Tag: Manny Ramirez

One Manny gang

Here’s a look at some of the season numbers for the Dodgers and the Phils:

  PHI LA
Runs scored
(NL rank)
799 (T-2) 700 (13)
Runs allowed 680 (3) 648 (1)
Starter ERA 4.23 (7) 3.87 (3)
Pen ERA 3.19 (1) 3.33 (2)

The Phillies had a fantastic offense, but were also among the best teams in the league at preventing runs. Their starters were in the middle of the pack, but, using ERA as the measure, nobody had a better bullpen. Los Angeles, on the other hand, was the best team in the league at preventing runs. The Dodgers starters and relievers both were tremendous. The team just couldn’t hit.

And then came Manny.

Manny Ramirez played his first game for the Dodgers on August 1 and hit an amazing 396/489/743 in 187 at-bats for LA. He hit 415/508/736 in August and 370/465/753 in September.

Here’s what the Dodgers did in their games this year before Ramirez arrived and after he arrived:

 
Games

R

R/G

Pre-Manny (before 8/1/08)

108

450

4.17

Post-Manny (8/1/08 and after)

54

25

4.63

So they were better after Manny. A lot better. Still not scoring runs at the rate of the Phillies, but a lot better. The Phillies scored 799 runs in 162 games this season, about 4.93 a game, which is better than the 4.63 runs per game that the Dodgers scored in September, their best offensive month with Ramirez.

Manny was arguably better in August than in September (although he was amazing both months). Here’s what the Dodgers’ offense did in those two months and how it compared to the other teams in the NL

  Games R NL Rank R R/G
August 29 115 T-10 3.97
September 25 135 3 5.40

Remembering that Manny was a monster in August, hitting 415/508/736 in 106 at-bats, the Dodgers were still a bad offensive team. They scored 3.97 runs per game in August, worse than the 4.17 runs per game they scored in the 108 games before Ramirez arrived.

The point is this: The Dodgers had some miserable hitters this season. And if you put enough struggling hitters out there every day you can put yourself in a position where Manny is not enough. Loney, Kent, DeWitt and Pierre all got at least 350 at-bats and put up an OPS+ of under 100 for the Dodgers this season. The Phillies had one (Feliz). Angel Berroa got 226 at-bats for the Dodgers and hit a miserable 230/304/310. Andruw Jones hit 158/256/249 and got 209 at-bats before he was lost for the season in September.

Manny Ramirez can’t make up for all those guys.

In September, the Dodgers’ offense was a lot better. As if to illustrate the point, though, it wasn’t all Ramirez. Despite Ramirez’s 370/465/753 line, Andre Ethier was arguably even better. Ethier hit 462/557/692 in 78 at-bats in September.

Among NL players that had at least 75 plate appearances in September, Ethier’s 1.249 OPS was second best and Ramirez’s 1.218 was third. Ryan Howard led the NL with a 1.274.

But if the good news for the Phillies is that the LA offense isn’t all about Manny, the bad news is that the non-Manny component has recently received a tremendous upgrade. The Dodgers got Rafael Furcal back from the DL on September 24, taking the position back from the weak-hitting Berroa. Furcal got just 142 at-bats this season, but hit a remarkable 359/442/577 — his 1.019 OPS for the season was, by a wide margin, the best mark for any player that got at least 150 plate appearances as a shortstop in either league.


Phils walk away Feliz

Coming into the season there was a lot of hope that a move to Philadelphia could mean big changes for Pedro Feliz. A new lineup and a new park, many thought, couldn’t hurt and might help. For the fans who felt that way, Feliz’s season has been mostly disappointing. Feliz has given the Phils what he’s given his teams for most of his career — excellent defense, occasional pop and a whole lot of outs. Most of the way through the season it looks like there’s a good chance that a move to Philadelphia isn’t going to change the kind of player that Pedro Feliz is and has been over his career. We might just have to be satisfied with last night.

Last night Feliz tied the game at 2-2 with a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth and started a nifty double-play with nobody out and the bases loaded in the tenth. He saved the best for last, though. With two outs and two men on in the bottom of the eleventh, Feliz lifted Jason Johnson’s first pitch to him out to left to give the Phils a 5-2 win.

The Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers last night, winning 5-2 in eleven innings. With the win the Phils improve to 71-59 on the season. They have won three in a row.

Joe Blanton got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing a run on six hits and three walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out four. It will be lost with Feliz’s heroics, but Blanton pitched well.

