Tag: Mike Adams

Eighth not enough to do in the Phils this time

The bullpen faltered late again last night, but this time the Phillies had an answer. A two-run lead shrunk to one in the top of the eighth as Adams allowed yet another run. The Nats were down to their last strike in the ninth when Papelbon allowed a solo home run to Chad Tracy, which tied the game at 4-4. Ben Revere led off the bottom of the ninth with a single, though, and scored on a two-out single by Brown to get the Phillies the win.

Opponents are hitting 299/365/486 against Phillie pitching in the eighth inning this year. That’s an .851 OPS. The second-worst eighth-inning OPS against in the NL belongs to the Cubs at .788.

The Phillies are 34-37 on the year after beating the Washington Nationals 5-4 last night. Coming off of a five-game losing streak, they’ve won three of their last five. They’re in third place in the NL East, 8 1/2 games behind the Braves and a game behind the second-place Nats.

Lannan got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out four.

First start for Lannan since April 17. He’s made four starts on the season. Three of them have been pretty good and he allowed six runs in 1 2/3 innings to the Reds in the other. Lefties are 2-for-13 against him and righties are hitting 313/362/500.

He walked Anthony Rendon with one out in the top of the first and hit Ryan Zimmerman behind Rendon, putting runners on first and second with one out for Jayson Werth. Werth singled into left, scoring Rendon to put Washington up 1-0 with men on first and second. Ian Desmond grounded into a double-play to set the Nats down.

Kurt Suzuki singled to right with one out in the second and moved to second when Steve Lombardozzi followed with a single to left. The pitcher Dan Haren was next and bunted. Lannan fielded and went to third in time to get Suzuki, leaving runners at first and second with two down. Lannan got Jeff Kobernus swinging 2-2 to end the frame.

Lannan allows just one run in the first two innings, but gives up three singles, a walk and hits a batter. Gets a big double-play to end the first and a big strikeout to leave two runners stranded in the second.

It was 1-1 when Lannan started the third. He allowed a one-out single to Zimmerman, but got the next two.

The Phils were up 3-1 when Lannan started the fourth. Suzuki and Lombardozzi doubled back-to-back with one out. Lombardozzi’s double down the right field line scored Suzuki to cut the lead to 3-2. Haren flew softly to Revere in center before Lombardozzi stole third. Lannan struck Kobernus out swinging again to leave the runner at third.

Second time in four innings that Lannan strikes the righty Kobernus out swinging to end the frame with a runner in scoring position.

Lannan got three ground balls in a 1-2-3 fifth.

Stutes threw a 1-2-3 sixth with the PHils up 4-2.

He came back and set the Nats down in order again in the seventh.

Two scoreless frames for Stutes in the game as he sets down six in a row, including two pinch-hitters. Drops his ERA on the year to 1.32 and his ratio to 0.88. Righties are 3-for-27 against him with three singles. Lefties are hitting 304/333/478 against him for the season. Last night he got three righties in the sixth and then switch-left-left in the seventh.

Adams started the seventh. Zimmerman doubled with one out and moved up to third on a ground out by Werth. Desmond followed with a two-out single into center, scoring Zimmerman to cut the lead to 4-3. Lefty Adam LaRoche hit for the pitcher Ian Krol. Bastardo came in to pitch to LaRoche and got him on a ground ball to second to end the frame.

Adams has allowed seven runs in ten innings over his last 11 appearances. He’s allowed six walks in those ten innings. Opponents have hit just .237 against him in that span, but three of the nine hits he’s allowed have gone for home runs.

Bastardo has pitched two days in a row. He faced one batter and got one out. No walks in the game, but he’s allowed 14 walks in 24 innings this year after walking 26 in 52 innings last year.

Papelbon pitched the ninth. He got the first two hitters and was ahead of lefty Chad Tracy 0-2 when Tracy homered to right, tying the game at 4-4. Papelbon struck Roger Bernadina out swinging to set Washington down.

Nats are down to their last strike when Tracy homers off of Papelbon.

Papelbon was not charged with a run in 18 appearances between April 4 and May 28, but has now allowed a run in three of his last six times out.

The bullpen went four innings in the game for the Phils, allowing two runs on three hits. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, the double off of Adams and the homer off of Papelbon. They struck out one. Bastardo has pitched two days in a row, but only threw four pitches in the game. Stutes threw 22 while going two frames.

The Phillie lineup against righty Dan Haren went (1) Revere (2) Michael Young (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Frandsen (8) Quintero. Frandsen plays second with Galvis on the bench. Delmon Young in right with Mayberry and Nix on the bench. Quintero catches.

Down 1-0, the Phillies went in order in the bottom of the first.

Howard led off the bottom of the second and blasted a 2-2 pitch way out to right-center, tying the game at 1-1. Frandsen and Quintero singled back-to-back with two outs, but Lannan popped to third to leave the runners stranded on first and second.

Howard came in to last night’s game with one home run in his last 130 plate appearances. Crushed that ball, though.

