Tag: Jamie Moyer

Roy’d rage

Given that there are approximately two people on the planet named Roy who can pitch better than Cole Hamels, you have to wonder what Cole thinks of having both of them on the Phillies and pushing him to the third slot in the rotation. Maybe he doesn’t care at all. Whether he does or not, though, he sure was fantastic yesterday. Hamels allowed a single and a walk over eight shutout innings. It almost wasn’t good enough for a Phillies team struggling to score runs, but Polanco delivered a solo home run in the top of the eleventh and Werth came through with an RBI-double four batters later to get the Phils out with a 2-0 win.

Hamels wasn’t the only pitcher to have a good day. The Phils are counting on Madson and Durbin to bring some stability to the bullpen coming off of injuries. They did just that yesterday as they combined to throw an inning and two-thirds of perfect relief late in the game.

The Phillies are 49-46 on the season after beating the St Louis Cardinals 2-0 in eleven innings yesterday afternoon. The Cards take the series three games to one. The Phils end their eight game road trip at 2-6. They are back in second place in the NL East, seven games behind the Braves.

Hamels got the start for the Phils and went eight shutout innings, allowing a single and a walk. He struck out seven and dropped his ERA on the year to 3.40.

He was perfect through the first four innings, striking out the first five batters he faced.

Matt Holliday singled to left to start the fifth with the game still tied. Allen Craig was next and he popped a ball behind short. Rollins and Victorino converged and Victorino made a nifty sliding catch to record the out. Holliday was way off base and doubled-up easily. Yadier Molina was next and hit a ball to right. Werth came up with the second dazzling defensive play in two batters for the Phils, sliding to catch the ball and holding on with his bare hand to record the third out.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 sixth. He got another nice defensive play in the inning as Howard made a nifty play on a foul ball hit by Wainwright for the second out.

He set St Louis down in order again in the seventh.

He got the first two in the eight before Molina drew a five-pitch walk. Brendan Ryan was next and Hamels struck him out swinging to end the inning.

Madson threw a 1-2-3 ninth. Hamels had thrown 97 pitches.

Romero started the tenth with Ransom at second after Dobbs hit for Valdez in the top of the inning. He got Rasmus on a ground ball to first and Durbin came in to pitch to righty Albert Pujols. Pujols blasted a ball foul before Durbin struck him out swinging 3-2. Durbin got Holliday on a check-swing roller back to the mound.

Lidge pitched the eleventh with a 2-0 lead. Jay walked and stole second before Molina grounded to first for the first out with Jay holding second. Lefty Skip Schumaker hit for Ryan and hit a ball that Lidge handled for the second out as Jay moved to third. Winn flew to left to end the game.

Romero was pitching for the second day in a row and has thrown four of the last five days. Lidge threw 14 pitches in the game. Everyone else was under ten.

The Phillies lineup against righty Adam Wainwright went (1) Polanco (2) Victorino (3) Ibanez (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Rollins (7) Schneider (8) Valdez. Rollins hits sixth again with Polanco and Victorino at the top of the lineup. Ibanez back in left against the righty after a day off. Schneider catches the day game after the night game. Valdez at second against the righty with Dobbs not at second. Start number 50 on the year for Valdez. This time last year, if you had set the over/under for number of games that Wilson Valdez would start for the Phils in 2010 at 0.5, I would have taken the under. Ditto for November 26, a day after they signed him this winter.

Polanco led off the game with a single. Victorino popped the first pitch of his at-bat up to third for the first out before Ibanez singled into center and Polanco moved to second. Howard grounded out on a ball handled by Miles and the runners took second and third with two down. Werth struck out swinging 3-2 to leave both men stranded.

Schneider doubled to right with one out in the second. Valdez followed with a ground out to second and Schneider moved to third. Hamels grounded to second for the third out.

The Phils went in order in the third.

Howard started the fourth with a single. Werth followed with a ground ball to third and Howard was forced at second for the first out. Rollins was next and singled to right, putting men on first and second for Schneider. Schneider struck out swinging before Werth took third on a wild pitch by Wainwright. Valdez grounded to third to leave the runners stranded.

Polanco singled with one out in the fifth, but Molina picked him off for the second out. Victorino grounded to second to end the frame.

The Phils went in order in the sixth.

Schneider singled with one out in the seventh. Valdez hit into a double-play behind him.

Shawon Dunston, look out. Valdez may have lulled Dunston into a false sense of security with his blazing walk rate to start the second half (he has two), but he’s back on the move (15/6) now. In the interest of full disclosure I should probably point out that there’s no way Valdez catches Dunston now that he has six walks. If he didn’t walk again this season he would need to hit into ten more double-plays.

Victorino lined a ball into left with two outs in the eighth. Holliday had troubling picking it up and the error allowed Victorino to take third. Ibanez struck out swinging 1-2 as tradition dictates.