Blanton walked Andre Ethier with one out in the first. Jeff Kent was next and ripped a ball down the third base line. It would have been a double, but the ball bounced off the stands and Kent held first with Ethier going to third. Blanton hit Manny Ramirez with an 0-1 pitch to load the bases for James Loney. Loney slapped a single past a diving Howard and into right for a single. Ethier scored and the Dodgers led 1-0. Nomar Garciaparra was next and flew to Werth just behind first for the second out. Blanton struck out Casey Blake to leave the bases loaded.

Blanton needed 30 pitches to get out of the first inning.

Matt Kemp doubled over Burrell with two outs in the second. With Ethier at the plate, Ruiz tried to pick Kemp off second. As the throw went to second, Kemp took off for third and was safe with a stolen base. Ethier flew to center for the third out.

Kent led off the third with an infield single off the glove of Blanton. Blanton struck Ramirez out swinging 1-2 and got Loney to hit into a double-play to end the frame. After a long first inning, Blanton had thrown 51 pitches through three.

He threw a 1-2-3 fourth.

Pitcher Hiroki Kuroda led off the fifth with a single. Kemp moved him to second with a walk. Ethier hit a ground ball to second and Kemp was forced at second for the first out. Ethier beat out the relay from Rollins to avoid the double-play as Kuroda went to third. Kent hit into a double-play to end the frame.

Nomar singled with two outs in the sixth and moved to second when Blake followed with a walk. Russell Martin fouled out to Howard on a nice diving play for the third out. Victorino also made a nice play on a ball driven to center by Loney for the second out.

Romero started the seventh with the game tied at 1-1. Blanton had thrown 102 pitches. Juan Pierre led off with a pinch-hit single, but Romero picked him off and Howard made a solid throw to Rollins covering second to tag him out for the first out. Romero struck out Kemp for the second out before Ethier walked. Madson came into pitch to the righty Kent and his wild pitch moved Ethier to second. Kent delivered a single into left and Ethier scored to put LA up 2-1. Manny grounded to short for the third out.

That’s a lot of confidence to show in Madson, bringing him in to pitch to Kent and Ramirez. The pickoff of Pierre was critical in the inning and the game — nice to see Howard make the throw given how much he’s struggled with that play this season.

Madson returned for the eighth with the Phils still down 2-1. He got the first two before Blake singled. Madson got Martin to ground to second for the third out.

Lidge pitched the ninth with the Phils trailing by a run. Ethier singled with two outs two outs, but Kent flew to Taguchi in left to leave him stranded. Lidge shows up in a non-save situation, but hasn’t see much action of late. He was pitching for the first time since August 19.

Durbin started the tenth with the game tied at 2-2. Ramirez and Loney singled back-to-back to start the inning, putting men on first and second for the pitcher’s spot. Lefty Mark Sweeney was called on to pinch-hit and drew a walk that loaded the bases. Blake was next and hit a ground ball to third. Feliz fielded, tagged the base and threw home where Coste applied the tag on Ramirez to complete the critical double-play. Martin flew to right to leave runners stranded on first and second.

Angel Berroa led off the eleventh with a single, but Durbin set the next three Dodgers down in order.

Madson had a big wild pitch in the seventh before he allowed Kent’s single, but the bullpen had a great game overall. Durbin managed to work out of bases loaded and nobody out in the tenth with the help of Feliz’s fine play. Overall the pen went five innings and was charged with one run on seven hits and two walks. Durbin threw 29 pitches, Madson 21, Romero 20 and Lidge 11.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Hiroki Kuroda went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Burrell (4) Howard (5) Victorino (6) Dobbs (7) Werth (8) Ruiz. Manuel keeps the big bats at the top of the order. Werth in right against the righty with Jenkins on the DL. Victorino still hitting fifth. Dobbs at third against the righty with Feliz on the bench. Ruiz catches.

Rollins led off the first with a slow ground ball to short that Nomar didn’t handle for an error. Utley struck out before Burrell grounded to third for the second out with Rollins moving to third. Howard grounded to Kent to end the inning.

Victorino led off the second with a walk. Dobbs grounded back to the pitcher for the first out with Victorino moving to second. Werth was hit by a pitch up and in on the first pitch of his at-bat. Just about the same place that Manny was hit in the first. It put men on first and second for Ruiz. Ruiz popped to right for the second out before Blanton went down swinging to end the inning.

Burrell walked with two outs in the third. Howard grounded to Kent again, ending the inning.

1-2-3 in the fourth. Ramirez made a long run into left-center to track down a line drive from Dobbs for the second out.

Ruiz led off the fifth with a single and Blanton bunted him to second. Rollins struck out before Utley singled into center and Ruiz scored to tie the game at 1-1. Burrell flew to left for the third out.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the sixth and again in the seventh.

