Tag: Jamie Moyer

Rolling old school

The fantastic run of starting pitching continued for the Phils last night. This time it was Jamie Moyer making his first good start of the season. Moyer held the Braves to two unearned runs on four hits and two walks over six strong innings to earn his second win of the season and the 260th of his career. The Phillies have five quality starts in their last six games.

What they also got last night was some runs. Eight, to be exact. They came into last night’s game having scored six runs over their past four games. The battered left side of the infield proved not to be the problem, but a big part of the solution. With Rollins and Polanco both out of the lineup, their replacements, Juan Castro and Greg Dobbs, combined to go 5-for-8 and scored four of the team’s eight runs.

The Phillies are 10-5 on the season after beating the Braves 8-3 last night. The Phils take the series two games to one.

Moyer got the start for the Phils and went six innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks. Both of the runs were unearned, thanks for some defensive floundering by Utley in the fifth. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out four and dropped his ERA for the season to 5.00.

Matt Diaz lined to right for the first out of the first with the Phillies up 2-0. Martin Prado was next and he hit it hard, too, but Dobbs snared his line drive for the second out. Chipper Jones followed with a single to left, but Moyer got Brian McCann on a soft ground ball to first to end the inning.

He struck out Troy Glaus and Yunel Escobar to start the second before he hit Jason Heyward with a pitch. Melky Cabrera lined to short to end the inning.

That’s a lot of line outs in two innings.

He was up 5-0 when he started the third. The pitcher Derek Lowe and Diaz both grounded out to start the inning, but Prado doubled to left. Chipper grounded to third to leave him stranded.

He set the Braves down in order in the fourth.

Cabrera walked with one out in the fifth. Righty Omar Infante hit for Lowe and walked, putting men on first and second with one down. Diaz was next and hit a ball to short. Castro fielded and threw to second, but Utley didn’t handle his throw. Cabrera scored to make it 5-1. Utley was charged with an error and it was still first and second with one out. Prado was next and he hit a ball to Castro as well. This time Utley caught the throw at second for the second out, but then threw the ball away from another error. Infante scored and it was 5-2 with two outs and a man on first. Jones hit yet another line drive, but Dobbs caught it at third for the third out.

Miserable inning defensively for Utley. Two walks issued by Moyer made it possible.

The Phillies were up 6-2 when Moyer started the sixth. McCann led off with a single. Moyer struck out Glaus for the first out before Escobar doubled to center, sending McCann to third. Moyer struck out Heyward for the second out and got Cabrera on a pop up to short to end the inning.

Huge strikeout by Moyer to get Heyward with one out and men on second and third.

Durbin started the seventh with an 8-2 lead. McLouth led off and doubled to right. Durbin struck Diaz out for the first out, but Prado singled to right. It put men on first and third with one out for Chipper and Chipper walked on four pitches to load the bases. McCann got ahead 3-0 and then hit a fly ball deep to left that Ibanez took in front of the warning track for the second out. McLouth tagged and scored. 8-3 with men on first and second. Durbin struck Glaus out swinging at a 3-2 slider.

Nice job to come back by Durbin and hold them to one run. Things looked a little worrisome when he walked Chipper on four pitches and then got way behind McCann.

Baez threw a 1-2-3 eighth with an 8-3 lead.

Herndon entered in the bottom of the ninth. Eric Hinske led off with a single, but Diaz grounded into a double-play behind him to clear the bases. Prado reached on an infield single and moved to third when Chipper followed that with a double. Herndon got McCann to fly to left to end the game.

Herndon keeps Atlanta off the board, but has allowed eight hits over 1 1/3 innings in his last two appearances.

Durbin threw 33 pitches in the game and seems unlikely for tonight. Herndon 12 and Baez nine.

The Phillies lineup against righty Derek Lowe went (1) Victorino (2) Dobbs (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Castro (8) Ruiz. Dobbs plays third with Polanco on the bench after getting hit on the elbow with a pitch on Wednesday. Castro plays short with Rollins on the DL. Second is a little high for Dobbs. Seven is a little high for Castro. Three lefties in a row 2-3-4 for the Phils.

