Tag: Roy Halladay

Universe grateful to be able to cross Erik Kratz off the what-the-!@#$%-is-wrong-with-Roy-Halladay list

I’m not sure what’s wrong with Roy Halladay. I am sure the Phillies have worked hard to try to figure it out, but whatever’s going on behind the scenes, what’s happening on the field isn’t working. What’s happening on the field is that Halladay keeps pitching and keeps getting hammered. Last night they changed up his catcher and Halladay allowed seven runs over four miserable innings, upping his ERA for the year to 14.73 for the year after two starts, as the Mets pounded the Phils 7-2.

The Phillies are 0-4 in games started by Hamels or Halladay and 2-1 in games started by anyone else. That duo has combined to throw to a 12.50 ERA in their four starts and gone an average of about four and a half innings per start.

The Phils have two quality starts in the seven games they’ve played, one by Lee and one by Lannan, and they’ve won both of those games. 0-5 in the games where they didn’t get a quality start and their starters have gone an average of about 4.7 innings in those games and thrown to an 11.57 ERA.

The bullpen, very strong at the back end, lacked a middle man when the season started. The Phillies have tried to use Durbin, Horst and Valdes in the middle innings, but they’ve had to use them a lot and none of the three has pitched well. Horst leads that group with a 6.75 ERA and the trio has combined to throw to an 8.16 ERA. Durbin and Horst are both on pace to make about 93 appearances for the season. Horst is on pace to throw about 123 innings in relief, which would be more than his career high of 31 1/3. Valdes is on pace to throw about 131 innings — he’s 35 and has thrown 107 1/3 innings for his career.

The Phillies are 2-5 on the year after losing 7-2 to the New York Mets last night in game one of a three-game set.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went four innings, allowing seven runs on six hits and three walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a three-run homer by John Buck. He struck out three.

After two starts, Halladay has a 14.73 ERA and a 2.45 ratio. Opponents have hit .353 against him. In 7 1/3 innings he’s walked six and allowed three home runs.

He struck out David Wright in a 1-2-3 first.

Marlon Byrd doubled to center with one out in the second. Lucas Duda was next and Halladay hit him 2-2, putting men on first and second for John Buck. Buck got ahead in the count and hit a 2-0 pitch out to right. 3-0 Mets. Ruben Tejada was next and he drew a walk. Pitcher Matt Harvey tried to bunt Tejada to second, but struck out for the second out. Kirk Nieuwenhuis grounded to Halladay to end the frame.

Daniel Murphy walked to start the third and moved up to second on a ground out by Wright. Ike Davis fouled out to Howard for the second out before Byrd walked on a 3-2 pitch Halladay thought caught the outside part of the plate. Duda singled into center, scoring Murphy to make it 4-0. Buck grounded to Young to finally set the Mets down.

Revere really can’t throw. Not that it needs to go near the top of the list of Phillie problems or that someone who could would have gunned down Murphy. It’s just a thing.

Halladay had thrown 78 pitches through three innings.

He struck out Nieuwenhuis in a 1-2-3 fourth.

The New York lead was cut to 4-1 when Murphy doubled to right-center to start the fifth. He moved up to third on a wild pitch. With the infield in, Wright singled to left, scoring Murphy. 5-1. Davis moved Wright up to third with a single and that was it for Halladay. Durbin came in to pitch to the righty Byrd and struck him out swinging for the first out. Duda was next and Durbin walked him, loading the bases for Buck. Buck popped to Utley for the second out, but Tejada lined a single into center, scoring two runners and sending Duda to third with the Mets up 7-1. Harvey went down on a ball handled by Quintero to end the frame.

Durbin faces five hitters in the frame, allowing a walk and a two-run single with both runs charged to Halladay. Looks like a scoreless inning for Durbin in the box score. Not so much.

Fourth appearance of the year for Durbin. He has an 8.10 ERA and a 2.70 ratio through 3 1/3 innings. He’s pitched two days in a row.

