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Not just that, but I don’t much care for the look in Anderson Hernandez’s eyes either

Earlier this week I mentioned the Marlins infield and the astonishing 29 home runs they got from four different infielders. Between all the hype given to Utley and Howard and Reyes and Wright, you might think the Mets or the Phillies have the best infield in the division. But, in 2008 at least, they didn’t. Arguably, the Marlins didn’t either.

If you look at the players from each team who got the most at-bats at each of the four infield positions in 2008, add up what they did and compare the total OPS for the five NL East teams, here’s how things look:

The Braves:


Player

AB

HR

BB

AVG

OBP

SLG

OPS
M
Teixerira

381

20

65

.283

.390

.512

.902
K
Johnson

547

12

52

.287

.349

.446

.795
C
Jones

439

22

90

.364

.470

.574

1.044
Y
Escobar

514

10

59

.288

.366

.401

.766

Total

1881
64
266

.305

.392

.477

.869

The Marlins:


Player

AB

HR

BB

AVG

OBP

SLG

OPS
M
Jacobs

477

32

36

.247

.299

.514

.812
D
Uggla

531

32

77

.260

.360

.514

.874
J
Cantu

628

29

40

.277

.327

.481

.808
H
Ramirez

589

33

92

.301

.400

.540

.940

Total

2225

126

245

.273

.349

.511

.861

The Mets:


Player

AB

HR

BB

AVG

OBP

SLG

OPS
C
Delgado

598

38

72

.271

.353

.518

.871
L
Castillo

298
3
50

.245

.355

.305

.660
D
Wright

626

33

94

.302

.390

.534

.924
J
Reyes

668

16

66

.297

.358

.475

.833

Total

2210
90
282

.284

.365

.481

.846

The Phillies:


Player

AB

HR

BB

AVG

OBP

SLG

OPS
R
Howard

610

48

81

.251

.339

.543

.881
C
Utley

607

33

64

.292

.380

.535

.915
P
Feliz

425

14

33

.249

.302

.402

.705
J
Rollins

556

11

58

.277

.349

.437

.786

Total

2198

106

236

.268

.346

.487

.833

And the Nats:


Player

AB

HR

BB

AVG

OBP

SLG

OPS
A
Boone

232
6
18

.241

.299

.384

.683
F
Lopez

325
2
32

.234

.305

.314

.619
R
Zimmerman

428

14

31

.283

.333

.442

.774
C
Guzman

579
9
23

.316

.345

.440

.786

Total

1564
31
104

.279

.326

.406

.732

The Marlins gave a higher percentage of their defensive innings at the four infield positions to the players listed above than the Braves did. So if you compare what all players did while playing defensively at each of the infield positions (and not just the player who appeared their the most often), the Marlins wound up with a better OPS for the season:

Florida

Player

AB

HR

BB

AVG

OBP

SLG

OPS

All 1B

640

40

44

.253

.304

.506

.811

All 2B

602

33

78

.259

.351

.497

.848

All 3B

651

23

46

.270

.324

.438

.761

All SS

643

34

93

.303

.396

.530

.926

Total

2536

130

261

.272

.344

.493

.837

Atlanta

Player

AB

HR

BB

AVG

OBP

SLG

OPS

All 1B

616

24

93

.279

.378

.458

.836

All 2B

643

11

61

.288

.350

.440

.790

All 3B

623

24

96

.345

.431

.530

.961

All SS

656

11

65

.273

.343

.387

.730

Total

2538
70
315

.296

.376

.453

.828

If you’re wondering how Kelly Johnson can hit 12 home runs and the Braves’ second basemen combine to hit 11, it’s because Johnson hit one as a pinch-hitter and all other players who played second base for Atlanta in ’08 combined to hit zero.

Eric Hinske recalls facing Brad Lidge with the World Series on the line in this article. The same article also suggests that Mike Zagurski could be ready to join a minor league team in mid-April and Scott Mathieson around mid-August.

Pat the Bat will take the bus to face the Phils on Saturday.

The Phils played their first spring training game yesterday and got bombed by the Pirates, 8-2. Joe Bisenius and Scott Nestor combined to pitch two innings and allow seven runs, three of which came on a three-run homer by Shelby Ford off of Bisenius with two outs in the fourth. Mike Koplove is a guy fans should be watching — he struck out two in a perfect eighth. I think Koplove is a long shot to make the team out of spring training, but one scenario where it would be possible is if Park won the fifth starter job and Koplove took Park’s spot in the pen.

