And is it going to be a problem if we need to you pitch like you did in 2004? Every day?
The Phillies used five pitchers yesterday and four of them were awful. Phillippe Aumont allowed a single in a scoreless seventh, but Hamels struggled in his start and Durbin, Horst and Valdes were awful behind him as the Phils lost 10-4. Valdes and Durbin have been especially miserable this year and I would be surprised if the Phillies weren’t thinking about how their roster spots could be better used.
The Phillies haven’t had a lot of success winning without good pitching this year. They’ve won one game on the season in which they allowed more than three runs. They beat the Mets 9-4 on April 27. 1-16 for the year.
The Phillies are 19-22 on the year after losing 10-4 to the Cleveland Indians yesterday afternoon. The teams split the two-game set. The Phillies have won three of four and lost four of seven.
Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing five runs on six hits and two walks. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and two home runs. He struck out four.
The Phillies are 1-8 in games started by Hamels this season. His hit rate is fine, but he’s walked 24 in 56 2/3 innings and allowed eight home runs to the 176 right-handed batters he’s faced. That’s about 4.5% of the right-handed batters he’s faced that have homered. 2.9% for his career coming into the year.
Asdrubal Cabrera singled with two outs in the top of the first, but Hamels got Nick Swisher on a fly ball to left to end the frame.
With two outs in the second, Hamels hit Ryan Raburn with a pitch. Mike Aviles followed with a walk that put runners on first and second for the pitcher Corey Kluber. Kluber hit the ball well into left-center, but Brown took it at the warning track after a run to leave the runners stranded.
Hamels had thrown 51 pitches through two innings. He threw 24 in the first, including a 10-pitch at-bat for Jason Kipnis before Kipnis flew to center. He used 17 on Aviles and Kluber in the second — nine to walk Aviles and eight to get Kluber on the ball handled by Brown.
Kipnis doubled to center with one out in the third. Cabrera walked behind him and Mark Reynolds followed that with a double to left, scoring both runners and putting the Indians up 2-0. Carlos Santana grounded to short for the third out.
Hamels started the fourth with the lead cut to 2-1. Mike Aviles homered to left with one out, extending the lead to 3-1. Hamels got the next two hitters behind him.
Kipnis doubled to left to start the fifth and scored on a one-out homer to left by Swisher. 5-1. Hamels got Reynolds and Santana behind Swisher.
Durbin started the sixth with the lead cut to 5-3. He got the first two before walking the pitcher Kluber. Drew Stubbs was next and reached on an infield single that moved Kluber up to second. Horst came in to pitch to the lefty Kipnis and walked him, loading the bases Cabrera. Cabrera singled into center, scoring Kluber and Stubbs to make it 7-3 with two down and men on first and second. Swisher grounded to third to end the frame.
Again Durbin and Horst fail to get the job done in the middle innings. With two down, no runs in and the pitcher coming to bat you would hope to be able to get out of the inning without runs.
Durbin faced four batters in the game, getting two outs while allowing a hit and a walk. He’s allowed eight hits and a walk over 4 2/3 innings in his last four appearances and has a 7.30 ERA for the year. Opponents have hit 306/390/592 against him for the season.
Horst faced three hitters, allowing a walk and a single and getting one out. The two runs that scored while he was on the mound were charged to Durbin, but he didn’t pitch well. Opponents are hitting 299/382/463 against him for the season.
Aumont pitched the seventh. Santana singled to right with one out, but Aumont got Raburn to ground into a double-play behind him.
Three batters for Aumont, allowing a single before getting a double-play. Drops his ERA to 2.25, but he’s been nowhere near that good. Twelve hits and ten walks in 12 innings gives him a 1.83 ratio. Lefties are hitting 429/520/476 against him for the year after the single by the switch-hitting Santana.
Valdes pitched the eighth. Walked the lefty Brantley with one out and Brantley moved up to third when Stubbs followed with a double. It brought Kipnis to the plate and the lefty hit a 3-2 pitch out to right-center. 10-3. Valdes got the next two.
Valdes walks the lefty Brantley to get things started and then gives up a three-run homer to another lefty. Durbin, Horst and Valdes are a big part of what’s been wrong with Phillie pitching this season — in this game they combined to allow five runs in three innings.
Valdes was back to throw a 1-2-3 ninth with the lead cut to 10-4.