Michael Young tripled to left with one out in the third and Rollins walked behind him. Rollins stole second before Howard walked, loading the bases for Brown. Brown struck out swinging for the second out. Delmon Young was next and lined a ball to right, which was missed by Werth and went for a double. Young and Rollins both scored, putting the Phillies up 3-1. Howard was caught off third by the relay throw, though, and tagged out to end the inning.

Weird inning in which much of what’s gone wrong for the Phillies this year goes right. Michael Young leads off with a triple. Howard and Rollins both walk. Brown fails in a big spot with the bat, but gets picked up by a big hit from Delmon Young.

Miserable base-running by Howard to get nailed a couple of feet off of third after two runs scored. He’s a terrible, terrible base-runner and has been for a long time. You can look it up.

Werth should have caught the ball hit by Delmon Young.

No RBI for Brown after he gets to hit with one out and the bases loaded.

The lead was cut to 3-2 when the Phillies went in order in the fourth.

Revere led off the fifth with a single and stole second before Michael Young grounded to short. Rollins popped to short for the second out, but Howard singled into center, scoring Revere to put the Phils up 4-2. Brown followed with a walk, but Delmon Young grounded to short to end the inning.

First of two big runs that Revere would score in the game for the Phils. They wouldn’t have scored in the frame without the steal of second.

Second big hit and RBI for Howard.

Brown draws another walk. He’s walked eight times in June, which is about 11.8% of his plate appearances. Before June he had walked nine times in 206 plate appearances, which is about 4.4%.

The Phillies went in order in the sixth.

Lefty Ian Krol set Revere, Michael Young and Rollins down in order in the seventh.

It was 4-3 when Howard singled off of righty Tyler Clippard to start the eighth. Brown was next and singled to right, putting men on first and second with nobody out. Martinez ran for Howard at second. Mayberry struck out for the first out and Galvis popped to short for the second. Clippard hit Quintero to load the bases. Nix hit for Bastardo and struck out to leave them loaded.

That’s miserable. No run for the Phillies after they put runners on first and second with nobody out in a one-run game. Neither Mayberry or Galvis can move the runners up with the first two outs.

The game was tied at 4-4 when the Phils hit in the ninth. Revere led off against lefty Fernando Abad and singled to center. Michael Young flew to center for the first out before Rollins singled softly to left, moving Revere up to third. Lerud hit for Papelbon and struck out swinging for the second out. Rollins took second without a throw before Brown singled to center 2-2, scoring Revere to give the Phils a 5-4 win.

Big hit for Brown. Huge at-bat for Lerud, too, but he strikes out with one out and the winning run at third.

Revere was 2-for-5 with a stolen base and scored two runs, including the game-winner. He’s 14-for-his-last-29 (.483). Came in to the season with a miserable walk rate of 5.4% for his career and has walked in 5.0% of his chances in 2013.

Michael Young 1-for-5 with a triple. He’s hitting .352 in June. His isolated power against righties was .095 in 2012 and in .092 so far in 2013.

Rollins 1-for-4 with a walk. 298/385/386 in his last 65 plate appearances.

Howard 3-for-3 with a walk, a long home run and two RBI. 10-for-his-last-19 with four walks and three extra-base hits.

Brown 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. He came into the game 3-for-his-last-25.

Delmon Young 1-for-3 with a two-run double. He came into the game 3-for-his-last-19.

Frandsen 1-for-3. His .405 on-base percentage leads the team. Michael Young is second at .350 and nobody else is above .339. His .383 wOBA as calculated by FanGraphs is the best for anyone on the team with more than three plate appearances. His defensive numbers are bad anywhere he plays.

Quintero 1-for-3 and was hit by a pitch. He still hasn’t walked against a right-handed pitcher for the year, but now he’s been hit once. 205/222/318 against righties for the season. 232/266/319 against righties for his career with 34 walks in 1,006 plate appearances (about 3.4%).

Lee (8-2, 2.55) faces lefty Ross Detwiler (2-4, 3.02) tonight. Lee hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his last eight outings, throwing to a 1.93 ERA over 60 2/3 innings in those appearances. He’s allowed just two home runs in 66 2/3 innings since the start of May. Detwiler hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his nine starts on the season. Opponents are hitting .305 against him and he’s going to have a tough time keeping his 3.02 ERA if they continue to do so. They hit .224 against him over his first three starts on the year as they to an 0.90 ERA. Since then he’s thrown to a 4.40 ERA in six starts, allowing 45 hits in 30 2/3 innings.


Minnesota series suggests the only hope for the Phils may be if Cliff Lee has a twin

Two twins would probably be better.

The Phillies snapped their five-game losing streak last night, outhitting the Twins 16-3 on their way to a 3-2 win.

The Phils got fantastic pitching in the game and Cliff Lee took a one-hit shutout into the seventh. The Twins scored a pair of runs in that frame, but did so with the help of two bad calls and a bloop double. The bullpen was atrocious for the Phillies in the series, but Adams set the Twins down in order in the eighth and Papelbon struck out two in a perfect ninth.

The Phils need to be just about perfect if they want to win these days. They have scored three runs or less in five games in a row and are 12th in the NL in runs scored per game.

