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Still on walks and how far Phillie pitchers fell in 2013 coming off of four straight years in which they were either the best or second-best team in the league at preventing walks.

Here’s the percentage of batters Phillie pitchers walked in each of the last five seasons and the rank of that percentage relative to the rest of the NL:

2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
All PHI 8.1 (9) 6.7 (1) 6.7 (1) 6.8 (1) 7.8 (2)
NL Avg 7.8 8.0 8.2 8.6 9.1

From 2009 to 2011, the percentage of batters that Phillie pitchers walked was best in the NL three times and second-best the other. In 2013, the NL shrunk from 16 teams to 15 and the 8.1% of batters faced by the Phils was ninth-best in the league.

Looking at the numbers above, the year of the five in which the Phils were most dominant in preventing walks relative to the rest of the NL was 2010. That year they walked 6.8% of the batters they faced in a year in which the average NL pitcher walked 8.6% of the batters they faced. The Phillies still had the best rate of preventing walks in each of the next two seasons, but not as dramatically as they had in 2010.

Over the last five seasons, the year in which the Phillies issued their lowest number of total walks was 2011. They walked 404 that year. In 2013, they walked, 506, 102 more than they had in 2011. 506 is about 125% of 404.

Here’s their numbers for percentage of batters walked by their starters in each of those years along with the same number for all NL starting pitchers:

2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
PHI SP 6.8 5.4 5.1 5.6 6.5
NL Avg SP 7.4 7.4 7.5 8.0 8.3

In each of the five years, including 2013, the rate at which the Phillie starting pitchers walked batters was better than the NL average.

Notably also is that the percentage of batters walked for starting pitchers has trended down over the past three seasons. The Phillie starters walked a similar percentage of batters in 2009 and 2013, 6.5% in ’09 and 6.8% in ’13, but this was much more impressive in 2009 as the overall rate of walks issued by starters in the league was much higher.

Unlike the starters, the relievers have walked a higher percentage of batters than league average in recent years:

2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
PHI RP 10.8 9.9 10.5 9.7 10.4
NL Avg RP 8.7 9.4 9.5 9.7 10.5

As with the starters, percentages of batters walked for the relievers are down in recent years in the NL. In each year 2010 through 2013, NL relievers combined to walk a lower percentage of batters in the season than they had the year before. Not so for the Phillies. In 2013, Phillie relievers walked 10.8% of the batters they faced, the highest mark for any of the five years, while the league average for relievers was 8.7%, the lowest mark of any of the five years for the league.

The 10.8% of batters that the Phillie relievers walked in 2013 is miserable — the worst mark for any NL bullpen for the season. Only one other team, the Cubs, saw their relievers walk more than 9.4% of the batters they faced. The Chicago bullpen walked about 10.2% of the batters they faced in 2013.

Over the last five years, the starters have been very good at preventing walks and the relievers haven’t. In 2013, the starters were close to league average at preventing walks and the relievers were hideous. From 2009 through 2012, the Phils starters were way better than league average at preventing walks while in 2013 they were just a little better. The relievers, on the the other hand, have been average or worse than average in each of the last five years and got a lot worse at preventing walks in 2013 than they had been in any of the past four seasons.

Halladay, Hamels and Lee have obviously been a huge part of that. In 2013, Halladay’s turn from a guy who pitched a ton of innings with a tiny walk rate to someone who walked many clearly hurt the team. Looking back at the last five years, I don’t think we want to forget Blanton or Moyer, either. In 2012, Blanton threw 133 1/3 innings for the Phils and walked just 18, giving him a rate of preventing walks for the year that was better than Halladay, Hamels or Lee. In 2010, Moyer walked just 4.4% of the batters he faced in his 111 2/3 innings, a rate just higher than the 3.0% of the hitters Halladay walked and way below the league average of 8.6%.

In 2013, the results were pretty ugly. The Phillies used 27 pitchers for the year. Here’s the list of players who threw a pitch for the Phils last year who walked a percentage of batters lower than the NL average:

IP BB%
Kyle Kendrick
Cole Hamels
Raul Valdes
Jonathan Papelbon
Cliff Lee
John McDonald
182
220
35
61.7
222.7
0.3
5.9
5.5
5.3
4.3
3.7
0.0

Six players for the team with a walk rate better than league average by percentage of batters faced walked.

One of the six is non-pitcher John McDonald, who didn’t walk any of the three hitters he faced for the year.

Another, Raul Valdes, had a miserable year in which he threw to a 7.46 ERA, allowing seven home runs in his 35 innings while opponents hit .300 against him.

Kyle Kendrick dropped his walk rate below his career average. That’s the good news. The bad news is that he allowed way more hits than he had over the two previous years and righties posted a 318/359/453 line against him.

Twenty-one of 27 pitchers from 2013 walked a higher percentage of batters than the league average. Here they are:

IP BB%
Casper Wells
Luis Garcia
Phillippe Aumont
Ethan Martin
Cesar Jimenez
J.C. Ramirez
Roy Halladay
Zach Miner
Joe Savery
Justin De Fratus
Mauricio Robles
Antonio Bastardo
Chad Durbin
Michael Stutes
B.J. Rosenberg
Mike Adams
Jake Diekman
Jeremy Horst
Tyler Cloyd
Jonathan Pettibone
John Lannan
0.7
31.3
19.3
40
17
24
62
28.7
20
46.7
4.7
42.7
16
17.7
19.7
25
38.3
26
60.3
100.3
74.3
37.5
16.7
13.7
13.7
13.2
12.9
12.8
12.8
12.8
12.0
12.0
11.7
11.1
10.7
10.5
10.3
9.8
9.8
8.9
8.7
8.1

A couple of those guys, especially Antonio Bastardo and Jake Diekman, pitched a bunch of innings for the Phils and were good despite a higher than average walk rate. I think it’s safe to say they were the exception rather than the rule.

Roman Quinn, the 20-year-old shortstop prospect, has ruptured his right Achilles tendon and is out indefinitely.

This suggests the Rockies have interest in signing Ruiz.


Must it, though? Really?

Yup. The show must go on. For better or worse. But almost certainly for worse.

