Tag: Tyler Cloyd

Worser by far

The point of the last post was that the Phillies were extremely bad in 2013, perhaps better than only the Marlins in the 15-team National League.

Today’s point is that relative to the rest of the league, the Phillies were worse at preventing runs last year than they were at scoring them. That’s not to suggest that they couldn’t have been miserable at both — they were, in fact, miserable at both. But worse at preventing them than they were at scoring them.

The Phillies scored 3.77 runs per game in 2013 in a year when the average NL team scored 4.0 runs per game. So they scored about 94% of the average runs per game in the NL for the season.

They allowed about 116% of the average runs allowed in the league for the season, giving up 4.69 runs per game in a year when the average NL team allowed 4.04.

Using runs per game, the Phillies were better than only the Rockies at preventing runs in 2013. The Rockies allowed 4.76 runs per game, a very similar mark to the 4.69 surrendered by the Phillies.

Both the Phils and the Rockies were way above the rest of the NL in runs allowed per game. The Phillies were 14th in the category and the Padres were 13th. San Diego allowed 4.33 runs per game, more than a third of a run less per game than the Phils.

The Phillies also had two outstanding pitchers in Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels — each of them finished the year in the top ten in the NL in WAR for pitchers as calculated by both Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs.

bWAR NL Rank fWAR NL Rank
Lee 7.3 2 5.1 4
Hamels 4.6 7 4.2 8

Lee was top five at each of the sites and Hamels top ten. The problem was pretty much everybody else. Here’s some of the numbers for Lee and Hamels as well as the other pitchers on the team compared to NL averages for 2013:

IP ERA Ratio
Lee and Hamels 442 2/3 3.23 1.08
All other PHI P 993 2/3 4.80 1.50
Team Total 1436 1/3 4.34 1.37
NL Avg - 3.73 1.28

In a year when the average NL pitcher threw to a 3.73 ERA and a 1.28 ratio, all of the pitchers on the Phillies other than Lee and Hamels combined to pitch to a 4.80 ERA with a 1.50 ratio. That requires some pitchers having some miserable years and the Phillies had them. Lannan, Martin, Horst, Cloyd, Halladay, Valdes, Ramirez, Durbin and outfielder Casper Wells all threw to an ERA over 5.00 on the year and everyone on that list other than Lannan threw to an ERA over 6.00. Cloyd, Lannan and Halladay all threw at least 60 innings on the season. Cloyd, Halladay, Martin and Lannan combined to make 46 starts (about 28.4% of the team’s starts) for the season and threw to a 5.97 ERA in in 236 2/3 innings in those starts.


I think he may have something there

Tyler Cloyd got hammered last night, allowing seven runs and getting pulled before getting an out in the second inning. The Phils fell to Atlanta 7-1.

After the game, Cloyd was quoted as saying, “It was just bad.” That pretty much wraps things up better than I ever could. It sort of gave the impression that the people who have to talk about the Phillies and their frustrating year were out of words and out of ideas. Like maybe the one idea they had left was to get back to basics and start over again with something simple enough for everyone to understand.

The game truly was just bad. But a lot of things have been just bad for the Phillies this year.

The offense has scored five runs in the last four games. They were quiet again last night and Cloyd himself drove in the only run the Phillies would score.

It wasn’t really a glass-is-half-full kind of night. If you’re looking for positives, and I know you are, five relievers combined to throw seven shutout innings after Cloyd got shelled. If you’re ever granted a magical power to will your team to excellence in an area of your choosing, you probably don’t want to go with bullpen performance on the days your starter allows seven runs in an inning.

The Phillies are 72-87 on the year after losing 7-1 to the Atlanta Braves last night. They have lost seven of eight and are in fourth place in the NL East.

Cloyd got the start for the Phillies and went one inning, allowing seven runs on eight hits and two walks. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, four doubles and a home run. He struck out two.

Just a miserable night for Cloyd, whose ERA for the year is at 6.37 after 12 appearances, 11 of which have been starts. Opponents are hitting .324 against him for the year with an isolated power of .210. Righties are slugging .589 against the righty. His numbers in the minors in 2013 didn’t match his outstanding year in 2012. This season he made 19 starts at Triple-A in which he threw to a 4.71 ERA.

He allowed five runs in the bottom of the first on a solo home run to Jason Heyward, three singles and two doubles.

It just wasn’t pretty. Heyward got it started by hammering Cloyd’s first pitch of the game out to right center and it went from there.

Cloyd started the second down 5-1 and faced four batters, allowing two doubles and two walks. Mauricio Robles took over for him with nobody out, men on second and third and the Phils down 7-1. Robles walked the first man he faced in the frame to load the bases, but got the next three hitters to keep Atlanta from adding to their lead.

Robles pitched the third and the fourth for the Phils, keeping Atlanta off the board in each of the frames. He allowed a double and a single in the third, but got Evan Gattis to ground to third with men on second and third to end that inning. Robles walked Gerald Laird to start the fourth, but got the next three Braves in order.

Three scoreless innings for Robles in which he allows a single, a double and walks two. In three appearances for the year he’s thrown to a 1.93 ERA with a 2.14 ratio. He’s allowed seven hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings and two of the three runs he’s allowed have been unearned.

Savery pitched the fifth. He allowed a one-out double to Heyward and walked Freddie Freeman with two outs, but retired Gattis on a ground ball to second to leave the runners stranded.

Savery has a 3.32 ERA on the year after 17 appearances and 19 innings, but he has walked 11 in his 19 innings and four of the 11 runs he’s allowed have been unearned. Lefties are 8-for-20 (.400) against the lefty with two walks and a 1.035 OPS after Heyward doubled and Freeman walked last night (they both hit left-handed, you see).

