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Sandy, the pitching angels have lost their desire for us

Bruce Springsteen. Sort of.

The table below shows, for each of the past five years, the four pitchers who have gotten the most starts for the Phillies that season and their WAR for the year as calculated by Baseball-Reference:

Year Pitcher Starts WAR
2012 Hamels 31 4.2
2012 Lee 30 4.2
2012 Kendrick 25 1.3
2012 Halladay 25 0.7
2012 Total for group 101 10.4
2011 Halladay 32 8.5
2011 Lee 32 8.3
2011 Hamels 31 6.2
2011 Oswalt 23 2.0
2011 Total for group 118 25.0
2010 Halladay 33 8.3
2010 Hamels 33 5.3
2010 Kendrick 31 0.2
2010 Blanton 28 -0.2
2010 Total for group 125 13.6
2009 Hamels 32 1.7
2009 Blanton 31 2.4
2009 Moyer 25 0.1
2009 Happ 23 4.0
2009 Total for group 111 8.2
2008 Hamels 33 4.0
2008 Moyer 33 2.5
2008 Myers 30 0.4
2008 Kendrick 30 -1.7
2008 Total for group 126 5.2

Important to note is that the WAR for the pitcher includes all of his appearances for the season, not just his starts. So, for example, Kendrick made 37 appearances in 2012 and only 25 of them were starts. His WAR for the year was 1.3 and that includes all 37 appearances, not just the 25 starts.

Again, the Phillies went to the World Series in 2008 and again in 2009 and they did it without outstanding starting pitching. This message will repeat. Happ (in 2009) and Hamels (in 2008) were the only two pitchers, starter or relievers, to post a WAR for the season better than 2.5 in either year.

Led by Hamels and Halladay, the top four was a lot better in 2010. Halladay, Hamels and Lee all had superb years in 2011.

Halladay was, as you may have noticed, way off in 2012. Hamels wasn’t as good as he had been in 2011 or 2010. Lee wasn’t as good as he had been in 2011, but the top for of the rotation were still better than they been in 2009 and a lot better than they had been in 2008.

It’s easy for some of us (by which I mean me) to forget that Lee didn’t throw a pitch for the Phillies in 2010. They Phillies have only had two years where Halladay, Hamels and Lee comprised the core of the rotation. One of those years was great for the Phillies until they were bounced out of the playoffs in the first round. The other was 2012, which is best forgotten if at all possible.

Halladay came into 2012 having not put up a WAR worse than 5.9 since 2008 — in ’08 he was an All-Star, finished second in Cy Young voting in the AL (losing to Indian and 22-game winner Cliff Lee) and seventh in WAR for pitchers across both leagues. Last year his WAR was 0.7, which is the worst mark of his career since he threw to a 10.64 ERA as a 23-year-old with the Blue Jays in 2000.

Rollins won his fourth Gold Glove.

The Phillies picked up the $5 million option on Ruiz and declined the $5.5 million option on Polanco. They will pay Polanco a $1 million buyout. The same article suggests that free agent Juan Pierre is not likely to be back with the Phillies.

This article suggests that Worley will stay in Philadelphia to rehab his elbow coming off of surgery.

This article suggests the Phillies have $135.35 million committed to ten players for next season, including Lee ($25 million), Halladay ($20 million), Howard ($20 million), Hamels ($19.5 million), Utley ($15 million), Papelbon ($13 million), Rollins ($11 million), Ruiz ($5 million), Kyle Kendrick ($4.5 million) and Laynce Nix ($1.35 million).

That’s $40 million committed to Halladay and Howard. In 2012, Howard’s Baseball-Reference calculated WAR was -1.2 and Halladay’s was 0.7.

This article quotes Amaro suggesting that that center field will have to be addressed externally. The writer goes on to list possible candidates, including Bourn, Pagan, Upton, Victorino, Hamilton, Cabrera, Jacoby Ellsbury and Dexter Fowler.

This article looks at potential corner outfielders, including free agent Juan Pierre, Nick Swisher, Cody Ross, Torii Hunter, Ryan Ludwick, Jonny Gomes, Rual Ibanez, Ichiro Suzuki, Delmon Young, Josh Willingham and Alfonso Soriano.


Sweet 16 and never been out

The Phillies dismantled the Mets last night behind fantastic pitching from Tyler Cloyd and a flood of offense. The Phils scored eight runs in the first inning on their way to a 16-1 win.

The Phillies had 21 hits in the game, only two of which went for extra-bases. Utley doubled in the sixth and Howard hit a grand slam, his second homer off of a lefty in two days, in the ninth.

Juan Pierre had a five-hit night, going 5-for-6 with five singles.

Cloyd had the best of his five starts in the majors. He needed just 88 pitches to throw eight innings, allowing one run on three hits and a pair of walks.

The Phillies are 76-74 on the year after beating the New York Mets 16-1 last night. The Phils sweep the three-game set and are in third place in the NL East, 15 1/2 games behind the first-place Nats. They remain four games out in the Wild Card chase with a 0.6% chance to make the post-season, according to the Baseball Prospectus Playoff Odds report.

Cloyd got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing a run on three hits and two walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a solo home run. He struck out six and dropped his ERA on the year to 3.86 after five starts.

He started the bottom of the first with an 8-0 lead and walked the leadoff man Fred Lewis. Daniel Murphy was next and Cloyd got him to ground into a double-play before David Wright singled to right. Cloyd got Ike Davis on a ground ball handled by Utley to end the inning.

You want to avoid walking the leadoff man when you’re up eight runs.

Cloyd walked Lucas Duda to start the second, but got the next three Mets to turn New York away. He struck Justin Turner out for the first out, got Mike Baxter on a fly ball to left for the second and Kelly Shoppach on a ground ball to third for the third.

Again, walking the leadoff man up eight runs is to be avoid, but again Cloyd works around it.

Cloyd threw a 1-2-3 third and a 1-2-3 fourth. He struck Duda out for the third out in the fourth.

With one out in the fifth, Baxter hit an 0-2 pitch out to right, getting the Mets on the board at 8-1. Cloyd struck Shoppach out for the second out. Jason Bay hit for the pitcher Jenrry Mejia and Cloyd struck him out as well to end the inning.