Howard singled off of lefty Denys Reyes to start the ninth. The Cards brought in righty Jason Motte to pitch to Werth. Werth quickly got behind 0-2 and struck out swinging 1-2. Rollins chopped a ball to first. Pujols fielded, stepped on first and threw to second where Howard was tagged out to complete the double-play.

Motte got Schneider to pop to third for the first out of the tenth. Dobbs hit for Valdez and struck out for the second. Gload hit for Madson and flew to center to end the frame.

Polanco led off the tenth and hit a 1-1 pitch from Kyle McClellan out to left, putting the Phils up 1-0. Victorino grounded to short for the first out and lefty Trever Miller came in to pitch to Ibanez. Ibanez walked and moved to second when Howard followed with a single. Righty Fernando Salas came in to pitch to Werth and Werth delivered a double to left, scoring Ibanez to make it 2-0 with men on second and third. Rollins was walked intentionally to load the bases for Schneider. Schneider hit a ball back to Salas and Howard was forced at home for the second out. Ransom flew to center to leave the bases loaded.

Polanco was 2-for-5 with a home run in the game. 6-for-18 with a triple and a home run in the series. He’s hitting 319/350/441 for the year.

Victorino 1-for-5 with a double yesterday and a big defensive play in the fifth to turn a double-play. 4-for-17 with two doubles in the series. He has one walk in July in 82 at-bats. He’s hitting 253/314/448 for the year and on-basing .265 this month.

Ibanez 1-for-4 with a walk yesterday. 3-for-13 with two walks in the series. 248/331/392 on the year.

Howard was 3-for-5 with three singles in yesterday’s game and 7-for-17 with a walk, two doubles and a home run in the series. 303/360/545 on the season.

Werth 1-for-5 with an RBI double yesterday. 5-for-15 with two doubles and a walk on the year. 279/369/498 on the year.

Rollins 1-for-4 with a walk yesterday. 3-for-17 with a walk in the series. 184/267/276 in July. 227/326/373 for the year. He’s hitting .183 in 123 plate appearances since coming off the DL.

Schneider was 2-for-5 with a double yesterday. Ruiz caught the other three games and went 2-for-9 with a double and a walk.

Valdez was 0-for-3 yesterday and 0-for-8 with a walk in the series. 239/267/367 on the year. Ransom was 1-for-6 with four strikeouts in the series and is 5-for-25 with the Phillies this season.

Roy Halladay (10-8, 2.40) faces Aaron Cook (4-5, 4.56) tonight in Philadelphia as the Phils and Rockies start a four-game set. Coming off of two excellent starts in a row, Halladay was hit hard his last time out as he allowed six runs in six innings to the Cubs. Cook threw seven shutout innings against the Reds in his last start, but has a 5.83 ERA in his ten starts away from home this season.

This article suggests that Moyer’s injury could end his career.

Happ and Kendrick will fill out the rotation this weekend against the Rockies.

The Phillies fired Milt Thompson as their hitting coach and replaced him with Greg Gross.


Moyer misery for the Phils

Even when things are at their lowest, at least we still have that “Moyer” and “more” kind of almost rhyme.

Let’s hope that’s enough. It might have to be.

Another day, another ugly loss for the Phils who are now 1-5 since the All-Star break and seven games back in their division.

Last night’s loss came with yet another injury as Jamie Moyer threw just one inning before leaving the game with a strained left elbow. Even in the best of circumstances, losing your starter after one inning in a stretch where you play 18 games in 18 days would be tough. These are far from the best of circumstances for the Phils, though, and the relief corps and the offense both struggled after Moyer’s exit last night.

The Phils are suddenly leaking pitchers. Two of the five guys in the starting rotation need to be replaced since Kendrick was sent to Triple-A yesterday before Jamie Moyer was injured last night. JA Happ is almost surely part of the mix to fill out the rotation, but that still leaves them one starter short. The bullpen threw seven innings last night and allowed seven runs and the Phils still have to play 12 more days in a row before getting a day off.

Finally, Danys Baez got blasted again and you have to wonder how much longer the Phils are going to stick with him. Over his last 14 appearances he has thrown to a 7.30 ERA with a 2.27 ratio. He’s walked nine in 12 1/3 innings and opponents have hit .380 against him in those games.

The Phillies are 48-45 on the year after losing to the St Louis Cardinals 7-1 last night. They remain in third place in the NL East, seven games behind the Braves and a half game behind the second-place Mets. They are 1-5 since the All-Star break.

Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and threw one scoreless inning before leaving the game with a strained left elbow. He allowed two singles and didn’t walk anyone or strike anyone out.

He got the first two in the bottom of the first before Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday singled back-to-back. Pujols and Holliday pulled off a double-steal with Allen Craig at the plate, but Moyer got Craig to line to Victorino for the third out.