Dobbs and Utley singled back-to-back with one out in the first. It put men on first and third for Howard and Howard singled to center. 1-0 with men on first and third. Werth flew to center deep enough for Utley to score and put the Phils up 2-0. Ibanez lined to second for the third out.

Ruiz singled with one out in the second and Moyer bunted him to second. Victorino grounded to second to leave him stranded.

Dobbs banged a double off the wall in right to start the third. Utley walked. Howard flew to left for the first out before Werth walked to load the bases. Ibanez hit a double-play ball, but the Braves didn’t get a double-play. They didn’t even get a single play. Prado fielded, but his throw wasn’t handled by Escobar. Dobbs and Utley both scored with Werth moving to third with the Phils up 4-0. Castro singled to right. Werth scored and Ibanez went to second. 5-0. Ruiz struck out and Moyer grounded back to the pitcher to leave both men stranded.

Not turning the double-play to end the inning costs the Braves three runs.

The Phils went in order in the fourth and the fifth.

Castro started the sixth with a single off of righty Kris Medlan. Ruiz moved him to second with a single. Moyer would have bunted, but Medlan couldn’t find the strike zone and Moyer walked to load the bases with nobody out. Victorino flew to left for the first out. Castro tagged and scored to put the Phils up 6-2. Lefty Eric O’Flaherty came in to pitch to Dobbs and Wilson Valdez hit for Dobbs. Valdez hit a ground ball to short and Ruiz was forced at second for the second out. Utley walked and the bases were loaded for Howard. Howard struck out.

So the Phillies get one run after loading the bases with nobody out. The righty Valdez hits for Dobbs against the lefty. I think you have to let Francisco hit there because there are two men on base even though Valdez is going to come into the game and play third. Assuming Francisco isn’t hurt I think Manuel thinks the sixth is too early to use the best hitter on your bench. I don’t agree.

The single by Castro got the sixth started after he delivered a big two-out hit in the third.

Ibanez walked with one out in the seventh and moved to second when Castro followed with another single. Ruiz flew to right for the second out, sending Ibanez to third. With righty Peter Moylan on the mound, Gload hit for Moyer and singled to center. Ibanez scored to make it 7-2 and Castro went to third. Victorino was next and he singled to right. 8-2 with men on first and second. Valdez struck out swinging to leave them stranded.

Utley, Howard and Werth went in order in the eighth.

Ibanez singled to start the ninth, but Castro struck out behind him for the first out. Ruiz grounded to short for the first out with Ibanez moving to second. With righty Jesse Chavez on the mound for the Braves, Francisco hit for Baez and flew to center.

Francisco winds up getting an at-bat in the game, but against a righty with one man on base instead of two.

Victorino was 1-for-4 with two RBI in the game. He was 2-for-14 with two singles and no walks in the three-game set. He’s hitting 212/254/379 for the season. He’s 3-for-his-last-21 and doesn’t have an extra-base hit in the last six games.

Polanco started games one and two and did not play yesterday after being hit on the elbow with a pitch in game two. 2-for-7 with a double in the series. 383/400/567 for the season. He’s walked once for the year, putting him on pace to walk 11 times. That’s not going to matter if he hits .383, but he’s not. On the other hand, he’s not going to walk 11 times either.

Utley was 1-for-3 with two walks and two errors last night. 4-for-12 with two doubles and two walks in the series. 339/479/739 on the year.

Howard was 1-for-5 with an RBI and five men left on base. 3-for-13 with a walk and two RBI in the series. 294/324/529. He hasn’t homered in ten games and isn’t walking either. He’s on pace to walk 32 times this season.

Werth was 0-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. 3-for-11 with three doubles and a walk. 327/413/558.

Ibanez 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI yesterday. 3-for-9 with a double and four walks in the series. 200/344/280 for the year.

Castro was 3-for-5 with an RBI yesterday and 5-for-13 in the set. He’s hitting 353/361/382 in 34 at-bats for the year.

Ruiz was 2-for-5 and left five men on base yesterday. 3-for-13 with a double in the series. 275/420/325.