Surprise! Ruben Amaro didn’t fix everything that’s wrong with the Phillies at the trade deadline. That’s cause the list of things that are wrong with the Phillies is real long and you can’t fix them by trading players other teams aren’t real excited about, regardless of whether it’s because the players you’re trying to deal aren’t playing very well or because they have bad contracts. Or both.

If you think trading Michael Young for a couple of borderline prospects is what it’s going to take to turn things around for the Phillies, I disagree. The number of moves it’s going to take to get the Phils back into contention is large. The first ones didn’t come yesterday.

As if to demonstrate the point, the Phils got hammered by the Giants last night, losing 9-2. Kendrick allowed seven runs over two innings and the Phils got their runs on a solo homer by Utley in the first and an RBI-groundout by Utley in the eighth.

The Phillies are 50-57 on the year after losing 9-2 to the San Francisco Giants last night. They are 1-9 in their last ten games.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went two innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits and a walk. Only six of the runs were earned and only one of the hits went for extra-bases (a double). He didn’t strike anybody out.

Kendrick made five starts in July and allowed six or more runs in three of them. Opponents hit .345 against him for the month over 25 2/3 innings.

He allowed four runs in the top of the first. He got Gregor Blanco on a softly hit ground ball for the first out, but five of the next six batters reached on four singles and a double, giving the Giants a 4-0 lead. He got Brandon Crawford to pop to Asche in foul territory with a runner on first to end the frame.

Asche made a fantastic play for the second out of the inning. With one out and men on first and second, Hunter Pence ripped a ball down the third base line. Asche made a great play diving to his right and a strong throw from foul territory in time to nip Pence at first.

It was 4-1 when Kendrick started the second. He walked Blanco with one out, but got Marco Scutaro to ground into a double-play behind him.

Pablo Sandoval led off the third with a ground ball to Utley. Utley fielded and threw to first, but Michael Young came off the bag and Sandoval was safe. Utley was charged with the error. The next three hitters reached on two singles and a hit by pitch, which left the bases loaded with nobody out and San Francisco up 6-1. Valdes took over for Kendrick and fared very well under the circumstances. He faced four batters, struck two out and got a third on a ground out. The other, the pitcher Chad Gaudin, singled to left with one out, moving everybody up a base to make it 7-1.

Sure looked like Young should have handled the throw from Utley to start the inning.

Valdes does a great job in the frame, entering with nobody out and the bases loaded and holding the Giants to one run. Gaudin’s one-out single sort of dribbled through between short and third. Gaudin is now 2-for-59 (.034) at the plate for his career.

Valdes struck out two in a 1-2-3 fourth and another in a 1-2-3 fifth.

Valdes faces ten batters in the game, getting nine outs and allowing Gaudin’s single. He struck out five. This coming off of a start on Saturday in which he allowed nine runs in 3 2/3 innings against the Tigers.

JC Ramirez started the sixth with the Phils still down 7-1. He walked the pitcher to start the inning, but got Blanco to ground into a double-play behind him. Scutaro followed with a single into center, bringing Sandoval to the plate with two outs and a man on first. Sandoval shattered his bat hitting a ball towards short. Asche fielded moving to his left and threw to first. He throw was wide and not handled by Young for an error on Asche. It left the Giants with men on second and third with two down. Ramirez got Buster Posey on a fly ball to right to leave them stranded.

You should try not to walk the pitcher to start the inning, especially down six runs.

Ramirez was back for the seventh and allowed two solo homers, one to Brett Pill and the other to Brandon Crawford. 9-1.

Ten batters in the game for Ramirez. He allows two runs on four hits, including two home runs, and a walk over two innings. Got a big double-play after walking the pitcher to start the sixth or it would have been worse. 7.43 ERA and a 1.86 ratio after 11 appearances and 13 1/3 innings. Eight walks in 13 1/3 and opponents are hitting .315 against him.

Diekman pitched the eighth. He allowed a two-out infield single to Arias, but got Posey on a fly ball to right to leave Arias at first.

Diekman drops his ERA to 3.86 with the outing, but don’t be fooled. Opponents have hit .333 against him for the year and righties have put up a 388/423/551 line in 52 plate appearances.

Garcia set the Giants down in order in the ninth with the lead cut to 9-2.

Garcia has been good in limited time this year, with the exception of Sunday’s outing in which he faced four batters and was charged with four runs. Just 8 2/3 innings on the year over eight appearances. Opponents are hitting just .172 against him, but with five walks. Lefties are 1-for-12 against the righty, but have walked four times in 16 plate appearances.

Overall the bullpen went seven innings in the game, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out six. Ramirez struggled, allowing two solo home runs in the seventh, but Valdes, Diekman and Garcia combined to go five scoreless frames. Valdes was especially impressive, throwing three shutdown innings after an ugly start his last time out. Valdes threw 36 pitches in the game and Ramirez 32.

The Phillie lineup against righty Chad Gaudin went (1) Rollins (2) Michael Young (3) Utley (4) Delmon Young (5) Ruf (6) Asche (7) Mayberry (8) Ruiz. Asche gets his first career start at third with Michael Young playing first. Ruf in left. I’m not saying it’s not possible to see a worse defensive outfield than Ruf/Mayberry/Delmon Young. I’m just saying it doesn’t happen very often at this level. Delmon Young has a career 274/305/400 line against right-handed pitching — it’s not a good sign if he’s hitting cleanup for you against a righty.

The Phillies were down 4-0 when they hit in the bottom of the first. Utley hit a solo homer to right with two outs. 4-1.

They went in order in the second.

Ruiz was hit by a pitch to start the third with the Phils down 7-1. Valdes bunted him to second with the first out, but Rollins flew to left for the first out and Michael Young struck out swinging to leave him stranded.

Ruf reached on an infield single with two outs in the fourth. He took second on a wild pitch, but was left stranded when Asche flew to center for the third out.

The Phils went in order in the fifth. Nix hit for Valdes and grounded to second for the third out.

179/223/260 on the year for Nix in 123 plate appearances.

Michael Young singled to center with one out in the sixth. Utley and Delmon Young both struck out behind him.

Ruf walked to start the seventh. Asche, Mayberry and Ruiz went in order on three fly balls behind him.

It was 9-1 when the Phillies faced righty Sandy Rosario in the eighth. Rollins walked with one out and moved to third when Michael Young followed with a single. Utley went down on a ground ball handled by the pitcher for the second out. Rollins scored (9-2) and Young moved up to second. Delmon Young grounded to short to end the inning.