Andrew Carpenter took over for Moyer in the second. Aaron Miles singled with one out and the pitcher Chris Carpenter bunted him to second with the first out. Carpenter got Brendan Ryan on a fly ball to center for the third out.

Felipe Lopez started the third with a single. Randy Winn was next and hit a 1-1 pitch out to right center for his second homer in two games, putting St Louis up 2-0. Carpenter got the next three.

Yadier Molina started the fourth with a double. Miles lined back to the mound for the first out, but the pitcher Carpenter singled softly into center and Molina moved to third. Carpenter uncorked a wild pitch with Ryan at the plate, allowing Molina to score (3-0) and Carpenter to take second. Ryan went down on a fly ball to Werth for the second out. Carpenter struck out Lopez for the third.

Baez took over in the fifth. He walked the leadoff man Winn and Winn stole second before Pujols walked. Holliday was next and he blasted a 1-2 pitch out to center for a three-run homer that made it 6-0. Baez got Craig on a ground ball back to the mound before Molina and Miles singled back-to-back. It put men on first and third with one down, but Baez got Carpenter to hit into a double-play to end the inning.

We’ve got to be near the end of the Baez era at this point.

Herndon pitched the sixth. He allowed back-to-back singles to Ryan and Lopez to get things started. It put men on first and second for Winn and Winn hit a fly ball to center deep enough to move Ryan to third. Herndon then struck Pujols out swinging 3-2 and Ruiz threw Lopez out trying to steal second to end the inning.

Contreras pitched the seventh with the Phils down 6-1. He struck Holliday out for the first out. Lefty Colby Rasmus hit for the righty Craig and singled to center, but Contreras got Molina and Miles behind him to keep the Cards off the board.

Madson came on for the eighth, pitching for the second day in a row. He got the first two batters before Lopez doubled to center. Winn followed that with an RBI-single and the St Louis lead was up to 7-1. Pujols grounded to short for the third out.

Long day for the pen with Moyer only going one inning. They didn’t pitch very well, allowing seven runs in seven innings.

Carpenter threw 49 pitches. Baez 28, Madson 20, Contreras 18 and Herndon 15.

The Phillies lineup against righty Chris Carpenter went (1) Rollins (2) Polanco (3) Ibanez (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Victorino (7) Ruiz (8) Valdez. Valdez at second with Utley on the DL, making his 49th start of the season. There have been a whole lot of events this season that the Phillies couldn’t control, but nobody can make you start Wilson Valdez in 49 of 93 games.

1-2-3 in the first.

Werth reached on an infield single with one out in the second, but Victorino hit into a double-play behind him.

Ruiz reached on a throwing error by Lopez at third to start the third. Valdez walked behind him to put men on first and second. Carpenter was next and he got the bunt down, but Molina fielded and went after Ruiz who was retired for the second out. Rollins hit into a double-play to turn the Phillies away.

Nothing for the Phils after putting their first two men on base to start the inning.

Polanco led off the fourth with the Phils down 2-0 and singled to right. Ibanez, Howard and Werth went down behind him.

Down 3-0, the Phils went in order in the fifth.

Valdez grounded to third to end the fifth. Cody Ransom took over for him at second in the bottom of the inning with the new pitcher Baez moving into the eight-hole in the lineup. That’s a great move by Manuel, but it sadly didn’t help as Ransom went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts in the game.

With the current roster I think it makes sense for Ransom to start at second base a lot against lefties. At least until he demonstrates he can’t play second. I’m even up for a Dobbs/Ransom platoon at second for a while.

Polanco tripled with two outs in the sixth and the Phils down 6-0. Ibanez was next and hit the ball well, but Pujols reached for the ball at first and got it to retire the side.

Werth and Victorino doubled with one out in the seventh, cutting the lead to 6-1. Ruiz grounded to second for the second out with Victorino holding second. With the righty Carpenter still on the mound for St Louis, Dobbs hit for our Carpenter and grounded to first.

The Phils went in order in the eighth.

Down 7-1, Howard doubled with one out in the ninth. Werth flew to right behind him for the second out and Victorino struck out swinging to end the game.

Rollins was 0-for-4 in the game. He’s 2-for-his-last-24 and hitting 178/263/277 in 114 plate appearances since returning from the DL.

Polanco was 2-for-4 with a triple. He’s 6-for-18 since coming back.

Ibanez 0-for-4.

Howard 1-for-4 with a double.

Werth 2-for-4 with a double. He’s still on pace to hit 50 doubles. 6-for-his-last-14 with four walks.

Victorino 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Ruiz 0-for-3.

Valdez 0-for-1 with a walk. I think the combination of the Valdez walk plus the Moyer injury puts an end to the great Valdez/Moyer walkoff of 2010. Valdez leads 6-3 now and that lead may be insurmountable given that Moyer didn’t get a chance to hit last night and looks likely to miss significant time. Valdez is hitting 150/209/225 over his last 43 plate appearances.