Baxter now has three home runs in 192 plate appearances for the year, all three of which have come against the Phillies. 4-for-21 against the Phils with three home runs for the season.

Lewis singled to start the sixth, but Cloyd got Murphy to ground into a double-play behind him to clear to bases. Wright grounded to third to end the inning.

Cloyd struck out Davis in a 1-2-3 seventh.

He struck out Baxter in a 1-2-3 eighth with the Phillies up 9-1.

Rosenberg started the ninth with a 16-1 lead and walked the leadoff man Lewis. Ronny Cedeno flew to right for the first out. Andres Torres grounded into a double-play to end the game.

You want to try to avoid walking the leadoff man with a 15-run lead.

Rosenberg was pitching for the first time since September 13. He has thrown five scoreless innings over his last five outings, allowing a hit and two walks while striking out five. He threw 20 pitches in the game.

The Phillies lineup against righty Jeremy Hefner went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Brown (7) Frandsen (8) Kratz. Kratz catches. Pierre in left against the righty. Mayberry back hitting ahead of Brown after Brown goes 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in game two.

The first six Phillies singled in the top of the first. It left them up 3-0 with the bases loaded for Frandsen. Frandsen walked. 4-0. That was it for Hefner and righty Collin McHugh came in to pitch to Kratz. McHugh hit Kratz, forcing in another run. 5-0 with the bases still loaded for Cloyd. Cloyd grounded back to the mound and the Mets went home to first to get a double-play, leaving runners on second and third with two down for Rollins. Rollins singled again, scoring both runners. 7-0. Pierre moved Rollins up to second with another single before Utley singled as well. Rollins scored to make it 8-0 with men on first and second. Howard grounded to Turner to finally end the frame.

Nine hits for the Phillies in the frame, as well as a walk and a hit by pitch. All nine hits were singles.

The Phillies went in order in the second and again in the third.

Lefty Justin Hampson set the Phillies down in order in the fourth.

Righty Jenrry Mejia started the fifth. Brown and Frandsen singled back-to-back with one out, putting runners on first and second for Kratz. Kratz singled to left. Brown tried to score, but Duda threw him out at home on a close play at the plate for the second out. It brought Cloyd to the plate with runners on first and second. He flew to right to leave them there.

Not a great idea to get thrown out at the plate for the second out of the inning, but it took a pretty nice play from the Mets to get Brown.

The Phils led 8-1 when Robert Carson started the sixth for New York. Pierre singled with one out and moved to third when Utley followed with a double. Howard was next and hit a line drive, but Murphy made a nice play, jumping to snare the ball and throwing to second to double-off Utley.

Mayberry singled off of righty Manny Acosta to start the seventh. Brown fouled out to Wright for the first out and Frandsen hit into a double-play behind him.

Righty Elvin Ramirez walked Cloyd with one out in the eighth. Rollins popped to third for the first out before Pierre moved Cloyd up to second with a single to center. Utley was next and he singled to center as well, scoring Cloyd to make it 9-1 with two down and men on first and second. Howard flew to right for the third out.

Cloyd hits for himself in the eighth and starts the rally with a walk. Fourth hit of the day for Pierre. He raised his average for the year from .310 to .318 by going 5-for-6 with five singles.

Righty Jeurys Familia started the ninth for New York and struck the leadoff man Mayberry out for the first out. Brown followed with a single to left and was forced at second on a ground out by Frandsen for the second out. Kratz walked. Schierholtz hit for Cloyd and singled, loading the bases. Rollins walked. 10-1 with the bases still loaded. Pierre singled on a dribbler. 11-1 with the bases still loaded. Lefty Josh Edgin took over on the mound and hit Utley. 12-1, still loaded. Howard hit a 3-1 pitch out to left for a grand slam. 16-1. Mayberry flew to center to end the frame.

Utley and Howard have a whole lot more success against the lefty Edgin. For the second time in two days, Utley reaches against Edgin ahead of Howard and Howard homers.

Howard’s line against lefties for the year is up to 179/222/381.

Mayberry makes two of the three outs in the inning.

After three hitters in the frame, the Phillies had two outs and a man on first with no runs in. The next six hitters went walk, single, walk, single, hit by pitch, home run.

Rollins was 2-for-5 in the game with a walk. 4-for-11 with three walks and two home runs in the series. 254/317/436 for the year. 338/412/662 in 85 plate appearances in September.

Pierre 5-for-6 with an RBI. 5-for-9 in the series. 318/360/380 for the year. He also had five hits on October 2, 2005 and on May 8, 2005.

Utley 4-for-5 with a double and four RBI. 6-for-11 with a walk and a double in the series. 266/380/452 for the year. His line against lefties for the year isn’t exactly fantastic either — 216/330/361.

Howard 2-for-6 with a grand slam and five RBI. 3-for-14 with two home runs and seven RBI in the set. 228/303/426 for the year. 192/269/356 over his last 119 plate appearances.

Mayberry was 2-for-6 and the only starter without an RBI. 3-for-13 in the series. 259/314/420 for the year. 301/374/470 in 187 plate appearances since Victorino and Pence were traded.

Brown was 3-for-5 with an RBI. 5-for-12 with a triple and a home run in the series. 253/341/407 for the year. 302/400/605 over his last 50 plate appearances. 171/293/314 against lefties for the year.

Frandsen 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. 1-for-9 with three walks in the series. 329/386/388 for the year. 17-for-41 (.415) against lefties.

Kratz 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in his only action of the series. 256/311/526 for the year. 3-for-his-last-25.

Kendrick (9-11, 3.95) faces righty Tommy Hanson (12-8, 4.33) tonight. Kendrick allowed four runs in five innings against the Astros in his most recent start, which was the only time in his last seven outings he’s been charged with more than two runs. Trouble getting lefties out has plagued Kendrick over his career — so far in 2012, lefties are hitting 253/336/400 against him compared to 262/305/430 for righties. Hanson has thrown to a 5.61 ERA over his last ten starts and hasn’t gone six innings in any of his last five.