Valdes goes two innings, allowing three runs on two hits and a walk. He’s allowed six runs over 7 1/3 innings in his last three outings. All three runs he gives up come on the Kipnis homer, which was the fifth that Valdes has allowed this season. Opponents are slugging .588 against him for the year, righties .627. He, Durbin and Hallady all have a home run per nine innings rate higher than two for the season. That trio has combined to allow 14 home runs in 66 2/3 innings.
Overall, the pen was atrocious. Four innings, allowing five runs on five hits and three walks. Horst has pitched two days in a row. Valdes threw 38 pitches in the game.
The Phillie lineup against righty Corey Kluber went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Michael Young (4) Howard (5) Delmon Young (6) Brown (7) Ruiz (8) Mayberry. Mayberry plays center against the righty coming off of a three-hit, three RBI night in game one with the lefty Revere on the bench. Delmon Young keeps hitting fifth, despite coming into the game hitting .216 for the year in 44 plate appearances.
The Phillies went in order in the bottom of the first.
Delmon Young and Brown both struck out in the second.
The Phils were down 2-0 when Mayberry singled with one out in the third. Hamels bunted him to second with the second out and Rollins singled to right, scoring Mayberry. 2-1. Utley popped to short to set the Phillies down.
Two-out hit for Rolllins gets the Phils a run.
The Phillies were down 3-1 when they went in order in the fourth. Howard and Delmon Young both struck out.
It was 5-1 when Ruiz and Mayberry singled back-to-back with one out in the fifth. It put runners on first and third for Hamels and Frandsen hit for the pitcher. He fouled out to Swisher for the second out, but Rollins was next and brought both runners home with a double to right. 5-3. Utley grounded to first to end the inning.
Second two-out hit for Rollins in two chances gives him all three Phillie RBI for the game.
The Phils were down 7-3 when Delmon Young singled with two outs in the sixth. Brown grounded to second to leave Young stranded.
Righty Cody Allen set the Phils down in order in the seventh. Nix hit for Aumont and struck out swinging for the third out.
Lefty Nick Hagadone pitched the eighth with a 10-3 lead. He walked Michael Young with two outs, but Howard flew to center to leave Young at first.
Young’s walk was the only one of the game for the Phillies.
Delmon Young singled off of righty Matt Albers to start the ninth. He took second on a wild pitch before Brown struck out swinging for the first out. Ruiz brought him home with a double to right, cutting the lead to 10-4. Mayberry grounded to third for the second out. Galvis hit for Valdes and lined to short to end the game.
Second extra-base hit of the season for Ruiz. He came into the game with one double in 47 plate appearances.
Rollins was 2-for-4 with a double and drove in three runs. 3-for-8 with a walk in the two-game set. 255/304/382 for the season. He’s on-basing .286 against left-handed pitching.
Utley 0-for-4 in the game and in the series. 10-for-his-last-28 (.357) with three doubles and a home run. 281/335/500 for the year. 158/238/316 against left-handed pitching for the season.
Michael Young 0-for-3 with a walk. 0-for-6 with two walks in the series. 10-for-his-last-50 (.200) with four doubles. 296/383/378 for the season. In 7,396 plate appearances from 2000 to 2011, Young had an isolated power of .147. In 2012 it was .093. So far in 2013 it’s .081.
Howard 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 1-for-7 with a walk in the series. 128/190/205 over his last 42 plate appearances with 19 strikeouts and one walk that was not intentional. 245/284/434 for the year.
Delmon Young 2-for-4 and struck out twice. 2-for-8 in the series. 7-for-his-last-18 (.389) with two walks and two doubles. 244/313/390 in 44 plate appearances for the season.
Brown was 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 2-for-8 with a home run in the set. 250/298/429 on the year. 229/289/371 against right-handed pitching.
Ruiz 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. 3-for-7 with a walk and a double in the series. 234/294/277 in 51 plate appearances.
Mayberry 2-for-4 and scored two runs. 5-for-8 with a double and three RBI in the two-game set. He came into the series 3-for-his-last-21 with three singles. 253/317/421 for the year.
The Phillies are off today and play the Reds tomorrow.
This article from the Phillie web site is headlined, “De Fratus emerges as clutch late-game reliever.” De Fratus has gotten two outs this season.