Fewer Homers, More Wins
The Phillies crushed the Marlins last night, 14-2, and Raul Ibanez capped the scoring with his 10th homer of the season.
The Phillies have two players — Ryan Howard (18) and Ibanez — with 10 or more homers entering the All-Star break. If Shane Victorino, who has nine homers, does not play before the break, or if he plays and does not hit a home run, the Phillies will have only two players with 10 or more homers at the break for the first time since 2002:
- 2010: Ryan Howard (17), Shane Victorino (14), Jayson Werth (13) and Chase Utley (11).
- 2009: Howard (22), Raul Ibanez (22), Utley (20) and Werth (20).
- 2008: Howard (28), Utley (25), Pat Burrell (23), Pedro Feliz (12) and Werth (12)
- 2007: Howard (21), Jimmy Rollins (16), Utley (15), Burrell (11), Aaron Rowand (11) and Victorino (11).
- 2006: Howard (28), Burrell (19) and Utley (16).
- 2005: Bobby Abreu (18), Burrell (17) and Utley (11).
- 2004: Jim Thome (28), Abreu (18), Burrell (15), David Bell (12) and Mike Lieberthal (11).
- 2003: Thome (23), Abreu (14) and Burrell (12).
- 2002: Burrell (22) and Scott Rolen (13).
Of course, on the flip side, the Phillies have two pitchers with 10 or more wins at the break — Roy Halladay (11) and Cole Hamels (10) — for the first time since 2003, when Kevin Millwood and Randy Wolf each had 10 wins. Now, if Cliff Lee can pick up his 10th win of the season Saturday, the Phillies will have three 10-game winners at the break for the first time since … ever. Well, I can only go as far back as 1950 with Stats Pass, but the Phillies were pretty awful from the first All-Star Game in 1933 through 1949. In fact, the Phillies only had six pitchers make the All-Star Game in that span.
What does this all mean? Not sure. I just know it took me a long time to look up.