Righty Santiago Casilla hit Ruf to start the ninth, but Asche, Mayberry and Ruiz went in order behind Ruf.

Third time in the game that Ruf had been on base — infield single, walk and hit by pitch. The Phils had five hits, two walks and a hit by pitch in the game.

Rollins 1-for-3 with a walk. 3-for-his-last-16 with three singles.

Michael Young 2-for-4. Didn’t excel at first on either the Utley throwing error or the Asche throwing error. 4-for-his-last-8 with a walk and a home run.

Utley 1-for-4 with a solo home run and both Phillie RBI. 3-for-his-last-8 after coming into the series 0-for-his-last-12.

Delmon Young 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 2-for-his-last-19 with two singles and no walks. 247/276/288 over his last 76 plate appearances.

Ruf 1-for-2 with a walk and a hit by pitch. 333/439/458 against righties for the season in 57 plate appearances.

Asche 0-for-4. One great play at third in the top of the first and made a throwing error later in the game. 0-for-5 at the plate on the season.

Mayberry 0-for-4 and struck out twice. Came into the game 7-for-his-last-18 with two walks and two doubles.

Ruiz 0-for-3. 4-for-his-last-25 (.160) with a home run.

Hamels (4-13, 4.09) faces righty Matt Cain (6-6, 4.79) tonight. Hamels ended May with a 4.86 ERA, but has thrown to a 3.22 ERA over his last 10 starts. Cain is having the worst year of his career, but he’s also been better of late. 3.81 ERA with a 1.15 ratio over his last nine starts. He allowed 13 home runs in 56 1/3 innings over his first nine starts on the season, but hasn’t allowed any his last five times out and just three over his last 67 2/3 innings.


Dead again

The Phillies started July on a roll, going 9-4 against the Pirates, Braves, Nats and White Sox to start the month. They’ve cooled since the All-Star break, though, dropping a series to the lowly Mets before losing 4-1 to the not-so-lowly Cardinals last night in the first of three in St Louis.

The Phils have lost three in a row and are looking lifeless. They’ve scored one run in their last two games and struck out 21 times. Utley was 3-for-4 last night and the rest of the team went 4-for-29 (.138).

Pettibone didn’t pitch very well in last night’s game, allowing three runs over five innings, and the bullpen coughed up another over three frames. It was the offense that looked really bad, though. Coming off a game in which they were dominated by Matt Harvey, Shelby Miller held the Phils to three singles and a walk over six shutout innings. The Phils managed their lone run off the St Louis pen in the seventh on a pair of two-out hits.

The Phillies are 49-51 on the season after losing 4-1 to the St Louis Cardinals last night. They’re 10-7 in July despite having allowed more runs (72) than they’ve scored (69).

Pettibone got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out four.

That’s the worst of Pettibone’s last six starts, but he hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of them and has pitched to a 3.18 ERA in those outings.

Matt Carpenter and Jon Jay singled back-to-back to start the bottom of the first, putting runners on first and second for Carlos Beltran. Beltran grounded to second with Jay forced at second for the first out. With runners on the corners, Allen Craig hit a ground ball to short. Rollins fielded and went to second to force Beltran for the second out. Carpenter scored from third, putting the Cards up 1-0 with two down and Craig on first. Yadier Molina grounded to Rollins to end the inning.

Lefties are hitting 308/385/451 against Pettibone for the year. Lefties Carpenter and Jay both single to start the frame for St Louis and the Phils are lucky to hold them to a single run.

Pettibone threw a 1-2-3 second.

He walked the pitcher Shelby Miller on five pitches to start the third, but got the next three St Louis hitters on three ground balls.

Really don’t want to walk the pitcher if you can help it. Really don’t want to walk the leadoff hitter if you can help it.

Craig doubled to left to start the fourth. Molina was next and reached out across the plate to chop a ball down the third base line. I don’t know exactly what happened with Michael Young, but it was definitely not highlight material. He sort of stumbled/dove in the direction of the ball, which got passed him and down the line. Craig scored (2-0) and Molina was safe at second with a double-like event. Matt Adams was next and moved Molina up to third with a single to center. It brought David Freese to the plate with one down and men on the corners. Freese singled to right, scoring Molina (3-0) and moving Adams up to second. Pettibone struck Pete Kozma out swinging to the first out and the pitcher Miller bunted Freese up to second with the second. Pettibone got Carpenter on a pop to Michael Young in foul territory to leave the runners on second and third.

Michael Young’s play on the Molina double was just terrible.

First four batters in the frame read for St Louis on two doubles and two singles. Pettibone did well to hold them to two runs and got a little help from Miller bunting for the second out.

David Freese brings back ugly memories.

Jay doubled to right to start the fifth. Pettibone struck Beltran out swinging for the first out before Craig walked to put runners on first and second. Molina flew to right for the second out, but Adams walked on five pitches to load the bases for Freese. Pettibone struck Freese out swinging 3-2 to leave them loaded.

Raul Valdes started the sixth and gave up a leadoff single to Kozma. Righty Brock Peterson hit for the pitcher Miller and struck out swinging for the first out. Carpenter was next and bunted, but popped it up. Valdes caught the ball and threw to first before Kozma got back to double the runner off and end the inning.

Bunting into the double-play obviously changed the inning for the Cards. Carpenter pretty much popped it up right at Valdes and Kozma was doubled-off easily.

The lead was cut to 3-1 when Valdes struck Jay out to start the seventh. Beltran was next, though, and tripled to left. De Fratus came in to pitch to the righty Craig and Craig singled softly to left center, scoring Beltran. 4-1. De Fratus got Molina to pop to Ruf in foul territory for the second out. Diekman came in to pitch to the lefty Adams and struck him out looking to end the inning.

The Cards get one in the inning, thanks to the one-out triple by Beltran off of Valdes.

First appearance for Valdes since being called up to replace Savery. He faces five batters, allowing a single and a triple and getting four outs. Got a lot of help from Carpenter’s bunt into a double-play to end the sixth.