Burrell singled with two outs in the eight. Taguchi ran for him at first with the Phils down 2-1. Howard grounded to second for the third out.

Victorino led off the ninth with a single with the Phils still down a run. Bruntlett hit for Lidge and bunted Victorino to second. Werth struck out for the second out. It brought up Ruiz’s spot with two down and a man on second and the righty Jonathan Broxton on the mound for the Dodgers. Lefty Andy Tracy hit for Ruiz and drew a four-pitch walk. Kendrick ran for Tracy at first and Feliz, who had entered with Madson in the seventh, got ahead in the count 2-0 and then lined a single into right. Victorino scored from second to tie the game at 2-2 with Kendrick going to second. Rollins grounded to first to leave him stranded.

With two outs in the tenth, lefty Joe Beimel got behind Howard 3-1 and put him on intentionally. Howard was picked off to end the inning.

Victorino led off the eleventh with a hit into left, but when Ramirez tossed the ball into the infield softly took off for second and was safe with a double. Righty Jason Johnson came in to pitch to Coste and walked him. It put men on first and second for Werth and Werth moved the runners to second and third with a ground out to second. Hamels hit for Durbin and popped out to second for the second out. Feliz pounded Johnson’s first pitch out to left-center, giving the Phils a 5-2 win.

Great job by Victorino taking two to start the inning. Also nicely done by Werth to move the runners to second and third with his ground out.

Rollins was 0-for-5 and struck out twice. He’s hitting 191/270/281 in August. No extra-base hits in his last 46 at-bats.

Utley was 1-for-5 with an RBI.

Burrell 1-for-3 with a walk.

Howard 0-for-4 with a walk.

Victorino was 2-for-4 with a walk. He led off both the ninth and the eleventh with critical hits.

Dobbs was 0-for-3. Feliz was 2-for-3 with his 13th home run and four RBI.

Werth 0-for-4 and struck out three times.

Ruiz 1-for-3. 250/285/375 for the month.

Brett Myers (6-10, 4.71) faces righty Chad Billingsley (12-9, 3.10) tonight. Billingsley hasn’t faced the Phillies this season. The former first-round draft pick has been tough on righties, they’ve hit .220 with a 1.07 ratio against him. The 24-year-old shows no sign of slowing down, he’s been better since the All-Star break (2.72 with a 1.23 ratio) than he was before it (3.25, 1.30). Myers has been outstanding since returning from the minors and comes off a complete game shutout against the Nats on Wednesday in which he struck out nine.


Lester’s luster flusters Phils

Jon Lester baffled the Phils last night, holding them to six singles in seven shutout innings. The Phillies have scored three runs or less in four of their last seven games.

Jamie Moyer held the Red Sox to a pair of runs over five innings, but wasn’t as sharp as he’s been for much of the year. He walked five batters, which is as many as he walked in his five starts in June combined.

Boston also ran wild on the Phils. They stole six bases with Ruiz behind the plate. You would think a lot of this could be blamed on the slow-throwing Moyer, but only two of the six came with Moyer on the mound.

The Phils failed to do just about anything offensively. Howard’s recent surge was sidelined as he went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. Utley and Burrell were also both 0-for-4. With an 0-for-his-last-16, Utley has his batting average at .299. Yesterday was is the first time since June 2, 2007 that Utley has ended a day with a batting average under .300.

The Phils should consider extreme measures to ensure that Ruiz never gets to bat with a runner on first base.

The Phillies lost to the Boston Red Sox last night. With the 3-0 loss they are 42-31 on the season. The series is tied at one game apiece and will be decided this afternoon.

Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing two runs on four hits and five walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a two-run home run by Coco Crisp. Moyer struck out four.

He walked Julio Lugo to start the game. Dustin Pedroia flew to left for the first out before JD Drew moved Lugo to second with a ground ball that went off the glove of Howard and to Utley. Manny Ramirez reached on an infield single, moving Lugo to third, before Moyer got Mike Lowell to ground to third for the third out.

Moyer walked Jason Varitek to start the second. Sean Casey hit a ground ball to second and Varitek was forced at second for the first out. Coco Crisp hit the first pitch of his at-bat out to left and the Red Sox led 2-0. Moyer got the pitcher Jon Lester to ground to second for the second out before Lugo and Pedroia walked back-to-back. Lugo stole third before Drew struck out to end the frame.

Moyer walked Lowell with one out in the third. Varitek followed and Moyer struck him out for the second out before Casey moved Lowell to second with a single. Crisp grounded to second for the third out.

Moyer threw a 1-2-3 fourth. Rollins made a nice play on a ground ball Lester hit back up the middle for the first out.