It was the first one-run game the Phillies have won since May 29. They were 0-5 in their last five one-run games coming into last night.

The Phillies are 32-35 on the season after beating the Minnesota Twins 3-2 last night. The Twins take the series two games to one. The Phils are in third place in the NL East, 7 1/2 games behind the first-place Braves and two games behind the Nats.

Lee got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out six.

The Phillies are 7-1 in the last eight games that Lee has started. Opponents are hitting .197 against him in those outings.

Up 1-0, he set the Twins down in order in the bottom of the first, second and third.

Joe Mauer singled to left with one out in the fourth, but Lee got Ryan Doumit to ground into a double-play behind Mauer to end the inning.

Lee threw a 1-2-3 fifth.

He struck out the side in the sixth, getting Clete Thomas swinging and Brian Dozier and Eduardo Escobar both looking.

With one out in the second, Lee thought he had struck Mauer out looking at an 0-2 pitch for the second out. It was called a ball and Mauer went on to walk. Doumit was next and hit a ball softly to third. Young handled it and threw to first. Doumit looked like he was out at first, but was called safe and the Twins had men on first and second with one out. Lee got Josh Wilingham on a fly ball to left for the second out before Justin Morneau blooped a ball into left-center. Revere made a long run and a valiant diving effort, but the ball just eluded him and went for a two-run double that put Minnesota on top 2-1. Oswaldo Arcia flew to right to leave Morneau at second.

Tough inning for Lee. He look like he had Mauer struck out for the second out and the call at first on Doumit’s ball was worse. Then Morneau delivers a two-run double on a bloop just out of the reach of Revere.

Adams started the eighth with a 3-2 lead and set the Twins down in order, striking Thomas out for the first out, getting Dozier on a fly ball to center for the second and Escobar on a ground ball to third to end the inning.

Huge inning for Adams given the score and his recent struggles. He came into the game having been charged with a run in six of his last eight appearances.

Papelbon struck out the first two batters he faced in the ninth while setting the Twins down in order.

Papelbon came into the game having been charged with a run in two of his last three times out. For the year he’s thrown to a 1.52 ERA with an 0.68 ratio. Opponents are on-basing .188 against him for the season.

The Phillie lineup against righty Kevin Correia went (1) Revere (2) Micael Young (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Nix (8) Galvis (9) Quintero. Revere returns to the top of the order with Michael Young moved down to second. Nix plays right against the righty with Mayberry on the bench. Delmon Young at DH. Galvis hits ahead of Quintero.

Revere led off the top of the first with a single to right and stole second after Michael Young flew to center. Rollins was next and reached on a ball unhandled by the pitcher Correia for an error. It left the Phils with runners on the corners for Howard and Howard singled to right, scoring Revere (1-0) and moving Rollins up to second. Brown popped up to first for the second out and Delmon Young struck out to leave the runners stranded.

Revere starts the rally and winds up at third without the help of another hit or walk.

Galvis singled to left with one out in the second and moved up to second on a two-out single by Revere. Michael Young flew to center to leave the runners at first and second.

Brown and Delmon Young singled back-to-back with two outs in the third, putting runners on the corners for Nix. Nix grounded to first to leave the runners stranded.

The Phillies had left two men on in each of the first three innings.

Revere lined a triple to right-center with two outs in the fourth, but was left at third when Michael Young grounded out to the pitcher.

Sixth extra-base hit for Revere on the season and second in his last 81 plate appearances.

Howard singled to right with one out in the fifth and moved up to second when Brown followed with a walk. Delmon Young struck out for the second out before Nix reached on an error by Escobar, loading the bases for Galvis. Galvis grounded to third to set the Phillies down.

Michael Young and Rollins singled back-to-back with two outs in the sixth off of righty Anthony Swarzak, putting runners on first and second for Howard. Howard lined a single to right, but Doumit fielded and made a strong and accurate throw home. Young was tagged out to set the Philies down.

It took a pretty great throw from Doumit to get Young at the plate. You have to try to score Young from second on the two-out single.

Nix singled with two outs in the seventh. Galvis was next and hit a foul ball down the third base line. Arcia made a fantastic catch while sliding into the wall to retire the Phils.

The Phillies trailed 2-1 when they hit in the eighth against righty Jared Burton. Frandsen hit for Quintero and doubled to right. Revere was next and bunted for a single, putting runners on the corners for Michael Young. Young singled to right, scoring Frandsen (2-2) and moving Revere to third. With men on the corners and nobody out, Rollins hit a ball to first. Morneau fielded and came home with the ball, but Revere slid in safe and the Phils led 3-2 with men on first and second. The runners moved up to second and third on a passed ball before Howard struck out swinging for the first out. Brown was walked intentionally to load the bases for Delmon Young, but Young grounded into a double-play to keep the Phils from getting more.

Revere again helps the Phils with his speed, bunting for a single and scoring on the ground out to first.

The Phillies can’t get more runs after putting men on second and third with nobody out. Howard strikes out for the first out and Delmon Young grounds into a double-play.