Blanton (3-5, 6.21) faces lefty Jaime Garcia (8-4, 2.27) tonight as the fun continues. Blanton has had an awful year and has a 6.27 ERA and a 1.50 ratio over his last three starts. Opponents are hitting .300 against him and he’s allowed 16 home runs in 87 innings. Garcia turned 24 this month and had pitched very well this year. He has allowed more than two earned runs in two of 18 starts and given up just four home runs in 103 innings.

Trade rumors abound. The loudest seem to be around two possible moves, trading for Roy Oswalt and trading Jayson Werth. Oswalt would be a great addition, but even with the injuries the problems with this team are mostly about their ability to score runs and not their ability to prevent them. A lot of the offensive problems have to do with hitters that should and will hit simply not hitting. Not all of them, though. See, for example, the thing about Wilson Valdez starting more than half the games for the Phils this season.

Moyer is apparently headed to the DL, maybe for a long time.


Fifteen minutes could save us all a lot of heartache

This is getting out of hand.

The Phils drop two of three to the division-leading Braves, falling six games back in the NL East. Jamie Moyer is going to have some six-run innings and the inexperienced pitchers in the pen can be counted on to occasionally allow three runs over a four-batter span in the top of the eleventh. But the Phillies need to hit and they aren’t. Valdez and Sardinha combined to go 1-for-20 in the series. That’s a whole lot less of a problem, though, than the 6-for-38 with a walk that Rollins, Victorino and Werth combined to put up.

The key hitters for the Phillies just aren’t getting it done and they haven’t been for a long time.

The why questions are the hard ones and I don’t know the answer. I do think it’s time we all confront the elephant in the room and put the blame where it belongs: squarely on the shoulders of Jayson Werth’s Geico beard.

That thing is atrocious. I’m worried it may be blocking out the guys in the bullpen trying to steal signs from the catcher. Please, please shave. I don’t feel confident it will make things better, but I’m not sure how it could make them worse.

The chart below shows the number of times in the past 25 years the Phillies have won the World Series in the Pre and Post Beard eras:

  Pre-Beard
Era
Post-Beard
Era
# of times the Phillies have
won the World Series in the past 25 years
1 0

There it is in black and white.

Seventy-nine games left to play.

Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?

The Phillies are 43-40 on the season after losing to the Atlanta Braves 7-5 last night. The Braves take the series two games to one. The Phils are in third place in the NL East. They trail the Braves by six games and the Mets by three.

Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went 5 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs on seven hits and a walk. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and three home runs. He struck out three.

Martin Prado led off the game and hit a 1-1 pitch out to left to put the Braves up 1-0. Moyer got the next three behind him.

He threw a 1-2-3 second.

The game was tied at 1-1 when he set Atlanta down in order in the third.

Omar Infante started the fourth with what looked like a routine ground ball to short, but Rollins was slow and Infante ran hard and was safe with an infield single. Moyer got the next three to leave him stranded. Victorino made a shoestring catch on a liner hit by Brian McCann for the third out.

He threw a 1-2-3 fifth.

The Phils were ahead 3-1 when he started the sixth. Moyer struck out the pitcher Kris Medlen for the first out, but Prado was next and homered again, this time on a 3-2 pitch. It cut the lead to 3-2. Infante followed that with a single and moved to third when Chipper Jones doubled softly to right. Troy Glaus walked to load the bases and McCann cleared them with a three-run double to the gap in left center. 5-3 Atlanta. Matt Diaz was next and he hit a 2-2 pitch out to center for his first home run of the season. 7-3. Baez took over for Moyer and allowed a two-out double to Melky Cabrera before striking out Medlen to finally end the frame.

Figueroa pitched the seventh. Prado reached on an infield single to start the inning and moved to second on a passed ball after Infante flew to right for the first out. Chipper flew to center with Prado tagging and moving to third. Glaus flew to right to leave him stranded.

Figueroa was back to throw a 1-2-3 eighth.

Figueroa was recalled from Triple-A on June 24. Since then he has made three appearances for the Phils in which he has allowed one hit and one walk in 5 1/3 scoreless innings.

Contreras pitched the ninth with the Phillies down 7-5. Cabrera led off with a double, but Contreras got a strike out and a popup before getting Infante on a ground ball to short to leave Cabrera stranded.

Figueroa threw 22 pitches in the game. Contreras, pitching for the second day in a row, threw 15. Baez threw 12.

It just the second appearance since June 27 for Baez. In those appearances he has thrown 19 pitches over one inning.

The Phillies lineup against righty Kris Medlen went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Ibanez (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Dobbs (7) Valdez (8) Sardinha. Sardinha keeps on catching. Valdez at second. Dobbs plays third against the righty.

Rollins led off the first with a single with the Phils down 1-0. A one-out walk to Ibanez moved him to second, but Howard struck out for the second out behind him. Werth was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Dobbs, but Dobbs grounded to short to leave the runners stranded.