Lowell singled with two outs in the fifth, but Moyer struck out Varitek to leave him stranded.

Madson started the sixth. Crisp singled with one out and stole second with Lester showing bunt. Lester struck out swinging for the second out and Crisp stole third. Lugo hit a 3-2 pitch to the base of the wall in left for a double. Crisp scored and Boston led 3-0. Pedroia grounded to third for the third out.

Madson returned for the seventh and gave up a leadoff walk to Drew, but he got the next three hitters to end the frame.

Seanez started the eighth with the Phils down 3-0. Casey walked to start the inning, but Seanez struck out Crisp for the first out. Lefty Brandon Moss hit for the pitcher Lester and Casey stole second as Seanez struck Lester out. Lugo went down swinging to end the frame and leave Casey stranded.

Condrey started the ninth and gave up a leadoff single to Pedroia. Drew flew to left for the first out. Ellsbury hit a ground ball to second and Pedroia was forced at second for the second out. With Lowell at the plate, Ellsbury stole second on a pitchout but was thrown out trying to steal third to end the frame. Not a good play to get caught stealing to end the inning when you’re in scoring position.

Condrey’s role appears to have evolved to the point where he’s pitching in games that are not out of reach. One run in four innings for the bullpen. Madson threw 41 pitches, so he’s out for a while. Seanez 23, Condrey 17.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Jon Lester went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Werth (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Werth in right with the lefty on the mound. Ruiz catches.

Victorino singled with one out in the first. Utley flew to right before Victorino stole second, but Howard struck out to leave Victorino stranded.

Werth and Ruiz singled back-to-back with one out in the second. Ruiz got ahead 2-0 and then hit a hard ground ball to third. Lowell took it and started an inning-ending double-play. The game was delayed for a brief ceremony to honor the Red Sox for getting Carlos Ruiz to hit into the one millionth double-play of his career and Jon Lester was presented with a $50 gift certificate to Applebee’s (that didn’t really happen — Ruiz has hit into eight double-plays in 159 at-bats this season and 28 for his career. He probably won’t pass the million mark till 2010 or so).

Rollins singled with one out in the third. Victorino hit a ground ball to short and Rollins was forced at second for the second out. Utley grounded to first for the third out.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the fourth and the fifth. Taguchi hit for Moyer with two outs in the fifth and lined to third on another nice play by Lowell.

Rollins led off the sixth with a walk. Victorino was next and lined to third and Lowell doubled Rollins off of first. Utley popped to first for the third out.

With two outs in the seventh, Werth and Feliz again singled back-to-back. It put men on first and second for Ruiz, but Ruiz grounded to third to end the inning.

Rollins doubled to left with one out in the eighth. Victorino flew to right and Utley struck out swinging to leave him stranded.

Jonathan Papelbon started the ninth with a 3-0 lead. He struck Howard out swinging at a 3-2 pitch for the first out. Burrell struck out on three pitches and Werth struck out on three pitches.

Rollins was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk. His double was the Phillies’ only extra-base hit of the game.

Victorino 1-for-4 with a stolen base and left three men on base.

Utley 0-for-4.

Howard 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.

Burrell 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. 3-4-5 in the lineup go 0-for-12 with eight strikeouts.

Werth 2-for-4.

Feliz 2-for-3.

Ruiz 0-for-3 and left four men on base.

Kyle Kendrick (6-2, 4.54) faces 23-year-old righty Justin Masterson (3-1, 2.90) this afternoon. Masterson has made five starts for the Red Sox and gone at least six innings in all of them. Opponents are hitting just .168 against him, righties .130 and lefties .208. His walk rate and his home run rates are both high — in 31 innings he has walked 15 and allowed five home runs. The Phillies have won nine of the last ten games that Kendrick has started. Lefties still pound him, they’re hitting .331 against him for the year. He has oddly been much better at home (3-1 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.10 ratio in six starts) than on the road (3-1 with a 5.06 ERA and a 1.76 ratio in eight starts).


Flyin’ Ryan

Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL) SB CS
               
BOS 44-28 371 5.15 X 806 (x) 64 12
PHI 41-30 381 5.37 2 795 (2) 48 7

Team W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
             
BOS 44-28 301 4.18 X 3.77 (x) 3.95 (x)
PHI 41-30 291 4.10 3 4.40 (8) 2.62 (1)

Ryan Howard is going to have to hit for a while to get some of his numbers for the season up to where everyone expects them to be. That doesn’t look like it’s going to be a problem. Howard’s 3-for-5 with a pair of home runs and four RBI paced the Phillies to a win against the Red Sox last night. He’s 9-for-his-last-18 with a double, a triple, two home runs and 13 RBI.