Nix singled off of righty Josh Roenicke to start the ninth. Mayberry ran for Nix and first and Roenicke struck Galvis out for the first out. Lefty Caleb Thielbar struck Lerud out for the second out and got Revere on a ground ball to second to leave Mayberry stranded.

Revere was 4-for-6 with a triple in the game and 8-for-14 with a triple in the series. 266/306/304 for the year. 316/360/368 in 127 plate appearances since the start of May. He’s slugging .282 against right-handed pitching for the year.

Michael Young 2-for-5 in the game and 4-for-13 with a double in the series. 12-for-his-last-29 and hitting 278/353/361 for the year.

Rollins 1-for-5 with an RBI. 4-for-13 with four singles and an RBI in the set. 262/326/381 on the year. 9-for-his-last-38 (.237) with nine singles. 290/364/419 over his last 141 plate appearances.

Howard 3-for-5 with an RBI. Drove in one run and nearly drove in another, but Doumit made a good throw to nail Michael Young at the plate. Strike out with nobody and runners on second and third in the eighth. 5-for-12 with a walk and five singles in the series. 260/303/435 for the year. Ends the day on-basing .300 or better for the first time since May 9. One home run in his last 116 plate appearances.

Brown 1-for-3 with two walks, one of which was intentional. 1-for-10 with two walks in the series. 282/324/576 for the year. 1-for-his-last-13 but OPSing 1.098 in June. He has six walks in 50 plate appearances in June (12%) and walked in 9 of 206 plate appearances before the start of June (4.4%).

Delmon Young 1-for-5 and struck out twice. Left seven men on base. 2-for-13 with two singles in the set. 224/277/408 for the year.

Nix 2-for-5 in the game and in the series. 207/270/305 for the year. Came into the game 1-for-his-last-23.

Galvis 1-for-5 with a strikeout and left five men on base. 1-for-12 in the series with a walk. 1-for-his-last-20. 213/277/360 for the year.

Quintero 0-for-3 and struck out three times. 0-for-5 with four strikeouts in the series. 1-for-his-last-10. 216/256/378 for the season. 5-for-32 (.156) against righties for the year without a walk.

Kendrick (6-4, 3.22) faces righty Juan Nicasio (4-2, 4.61) tonight in Colorado. The Phillies have won seven of the last ten games that Kendrick has started. He’s struggled against lefties in the past, but been fantastic against them in 2013. They’re hitting 240/297/395 against him for the year. Opponents have hit just .247 against Nicasio in 2013, but he’s walked 25 in 68 1/3 innings. His walk rate against lefties is especially high — he’s walked about 13.2% of the left-handed hitters he’s faced this season. He has allowed just one home run in his last five starts.


The company you can’t keep up with

The Phillies were on a roll earlier this month, taking five in a row in a stretch that saw them top out a game above .500. They’ve gone in the other direction since, falling hard to the Brewers and Twins as they dropped four straight.

Both under .500 for the year, the Twins and Brewers have combined to go 54-71 this season. The Phillies are 14-5 on the season against the Mets and Marlins and 17-29 against everyone else.

Last night, Howard singled off a lefty in the top of the eighth, driving in Frandsen to tie the game at 2-2. Adams walked the leadoff man Jamey Carroll to start the bottom of the eighth, though, and Carroll came around to score on a two-out single off of Bastardo and the Phils fell 3-2.

Adams was charged with the run and has now allowed six runs in 7 1/3 innings over his last eight appearances.

The Phillies are 31-34 on the year after losing 3-2 to the Minnesota Twins last night. They have lost four in a row.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out five and didn’t walk a batter.

The Phillies scored two runs or less for the sixth time in the last ten starts for Hamels. He threw to a 10.97 ERA over his first two starts on the season. Since then he’s thrown to a 3.54 ERA and the Phillies have gone 2-10 in his outings.

Jamey Carroll led off the bottom of the first with a single, but Hamels got the next three behind him.

Hamels struck out the side in the second, getting Justin Morneau, Oswaldo Arcia and Brian Dozier all swinging.

He started the third up 1-0. Carroll singled to right with two outs and stole second before Joe Mauer grounded to second to leave him stranded.

Back-to-back doubles by Josh Willingham and Morneau in the fourth tied the game at 1-1 with Morneau on second and one down. Arcia was next and he doubled off the base of the wall in center, scoring Morneau to put the Twins up 2-1. Dozier moved Arcia up to third with a single, putting runners on the corners for Clete Thomas. Hamels got Thomas to ground into a double-play to end the inning.

Minnesota gets four straight hits against Hamels after he records the first out — three doubles in a row followed by Dozier’s single.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 fifth.

Morneau singled with two outs in the sixth, but Hamels got Arcia swinging 2-2 to leave him at first.

Michael Young made a very nice diving play and a long throw to first to take extra-bases away from Ryan Doumit for the first out of the inning.

De Fratus struck out Thomas and Pedro Florimon in a 1-2-3 seventh.

De Fratus has 1.80 ERA and an 0.80 ratio in ten innings for the season over 13 appearances. Opponents are hitting just .167 against him, he hasn’t allowed a home run and has walked just two.