Horst started the sixth. Righty Collin Cowgill hit for the lefty Nieuwenhuis and Horst struck him out swinging for the first out. Muprhy flew to left for the second before Wright doubled to center. Horst struck Davis out to leave Wright at second.

Horst came back and struck Duda out in a 1-2-3 seventh.

Fourth appearance for Horst as well. Two scoreless innings in two of them. In one he allowed a run in an inning and in the other he was charged with three runs in a third of a frame. He faced seven batters over two innings last night, getting six outs and allowing Wright’s double. Like Durbin, he has thrown two days in a row.

Valdes threw a 1-2-3 eighth. Righty Justin Turner hit for the pitcher Harvey and struck out for the second out.

Valdes was back to pitch the ninth with the New York lead cut to 7-2. Murphy led off with a double to right and Valdes walked Wright behind Murphy. Valdes got the next three, though, getting Davis to foul out to Young for the first out, striking Byrd out for the second and getting Duda to ground to second for the third.

Eight batters for Valdes in the game. Six outs, a double and a walk. Three appearances for the year — last night was the first that wasn’t awful. He has a 9.53 ERA and a 2.12 ratio for the season. Opponents have hit .360 against him.

Unlike Durbin and Horst, Valdes hasn’t thrown two days in a row, but he did throw 26 pitches last night. Horst and Durbin both threw 20. The Phillies really need Cliff Lee to go deep into games these days — it’s not reasonable to expect him to go eight innings every start.

Overall the pen threw five shutout innings, in the game, allowing three hits and two walks. They weren’t quite that good, though, cause Durbin allowed a hit in the walk in relief of Halladay in the fifth with the runs charged to the starter.

Phillie relievers have walked 13 in 22 1/3 innings for the season, which is too many.

The Phillie lineup against righty Matt Harvey went (1) Revere (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Young (6) Brown (7) Nix (8) Quintero. Quintero gets the start behind the plate after Halladay remarked about not being on the same page with Kratz in his first start of the season.

Revere led off the bottom of the first with a walk. He stole second and moved up to third on a ground out by Rollins. Utley was next and the Mets bizarrely brought the infield in. Utley popped to third for the second out. Howard struck out swinging 0-2 to leave Revere at third.

Great job by Revere to get things going with the walk and the steal. Less great job by Utley and Howard as the old guard of the Phils gets set down by Harvey. Utley can’t bring the runner home from third with one out.

Down 3-0, the Phillies went in order in the second.

Quintero led off the third with the Phils down 4-0 and blooped a single into center. Halladay tried to bunt and couldn’t, then struck out looking for the first out. Revere hit into a double-play to set the Phillies down.

Halladay can’t get the bunt down. You probably won’t see Revere ground into a ton of double-plays. He was just nipped at first this time.

Rollins doubled to center to start the fourth and moved up to third on a single by Utley. Howard was next and flew to right for the first out. Rollins tagged and scored to get the Phils on the board at 4-1. Young struck out and Brown flew to center to leave Utley stranded.

Good no strikeout by Howard gets the Phils on the board. Four extra-base hits for Rollins in the early going. Three doubles and a homer in 32 plate appearances with an isolated power of .200.

The Phillies were down 7-1 when they hit in the fifth. Nix led off with a walk. Quintero struck out for the first out. Carrera hit for Durbin and struck out swinging for the second. Revere struck out swinging for the third.

Utley reached on an error by Ike Davis with one out in the sixth. Howard and Young went down behind him.

Harvey set the Phils down in order in the seventh.

Lefty Josh Edgin started the eighth. Kratz, who had entered defensively in the top of the inning, led off with a double down the third base line. Kratz went to third on a ground out by Revere and scored on another by Rollins. 7-2. Utley flew to left for the third out.

Edgin was back for the ninth and got Howard, Young and Brown in order.

Revere 0-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base. Did his best to get the Phillies started in the bottom of the first, but they didn’t score with the help of Utley’s popup to third with one out. Revere is 7-for-30 (.233) with seven singles so far.