All about even

The Phillies didn’t win pretty last night, but they did win, topping the Marlins 9-7 for their sixth straight victory. With the win the Phils are at .500 for the year for the first time since they were 28-28 after losing to the Dodgers 4-3 on June 4.

The game wound up having a little more drama than you would hope given that Roy Halladay started to top of the seventh with an 8-3 lead.

Four hits and a walk off of Fish starter Nathan Eovaldi put the Phils up 3-0 in the bottom of the first. Halladay allowed a pair of runs in the top of the third to cut the lead to 3-2, but Pierre led off the bottom of the inning with a double and scored on an Utley single to extend the lead to 4-2. The Phils loaded the bases with nobody out in the fifth, but managed just one run in the frame as Brown bounced into a big double-play to end the inning. Stanton homered off of Halladay in the sixth to cut the lead to 5-3. Martinez doubled with one out in the seventh and scored on a single by Halladay. Later in the same inning, Rollins hit a two-run homer one pitch after Miami catcher Rob Brantly dropped the foul ball that should have ended Rollins’s at-bat. Halladay started the seventh up 8-3, but allowed hits to two of the first three men he faced and was pulled. The Phils would use three relievers and have to work around an Utley error in the frame, getting out of the inning still up 8-7. A leadoff double by Mayberry led to an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh. Aumont pitched himself out of a huge jam in the eighth and Papelbon set the Fish down in order in the ninth to earn his 33rd save.

The Phillies are 71-71 on the year after beating the Miami Marlins 9-7 last night. They have won six games in a row and are in third place in the NL East, 17 games behind the first-place Nats. 14-4 over their last 18 games has them four games out for the Wild Card.

The team’s playoff odds as calculated by Baseball Prospectus’s Playoff Odds Report have jumped from 0.6% yesterday to 1.0% today.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went 6 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and three walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a home run. He struck out six.

Opponents have hit .320 against Halladay over his last five starts and he’s thrown to 4.73 ERA with a 1.52 ratio. His walk rate for the season is up to 1.8 per nine innings, which is the highest it has been since 2007.

He struck out Bryan Petersen and Justin Ruggiano in a 1-2-3 first.

He started the top of the second up 3-0. Giancarlo Stanton led off with a walk, but Halladay got Carlos Lee to hit into a double-play behind him. Greg Dobbs lined to Martinez at third to end the frame.

Donovan Solano and Rob Brantly singled back-to-back to start the third, putting runners on the corners for the pitcher Nathan Eovaldi. Eovaldi bunted Brantly to second with the first out and Halladay walked Petersen behind him, loading the bases. Ruggiano was next and reached on an infield single. Everyone moved up a base with Solano scoring to cut the lead to 3-1 with the bases still loaded for Jose Reyes. Reyes flew to left for the second out. Brantly tagged from third and scored. 3-2. Halladay struck Stanton out swinging to leave the runners on first and second.

It was 4-2 when Halladay pitched the fourth. Dobbs doubled to right with one out, but Halladay got the next two hitters to leave him at second.

Ruggiano walked with two outs in the fifth and stole second. Reyes flew to center to leave him there.

Three walks in five innings for Halladay.

It was 5-2 when Stanton hit Halladay’s first pitch of the sixth out to left. 5-3. Halladay got the next three.

If Stanton was going to homer he picked a nice time to do it. He’s 1-for-8 with a home run and six strikeouts so far in the series.

Halladay started the seventh up 8-3. Brantly led off and reached on an infield single. Righty Gorkys Hernandez hit for the pitcher and flew to right for the first out, but Petersen followed with a double to center that scored Brantly and cut the lead to 8-4. Lindblom came in to pitch to the righty Ruggiano and Ruggiano singled to center, scoring Petersen. 8-5. Reyes was next and reached on an error by Utley, putting runners on the corners for Stanton. Lindblom got Stanton swinging for the second out, but Lee followed with a single to left that scored Ruggiano (8-6) and moved Reyes to second. Horst came in to pitch to the lefty Dobbs and Dobbs singled to center. Reyes scored (8-7) and Lee moved up to second. Rosenberg got the righty Solano to ground to Martinez to finally set the Marlins down.

Ugly inning for everyone, but again the Phillies strike Stanton out at a big time.

Lindblom entered the game with one out and a man on second. He faced four batters — single, error on Utley, big strikeout of Stanton and single. He was charged with two runs, both of which were unearned. He hasn’t been charged with an earned run over five innings in his last seven appearances. In his last two outings he has allowed two hits and two walks in one inning.

Horst faced one batter and allowed an RBI-single to the lefty Dobbs. In his first ten appearances of the year through the end of July, Horst walked three in ten innings. Since the start of August, he has appeared 13 times, walking eight in 12 2/3 innings. He’s allowed three hits and four walks over his last three innings. The Phillies seem to think he could use some rest and I think they’re right — he was pitching for the first time since September 2.

Rosenberg entered with two outs and runners on first and second, faced one right-handed hitter and got Solano on a much-needed ground out to finally end the frame. He’s allowed one walk in two scoreless innings over his last three appearances.

Aumont stared the eighth with the Phils up 9-7. Brantly led off and walked on four pitches as Aumont couldn’t find the tiny strike zone. Two of the four pitches looked really good to me. Donnie Murphy was next and singled to right, putting runners on first and second. Petersen was next and bunted the runners up to second and third with the first out. Aumont wiggled out of it, though, striking Ruggiano out swinging 3-2 for the second out and Reyes swinging 1-2 to leave both men stranded.

Wow. Huge moment in the game and Aumont strikes out two in a row with runners on second and third.

He allowed a hit and a walk in his frame, but struck out two and dropped his ERA on the year to 1.23 after eight appearances. He’s allowed four hits and three walks in 7 1/3 innings (0.95 ratio). Manuel has yet to put him into a game before the eighth inning and the Phils are 7-1 so far in the games he’s appeared. Six of the eight games he’s appeared in were eventually decided by one run or two runs.

Papelbon struck out Stanton and Dobbs in a 1-2-3 ninth.

He’s struck out five in four scoreless innings over his last four appearances.

Overall the pen goes three innings, allowing two unearned runs on four hits and a walk while striking out five. Aumont threw 18 pitches in the game and Lindblom 13. Everyone else was ten or less. Nobody has pitched more than one day in a row.