De Fratus threw a 1-2-3 sixth to drop his ERA on the year to 3.91. He hasn’t been charged with a run in eight innings over his last nine appearances. Opponents are hitting .260 against him, but have drawn 23 walks in 46 innings. He’s only walked two over 7 2/3 innings in his last eight appearances.

Ramirez pitched the seventh. He allowed a two-out single to Heyward that was followed by a walk by Elliot Johnson. Ramirez got Freeman swinging to leave the runners on first and second.

Rosenberg set the Braves down in order in the eighth. He came into the game having allowed six runs in three innings over his last four appearances. He’s walked nine in 18 2/3 innings for the year and hasn’t allowed a home run. 4.82 ERA with a 1.45 ratio for the season.

Seven shutout innings for the pen in which they allowed four hits and four walks while striking out eight. Robles threw 66 pitches in the game, which seems like it could impact his short-term availability. The good news is I’d set the over/under on human beings currently aware that Mauricio Robles is on the active roster for the Phillies at about six and a half. The nice night for the pen kinda begs the question what it would take to change the perception that the bullpen is 1) miserable and 2) likely to be miserable for a long time. I don’t know the answer on that one. I think it’s a lot, though. And even if we could make it past the perception, there’s still reality to deal with.

The Phillie lineup against rookie righty David Hale went (1) Hernandez (2) Rollins (3) Brown (4) Ruf (5) Frandsen (6) Asche (7) Kratz (8) Galvis. Utley on the bench with Galvis at second. Frandsen plays first and hits fifth against the righty. He comes into the game with a 195/239/290 line against right-handed pitching for the season and a history of not being a first baseman.

Hernandez reached on an error by Johnson at second to start the game and moved up to second when Rollins followed with a single to left. Brown, Ruf and Frandsen went down in order to keep the Phils off the board.

No run for the Phillies after putting runners on first and second with nobody out with the help of the error. Brown flew to left, Ruf lined to short and Frandsen grounded to third.

The Phillies were down 5-0 when they hit in the second. Asche and Kratz started the frame with back-to-back singles that put men on first and second with nobody down for Galvis. Galvis grounded softly to the pitcher for the first out with the runners moving up to second and third. Cloyd was next and hit a ground ball to third. Up by five runs, the Braves took the out at first and everyone moved up a base with Asche scoring. 5-1 with two down and Kratz on third for Hernandez. Hernandez grounded to second to end the frame.

Cloyd gets the only RBI of the game. Did a nice job to put the ball in play in a situation where putting the ball in play means a run. First career RBI.

The Phils were down 7-1 when Rollins started the third with a double to right. The Phillies went in order behind him.

Second time in the game the Phillies can’t bring the runner home after putting him on second early in the frame. No run in the first after putting men on first and second with nobody out. No run in the third after putting a man on second with nobody out.

The Phils went in order in the fourth.

Singles by Orr and Rollins in the fifth gave the Phils men on first and second with one out. Brown struck out swinging for the second out and Ruf struck out swinging for the third.

Kratz doubled with two outs in the sixth. Galvis popped to short to leave him at second.

With lefty Alex Wood on the mound to start the seventh, Mayberry hit for De Fratus and singled to left, but was picked off of first for the first out. Hernandez and Rollins went down behind him.

Frandsen singled to left off of righty Luis Ayala with two outs in the eighth. Asche grounded out on a ball handled by Ayala to end the inning.

Lefty Luis Avilan set the Phils down without a peep in the ninth.

Hernandez was 0-for-4 with a strikeout and made an error in center in the five-run first inning. He’s 3-for-his-last-28 (.107) with a walk and a double. Baseball-Reference calculated dWAR of -0.3, which is notable because he’s only played 165 1/3 innings of defense for the Phillies this season. FanGraphs has his UZR/150 in center at -23.2.

Rollins 3-for-4 with a double. Did his best to get things going for the Phils in the first and again in the third. 362/431/534 over his last 65 plate appearances.

Brown 0-for-4 with a strikeout and left five men on base. 2-for-his-last-11 with a walk. 6-for-his-last-23 with six singles.

Ruf was 0-for-4 with a strikeout and also left five men on base. 227/342/351 over his last 117 plate appearances.

Frandsen 1-for-4. 5-for-his-last-28 (.179) with a double.

Asche 1-for-4. 2-for-his-last-20 (.100) with two walks and a double. 170/286/264 over his last 63 plate appearances.

Kratz was 2-for-4 with a double. 152/211/227 over his last 71 plate appearances.

Galvis 0-for-4. He’s 3-for-his-last-16 (.188). One walk in his last 60 plate appearances.

Lee (14-7, 2.93) starts tonight against righty Kris Medlen (14-12, 3.24) Lee has gone at least seven innings in each of his last four starts and walked one batter in 31 innings while striking out 41. Medlen hasn’t allowed more than two runs in any of his last five starts, throwing to a 1.03 ERA with a 1.00 ratio in those outings and striking out 32 in 35 innings.


Me and you and a dog named Boo

I can pretty much guarantee that’s the only Lobo reference you’re ever getting out of me.

Tyler Cloyd pitched well early last night, but fell apart in the middle innings. The Padres scored seven runs in the fourth and fifth combined and topped the Phils 8-2 on the first ever Bark in the Park night at Citizens Bank Park.

Cloyd started the fourth down 1-0 and allowed three runs in the frame. He wouldn’t get an out in the fifth as San Diego added four more. In the fourth and the fifth innings combined, Cloyd faced ten batters and allowed seven hits — five singles and two doubles.

The Phils, meanwhile, couldn’t solve San Diego righty Andrew Cashner. They got one run through seven innings on a solo homer by Asche. In the eighth they managed to push another across with a two-out rally started by Cameron Rupp‘s first career hit.

The other first for the night was Ethan Martin‘s first career appearance in relief. Martin looked fantastic setting the Padres down in order in the sixth.