Rollins 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Utley 1-for-4. No RBI in the first with Revere on third and one out. 3-for-his-last-12 with three singles.

Howard 0-for-3 with an RBI and two strikeouts. 0-for-9 with five strikeouts against lefties for the year. 4-for-27 with four singles overall.

Young was 0-for-4 in the game. He and Mayberry are the unlikely team leaders in walks. They each have four.

Brown 0-for-4 with a strikeout. He is 3-for-his-last-19 after going 3-for-7 to start the season. 4-for-21 (.190) against right-handed pitching.

Nix 0-for-2 with a walk. 3-for-14 with three singles on the year.

Quintero 1-for-3. Failed to spark a return to excellence for Halladay. 1-for-6 on the season.

Cliff Lee (1-0, 0.00) faces righty Dillon Gee (0-1, 1.42) tonight in game two of the set. Lee allowed two singles and struck out eight over eight shutout innings in his first start on the year. Gee was also good in his lone start, allowing a run over 6 1/3 innings against the Padres.


Dr no

The 2012 season didn’t start badly for Roy Halladay. Just the opposite, actually. He threw eight shutout innings on opening day and ended April with a 1.95 ERA over five starts. Things didn’t start to take their dramatic turn in the wrong direction until May.

At least we now know that 2013 won’t go the same way as 2012 for Halladay. Cause last nice he made his first appearance of the year and was horrid, needing 40 pitches to get through the first on his way to allowing five runs in 3 1/3 innings as the Braves pounded the Phils.

Halladay has a 5.50 ERA over his 21 starts since the beginning of May, 2012. In those starts he’s allowed 136 hits, including 20 home runs, in 122 2/3 innings. Twenty is too many home runs to give up in 122 2/3 innings even if you’re not Roy Halladay.

The Phillies are 0-2 on the year after losing to the Atlanta Braves 9-2 last night.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went 3 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on six hits and three walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both home runs. He struck out nine. Striking out nine in 3 1/3 innings is usually the sign of a good outing. This wasn’t one of those times.

Andrelton Simmons was the first hitter of the game for Atlanta and Halladay struck him out swinging for the first out in the bottom of the first. Jason Heyward was next, though, and Heyward singled to right. Justin Upton followed and hit a 1-2 pitch out the opposite way to right-center for his second home run of one game and one at-bat, putting Atlanta up 2-0. Freddie Freeman followed with a walk before Halladay struck BJ Upton out swinging for the second out. Dan Uggla was the next hitter and Halladay walked him, putting runners on first and second for lefty Juan Francisco. Francisco singled to right, scoring Freeman to make it 3-0 as Uggla moved up to third. Halladay struck Evan Gattis out swinging 1-2 to end the inning.

Three runs in the frame for the Braves on three hits, two singles and a home run, and two walks. Halladay threw 40 pitches in the inning, which is more than what would be ideal.

He struck out the side in the second, getting pitcher Paul Maholm looking and Simmons and Heyward both swinging.

Freeman blooped a single the opposite way to left field with one out in the third. He went to second on a wild pitch before BJ Upton struck out for the second out. Halladay walked Uggla, but got Francisco on a ground ball to first to end the inning.

Gattis led off the fourth and hit a 1-1 pitch just out to left. 4-0. Halladay struck out Maholm for the first out before Simmons singled into center. Valdes came in to pitch to the lefty Heyward and walked him 3-2, then walked the righty Justin Upton 3-2 as well, which loaded the bases for Freeman. Freeman lined a ball into left-center that split the gap and rolled to the wall, clearing the bases and putting Atlanta up 7-0. Valdes struck out BJ Upton and Uggla back-to-back to set Atlanta down.

Gattis’s homer just barely made it out, eluding Brown as he jumped for it at the wall. Valdes gives up back-to-back walks and both of the runners score on the Freeman double. He walked one of the last 36 batters he faced in 2012. Halladay leaves the game with one out and a runner on first and Simmons scores on the Freeman double.