The bullpen came into the game having thrown 11 2/3 scoreless innings over the past four games. They didn’t pitch as well last night, but Aumont looked fantastic working out of his own jam in the eighth and Papelbon set the Marlins down without a peep in the ninth.

The Phillies lineup against righty Nathan Eovaldi went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Ruiz (6) Brown (7) Mayberry (8) Martinez. Ruiz returns to the starting lineup for the first time since August 2. Pierre in left against the righty and hitting second. Mayberry dropped to seventh against the righty with Ruiz in the lineup. Martinez plays third with Polanco on the DL and Frandsen sidelined with a stress fracture.

Singles by Rollins and Pierre and a walk to Utley loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the first. Howard grounded into a double-play and Rollins scored, leaving the Phils up 1-0 with two down and Pierre on third. Ruiz doubled into the right field corner to score Utley and put the Phillies ahead 2-0, then scored on a single to center by Brown. 3-0. Mayberry struck out to leave Brown at first.

The Phillies went in order in the second.

It was 3-2 when the Phillies hit in the third. Pierre led off with a double to left and scored when Utley followed with a single. 4-2. Howard hit into another double-play and Ruiz grounded out to end the inning.

Two at-bats, two double-plays for Howard.

Brown started the fourth with a single to right, but the Phillies went in order behind him.

Rollins walked to start the fifth, stole second, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Pierre, putting the Phils up 5-2. Lefty Dan Jennings came in to face Utley and Utley singled to right, moving Pierre up to second. Howard flew to center for the second out with the runners moving up to second and third. Jennings walked the righty Ruiz to load the bases and got Brown to ground into a double-play to keep the Phillies from getting more.

It was 5-3 when the Phillies hit in the sixth. Martinez doubled to right off of righty Chris Hatcher with one out. Halladay followed that with a single into center, scoring Martinez to make it 6-3. Rollins was next and popped a 1-1 pitch up near the plate in foul territory, but Brantly just dropped it. Rollins hit the next pitch out to right for a two-run homer. 8-3. Pierre flew to left for the second out before Utley singled. Howard moved Utley to third with a single and Ruiz was hit by a pitch, loading the bases again for Brown. Brown struck out swinging 2-2 to leave them loaded.

Mayberry doubled to right off of righty Chad Gaudin to start the seventh and Martinez bunted him to third with the first out. Nix hit for Rosenberg and lefty Mike Dunn came in to pitch to Nix. Wigginton hit for Nix and drew a walk, putting runners on first and third. Rollins was next and flew to right for the second out. The ball wasn’t hit that deep, but Mayberry tagged and tried to score anyway. He probably would have been out with a good throw from Stanton, but Stanton’s throw was awful, way up the third base line. Mayberry scored and the run extended the lead to 9-7. Wigginton moved up to second when the throw came home. Frandsen hit for Pierre and was walked intentionally. Utley hit for himself and was walked unintentionally, which loaded the bases for Howard. Howard flew to center to end the inning.

Righty Heath Bell set Ruiz, Brown and Mayberry down in order in the eighth.

Rollins was 2-for-3 with a walk, a home run, a stolen base and three RBI. He came into the game 4-for-his-last-22. Rollins had two home runs in his first 242 plate appearances for the year. At the end of the day on June 5 he was hitting 247/296/332 for the season. Since June 6 he’s hitting 248/312/472 with 16 home runs in 378 plate appearances. It was really nice of Brantly to drop the popup one pitch before his bomb last night.

Pierre was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. He’s 6-for-his-last-9.

Utley 3-for-3 with two walks and an error. 7-for-his-last-12 with two walks. He has walked in about 11.3% of his plate appearances, which is better than 8.6% for 2011 and better than his career mark of 9.8%. He topped out in ’09 and ’10, walking in 12.8% of his plate appearances in 2009 and 12.3% in 2010.

Howard 1-for-5, grounded into two double-plays and left eight men on base. Grounded into a double-play in the bottom of the first with nobody out and the bases loaded. Grounded into another in the third with nobody out and Utley on first. Flew to center with two outs and the bases loaded in the seventh. 171/216/229 over his last 37 plate appearances.

Ruiz 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. 3-for-5 with a walk and a double since returning from the DL.

Brown 2-for-5 with an RBI, two strikeouts and six men left on base. Hit into a double-play with the bases loaded to end the fifth. Struck out swinging 2-2 with the bases loaded to end the sixth. He’s 6-for-his-last-15 with a walk.

Mayberry 1-for-5 with a double and a strikeout. 289/400/474 so far in September in 45 plate appearances after hitting 290/343/495 in August.

Martinez 1-for-3 with a double. Bunted Mayberry to third with the first out in the bottom of the seventh, which allowed Mayberry to score on the sac fly by Rollins. He’s 6-for-his-last-15 with two doubles.

Lee (4-7, 3.50) faces righty Josh Johnson (8-11, 3.81) this afternoon. Lee hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his last five outings and he’s thrown to a 2.08 ERA in those starts. The Phillies have won three games he’s started in a row. They were 4-12 in his first 16 starts on the year. Johnson has had one bad start in his last nine outings, throwing to a 2.76 ERA in those appearances. He has a 5.22 ERA in his 12 starts away from home and a 2.87 ERA in his 16 starts at home for the year.


You are number four

June started out well for the Phils as a 6-4 win over the Marlins got them three games over .500 for the first time this year and within 2 1/2 games of first place. Since then the Phils have played four games, scoring just nine runs and losing all four.

Last night the Dodgers beat them 2-1. Rollins led off the bottom of the first with a double and came around to score on an RBI-single by Pence. Lee was great after that and for much of the game it looked like a single run might be all the Phillies would need. In the eighth, though, on Lee’s 122nd pitch of the night, Elian Herrera doubled off the wall in left, plating two runs and putting the Dodgers on top to stay.

The Phillies are 28-29 on the year after losing to the Dodgers 2-1 last night. They have lost four games in a row for the second time this season.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went 7 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out 12, which is the most strikeouts he has had in a game since September 15, 2011.