Adams started the eighth with the game tied at 2-2. Carroll led off and Adams walked him on four pitches. Mauer followed with a single to right that put men on first and second with nobody out. Doumit was next and hit a ball handled by Adams. Adams threw to second to force Mauer for the first out with runners safe at the corners and one down. Willingham fouled out to Michael Young for the second out with the runners holding and Bastardo came in to pitch to the lefty Morneau. Bastardo got ahead of Morneau before Morneau singled into center on a 1-2 pitch, scoring Carroll (3-2) and moving Doumit up to second. Arcia struck out swinging 1-2 to leave both runners stranded.

You really want to try to avoid walking the leadoff man on four pitches in a tie game. Adams does a great job to get a popup for the second out with runners on the corners, but Bastardo can’t get Morneau and the Twins pull ahead.

The last 47 batters Adams has faced in his last 11 appearances have on-based .383 against him. They’ve hit just .256, but with seven walks in 10 1/3 innings. He’s also allowed three home runs in those 10 1/3 innings.

Bastardo faces two batters in the game, allowing the go-ahead single before getting the strikeout. He’s been charged with just two runs in seven innings over his last eight appearances, but has allowed six hits and five walks (1.57 ratio over his last eight appearances with opponents on-basing .375 against him).

Overall the pen goes two innings, allowing a run on two hits and a walk while striking out three. There was an off-day on Monday, so nobody has thrown more than one day in a row. Nobody threw more than 13 pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against righty PJ Walters went (1) Michael Young (2) Revere (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Mayberry (8) Galvis (9) Quintero. Mayberry in right with Delmon Young DHing in Minnesota. Quintero catches with Ruiz and Kratz down. Michael Young continues to lead off. He’s 9-for-20 (450/476/450) batting first for the year.

The Phillies went in order in the first. Florimon made a nice play on a ball hit hard by Michael Young for the first out.

Howard and Brown both struck out in the second.

Mayberry led off the third and hit a ball to short. Florimon fielded and threw to first, but his throw was not handled there. Morneau was charged with an error and Mayberry was safe at first. Galvis flew to left for the first out and Quintero moved Mayberry up to second when he grounded to the pitcher for the second. It brought Michael Young to the plate and he singled to right. Mayberry scored from second, putting the Phils up 1-0. Mauer came out in front of the plate to take Doumit’s throw from right. Young tried to move up to second as the throw came home, but Mauer threw him out there to end the frame.

Clutch two-out hit for Young, but the run is unearned due to the Morneau error at first to start the inning.

Howard singled to center with two outs in the fourth. Brown grounded to Florimon to set the Phillies down.

The Phillies were down 2-1 when Mayberry doubled softly to right with one out in the fifth. Galvis followed with a walk, but Quintero struck out for the second out and Michael Young went down on a ball handled by the pitcher to turn the Phils away.

Rollins singled to center with one out in the sixth. Howard flew to left for the second out and Brown grounded to first to leave Rollins stranded.

The Phils went in order in the seventh.

Still down a run, Frandsen hit for Quintero to start the eighth and singled to left. Michael Young struck out swinging for the first out before Revere moved Young up to second with a single to left. Lefty Brian Duensing took over for Walters and struck Rollins out swinging at a 3-2 pitch off the plate, but Howard followed and singled into right. Frandsen scored from second, tying the game at 2-2 with two down and men on first and second. Brown grounded to second to end the frame.

Frandsen is called on to pinch-hit against the righty and delivers a rally-starting pinch-hit single. Big at-bat for Rollins and he strikes out on a ball out of the zone, but Howard picks him up with a single to right off of the lefty.

Howard’s line against lefties for the year is up to 220/258/373.

Lefty Glen Perkins started the ninth for the Twins with Minnesota leading 3-2. Delmon Young led off and lined to first for the first out. Mayberry flew to left for the second and Galvis struck out swinging 3-2 to end the game.

Michael Young was 1-for-4 with an RBI. He’s hitting .379 so far in June. Made a great play in the sixth on a ball hit hard by Doumit. Florimon took a hit away from him with a nice play in the first.

Revere 1-for-4. He’s 6-for-his-last-37 (.162).

Rollins 1-for-4 with a strikeout. 6-for-his-last-29 (.207). The walk binge is apparently over — he hasn’t walked over 21 plate appearances in his last five starts.

Howard 2-for-4 with an RBI-single off the lefty Duensing to tie the game in the eighth. His walk binge looks over, too. No walks in his last 20 plate appearances.

Brown 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 0-for-7 over the last two games.

Delmon Young 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 0-for-his-last-8. On-basing .275 against righties for the year.

Mayberry 1-for-4 with a softly hit double, which was the only extra-base hit of the game for the Phils. 365/377/558 over his last 53 plate appearances.

Galvis 0-for-3. 0-for-his-last-11.

Quintero 0-for-2 with a strikeout. 1-for-his-last-7 with a home run. On-basing .172 against righties for the year.

Cloyd (2-2, 3.68) faces righty Mike Pelfrey (3-6, 6.40) tonight. Cloyd has allowed more than two earned runs in just one of his five starts on the season. Lefties are hitting 308/383/442 against him for the season. Pelfrey has been hit hard by both righties and lefties this season. Opponents are on-basing .380 against him for the year.


