe the Phillies’ interest in Cameron is genuine or an effort to get Jenkins to make a decision, it seems likely that getting Jenkins would be the first choice for the Phils and getting Cameron a distant second at best.

This article from December 6 suggests the Phillies had told Cameron’s agent that they weren’t interested in Cameron. Rowand has left the Phillies since, but you have to believe that the Phillies were expecting that.

This quotes from a book excerpt that suggests Cameron, who will miss the first 25 games of the 2008 season after testing positive for a banned substance, told the author he has played drunk.

The article linked in the top paragraph above says the Phillies are expected to watch Kris Benson pitch today in Arizona.

This says the Phillies are considering Sidney Ponson. Hopefully not for long. It also suggests Ponson might sign a minor league contract.


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