The Phillies went 22-10 in the 32 games that Lee started in 2011. So far in 2012 they have gone 3-6 in his nine starts.

He threw a 1-2-3 first, getting Dee Gordon on a fly ball to center, Elian Herrera on a ground ball to short and Juan Rivera on a ground ball to first.

Lee started the second up 1-0. He walked Andre Ethier to start the inning. Alex Castellanos popped to second before Jerry Hairston moved Ethier up to second with a single to left. Lee struck Matt Treanor out for the second out and got Tony Gwynn on a fly ball to center to leave both runners stranded.

Lee struck out the pitcher Chad Billingsley and Gordon in a 1-2-3 third.

He struck out Ethier and Castellanos setting LA down in the fourth.

Gwynn singled with two outs in the fifth, but Lee struck Billingsley out behind him to turn LA away.

He struck out Gordon, Herrera and Rivera in a 1-2-3 sixth.

He struck out Ethier and Hairston while setting the Dodgers down in order in the seventh.

Treanor led off the eighth and doubled to center. Gwynn was next and bunted a ball with two strikes that Lee fielded. He threw to third in time for Polanco to tag out Treanor for the first out with Gwynn safe at first. Lefty Bobby Abreu hit for Billingsley and singled to right. Pence fielded the ball and Gwynn tried for third, but Pence made a great throw in time to get Gwynn for the second out. Gordon followed with a single, putting runners on first and second with two down for Herrera. Lee got ahead of Herrera 1-2, but Herrera hit a 2-2 pitch well to left and off the wall for a double that cleared the bases and put LA up 2-1. Qualls took over for Lee and got the righty Rivera on a ground ball to short.

Polanco’s finger was caught by Treanor’s spike as Treanor slid into third and Polanco would be pinch-hit for in the ninth. Not a dirty play by Treanor, just a hard slide.

Herrera’s double came on Lee’s 122nd pitch of the game. Pierre almost caught the ball at the wall, jumping for it and missing. The taller Mayberry might have caught it if he had been able to get to it, but Pierre was probably in the game because he was due to lead off the bottom of the eighth.

Lee stayed in the game a long time. Even before the double by Herrera, he needed two good defensive plays, one he made himself and a fantastic throw by Pence, to get the two outs in the inning he did get.

Qualls was back to throw a 1-2-3 ninth with the Phils still down a run.

Qualls has now pitched in four of the five games the Phillies have played in June, allowing one hit and no walks over three scoreless innings. He threw nine pitches in the game. He didn’t pitch on Monday after going three days in a row prior.

The Phillies lineup against righty Chad Billingsley went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Pence (4) Ruiz (5) Victorino (6) Wigginton (7) Polanco (8) Galvis. Pierre in left against the righty. Wigginton at first. Ruiz continues to hit cleanup.

Rollins doubled to right to start the bottom of the first. Pierre followed with a fly ball to center for the first out, deep enough for Rollins to tag and move up to third. Pence singled into left and Rollins scored, putting the Phils up 1-0. Ruiz popped to second for the second out before Victorino drew a four-pitch walk that moved Pence up to second. Wigginton hit an 0-2 pitch hard to right, but it was taken at the wall by a jumping Ethier to leave both runners stranded.

The Phils went in order in the second.

Pence singled with two outs in the bottom of the third. Ruiz grounded to short for the third out.

Wigginton singled to left with one out in the fourth. Polanco was next and grounded out to first with Wigginton moving down to second. Galvis flew to left for the third out.

Rollins singled to right with one out in the fifth. Pierre was next and hit a ball that Billingsley handled, throwing to second to get Rollins for the second out with Pierre safe at first. Pierre stole second before Pence flew to center for the third out.

In addition to hitting .331 so far for the season, Pierre has also been more effective than I would have guessed stealing bases. Nine steals for the year, caught twice and picked off once.

Victorino singled with one out in the sixth, but Wigginton popped to second Polanco went down on a ground ball handled by Billingsley.

Galvis, Lee and Rollins went in order in the seventh. Galvis put down a pretty bunt trying to bunt for a hit, but Billingsley made a nice play and his flip just beat Galvis to first.

Righty Josh Lindblom set Pierre, Pence and Ruiz down in order in the eighth.

Righty Kenley Jansen got Victorino on a soft ground ball to third before Wigginton singled into center. Mayberry ran for Wigginton at first. The lefty Fontenot hit for Polanco, who had been accidentally spiked in the eighth. Jansen struck him out swinging at a high 1-2 fastball then struck Galvis out swinging at a high 2-2 fastball to end the game.

Rollins was 2-for-4 with a double. 284/333/420 over his last 87 plate appearances. 387/387/677 over his last 31 plate appearances. 207/220/276 against lefties for the season.

Pierre was 0-for-4 with a stolen base. Couldn’t get Herrera’s ball up against the wall in the eighth. He’s 14-for-his-last-30 (467/484/567 over 32 plate appearances).

Pence 2-for-4. He’s 2-for-his-last-12.

Ruiz was 0-for-4 to drop his average to .358. He’s 1-for-his-last-12.

Victorino 1-for-3 with a walk. He’s 5-for-his-last-37 (.135) with a double.

Wigginton 2-for-4. 3-for-14 with three singles and a walk to start June. 217/315/337 with 29 strikeouts in 108 plate appearances since the end of April.

Polanco was 0-for-3. He came into last night’s game 8-for-his-last-16. He has walked three times in his last 136 plate appearances.

Galvis was 0-for-4. He’s 6-for-his-last-41 (146/167/220 over 43 plate appearances).

Kendrick (2-4, 4.02) faces lefty Chris Capuano (7-2, 2.50) tonight. Kendrick hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in any of his last six starts (although he did allow three runs in one and allowed five runs in an inning in a relief appearance since the first of those six starts). Over his last four appearances, all starts, he has dropped his ERA for the season from 7.32 to 4.02, thanks to allowing five earned runs over 27 1/3 innings. Capuano had a 2.14 ERA for the season coming into his most recent start. In that outing he was charged with seven runs, four earned, over 5 1/3 innings. He has a 1.36 in his first starts in LA for the year and a 3.57 ERA in his six starts away from LA.