The bullpen’s creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, all together ooky

A lot went well for the Phillies last night, Halladay was outstanding for the third time in a row and Utley and Howard both homered against a lefty, but the bullpen faltered and the Phils fell 5-3 to the Pirates.

The Phillies started the seventh with a 3-1 lead. Bastardo allowed a solo homer in the seventh that cut the lead to one. Adams started the eighth and allowed all four of the men he faced to reach base, which led to two more Pirate runs. Horst allowed a run in the ninth as Pittsburgh got some help from a slightly flukey two-out triple.

Pittsburgh starter lefty Wandy Rodriguez came into the game with an 0.56 ERA, having not allowed a home run in his three starts this season. Utley and Howard have both been struggling terribly against lefties, but both hit solo home runs off of Rodriguez to help the Phils to their early lead. It wasn’t enough, though, as the Phils scored three runs or less for the eleventh time in 13 games.

The Phillies are 9-13 on the year after losing 5-3 to the Pittsburgh Pirates last night. The Pirates lead the series two games to one with game four this afternoon.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing a run on one hit and two walks. The hit was a single and he struck out eight.

He has a 1.71 ERA and an 0.62 ratio over his last three starts. Thanks to two terrible starts to start the year, he has a 5.08 ERA for the season.

Starling Marte was the first batter of the game in the top of the first and walked. He stole second before Travis Snider struck out looking for the first out. Andrew McCutchen struck out looking for the second. Marte stole third with Garrett Jones at the plate, but Halladay got Jones looking to leave Marte stranded.

Up 1-0, Halladay set the Pirates down in order in the second.

He struck out two in a 1-2-3 third.

Jones walked with two outs in the fourth and Halladay hit the next batter Walker. Alvarez was next and singled softly into center, scoring Jones to tie the game at 1-1. Halladay struck Martin out looking to leave the runners at first and second.

Up 2-1, Halladay set the Pirates down in order in the fifth and again in the sixth.

Bastardo started the seventh with a 3-1 lead and Alvarez homered to right with one out. 3-2. Martin went down on a ground out for the second out before righty Gaby Sanchez hit for the shortstop John McDonald. Sanchez grounded to Howard to end the frame.

Alvarez came in to the series hitting 125/222/232 for the year. He’s 4-for-8 with two home runs in the set so far.

First home run, or earned run of any kind, that Bastardo has allowed this season in 8 1/3 innings over nine appearances.

Adams started the eighth. Jose Tabata hit for the pitcher Vin Mazzaro and drew a walk to start the inning. Marte moved him up to second with a single. Snider was next and he showed bunt, then swung away and singled to right, scoring Tabata to tie the game at 3-3 with men on first and third. McCutchen walked to load the bases and Horst came in to pitch to the lefty Jones. Righty Brandon Inge hit for Jones and singled to left. Everyone moved up a base and Marte scored to make it 4-3. Walker was next with the bases still loaded and nobody out. He hit a ball to first. Howard came home and Quintero went to first in time to complete the double-play. Alvarez grounded to Utley to leave runners at second and third.

Adams faced four hitters in the game without getting an out. Two singles and two walks. 4.00 ERA and a 1.44 ratio over nine innings in 11 appearances.

Horst returned for the ninth. Barmes singled to left with one and moved up to second on a ground out by Tabata. Marte was next and blooped a ball down the first base line, which went off of Utley’s glove in right for a triple. Barmes scored and it was 5-3. Righty Michael McKenry hit for the pitcher Mark Melancon and flew to left to leave Marte at third.

It would have been a nice play, but Utley usually catches the ball hit by Marte that went for a triple. He had made a long run, but was in position to make an over-the-shoulder basket catch and didn’t come up with the ball. Cost the Phillies a run.

Horst allows a single to the first man he faces in the eighth with the run charged to Adams, but then does a great job to get out of that frame without further damage before allowing a run in the ninth with the help of Marte’s unlikely triple.

He drops his ERA to 6.52 by allowing a run over two innings. Opponents are hitting .342 against him in the early going.

Overall the pen goes three innings, allowing four earned runs on six hits and two walks. Horst threw 27 pitches in the game, Adams 21 and Bastardo 16.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Wandy Rodriguez went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Young (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Brown (7) Revere (8) Quintero. Utley moves up to second in the order with Young third against the lefty. Quintero catches Halladay again.

Rollins started the bottom of the first with a single, but was thrown out by McCutchen as he went for two. It cost the Phils a run, cause Utley was next and he hit a 1-0 pitch out to right, putting the Phils on top 1-0. Young and Howard went down behind Utley.

Brown singled to center with one out in the second. Revere was next and grounded to short with Brown moving up to second and two down. Quintero grounded to first to leave Brown stranded.

Halladay and Rollins both struck out as the Phils went in order in the third.