Valdes was awful to start the year with the Phillies, throwing to a 7.65 ERA in 20 innings over ten appearances while allowing five runs. In his defense, he was the victim of a badly structured bullpen that required him, Horst and Durbin to pitch in middle relief, which is a role for which none of them are well-suited. Stint number two doesn’t start particularly well for him.

De Fratus faces two batters, allowing a softly hit single and getting one out. He has a 10.29 ERA and a 3.14 ratio over seven innings in his last 12 appearances. Opponents have hit .424 against him in those outings and he’s walked eight in seven innings.

Diekman faces one hitter in the game and strikes him out.

He hasn’t been charged with a run over 4 1/3 innings over his last seven appearances, but has a 1.62 ratio in those outings. In four of his last seven times out he’s gotten just one out. Righties are hitting 351/400/541 against him on the season.

Luis Garcia pitched the eighth. Kozma singled to left with one out. Lefty Daniel Descalso hit for the pitcher Trevor Rosenthal. Garcia struck him out swinging for the second out as Kozma stole second. Garcia walked Carpenter 3-2 to put runners on first and second for Jay. Garcia struck Jay out swinging 1-2 to leave both men stranded.

Garcia faces five hitters, allowing a single and a walk, but getting a big strikeout of the lefty Jay to end the inning with two men on.

He hasn’t been charged with a run over 6 2/3 innings in six appearances on the year. Opponents are hitting just .182 against him, but he’s walked four.

Overall the pen goes three innings in the game, allowing a run on four hits and a walk while striking out five. Garcia needed 28 pitches to get through his inning, so he probably can’t go tonight. De Fratus threw 19 and De Fratus and Diekman were both under ten.

The Phillie lineup against righty Shelby Miller went (1) Rollins (2) Michael Young (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Delmon Young (6) Ruf (7) Mayberry (8) Ruiz. Mayberry plays center against the righty. Ruf at first against the righty.

Michael Young walked with one out in the top of the first and moved to second on a single by Utley. Brown grounded into a double-play to set the Phillies down.

The Phils were down 1-0 when they went in order in the second. Mayberry struck out for the third out.

Pettibone struck out looking as they went in order in the third.

Utley singled to right with one out in the fourth. Brown popped to short for the second out and Delmon Young flew to right for the third.

Utley 2-for-2 through four innings for the Phils with the rest of the team hitless. Michael Young’s walk in the first was the only other runner.

The Phillies were down 3-0 they went in order in the fifth. Ruf and Ruiz both struck out.

Nix hit for Pettibone to start the sixth and struck out swinging. Rollins followed with a double to center and moved up to third when Michael Young flew to right for the second out. Utley flew to left to leave him at third.

Lefty Randy Choate got Brown on a ground ball to short to start the seventh. Righty Seth Maness came in to pitch to Delmon Young and struck him out swinging for the second out before Ruf singled to right. Mayberry was next and lined a double to the gap in left-center, scoring Ruf to get the Phillies on the board at 3-1. Ruiz grounded to third to end the frame.

Ruf and Mayberry deliver back-to-back hits against the righty with two outs, getting the Phils their only run of the game.

Righty Trevor Rosenthal set the Phillies down in order in the eighth with the Cardinal lead extended to 4-1. Frandsen hit for Diekman and flew to right for the first out of the frame.

Righty Edward Mujica pitched the ninth for St Louis. Utley led off with a single to right and moved up to second on a one-out single by Delmon Young. It brought Ruf to the plate as they tying run, but he struck out swinging for the second out and Mayberry popped to first to end the game.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout in the game. 250/287/296 over his last 115 plate appearances.

Michael Young 0-for-3 with a walk. Made a weird-looking non-play on Molina’s double in the fourth. 2-for-his-last-17 (.118).

Utley 3-for-4 with three singles. 8-for-his-last-16 with a triple and two home runs.

Brown was 0-for-4 and left four men on base. 1-for-his-last-13. 222/263/426 over his last 57 plate appearances.

Delmon Young 1-for-4 with a strikeout. 371/404/472 over his last 94 plate appearances. Not a ton of power against lefties, but he’s still hitting 291/375/418 against them for the year. Not a ton of power against righties, either, but the biggest issue is that he isn’t walking against right-handed pitching. Seven walks in 185 plate appearances is about 3.8%.

Ruf 1-for-4 and struck out twice. 3-for-his-last-21 with ten strikeouts, but an impressive 293/396/537 line in 48 plate appearances for the season.

Mayberry 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI. 200/261/388 over his last 88 plate appearances. He’s a lock to look like a bad player if you put him in center and play him against righties. As a fourth outfielder who plays a corner and hits against lefties, he could help a good team (although he’s only hitting 250/286/483 against left-handed pitching for the year).

Ruiz 0-for-3 with a strikeout. 1-for-his-last-12. Four extra-base hits in 154 plate appearances for the year. He has an isolated power of .029 for the season with extra-base hits in about 2.60% of his plate appearances. Phillie pitchers have an isolated power of .038 and extra-base hits in about 2.76% of their chances.

Lannan (2-3, 3.76) starts tonight against righty Jake Westbrook (6-4, 2.88). Lannan has been fantastic in his last two starts, allowing a run on eight hits and three walks over 16 innings. Since returning from the DL in mid-June, he’s made six starts in which he’s thrown to a 2.84 ERA and allowed just one home run in 38 innings. Westbrook has allowed just three home runs in 81 1/3 innings on the year. Lefties have hammered him to the tune of 338/409/489 while righties have been almost helpless against him, managing just a 211/293/255 line. He’s allowed just five extra-base hits to righties this season and four of them have been doubles.


How soon can you start, Carlos?

And is it going to be a problem if we need to you pitch like you did in 2004? Every day?

The Phillies used five pitchers yesterday and four of them were awful. Phillippe Aumont allowed a single in a scoreless seventh, but Hamels struggled in his start and Durbin, Horst and Valdes were awful behind him as the Phils lost 10-4. Valdes and Durbin have been especially miserable this year and I would be surprised if the Phillies weren’t thinking about how their roster spots could be better used.

The Phillies haven’t had a lot of success winning without good pitching this year. They’ve won one game on the season in which they allowed more than three runs. They beat the Mets 9-4 on April 27. 1-16 for the year.

The Phillies are 19-22 on the year after losing 10-4 to the Cleveland Indians yesterday afternoon. The teams split the two-game set. The Phillies have won three of four and lost four of seven.