Valdez led off the second with a double. Sardinha struck out and Moyer struck out, but Rollins picked them up and doubled into the right field corner to tie the game at 1-1. Victorino grounded to second for the third out.

Rollins 2-for-2 through two innings.

Howard singled with one out in the third, but Werth and Dobbs went down behind him.

1-2-3 in the fourth.

Ibanez walked with two outs in the fifth. Howard was next and he hit a 1-0 pitch out to left to put the Phillies up 3-1. Werth grounded to second for the third out.

The were losing 7-3 when they hit in the bottom of the sixth. Dobbs led off with a single and Valdez hit into a double-play behind him. Sardinha struck out swinging for the third out.

That’s 14 GIDP on the year for Valdez. 14??!

Victorino chased Medlen from the game with a two-out homer in the seventh that cut the lead to 7-4. Lefty Jonny Venters got Ibanez to pop to second for the third out.

Dobbs singled to left with one out in the eighth. With righty Takashi Saito on the mound for Atlanta, Gload hit for Figueroa and singled to center, sending Dobbs to third. Francisco hit for Sardinha with Saito still on the mound. He quickly got behind 0-2, but hit a 2-2 pitch back up the middle for an RBI-single that scored Dobbs and made it 7-5. Castro, who had entered with Baez in the seventh, popped up on the infield to leave the runners stranded on first and second.

Great at-bat for Francisco against the righty.

Billy Wagner set Rollins, Victorino and Ibanez down in order in the ninth.

Rollins was 2-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI in the game. 2-for-13 with a walk in the series. 255/358/471 on the season. He’s 12-for-61 (.198) since returning from the DL.

Victorino was 1-for-5 with his 13th home run last night. He was 2-for-14 in the series and hasn’t walked in his last 34 at-bats. 251/319/448 on the year. You can’t hit second if you on-base .319.

Rollins and Victorino combine to go 4-for-27 (.148) with a walk in the series.

Ibanez was 0-for-3 and walked twice. He was 3-for-11 with a home run and three walks in the series. 242/329/397.

Howard was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI as he continues to pound the ball to the opposite field. 5-for-12 with a triple and a home run in the set. He’s at 298/351/514 for the year.

Werth was 0-for-3 in the game and was 2-for-11 in the series. He’s 3-for-23 with a walk in July and hitting 279/365/518 for the year.

Dobbs was 2-for-4 in the game. 4-for-8 with a home run, a walk and two RBI in the series. He’s 8-for-his-last-23 and has his line on the year up to 196/260/304.

Valdez was 1-for-3 with a double in the game and 1-for-11 in the series. 252/270/390 on the year. Please take a moment to compare the slugging percentages for the season for Valdez and Ibanez.

Sardinha should get an award for catching so many games in a row in brutal weather. Not so much for hitting, though. He was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in the game and 0-for-9 with six strikeouts in the series. He has 40 plate appearances with the Phillies this year and a career high of 49. He’s hit 205/225/375 for the Phils this season.

Kyle Kendrick (5-3, 4.70) faces righty Johnny Cueto (8-2, 3.56) as the Phils start a four-game set with the Reds. Kendrick has a 5.59 ERA and a 1.45 ratio over his past three starts. He’s fared pretty well against righties this season, but left-handed batters are hitting 318/376/555 against him. Cueto has not allowed more than one run in any of his last four starts, throwing to an 0.70 ERA over 25 2/3 innings. He’s been way better against lefties (225/292/376) than he has against righties (288/360/419) on the year.


Jamie’s flyin’

The Phils take two of three from the Blue Jays thanks to a win yesterday, which came with a big assist from Jamie Moyer. Moyer’s ratio for the season is at 1.05 and the Phillies are 9-6 in the games he’s started. That’s a better mark than they have in the games started by Halladay (9-7) or Hamels (8-7) or any other pitcher who has started more than one game (they’re 1-0 when Figueroa starts, but that might not be a formula for long-term success).

On June 11 in Boston, Moyer allowed nine runs in an inning against the Red Sox. It’s the only start in his last six in which he’s allowed more than two runs. In his other 14 starts he has thrown to a 3.49 ERA with an 0.95 ratio. In eight of 15 starts he’s allowed two runs or fewer. Overall for the season his ERA sits at 4.30, coming off of a year where he threw to a 5.34 ERA in his 25 starts and a whole lot of people thought he was done.

So what’s he doing differently this year? He allowed a ton of home runs last year, but it’s not just about home runs. Moyer has allowed 15 home runs in 96 1/3 innings, which means he would allow about 31 over 200 innings. Only five NL pitchers have allowed more home runs than Moyer on the year and 24 have pitched more innings. He’s allowing about 1.40 home runs per nine innings, which is worse is worse than his career rate of 1.14 per nine innings if improved over his ’09 rate of 1.50 per nine innings (1.63 per nine as a starter).