The Phillies are 66-78 on the year after losing 8-2 to the San Diego Padres last night. They have won three of their last four and are in third place in the NL East, 21 games behind the first-place Braves and nine behind the second-place Nats.

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

Two of Cloyd’s last three outings have been bad with five shutout innings against the Diamondbacks in the middle outing. Righties are hitting 304/343/539 against him and he’s walked way too many lefties. Lefties are hitting .269 against him, but with 15 walks in 109 plate appearances and a .367 on-base percentage.

He allowed a run in the top of the first on a two-out double by Jedd Gyorko that was followed by a single by Chase Headley. 1-0.

He set six batters down in order in the second and third.

He started the fourth with the Phils still down a run. Two of the first four batters he faced in the fourth singled, leaving the Padres with two outs and runners on the corners for Ronny Cedeno. Cedeno doubled to left, scoring Gyorko from third (2-0) and moving Kyle Blanks up to third. Rene Rivera was next and cleared the bases with a double to the gap in right-center, making it 4-0. Cloyd struck the pitcher Cashner out looking to end the frame.

The first two batters Cloyd faced in the fifth both singled, putting men on first and second for Gyorko. Gyorko singled just over the glove of Utley into right-center. Will Venable scored from second (5-0) and Chris Denorfia tried to go first to third. Utley took the relay from Bernadina in center and threw to third, but the throw hit Denorfia as Denorfia slid into third. Utley was charged with an error on the throw and the Padres had men on second and third with nobody out. Miner took over for Cloyd and Chase Headley greeted him with a single into center. Denorfia scored from third (6-0) and Gyorko moved up to third. Headley took second on a wild pitch before Kyle Blanks singled into center. 7-0 with men on first and third and nobody out. Miner struck Alexi Amarista out for the first out before Cedeno singled into center, scoring Headley (8-0) and moving Blanks up to second. Miner struck out the next two hitters to leave the runners stranded.

Weird play by Utley on the Gyroko single. It looks like he should have caught the line drive that went for a single. His throw to third was good, it just hit the runner.

Miner faced six hitters in the inning — three of them singled and he struck out the other three. He was charged with one run in the frame, upping his ERA for the year to 4.15. He’s been charged with a run in an inning in each of his last three times out. Opponents are hitting .284 against him for the year and he’s walked nine in 17 1/3 innings.

Martin threw a 1-2-3 sixth with the lead cut to 8-1.

Martin looked great in his first career relief appearance. He dropped his ERA to 6.68 for the year.

Luis Garcia allowed a single in a scoreless seventh and came back to pitch a scoreless eighth.

Two scoreless frames for Garcia in which he allows one single. It was his only outing in his last five that he was not charged with at least one run and he dropped his ERA for the year to 5.01. Threw to a 0.00 ERA and a 1.17 ratio in his first six appearances on the year and has a 7.47 and a 1.85 ratio in 15 2/3 innings since. He’s walked 14 over his last 15 2/3 innings.

Savery struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth. He dropped his ERA on the year to 1.84. Opponents have hit just .176 against him in his 14 2/3 innings, but he’s walked nine, which is too many. Righties are 3-for-36 (.083) against him on the season.

Overall the pen went five innings in the game, allowing a run on four hits. They didn’t walk a batter and struck out six. Miner was the only pitcher to throw more than 15 pitches in the game. He threw 28. Garcia needed just 15 pitches to go two frames, 12 of which were strikes.

The Phillie lineup against righty Andrew Cashner went (1) Bernadina (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Ruf (5) Frandsen (6) Asche (7) Galvis (8) Rupp. Bernadina in center, Ruf in right and Galvis in left. Playing Galvis in left is not good — he starts there for the seventh time. Frandsen plays first, coming into the game hitting 203/255/301 against right-handed pitching for the year. Bernadina and his .236 on-base percentage lead off. Rupp makes his debut behind the plate. The 24-year-old hit 258/318/437 over 355 plate appearances between Reading and Lehigh Valley this year.

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

They didn’t have a base-runner in the second or the third.

Utley doubled with two outs in the fourth and the Phillies down 4-0. Ruf grounded to the pitcher to end the inning.

The Phillies were down 8-0 when they hit in the fifth. With one out and nobody on, Cody Asche homered to right-center. 8-1. Galvis and Rupp both struck out behind Asche.

Fifth home run of the year for Asche and his third in his last 24 plate appearances.

Cashner set the Phillies down in order in the sixth and again in the seventh.

Asche led off the eighth and drew a four-pitch walk, but Galvis grounded into a double-play behind him. Rupp was next and hit a soft grounder to third. Headley bare-handed, but Rupp beat it out for his first career hit, stumbling and falling after first base. Mayberry moved Rupp up to second with a single to left. Righty Dale Thayer took over for Cashner and Bernadina reached on an infield single that loaded the bases for Hernandez. Hernandez walked on four pitches as well, forcing Rupp home to make it 8-2. Martinez struck out swinging to end the inning.

Ruf singled to center off of righty Brad Brach and moved to third when Frandsen followed with a double. Righty Luke Gregerson took over for Brach. He struck Asche out swinging for the first out and Galvis out swinging for the second. Rupp flew to right to end the game.

No run for the Phils after putting men on second and third with nobody out. Asche and Gavlis both go down swinging with less than two outs and men on second and third.

Bernadina 1-for-4. 4-for-his-last-33 (.121). 8-for-his-last-66 (also .121).

Rollins 0-for-3 with a strikeout. 3-for-his-last-23 (.130).

Utley 1-for-3 with a double and an error. 9-for-his-last-20 with three doubles. Two walks in his last 54 plate appearances, one of which was intentional.