Gattis flipped his bat and his ball just barely cleared the fence. Not saying the Phils don’t have bigger fish to fry. I’m just saying.

Valdes came back and set the Braves down in order in the fifth.

He goes 1 2/3 innings in the game, allowing two runs on one hit, the Freeman double, and two walks.

Bastardo pitched the sixth. He walked Justin Upton with two outs, but got Freeman looking to leave Upton stranded.

Adams struck out BJ Upton and Juan Francisco in a 1-2-3 seventh.

First appearance as a Phillie for Adams. Is it too much to ask him to go nine? Every day?

Papelbon made his ’13 debut in the eighth. He got the first two before Simmons singled. Heyward was next and hit a 3-1 pitch out to right, making it 9-2.

The pen goes 4 2/3 innings in the game, allowing four runs on three hits and three walks. Valdes threw 40 pitches in the game and surely can’t pitch tonight. Papelbon 22, Bastardo 18 and Adams eight.

Last night was the first of eight games in eight days for the Phils, so they have seven more before an off-day. Hopefully they won’t have to wait too long for one of the starters to get an out in the sixth inning, or the bullpen numbers are going to get even uglier. The bullpen has a 7.04 ERA through two games. They’re obviously way better than that, but they are lacking a long man, which is something you don’t want to be lacking if your starters are going to average about four innings a game and you have to play the next seven days in a row.

Kendrick and Lannan aren’t real good candidates to go deep into games, either. The Phillies have three candidates to pitch deep into games and two of them just pitched badly. So let’s hope we see Cliff Lee pitching well for a long time tonight.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Paul Maholm went (1) Revere (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Young (6) Brown (7) Mayberry (8) Kratz. Revere again leads off, this time against a lefty, with Rollins still hitting second. The lefty Brown stays in the lineup and plays left. Mayberry in right, which makes a lot more sense against a lefty than it did a righty on Opening Day. I think it’s unlikely that Revere will lead off against lefties very often this season.

Rollins doubled to left with one out in the top of the first. Utley followed him and struck out swinging for the second out, but Howard was next and drew a walk as Rollins stole third, putting runners on the corners for Young. Young grounded to short to leave the runners stranded.

Brown and Mayberry singled back-to-back to start the second with the Phillies down 3-0. It put men on first and second for Kratz and Kratz grounded into a double-play. Halladay struck out swinging to leave Brown at third.

Brown starts the inning with a hit off of the lefty, which is nice to see even if nothing comes of it.

Rollins singled to left with one out in the third. Utley flew to center for the second out and Howard struck out looking to leave Rollins at first.

Rollins 2-for-2 with a single, a double and a stolen base through two and a half innings.

Brown lined a single to left with one out in the fourth. Mayberry was next and hit a ball that Francisco didn’t handle for an error, which again put two men on for Kratz. Kratz struck out for the second out. Halladay hit for himself and struck out to leave both runners stranded.

Again Kratz goes down after Brown and Mayberry get on board. Halladay had thrown 79 pitches in the game. He would face three batters in the bottom of the fourth, getting one out and allowing a single and a homer. You can’t really hit for Roy Halladay in the fourth, but if you’re playing on paper and you know he’s going to face three hitters in the bottom of the inning and get one out, you might want to consider it.

Down 7-0, the Phillies went in order in the fifth.

Young singled to center with one out in the sixth. Brown was next and grounded to first for the second out with Young moving up to second. Righty Cory Gearrin came in to pitch to Mayberry and walked him, putting men on first and second for Kratz. Kratz went down swinging to leave the runners stranded.

Again Kratz with Brown on second and Mayberry on first. In the second he hit into a double-play to end the inning. In the fourth he struck out with one out and men on first and second. Sixth he struck out to end the inning with two men on. Six men left on base through six innings.

Kudos to Mayberry for drawing the walk against the righty.