Dobbs started at third last night. He was 2-for-3 with a double in the game and 2-for-4 in the series. His double last night was the only extra-base hit for the Phils in the game. He’s 3-for-12 with two walks for the season.

Valdez was 0-for-2 last night and 0-for-3 in the series.

Cole Hamels (2-1, 3.86) faces righty Kris Benson (0-1, 3.00) tonight in Arizona as the Phils play the first of three against the 6-9 Snakes. Hamels was brilliant against the Marlins in his last start after a rocky start to the season. Benson has made one start for Arizona, allowing two runs over six innings against the Padres last Saturday.

JA Happ was put on the DL. JC Romero took his spot on the roster. Nelson Figueroa will start on Saturday against Ian Kennedy.

The article linked above says Polanco thinks he should be back in the lineup tonight.


Return of the king has people wondering just how long he plans to stay

The offense lost its mojo this weekend and the Phillies lost the series, but there is a lot of hope this morning about what the team might have gotten back. Cole Hamels looked like the Hamels of old yesterday as he mowed down the Florida Marlins. He started the ninth inning having allowed one run on a solo homer, raising hope that the Phillies really can have two true aces atop their rotation.

The Phillies didn’t win the game because they didn’t score. They’re off that now, apparently, having plated one run in the last two games. That’s sure to come around, though. A bigger question will be whether or not Hamels is back to stay.

The Phillies are 8-4 on the year after dropping two of three to the Florida Marlins. They have lost two in a row for the first time this season and lost a series for the first time this season.

The Phillies won game one 8-6. It shouldn’t have been nearly that close, but got scary in the end. Halladay was fantastic again, allowing two runs over eight strong innings. Herndon started the ninth with an 8-2 lead but was charged with four runs on five hits. Madson came into the game with one out, men on first and third and the Phils up 8-5. John Baker came to the plate as the tying run and grounded out with the runner forced at second as the other scored to make it 8-6 with two outs and a man on first. Hanley Ramirez singled and the tying runs were on base, but Madson got Jorge Cantu to ground to short to end the game.

The pen had been charged with ten runs over their last four innings. Castro had another big game with the bat, going 2-for-3 and knocking in three runs. Polanco and Utley both homered for the Phils.

Moyer allowed five runs in the first inning in the middle game of the series and the Phillies couldn’t overcome it as they lost 5-1. Jayson Werth hit a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth to account for all the Phillies runs. Ricky Nolasco threw a complete game for the Fish, holding the Phils to four singles, Werth’s home run and three walks.

Yesterday Hamels pitched eight strong innings but the Phillies lost 2-0. Hamels allowed a home run to Dan Uggla in the second and left in the ninth after allowing a leadoff single to Jorge Cantu. Madson came in and allowed an RBI-double to Uggla with the run charged to Hamels. The Phils blew a lot of opportunities in the game. In the second they put men on first and second with one out and got nothing. In the fourth they had men on second and third and nobody out and couldn’t score. Castro struck out, Ruiz lined to left and Hamels grounded out. In the seventh they were turned away after putting men on first and second with one down.

The Phillies pitched pretty well overall in the series, throwing to a 4.33 ERA and a 1.15 ratio. They got good starts from Halladay and Hamels and a bad start from Moyer. Overall the starters threw to a 3.68 ERA and a 1.00 ratio in the series. They walked just one batter in 21 innings.

Halladay went eight innings in game one, allowing two runs on eight hits. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a triple. He struck out four and didn’t walk a batter. After three starts he’s 3-0 with a 1.13 ERA.

Moyer went six innings in game two, allowing five runs on six hits and a walk. Ronny Paulino hit a three-run homer off of him in the first, which was the only extra-base hit he allowed. He struck out seven. 1-1 with a 7.50 ERA after two starts.

Hamels pitched great in game three, allowing two runs on seven hits over eight innings. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and Uggla’s home run. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out eight. His quality start yesterday was the first for the season thrown by a pitcher other than Halladay.