Frandsen 1-for-4 with a double. 5-for-his-last-12 with a walk. 10-for-his-last-35 with five extra-base hits. Doubles off the righty Brach, but is still hitting 204/255/306 against righties for the season.

Asche 1-for-3 with a walk and a home run. 1-for-his-last-11 with a home run. 305/359/547 in his last 103 plate appearances since going 1-for-17 to start the year.

Galvis 0-for-4 and struck out three times coming off 5-for-9 with a home run in the last two games in the series against the Braves. On-basing .262 for his career in 385 plate appearances.

Rupp 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. Got career hit #1 on a ball hit softly to third.

Halladay (3-4, 7.19) faces lefty Eric Stults (8-13, 4.07) tonight. Halladay allowed a run over six innings against the Nationals his last time out and has thrown to a 4.24 ERA in his three starts since his return at the end of August. Stults was hit hard in his most recent outing, allowing seven runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Giants. Lefties are hitting 186/222/343 against the lefty and righties 303/338/441. He’s also had lot more success at home than on the road — 3.17 ERA and a 1.02 ratio in his 14 starts at home and a 5.04 ERA and a 1.55 ratio in his 15 starts on the road.

Update (9/11): Lee will start tonight and Halladay, battling flu-like symptoms, will try to go Thursday.


So what could we get for $172 million?

Maybe they just haven’t spent enough money. It’s brainstorming, folks. There are no bad ideas.

Okay, I take that back. There are some bad ideas. Turns out some of them are really atrocious, actually. On the plus side, it feels like a bunch of them have already been tried. Sooner or later they have to run out, right? Hello?

The Rockies rocked Tyler Cloyd early last night, scoring five times in the first three innings as the Phils fell 5-3.

Colorado jumped out to an early 3-0 lead with the help of a two-run homer by Troy Tulowitzki in the first. They scored another on three hits in the second and Wilin Rosario added a solo shot in the third. The Phillie offense managed three hits in the game, all singles. One was a bloop into left center and another was a seventh-inning infield single by Cody Asche, which was his first career hit against a lefty.

The Phillies are 55-70 on the year after losing 5-3 to the Colorado Rockies last night. The teams have split the first two games of the four-game set. The Phils are 7-22 since the All-Star break, which is the worst record for any team in either league.

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

Cloyd ups his ERA for the year to 4.02 with the outing. Lefties are getting on base a lot against him, on-basing .371, and righties are showing a lot of power. Righties are hitting .284 against him with a .543 slugging percentage and 12 extra-base hits, including four home runs, in 87 plate appearances.

The Rockies got to him early last night, scoring five runs in the first three innings.

He walked the leadoff man Dexter Fowler to start the game and Troy Tulowitzki hit a long home run to left with one out. 2-0. Michael Cuddyer followed that with a double to center, moved up to third on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch.

Tulo is 3-for-7 with a walk and two home runs in the first two games of the set.

Charlie Blackmon doubled with one out in the second and scored on two-out single by Fowler, extending the Colorado lead to 4-0.

With two outs in the third, Wilin Rosario hit the first pitch of his at-bat out to center. 5-0.

Last night was Cloyd’s first outing since June. In June he made three starts and threw to a 1.45 ERA. He didn’t allow a home run in 18 2/3 innings. Last night he allowed two in his first three frames.

The Colorado lead was cut to 5-3 when he pitched the fourth, striking out Blackmon and Fowler as he set Colorado down in order.

He allowed a two-out single to Cuddyer in the fifth and a one-out double to Nolan Arenado in the sixth, but kept the Rockies off the board in both frames.

Cloyd went three scoreless frames after the third innings, allowing a single and a double.

Zach Miner started the seventh. He allowed a leadoff single to Fowler, but Ruiz threw Fowler out trying to steal second and Miner retired the other two batters he faced.

Fifth appearance of the season for Miner, who dropped his ERA to 3.12 with the outing. Four of them have been really good and he was charged with three runs in a third of an inning in the other. Lefties are 1-for-9 against him so far, but righties have hit the righty hard. 7-for-23 (.304) with a walk, a double and a home run.

Cesar Jimenez threw the last two innings. He set the Rockies down in order in the eighth. He allowed a single and a walk in the ninth, but got right-handed pinch-hitter Charlie Culberson to fly to center with runners on first and second to end the frame.

Two innings is the longest outing for Jimenez since 2008. He has a 0.00 ERA and a 1.00 ratio after five appearances and six innings with the Phils this year.

Nice day for the pen as they go three scoreless frames in relief of Cloyd, allowing two hits and a walk. Jimenez threw 30 pitches and seems unlikely to be available for tonight’s game.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Jorge De La Rosa went (1) Rollins (2) Ruiz (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Michael Young (6) Ruf (7) Asche (8) Mayberry. Ruf in right and Mayberry in center. Ruiz hits second for the second straight day, which makes more sense against the lefty. Not a big fan of the Ruf needs reps in right field thinking. I’m going to be pretty surprised if Ruf is able to play right. Mayberry shouldn’t be playing center field every day, no matter who is hurt. The righty Wells on the bench against the lefty with the lefty Asche playing third and Young at first. Asche makes his first career start against a lefty.

The Phils were down 3-0 when they hit in the first. Ruiz walked with one out, but Utley and Brown went down behind him.

Down 4-0, they went in order in the second.

Down 5-0, Mayberry blooped a single into left to start the third. Cloyd bunted him to second with the first out. Ruiz was next and hit a ball pretty hard to first, where Helton didn’t handle it for an error that allowed Mayberry to score (5-1) and Rollins to take third. With runners on the corners and one down, Utley lined a single to right. 5-2 with men on first and third for Brown. Brown hit a line drive into center that Fowler caught for the second out. Ruiz tagged at third and scored on a weak and up the line throw from Fowler, cutting the lead to 5-3. Young struck out to end the inning.