I’m really having a whole lot of trouble not liking Juan Pierre. First, he’s got the hat under the batting helmet a la Little League thing. Plus he’s just a classy guy. How bout this from last night: “I should have caught the ball. Cliff pitched such a good game tonight, and not to make the play behind him stinks. You’ve got to make a play and I didn’t, so you can hang this one on me.” Not even true, but I’ll take it. How ’bout more of that and less the umpires suck? Can handle the Phillies winning and even handle them losing with just a little class. Not sure how much time I want to invest watching them lose and look like a bunch of um, jerks.


Fans concur they don’t care if it is the heat or the humidity as long as the Phillies keep on hitting

The Phillies continued to pound out runs yesterday afternoon in Arizona, scoring seven more as they topped the Snakes 7-2. The Phillies scored 20 runs in the three-game set, which they came into averaging 2.69 runs per game for the season.

The Phils also got very good starting pitching in each of the two games they won in the series. Hamels allowed two runs over eight innings yesterday in game three, coming off of a game two performance in which Worley held the Diamondbacks to a run over six frames.

After 19 games, the Phils are tied for 14th in the NL in runs scored per game and fourth in runs allowed per game. They’ve still won just one game on the season in which they’ve allowed more than two runs.

The Phillies are 9-10 on the year after beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-2 yesterday afternoon. They take the series two games to one and have won two games in a row.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out seven. Through four starts, Hamels has thrown to a 2.73 ERA and allowed 24 hits and just three walks over 26 1/3 innings. He has struck out 30.

After allowing a home run in each of his first two starts on the season, Hamels has not allowed one in his last two outings.

He started the bottom of the first up 1-0. Willie Bloomquist led off and doubled to left. Aaron Hill was next and he fouled out to Ruiz for the first out. With Justin Upton at the plate, Bloomquist tried to steal third but left too early. Hamels threw to third and Bloomquist was eventually tagged out after a long and ugly rundown. Upton struck out to end the inning.

Hamels was perfect for the next five innings, setting the Diamondbacks down in order in the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth.

He started the seventh with a 6-0 lead and struck out Bloomquist for the first out. Hill and Upton followed with back-to-back singles, putting runners on first and second for Kubel. Kubel singled into center, scoring Hill to cut the lead to 6-1 with one out and men on first and second. Hamels walked Cody Ransom on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases. Goldschmidt was next and hit a double-play ball to short. Galvis fielded, but his throw to second was low and not handled by Orr. Orr was given an error and everyone moved up a base. Upton scored to make it 6-2. AJ Pollack was the next hitter and Hamels got him on a double-play ball to Orr, ending the inning.

Would have been nice to get a double-play on the Goldschmidt grounder, but instead the Phils don’t get an out anywhere. Fortunately they still had a four-run lead and Hamels got the next hitter to hit into an inning-ending double-play.

Hamels was back for the eighth. He struck Henry Blanco out looking for the first out. Lefty Gerardo Parra hit for the pitcher David Hernandez and Hamels struck him out swinging for the second out. Bloomquist was next and Hamels got him swinging as well to set down the Snakes.

Hamels strikes out the side in the eighth. Bloomquist’s strikeout was his seventh on the day and strike three came on the 108th pitch of the game for Hamels.

Michael Schwimer, just called up when Stutes hit the DL, pitched the ninth with a 7-2 lead, setting the Diamondbacks down in order.

First action of the year for Schwimer, who threw to a 5.02 ERA with the Phillies over 14 1/3 innings in 2011. He threw 12 pitches in the game.

One perfect inning for the pen in the game. For the series, the bullpen threw nine innings in which they allowed six runs, five of which were earned.

The Phillies lineup against righty Trevor Cahill went (1) Pierre (2) Polanco (3) Victorino (4) Pence (5) Nix (6) Orr (7) Ruiz (8) Galvis. Rollins on the bench with Galvis making his first start at short. Orr and Nix both in the lineup, Orr at second and Nix at first, after both had big games at the plate in game two of the set. Polanco at third base. Victorino hits third in the slot vacated by Rollins.

Polanco singled to right with one out in the first. Victorino flew to center for the first out before Polanco took second on a passed ball. Pence followed that with a single into left, scoring Polanco to put the Phils up 1-0. Nix was next and popped a ball up down the left field line. It was deflected by a diving Ransom and fell for a double. Pence tried to score from first, but Kubel got to the ball and made a strong and accurate throw to the plate in time to nail him for the third out and end the frame.

Ruiz singled with one out in the second. With Galvis at the plate, a wild pitch got away and rolled towards the Phillies dugout. Ruiz went to third and, seeing nobody covering home, tried to score, but was thrown out at the plate as Ransom got there in time to take Blanco’s throw and apply the tag. Galvis grounded to second for the third out.

Polanco walked with two outs in the third, but Victorino went down on a well-hit ball handled by Hill at second for the third out.

The Phillies went in order in the fourth and again in the fifth.

Pierre singled to left to start the sixth and moved to second when Polanco walked behind him. Victorino was next and grounded to second for the first out with the runners moving up to second and third. With Pence at the plate, a wild pitch by Cahill allowed Pierre to score (2-0) and Polanco to move up to third. Pence brought Polanco home with a single into left and the Phils led 3-0. Lefty Craig Breslow came in to pitch to Nix. Wigginton hit for Nix and singled to center, moving Pence up to second. Orr struck out swinging for the second out, Ruiz followed him with a single into center that scored Pence (4-0) and sent Wigginton to third. Galvis walked and the bases were loaded. Hamels singled to center, scoring Wigginton and Ruiz to make it 6-0 and moving Galvis up to third. Pierre grounded to second to set the Phillies down.

Five singles and two walks for the Phils. They sent ten men to the plate in the inning. Hamels is 3-for-10 with a double at the plate for the year. Hamels, Lee and Halladay have combined to go 8-for-27 (.296) at the plate for the year. Halladay and Hamels both had more hits on the season than Thome.

Polanco singled off of righty Brad Ziegler to start the seventh, but the Phils went in order behind him.

Righty David Hernandez started the eighth for Arizona with the lead cut to 6-2. Ruiz singled with one out, but Galvis and Hamels both struck out behind him.