It was 1-1 when the Phillies hit in the fourth. Young struck out swinging for the first out, but Howard was next and he pounded a hanging 0-2 breaking ball way out to right for a home run, putting the Phils back up at 2-1. Mayberry followed with a walk and moved up to second when Brown hit a routine grounder to Walker at second that was booted for an error. Revere popped to short for the second out and Quintero was walked intentionally to pitch to Halladay with the bases loaded. Halladay struck out swinging to leave them loaded.

I wouldn’t walk Quintero intentionally very often. Howard hit the ball really far. Great to see him homer off the lefty, but that was a really bad pitch.

Rollins doubled down the third base line to start the fifth and Utley followed with a bunt single that put runners on first and third. Young was next and grounded to third. Alvarez fielded and went to second for the first out of the inning. When the throw went to second, Rollins broke for home. Walker took the throw at second and threw home. The ball beat Rollins by a wide margin and he was tagged out for the second out of the frame. Howard lined to first to leave Young at first.

Miserable base-running by Rollins as the Phils fail to score after putting runners on first and third with nobody out.

Revere singled with two outs in the sixth and moved up to third when Quintero followed with a single. With the lefty Rodriguez still on the mound for Pittsburgh, Frandsen hit for Halladay and singled to center, scoring Revere to put the Phils up 3-1 with men on first and second. Righty Vin Mazzaro took over for Rodriguez and got Rollins to ground to second to leave the runners stranded.

Halladay had thrown 95 pitches in the game.

The lead was cut to 3-2 when Mazzaro set the Phillies down in order in the seventh.

Righty Mark Melancon started the eighth with the Pirates leading 4-3. Brown singled with one out, but Revere hit into a double-play behind him.

Righty Jason Grilli started the ninth with Pittsburgh up 5-3. Nix hit for Quintero and flew to right for the first out. Carrera hit for Horst and was hit by a pitch, but Rollins fouled out behind him and Utley struck out swinging to end the game.

Carrera is 1-for-8 with the Phils, but with a .364 on-base percentage thanks to a walk and two hit by pitches.

Rollins was 2-for-5 with a double. He’s 7-for-his-last-17. He hasn’t drawn a walk in his last 42 plate appearances.

Utley 2-for-5 with a long home run off of a lefty. 211/286/464 against lefties for the season.

Young 0-for-4. He actually hit into yet another double-play, although it doesn’t count as an official GDP due to the unusual nature of the play and Rollins’s base-running decision. 4-for-his-last-l7 with four singles.

Howard 1-for-4 with a long home run against a lefty on an 0-2 pitch. 142/182/381 against lefties.

Mayberry 0-for-3 with a walk. 235/297/382 over his last 37 plate appearances.

Brown 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. He came into the game 2-for-his-last-21.

Revere 1-for-4 to up his average to .207. He has one extra-base hit in 93 plate appearances and has walked in about 4.3% of his plate appearances.

Quintero 1-for-2 with a walk. 3-for-his-last-5 with a double and a walk has his line for the year up to 313/353/438.

Lee (2-1, 2.83) faces righty James McDonald (2-2, 4.12) this afternoon. Lee has had one bad start in four tries this year, which came in his most recent outing as he allowed five runs in five frames against the Cards. He’s allowed just 22 hits and four walks over 28 2/3 innings while striking out 23. McDonald has walked 12 over 19 2/3 innings in his four starts. Opponents are hitting just .216 against him, but on-basing .341. Cause he walks everyone, you see.


The doctor is not exactly out, but he’s not looking real in, either

Roy Halladay’s final spring start was neither a disaster or a resounding success. For those of us looking for signs of the old Halladay, though, it looked a little closer to a disaster. Halladay allowed two runs over 4 1/3 innings, but surrendered eight hits, walked two and got three outs on the bases as the Phils topped Toronto 7-2.

Five of the seven runs that the Phillies scored came on home runs. Utley hit a two-run shot in the sixth and Nix hit a three-run homer in the eighth.

Utley was 1-for-3 on the day with his fifth homer. Nix 1-for-4 with his second. 273/368/545 for Utley and 200/250/333 for Nix.

Revere had two more hits. 2-for-4 with his tenth stolen base. 337/382/398.

Rollins 0-for-3 to drop his average to .258. 258/395/355. Three extra-base hits, all doubles, in 31 at-bats has his isolated power under .100.

Brown 1-for-2. 376/430/671.

Kratz 1-for-3 to up his line to 273/293/550.

Galvis started at third and went 0-for-4, dropping his line to 269/288/526.

Inciarte 0-for-1 and hitting 276/364/310. Orr 0-for-2 and at 250/250/500.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went 4 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks. He retired the first four men he faced before Adam Lind doubled to left with one out in the second. Halladay walked the next two hitters on eight pitches, but struck Maicer Izturis and Emilio Bonifacio out back-to-back to leave them loaded. He allowed two runs in the third on four more hits, then gave up one single in a scoreless fourth. Two of the three batters he faced in the fifth singled before righty Hector Neris took over for the Phils.

Three of the 13 outs that Halladay got came on the bases. Two caught stealings and another runner was retired on a single.