The bullpen didn’t have very good numbers in the series overall, but that was mostly due to a miserable day for Herndon in game one. They threw to a 7.20 ERA and a 1.80 ratio in five innings. They allowed four runs and all of those were charged to Herndon in the opener. Excluding Herndon’s day on Friday, the pen allowed two hits and two walks over 4 2/3 scoreless innings.

Bastardo did not pitch in the series.

Figueroa took over for Moyer in the seventh inning of game two with the Phils down 5-0. He threw two scoreless innings, allowing no hits and a walk. In three appearances in long relief he’s throw to a 2.45 ERA for the Phils. In 7 1/3 innings he’s allowed just three hits but walked five.

Durbin pitched the ninth inning of game two with the Phillies down 5-0. He walked Cody Ross with two outs, but got Brian Barden to fly to center behind him. He’s allowed three hits and two walks over 6 1/3 scoreless innings on the year.

Contreras did not pitch in the series.

Herndon started the ninth inning of game one with an 8-2 lead. Things didn’t go well. He got one out and was charged with four runs on five hits. Madson wound up pitching with the tying runs on base to get the save.

Baez did not pitch in the series.

Madson had to pitch in game one of the series after Herndon couldn’t protect a six-run lead in the ninth. He got the save, facing three batters and getting two out while allowing a single. He also pitched in yesterday’s game, entering in the ninth with a man on first and the Phillies down 1-0. Uggla was the first man he faced and Uggla delivered an RBI-doubled into the right field corner. Cantu scored from first with the run charged to Hamels. Madson got the next three.

The Phillies scored nine runs in the three-game series.

Victorino was 2-for-11 in the set with two walks. 231/286/442.

Polanco was 2-for-13 in the series. He’s hitting 396/404/585 on the season. Top two in the Phillies order go 4-for-24 (.167) with two walks.

Utley 3-for-9 with a home run and four walks. 341/491/795. He’s on pace to walk 175 times.

Howard was 2-for-13 with an RBI in the series. 309/333/600. He’s walked twice on the season and zero times in his last seven games.

Werth was 4-for-10 with two walks, two doubles and a home run. 341/440/561. This article talks about Werth not scoring from third on a line drive to left by Ruiz that was a big factor in the Phillies not scoring a critical run in yesterday’s game.

Ibanez got a day off yesterday with a lefty on the mound for the Fish. 0-for-7 with two walks in the series. 171/294/244 on the season. He’s 1-for-his-last-17.

Castro struck out yesterday in a big at-bat with men on second and third and nobody out. 3-for-9 with three RBI in the set. 333/348/381 in 21 at-bats for the season.

Ruiz started games one and three of the series and went 2-for-5 with two walks. 296/486/333 in 27 at-bats. He’s walked in 27% of his plate appearances this year. That’s a lot.

Francisco started in left field for Ibanez in yesterday’s game with lefty Nate Robertson on the mound for Florida. He was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk in the series. He’s 1-for-7 for the season.

Schneider caught Jamie Moyer’s start in the series and was 1-for-3. He’s 1-for-9 on the season. Schneider also caught Moyer’s other start this season, which came on April 10.

No game today. The Phils are in Atlanta tomorrow night for the best of three with the Braves.

JA Happ has a sore forearm and might not make his next start. That there is a problem.


Liftoff

The Phillies have started the 2010 season doing just about everything well. They’ve scored seven runs a game, but it was the pitching that was on display in Houston as they swept the Astros in a three-game set.

Happ threw five solid innings in game one of the series. Halladay threw a complete game yesterday as the Phils won 2-1. Just as impressive was the performance of a much-maligned bullpen, which gave the Phils four scoreless innings in the first game of the set and helped overcome a weak start by Moyer in game two by holding the Astros to a run over three innings in a tight game.

The Phillies are 5-1 on the season after winning three against the Astros.

The Phils rolled to an 8-0 win in game one. Happ threw five scoreless innings and was backed up by four scoreless innings thrown by the group of Herndon, Baez and Contreras. Ibanez’s bat sprang to life in the game — he was 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three RBI. Polanco was 4-for-5 in the game, driving in a pair of runs.