Overall, the hits that he’s allowing haven’t done less damage in 2010 than they did in 2008 and 2009 or over his career. He’s actually allowing more bases per hit this year than he has over his career and in 2008 and 2009 combined:

Year Hits
Total
Bases
TB per hit
2010 84 147 1.75
2008 + 2009 376 600 1.60
Career 4137 6571 1.59

So the hits that he’s allowing are just as bad if not worse and he’s still allowing a lot of home runs.

What he is doing is allowing a whole lot fewer hits and walks.

Opponents are hitting just .230 against Moyer on the season. Righties are hitting .241 and lefties are hitting .177. Moyer had a couple of years where he held righties under .241, but the .230 mark overall and .177 for lefties are his best in, well, forever. When it comes to Jamie Moyer, forever is a long time. Here’s what righties and lefties have hit against him over his career:

Year Overall Right Left
2010 230 241 177
2009 279 290 243
2008 262 270 240
2007 285 279 309
2006 277 285 251
2005 283 277 297
2004 272 264 290
2003 246 232 276
2002 230 206 282
2001 239 234 255
2000 281 278 290
1999 267 278 234
1998 256 255 258
1997 256 234 322
1996 276 265 309
1995 265 251 306
1994 271 268 286
1993 265 256 304
1992 Did Not Pitch
1991 319 266 520
1990 290 308 222
1989 283 294 214
1988 272 281 228
1987 271 278 222
1986 311 313 300
       
Career 267 265 272

In 2003, opponents also hit .230 overall against. Moyer. But it’s a better .230 this year (.23013) than it was in ’03 (.23023).

Lefties are 11-for-62 against Moyer this year. The .177 average he has held them to is nearly a hundred points better than their .272 over his career.

Moyer’s batting average for balls in play is at a career-low .230 overall and a microscopic .119 for left-handed hitters. So maybe he’s been a little bit (or a lot) fortunate. It’s also true, though, that Moyer’s walks are down significantly from his career levels. The percentage of batters he faces who walks is down for the third season in a row and this year it’s down a lot:

Year PA BB % of PA BB
2010 390 17 4.4
2009 699 43 6.2
2008 841 62 7.4
2007 867 66 7.6
       
Career 17,031 1,134 6.7

Moyer has walked 17 batters in 96 1/3 innings this season, which is about 1.59 per nine innings. That’s the best mark he’s had for any year of his career. He’s only had one other season where he walked fewer than 1.89 men per nine inning. For the Mariners in 1998 he issued 42 walks in 234 1/3 innings (1.61 walks per nine).

Madson threw an inning for Single-A Clearwater yesterday and allowed a run.

Sounds like we shouldn’t be expecting to see Polanco tonight and maybe not for a couple of days.


Phils due for some maintenance work as the spark plugs are getting old

The Phillies got Jimmy Rollins back in the lineup last night, but it was a guy who has been here all along that did the heavy lifting as the Phils topped the Cleveland Indians 2-1. Jamie Moyer was fantastic, holding Cleveland to a run on two hits over eight innings.

The lack of offense from the Phils continues to baffle. Last night they failed to deliver an extra-base hit yet again. After scoring two runs in the bottom of the first they were shut out the rest of the game on two singles and two walks.

The game was also notable in how it ended. Lefty JC Romero pitched to three hitters in the top of the ninth with a one-run lead. Two of them reached before Lidge came in to record back-to-back strikeouts to end the game. After the game, Manuel responded to a question about the closer situation by saying, “Lidge is our closer. In my mind, he’s our closer and that’s what counts.” Maybe so, but what’s happening in Manuel’s mind, while interesting, is a whole lot less important to the Phillies than what happens on the field and last night it was someone other than Lidge facing three batters in the ninth inning of a one-run game.

All that said, I think bringing on Romero to pitch to switch-left-switch to start the inning is a pretty good idea. It’s just not the way it’s always been done with this team.

Not to be forgotten is that Manuel also had been ejected from the game, so he shouldn’t have been involved with the decision on who pitched the ninth inning anyway.

The Phillies are 36-32 on the year after a 2-1 win over the Indians last night. They have won four of their last six but scored just three runs in their last two games. They’re in third place in the NL East, 4 1/2 games behind the first-place Braves.

Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing a run on two hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a solo home run. He struck out five and dropped his ERA on the year to 4.43. Four of his last five starts has been really good with nine runs allowed in an inning in Boston on June 11. Nine runs in an inning will do a number on your numbers (4.22 ERA over his last five starts in this case), but Moyer is pitching very well.

He got three ground balls in a 1-2-3 first.

He started the second inning up 2-0. He got two more ground outs to start the second before lefty Russell Branyan came to the plate and hammered the first pitch he saw way out to right. 2-1. Anderson Hernandez grounded to Utley for the third out.