Righty Christhian Martinez started the seventh for Atlanta. Nix hit for Bastardo and singled to right. Revere was next and moved Nix up to second with a single. Rollins flew to right for the first out before Utley doubled into the right field corner, clearing the bases and getting the Phils on the board at 7-2. Luis Avilan came in to pitch to Howard and struck him out for the second out. It brought Young to the plate and he hit a dribbler on the first base side of the mound. Avilan popped off the mound, sliding to get the ball and threw to first. The ball hit Young and Young was called out for running out of the base line.

Really weird call you don’t see very often. Young was just about on the line when the ball hit him. Utley would have scored from second when the ball got away from Young, so it cost the Phillies a run. Avilan made a fantastic sliding play to make it close at first. Tired of him.

Righty Anthony Varvaro got Brown, Mayberry and Kratz in order in the eighth.

The Phils were down 9-2 when Vavaro set them down in order in the ninth. Galvis hit for Papelbon and struck out swinging for the first out.

Revere was 1-for-5 in the game. He’s 2-for-9 with a walk and a stolen base so far.

Rollins 2-for-5 with a double. 3-for-10 with a stolen base after two games.

Utley 1-for-4 with a double, two RBI and two strikeouts. 4-for-9 with three extra-base hits and five of the team’s seven RBI.

Howard 0-for-3 with a walk and struck out twice. 0-for-8.

Young 1-for-4. 1-for-6 with two walks.

Brown 2-for-4. 3-for-7 with three singles and a walk. 2-for-4 against lefties in the very early going.

Mayberry 1-for-3 with a walk. 2-for-7 with a double and a walk after two games. Walked against a righty last night after doubling off of righty Jordan Walden in game one of the set.

Kratz was awful at the plate, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and leaving six men on base in the first six innings. 1-for-8 with three strikeouts so far.

Cliff Lee faces righty Kris Medlen tonight in game three of the set. Lee threw to a 4.79 ERA in his six spring starts. He made two starts against Atlanta in 2012 and both of them were very good as he allowed one earned run in 15 innings between the two outings. Medlen was outstanding in 2012, throwing to a 1.57 ERA with an 0.91 ratio over 138 innings in 50 appearances, 12 of which were starts. He had an 0.97 ERA in his 12 starts. Opponents hit .191 against him and he walked ten in 83 2/3 innings while striking out 84.


Doctor which

Roy Halladay makes his first start of the year tonight as the Phils face lefty Paul Maholm and the Braves in game two of the season.

Halladay had a miserable spring, throwing to a 6.06 ERA overall in his six starts. He pitched to a 2.16 ERA and an 0.96 ratio in his first three spring starts, but threw eight innings with a 10.12 ERA and 2.87 ratio over his last three.

None of that would matter at all, of course, had it not been for a lackluster 2012 for Halladay. Coming off two years in which he had been just about the best pitcher on the planet, Halladay threw to a 5.28 ERA over his last 20 starts in ’12. Opponents hit .282 against him in those starts and he allowed 18 home runs in 119 1/3 innings.

There’s a pretty long list of Braves with good career numbers against Halladay. We’ve seen enough of Freddie Freeman to last the year after one day of the season, but Freeman has nine career RBI against Halladay in just 15 at-bats. 7-for-15 with three home runs. BJ Upton has 42 at-bats against Halladay for his career and a 357/417/524 line. Uggla 11-for-34 (.324) with three home runs. McCann, who’s on the DL, has a 360/407/560 line against Halladay in 25 at-bats. Heyward just 3-for-17 (.176) and Justin Upton 2-for-6 with two singles.

Maholm made 32 appearances (31 starts) between the Cubs and Braves in 2012, throwing to a 3.67 ERA with a 1.22 ratio. Righties have hit him pretty well over his career, posting a 290/351/444 compared to 224/290/321 for righties.

He’s fared pretty well against the Phillies. Rollins is 5-for-22 (.227) with a double against him. Howard 5-for-21 (.238) with a double. Utley has fared a little better, going 6-for-18 with three doubles and a home run.

