Turn Back the Clock, Keep Scoring Runs


The Astros held “Turn Back the Clock Night” last night at Minute Maid Park to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the first game at the Astrodome, which featured the Phillies. Houston’s grounds crew commemorated the event by dragging the infield wearing astronaut outfits.

Poor guys.

The Phillies wore replica 1965 road uniforms, which got thumbs up from Charlie Manuel and Ryan Howard. (If you liked them they apparently will be auctioned off. I’m not sure where, but keep an eye open on the Internet. They have all sorts of things on sale there.) The ’65 Phillies scored 654 runs (4.04 per game) in 162 games, which ranked sixth in the 10-team National League. It’s safe to say the 2010 Phillies have a more potent offense.

The Phillies have scored 41 runs (8.2 per game) through five games. That pace can’t possibly last, but where will the Phillies finish? Let’s take a look at how the Phillies offense has ranked in the National League since Manuel became manager in 2005.

2009: 820 runs (5.06 per game), first in the league.
2008: 799 runs (4.93 per game), second in the league.
2007: 892 runs (5.51 per game), first in the league.
2006: 865 runs (5.34 per game), first in the league.
2005: 807 runs (4.98 per game), second in the league.

The Phillies’ franchise record for runs is 944, which they set in 156 games in 1930. The Phillies would need to average 5.83 runs per game to break that record.

So where do they finish this year? What’s the magic number?


Manuel let Jamie Moyer hit in the sixth inning because he needed to give his bullpen a break. As well as the Phillies have played the first week of the season, the bullpen had pitched a combined 12 innings the previous three games because Cole Hamels went five innings Wednesday, Kyle Kendrick went four innings Thursday and J.A. Happ went five innings Friday.


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The first year the Astros played, as the Colt .45’s, the Phillies had a 17-1 record against them. And, if memory serves me correctly, the Phillies loss was in the final game of the series. Due to the Phillies record against the Astros/Colts and the Mets (14-4), the Phillies 47-107 record in 1962 improved to 81-80 in 1963.

pherris: I think you mean that the ’62 Phils were 81-80. The ’61 club was 47-107 and the ’63 team was 87-75.
Anyway, yes expansion is a real difference maker.

Sept 4, 1962 (yes, the last game of the series) the Colts beat the Phils 4-1. Dallas Green & Chris Short pitched in relief of Cal McLish.

Although expansion didn’t help the lowly Phils in ’69 when the Expos & Padres joined the NL. I guess the league splitting in half was part of the reason? Or maybe the ’69 club was just horrible? I’ll go with that.
The ’69 Phils were 7-11 against the Expos (ironically managed by Gene Mauch) and 8-4 against SD.
It’s especially bad when you consider that the ’69 Expos were 52-103 and the Padres were 52-110.

The Phillies also beat up on the have-nots in 1964, but they just couldn’t beat the Cardinals. The Cardinals won more games against the Phillies than they did against any other team in the NL that year.

Hmm … yes, the ’64 club was 15-3 against the Mets and 13-5 agains Houston, but 5-13 against the Cards and only 9-9 against the Reds, including one pivotal game where some guy named Chico Ruiz stole home with Frank Robinson at bat. Dumb baseball is often rewarded.

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