6.06 ERA and a 1.84 ratio for Halladay. Opponents hit .323 against him. He walked nine in 16 1/3 innings, which is about 4.96 per nine and higher than his career walk rate of 1.86. Three home runs in 16 1/3 innings is about 1.65, which is also higher than his career rate of 0.75. Not a lot went well.

Through three starts, in the third of which he threw behind Washington’s Tyler Moore, Halladay had a 2.16 ERA and an 0.96 ratio and had pitched 8 1/3 innings. Since then he’s made three starts in which he’s thrown eight innings with a 10.12 ERA and 2.87 ratio.

Neris got the last two outs in the fifth and Cesar Jimenez struck out the side in the sixth.

Aumont threw a 1-2-3 seventh. 2.45 ERA and an 0.82 ratio in 7 1/3 innings. Opponents are hitting .120 against him without a home run.

Adams threw a 1-2-3 eighth. 1.13 ERA and an 0.63 ratio in eight innings. Opponents are hitting .143 against him with one walk and no home runs.

Papelbon set the Blue Jays down in order in the ninth. He’s been very good since a rocky start. Numbers are still ugly, though. 8.64 ERA with a 1.32 ratio.

The Phils play the Blue Jays tonight in Philadelphia with Lee expected to pitch. It’s the Blue Jays again on Saturday in another tuneup, then off on Sunday and the Braves for real in Atlanta Monday night.

This article from the Phillies web site has a projected Opening Day lineup against righty Tim Hudson. It has Brown in right hitting sixth and Nix in left hitting seventh. Three lefties two through four in Revere, Utley and Howard. I would guess we will not regularly see Revere, Utley and Howard hitting all in a row often during the regular season. If Domonic Brown continues to OPS 1.101 during the regular season, you won’t see him hitting sixth for very long.

This suggests the Phillies would rather play Brown in left field than right. That seems like a very good idea to me.

This suggests that when Delmon Young arrives, hopefully in early May, Young will play right with Brown in left. I’m going to be surprised if we see Young play much in right this year. If he does, I’m going to be even more surprised if he’s not terrible there.


Johnny B not-so-goode

The Blue Jays demolished John Lannan yesterday, scoring 12 runs charged to Lannan in his four innings on their way to a 13-4 win.

Down 13-0, the Phillies got on the board with four runs in the top of the ninth.

They had one extra-base hit in the game, a double by Frandsen in the ninth inning. Frandsen was 2-for-4 on the day and was also the only Phillie with more than one hit. Just one walk in 59 plate appearances and a 286/310/518 line. Frandsen walked in just 4.3% of his 210 plate appearances with the Phillies in 2012. If you’re not going to walk or play good defense, slugging .518 is the way to go.

Revere was 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base. 329/372/397 for the spring. Five walks in 79 plate appearances is 6.3%, which is a little better than his career mark of 5.4%.

Rollins 1-for-3. 292/452/417 in 24 at-bats. There’s a good chance he doesn’t on-base .452 for the regular season, but if he does I’m picking the Phillies to win the World Series.

Utley 0-for-4 and struck out once. Mayberry 0-for-4 and struck out twice. Mayberry’s line drops to an ugly 194/250/269.

Brown 0-for-3 and struck out three times. 354/414/646.

Kratz was 1-for-4 with a two-run single in the ninth-inning rally. 270/289/568 with six extra-base hits and 11 RBI in 38 plate appearances.

Lannan got the start for the Phillies and went four innings, allowing 12 runs on 14 hits and a walk. After a 1-2-3 first, Lannan allowed eight runs in a bottom of the second that included a three-run homer for JP Arencibia and a two-run triple by Jose Reyes. Toronto scored their ninth run in the third on three singles. Arencibia hit another homer off of Lannan in the fourth, this time a two-run shot, as Toronto scored three more times.

Lannan started the day with a 3.21 ERA and ended it with an 8.50 ERA. Opponents have hit .338 against him over 18 innings, cause 14 is a lot of hits to give up in four innings. He had pitched well prior before yesterday’s disaster.

Miner pitched the fifth. He allowed a leadoff homer to Melky Cabrera before getting the next three. One run in one inning keeps Miner’s ERA at nine after nine official appearances. Opponents have hit .364 against him.

Mike Adams allowed a leadoff walk to start the sixth, but struck out the next three hitters he faced. 1.29 ERA and an 0.71 ratio for Adams. He’s allowed four hits and a walk over seven innings.

Aumont threw a 1-2-3 seventh and Kyle Simon a 1-2-3 eighth. Aumont has allowed just three hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings over six appearances. He seems like a lock to start the year with the Phils. Simon has allowed two runs in four innings over six appearances.

The Phillies play the Rays this afternoon.

This article suggests that Horst and Valdes are the front-runners for the two bullpen jobs with Aumont ahead of Stutes for the final spot. If the Phillies carry Stutes to start the season and do not carry Aumont I will be stunned.

Kendrick pitched in a minor league game on Monday and allowed five runs in six innings. He gave up three home runs in the game.

This article talks about who will lead off for the Phillies in 2013. I am going to be very surprised if Ben Revere leads off against left-handed pitchers.

Update: The Phillies released Aaron Cook.


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