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

The Phillies are 1-8 in games started by Hamels this season. His hit rate is fine, but he’s walked 24 in 56 2/3 innings and allowed eight home runs to the 176 right-handed batters he’s faced. That’s about 4.5% of the right-handed batters he’s faced that have homered. 2.9% for his career coming into the year.

Asdrubal Cabrera singled with two outs in the top of the first, but Hamels got Nick Swisher on a fly ball to left to end the frame.

With two outs in the second, Hamels hit Ryan Raburn with a pitch. Mike Aviles followed with a walk that put runners on first and second for the pitcher Corey Kluber. Kluber hit the ball well into left-center, but Brown took it at the warning track after a run to leave the runners stranded.

Hamels had thrown 51 pitches through two innings. He threw 24 in the first, including a 10-pitch at-bat for Jason Kipnis before Kipnis flew to center. He used 17 on Aviles and Kluber in the second — nine to walk Aviles and eight to get Kluber on the ball handled by Brown.

Kipnis doubled to center with one out in the third. Cabrera walked behind him and Mark Reynolds followed that with a double to left, scoring both runners and putting the Indians up 2-0. Carlos Santana grounded to short for the third out.

Hamels started the fourth with the lead cut to 2-1. Mike Aviles homered to left with one out, extending the lead to 3-1. Hamels got the next two hitters behind him.

Kipnis doubled to left to start the fifth and scored on a one-out homer to left by Swisher. 5-1. Hamels got Reynolds and Santana behind Swisher.

Durbin started the sixth with the lead cut to 5-3. He got the first two before walking the pitcher Kluber. Drew Stubbs was next and reached on an infield single that moved Kluber up to second. Horst came in to pitch to the lefty Kipnis and walked him, loading the bases Cabrera. Cabrera singled into center, scoring Kluber and Stubbs to make it 7-3 with two down and men on first and second. Swisher grounded to third to end the frame.

Again Durbin and Horst fail to get the job done in the middle innings. With two down, no runs in and the pitcher coming to bat you would hope to be able to get out of the inning without runs.

Durbin faced four batters in the game, getting two outs while allowing a hit and a walk. He’s allowed eight hits and a walk over 4 2/3 innings in his last four appearances and has a 7.30 ERA for the year. Opponents have hit 306/390/592 against him for the season.

Horst faced three hitters, allowing a walk and a single and getting one out. The two runs that scored while he was on the mound were charged to Durbin, but he didn’t pitch well. Opponents are hitting 299/382/463 against him for the season.

Aumont pitched the seventh. Santana singled to right with one out, but Aumont got Raburn to ground into a double-play behind him.

Three batters for Aumont, allowing a single before getting a double-play. Drops his ERA to 2.25, but he’s been nowhere near that good. Twelve hits and ten walks in 12 innings gives him a 1.83 ratio. Lefties are hitting 429/520/476 against him for the year after the single by the switch-hitting Santana.

Valdes pitched the eighth. Walked the lefty Brantley with one out and Brantley moved up to third when Stubbs followed with a double. It brought Kipnis to the plate and the lefty hit a 3-2 pitch out to right-center. 10-3. Valdes got the next two.

Valdes walks the lefty Brantley to get things started and then gives up a three-run homer to another lefty. Durbin, Horst and Valdes are a big part of what’s been wrong with Phillie pitching this season — in this game they combined to allow five runs in three innings.

Valdes was back to throw a 1-2-3 ninth with the lead cut to 10-4.

Valdes goes two innings, allowing three runs on two hits and a walk. He’s allowed six runs over 7 1/3 innings in his last three outings. All three runs he gives up come on the Kipnis homer, which was the fifth that Valdes has allowed this season. Opponents are slugging .588 against him for the year, righties .627. He, Durbin and Hallady all have a home run per nine innings rate higher than two for the season. That trio has combined to allow 14 home runs in 66 2/3 innings.

Overall, the pen was atrocious. Four innings, allowing five runs on five hits and three walks. Horst has pitched two days in a row. Valdes threw 38 pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against righty Corey Kluber went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Michael Young (4) Howard (5) Delmon Young (6) Brown (7) Ruiz (8) Mayberry. Mayberry plays center against the righty coming off of a three-hit, three RBI night in game one with the lefty Revere on the bench. Delmon Young keeps hitting fifth, despite coming into the game hitting .216 for the year in 44 plate appearances.

The Phillies went in order in the bottom of the first.

Delmon Young and Brown both struck out in the second.

The Phils were down 2-0 when Mayberry singled with one out in the third. Hamels bunted him to second with the second out and Rollins singled to right, scoring Mayberry. 2-1. Utley popped to short to set the Phillies down.

Two-out hit for Rolllins gets the Phils a run.

The Phillies were down 3-1 when they went in order in the fourth. Howard and Delmon Young both struck out.

It was 5-1 when Ruiz and Mayberry singled back-to-back with one out in the fifth. It put runners on first and third for Hamels and Frandsen hit for the pitcher. He fouled out to Swisher for the second out, but Rollins was next and brought both runners home with a double to right. 5-3. Utley grounded to first to end the inning.

Second two-out hit for Rollins in two chances gives him all three Phillie RBI for the game.

The Phils were down 7-3 when Delmon Young singled with two outs in the sixth. Brown grounded to second to leave Young stranded.

Righty Cody Allen set the Phils down in order in the seventh. Nix hit for Aumont and struck out swinging for the third out.

Lefty Nick Hagadone pitched the eighth with a 10-3 lead. He walked Michael Young with two outs, but Howard flew to center to leave Young at first.

Young’s walk was the only one of the game for the Phillies.

Delmon Young singled off of righty Matt Albers to start the ninth. He took second on a wild pitch before Brown struck out swinging for the first out. Ruiz brought him home with a double to right, cutting the lead to 10-4. Mayberry grounded to third for the second out. Galvis hit for Valdes and lined to short to end the game.

Second extra-base hit of the season for Ruiz. He came into the game with one double in 47 plate appearances.

Rollins was 2-for-4 with a double and drove in three runs. 3-for-8 with a walk in the two-game set. 255/304/382 for the season. He’s on-basing .286 against left-handed pitching.