Pierre started the ninth with a single and came around to score on a double by Polanco, putting the Phils up 7-2. Victorino, Pence and Wigginton went in order behind Polanco.

Pierre was 2-for-5 in the game and 5-for-13 with five singles in the three-game series. He’s hitting 339/361/373 for the year. If he hits 339/361/373 the rest of the way, it would be absolutely fantastic for the Phillies.

Polanco 3-for-3 with a double and two walks. He came into the game with one double and two walks for the season. 4-for-7 with three walks in the series. 237/297/271 for the season. Wigginton was 1-for-3 yesterday and 4-for-11 with a double in the series. He’s hitting 304/365/435 for the year.

Victorino was 0-for-5 and left six men on base. 2-for-13 with two home runs in the series. He’s 2-for-his-last-21. 253/309/427 for the year.

Pence was 2-for-5 with two RBI and three strikeouts. 3-for-9 with a home run and five strikeouts in the series. 268/316/423 for the season. 3-for-his-last-22 with nine strikeouts.

Nix was 1-for-2 with a double in the game and 5-for-6 with two doubles and a home run in the series. His line is up to 348/400/652 for the season. Mayberry did not play yesterday, but was 2-for-5 with a double in the series. He’s at 200/200/244 for the season.

Orr was 0-for-4 in the game and 3-for-10 with a double and a triple in the series. 267/267/533 for the year. No longer leads the team in batting average or slugging percentage, although he is still second in slugging percentage behind Nix.

Ruiz 3-for-4 with an RBI yesterday and 4-for-9 with a home run in the series. He’s at 302/328/472 for the year. Three walks in 58 plate appearances so far, one of which was intentional. Coming into the 2012 season, Ruiz had walked 241 times in 2,164 plate appearances, which is about 11.1% of PA. He’s at about 5.2% of PA so far this year.

Galvis was 0-for-3 with a walk in the game and 1-for-8 with a walk and a double in the series. 200/238/317 for the season. He’s hitting .184 against righties with a .225 on-base percentage. Rollins was 0-for-7 with two strikeouts in the game. He’s hitting 229/267/257 for the year. 400/462/480 at home and 111/163/133 on the road.

It wasn’t a huge factor in the series, but Phillies pinch-hitters are 2-for-25 (.080) on the season with two singles. Thome and Mayberry have combined to go 0-for-14 as pinch-hitters with nine strikeouts.

The Phillies are off today and play the Cubs tomorrow night in Philly.


California dreaming for the Phils proves to have a lot to do with scoring runs

After winning the first two games of their series with the Padres, the Phils were outscored 11-2 by San Diego in the last two games combined and dropped both.

In yesterday’s game they made three errors, which led to three unearned runs. In ten of the 16 games they have played this year, the Phillies have scored less than three runs. They’ve scored less than three in five of their last six, averaging 1.67 runs per game over those six games.

After 16 games, the Phillies have two players with an OPS better than .725 for the season. One of them is Cole Hamels, who is 2-for-6 with a double. The other is Wigginton, who is hitting 286/366/429. That’s a .794 OPS, which is 50th best among the 148 NL batters with at least 25 plate appearances. The Phils are 15th in the league in runs scored.

The Phillies are 7-9 on the year after losing to the San Diego Padres 6-1 yesterday. The teams split the four game series.

Blanton got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing six runs on seven hits and two walks. Only three of the runs were earned. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, a double, two triples and a home run.

After four appearances, three of which were starts, Blanton has a 4.34 ERA for the year. He has walked just three batters in 18 2/3 innings, but opponents have hit 303/333/513 against him.

Will Venable reached on a bunt single to start the bottom of the first. Mark Kotsay was next and hit a ball that Blanton mishandled for an error that put runners on first and second. Chase Headley was the next hitter and he lined a ball to right that Pence misplayed, freezing before the ball sailed over his head for a double. Venable scored (1-0) and Kotsay moved up to third. Nick Hundley was next and he hit a ball to left center field that Victorino handled for the second out. Kotsay tagged and scored (2-0), but Victorino made a strong and accurate throw to third and Headley was out trying to tag and move up to third. Yonder Alonso grounded to short for the third out.

Great throw by Victorino. Pence should have caught the ball hit by Headley.

The lead was cut to 2-1 when Blanton started the third. He got the first two hitters before Cameron Maybin tripled to center. Blanton struck out Anthony Bass swinging to leave Maybin at third.

Blanton walked Headley on a 3-2 pitch with two outs in the third. Hundley was next and he tripled to right, scoring Headley to make it 3-1. Alonso followed and hit a ground ball to first that should have ended the inning. Thome fielded it cleanly, but his throw to Blanton covering first was way behind the pitcher for an error. Alonso went to second and Hundley scored, putting the Padres on top 4-1. Maybin grounded to short for the third out.

More bad defense for the Phils in the inning as Thome’s throwing error costs the team a run.

Blanton set San Diego down in order in the fourth.

He walked Headley with two outs in the fifth. Hundley was next and he blasted a 1-1 pitch out to left center for a two-run homer, making it 6-1. Alonso flew to right for the third out.

Maybin singled to start the sixth, but Ruiz threw him out trying to steal second for the first out. Bartlett grounded to third before Hudson singled into right. Righty Jesus Guzman hit for the pitcher Anthony Bass and Blanton got him on a fly ball to center to end the inning.

Savery pitched the seventh and kept the Padres off the board. He had to work around his own two-out error that allowed Headley to reach first, but got Hundley to ground to first and leave Headley stranded.

Savery was back to get three fly balls in a 1-2-3 eighth.

Two scoreless innings in the game for Savery, who allowed just one runner to reach base. That runner reached on an error. He’s been charged with a run in 4 1/3 innings over three appearances for the Phillies so far. He threw 22 pitches in the game.

The Phillies lineup against righty Anthony Bass went (1) Pierre (2) Victorino (3) Rollins (4) Pence (5) Thome (6) Wigginton (7) Ruiz (8) Galvis. Polanco on the bench with Wigginton at third against the righty and Victorino hitting second. Thome plays first with Nix and Mayberry on the bench.