In game two the Phils gave Moyer an early 4-0 lead, but the Astros put up five against him in the bottom of the third. With two outs and nobody on in the seventh, Utley drew a walk and Howard followed with his third home run of the year, putting the Phils up 6-5. Werth, Ibanez and Victorino followed that up with back-to-back singles, with Victorino’s bringing in Werth to make it 7-5. Victorino hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth to put the Phils up 9-5. Madson gave up a leadoff double to Michael Bourn to start the ninth and he came around to score, but that’s as close as the game got. It ended 9-6.

Halladay was awesome yesterday, throwing a complete game as the Phils won 2-1. Rollins led off the game with his first home run of the season and the Phils extended the lead to 2-0 in the second thanks to a leadoff double by Ibanez. Halladay had some trouble fielding bunts in the sixth inning and his error on one put down by Jeff Keppinger helped the Astros score an unearned run in the frame to get them within one. Halladay continued to roll after that, shutting them down the rest of the way. Halladay allowed six singles in the game and didn’t walk a batter, improving his mark as a Phillie to 2-0 with an 0.56 ERA after two starts.

The Phillies got great pitching in the series overall. In 27 innings, their pitchers allowed seven runs on 26 hits and just three walks. One of the runs was unearned. That’s a 2.00 ERA and 1.07 ratio.

The starters went 20 innings, pitching to a 2.25 ERA and a 1.25 ratio. All five of the earned runs that they allowed were charged to Moyer, who also gave up both of the home runs they surrendered.

Happ got the start in game one and threw five scoreless innings, allowing six hits and a pair of walks while striking out five. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double.

Moyer’s weak start in game two was one of the few things that went wrong for the Phils in the set. Moyer went six innings in game two, allowing five runs on nine hits and a walk. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a pair of two-run homers. He didn’t strike out a batter.

Halladay was fantastic yesterday. He threw a complete game, allowing one unearned run on six hits and no walks. He struck out eight.

The relievers were even better than the starters, allowing one earned run over seven innings on four hits and no walks while striking out eight. That’s a 1.29 ERA and an 0.57 ratio.

Bastardo didn’t pitch in the series.

Herndon threw two innings in game one of the series and was very good. He entered in the sixth with the Phillies up 7-0, nobody out and men on first and second. He got out of the inning with the help of a big double-play ball he induced from JR Towles. He came back to throw a scoreless seventh — he allowed back-to-back singles with one out, but struck out Hunter Pence and Carlos Lee with men on first and third.

Durbin threw a 1-2-3 seventh in game two with the Phils up 7-5.

Contreras pitched the ninth inning of game one with an 8-0 lead and set the Astros down in order.

Figueroa didn’t pitch in the series.

Baez pitched the eighth inning of game one with the Phils up by eight runs. He had a 1-2-3 frame, getting two strikeouts and a ground out. He also pitched in game two, entering in the bottom of the eighth with the Phillies up 7-5. Again he threw a 1-2-3 inning, getting two ground balls and a strikeout.

Madson pitched the ninth inning of game two with the Phillies leading 9-5. He gave up a leadoff double to Bourn and Bourn came in to score on a one-out single by Jason Michaels. Madson got the next two to end the game.

Everyone in the pen should be ready to go this afternoon, thanks to the complete game from Halladay on Sunday.

The Phillies scored 19 runs in the three-game set.

Rollins was 4-for-12 with a double, a home run and three walks in the series. He’s scored eight runs in six games, putting him on pace to score 216 for the season. He’s 9-for-23 on the year.

Polanco made his first error of the season in game one. 6-for-13 in the set with a double and a walk. 13-for-27 on the year. He’s one of three Phillies, Howard, Rollins and Polanco, who have an OPS above 1.200 for the season.

Utley was 3-for-11 in the series with a double, a home run and two RBI. He also walked three times, giving him seven in six games. 8-for-23 on the year.

Howard was 4-for-13 with two doubles, a triple and a home run in the series. He drove in four runs. 10-for-28 after six games. He’s on pace to hit 81 home runs with 270 RBI.

Werth 5-for-12 with a double and three RBI. 9-for-25 on the year.