Utley 0-for-4 in the game and in the series. 10-for-his-last-28 (.357) with three doubles and a home run. 281/335/500 for the year. 158/238/316 against left-handed pitching for the season.

Michael Young 0-for-3 with a walk. 0-for-6 with two walks in the series. 10-for-his-last-50 (.200) with four doubles. 296/383/378 for the season. In 7,396 plate appearances from 2000 to 2011, Young had an isolated power of .147. In 2012 it was .093. So far in 2013 it’s .081.

Howard 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 1-for-7 with a walk in the series. 128/190/205 over his last 42 plate appearances with 19 strikeouts and one walk that was not intentional. 245/284/434 for the year.

Delmon Young 2-for-4 and struck out twice. 2-for-8 in the series. 7-for-his-last-18 (.389) with two walks and two doubles. 244/313/390 in 44 plate appearances for the season.

Brown was 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 2-for-8 with a home run in the set. 250/298/429 on the year. 229/289/371 against right-handed pitching.

Ruiz 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. 3-for-7 with a walk and a double in the series. 234/294/277 in 51 plate appearances.

Mayberry 2-for-4 and scored two runs. 5-for-8 with a double and three RBI in the two-game set. He came into the series 3-for-his-last-21 with three singles. 253/317/421 for the year.

The Phillies are off today and play the Reds tomorrow.

This article from the Phillie web site is headlined, “De Fratus emerges as clutch late-game reliever.” De Fratus has gotten two outs this season.


Indians, universe unimpressed as Phils unveil their secret weapon

Some fans have surely been hoping that the additions of Carlos Ruiz and Delmon Young to the lineup may be enough to save the Phillies. It still might, but it wasn’t last night. The Phillies played their first game with both Young and Ruiz in the lineup and got pounded 14-2 by the Indians.

Roy Halladay was terrible in the game and so was the bullpen. Halladay allowed eight runs in 3 2/3 innings and the pen gave up six more over 4 1/3 after he left. Again, a big part of the problem is Halladay, but another big part of the problem is that the Phillies bolstered their pen this off-season by fixing the back of it. It’s the middle that’s awful. Horst, Valdes and Durbin all have an ERA of 5.91 or worse for the year and have combined to throw to a 7.08 ERA in their 26 appearances.

The Indians hit more home runs before the end of the fifth inning last night than the Phillies had hits in the game. They hit six in the first five innings and the Phils had five hits for the game.

The Phillies are 12-15 on the year after losing 14-2 to the Cleveland Indians last night. The loss snaps a three-game winning streak for the Phils.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went 3 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs on nine hits and two walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all home runs. He struck out three.

The Phillies are 2-4 in the games Halladay has started. In three of his six starts he’s gone four innings or less. Opponents are hitting just .240 against him, but he’s allowed eight home runs and 13 walks over 32 innings. In 2011, Halladay pitched 233 2/3 innings for the Phils and allowed ten home runs and 35 walks for the season.

Jason Kipnis singled with one out in the first and stole second before moving up to third on a ground out by Asdrubal Cabrera. It put a man on third with two outs for Carlos Santana and Santana hit a 2-1 pitch out to right, putting the Indians up 2-0. Jason Giambi followed with a walk before Mark Reynolds homered to right-center, extending the lead to 4-0. Lonnie Chisenhall went down on a ground out to Utley to set Cleveland down.

Two home runs off of Halladay in the inning. Cleveland scores four after having two outs and a man on third with no runs in.

It was 4-1 when Halladay set the Indians down in order in the second.

Kipnis singled to start the third, but was caught stealing for the second out after Cabrera popped out for the first. Santana drew a two-out walk, but was left at first when Halladay struck Giambi out swinging 2-2.

Reynolds singled to right to start the fourth and scored when Chisenhall followed with a home run to right. 6-1. Ryan Raburn and Drew Stubbs followed with back-to-back singles, putting runners on first and second. Raburn moved up to first when Michael Brantley flew to center for the first out. Stubbs stole second before Kipnis grounded to first for the second out with the runners holding second and third. Cabrera was next, though, and he delivered a two-run single into right. 8-1. Durbin took over for Halladay and struck Santana out looking to end the inning.

Durbin pitched the fifth, allowing four more runs on four hits, a single, a double and two home runs. 12-1. Both of the home runs were two-run shots, one by the righty Raburn and the other by the lefty Brantley.

Durbin went 1 1/3 innings in the game, allowing four runs on four hits, two of which were home runs. He came into the game having not been charged with a run over his last six appearances, but his ERA for the year is up to 7.00 with the outing. Walks didn’t hurt him last night, but he has a 2.00 ratio for the year, in large part due to the seven walks he’s allowed in nine innings.

Coming into last night’s game, Durbin had not allowed a home run since August 13, 2012, when Chase Headley hit one off of him while he was pitching for Atlanta. He had faced 105 batters since that game. Last night in the sixth he allowed two home runs in a three-batter span.

Valdes pitched the sixth with the lead cut to 12-2. He walked Santana with one out, but got Giambi to hit into a double-play behind him.

Valdes struck out the first two men he faced in the seventh before Raburn and Stubbs, both righties, homered back-to-back. 14-2. Brantly struck out swinging for the third out.

Valdes strikes out four in two innings, but allows two runs on two hits and a walk as both of the hits are solo homers. He has 18 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings, but a 7.98 ERA and a 1.57 ratio. Opponents are hitting .310 against him.

The only other time in his career in which Valdes has allowed two home runs in a game was June 30, 2010. He was pitching for the Mets and Miguel Montero and Kelly Johnson got him in a four-batter span in the sixth.

Aumont pitched the ninth and allowed two singles and a walk, but managed to keep the Indians off the board when Yan Gomes hit into a double-play with the bases loaded to end the inning.

Aumont has a 3.52 ERA for the year thanks to a whole lot of good fortune. Opponents are hitting .281 against him and he’s walked seven in 7 2/3 innings. Righties have hit just .176 against him, but lefties are hitting .400. He hasn’t allowed a home run, which is the way to go if you’re going to walk more than eight runners per nine innings and have a 3.52 ERA. In 27 appearances with the Phillies over two years, Aumont has walked 16 in 22 1/3 innings. There’s close to no chance he can be successful over a large number of innings if he walks batters at that rate.