Offensively, Jeremy Slayden went 2-for-2 with a double, which was the only extra-base hit of the game for the Phils. If he was right-handed people would be getting rightfully geeked up. He’s not. Ibanez 1-for-2 with an RBI. Marcus Giles 0-for-2 and struck out twice. Jenkins was 1-for-1 with a walk — if you’re looking for places the Phillies can get better in 2009, one is by getting more offense out of Jenkins.

The Phils play Toronto today. JA Happ and Carlos Carrasco are among the Phillies scheduled to pitch.

Jason Donald will play third in today’s game, according to Todd Zolecki’s blog. If Utley is healthy, I think the Phillies would have to believe Donald can play third base for him to have much of a chance to make the opening day roster.

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Ace in the pretty deep hole

On April 26 the Phillies beat the Pirates 8-4 to improve to 14-11 on the year. Since that game they are 25-16. Eight of the 16 games they have lost have been started by Brett Myers (the Phils are 1-8 in his last nine starts), so they are 24-8 in their last 32 games not started by Myers.

In four of those nine starts, Myers pitched at least pretty well.

Last night wasn’t one of the ones where he pitched pretty well. He allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings, including three home runs, two of which were absolutely blasted on the first pitch of a Fish at-bat.

The Phils never did come back from the early 3-0 hole Myers put them in, but they did make the game close. Burrell had a double and a home run. Rollins hit a two-run homer in the fifth, which was the only hit in the game for a top four in the order that ended the night 1-for-17. Down a run in the ninth, Werth led off with a single and was bunted to second. It gave Rollins and Victorino a chance to tie the game with a runner in scoring position, but Rollins flew to left, Victorino hit it hard but right at someone and the Phillies lost for the first time in five games.

The Phillies lost to the Florida Marlins last night, falling 5-4 to drop to 39-27 on the season.

Brett Myers got the start for the Phillies and went 5 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and four walks. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and three home runs. He struck out five.

Hanley Ramirez hit Myers’ second pitch of the game out to left to put the Fish up 1-0. Myers got ahead of Jeremy Hermida 0-1 before he threw him four straight balls. Jorge Cantu hammered the first pitch of his at-bat out to left. 3-0. Myers got the next two before Luis Gonzalez walked. Mike Rabelo struck out for the third out.

With one out in the second, pitcher Ricky Nolasco singled to center and Ramirez followed with a walk. Myers got Hermida and Cantu on fly balls to leave the runners stranded.

Myers walked Gonzalez again with two outs in the third. Utley made a nice sliding play to take a hit away from Rabelo in short right field with Myers covering first for the third out.

With two outs in the fourth, Ramirez singled and stole second. Myers got Hermida swinging at a 2-2 pitch for the third out.

The Phils got within one in the top of the fifth. Cantu blasted the first pitch of his at-bat again, this time for a double to left. Mike Jacobs was next and he liked the first pitch he saw from Myers, too. He hit it really far, out to right for a two-run home run. 5-2. Myers got the next three, but with a couple of balls hammered. Dan Uggla smashed a line drive to left for the first out and Gonzalez ripped a ball down the right field line but just foul before grounding to Utley for the second.

With one out in the sixth, Cody Ross pinch-hit for Nolasco and lined a ball into left that Burrell misplayed into a double. It was a hit, but if Burrell had stayed back and played it on a hop he would have held him to one base. Just about any other outfielder in the league has the range to catch that ball in the air. Condrey relieved Myers to pitch to the righty Ramirez. Ramirez grounded to third and Ross went to third.

Condrey threw a 1-2-3 seventh.

Romero threw a 1-2-3 eighth.

Another great job by the bullpen. They went 2 2/3 innings without allowing a hit or a walk. Condrey threw 17 pitches, Romero 14.

Condrey has a 2.87 ERA in his ten appearances since May 5. He’s been charged with five runs in 15 2/3 innings on 13 hits and just one walk. His rate of walks per nine inning (2.49) is the second best on the team behind only Moyer (2.16).

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Ricky Nolasco went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Dobbs (8) Coste. Second straight start at third for Dobbs against a righty. Jenkins plays right with a righty on the mound. Coste continues to take Ruiz’s time against right-handed pitchers.

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

Down 3-0 in the second, Burrell doubled with one out. Jenkins grounded to first for the second out and Burrell moved to third. Dobbs struck out to leave Burrell stranded.

Coste doubled to start the third. Myers, terrible at bunting, tried to bunt him along but popped it up for the first out. Rollins walked to put men on first and second, but Victorino popped to first and Utley flew to center to leave the runners stranded.

1-2-3 in the fourth.