The Phillies put Edgar Inciarte on waivers and claimed 25-year-old left-handed outfielder Ezequiel Carrera off of waivers from Cleveland. The speedy Carrera has a career 255/306/347 line in 384 major league plate appearances and a .299 on-base percentage against right-handed pitching. If there’s data that suggest he’s an unusually good defensive player, I’m not sure where it is.

Counting the 2011 playoffs, the Phillies are 87-93 over their last 180 games. Ezequiel Carrera is an upgrade over Ender Inciarte, so that’s a good thing. The problem is that the Phillies don’t need a tiny upgrade over a player that never should have been on their roster in the first place. They need better players. They need the argument about who the third-best outfielder on their team is not to include John Mayberry and Laynce Nix. They need a major upgrade and it’s going to surprise me if it comes from picking up guys waived by the Indians.


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.


And a third time would be more than charming

More strong pitching for the Phillies yesterday as they topped Detroit 4-1. Hamels, Durbin and Bastardo combined to throw five scoreless innings for the Phils, who have allowed a total of two runs in their last two games.

Fantastic pitching on back-to-back days sets the stage for Roy Halladay’s final spring start, which will come this afternoon against Toronto. Halladay has had a miserable spring training coming off of a 2012 in which he threw to a 5.28 ERA over his last 20 starts.

Michael Young drove in two of the four Phillie runs, going 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI. He’s hitting 264/304/361.

Mayberry was a much-needed 1-for-3 with a walk and a double, which ups his line to 200/263/286.

Revere 2-for-4 with two singles and two stolen bases. He has nine steals on the spring. Nine stolen bases in 87 plate appearances is a lot — it would put him on pace to steal about 52 over 500 plate appearances.

Inciarte started in left and went 2-for-4 with an RBI. He also stole his second base. 286/375/321 in 33 plate appearances. The Phillies need to make a decision about what to do with him by the end of the weekend.

Orr started at second and was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, dropping his line to 267/267/533. He’s walked in about 3.6% of his plate appearances for his career and exactly 0% of his plate appearances this spring.

Kevin Frandsen has a sore left wrist after being hit by a Justin Verlander pitch in the third inning.

Hamels started the game for the Phillies and went three shutout innings, allowing a hit and a walk, both of which came in the bottom of the first. He threw a 1-2-3 second and a 1-2-3 third.

0.95 ERA and an 0.79 ratio for Hamels in 19 official spring innings. He hasn’t allowed a home run. He, Aumont (6 1/3 innings pitched) and Adams (7) are the Phillies who have thrown at least five official spring innings without allowing a home run.

Durbin followed Hamels, setting the Tigers down in order in the fourth.

5.56 ERA and a 1.41 ratio for Durbin. Opponents have hit .310 against him.

Miner pitched after Durbin, allowing a run over two innings to drop his ERA to 8.36.

Bastardo struck out two in a 1-2-3 seventh. He has 11 strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings, a 3.86 ERA and a 1.07 ratio.

Brandon Erbe and Chris Nichols combined to keep the Tigers off the board for the last two innings.

Halladay today as the Phils face the Blue Jays.


Chase ups the pace

Chase Utley sprang to life offensively this weekend, hitting three home runs in two games as the Phils went 1-1. They beat Baltimore 13-4 on Saturday and lost 7-6 to the Red Sox yesterday.

Utley and Howard hit back-to-back homers in each of the game. Howard continues his fantastic spring, but Utley’s had been far less fantastic prior to this weekend’s explosion. He’s 5-for-his-last-8 with three home runs.

Boston beat the Phillies 7-6 yesterday.

Utley hit a two-run homer off of righty Noe Ramirez in the eighth inning, his third home run in two days. 3-for-4 with four RBI in the game. His line has soared to to 291/400/545.

Howard also homered, his seventh. 1-for-4 in the game. 329/364/700 for the spring. He has also homered two days in a row.