Overall the pen went 4 1/3 innings in the game, allowing six runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out five. They gave up four home runs.

Valdes threw 38 pitches in the game and Durbin 26. Aumont 17. Nobody has thrown more than one day in a row thanks to the off-day Monday, but Valdes seems unlikely to be available tonight and probably Durbin as well.

The Phillie lineup against righty Zach McAllister went (1) Rollins (2) Michael Young (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Delmon Young (6) Brown (7) Ruiz (8) Mayberry (9) Revere. Delmon Young debuts with the Phils at DH. Mayberry in right against the righty.

The Phillies went in order in the bottom of the first.

They were down 4-0 when they hit in the second. Howard struck out swinging for the first out before Delmon Young hit a 1-1 pitch out to right-center. 1-1. Brown and Ruiz went down behind Young.

Nice first at-bat of the year for Young.

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

Delmon Young led off the fifth and was drilled in the back by a 1-2 pitch. Brown followed with a walk and the runners moved up to second and third on a ground out by Ruiz. Mayberry was next and grounded back to the mound with the runners holding. Revere grounded to short to leave them stranded.

No run for the Phils after putting runners on first and second with nobody out. No RBI for Mayberry with one out and runners on second and third.

Delmon Young gets drilled after homering in his first at-bat.

The Phillies trailed 12-1 when they hit in the sixth. Utley hit a 3-1 pitch out to right-center with two outs to make it 12-2. Howard followed with a double and Delmon Young moved him up to third with a single, but both runners were left stranded when Brown flew to center.

Mayberry singled with one out in the seventh, but Revere grounded into a double-play behind him.

They were down 14-2 when lefty Nick Hagadone started the eighth for Cleveland. Galvis and Michael Young walked back-to-back to start the frame, but the Phillies were turned away when Frandsen grounded into a double-play and Howard grounded to short.

Righty Matt Albers set Delmon Young, Brown and Ruiz down in the ninth.

Rollins was 0-for-3 in the game. He’s hitting 240/305/373 against right-handed pitching for the year.

Michael Young 0-for-3 with a walk to drop his line on the year to 341/412/418. He came into the game 7-for-his-last-11. He’s 19-for-his-last-59 (.322) with 19 singles.

Utley 1-for-3 with his fifth home run. 27 games divides nicely in 162 — multiply everything by six to get his on-pace numbers. He’s on pace to hit 30 home runs with 114 RBI.

Howard 1-for-4 with a double. He came into the game 5-for-his-last-14 with nine RBI. He’s walked three times this season and is on pace to walk 18 times in 606 plate appearances for the season with 18 home runs and 96 RBI. It didn’t matter last night, but he’s hitting 160/192/360 against left-handed pitching. Given the addition of two right-handed bats in Delmon Young and Ruiz, it will be interesting to see how long Howard plays first base against left-handed pitching. Pretty sure the answer is a long, long time. Think 2016.

Delmon Young 2-for-3 with a home run and a hit-by-pitch. Didn’t cost the Phils a thing defensively, but he can’t DH forever.

Brown 0-for-3 with a walk. He came into the game hitting 286/364/464 over his last eight games. 224/316/343 against right-handed pitching for the season. That there’s a problem if you want to be a bad defensive corner outfielder who’s primary contribution is being able to hit right-handed pitching.

Ruiz 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 1-for-8 with a double since his return.

Mayberry 1-for-3. He was hitting 316/409/553 for the year before going 4-for-his-last-28. Now he’s hitting 242/324/470. He’s actually been good against righties, 255/340/447, but has gone just 4-for-19 (211/286/526) against lefties. Will be interesting what the Phillies do in both left and right against lefties with Delmon Young back. I think what they will do is play Delmon Young in right and Brown in left. Offensively at least, I think you could argue that it leaves their best hitting option against left-handed pitching on the bench in Mayberry. Also, Brown and Young are bad defensive players. Young is definitely terrible and Brown is at least bad and maybe terrible.

Revere 0-for-3 and hit into a double-play, dropping his average on the year to .200. He’s 6-for-his-last-40 (.150) with a triple and no walks (.150 on-base percentage). Among 218 players across both leagues with 70 plate appearances for the season, his wOBA of .206 is 214th. The Phillies really have no other choices in center. Mayberry can’t handle it defensively, despite starting three straight games there against the Mets. It’s not a good option, but I think the Phillies might start to play Mayberry in center against lefties regularly with Revere struggling so badly, assuming Young is going to play nearly every day.

Lee (2-1, 3.03) faces righty Trevor Bauer (0-1, 5.40) tonight in game two of the set. Lee has allowed 17 hits in 12 innings over his last two starts and the Phils have dropped each of his last three outings. The 22-year-old Bauer was the third pick of the 2011 draft. He’s made one start this season, walking seven Rays in five innings while being charged with three runs. He has a 2.50 ERA and a 1.17 ratio in three starts at Triple-A in the International League with 24 strikeouts over 18 innings.


Ow

The Phillies started yesterday with a chance to end the night over .500 for the year. They ended it at 6-9 for the season, quickly falling in the conclusion of Wednesday night’s suspended game before getting blown out 11-2 in the scheduled game.

Aumont start the bottom of the ninth in the suspended game with the score tied at 0-0, nobody out and Zack Cozart at the plate. Cozart singled to left and moved up to second when Aumont walked Joey Votto. Brandon Phillips was next and lined a ball into left-center, which went off of Revere’s glove for an error that loaded the bases. Jay Bruce singled to right, scoring Cozart to get the Reds a 1-0 win.

Aumont faced four batters and all four reached base. He faced lefties Joey Votto and Jay Bruce in a tie game in the bottom of the ninth and both reached base. Horst and Valdes were presumably available to pitch, although anyone who saw game two probably isn’t really sorry they didn’t bring in Valdes.

The Phillies got bombed 11-2 in the scheduled game. John Lannan got hit hard and left with an injury after just 1 2/3 innings. Valdes got hit hard after Lannan left. The Phils got all their offense in the game on a two-run homer by Galvis in the eighth when they were trailing by 11 runs.