Pierre was the first hitter of the game and walked, but was picked off of first for the first out. Victorino walked, too, putting a man on first for Rollins. Rollins hit a ball to first that Alonso didn’t handle for his first error of the play. The ball bounced out in front of him and he tried a blind backhand flip to first that was nowhere near the bag for another error that allowed Victorino to move up to third. Rollins stole second before Pence grounded to second with the runners holding for the second out. Thome struck out looking to end the frame with both runners stranded.

No runs for the Phils on two walks, a stolen base and two errors. No run after putting runners on second and third with one out as Pence can’t move the runners up. Pierre was probably safe on a close play when he was picked off, but not getting picked off would have helped the inning as well.

Ruiz singled with one out in the second and the Phils down 2-0. Galvis was next and hit a ball out in front of the plate that Hundley handled for the second out, with Ruiz moving up to second. Blanton drew a walk, putting men on first and second for Pierre with two down. Pierre singled into right and Ruiz would have held third, but Venable didn’t field the ball cleanly. Ruiz scored, getting the Phils on the board at 2-1. Victorino grounded to first to leave the runners stranded on first and second.

No run for the Phils without the Venable error, so their only tally on the day is unearned. Pierre gets on base for the second time in two innings.

Rollins ripped a double to right to start the top of the third. Pence was next and grounded to third for the first out. Thome struck out looking for the second before Rollins stole third. Wigginton struck out swinging to leave him there.

No run for the Phils despite the leadoff double. Second bad at-bat of the game for Pence as he can’t move Rollins up to third with the first out. Second extra-base hit of the season for Rollins.

Down 4-1, the Phils went in order in the fourth.

They went in order in the fifth as well.

Thome and Wigginton walked back-to-back with one out in the sixth and the Phils down 6-1. Ruiz hit into a double-play to turn the Phillies away.

Lefty Joe Thatcher got Galvis to ground to second to start the seventh. Mayberry hit for Blanton and struck out swinging for the second out. Pierre reached on an infield single, but Luke Gregerson took over for Thatcher and struck out Victorino to leave Pierre on first.

Rollins reached on an infield single to start the eighth, but Pence hit into a double-play behind him. Thome followed that with a single to right, raising his average for the year to .125 (2-for-16), and Wigginton moved Thome up to second with another single. Ruiz grounded to short to end the frame.

Three hits in the inning for the Phils, but no run. Rough day for Pence at the plate and in the field.

Righty Ernesto Frieri started the ninth for San Diego. Orr hit for Galvis and struck out for the first out. Nix hit for Savery and struck out for the second before Pierre singled to center. Victorino went down on a ball out in front of the plate that Hundley handled to end the game.

Pierre was 3-for-4 with a walk in the game and 6-for-16 with two walks and a triple in the four-game set. 326/354/370 for the year. Mayberry was 0-for-1 in the game and 0-for-7 with four strikeouts in the series. Pierre notably started against a lefty in game three of the set. Mayberry is 7-for-40 with a double, no walks and 13 strikeouts for the season (175/175/200).

Victorino 0-for-4 with a walk and four men left on base. 4-for-15 with two walks and a home run in the series. 274/338/387 for the year. 0-for-his-last-8. 244/295/341 over his last 44 plate appearances.

Rollins 2-for-4 with a double, which was the only extra-base hit of the game for the Phils. 2-for-14 with two walks and a double in the series. 254/294/286 for the year. He’s 4-for-17 against lefties for the year with no walks and four singles (235/235/235).

Pence 0-for-4 and left four men on base. He was 1-for-16 in the series with a walk and five strikeouts, going 1-for-3 with a walk in the first game of the set and 0-for-13 over the next three games.

Thome 1-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. 1-for-4 with a walk in the series. 2-for-16 with two walks and nine strikeouts for the season. He has struck out in half of his 18 plate appearances.

Wigginton also 1-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. 4-for-10 with two walks and a double in the series. He also struck out five times. 286/366/429 for the season. He leads all Phillie hitters in both on-base percentage and slugging percentage. He’s second behind Pierre in batting average. Polanco didn’t play in the game but was 3-for-13 with three singles in the series. He’s hitting 192/222/212 with one walk and one double in 52 plate appearances for the season.

Ruiz 1-for-4 with four men left on base. 1-for-8 with two strikeouts in the series. 273/306/409 on the year. 211/244/368 since going 4-for-6 to start the season. Schneider was 2-for-6 with a walk in the series. He’s 2-for-12 with a walk and two singles for the year.

Galvis 0-for-3 with a strikeout. 2-for-14 with a walk and two singles in the series. 212/241/327 for the season. His isolated power mark of .115 is better than Victorino (.113) and way better than Pierre (.043), Rollins (.032), Mayberry (.025) or Polanco (.019). This is not to say that Galvis’s isolated power of .115 is good, though. Of the 148 NL players with 25 plate appearances, his .115 is tied for 89th.

San Diego won Saturday’s game 5-1. Halladay walked four in the game, but still held the Padres to a pair of runs over seven innings before Stutes got banged around in the eighth. Stutes was charged with three runs in the frame, upping his ERA for the year to 6.35. The Phillies had just three hits in the game, singles from Polanco and Halladay and a double by Wigginton. Against a left-handed starting pitcher, the lefty Pierre was in the leadoff spot and struggling righty John Mayberry on the bench. Pierre was 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the game.

On Friday the Phils beat the Padres 4-1 behind outstanding pitching. Hamels allowed a run over six innings in the game and was backed by three scoreless innings from the pen (Contreras, Qualls and Papelbon all tossed a scoreless frame). Down 1-0 to start the seventh, the Phils scored three runs in the frame on a two-run single by Pierre and an RBI-single by Schneider. Victorino hit his second home run of the season in the eighth.

Kendrick (0-0, 1.93) faces lefty Wade Miley (1-0, 3.12) tonight in Arizona. Kendrick will be making his first start of the year, filling in for the DL’ed Lee. Miley will also be making his first start of the year, filling in for the sidelined Daniel Hudson. Miley has thrown just 48 2/3 innings for his career, but has walked too many hitters in the innings he has thrown, having walked 22 in those 48 2/3 frames.


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