A lot of good fortune in the inning helps get the Phils back in the game. Mayberry starts it off with a bloop to left. Big error by Helton on Ruiz’s ball. Weak throw by Fowler helps Ruiz score from third on Brown’s line drive to center.

The Phils didn’t have a base-runner in the fourth, fifth or sixth.

Asche reached on an infield single off of De La Rosa with one out in the seventh and Mayberry walked behind him. Frandsen hit for Miner and righty Matt Belisle took over for De La Rosa. Frandsen flew to center for the second out and lefty Rex Brothers came in to pitch to Rollins. Rollins ripped a ball down the third base line, but Arenado made a great play, fielding the ball and making an off-balance throw to first where Helton tagged Rollins out to end the inning.

Helton missed the tag on Rollins at first, but Rollins didn’t argue and neither did Sandberg. Very nice play by Arenado.

The Rockies bring the lefty Brothers in to pitch to the switch-hitter Rollins after the righty Belisle retires the only batter he faces. Rollins has been terrible against both righties and lefties this year, but a little worse against lefties. 233/295/300 against lefties and 249/304/346 against righties. He has very similar numbers against lefties and righties for his career.

Brothers was back for the eighth. Utley walked with one out. Brown was next and grounded to short with Utley forced at second. Brothers and the home plate umpire had an issue around whether Brothers was stopping before he came to the plate, which resulted Brown being balked to second and then to third. Young struck out swinging to leave him there.

The first two games of the set have featured the balk more prominently than I would have guessed. Whatever it takes to keep the interest level of the fans sky-high, I suppose.

Righty Rafeal Betancourt got Ruf, Asche and Mayberry in order in the ninth.

Rollins 0-for-3 with a walk. Arenado took a hit away from him in the seventh with a nice play at third. He’s hitting 252/314/397 over his last 2,965 plate appearances going back to the start of 2009. From 2004 to 2008, he hit 286/342/468 over 3,618 plate appearances.

Ruiz 0-for-3 with a walk. 6-for-his-last-11 with a walk, a double and a home run.

Utley 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. 2-for-his-last-18 with two singles.

Brown 0-for-3 with an RBI. First game without a hit or a walk since his return. 306/364/510 in 55 PA since coming back.

Ruf 0-for-4 and struck out twice. Went 0-for-3 with a strikeout against the lefty De La Rosa, although he hit the ball hard to short in the second inning. The righty Betancourt struck him out looking 0-2 in the ninth. He’s still pounding righties with oddly bad numbers against lefties. 5-for-33 (.152) against lefties with strikeouts in about 35.1% of his 35 PA.

Asche 1-for-4 with an infield single. Went on a tear from August 6 to August 12 in which he went 8-for-23 with a walk, two doubles and two home runs. Since then he’s 3-for-21 (.143) with a walk and a double. Hit an 0-1 pitch up the middle in the seventh inning against De La Rosa for his single with Tulowitzki fielding on the second base side of second and throwing to first late. Asche is 1-for-6 against lefties for the year.

Mayberry 1-for-3 with a bloop single to left and a walk. 3-for-his-last-8 with two walks and a home run, but hitting just 160/222/300 over his last 54 plate appearances. His numbers against lefties are getting better (264/321/472 now) and I would expect them to continue to do so. His numbers against righties (236/292/394) are bad and I would expect them to continue to be.

Lee (10-6, 3.19) faces righty Juan Nicasio (7-6, 4.94) tonight. The Phillies are 0-5 in Lee’s last five starts and 1-7 his last eight times out. He has a 5.17 ERA in his six starts since the beginning of July and has allowed nine home runs in 38 1/3 innings in those outings. Nicasio faced the Phillies on June 14 and was charged with five runs in 5 2/3 innings. He has a 3.95 ERA in his ten starts in Colorado and a 5.76 ERA in his 13 starts on the road. Part of that is bad luck as he’s allowed a BABIP of .248 at home and .319 on the road, but he’s also struck out about 21.5% of the hitters he’s faced at home and only about 12.1% of the hitters he’s faced on the road.


Twin downhilling

Game two with Minnesota looked uncomfortably like game one for the Phils as the offense didn’t produce and the bullpen faltered late. The 4-3 setback was the fifth straight loss for the Phillies.

The Phils took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the eighth last night in game two of the set, but Bastardo allowed two doubles and a single to the first three men he faced in the inning and the Twins went on to score a pair of runs. It was the second straight game in which Bastardo had struggled in the eighth, although another poor outing from Mike Adams did a lot of the damage as the Phillies dropped game one.

The bullpen ERA for the Phillies is up to 4.56, which is 14th of the 15 NL teams and 28th of the 30 teams across both leagues. The good news is that the Phillie pen has thrown the fewest innings of any NL team. The bad news is that the .271 opponents have hit against them is worst in the league, the .347 on-base percentage they’ve allowed is worst in the league and the .441 slugging percentage they’ve allowed is worst in the league. The Mets are the NL team with the bullpen ERA that’s worse than the Phillies for the season, but the Phillie pen has allowed hits at a nearly identical rate, walks at a much higher rate and seen the hits they’ve allowed go for more total bases on average. They won’t have to do that too much longer before they have a worse bullpen ERA for the season as well.

The Phillies are 31-35 on the year after losing 4-3 to the Minnesota Twins last night. They have lost five in a row for the first time this year and play the finale of the three-game set with the Twins tonight.

Cloyd got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing a run on six hits and three walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out two.

Cloyd has allowed two earned runs or less in five of his six starts. He’s walked eight in 11 2/3 innings over his last two starts, which is an unsustainable recipe for disaster. Lefties are hitting 303/390/424 against him for the year.