Two injuries for the Phils in the game — Lannan left his ugly start early with a knee injury and Domonic Brown hurt his back diving for a ball. He should never, ever dive for any reason. He should only swim in pools that have had the diving board removed. Just one man’s opinion. Lannan and Brown will both be examined by a team doctor today.

The Phillies scored two runs in the game and four runs in the three-game set. They have scored a total of ten runs in their last six games. Over their last six games they have not scored a run before the sixth inning in any game.

The Phillies are 6-9 on the season after losing 11-2 to the Cincinnati Reds last night. The Reds sweep the three-game series.

Lannan got the start for the Phillies and went 1 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and one walk. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles, a triple and a home run. He didn’t strike out anyone.

Cozart doubled with one out in the bottom of the first and scored on a single by Phillips. 1-0.

Todd Frazier homered to start the second. 2-0. Devin Mesoraco doubled with one out and scored when pitcher Mike Leake tripled to the wall in center. 3-0. Leake scored on a single by Derrick Robinson. 4-0. With two outs and the bases empty, the Reds loaded the bases on a single by Cozart, a Votto hit by pitch and a walk to Phillips. It brought Bruce to the plate and Bruce delivered a two-run single to right. 6-0. Valdes came in to pitch to the righty Frazier and got him swinging to leave the runners on first and third.

Chris Heisey and Mesoraco doubled off of Valdes back-to-back to stat the third. 7-0. Leake moved Mesoraco to third with an infield single before Valdes walked Robinson to load the bases. Valdes got Cozart to pop to Utley in foul territory for the first out and struck Votto out swinging for the second, but Phillips was next and singled softly to right. Mesoraco and Leake both scored (9-0), but Mayberry threw Phillips out trying to move up to second to end the inning.

Valdes came back and set the Reds down in order in the fourth.

He pitched the fifth, too. Leake reached again on an infield single with one down. Valdes struck Robinson out swinging for the second, but Cozart was next and hit a two-run homer to left. 11-0. Votto struck out swinging to set the Reds down.

Fourth appearance of the year for Valdes. He went 3 1/3 innings in the game, allowing five runs on six hits and a walk. 11.00 ERA and a 1.67 ratio for the season over nine innings. Opponents have hit .375 against him. The Phillies have asked him to pitch more than an inning in each of his four appearances, which sure seems like a bad idea to me.

Durbin pitched the sixth. He allowed a one-out single to Bruce, but got Frazier to ground into a double-play behind him.

Durbin came back to throw a 1-2-3 seventh.

The silver linings in the game for the Phillies are slim, but I’d go with Galvis’s home run and two scoreless innings for Durbin. After giving up runs in each of his first two outings of the year, Durbin has thrown 4 1/3 scoreless innings over his last three appearances.

Horst pitched the eighth with the Cincy lead cut to 11-2. He walked the leadoff man Robinson, but got the next three Reds in order.

Horst dropped his ERA to 8.10 with the scoreless inning. He’s walked three in 6 2/3 innings for the season. Lefties are curiously 5-for-11 with two walks, a double and a triple (455/538/727) against him in the early going.

Overall the pen went 6 1/3 innings in the game, allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks. Durbin and Horst combined to go three scoreless innings while Valdes allowed five runs over 3 1/3.

Durbin threw 20 pitches in the game and Horst 13. Valdes is clearly unavailable tonight after throwing 59 pitches in relief of Lannan.

The Phillie lineup against righty Mike Leake went (1) Revere (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Young (6) Brown (7) Mayberry (8) Kratz. Mayberry starts in right against the righty with Nix on the bench.

Rollins singled with one out in the top of the first, but Utley and Howard went down behind him.

Down 1-0, the Phillies went in order in the second.

Down 6-0, Valdes doubled to center with one out in the third. Revere and Rollins went down to leave him stranded.

First plate appearance for Valdes since 2010. He’s 5-for-11 in his career with two doubles.

Down 9-0, Howard and Young struck out as the Phils went in order in the fourth.

Ezequiel Carrera was hit by a pitch to start the fifth. Mayberry flew to left for the first out and Kratz grounded into a double-play behind Mayberry.

Down 11-0, the Phillies went in order in the sixth. Galvis hit for Valdes and grounded out for the first out of the inning.

Young singled with two outs in the seventh. Carrera struck out behind him.

Mayberry doubled off of righty Justin Freeman to start the eighth. Kratz flew to right for the first out, but Galvis was next and he hit the first pitch he saw from Freeman just out to right, getting the Phils on the board at 11-2. Revere and Nix went down behind Galvis.

Galvis is now 5-for-15 with two walks and a home run on the year. Four home runs in 218 plate appearances for his career.

Righty Logan Ondrusek pitched the ninth for the Reds. Howard singled with one out, but Young hit into a double-play behind him.

Revere was 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the game and 0-for-12 in the series. 194/242/194 for the season. He leads the team in plate appearances with 67. Raul Valdes has more extra-base hits than Revere for the season.

Rollins 1-for-3 last night and 1-for-10 in the series. Top two in the order for the Phils go 1-for-22 without a walk. Rollins is hitting 232/283/375 for the season. He’s 1-for-his-last-18.

Utley 0-for-2 in the game and 2-for-6 with a home run in the set. 283/328/566 for the year. He’s 4-for-his-last-20.

Howard 1-for-4 with a strikeout. 1-for-11 with three strikeouts in the series. 241/274/362. 1-for-15 against lefties on the season.

Young was 1-for-4 in the game and 3-for-10 with four strikeouts in the series. 346/404/481 for the year. Still hitting 390/444/561 against righties for the season.

Brown 0-for-1 with a strikeout yesterday. 1-for-7 in the series. 231/273/365 for the year.

Mayberry 1-for-3 with a double. 1-for-4 with a double in the series. 280/400/560 for the year. Leads the team in OPS for players with 20 or more PA.

Kratz 0-for-3 with a strikeout and hit into a double-play. 0-for-7 in the series. 156/152/267 for the year. 0-for-his-last-12.

Hamels (0-2, 7.56) faces St Louis righty Adam Wainwright (2-1, 2.05) tonight in Philadelphia. Hamels has made one good start in three tries this season. It came his last time out against the Marlins as he allowed a run over six innings. For the year he has walked eight in 16 2/3 innings and allowed four home runs. Wainwright has allowed two runs in 16 innings over his last two starts.


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