In Sunday night’s post I pointed out that Chan Ho Park’s career numbers look very good compared to the career numbers for other pitchers likely to get starts for the Phillies in 2008. Looking at the group of Hamels, Moyer, Myers, Blanton, Kendrick, Lopez and Happ, the .248 that opposing hitters have hit against Park is second-best behind only Hamels (.233). The .402 that opposing hitters have slugged against him is also better than anyone else in the group except for Hamels — opponents have slugged .401 against Hamels so far.
Park has walked too many hitters over his career, about 4.18 per nine innings. Of the group of eight pitchers, the .340 that opposing batters has on-based against Park is worse than anyone but Kendrick (opponents have on-based .352 against Kendrick). Of the eight pitchers discussed on Sunday, Park also has the biggest difference between batting average and on-base percentage he has allowed.
Still, even with the high on-base percentage, the low average and low slugging percentage make Park’s career numbers impressive overall. The problem for Park is that he’s pretty old, and with the exception of an encouraging year in relief for the Dodgers in 2008, he’s been hit hard for a while now.
Park was very good in 2000, going 18-10 with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.31 ratio for the Dodgers. He followed it up with a 2001 in which he went 15-11 with a 3.50 ERA and dropped his ratio down to 1.17 for Los Angeles. Park had also been very good in 1997, pitching to a 3.87 ERA with a 1.14 ratio for the Dodgers. Since 2001, though, his numbers have just been ugly.
From between 1994-2001, Park threw to a 3.80 ERA with a 1.32 ratio in 1183 2/3 innings. From 2002 through 2008, he’s put up a 5.31 ERA and a 1.54 ratio in 662 1/3 innings.
He’s actually walked batters at a lower rate since 2001. But the hits he’s allowed are way up and his strikeouts are way down:
And here’s what opposing hitters have done against him:
Since 2001, opposing hitters have hit 279/364/454 against Park. That’s an OPS of .819, which is close to the .821 opponents have hit against Kendrick over his career. Kendrick’s .821 was the worst mark of the group of eight from Sunday’s post.
Yesterday the Phils fell to the Reds, losing 8-4 to drop to 4-6 in spring training.
Hamels got the start for the Phils and allowed a pair of runs over 2 2/3 innings. Justin Lehr was charged with four runs in the seventh. Robert Mosebach struck out two in a perfect eighth.
Jenkins and Howard hit solo homers. Jason Donald is doing his best to steal John Mayberry’s impossible-to-ignore status. Donald went 3-for-4 with three singles, pushing his spring average to .320.
Panama and Carlos Ruiz have been eliminated from the World Baseball Classic, outscored 16-0 in two games by Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic. Ruiz went 2-for-5 with a walk in the tournament.
Team USA, 2-0, will play Italy or Venezuela on Wednesday. Rollins 3-for-5 in the first two games, Victorino 2-for-5.
Australia plays Cuba tonight. Brad Harman went 3-for-5 in as they beat Mexico 17-7 in game one.
JC Romero got the win for Puerto Rico yesterday as they beat the Netherlands 3-1. Romero allowed a hit in 1 1/3 innings. Puerto Rico is 2-0 and will play the Netherlands or Dominican Republic tomorrow night.
Canada has been eliminated with a 6-2 loss to Italy. Stairs went 0-for-6 with a walk and two strikeouts in two games.
The Phillies have reassigned seven players to minor league camp, most notably Jeremy Slayden.
The article linked above also says that Durbin and Feliz could both see action again very soon, perhaps tomorrow. Coste played yesterday and went 0-for-1.
This has Amaro saying that if things go well over the next few days, Utley could get into some games.
The Phillies don’t play today. Tomorrow they face the Braves with Kyle Kendrick scheduled to pitch.