With two outs in the fifth, Myers hit a ball slowly back through the middle. Ramirez fielded, but his throw to first was wild and Myers was safe on the error. Rollins got ahead 2-0 and then socked one just out to right-center, butting the Fish lead to 3-2. Victorino popped out again for the third out.

Down 5-2 in the sixth, Utley and Howard went down to start the inning. Burrell hit a line drive to left that Gonzalez may have lost in the lights. It went off Gonzalez’s glove for an error with Burrell safe at first. Jenkins was hit by a pitch, putting men on first and second for Dobbs. Dobbs singled into center and Burrell scored. 5-3. Coste grounded back to the pitcher for the third out.

Ruiz, who entered the game with Condrey in the bottom of the sixth, led off the seventh with a walk. Rollins flew to left for the first out. Victorino was next and he smashed a line drive, but right at Jacobs at first. Jacobs caught it and doubled Ruiz off of first to end the frame.

Righty Joe Nelson struck out Utley and Howard to start the eighth before Burrell blasted an 0-1 pitch out to left to cut the Florida lead to 5-4. Jenkins drew a walk and Bruntlett ran for him at first. Righty closer Kevin Gregg came into the game and struck out Dobbs to end the frame.

Werth hit for Romero to start the ninth and singled into left. Ruiz was next and bunted Werth to second. Rollins flew to left for the third out. Victorino was next and hit it hard to first base, but Cantu took it there and went to the bag for the third out.

Feliz ends the game without coming to the plate.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer, just his fifth of the year. He’s on pace to hit 12 this season after hitting 30 last year and 25 in 2006.

Victorino was 0-for-5 and left four men on base. Twice hit the ball well, though.

Utley 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

Howard 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Burrell 2-for-4 with a double and a home run.

Jenkins was 0-for-2 with a walk.

Dobbs 1-for-4 with an RBI and three strikeouts.

Coste 1-for-3 with a double.

Cole Hamels (6-4, 3.36) faces lefty Andrew Miller (4-5, 5.65) tonight. Miller faced the Phils on June 1 and allowed two runs on three hits over five innings. He hasn’t gotten an out in the sixth inning in any of his last three outings and the Marlins are 1-4 in the last five games he started. Hamels faced Florida on May 31 and was pounded for seven runs in 5 2/3 innings. He has made one start since, which was a complete game three-hit shutout of the Reds.


Opponents may be considering up up down down left right left right B A start to try and slow Phils’ offense

Worth a try. Probably won’t hurt and I actually can’t think of that many better ideas.

It was more of the same again last night as the Phils’ surging sluggers put on yet another show. After finding themselves down 3-0 after half an inning, the unfazed offense put up seven in the second and cruised to a 12-3 win behind three-run homers from Coste and Howard and a two-run shot from Utley.

The Phillies have scored 60 runs in their last five games.

It may have been the umpteenth time this season we’ve seen the bats shine after the Phils found themselves in an early hole, but it was the first time in recent memory that Brett Myers turned a rocky start into a brilliant outing. After allowing three runs on three hits and two walks in the first, Myers tossed seven shutout frames in which he allowed three singles and a walk and struck 11.

The Phillies beat the Florida Marlins last night, winning 12-3 to improve to 32-24 on the season. They are in first place in the NL East, a half game ahead of the Fish. They are eight games over .500 for the first time this year and have won five in a row.

Myers got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks. All six of the hits went singles. After he allowed three runs in the top of the first inning he was absolutely awesome. He struck out 11 in the game.

Hanley Ramirez hit Myers’ first pitch of the game into center for a single. Jeremy Hermida moved him to second with a walk before Jorge Cantu ripped a 1-0 pitch into left. Ramirez scored to put the Marlins up 1-0. Hermida went to third on the single. Neither Rollins or Feliz cut off Burrell’s throw, which allowed Cantu to go to second. Mike Jacobs walked to load the bases before Dan Uggla popped up for the first out of the game. Luis Gonzalez singled to left on a ball that Burrell misjudged on the warning track, Hermida and Cantu both scored. 3-0 with men on first and second and one out. Matt Treanor and Jacque Jones both popped up on the infield to end the frame.

Three hits and two walks in the inning against Myers.

Myers threw a 1-2-3 second.

He started the third up 7-3. Uggla singled with two outs and Gonzalez moved him to second with another single, but Myers got Treanor looking at a 2-2 pitch for the third out.

Myers struck out the side (Jones, pitcher Mark Hendrickson and Ramirez) in a 1-2-3 fourth and followed it up with a 1-2-3 fifth.