Revere was 2-for-3 with a walk, upping his line to 324/360/394.

Rollins was 0-for-2 and walked twice. 286/464/429.

Mayberry’s average dropped to .206 with an 0-for-2 day. 206/265/286.

Brown was 0-for-4 and is at 368/429/671.

Nix 0-for-3 to drop his line to 212/241/308.

Inciarte was 0-for-1 with an error. Mitchell appeared in right but did not get an at-bat in the game. 261/370/304 for Inciarte in 23 at-bats. Mitchell is hitting 269/321/577 in 26 at-bats — he was reassigned to minor league camp on Friday.

Lee started the game for the Phillies and allowed six runs on nine hits and no walks over 5 1/3 innings. Only four of the runs were earned and he struck out seven. Jackie Bradley hit a three-run homer off of him in the second. Singles by the first three Boston batters in the third led to three more runs, two of which were unearned due to an error by Rollins.

Opponents have hit .324 against Lee for the spring. He has a 5.94 ERA with a 1.68 ratio. Twenty-four hits, including four home runs, over 16 2/3 innings.

Papelbon got the last two outs of the sixth inning on a double-play, dropping his spring ERA to 11.37. He has been good after a miserable start.

Stutes allowed a walk and a single in a scoreless seventh. He got the first batter in the eighth and was replaced by Horst.

Stutes has walked eight in ten innings, which is too many. 8.10 ERA with a 1.80 ratio.

Horst got the last two outs in the eighth. He returned to pitch the ninth in a 6-6 game. He allowed singles to the first three men he faced in the ninth with the third, by Shannon Wilkerson, scoring Xander Boegarts, to put Boston up to stay at 7-6. The run was unearned due to an Inciarte error on the second single of the inning.

5.54 ERA and a 1.38 ratio for Horst. Fifteen hits, including four home runs, allowing in ten innings.

On Saturday they beat Baltimore 13-4.

Utley hit two home runs, both two-run shots off of Bruce Chen. 2-for-4 with four RBI on the day.

Howard 1-for-2 with a walk and his sixth home run.

Brown 2-for-4 with a three-run homer, his seventh.

Betancourt was 1-for-1 with a three-run homer, his first of the spring.

Eleven of the 13 runs scored on home runs.

Cook started the game for the Phillies and allowed two runs over 4 2/3 innings on four hits and no walks. The Phils jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the game before Cook allowed a two-run double to JJ Hardy in the bottom of the fourth to get Baltimore on the board.

Cook has a 3.38 ERA and a 1.23 ratio in official spring action. He leads team in innings pitched.

Aumont took over for Cook in the fifth, getting the final out in that frame. He came back for the sixth and allowed a run on a leadoff double and a walk, which upped his spring ERA to 3.38 as well. Opponents have hit just .158 against him in official spring action, but he has walked three in 5 1/3 innings.

Bastardo pitched a scoreless seventh to drop his ERA to 4.70.

Adams pitched the eighth and allowed a run on a single and a double, which plated the first run he’s been charged with the spring. 1.50 ERA and an 0.67 ratio in six innings.

JC Ramirez allowed three singles in the ninth, but kept the O’s off the board. 7.36 ERA with a 2.18 ratio in 3 2/3 innings. Opponents have hit .375 against him.

The Phillies released Yuniesky Betancourt, which makes it likely that Freddy Galvis and Kevin Frandsen will both make the team as bench players.

Roy Halladay was hit hard in a minor league start on Saturday, allowing 11 of 18 batters he faced to reach base.

The Phillies traded 22-year-old right-handed pitcher Julio Rodriguez to Baltimore for 25-year-old outfielder Ronnie Welty. Rodriguez made 29 appearances for Reading last year, 22 of which were starts, in which he threw to a 4.23 ERA with a 1.47 ratio, walking 76 in 134 innings. Wielty hits right-handed and has played primarily right field in the minors, posting a 284/359/468 line over 2,113 plate appearances.


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