He started the bottom of the first with a 2-0 lead. He walked Joe Mauer with one out and Mauer moved up to third on two-out double by Josh Willingham. Justin Morneau followed that with a walk and the bases were loaded for Oswaldo Arcia. Arcia grounded to first to set the Twins down.

Clete Thomas singled to start the second and moved up to second on a two-out single by Jamey Carroll. It put two men on for Mauer and Mauer flew to center to leave them stranded.

Two scoreless innings for Cloyd to start the game, but the Twins leave the bases loaded in the first and two men on in the second.

Cloyd threw a 1-2-3 third.

Arcia singled to start the fourth and scored when Thomas followed with a double to the gap in right center, cutting the Phillie lead to 2-1. Eduardo Escobar was next and singled to right, moving Thomas to third. Cloyd struck Pedro Florimon out for the first out and got Carroll to ground into a double-play to end the inning.

Nice job by Cloyd to hold the damage to a single run. After scoring their first run in the game, the Twins can’t get any more despite putting runners on the corners with nobody out.

After four innings, Cloyd had yielded just one run, but had walked two and allowed six hits, including two doubles. That’s too many base-runners and he was lucky to hold the Twins to one.

He was up 3-1 when he walked Mauer to start the fifth. He got the next three hitters in order to set the Twins down.

The first out of the inning came on a ball hit hard to Howard by Ryan Doumit. Howard stepped on the bag at first and didn’t throw to second. Looked like he had a play there.

Savery started the sixth and allowed back-to-back singles to Arcia and Thomas to start the frame, putting men on first and second with nobody out. Escobar bunted the runners up to second and third with the first out. Florimon was next and chopped a ball up the first base line. Savery fielded and tagged Florimon out for the second out, but Arcia scored to cut the lead to 3-2 and Thomas moved up to third. Carroll grounded to Galvis at second to leave Thomas stranded.

Savery was back to start the seventh. Mauer led off and singled to left. Stutes came in to pitch to the switch-hitter Doumit and got him on a fly ball to center for the first out. Willingham was next and popped to short for the second out. Bastardo took over to face the lefty Morneau and got him on a fly ball to center to leave Mauer at first.

Bastardo gets Morneau a day too late.

Savery faced six batters in the game. Three of them singled and he got three of them out. One of the outs came on a bunt. He’s allowed a run on three hits and a walk over three innings in three appearances for the year.

Stutes faced two batters in the game and got both of them out, dropping his ERA on the year to 1.69 after nine appearances. He’s walked just one in 10 2/3 innings and hasn’t allowed a home run. Righties are hitting 130/167/130 against him and lefties 389/421/621. So he’s been better against righties.

Bastardo was back to start the eighth. Arcia led off and doubled to center. Thomas was next and pounded a double high off the wall in right. Arcia scored to tie the game at 3-3. Escobar was next and bunted an 0-1 pitch on the first base side of the mound. The ball just died in the grass and Escobar was safe at first with a single. Thomas moved up to third. De Fratus came in to pitch to the switch-hitter Florimon with nobody out, men on the corners and the game tied. Florimon lined to Galvis for the first out with the runners holding. Lefty Chris Parmalee hit for the righty Carroll. De Fratus’s 1-1 pitch to Parmalee was inside and in the dirt. Lerud couldn’t handle it. Thomas scored (4-3), Escobar moved up to second and De Fratus was charged with a wild pitch. Parmalee lined a 3-2 pitch back to De Fratus. De Fratus caught it for the second out and threw to second where Escobar was doubled-off to end the inning.

Bastardo faced four batters in the game, getting one out and allowing three hits, including back-to-back doubles to start the eighth. The Escobar bunt single was a little fluky as the ball just died on the grass.

Bastardo has a 3.18 ERA for the year, which doesn’t reflect how badly he’s been pitching, and a 1.59 ratio, which does. He’s allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks over 3 2/3 innings in his last five appearances. Walks didn’t hurt him last night, but he’s walked 14 in 22 2/3 innings for the season.

De Fratus fares pretty well after entering the game with nobody out and runners on the corners, despite the wild pitch. He records three outs without being charged with a hit or a run. 1.64 ERA and an 0.73 ratio for the year after 11 innings over 14 appearances. Opponents are hitting .158 against him with two walks and no home runs in 40 plate appearances.

As well as De Fratus did, I think bringing Papelbon in with nobody out and runners on the corners is the better move for the Phils. What with him being their best pitcher and the game being on the line and whatnot.

Overall the pen went three innings in the game, allowing three runs on six hits. They didn’t allow a walk or strike anyone out. Bastardo and De Fratus have both pitched two days in a row. Savery threw 25 pitches in the game.

The Phillie lineup against righty Mike Pelfrey went (1) Michael Young (2) Revere (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Mayberry (8) Galvis (9) Lerud. Delmon Young at DH. Lerud catches with Quintero on the bench. First start of the year for Lerud. Galvis moves up to eighth in the order with Lerud in the lineup. Mayberry starts against the righty with Nix on the bench.

Revere reached on an infield single with one out in the top of the first and moved up to second when Rollins singled to right. Howard was next and drew a walk, loading the bases for Brown. Brown flew to left for the second out with Revere tagging and scoring to put the Phils up 1-0 with men on first and second for Delmon Young. Young singled to right and Rollins scored. 2-0 with men on first and second for Mayberry. Mayberry flew to center for the third out.

The Phillies went in order in the second and again in the third. Delmon Young and Mayberry both struck out as they went in order in the fourth.

The lead was cut to 2-1 when they hit in the fifth. Galvis and Lerud went down for the first two outs before Michael Young doubled to right. Revere was next and blooped a singled into shallow left-center. Young scored from second to extend the lead to 3-1. Rollins flew to left to leave Revere at first.

They went in order in the sixth.

The lead was cut to 3-2 when they went in order in the seventh.