Moyer threw a 1-2-3 third and struck out two while setting Cleveland down in order again in the fourth.

He got two ground outs and a fly ball to right in a 1-2-3 fifth.

Moyer got the first two in the sixth before Trevor Crowe reached on an infield single. The lefty Shin-Soo Choo was next and walked on five pitches. Crowe stole third before Moyer got Carlos Santana on a fly ball to left to leave both runners stranded.

He came back with a 1-2-3 seventh and then set the Indians down in order again in the eighth. Former Phil Jason Donald hit the ball well in the eighth, but Victorino tracked it down on the warning track for the second out of the inning.

Romero started the ninth with a one-run lead and got the switch-hitter Crowe on a ground ball to second for the first out. The lefty Choo was next and hit a ball back up the middle that Rollins fielded behind second, but Choo was safe with an infield single. Switch-hitting Carlos Santana was next and Romero walked him on a 3-2 pitch that was nowhere near the plate. It brought righty Austin Kearns to the plate with one out and men on first and second. Lidge came in to pitch to him and struck him out swinging at a 2-2 slider for the second out. Righty Jhonny Peralta followed Kearns, also coming to the plate as the go-ahead run. Lidge struck him out swinging at a 2-2 slider as well to end the game.

Romero threw 13 pitches in the game and Lidge ten.

The Phillies lineup against righty Mitch Talbot went (1) Rollins (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Victorino (8) Schneider. Rollins returns to the lineup and the leadoff spot. Victorino is dropped all the way to seventh. Schneider catches with Ruiz on the DL.

Polanco singled with one out in the first and moved to second when Utley followed with a walk. Howard was next and hit a 1-0 pitch into left for a single that scored Polanco (1-0) and moved Utley to third. Werth hit a fly ball to center deep enough for Utley to score and put the Phils up 2-0. Ibanez followed and hit a fly ball to center deep enough for Crowe to catch it and end the inning.

Victorino walked to start the second with the lead cut to 2-1. Schneider hit into a double-play behind him and Moyer struck out.

The Phils went in order in the third.

Werth walked with one out in the fourth and moved to third when Ibanez followed with a single to right. Victorino was next and hit a ground ball to second. Donald fielded and threw to Hernandez at second for the second out of the inning with Victorino safe at first, but Ibanez was ruled out on interference and the run was taken off the board with the inning over.

Manuel got ejected arguing the call, which cost the Phils a run, but the ump got it right. Ibanez was way off of second.

The Phillies went in order in the fifth.

Howard singled with two outs in the sixth, but Werth flew to right behind him to set the Phillies down.

The Phils went in order in the seventh and again in the eighth.

Rollins was 0-for-4 in the game and is hitting 311/429/578 in 45 at-bats for the season.

Polanco was 1-for-4. He’s 7-for-his-last-22.

Utley 0-for-2 with a walk. 6-for-his-last-16 with a double, a triple and a home run. He walked 20 times in April and has walked 19 times in May and June combined.

Howard was 2-for-3 with an RBI. He’s hitting 329/368/686 in June.

Werth was 0-for-1 with a walk and an RBI. He’s hitting .218 in June after going 0-for-17 with ten strikeouts to end May. He’s 12-for-his-last-72 (.167). On the plus side, maybe the Phillies will be able to afford him next year after all.

Ibanez 1-for-3 with a strikeout. He’s 4-for-his-last-20. His slugging percentage dropped to .371 after the June 6 against the Padres. He had gotten it back up over .400 since then, but it’s back going the wrong direction and sitting on .400 at the start of the day today.

Victorino was 0-for-2 with a walk in the seven-hole. He’s 1-for-his-last-14.

Schneider was 0-for-3. He was hitting 303/395/364 after going 3-for-4 against the Red Sox on June 12. He’s gone 1-for-14 since, dropping his line on the year to 234/333/277.

Another game for the Phils without an extra-base hit.

Kyle Kendrick (4-2, 4.48) faces righty Jake Westbrook (4-4, 4.76) tonight. Kendrick has been really good in three of his last four starts with one bad outing against the Marlins. Westbrook allowed five runs in seven innings against the Mets last Thursday. He missed the 2009 season off of Tommy John surgery and his rates of allowing hits, walks and home runs are all up above his career marks since his return.


True disbeliever

Coming off just about the ugliest start you can imagine, Jamie Moyer bounced back last night to hold the Yankees to a pair of runs on three hits over eight innings as the Phils got a much-needed win in New York.

As bad as things have been, though, it’s going to take more than that to convince most fans the Phils have found a way out of their long, miserable funk. More than the home runs by Werth and Howard, more than the three-run triple by Victorino. A lot more. After an early outburst in last night’s game plated them six runs before the end of the third inning, the Phils didn’t manage a base-runner in the last five innings of the game.

The Phillies are 33-30 on the season after a 6-3 win over the Yankees last night.

Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both solo homers. He struck out five.