Despite his .224 average, Howard is tied for the league lead in RBI and tied for second in home runs.

The talk of a possible World Series matchup is way premature, but it doesn’t change the fact that last night’s game also saw Cole Hamels shut down one of the better offenses in baseball. Hamels held Boston to two runs over seven innings and the Phillies won for the eighth time in the last ten games he has started.

The Phillies beat the Boston Red Sox last night, winning 8-2 to improve to 42-30 on the season.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and two home runs. He struck out five.

Dustin Pedroia doubled with one out in the first, but Hamels struck out JD Drew and Manny Ramirez to leave him stranded.

Sean Casey doubled to right with one out in the second and Julio Lugo followed with a walk. Hamels struck out pitcher Bartolo Colon for the third out.

Pedroia singled with one out in the third, but Hamels got Drew to pop to short and Manny on a ground ball to second for the third out.

Casey singled with one out in the fourth and moved to third when Lugo followed with a double. Hamels again struck out Colon to end the frame.

With one out in the fifth, Pedroia got ahead 3-1 and hit one way out to left to cut the Phillies’ lead to 4-1. Drew followed and hit a 1-1 pitch out to right-center. Hamels got Ramirez and Mike Lowell on ground balls to set Boston down.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 sixth and a 1-2-3 seventh.

Hamels started the eighth up 8-2 having thrown 102 pitches. He got ahead of Drew 0-2 before throwing four straight balls. Durbin came in to pitch to the righty Manny and got him to hit into a double-play. Lowell popped to short for the third out.

Durbin returned for the ninth and gave up a two-out double to Brandon Moss, but struck out Alex Cora to end the game.

Durbin seemed like an odd choice with a six-run lead after he threw an inning on Sunday. Condrey or Seanez would have been my guess. Durbin threw 17 pitches and lowered his ERA to 1.55 for the year with two scoreless innings.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Bartolo Colon went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Jenkins in right against the righty. Ruiz catches Hamels.

Rollins led off the first and got ahead 1-0 before he ripped a ball down the right field line. 1-0. Victorino followed with a double before Utley struck out for the first out. Howard got ahead 1-0 and then he hit one out to the opposite field. 3-0. Burrell walked, but Jenkins grounded out and Feliz struck out.

Rollins singled with two outs in the second and Rollins moved him to second with a walk. Utley popped to first to leave both runners stranded.

Howard started the first and pounded one out to left-center to put the Phils up 4-0. Burrell followed with a single, but Jenkins, Feliz and Ruiz all went down behind him. Jacoby Ellsbury made a nice diving play in center to take a hit away from Ruiz for the third out.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the fourth.

With two outs in the fifth, Burrell hit one high off the wall in center. The ball rolled a long way — long enough for Burrell to wind up at third with his first triple since August 11, 2006. Jenkins struck out to leave him stranded.

Feliz walked to start the sixth and moved to second when Ruiz followed with a single. Hamels bunted the runners to second and third. Rollins ripped a single into right-center and both runners scored, putting the Phils up 6-2. Victorino singled and Rollins went to third. Utley was next and he hit a check swing ground ball to short. It wasn’t hit hard enough for Boston to turn two. Rollins scored and it was 7-2 with Utley on first and two down. Howard hammered the first pitch of his at-bat into right-center. Ellsbury dove for it at the warning track and the ball went off his glove. Howard had a triple and Utley scored to put the Phils up 8-2. Burrell walked and Taguchi ran for him. Jenkins grounded out for the third out.

If you thought that Howard and Burrell were both going to triple in the game you could have gotten some pretty nice odds.

Hamels singled with two outs in the seventh, but Rollins flew to right for the third out.

1-2-3 in the eighth.

Rollins was 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI. Just his sixth of the year.

Victorino 2-for-4 with a double.

Utley 0-for-5 with an RBI. He’s 0-for-his-last-12.

Howard was 3-for-5 with a triple, two home runs and four RBI.

Burrell 2-for-2 with two walks.

Jenkins 0-for-4 and left five men on base. He’s 2-for-his-last-28.

Feliz 0-for-3.

Ruiz 1-for-4.

Jamie Moyer (7-3, 4.12) faces lefty Jon Lester (5-3, 3.43) tonight. Lester hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his last nine starts. Lefties and righties are hitting about the same against him (.253 for righties and .240 for lefties), but his walk rate for righties is much higher. Righties are on-basing .338 against him this season compared to .301 for lefties. Moyer comes off of eight shutout innings against the Marlins in which he allowed two hits. The Phillies have won the last six games he has started.


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