Revere bunted for a single off of righty Casey Fien with one out in the eighth and moved up to second when Rollins followed with a single to right. With one out and men on first and second, lefty Brian Duensing took over for Pelfrey and struck Howard out swinging for the second out. Brown popped to short to leave both runners stranded.

Third hit of the game for Revere, although they weren’t all exactly magnificent. Infield single in the first, bloop RBI-single in the fifth and a bunt single in the eighth.

Philliesflow is your source for Casey Fien trivia. Domonic Brown was drafted in the 20th round of the 2006 draft. There are two players drafted in that round that have a higher career WAR as calculated by Baseball-Reference than Brown does: Casey Fien and Vinnie Pestano.

The Phillies were down 4-3 when they hit in the ninth. Lefty Glen Perkins set Delmon Young, Mayberry and Galvis down in order.

Michael Young was 1-for-4 with a double, which was the only extra-base hit for the Phillies. He’s 10-for-his-last-24. Just 12 extra-base hits in 236 plate appearances for the year. His isolated power for the season is at .085, which is the lowest it has been in any season in which he got more than two plate appearances.

Revere 3-for-4 with an RBI. He has seven RBI for the season. Across both leagues there are three players with at least 200 plate appearances and less than ten RBI for the year. They are Revere, Placido Polanco and Juan Pierre. Insert your own joke here.

Rollins 2-for-4. 8-for-his-last-33 (.242) with eight singles. He’s a weird guy to have hitting third against a righty given his 270/335/389 line against right-handed pitching for the season.

Howard 0-for-3 with a walk. He has one home run in his last 111 plate appearances.

Brown 0-for-3 with an RBI. He’s 0-for-his-last-10.

Delmon Young 1-for-4 with an RBI. 1-for-his-last-12.

Mayberry 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 236/303/383 against right-handed pitching for his career.

Galvis 0-for-4. 0-for-his-last-15.

Lerud 0-for-3 and struck out twice. The winning run scored on a wild pitch by De Fratus, but Lerud didn’t have much of a chance to handle the pitch.

Lee (7-2, 2.55) faces righty Kevin Correia (5-4, 4.11) tonight. Lee has made 13 starts this year and allowed more than three earned runs in two of them. He has a 1.84 ERA in his last seven starts and the Phils are 6-1 in those games. He’s allowed two home runs in 59 2/3 innings over his last eight times out. Correia has struck out 36 in 76 2/3 innings for the season. He doesn’t walk many guys, but opponents are hitting .298 against him for the year with righties sporting a 308/333/550 line.


Plus one

The Phillie offense is suddenly alive, but it was Tyler Cloyd who led them to their fifth straight win last night. Cloyd took a shutout into the seventh inning and the Phils topped the Brewers 5-1.

With the win the Phils are over .500 for the first time this season.

The Phils have been miserable offensively this year, but have scored 32 runs over their last five games and five or more in each of the five. They were eleventh in the NL in runs scored in April and 14th in May. They’ve only played six games in June, but they’re fourth in the NL in runs scored so far for June.

All the unexpected run-scoring has our attention focused there, but the pitching has been very good so far in June as well. The Phillies threw to a 4.47 in April, which was 14th-best in the 15-team NL. Their May ERA was a 12th-best 4.12. So far in June, they’ve thrown to a 2.25 ERA, which is second-best mark in the league. Phillie starters have a 1.87 ERA and a 1.06 ratio so far this month and have averaged about 7.2 innings per start in their six starts.

The Phillies are 31-30 on the year after beating the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 last night. They are over .500 for the first time this year and have won five in a row for the first time this year.

Since April 18, they’re 25-20, which is the best record in the NL East. They’re five games over .500 in that stretch despite allowing eight more runs than they scored (180-172).

Cloyd got the start for the Phillies and went 6 2/3 shutout innings, allowing four hits and five walks. All four of the hits were singles and he struck out two.

Cloyd has allowed more than two earned runs in just one of his five starts on the year. Righties are hitting 250/308/450 against him and lefties 308/383/442.

He started the bottom of the first with a 2-0 lead. Jean Segura singled with one out and moved up to second on a ground out by Ryan Braun. Aramis Ramirez followed that with a walk that put men on first and second with two down, but Cloyd got Jonathan Lucroy to ground to second to end the inning.

It was 3-0 when Cloyd started the second. He walked Juan Franciso with one out, but got the next two to leave Francisco at first.

Braun singled to left with two outs in the third and the Phils up 4-0. Cloyd got Aramis Ramirez on a fly ball to center to leave him at first.

Cloyd threw a 1-2-3 fourth and was up 5-0 when he started the fifth. Norichika Aoki walked with two outs, but Cloyd got Segura on a ground ball to short to set Milwaukee down.

He walked Braun to start the sixth and Ramirez moved Braun up to second with a single. It put men on first and second with nobody out for Lucroy, but Cloyd got Lucroy to foul out on a ball handled by Kratz for the first out. Carlos Gomez was next and flew to right for the second out. Braun tagged and moved up to third, putting runners on the corners with two down. Francisco popped out to Young at third to end the inning.

Nice job by Cloyd to pitch out of the jam after the Brewers put their first two men on base.

He walked Scooter Ginnett to start the seventh, but Yuniesky Betancourt hit for the pitcher Donovan Hand and grounded into a double-play. Aoki followed with a single and De Fratus came in to pitch to Segura. Segura went down on a ground ball to second.

De Fratus faces one batter in the game, getting one out. He was pitching for the second day in a row and dropped his ERA for the year to 2.25. He has an 0.88 ratio after eighth innings and hasn’t allowed a home run.

Adams pitched the eighth. Braun led off with a walk, stole second and moved up to third on a ground out by Ramirez. Lucroy was next and grounded to third for the second out with Braun scoring to cut the lead to 5-1. Gomez flew to center for the third out.