Ibanez bounced back nicely from an ugly start against the Nationals, going 5-for-13 with three doubles and three RBI in the series. 6-for-24 on the year.

Victorino is one of two regulars for the Phils that is on-basing under .400 for the year. He’s at .241 and Ibanez is at .345. He was 3-for-14 with a home run in the series. 5-for-27 on the season.

Ruiz caught the first and third games of the series, going 1-for-8. He’s 4-for-14 on the year.

Schneider caught game two and went 0-for-3 with two walks. He’s 0-for-6 on the season.

Cole Hamels (1-0, 3.60) and righty Jason Marquis (0-1, 13.50) go this afternoon in the Phillies home opener. It will be a rematch of game two of the season, which the Phillies won 8-4.


Putting nothing extra on it

This is yesterday’s chart again with two new columns. Next to the (TB+BB)/IP is ((TB+BB)/IP)/ratio, which is how many times bigger that pitcher’s (TB+BB)/IP is than his ratio ((H+BB)/IP). The column next to that is percentage of hits that the pitcher allowed with the Phils in ’09 that went for extra-bases:

IP Ratio ((TB+BB)/IP) ((TB+BB)/IP)/ratio % of
hits XBH
Joe Blanton 195.3 1.32 2.00 1.52 35.4%
Cole Hamels 193.7 1.29 1.94 1.51 35.4%
J.A. Happ 166.0 1.23 1.81 1.46 35.6%
Jamie Moyer 162.0 1.36 2.07 1.53 33.9%
Chan Ho Park 83.3 1.40 1.84 1.31 29.8%
Cliff Lee 79.7 1.13 1.68 1.49 36.3%
Ryan Madson 77.3 1.23 1.66 1.35 26.0%
Brett Myers 70.7 1.37 2.39 1.74 48.6%
Chad Durbin 69.7 1.48 2.02 1.37 37.5%
Brad Lidge 58.7 1.81 2.68 1.48 36.1%
Pedro Martinez 44.7 1.25 2.04 1.63 41.7%
Clay Condrey 42.0 1.21 1.64 1.35 24.3%
Tyler Walker 35.3 1.13 1.64 1.45 29.0%
Scott Eyre 30.0 1.27 1.77 1.39 36.4%
Rodrigo Lopez 30.0 1.77 2.53 1.43 40.5%
Jack Taschner 29.3 1.98 2.56 1.29 26.3%
Kyle Kendrick 26.3 1.37 1.48 1.08 3.7%
Antonio Bastardo 23.7 1.48 2.32 1.57 46.2%

One of those things is really a lot not like the others. Look at Kendrick’s results in the two right-most columns. Kendrick faced 112 batters last year and allowed one extra-base hit (a home run to Anderson Hernandez on September 13). That’s not just unusual compared to the rest of the guys on the Phillies — among all NL pitchers who faced at least 10 batters in 2009, Kendrick’s rate of allowing 0.89 extra-base hits per 100 plate appearances was the best in the league. Was that a fluke? I’d bet yes if I had to bet, but we’re not going to have to wait long to find out.

Finally, on a more general point about the table, as the numbers in the ((TB+BB)/IP)/ratio columns go up, the numbers in the % of hits that were extra-base hits also generally go up. Not always, though. If you look at Madson’s ((TB+BB)/IP)/ratio, for example, it’s higher than Park’s even though Park had a higher percentage of hits go for extra-bases. Worse extra-base hits is the explanation there, I think. Madson allowed 52 total bases on 19 extra-base hits, or about 2.74 bases per XBH, while Park allowed 61 total bases on 25 XBH, or about 2.44 bases per extra-base hit.

The Astros beat the Phillies 5-2 yesterday. Contreras getting blasted again was the biggest pitching story of the day. He allowed three runs on three hits and two walks in 2/3 of an inning, puffing his ERA for the spring to 9.00. He’s allowed 20 hits in 12 innings and also given up two runs that were unearned. Ibanez was 1-for-3 with walk to raise his spring average to .114.

Jamie Moyer will be the Phillies fifth starter.