He threw a 1-2-3 first.

The Phils were up 4-0 when he started the second. Robison Cano hit a 2-2 pitch out to right to cut the lead to 4-1. Moyer got the next two.

He threw a 1-2-3 third with a 6-1 lead and set New York down in order again in the fourth.

Jorge Posada homered to left with one out in the fifth to make it 6-2. Moyer got Curtis Granderson and Kevin Russo behind him.

He threw a 1-2-3 in the sixth, getting a nice play from Werth in right on the second out on a sinking liner hit to right.

Moyer walked Alex Rodriguez with one out in the seventh, but got Cano to hit into a double-play behind him.

Russo reached on an infield single with two outs in the eighth. Moyer got Gardner on a fly ball to left to end the inning.

Lidge entered to start the ninth with a 6-2 lead. He struck out Jeter and Swisher to start the inning before Teixeira drew a walk. Teixeira took second without a throw before A-Rod lined a double into left, scoring Teixeira to make it 6-3. Cano followed that with a single that moved Rodriguez to third and it brought Posada to the plate as the tying run. Lidge struck him out swinging 2-2 to end the game.

Lidge threw 31 pitches in the game. It’s the second time in ten appearances on the year that he’s been charged with a run and the first time since April 30.

The Phillies lineup against righty AJ Burnett went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Dobbs (8) Schneider (9) Valdez. Dobbs at DH with Schneider catching and Valdez at short. Polanco back hitting second with Utley third after they were flipped in the first game of the series.

Utley was hit by a pitch with two outs in the second and took second on a wild pitch, but Howard grounded to second for the third out.

Ibanez walked with one out in the second and stole second with Dobbs at the plate. Dobbs singled to right and Ibanez scored to put the Phils up 1-0. Schneider walked and there were men on first and second for Valdez. Valdez hit a ground ball back up the middle that went off the foot of Burnett and rolled back towards the plate. Valdez was safe with a single and the bases were loaded. Victorino drove a 3-2 pitch in to the gap in right center, clearing the bases as Victorino slid into third just safe with the Phils up 4-0. Polanco struck out and Utley grounded to first to end the frame.

Great job by Victorino to stretch for a triple with one out. Polanco strikes out with one out and a man on third to keep the Phillies from getting more.

The lead was cut to 4-1 when the Phillies hit in the third. Howard led off and hit an 0-1 pitch out to center. 5-1. Werth was next and quickly got behind 0-2 before he hit a 2-2 pitch out to right to make it 6-1. Burnett got the next two before walking Schneider. Valdez struck out to leave Schneider stranded at first.

Victorino walked to start the fourth and stole second. Polanco flew to right for the first out. Utley was next and hit a ball to first that Teixeira fielded, but Burnett failed to cover first and Utley was safe with a single as Victorino moved to third. Lefty Boone Logan took over for Burnett. Utley stole second before Logan struck out Howard for the second out and the righty Werth was walked intentionally to load the bases. Ibanez grounded to second to leave the runners stranded. Ruiz was out of the lineup with a sore left ankle.

Polanco can’t move the runner up from second with nobody out. Howard strikes out with a man on third and one out.

The Phillies went in order in the fifth. With the lefty Logan still on the mound for New York, Francisco hit for Dobbs to start the inning and grounded back to Logan.

The Phils went in order in the sixth.

Chad Gaudin pitched the last three innings of the game for New York, setting down nine Phillies in order.

Victorino was 1-for-4 with a walk, a triple and three RBI in the game.

Polanco 0-for-5 and struck out twice. It ends a nine-game hitting streak for Polanco. Including last night he’s hit 333/364/381 over his last ten games.

Utley was 1-for-4 with a strikeout.

Howard 1-for-4 with a home run and struck out twice. He’s on pace to hit 28 home runs this year.

Werth 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. Also on pace to hit 28 home runs this year. His doubles pace is down to 62.

Ibanez 0-for-3 with a walk to drop his average on the year to .246.

Dobbs 1-for-2 with an RBI. He’s hitting .154 for the season.

Schneider 0-for-2 with two walks. He’s hitting .278 with a .395 on-base percentage all of the sudden. 7-for-his-last-15 with four walks and two doubles.

Valdez was 1-for-4 and struck out three times. He’s on-basing .250 for the season and has 106 plate appearances.

Kyle Kendrick (3-2, 4.80) faces lefty Andy Pettitte (8-1, 2.46) tonight. Kendrick was in a nice groove, throwing to a 2.79 ERA over his last six starts before getting hammered by the Marlins on June 8. He allowed six runs in five innings in that game. Lefties are still hitting 316/383/530 against him for the year. Pettitte hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in any of his last four starts and just twice in 12 outings on the season. Lefties are hitting 171/192/237 against him for the season.

The article linked above about Ruiz’s sore ankle says that Rollins could return to the active roster on Saturday.


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