Third straight inning that the leadoff man for the Brewers drew a walk. First time he scored.

Adams has been charged with a run in five of his last seven outings. Over those seven outings he’s walked five in 6 2/3 innings.

Bastardo pitched the ninth. He allowed a leadoff single, but got the next three.

Fourth inning in a row the leadoff man got aboard for the Brewers.

Bastardo drops his ERA to 2.45 with the scoreless frame. Didn’t walk anybody, which is always nice. He’s walked 14 in 22 innings for the season.

Overall the pen goes 2 1/3 innings, allowing a run on one hit and one walk while striking out one. De Fratus has pitched two days in a row, but only threw five pitches in the game. Bastardo 14 and Adams 13.

The Phillie lineup against righty Wily Peralta went (1) Michael Young (2) Mayberry (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Brown (6) Delmon Young (7) Kratz (8) Galvis. Michael Young leads off for the first time since September 8, 2004. Mayberry starts in center against the righty and hits second with the lefty Revere on the bench. Kratz catches and Galvis plays second. Mayberry is a really bad defensive center fielder and will put up ugly numbers against righties if you give him enough chances. Michael Young and Mayberry combined to go 6-for-10 in the game. Worked great last night, but I’ll be pretty surprised if Young/Mayberry at the top of the lineup proves to be successful over a lot of games.

Michael Young, Mayberry and Rollins all singled to start the top of the first, loading the bases for Howard. Howard flew to center for the first out, deep enough for Young to tag and score. 1-0 with men on first and second. Brown walked on five pitches, loading the bases for Delmon Young. Everybody moved up a base on a wild pitch with Mayberry scoring (2-0) before Delmon Young struck out for the second out. Kratz grounded out to leave the runners at second and third.

Delmon Young strikes out with one out and the bases loaded, although the Phils do score the second run thanks to the wild pitch.

Cloyd walked with one out in the second and scored on a two-out double to right-center by Mayberry, putting the Phils up 3-0. Rollins flew to center to leave Mayberry at second.

Mayberry 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored through two innings.

Brown singled to right with one out in the third and stole second before Delmon Young walked. Brown stole third before Kratz hit a ground ball to short. Segura went to second to force Young for the second out and Brown scored from third, putting the Phils up 4-0 with two down and Kratz at first. Galvis followed with a walk, but Cloyd flew to right to leave both runners stranded.

First time in his career that Brown stole two bases in a game, much less an inning. The run wouldn’t have scored on Kratz’s ground ball without the steal of third.

Michael Young singled to right to start the fourth, but the Phillies went in order behind him.

With one out in the fifth, Delmon Young hit a 1-1 pitch out to center, putting the Phils up 5-0. Kratz and Galvis went down behind him.

Delmon Young has been miserable against righties in 2013 and was miserable against them in 2012, but homers off the righty Peralta there. It was his fifth homer overall in his last 55 plate appearances. 269/309/596 in those chances.

Michael Young reached on an infield single off of righty Donovan Hand with one out in the sixth. Mayberry and Rollins went down behind him to leave him at first.

Brown singled to right off of Hand with one out in the seventh, but Delmon Young grounded into a double-play behind him.

Third time in the game that Brown reached base against a right-handed pitcher. His numbers are obviously sky-rocketing everywhere, but his line against righties is now up to 276/320/571. He was hitting 238/300/386 against righties for the year at the end of the day on May 14.

Righty Burke Badenhop set the Phillies down 1-2-3 in the eighth. Nix hit for De Fratus and grounded to second for the third out.

Nix is 1-for-his-last-18 with a walk and hitting .208 for the season.

It was 5-1 when Mayberry reached on an infield single off of Badehop with one out in the ninth. Mayberry was caught stealing and Rollins grounded to second to end the frame.

Another hit for Mayberry off a righty, although this one wasn’t especially majestic. He has three steals for the year and has been caught three times.

Michael Young was 3-for-5 in the game with three singles. He’s 5-for-14 since returning from the bereavement list.

Mayberry 3-for-5 with a double. 6-for-his-last-12 with a double and two home runs. FanGraphs has his UZR/150 at center field at -15.7 for the year and -14.0 for his career.

Rollins 1-for-5. First time in five games he didn’t draw at least one walk.

Howard 0-for-3 with an RBI and struck out twice. 9-for-his-last-44 (.205) with 19 strikeouts.

Brown 2-for-3 with two singles and a walk, upping his June OPS from 1.405 to 1.413. 323/338/697 over his last 160 plate appearances. He has four walks over those 160 plate appearances, three of which have come in June.

Delmon Young 1-for-3 with a walk and a home run. 9-for-his-last-33 with a double and three home runs. He’s hitting 213/265/438 in 98 plate appearances in right for the Phils. Mayberry, who’s unquestionably better defensively there, has hit 315/375/521 in 80 PA as the Phillie right fielder this season.

Kratz 0-for-4 with an RBI. Still oddly hitting righties (250/301/446) much better than lefties (150/292/350) for the year.

Lee (7-2, 2.45) faces righty Alfredo Figaro (0-0, 3.67) tonight. The Phillies have won six straight games start by Lee. Over those six starts he’s thrown to a 1.54 ERA with an 0.84 ratio and averaged about 7.8 innings a start. Righties are on-basing .230 against him for the season. Figaro turns 29 in July and will be making his sixth career start and second of 2013. He allowed four runs in five innings in his start this year, but has been pretty good pitching out of the bullpen for Milwaukee. 3.07 ERA and a 1.30 ratio in 29 1/3 innings of relief this year. He hasn’t walked a ton of people overall, but lefties are slugging .525 against him for the season thanks to five home runs in 67 plate appearances.


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