With the Phils up 11-3 in the sixth, Myers walked Gonzalez with one out. Treanor popped to second before Jones moved Gonzalez to second with a single. Righty Cody Ross hit for pitcher Burke Badenhop and flew to center, leaving both runners stranded.

Myers got two more strikeouts in a 1-2-3 seventh.

He struck out Jacobs, Uggla and Gonzalez in a 1-2-3 eighth.

Condrey threw a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out pinch-hitter Wes Helms to end the game.

Condrey threw 13 pitches. He has a 3.60 ERA with a 1.20 ratio in 15 May innings. He’s been pitching garbage time innings, but the fact that he has been effective has allowed the other guys in the bullpen to rest.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Mark Hendrickson went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Feliz (7) Coste (8) Taguchi. Coste continues to catch nearly all the time against left-handed pitchers. Taguchi plays right against the lefty with Werth on the DL. Taguchi has been great in his starts in right, but I’d like to see Jenkins get some chances against lefties with Werth out.

Down 3-0, the Phils went 1-2-3 in the first.

Howard walked to start the second and moved to second when Burrell followed with a ball dribbled back to the pitcher. Feliz reached on an infield single bobbled and then thrown away by Uggla, Howard went to third. Coste got ahead 2-0 and hit one just out to left-center, tying the game at 3-3. Taguchi singled. Myers wanted to bunt, but Hendrickson walked him anyway, putting men on first and second. Rollins lined to third for the second out. Victorino sliced a double into left-center and Taguchi and Myers both scored to make it 5-3. Nice hustle by Myers on the play to score from first. Utley got behind 1-2 and hit a ball just out to right. 7-3. Howard struck out for the third out.

1-2-3 in the third.

Taguchi walked to start the fourth. Myers bunted in front of the plate and was tagged by Treanor for the first out. Treanor threw to second and his throw went into center field, allowing Taguchi to go to third. Rollins singled to left and Taguchi scored to put the Phils up 8-3. Victorino smashed a ball off the glove of Ramirez. Ramirez was able to flip to second to force Rollins for the second out, but appeared to injure his thumb on the play. He stayed in the game but would be replaced defensively in the bottom of the fifth. Utley singled and Victorino went to third. Righty Burke Badenhop came in to pitch to Howard. Bringing in the righty to pitch to Howard is a non-traditional approach. In this case it didn’t work. Howard got behind 0-1 but homered down the left field line and off the pole, putting the Phils up 11-3. Burrell grounded to third for the third out.

The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the fifth and the sixth.

Howard walked with one out in the seventh. Righty Justin Miller came into the game to pitch to Burrell and struck him out. Feliz followed with a single and Coste walked, loading the bases. Taguchi followed with a walk of his own, forcing in Howard and putting the Phils up 12-3. Myers hit for himself having thrown 105 pitches and struck out. Myers struck out the side in the top of the eighth and ended the game having thrown 117 pitches — I think you need to pinch-hit for him there. He’s thrown more than 105 pitches in each of his last three starts and threw 121 on May 3 against the Giants. Too many pitches.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the eighth. Bruntlett hit for Rollins and struck out for the first out.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Victorino 1-for-5 with a double and two RBI.

Utley 2-for-5 with a two-run homer.

Howard was 1-for-2 with a three-run homer and two walks.

Burrell 0-for-4. He’s 1-for-his-last-11.

Feliz 2-for-4.

Coste was 1-for-3 with a three-run homer and a walk.

Taguchi 1-for-2 with an RBI and two walks.

Cole Hamels (5-3, 3.18) faces righty Ricky Nolasco (4-3, 4.70) tonight. Nolasco has made 11 appearances for the Marlins this season, nine of which have been starts. He had a 6.10 ERA for the season after allowing six runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Padres on May 3, but has thrown to a 2.78 ERA in 22 2/3 innings over his last four appearances. Righties hit .350 against him last year; so far this season they are hitting just .226 against him. Lefties are hitting .320. After two straight fantastic starts, Hamels was hit hard on Sunday against the Astros. He allowed six runs in just four innings and didn’t strike out a batter in what was his worst start of the season. Opponents are hitting .214 against him for the season and he’s allowed just one home run in his last four starts. The Phillies have won the last six games he’s started.

The Grammarphile, a Phillies fan and lover of all things grammar, writes the grammar-infatuated Red Pen, Inc blog. She really, really doesn’t like it when imperfection in writing and the Phillies find themselves in the same sentence. She especially doesn’t like it when your sentence messes with Cole Hamels. Also knows the great joke about using ‘ph’ to make an ‘f’ sound.

New group blog about the NL East wants you to know they’re out there as well. Check out The NL East Blog here.


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