This suggests that Lidge likely will not be able to pitch for the Phils by April 10 as previously hoped.


Third word

Placido Polanco hasn’t played third base for a while, but how good was he when he did? The table below looks at each of the years of his career in which he has played at least 100 innings at third and compares his Total Fielding Runs Above Average (Rtot/yr) per season as calculated by Baseball-Reference to the other players on the same team that played at least 100 innings at third the same year:

Year Team Innings at
3b
Better
than
Worse than
2000 STL 187 Fernando
Tatis (27.0 to -8.4)
 
      Craig
Paquette (27.0 to -2.1)
 
2001 STL 810 Albert Pujols
(22.1 to 6.9)
 
      Craig
Paquette (22.1 to -1.9)
 
2002 STL 587 Albert Pujols
(13.3 to -2.5)
Scott Rolen
(13.3 to 22.2)
2002 PHI 479 2/3 Scott Rolen
(21.3 to 8.4)
 
2003 PHI 179 Tyler Houston
(-22.8 to -23.2)
David Bell
(-22.8 to 16.0)
        Tomas Perez
(-22.8 to 2.8)

Polanco was very good in all of those years except 2003. Craig Paquette, Fernando Tatis and Albert Pujols aren’t guys especially known for their glove work, but Polanco fared better than all three of them at St Louis according to the stat before Rolen arrived on the scene. 2003 was a miserable year defensively for Polanco at third. In 2004 he didn’t quite get the 100 innings he needed to make the chart — he played just 96 innings at third in ’04 but was very good, putting up Rtot/yr of 51.2 in limited action.

Yesterday the Phillies beat the Astros 8-7. Kendrick got the start and pitched well again, allowing two runs, only one of which was earned, over 5 2/3 innings. Bastardo gave up a three-run homer to Chris Shelton in the eighth inning, pushing his spring ERA to 7.71. Ben Francisco hit his third home run of the spring. Victorino was 3-for-3 and is hitting .314. Castro played short and made a pair of errors.

Kendrick has a 1.37 ERA and an 0.81 ratio in 19 2/3 spring innings.

This says that the Phillies continue to look for pitching depth.

This suggests that the Phillies might let us know if Kendrick or Moyer is the fifth starter on or around March 31.


Game oner

The Phillies have been shut out twice in their last three games, which was the story of the weekend until Moyer pitched yesterday against Baltimore. Moyer pitched very well, holding the O’s to a run over five innings, and may be back in control in his competition with Kyle Kendrick to be the team’s fifth starter.

Whoever the fifth starter is, and it sure seems Moyer has a big edge, having both Moyer and Kendrick pitching well to start the season would be a big boost for the Phils.

Moyer is the sixth player to start a game for the Phils this spring. In 15 official spring games, Phillies starters (Halladay, Hamels, Blanton, Happ, Kendrick and Moyer) have combined to throw to a 1.74 ERA with an 0.88 ratio.

Friday the Phillies got one hit, a single by Mayberry, as they fell to Baltimore 2-0. Kendrick allowed two runs on three hits and two walks over five innings, raising his spring ERA to 1.29. Baez and Bastardo each threw scoreless innings in the game, but combined to allow five hits and a walk over two innings. Madson struck out two in a scoreless inning.

On Saturday it was the Tigers shutting the Phils out, this time 3-0. Halladay got the start for the Phils and allowed three runs over five innings. His ERA is up to 2.40. Contreras allowed two hits in a scoreless inning and Durbin and Herndon also each threw a scoreless frame. The Phillies didn’t walk in the game.

Yesterday the Phils lost to Baltimore again, this time 5-4. Moyer made his first official start of the spring and was fantastic, holding the O’s to a run on five hits and no walks while striking out six. Baez followed Moyer with two scoreless innings before Zagurski got hit hard in the eighth. Zagurski got two outs and was charged with three runs on four hits and a pair of walks. Down 5-1 in the bottom of the ninth, the Phils scored three runs with the help of a two-run homer from Dobbs. Polanco was back in the lineup for the Phils and went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles to raise his spring average to .379. Rollins was 2-for-3 with a double. He’s hitting .293.


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